Design Decisions- Parting with Objects

May this posting be of inspiration to all of those who struggle with making tough decisions about what should stay and what should go. In preparing to relocate my studio, I made the decision to take a close look at inventory, and I contacted Skinner, Auctioneers & Appraisers of Antiques and Fine Art, Boston & Marlborough, MA.  


I am flattered that Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online represents the launch of a new category of sale Home Design at Auction.

Once you love a piece of furniture, a painting or a decorative accessory, you are likely to always love something about the piece, but here are a few guidelines that helped me make a decision to cull and create  (Skinner please update # per Heidi) -lot capsule collection to be sold at Skinner.

Popular wisdom recommends keeping the stuff that gives us a thrill of joy when touched.  Each object I’ve owned has fulfilled a different role in my life.  In organizing this sale I decided those treasures without a purpose in my home and/or studio would be set free.   As I let go of these assorted furnishings, I do so with gratitude for all of these objects I’ve admired and cherished.

Some decisions are tougher than others, and the following items are included in the collection, but they stand out as fabulous and memorable finds:

lot-1223_blonde-asian-hardwood-circular-pedestal-dining-table lot-1200_set-of-four-art-deco-leather-upholstered-rosewood-dining-chairs lot-1209_dunbar-green-plush-upholstered-low-back-settee lot-1216_hide-upholstered-zebra-print-bench lot-1218_rattan-clad-cube-table lot-1226_mod-style-gilt-metal-and-mirrored-three-panel-floor-screen lot-1228_pair-of-four-hands-chinese-style-gray-lacquered-three-drawer-side-tables


  • Pair of modern tub & Klismos chairs
  • Hepplewhite sideboard with Sheffield silver castors and cabinet knobs
  • Modern center table
  • Chestnut open pedestal breakfast table
  • Dunbar down-upholstered sofa in terrycloth chenille
  • Snappy open screen with transparency & glimmer for light and flow
  • Fabulous Robin’s egg blue lacquered console tables, a fun change from red or black lacquer
  • Oval brass & steel Hollywood Regency oval cocktail table
  • Large Zebra hide upholstered ottoman
  • Leather wrapped & tooled hardwood Carlton desk, retailed by Harrods with interior maker’s plaque


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