Tuesday
Oct082013

Antiques at the Garden

This is one of those nerve wracking posts where I just hope that I labeled everyone correctly. HA. Maybe next year I will actually write everyone's info down and take my good camera, but for now this will have to do. The designer's rooms are in order in which I viewed them. I even went back twice for a more detailed look to most. Kind of like when I flip through a magazine quickly, but then go through it at least once more for a more in depth look. Am I the only one that does this?

The first room was by Iris of Iris of Co. My bestie who I toured the show with virtually knew everyone so I was able to speak with all the designers easily without coming off as creepy. Yay, me. I do wish I could have gotten a full shot of her space, but with so many people around it was hard to do. I did love this daybed vignette. I seriously could have packed up the whole thing and moved it into my own home. I also ogled over the gorgeous planters and plants.

This space was a collaborated effort between Betsy Brown and Jeremy Corkern. It really does look like it could have came right out of Betsy Brown's own home. She is one that has created a trademark look for herself and as I flip through any publication I can easily tell it's her's before even reading the name. She is quite fabulous to say the least. Jeremy Corkern only added to that fabulousness of the space with the architecture. It most definitely made this so called box come alive. I believe he also worked on Betsy Brown's actual home, but I wouldn't quote me on this.

This space was done by my friend Dana Wolter and architects Dungan & Nequette. On a side note I have gotten to know Dana over the years and she is one of the most humble, sweet spirited people I know. She inspires me to be a great mother and a better person in general. Of course, her design work is quite amazing too. She does a lot of custom work and it showed through in this space in a mighty way. There was a pair of these custom chaises and they were stunning!!! No detail was over looked and the amount of wood that was used to fill the custom log box must have been insane, there were two!

Andrew Brown is another one of those designers that has a trademark look. His is on the other spectrum with the use of vivid color and pattern. I toured his house last year and it was AMAZING! He is definitely in touch with the finer things such as the Dorothy Draper ram head console, Christian Lacroix wall coverings, and that doesn't even touch all the exquisite art that was represented. He does pattern, color and texture so well. It was definitley a space that needed a second a look and I am sure I would have seen new things by the fifth look even. He was as sweet as could be too.

Mark Kennamer is new to me designer, but I was in awe of his space. It kind of reminded me of our home, only much finer! I really wanted to pack up those pillows and just take them with me. This image does not do them justice at all. The luxe fabric choices were top notch. He had many fine antiques and the look was quite traditional, but it did not once feel old or stuck up. The mirrored end tables and bold black lamps made the space so fun. It most definitely had a gentlemen's look to it and that is a look I will never tire of. So timeless in my eyes.

This is the only space that I have no idea who did it, but it was too good not to share. It was very European and well, just plain pretty.

I was sure to link all the designers and architects. I recommend taking a few minutes and flipping through their portfolios. They left me quite inspired and I hope they do you too!

Friday
Oct042013

Leaf and Petal {a local stop}

Yesterday I went to the annual Antiques at the Garden event that is held here in town. It headlines some of the top designers, shops, and architects. Last year I may have embarrassingly fond over Bill Ingram, but this year I am proud to say I was much more put together. HA. I had the pleasure to meet Betsy Brown, Adam Brown, my real life friend Dana Wolter, and many more. I was preparing a small tour of the show, but then decided to hold off till next week just in case some of you had yet to go. I didn't want to spoil a thing. It's definitely a highlight for me. Instead I thought I would share a few things that caught my eye at Leaf & Petal. A favorite shop of mine at the Botanical Gardens.

I love everything about this set up, but am taking into serious consideration on buying a couple of these chairs. I think they would make great extra seating which we always seem to need.

The golden pears in a wooden bowl make for quite an arrangment. I have the bowl so maybe a few pears would be a good addition for fall. They were well priced at $3.99.

Monday I will post on the show! It was so good.

Tuesday
Oct012013

If I were to be buying new fall shoes these would be at the top of my list. Every pair would make my uniform of leggings and a tunic much more fun. I am LOVING the short boots as of late and of course I will forever be a flats girl. Don't the Ballet Sox with fleece lining look so cozy?

clockwise:

boots 1

boots 2

ballet flats

leopard love

Friday
Sep272013

The Pantry {good eats and design}

A few days ago I had a doctor'sappointment and I had about an hour to kill before picking the kiddos up from school. I found it to be ample to time to dine at one of my favorite eatery's, The Pantry. The offerings change daily due to season. It's owned and run by Stone Hollow Farmstead who specialize in artisanal farming. Oh, and the most important part... it's delicious! Well that and the design of the whole thing is brilliant. I could move right in.

The Pantry is small and is perfect for a lunch out with friends. What I love most is that it's housed in a cottage AND it still looks like a cottage. The trough planters are filled with herbs and flowers.

As I said the menu changes daily, but they do have a few staples that I get every time. They take me being gluten free into consideration too. I get the trio platter and change it up every time, but my one constant is the pimento cheese. It's the most delicious. It's not offered as a side on the menu, but if you ask I am sure they will oblige. I am also sure to never leave without a shake. They make them with goat and almond milk. I am dairy sensitive too so this is a true treat to drink it and not be queasy after.

My lunch was a rather late one so I did not feel guilty about taking the best seats in the house for myself.

They also offer some spreads, cheeses, and the like to buy. This time around I came home with my very own pimento cheese. I swear it's addicting.

One of my favorite design aspects is the worn floors. I would guess they came in and stripped them then let them be. You can see every drop of a dish, wet shoes, and pure age spots. I am a huge fan of wear and tear. Things that are too pristine tend to make me nervous. HA.

Eatery: The Pantry

shoes: similar, but these are next on my list.

Thursday
Sep262013

A Free Printable {thanks to a reader!}

I love when readers reach out via email. Even if it's a quick hello or something that they think I will enjoy. Shalene happens to one of those. She shared a beautiful watercolor she created for her readers to print. This verse speaks volumes to me. A little {or huge} reminder that no matter the circumstance He is always on my side. Thank you Shalene!

You can download one yourself HERE. I also adore THIS ONE. Really her whole blog is quite lovely.