Monday, March 31, 2008

Avrett Furniture & Lighting - Stunning!

I wish I could say I was the design savvy blogger who found Avrett - instead they found me and asked me to take a peek at their hand forged works. One look and I was smitten. Based in Charleston, SC since 1980, they offer a range of beautiful pieces and not only can customize to meet your needs but can also create one of a kind, hand forged works. Here are just a few of their classic, timeless designs that I think could be at home in a historic house or brand new construction. What is also so impressive are the 24 gorgeous finishes! (I plan to give them a ring tomorrow to find out more - but impatient me had to post this right away)
Love the scale of this curved base - such attitude!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tagged - H is for hometown...

I've been tagged by Carolina Eclectic (really enjoy her blog). Since one of the questions is "What is your hometown?" I thought I'd share some pics of where I grew up - Auburn, NY. It's located in the Finger Lakes region of central NY. Check out the link - its heyday was in the 1800's. (Picture to the left is of the Case Mansion - Theodore Case developed sound film)

Home of William H. Seward, aka the wise man who persuaded Abraham Lincoln to purchase Alaska. It is now an amazing museum you can visit.
The Willard Chapel is an extremely rare example of the work of Louis C. Tiffany and Tiffany Glass and Decoration Co. in that it is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany chapel known to exist.
"A beautiful landscape window by Louis Comfort Tiffany graces the sanctuary of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn, NY. Created in 1910 during a high point in Tiffany's ecclesiastical commissions, the Rainbow Window is a prime example of Tiffany's landscape windows, rare among religious commissions and considered his supreme achievements in stained glass."
67 South Street - South Street is a historic street that in the 1800's was known as "Millionaire's Row". I only know this because my doctor's husband did his Ph.D. thesis on the topic!
70 South Street
Harriet Tubman home - click here for a site map of Auburn safe houses that were part of the Underground Railroad
Hoopes Park - in the winter it becomes an outdoor skating park
Emerson Park at Owasco Lake (Bill and Hillary Clinton made the next lake over, Skaneateles, an even more desirable destination after their visit in 1998)
The Public Library - an absolutely amazing building with glass floors in one section to allow the light to pass through. Notice the snow - it's like that 4+ months a year

Images via Tour Auburn NY

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Kitchen love

Southern Accents, designer Suzanne Kasler, photography by Trio Giovan
Southern Accents, designer Jenny Peters, photography by Tria Giovan
D Home, designer Julio Quinones - love the bench & cafe table in this kitchen
image via Desire to Inspire
Design,Inc. season one, designer Sarah Richardson
Image via Cottage Living
Amanda Prior via Desire to Inspire
House Beautiful March 2008 - just had to post this photo one more time
Image via PointClickHome - love this butler pantry
Living etc. September 2007 - I really like this idea

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Thank you for the mention!

Thank you Jo and Kim of Desire to Inspire for including me in your Easter reading guide! It was totally unexpected and very exciting! Check out Desire to Inspire's complete Easter reading guide - there's alot of great blogs listed, including Just Imagine, one of my regular reads.

And while I'm on the subject of thank you's - thank you to PVE Design for posting my home office on her week-long feature on desk vignettes and home offices. Isn't this illustration wonderful!

PVE noticed the brick wall that is calling out for help. Here's the question - do I paint it white or dark brown like the back of the shelves?
The painting is Anne Harwell's Lilly's Desk

Monday, March 24, 2008

Chicago's Jayson Home and Garden - Gorgeous woods & contrasting textures

Jayson Home and Garden is another great Chicago design store. What really stood out were the wonderful wood pieces and the use of animal skins with either traditional furniture or modern chrome pieces. Their lower level houses some great finds at marked down prices. Very friendly design staff as well - you've gotta love the midwest!
Couldn't resist posting this close-up shot of this terrific vignette.

This screen was really impressive. Although the picture doesn't show it, it extends for about 2 or so more feet.

Close-up shot of this gorgeous wood.
More amazing wood.
A traditional chair with a twist.

Lo-o-oved this resin lamp.

Seeing alot of busts showing up in stores.

Cloisonne jars.
They're having a European flea market April 18 - 20th. Online sales for this event start April 25th.


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