Trick or treat??!!! I hope you all prefer treats over tricks because I have quite a treat for you today…One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow is that of fine arts and furniture dealer Gerald Bland. He and his wife, the talented Italian painter Mita Corsini Bland whom I’ve admired for a long time and whose watercolor renderings deserve a post of their own, have lived until recently in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. You can tour their former, incredibly chic, apartment through this article from The New York Social Diary.
Trained in London and a specialist in 18th century English antiques, Gerald Bland?run Sotheby’s English furniture department for 10 years before starting his own fine arts and antiques boutique, Gerald Bland Inc. What I can infer from Mr. Bland’s Instagram account is that they’ve since moved and had been for some time living in a charming country cottage, probably a classic Tudor with an abundance of architectural details. His latest posts however show a new stunning property, a Greek Revival country home located somewhere upstate New York. Since the furniture and art are mostly the same, I am guessing they’ve moved into this gorgeous new home. A few remodel shots reveal that some interior and exterior remodeling was done. The walls were painted white, the floors refinished and some of the ceilings painted a golden hue. I noticed that they did something similar in their previous homes and I think it is brilliant. The freshly painted walls with beautiful decorative moldings and high ceilings are a perfect background for the couple’s lifelong collection of one-of-a-kind object, furniture, art and antiques. The rooms feel cozy yet carefully edited at the same time, without being too sweet or overly cool. This is such a difficult balance to pull off and I feel like they’ve done it beautifully.?