Monday, August 6, 2018

Celebrating Nature

I am just returning from the Appalachian Antique Show in Boone, North Carolina.  H and S Antiques had a wonderful booth filled to the gills with special finds.  They set a table that stopped me in my tracks and I spent several minutes admiring it.

These are a few pictures of the display by H and S Antiques located in Charlotte, NC.

Using a mixture of majolica, depression glass and pressed glass, he created a visual feast for the eyes.

Adding another natural element, a pair of antler candlesticks added darker tones.

 It was these two majolica fish pitchers that grabbed my attention.  Dark shades of green and pink interiors were beautifully painted on the exteriors.

 A special touch was the small sherbet glasses filled with small fresh bouquets.

Inspired by the display from the show, I decided to set a table with a similar aesthetic. Of course, I had purchased the two fish pitchers at the show and couldn't wait to use them.

We love to enjoy dinner on the screen porch overlooking the river.

I pulled out turquoise and yellow asparagus plates and used yellow service plates underneath.

Mother of Pearl flatware seemed to pull out the white accents of the plate 
and added another natural element.

Yellow and turquoise depression glasses were filled with David Austin rose blooms.

The fish pitchers were a wonderful addition to my majolica collection
 as my husband is an avid fisherman.

 David Austin roses and mint were arranged in a blackberry inspired pitcher.

 Purple antique napkins from France and an artichoke inspired table cloth were used on the table.
A majolica compote holds sweet cherry plums.

 Pink depression glass wine glasses emphasize the pink accents in the mix.

Light the candles and dinner is served!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Apalachicola Old Historic Home Shines

I am just returning from Apalachicola, Florida where I was visiting my  friend, Mariterese.  She has recently furnished a grand old lady built in the late 1800's.  While the house has been meticulously maintained through out the years,  Mariterese has put  the pizazz back in the old home.

 You enter the home into this breathtaking entry hall with its grand arched staircase. 
Barnacle encrusted urns sit on the stair landing with a turquoise and cream settee.  A pair of red velvet settees sit in the grand entrance to welcome visitors.  

 Peering from the parlor into the entry hall through the beautiful portieres. 

 A shell encrusted bust sits on the gilded and marble library table in the foyer.

 The rustic blue sideboard is a great contrast to the pristine original wood walls in the dining room.

 Italian leather and gilded chairs provide a luxurious contrast to the rustic farm table.

 Every evening during our visit, dinner was served with dramatic flair.  
Even a peanut butter  sandwich tastes better this way!

 A cozy breakfast nook in the kitchen with colorful paintings and majolica on the walls.

 I found it hard to photograph this beautiful bedroom.  But I wanted to share this gorgeous bed with a headboard fabricated of an antique tapestry upholstered to a tall simple frame.  Dark gray draperies hang from the tall ceilings to the floor to create this dramatic room.  It is filled with antique religious oil paintings, sculptures, and votivos.   

Another guest bedroom is French inspired with a raised platform bed.  Antique mirror chests are used as night stands.  The rooms are  large and the ceilings are high, so light floods the room.

 Specimen sea shells fill an antique gilded vitrine.

Driving over the bridge away from Apalachicola, I became a little sad.  This is one town where time stood still and the old ways still rule.   The sheer beauty of the landscape makes me hope that it stays that way.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sarah Duke Gardens on the Duke University Campus

Chapel Hill is only a quick four hour drive from here. Visiting the Sarah Duke gardens on Duke University's campus  has been on  my wish list for about a year, so we finally made the trip.  

A rainy day made visiting the gardens a bit of a challenge, but they were still beautiful. 

 A rainy moment at the entrance.  
 Foxglove, allium and roses- such a beautiful combination.

The rainy day made some of the images look more vivid.

I am loving this close up of the fox gloves.  I may have to frame it.

I didn't realize that there were so many types of allium.

The mixture of plants gave me many ideas for my own flower borders.

The gardens were started in the 1930's and have continued to evolve. 
 Today there are over 5 miles of walking paths to enjoy.  

We ducked under these Patrick Dougherty woven sculptures during a down pour. 

 A visit to the Duke campus needs to include the majestic Duke Chapel.
The Chapel was completed in 1932.

The large long sanctuary is architecturally gorgeous.  

One feels as if they are in England instead of in North Carolina. 

We happened to be in the chapel without anyone  else- a rare moment for these pictures to be taken.