Friday, July 30, 2010

Nantucket Antiques Show Opens Today - 7/30 ~ 8/2


If in the Northeast this week-end, looking for getaway adventure, hop on the ferry for a visit to Nantucket.  The 33rd annual Nantucket Antiques Show opens today and runs through Monday.  The NY Times Travel section includes all the info - places to stay, where to eat, what to see - in their article 36 Hours in Nantucket.  Attached below is more on this week-end's Antiques Show from The NY Times Home section.

"The 33rd annual Nantucket Antiques Show, Friday to Monday, is scheduled to have 22 dealers from the United States and Europe, including William Nickerson Antiques, which will show 18th- and 19th-century furniture and Shaia Oriental rugs, and the Silver Fund, a London firm specializing in Georg Jensen silver. Phoebe Booth Antiques, a Manhattan firm that sells English furniture and decorative items, will show a number of pieces, including an Arts and Crafts ebonized fireside chair, circa 1890, at left, that has its “original woven rush seat,” Ms. Booth said (it is listed at $2,850)."




"Proceeds from the show, to be held at Nantucket High School, will go to the Nantucket Firemen’s Association. Tickets for the preview party on Thursday are $50; admission to the show is $10. For information or to reserve party tickets: (757) 220-0400." 
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Destination Wedding Spot > Your Childhood Summer Camp

This emerging trend must be grabbing hold if the front page of the Wall Street Journal included an article on the increasing requests to hold weddings at summer camps.  What a brilliant notion!  The headache of locating, coordinating, and reserving accommodations, a ceremony site, and a reception site are instantly banished - the camp's grounds offer the perfect solution.  Fold in the positive elements of activities on hand for you & your guests, the practicality of not worrying about transportation for your guests to and from your wedding, and not to mention the personal and intimate ambiance created with such a cozy setting, makes the camp destination wedding a win/win for all. What a perfect venue to bring together family and friends to honor the commitment that you & your partner are making to one another.  Check out the photos below of couples who held "camp" weddings.

Photography by Suzy Q of Q Weddings - For More Info Click Here


Design & Photography by Ritzy Bee - For More Info Click Here


Photography by Amanda Herzberger - For More Info Click Here


Photography by Heather + Jon of One Love Photo - For More Info Click Here
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One to Watch > Emily Chaffee

Emily Chaffee has artisan talent in her blood...  Her father was a skilled craftsman.  Her mother has an eye for antiques and interior design.  Her older sister, who is my dear friend ever since we met in our freshman year college dorm 18 years ago, is an artist & writer.  Growing up in the idyllic Cape Cod town of Sandwich, her family's home nestled among the marsh with sea views beyond, you can't be but inspired by the surroundings.  Emily found her own form of artistic expression when her path in school lead her to a degree in Architecture.

Emily Chaffee

Out of a love for gift giving full of creativity and unique craftsmanship, Emily has started designing custom baby & childrens clothes (and even for big kids too). Her hobby of sewing and knitting is taking shape and influenced by friends and family. Emily starts her design process with an organic cotton item of clothing - onesie or t-shirt. Next, taking design queues with the child in mind who will be the recipient, thinks about their favorite colors, characters, likes & dislikes...  As she explains:  "Words that touch on my inspiration for these creations are play, joy, flow, fun, emerging, expression, allowing, and giving.  I love pouring my creativity into something small and emerging out of that process with a little gift.  I enjoy staying present through the process and letting it take on a life of its own."  Emily's end result is an article of clothing custom styled to the personality of the baby or child, infused with the sense of free flowing design spirit. Check out the images below of Emily's work and if interested in one of her custom designed creations for yourself or a loved one, stop by her Etsy shop.

"Stevie" - Inspired by Stevie's Fascination with Mummy's.  Notice Below the Custom Name Tag Included Sewn Into the Back of the Shirt.  

"Stevie" - Detail

"Stevie" - Custom Name Tag for the Owner


"Alex" - A Custom Onesie

"Alex" - Detail


"Laura" - Crafted with a Monster Design


"Bella" - Crafted with a Rain Cloud Design

"Bella" - Detail


"Hudson" - Crafted with a Monster Design


"Hudson" - Detail
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Atlanta's Housing Market > 3 Jewels With the Perfect Combo of Location, Original Architecture, & Price Point

Jim and I love to keep an eye on our local real estate market here in Atlanta.  I particularly pay attention to some key neighborhoods, always on the lookout for interesting architecture, or large lot size, or location, mixed with a competitive asking price.  Fortunately for me, Jim has the skills to determine the overall existing condition of a house I might find appealing. Paint may cover up a mold or a water issue, but Jim 's talents lie in assessing a house from the bottom up - checking the foundation for any possible structural issues, to the possibility of uncovering double or even triple layers of shingles on the roof!  Found below are 3 houses in some of Atlanta's great walking neighborhoods... offering access to delicious restaurants and interesting shopping.  All 3 need some renovation work to bring them up to speed to the design expectations of today's home buyer, but due to their asking prices, paired with their locations, you are ahead in the long term investment game.  I can't stress enough how important it is to hire skilled professionals to help you along in your house hunting journey.  When interested in homes that need work, a competent house inspector is key!  His or her findings can change the stakes to any contract and can be used as a price point negotiation tool.  To help in navigating the contract, the negotiation process, and the closing, a smart, savvy, and no nonsense real estate agent is imperative.  If interested in finding out more info on the 3 houses I suggest, let me recommend our trusted friend and Coldwell Banker real estate agent, Christiane Zeh.

#1 - Decatur, GA - 124 Fairview Avenue / 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath Home.  Can't say enough about the location of this property!  Walk 50 steps to Taqueria Del Sol, Watershed Restaurant, Farm Burger, or pick up a cup of coffee at Dancing Goats.  Head up to the Decatur Square, for more restaurant choices and shopping.  I like this house for the front and back screened porches; the interior high ceilings; period details - crown molding, fireplace, etc....; 1 car garage; and its deep lot considering its intown position.  The kitchen and bath need updating, but that allows the perfect opportunity to choose the fixtures, tiles, and finishes to make it your own.

124 Fairview Avenue / Decatur, GA / $310,000

Living Room - Notice the Built-ins Flanking the Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, & Thick Crown Molding. Opens to Dining Room.

Kitchen - Original Details.  Depending on Your Tastes, Needs Some Reworking.

Bedroom - 1 of 3.  Original Fireplace & Hardwood Floors.

Bathroom - Only 1 in the Home.  Needs 2010 Updating. I love the Idea of Being Able to Add a Second Bath if Possible.

Back Screened Porch - Great Space Overlooking the 1 Car Garage & Deep Lot.

Exterior Backyard.

Dancing Goats Coffee Shop

Watershed Restaurant

Taqueria Del Sol


#2 - Candler Park, Atlanta, GA - 1765 Indiana Avenue / 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home.  Candler Park is home to the famed Flying Biscuit Cafe - a phenomenal breakfast eatery, known for their amazing biscuits with homemade apple butter on the side.  Walk to Flying Biscuit, as well as Fellini's Pizza, and the cute shops of Candler Park from the location of this home.  Highlights include the all brick bungalow design, in keeping with Candler Park's architecture; 1 car garage; 2 baths; some renovation appears to have been started to the kitchen; and a pool in the backyard. The home's asking price of $235,900 is a great starting point for getting into this neighborhood of homes typically offered at a base price of $400,000.

1765 Indiana Avenue / Candler Park, Atlanta, GA / $235,900

Living Room - Original Fireplace with Built-ins & Period Windows.

Kitchen - Some Renovation Work Appears to Have Been Started, with New Cabinetry & Dishwasher.

Bathroom - 1 of 2 - Needs 2010 Updating.

Exterior - 1 Car Garage & Pool (to the left of the garage).

The Shops of Candler Park

Fellini's Pizza

The Flying Biscuit


#3 - Inman Park, Atlanta, GA - 1069 Washita Avenue / 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home.  Yes, this home is begging for a 2010 overhaul, but its prime location is one of its key selling features.  Washita Avenue connects you to the restaurants and shopping of both Inman Park and the Little Five Points neighborhood.  Walk to your left towards Little Five, and you run into Variety Playhouse, The Yacht Club Bar, and the eccentric shops - Junkman's Daughter & Stefan's, to name a few - that the village offers.  Walk to your right, and you find yourself immersed in the historic architecture of Inman Park, Atlanta's oldest neighborhood.  The roster of amazing restaurants include Shaun's, Sotto Sotto, Fritti, Highland Bakery, and the delicacies of Cacao, a boutique chocolate shop.  Besides the key location, I love the deep front porch, set back position, and period details.  FYI, Inman Park's renovated jewels sell into the million dollar range.

1069 Washita Avenue / Inman Park, Atlanta, GA / $350,000

Living Room - Original Hardwood Floors, Crown Molding, and Double Glass Doors to the Dining Room.

Living Room - Original Fireplace Detail.

Exterior - Front Porch - Original Granite Details - Bases for Porch Columns & Front Steps; Original Large Windows.

Variety Playhouse

Fritti Restaurant, with its Sister Restaurant, Sotto Sotto, next door.

The Shops of Little Five Points
Monday, July 26, 2010

Fedoras > The Timeless Look for Today's "It" Fashion Accessory

Fedora hats are everywhere this summer from coast to coast....  the perfect fashion accessory that can change the overall of a look with the angled placement of the brim.  Styles range in price depending on materials used in construction and can be found for purchase thru the street vendors in NYC to the higher end designer boutiques. Traditionally a man's tailored accessory, women have incorporated the Fedora for casual to sleek looks.  The market seems to be saturated with Fedoras, one would think its time is up on the fashion stage, but this timeless design will always have its place among the trend setting and head turning fashionistas.

1942 - Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.  Set in the Early Days of WWII.

1965 - The Sound of Music - I Remembered Noticing How Louisa and Friedrich Both Incorporated the Fedora.  Set in Austria in the 1930's.

Mid-1960's - Legendary Socialite and Trend-setter Babe Paley

1992 - The Lover - Jane March's Character Pairing the Fedora with Her Hair in Pigtail Braids, Blurring the Lines Between School Girl & Adult Woman.  Set in 1929, French Indochina.

Summer 2006 - The French Open - I Remembered Seeing Jennifer Aniston Photographed in a Fedora with Boyfriend at the Time, Vince Vaughn.

Stylish Mom - Reese Witherspoon

Stylish Mom - Madonna

Stylish Mom - Michelle Williams

Stylish Daughter - Shiloh Jolie-Pitt with Mom, Angelina Jolie and Sister, Zahara

Stylish Daughter - Kaia Gerber with Mom, Cindy Crawford

Julia Roberts - Her Character, Holding her Fedora, in the Upcoming Movie Eat, Pray, Love

Legendary NY Times street photographer, Bill Cunningham, shot pics of New Yorkers sporting the Fedora trend back in 2007.  Yesterday's NY Times Style Section included another round of Cunningham's street models, further emphasizing the Fedora is the Hot, Hot, Hot summer accessory.  Check out this link to see his video too.

August 2007 - Bill Cunningham - Cats in the Hats

July 25, 2010 - Bill Cunningham - Tiptop

Check out this link to the NY Times article - A Hat So In, Its Got to Be Out - by City Critic Ariel Kaminer.  Read and watch the video link, as she makes her way from downtown to uptown, scouring the NYC streets for info and impressions of the Fedora trend.

The City Critic Ariel Kaminer, Pictured in Her $15 Fedora

Fedora Hats, In Various Styles, Ready for Purchase at a NYC Wholesaler

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