Rushing Home


Bradley & Hubbard Cast Iron Fireplace Bookends (LEO Design)


While I was in college—and during my early working years as a young adult—the Autumn was energized by the annual "migration" of my Jewish friends racing home for the High Holidays.  The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, was sometimes referred to as "Rush-a-Home-a"—and it was quite clear that eager parents would be waiting impatiently for their children to rejoin the family nest (and they better get home on time!).  I am not Jewish, but I nevertheless admired the unfailing, seasonal current that drew my friends homeward.

This handsome pair of bookends, by Bradley & Hubbard, were made in Meriden, Connecticut in the 1930's.  Heavy and solid, they capture the spirit of the hearthplace—the romantic center of any household, especially when the air turns crisp and the family has gathered.  Click on the photo above to learn more about them.

Wishing my Jewish customers, friends and neighbors Shanah Tovah! and a blessed High Holiday season!


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248