Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spaces & Places 2011 — Passport Prive Party

There is one more day for you to score the hottest ticket in town!  Fri­day night's Pass­port Prive at Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places.


Spaces & Places Passport Party Invitation

Spaces & Places Pass­port Party Invitation

It promises to be a great night!

If you can­not attend the party, be sure to stop by Spaces & Places this week­end. The show house is open 10–4 on Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. ALL pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and The Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance.

Sun­day morn­ing 10–1, who wouldn't love mimosas and a spe­cial view­ing of Designer Spaces? More details:

spaces places mimosas

Mimosas and brunch at Spaces & Places

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

local and lovely — farmington kitchen & garden tour

The 13th Annual Farm­ing­ton Kitchens and Gar­dens Tour hosted by the Friends of the Farm­ing­ton Library was held Sat­ur­day at six pri­vate homes and seven pub­lic gar­dens and muse­ums. The old­est home dates back to 1659 and most were in the Vil­lage, as we refer to the cen­tral, old­est part of Farm­ing­ton CT.
An incred­i­ble vari­ety of both kitchens and gar­dens, from mod­ern to stately to eclec­tic pro­vided a draw for many despite the early rain.

I can't tell you much about the event other than my lit­tle cor­ner of it. We were on the tour for the first time. Imag­ine hoards of gar­den lovers drop­ping in to see your out­door spaces, and then check­ing out your kitchen too. I'm a designer, and I was stressed out ahead of this event!  But, as always, I have a team I can rely on to make things happen!

First, the delight­ful and fun Cyn­thia Dodd from Plantscapes arrived to design and exe­cute stage 1 of "The Plan". For me, hir­ing a designer for the first time was a novel expe­ri­ence. As we dis­cussed choices, I made a con­certed effort not to ask for changes that would com­pro­mise the design — even when I could not visu­al­ize the fin­ished project. I will admit I did hem-and-haw about the foun­tain color, but we laughed through the whole thing and we even­tu­ally com­pro­mised on a color that suits us both. Hav­ing some­one else dress up my home was a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence! I can't imag­ine why every­one doesn't hire a designer!

Some peeks at the garden:

the new fountain

the new foun­tain in the foun­da­tion gar­den — this bed was com­pletely renovated

one of the planters on the front porch

one of the planters on the front porch

love this green planter!

love this green planter!

more greenery beside the front door

more green­ery beside the front door

some new gems in front of the studio

some new gems in front of the studio

the kitchen garden - I can't handle more than 3 tomato plants!

the kitchen gar­den — I can't han­dle more than 3 tomato plants!

these ligularia will spread in the shade behind the studio

these ligu­laria will spread in the shade behind the studio

more new perennials behind the house

more new peren­ni­als behind the house

new wall planters beside the kitchen doors

new wall planters beside the kitchen doors

new planters complement my panton chairs on the back patio

new planters com­ple­ment my pan­ton chairs on the back patio

Stage 2 of the new gar­dens will bring even more color and energy to our land­scape. And maybe in 3 or 5 years, as the newest plants mature and fill in, we'll be on the tour again.

To add some flo­ral zing to my kitchen, I called on the über-talented Robin Weir of Haworth's Florists. She is amaz­ing! I show up with a vague con­cept ("give me funky"), and a fab­ric sam­ple, she deliv­ers orig­i­nal, ener­getic and all-around fab­u­lous arrange­ments. Here are the three she designed for my kitchen:

in a corner behind my kitchen table, I set this on a chair atop a table for height

in a cor­ner behind my kitchen table, I set this on a chair atop a table for height

on the island, this arrangement garnered many compliments

on the island, this arrange­ment gar­nered many compliments

detail from the arrangement on the kitchen table

detail from the arrange­ment on the kitchen table

A few details from my kitchen — I'm a lousy pho­tog­ra­pher, so can only show snippets!

new pillows on my thomas o'brien (swoon) thompson chairs

new pil­lows on my thomas o'brien (swoon) thomp­son chairs

newly reupholstered side chairs

newly reuphol­stered side chairs

my crow foot table in the seating area

my crow foot table in the seat­ing area


tibetan chest from kips bay quickly accessorized from around the house!

tibetan chest from kips bay quickly albeit scant­ily acces­sorized from around the house!

I under­stand from the orga­niz­ers the Farm­ing­ton Kitchen & Gar­den Tour was a suc­cess and hope sig­nif­i­cant funds were raised for the libraries in town. Many thanks to the vol­un­teers who looked after my home!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

local lovelies…connecticut spring antiques show

I attended the Con­necti­cut Spring Antiques Show this past week­end, because really, I just couldn’t help myself! I love mix­ing antiques into con­tem­po­rary and tran­si­tional set­tings, and believed (right­fully, as it turns out) that this show in Hart­ford would offer more approach­able prices than the recent show I attended in New York City. It was com­fort­ing to see atten­dance was very brisk.

With the major­ity of deal­ers from New Eng­land, it was not sur­pris­ing to see the nau­ti­cal theme heav­ily rep­re­sented. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many paint­ings of ships in one place! Avail­able to keep your theme décor rolling was an assort­ment of brass nau­ti­cal acces­sories, weather vanes and var­i­ous antique boat parts.

ship painting from Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

ship paint­ing from Jef­frey Tillou Antiques

ship weathervane from Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

ship weath­er­vane from Jef­frey Tillou Antiques

Large scale vin­tage signs are still wildly pop­u­lar and seen in nearly every sec­ond booth. Some of the most interesting:

milliner sign from newsom & berdan

milliner sign from new­som & berdan

vintage sign from Otto & Susan Hart Antiques

vin­tage sign from Otto & Susan Hart Antiques

vintage sign from R.G.L. Antiques

vin­tage sign from R.G.L. Antiques

vintage hotel sign from Saltbox Antiques

vin­tage hotel sign from Salt­box Antiques

Por­traits too were going strong. I was par­tic­u­larly look­ing for instant ances­tors with a bit of moxie! I think these all sat­isfy on that front:

a lady with attitude from Don Olson Antiques

a lady with atti­tude from Don Olson Antiques

lovely lady from Carol Wojtkun Antiques

lovely lady from Carol Wojtkun Antiques

antique portrait of a couple with a twinkle in their eyes!

antique por­trait of a cou­ple with a twin­kle in their eyes!

Finally, there were numer­ous smalls of every descrip­tion, includ­ing pot­tery, dec­o­ra­tive acces­sories and antique hooked rugs/wall hang­ings. The sheer abun­dance of candle-stands was amaz­ing! Most were typ­i­cally styled tri­pod type, but these two I scouted for a client stood out for being a bit dif­fer­ent. Both would fit beau­ti­fully into more mod­ern room settings.

T-based William & Mary candlestand from Peter Eaton

T-based William & Mary can­dle­stand from Peter Eaton

tiger maple tripod candlestand circa 1820 from Edwin Ahlberg

tiger maple tri­pod can­dle­stand circa 1820 from Edwin Ahlberg

The show, pre­sented by the Had­dam His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, is very well pre­sented. If you missed it this year, be sure to visit next spring!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

lovely things…spotted at winter antiques show 2011

A sunny, cold Sun­day seemed like a great time to visit the Win­ter Antiques Show in NYC, a ben­e­fit event for East Side House Set­tle­ment now in its 57th year. Upscale ven­dors from around the world dis­play pre­mium pieces from their col­lec­tions — and if you need to ask the price, you can't afford it! As I browsed and sur­rep­ti­tiously took pho­tos with my iphone, I pre­tended the prices were not in the stratos­phere and searched for liv­able pieces I would love to bring home for myself or a lucky client.

I can't decide if I love these heads, or if they would scare me if I walked down the stairs in the mid­dle of the night.

dealer: Robert Young

This turn­pike sign is incredible.

dealer: Robert Young

There appar­ently was a time when chil­dren stood still long enough to have por­traits painted:

dealer: Old Hope Antiques

Love the shape of this octag­o­nal table, which I'm sure has a fancier name than "table":

dealer: Alfred Bullard

When I am gone, please store my ashes in this 1st cen­tury AD Roman cinerary urn:

dealer: Rupert Wace Ancient Art

A nearly life-size, stone Khmer god­dess torso, for that empty cor­ner in your liv­ing room. So beautiful!

  • dealer: Carl­ton Rochell
  • For the first time at this show, a new fea­ture called "Design­ing with Antiques". Three design­ers pre­sented rooms incor­po­rat­ing antiques into "real life" rooms. Apolo­gies for the poor qual­ity of these pictures:

    A salon by Philip Gor­rivan, fea­tur­ing his new col­lec­tion of fab­rics for High­land Court:

    room by Philip Gorrivan

    A bed­room by Harry Heiss­mann:

    bed­room by Harry Heissmann

    A din­ing room by Eileen Kathryn Boyd; love the Elkins chairs:

    Design­ing with Antiques vignette by Eileen Kathryn Boyd

    Price aside, how do you feel about incor­po­rat­ing antiques into your home?

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