Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White and Blue...

It's that time of year again...


July is here!  And with it brings the hottest weather of the year, cook outs, baseball games, pool parties and who can forget that it's National Ice Cream Month?

But the absolute best day of the month is...

JULY 4th!

This is the day that celebrates the thirteen colonies Independence from Great Britain, but did you know that we were actually legally separated from Great Britain on July 2, 1776?  Here's a little letter that John Adams wrote to Abigail Adams concerning the matter:

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Of course, John was off by two days, mostly due to the fact that the Declaration of Independence was being revised and wasn't approved until July 4th, 1776.  He was right, though; for the past 239 years we've been celebrating this monumental day with the "bells, bonfires, and illuminations" fitting of the occasion.  

While we prepare our homes, gardens, and backyards to receive our guests for July 4th, let's indulge in a bit of inspiration from a classic American Icon... Ralph Lauren!

Relaxed and cool... We love the traditional look mixed with fun pieces like the guitar, camera, and American Flag!



Gorgeous red, white and blue textiles from Ralph Lauren


Some favorite pieces based off of 18th and 19th century designs available from Ralph Lauren Home:

Scrubbed Farm Pine Table with Barn Red Base

18th Century Dining Arm Chair

Cane Back Settee


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Whatever your plans may be for July 4th this year, have a safe and fun holiday!
  

“I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.” 
― Abigail Adams



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

Bars

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.