Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood

Last summer, my in-laws took all of us up to DC for a family trip. Since I had lived there before, I drove a lot of the sightseeing. And on our last day there, I took my sister- and mother-in-law to see Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post's fabulous home in the city, a historic property I'd seen before in my 20's.

To say it's fabulous is simply not enough for this home, however. Ms. Post, as per her usual, was obsessive about collecting and creating perfect homes and gardens. No expense was spared.

I was especially taken with the incredible and peaceful garden spaces on the property. The parterre outside her bedroom and dressing room is especially striking.  The symmetrical hedges, ivy covered walls, channels of moving water... so very Versailles. All truly breathtaking. And at the far end? A statue of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt. And Ms. Post looked out over her every day she was at Hillwood. How fitting and the subtle nod was not lost on me.

I'll post separately on the interiors.

the view from outside Ms. Post's dressing room
her serene and impeccable dressing room

The view back at the house. Her dressing room is straight ahead on the second floor.
Diana, Goddess of the Hunt 

more impeccably curated garden statuary

ivy-covered walls open onto the garden room beyond

oh, the greenhouses!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Parisian Apartment Time Capsule

Check out this incredible post over on Messy Nessy.

It seems that at the onset of World War II, the owner closed up her apartment, left Paris and never returned. It wasn't until she passed away at age 91 that her heirs opened it back up. And this is what they discovered.

Absolutely amazing! I'm now obsessed with finding a taxidermy ostrich for my own dressing room (which I don't have... but a girl can dream, right?)


Nashville's Antiques and Garden Show

Well, once again I've abandoned my blog and here I am back again. I've been trying to work on my novel, but haven't made any substantial headway on that, so perhaps this daily dose of writing will jumpstart me.

Here in Nashville every February we hold the Antiques and Garden Show. It's really incredible and I've been a committee member for years. But this year, we really decided to jump on the social media bandwagon and I became the Social Media Chair for the show.

Below are some of the photos I took of booths, dealers and speakers that struck my fancy. Most were used on our Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram pages.

What do you think?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The 30's

I found this amazing post this morning on New York Social Diary and I'm just crazy over these photos. The post is absolutely brilliant and confirms for me why I'm a fan. Visit regularly because they update content daily.

I'm not one to idealize everything about the past, but these photos certainly do make me long for a little bit of the past in the here-and-now.

These images inspire me in countless ways: fashion, entertaining, architecture, photography...

How do they inspire you?

Monday, July 11, 2011

custom monogram

I love stationery. There... I said it. I try to write notes often and I view my personalized stationery as a gift to the recipient. Along with my congratulations, thanks or encouragement, I send the little present that is a pretty card. I feel like it tells the recipient that I care enough to invest in the paper I write that note on... that I care enough about them to invest in their message.

So when I stumbled across Allison R. Banks Designs, I was insanely happy. Allison is an amazingly gifted woman who will interpret your monogram vision, execute it by hand and mail you a cd to use as you see fit. Have it simply printed on business cards, send it Crane's to have a copper engraving dye cut from it, print customized gift stickers... whatever.

Above is the final product she did for me and I couldn't be happier. We communicated via e- mail (naturally, in the wonderful digital age, I've never met Allison) and she took my idea of a combination of both swirly and sharp letters and made it come alive. I felt as if it was fitting for me, because I find that I'm a study in contrasts, so the blending of the shapes is so... me. And that's something that you'll never find in the huge, albeit lovely, selection of monograms from all those huge books from your local stationer.

I've also included some photos from her web site of past work she's done. The custom wedding favors make me wish Mr. EE and I were getting married again and not fourteen years ago! The unique wedding favor boxes would make charming take-aways for weddings or dinners. And how lovely are the customized gift tags? Take your monogram to your local printer and have the image printed on a red business card with white ink and use them for Christmas tags. Render them in pastels and use them for shower gift tags. The possibilities are endless.

So go check out the web site. It's easy to navigate and Allison has so many samples and ideas along with photos. You won't regret it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

"chic stripes"

I've been loving this post earlier this month by Heather over at Habitually Chic. The top photo is borrowed from the post. Check it out. It echoes the dreamy old school look of the Venezia Pavilion by ZGallerie.

While I'm not sure I would want a whole big room full of stripes, the appeal of the stripy small space is undeniable... which is why I love that Heather focused on bathrooms. I think because the striped pavilion is evocative of wet swimsuits and tiny spaces is the reason why this black and white look works in bathrooms.

Friday, June 24, 2011

shop windows

In going through some travel photos from the past, I've noticed a trend... I photograph shop windows everywhere I go. I didn't even notice I was doing it.

I think there is something so inspirational about a shop window. It's sort of stirs that child-like yearning for something beautiful seen through the glass. It really does stir something magical in me.

The compositions also inspire me in the realms of entertaining, fashion, design.... really it's limitless where you can apply inspiration. Sometimes austere, shocking, colorful... I find beauty in them all.

Above are a collection of shop windows from trips to London, Paris and New York. I know you can tell which city is which. I love them all.