Friday, October 29, 2010

Inspiring Architecture for a Fall Week-end Getaway

Crisp mornings and golden afternoons filled with apple orchards and pumpkin patches makes my heart tug for Fall getaways and a country home retreat to enjoy it all.  I continue to tear out and hold onto images from my favorite shelter magazines of inspiring architecture that might one day serve our design needs.  I've held onto these photos of a renovated Connecticut farmhouse from the much missed (folded in 2008) Cottage Living magazine's November 2007 issue.  Not only is the renovation of this 112 year old home wonderful and in keeping with the original line of the structure, but I love the refined interior spaces and choices of finishes.  My idea of a perfect spot to take in a Fall "Color Tour".  Happy Week-end!





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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pollen's Pumpkin Heads

Chris Condon Creating Pumpkin Heads @Pollen
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Our creative friends Bonnie Garrison and Chris Condon own the loveliest of flower shops - Pollen - located in Buckhead.  Complementing their cut flower bouquets, potted orchids & plant arrangements, and landscape gardening needs, Bonnie and Chris seek out artisan wares and interesting finds offered for sale as well. Their shop bungalow makes for a dreamy haven, with something fun and fresh always catching your eye.  Check out what the duo is up to for Halloween.....  Pumpkin Heads - the right mix of witty and whimsical design, perfect for Halloween gift giving.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Candy for Grownups

L.A. Burdick 
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Today's NY Times Dining section features candy makers offering Halloween treats made with grownup tastes in mind.  Sample chocolatier L.A. Burdick's white ghosts filled with gianduja ganache or order their coffin shaped black box filled with an assortment of chocolate bonbons.  Also recommended,  The Coffee Toffee Company's Pumpkin Spice toffee, perfectly packaged in a Chinese takeout style container.  And while we're on the subject of toffee, my must have holiday (or anytime) treat, is toffee from Toffee to Go.  Toffee to Go offers 3 varieties - White Chocolate Macadamia, Milk Chocolate Almond, and Dark Chocolate Pecan - if you can't decide on your favorite, be sure to order their sample box of all three!

The Coffee Toffee Company
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Toffee to Go (top left - Dark Chocolate Pecan; top right - White Chocolate Macadamia; bottom center - Milk Chocolate Almond)
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Local Artisan Textiles ~ Block and Brayer

Block and Brayer Textiles
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Hollis McFadden is the creator and designer behind Block and Brayer, a textile company based in Athens, GA. Hollis' deliberate choices of materials - hemp linen for her fabric and non-toxic ink for her patterns - are both environmentally friendly and help to extend the overall life of her textiles.  Her artisan process involves creating custom designs, carving the pattern, and utilizing a hand block printing technique, all performed in her Athens studio. Block and Brayer fabrics can be purchased by the yard for upholstery and ready made pillows are available as well. For order inquiries:  info@blockandbrayer.com.  Check out below a selection of pillows from Block and Brayer - I love the mix of organic patterns with nature inspired colors. Many thanks to blogger Allison @Lulu Interiors for turning me onto Block and Brayer after reading her post.





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Monday, October 25, 2010

Fashion "IT" Girl >>> Charlotte Olympia Dellal

Charlotte Olympia Dellal
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The world is at her feet.....  Literally.....  Charlotte Olympia Dellal is the creator, designer, and owner of Charlotte Olympia, the smashingly successful fashion shoe line.  Launched in 2006, Charlotte Olympia has quickly become the go-to shoe for the best dressed set, counting Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Daphne Guiness as loyal fans.  Now at 29, Charlotte's fashion star continues to rise this Fall as she is featured in both Vogue & Harper's Bazaar magazines.  Check out more details below.

Charlotte olympia designs have become synonymous with classic shapes and meticulous attention to detail. Each shoe is finished with the brand's signature gold spider web on the sole. Inspired by the allure of Hollywood glamour of old, Charlotte Olympia's leopard prints, fan detailing and arresting use of colour have been coveted by Kate Moss and Daphne Guinness amongst others. Each shoe is hand crafted in Italy and her vertiginous heels and urbane 'island' style platforms are sold at some of the world's most prestigious retailers, including Dover Street Market, Jeffrey, Harvey Nichols and Net-A-Porter.
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A Selection of Charlotte Olympia Styles
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Vogue, October 2010


Ashley Greene

Kate Hudson

Emma Watson

Daphne Guiness

Gwyneth Paltrow

Michelle Williams

Sarah Jessica Parker
{Fashion Forward Celebrities in Charlotte Olympia Shoes, Images Via Charlotte Olympia Facebook Page}




Harper's Bazaar, November 2010



Charlotte Olympia, London Store
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Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Pictured with a Selection of Her Styles
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Week-end Recipe ~ Nigella Lawson's Pumpkin Scones

Nigella Lawson

Published in her newly released cook book, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella's scone recipe is the perfect week-end starter. Pumpkin, one of the most savory tastes of Fall, is the key ingredient.  Click here for the detailed recipe and read more from my previous post on Nigella's Fall entertaining menu suggestions as featured in the October 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.






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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trend Spotting >>> Reverting Back to Preppy Cult Classic Clothing Design

For me, certain clothing companies will always be synonymous with preppy style.  Growing up in Connecticut in the early/mid 1980's key staples seemed to be apart of everyone's wardrobe - a Barn Jacket from J Crew; Leather Moccasins from LL Bean (with the laces tied in knots);  a Boat Bag from Lands End.  Through the years, these companies have changed their styles and designs to keep up with the emerging trends of the day.  Some of the trendy clothing is just that - too trendy (see J. Crew's Fall/Winter Catalog), but thankfully, LL Bean & Lands End are getting back to their design roots.  Both have developed clothing labels focused on bringing back the classic designs of the clothing & accessories with which they built their successful reputations on - LL Bean Signature & Lands End Canvas.  Check out more details below.  {My secret wish...  please, please J.Crew -  take note and bring back the classic staples - great pants, tops & tees, a maybe a Roll Neck Sweater or two.  Enough with the ruffles, sequins, and way too skinny jeans.}

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{Images from Lands End Canvas & Lands End Canvas Facebook Page}

Can't get enough classic preppy style?  Check out the Stubbs & Wootton classic ladies slipper offered in style "True Prep" - the English setter design lifted straight from the cover of True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World, the follow up book to the cult favorite The Official Preppy Handbook.  Click here for more info.



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