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Brion R. Judge

Brion R. Judge

Musings of a Gentleman Decorator. Founder, Interior Designer and Principal Silver Polisher at B.R. Judge Design.


An adorable little group of Sanderlings. (Taken 11 Oct. 2014 at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary in Chicago, IL.)

A lovely Black-Bellied Plover. In the Spring when these birds are in breeding plumage their bellies are a deep black...hence their name. (Taken 11 Oct. 2014 at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary in Chicago, IL.)


"Wheatfield with a Lark" by Vincent Van Gogh (1887). The simplicity and sense of freedom in this painting is truly wonderful.

I dare ya...I Double Dog dare to to even try to get up on this rock. While not a popular opinion, I love geese. Taken at South Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Everyday Design No.4: The Coming Out of the Closet. I cannot tell you how many times I've suggested to a client the idea of how we should design the interior of their closets and gotten in return odd looks and immediate questions of why. For reasons that are quite beyond me most people have taken to the notion that closet interiors should be white...simple, average white.

Everyday Design No.3: How High? If I had a dollar for every time I was asked what height artwork should be hung I might very well be close to being able to retire. This seems to be the single biggest question and one of the biggest problem areas of interior design. Now, had I another dollar for every house I went into where their artwork was hung to high I would be able to retire...on my own island in the Caribbean. It really is that much of a problem.

Everyday Design No.2, a touch of pink.

Everyday Design No.1 Welcome to my new series of professional interior design tips. Once a week I will share tips, secrets and pearls of wisdom I've gathered as an interior designer. Topics will cover everything from paint selection to how to use flowers to enhance your interior. #brjudgedesign #interiordesign #design #designtip #designadvice #everydaydesign #like #picoftheday #advice #style #instagood #look #bestoftheday

19TH CENTURY BRONZE AND GILT BRONZE COCKEREL. A vigorously modelled 19th Century bronze and gilt bronze Cockerel standing aggressively with tail feathers free flowing, incredibly realistically modelled and retaining original patination. (c. 1890)

18TH CENTURY OAK DRESSER A quite tiny 18th century oak Dresser and Rack, the supports finely turned balusters over a pot base with a pierced freeze and three drawers above, the top section of four shelves with original paintwork to the top of the dresser back. c. 1780

19TH CENTURY PAINTED TRIPOD TABLE A particularly fine papier mache Occasional Table the hexagonal top with delicately carved ears, the centre finely painted in the manner of William Shayer, the writhen supports with delicately gilded decoration over there cabriole legs with scrolled terminal. c. 1860

GEORGE III PERIOD MAHOGANY JARDINIÈRE An unusual George III period mahogany Jardinière on square section and turned supports with an inset copper liner. c. 1790 to c. 1800

GEORGE III PERIOD OAK DRESSER AND RACK George III period Oak Dresser and Rack, the base with a softly shaped apron over three drawers, the upper Delft rack with a series of shelves. A Welsh Dresser sometimes known as a kitchen dresser or pewter cupboard, is a piece of wooden furniture consisting of drawers and cupboards in the lower part, with shelves and perhaps a sideboard on top. c. 1790

18TH CENTURY GAINSBOROUGH ARMCHAIR 18th Century ‘Gainsborough’ Armchair with tapestry back and seat standing on square chamfered mahogany supports. A Gainsborough Armchair (also known as a Martha Washington chair in the United States) is a type of armchair made in England in the eighteenth century. The chair was wide, with a high back, open sides and short arms, and was normally upholstered in leather or tapestry. c. 1760 to c. 1770

FINE FRENCH OPALINE VASE LAMP A fine French opaline Vase, enamelled with exotic birds and floral decoration within a trellis border, now converted into a lamp with a custom built and decorated base, early 20th century. 1920

LATE 19TH CENTURY KINGWOOD TWO TIER ETAGERE A most attractive late 19th Century Kingwood Two Tier Etagere, the two shelves with quartered and cross banded tops, finely figured timbers, slender gilt bronze supports on original shoes and castors c. 1900

GEORGE III PERIOD SERPENTINE CHEST A George III period mahogany Serpentine Chest, the strongly shaped front with two drawers to the top section and three larger drawers below, top edge reeded on finely drawn shaped bracket feet. c. 1790 to c. 1795

REGENCY PERIOD MAHOGANY WINE COOLER A fine quality Regency period mahogany Wine Cooler of sarcophagus form, the top with two half roundels flanking the domed section, well figured timbers on scrolled feet above the plinth with excellent original gilt bronze side handles. c. 1820

REGENCY PERIOD MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD A quite exceptional Regency period serpentine mahogany Sideboard of the highest calibre. The raised upper section and drawer fronts with finely executed in kingwood cross banding within ebony and boxwood fine line inlay. Original brass rail with Fleur de Lys decoration, the supports ring-turned and finely reeded topped with anthemion leaf carving. c. 1810

A KINGWOOD PARQUETRY LADIES WORK TABLE A Kingwood parquetry ladies Work Table on very well-formed supports, the top and legs with gilt bronze border and original bronze mounts to the feet, the top opening to reveal a dressing mirror together with compartments. c. 1900