Sunday, November 4, 2018

Autumn Inspiration for Tablescapes

Fall in Western North Carolina is very inspirational.  From the fall color vistas off the Blue Ridge Parkway-

 To the old parks that were built in the fifties from stone and natural elements.

All of these beautiful natural places inspire indoor tablescapes-

A fall tapestry of autumnal colors are gathered to set this table-

Fall dahlias, clementis vines and chocolate Queen Anne's Lace-

Bold orange chargers set on croco place mats- 

Silk napkins and horn flatware, crystal against pewter,  replicate the contrasts of the fall season.

Fall- the most beautiful time of the year! 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Flower Containers

One of my passions is  to go antiquing,  am I am always on the lookout for unusual floral containers.

Old glassware is especially useful to create a charming floral arrangement.

A single mis-matched sherbet gets a new life as a rose vase.
 Fancy stemware is perfect for flowers or tea lights. 

Old canning jars are perfect for casual displays of flowers.

Another favorite- old celery vases and spooners- 

Unusual baskets!

 Beautiful old pottery pieces

Wine bottles and demi-johns

Metal Victorian planters have so much character with their details.

A turn of the century planter with a violet in residence.

Garden urns brought inside.

The old stone French garden cone container.

Ironstone and copper

Vintage silver trophies and sea shells.

 A nautilus shell is the most beautiful container.

Confit pots and olive jugs

Old wire containers

My all time FAVORITE- a vintage horn and silver trophy!  When I found it, it was completely void of any silver finish.  So I sent it out to be re-silvered - it was so worth the investment!

Happy hunting!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Wedding Celebration

Last weekend, we celebrated the marriage of our son and new daughter-in-law in Chicago!  The flowers were done by Twigs in Lake Bluff and I have to share them!

Tomato red overlays over French Blue Satin table covers

Groupings of red velvet sofas and blue French arm chairs with column vases of white flowers.

The Grainger Ballroom at the Chicago Symphony Center

 Gold compotes and votives on each table.

The hi-tops had submerged red orchids surrounded by red rose petals and gold votives.

French Blue urns filled with massive arrangements for the bar

The Bridal bouquet!

Thanks Twigs team- you guys are the best!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Country French Magazine - We're in it!!

Imagine my excitement when I received a call last July 2017  from Bonnie Broten- a veteran stylist and producer for Meredith publishing!  She wanted to submit our new home for publication to the magazine.  She asked me to take several shots of specific rooms and send them to her. It took about 4 months to hear back from the editors, but we were chosen for Country French and it's just hitting the newsstands!

Bonnie and crew arrived last February to style and photograph our home. It was a wonderful learning experience and a fun and hectic  time. 
Here is a look at the pictures of the gathering room  that I submitted to Bonnie, so you can see the before pictures.

Here is the shot that went into the magazine!

Bonnie lightened up the bottom shelf and exchanged the glass samovar with the French wine bottle.
She explained that dark objects on the bottom shelf don't show up and she was right!
I have kept it this way and enjoyed changing the flowers or greenery in the bottle.

For this shot, Bonnie lightened up the coffee table and the mantle. She also removed the urn and candlestick from the hearth area.  It too has stayed the same with the exception of a pair of iron stools that  I placed on the hearth for additional seating.  

                                           Below are the before pictures of the kitchen.

 Note the lamps on the island and the black tole tray over the range.

Following is the shot that was published.
Bonnie felt that the white alabaster lamps were distracting, so we removed them.  She also felt the black tray was too dark and we needed a lighter picture.  Since the shoot, I have replaced the lamps with a carved wooded lamp, and kept the old oil painting behind the range!

Current island with different lamps!


 The dining hall before the shoot!

The magazine shot!

One of my favorite pictures in the magazine.  
I love the way Bonnie tossed the ranunculus  petals on the table surface!

Another shot from the dining room hutch.  This is the final picture in the magazine. 
 Bonnie added the flowers and grapes for the photo.  I loved it!

My submission picture for the prep kitchen (larder).

The magazine picture- brighter and more interesting with the cart pulled into the center of the room instead of against the window.

The master bedroom before shoot!

Bonnie removed the black cherub statues and replaced them with a simple bouquet of queen annes lace. The fur throw on the bed was replaced with a cashmere throw. She added the pink pillows for a pop of color.  

Magazine shot-

Master bath in the magazine article

Here are some rooms  that did not make the magazine.

The sunroom didn't make the cut!

Neither did the powder room

or the elevator

or the entry

or this great vignette styled by Bonnie.

or one of my favorite things in the house- the front door!

Bonnie Broten editing my stuff- a hard task!

Bree Williams the photographer and her wonderful assistant - Charlene

Bree lighting the candles for the table shot!

As it was February in the mountains of North Carolina, landscaping was a challenge. 
Our wonderful team from Dream Escapes dug holes in frozen ground and put in hellebores and heather.  Camelia bushes were planted too!

This was a wonderful experience.  I am thankful to have had the privilege of working with these very talented ladies for several very cold days in February.  It was a memory that I will cherish forever and I am very pleased to see the results in print!

Here's to Country French in the mountains of North Carolina!