Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Greenhouses and Gardening

Greenhouse, glasshouse, hothouse... There are many names for these beautiful and sometimes delicate looking structures.  While modern greenhouses tend be large industrial designs, the concept has been around for centuries.

In Roman times, greenhouses were built using frames and thin sheets of Selenite as opposed to glass which was hard to come by and considered a luxury.  Greenhouses took on the identity of Orangeries during the 17th century, when they were used as a means of protecting citrus trees from harsh European winters.  These were often Baroque style buildings that easily blended in with the aristocratic residences they accompanied.  The Orangerie at Versailles in France is a great example of these beautiful yet functional greenhouses. 

The height of the greenhouse popularity happened in Victorian England.  Although it's no longer standing today, the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park was a magnificent glass structure measuring 990,000 square feet and constructed in 1850.

Despite these impressive examples of greenhouses, the word itself tends to conjure images of small weathered glass buildings surrounded by misty English gardens.  As we ride out the last weeks of spring here is some inspiration for your garden spaces; whether it's a flower bed or your own little Crystal Palace!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


With the temperatures below freeing, it is hard to leave the house!  Right now is the best time to enjoy your home bar.  Here a few residential bars we are especially inspired by…

If you are in the mood to decorate your own bar, here are a few of our picks from the showroom…
From left to right: Astral Wall Sconces from Mr. Brown, Antique Mirror, Carrie Penley's Patton Revolver, AERIN Shagreen Tray, AERIN Match Striker, Antique Wine Tasting Table, Claudio Media Cabinet Mr. Brown

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

If you are in the New York area, Matisse: The Cut-Outs is currently on exhibition at the Moma, through February 8th.  It is a must see!
This many of Matisse's cut-outs have not been together since Matisse' death in 1954, when they left his apartment.
In 1941, during the bleak period of WWII, Matisse was diagnosed with intestinal cancer.  Being confined to a wheel chair, he pressed on with his art.  Surviving the cancer felt as a second life to him.  Matisse compared his new medium of cutouts to a sculptor cutting into stone, only he was cutting into paper.  Matisse's nurses arranged the cut-outs around his room to create his works of art.
If you can't make it to New York to see the exhibit, here are a few shots of Matisse and his work:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Welcome to September!

We can not be more excited for September; we are hoping fall weather is right around the corner!    
This month we are focusing our blog posts on fashion, red and gold hues, and animal skins.  September is the most important month for the fashion industry, but it also trickles into the interior design world.  We are going to show you how simple techniques such as slipcovers and a hides can dress up your interiors, similar to the fashion world!

This month is packed, for example, our annual Sample Sale, a delivery of new Julian Chichester items, and  a container from the UK!  Look what we have in store-

1- Labor Day- showroom closed
2- Container 58 arrives
8- re-setting the showroom with new Julian Chichester stock
4-11- NY Fashion Week
23- 1st Day of Fall
24- Warehouse Sale

Monday, August 4, 2014

Robert Brown's Townhouse

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles recently featured Robert Brown's Townhouse.

The article explains the new retail experience which provides a place for designers to shop, but also displays Bob's refined menswear-inspired aesthetic.  Robert Brown is also calling his Townhouse a design laboratory.  For example, the bold red living room shows his experimentation of paint color.  Check out more of Bob's furniture in our showroom or next door at Townhouse.
We checked out the Townhouse ourselves, and we spotted some of our furniture Robert Brown Designed for MacRae!
Sara's favorite part was the lamp collection, inspired by John Rosselli's NY Shop-
And, Louisa's favorite part was the red room-

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm
Walland, TN

The Inn at Blackberry Farm was founded over 30 years ago, on the idea of creating a home with good friends, family, and food in one setting.

In 1976, Kreis and Sandy Beall were also captured by the charm of Blackberry Farm.  The farm inspired their dreams of sharing a magical property with good food and good friends.  At the time, Kreis was a new mother to her son Sam.  That year she decided to make the farm their home.  She also opened the property to the public as a six room country inn.  

Today Kreis and her son Sam continue the tradition started 38 years ago in the beautiful setting of the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. 

 Through Kreis's leadership and vision, the Farm has grown to include 4200 acres, and 62 estate and cottage rooms.

The artisan staff includes the chef, master gardner, baker, cheese maker, forger, butcher, sommelier, and several other experienced members.  

Check out our two favorite cookbooks, The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm and The Blackberry Farm Cookbook.

Join us in celebrating this truly special place with some of our favorite images collected over the years, highlighting a few of our pieces used in each cottage. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!  

In honor of the 4th, we are happy to feature two Made in America lines we have in our showroom.

The upholstery items from the
McAlpine Home Collection for Lee Industries- 
 Made in North Carolina

And our iron furniture collection with Lucy Smith-
Made in Alabama 

Here is a little collage to celebrate our favorite pieces,