Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Antique Tie Backs - Free For The Asking

Visual Vamp antique curtain tie backs

Tie backs for drapes and curtains have kind of gone out of fashion these days. Except for here in New Orleans, where silk drapes are the norm, and tie backs are incredibly functional as well as decorative.

Drapery tie back in New Orleans

I have a lovely pair of vintage/antique tie backs that I am giving away as part of my Visual Vamp Gives Back idea HERE. So many of you have been so good to Alberto and me, that I want to give back in some small way. I have been an avid decorator for many, many years, and have accumulated many lovely things that I really don't use anymore. Perhaps one of you out there might like to have something from me that would look great in your home.

Antique curtain tie backs in the shape of feathers
From the home of Valorie Hart-Visual Vamp, to yours

The tie backs I am offering are gold tone, and in the shape of a large feather. They are lovely. If you want them, just leave a comment, and I will randomly pick one, and then send you the tiebacks. I will even pick up the shipping charges.

In the meantime, enjoy the images of some tie backs ~

via Southern Living

attributed to Michael Smith via Cote de Texas

Antique tie backs from Shawn Stucker

Is he considering, to tie back or not to tie back?

Antique curtain tie backs from Corey Amaro

So what do you think? Do you like tie backs, or are they as over and out as a skirted table?

Visual Vamp is gifting these antique tie backs
Just leave a comment!

PS - Go on over to Nita's Nod Vintage Life HERE and see a lovely post she did about blog friends. BFF Blog Friends Forever!


Anonymous said...

anything beautifully made never goes out of style. being from the south, it was pretty much de rigueur to have some kind of tieback, be it fabric, wood or metal, to hold back your drapes your drapes.


Karena said...

Valorie, I love them!! They are very classic, timeless I think!

Art by Karena

Visual Vamp said...

Well said Nanne!
And I totally agree!
xo xo

April said...

Gorgeous! I needed a little Southern beauty to go with the biscuits and gravy that I finally made right. :) I LOVE those tie backs and think that they want to come home with me!
Thanks so much for sharing~I just found your blog and I love it!

Ruth said...

I must say I find those tie backs to be quite beautiful! I love the clean lines and elegant historical style.

I live in a 1930s home (including the original windows!) and have been planning on adding some heavy window treatments to make them slightly more energy efficient! I would love to have these to keep them back during the day, and would never consider them as "out"....rather as classics...timeless!! :)

Gorgeous blog,


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...they are very pretty. Thanks for including me in your post. Don't include me in the drawing though...I love the tie backs but don't have drapes to use them on. But they are fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Oh these are quite lovely. I would love to use them

a Broad said...

Those would look perfect, here on my french doors, with my linen drapes pulled back, in Buenos Aires :)

I love tie backs btw, especially when you are able to use them to great effect.


Linda in AZ * said...

* Really beautiful, Val, & IMHO, NOTHING that's so pretty, & that YOU LOVE n' makes you FEEL GOOD, is EVER out of style (I can't help it... I STILL love a skirted, topped w/ square & then glass-topped table... I don't feel "outdated at all! Or as my BFF would say "SO SUE ME!" that I DO! Grins!)...

Darn it, I couldn't use them... so plz don't enter me... just know I think it's LOVELY of you... I know what's in your heart & head about this, and that TOO, is beautiful!!!

Healthy hugs to you both,
Linda in AZ*

My Many Moments said...

ummm....YES PLEASE!! They are amazing! I just blogged about loving anything gold or brass! I have silk drapes in my bedroom and have plastic tie backs from Target, Yuck. Even if you don't pick me, I love your blog!

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

Oh my, how lovely! I love them.


Margo said...

Love your blog! Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, those are so pretty! That is so generous of you to give them away. Thanks for the chance to win.

jessicarsommer said...

Oh my goodness!! Are you serious? These are so beautiful! I absolutely am in love with these-- so lovely!!

xoxo Jessica Rae
{lovely ugly design}

Vickie H. said...

Oh my! I love tie backs and think that using them appropriately is a lost art! I would love these! Very generous of you to share!

Irene said...

Oh Val. these are beautiful, I'd love to be considered for this wonderful giveaway, but I understand if I don't win. I think they'd probably be framed at my house, I'm into framing things, these days. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

Shirley Goff said...

Those are great tiebacks! Mine are doorknob shaped and the drapes don't stay behind them. Love your blog.

Mandy said...

I absolutely love these! I can't believe how sweet you are to give these away! I am touched. Well my heart dropped at the site of them as I adore mixing modern with vintage. And as one reader posted beautiful things never go out of style. My husband and I actually designed our wedding rings including eagle feathers, so they feel like they belong on my wall;-)Congrats to who ever inherits them!

The Devoted Classicist said...

Tie-backs can be a great feature of window dressing. I am sure they are indeed well appreciated in New Orleans, but I am often surprised while shopping in other cities. I have seen tie-backs identified in antique stores as the most unbelievable items imaginable: andiron holders, suspender hooks, flyswatter holders, and candy dishes!

Anonymous said...

I have always loved ornate decorative tiebacks, and it delights me to see you feature them on your blog. Thank you!

Jean Van Meter

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the images of them. They are the diamond earrings of a room.

Jean Van Meter

Hayles and Howe, Inc.

Tamisha said...

Oh, tie backs are awesome, in the right space. Maybe not so great in a mid-century anything. This house had awful tiebacks (mostly plastic) but I managed to use them to create molds for glass work.

Pat said...

I would love those beauties! To heck with what others think is out of style!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I never thought I would publicly state this but Tie Me Up! If I win I will tie one on. Ok, I could go on but...
Tiebacks as lovely as this are a classic design staple. I have a pair of bronze gold silk curtains in my living room that would love to be enhanced. Fingers crossed.

causer659 said...

I love the tiebacks and your blog site. What a treasure! Thank you for the opportunity to win such an elegant gift.


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Anonymous said...

Oh Valorie!
Right up my alley! No, tiebacks - holdbacks are definitely not a thing of the past. As this is my biz, there are some really awesome designs available through those of us who specialize in couture window fashions.

In fact, my friend Remy Lemoine from Paris has designed a whole line of them in the most unusual shapes and materials. I have two of his that are made from Murano glass and are gorgeous!

I posted pics of these on my latest blog post about "BLING". Enjoy my dear!

Tammi xo xo

Lori said...

It is kind of you to share your special items with your fans. These beautiful tiebacks would look lovely in my spare bedroom which has only one window. So glad that Alberto is better!

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my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

if i had curtains i would be all over them.

iNdi@na said...

gosh they're delicious
and what's more
the green drapes in one of the images
put me in mind of mizz scarlett
and her sartorial splendour

Leah said...

wow! i love the feather tie backs, they are beautiful.

pamcott said...

I woould love these tie backs
to glam up my burlap drapes that
I plan to make for my living room!

EFT Therapy said...

Your design and sense of style is very lovely and classic! I love them all.

Sue said...

OMG!!!!I love these, please include my comment in this beautiful give away.


Elizabeth said...

I love the tie backs. I am just moving into my very first New Orleans shotgun and would love to put these in my new home. :) It'll be the first time I ever have a place that needs curtains with tie backs!

Lila said...

Those are stunning. I have been searching for tie backs for our curtains and can't find the perfect ones yet. I'm secretly hoping my grandmother will give me hers after her family room is redone!
Lila Ferraro

Hickory Furniture Mart said...

This antique look is very cool, and very southern!

Jodi said...

The tiebacks are lovely.

I have been enjoying your posts lately.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Those are just gorgeous -are you sure you can part with them?!