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Design Decisions: Parting with objects


Heidi Pribell

Designer Heidi Pribell dishes on fabulous finds in her curated online auction of home décor. 

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 Boston & Marlborough, MA.

I am flattered that they chose to launch a new area with home design at auction: Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online.

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 a 133-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 auction 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:

Pair of Four Hands Chinese-style Gray-lacquered Three-drawer Side Tables (Lot 1228, Estimate: $200-300)

Pair of Four Hands Chinese-style Gray-lacquered Three-drawer Side Tables (Lot 1228, Estimate: $200-300)

Pair of modern tub & Klismos chairs (Lot 1291, Estimate $100-200)

Hepplewhite sideboard with Sheffield silver castors and cabinet knobs (Lot 1332, Estimate $60-80)

Modern center table (Lot 1314, Estimate $60-80)

Chestnut open pedestal breakfast table (Lot 1223, Estimate $200-400)

Dunbar down-upholstered sofa in terrycloth chenille (Lot 1209, Estimate $400-600)

Open screen with transparency & glimmer for light and flow (Lot 1226, Estimate $60-80)

Robin’s egg blue lacquered console tables (Lot 1228, Estimate $200-300)

Oval brass & steel Hollywood Regency oval cocktail table (Lot 1230, Estimate $40-60)

Large Zebra hide upholstered ottoman (Lot 1216, Estimate $300-400)

Leather wrapped & tooled hardwood Carlton desk (Lot 1312, Estimate $300-600)


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