Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chic Finds Currently on ATL Craigslist



1) Pair of Slipper Chairs | 2) Brass Etagere | 3) 7 Piece Wood Dining Set | 4) Set of 6 Labeled Bertoia Side Chairs | 5) Vintage Preway Fireplace | 6) Upholstered Tufted Headboard | 7) Huge Anthropologie Light Fixture | 8) Pair of Teal Blue Agate Bookends | 9) Pair of Decorative Wood Side Chairs | 10) Pair of Flame Stitch Upholstered Arm Chairs | 11) Patterned Wool Runner | 12) Pair of Asian Styled Chairs

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Photos from Pollen's Open House

As mentioned in my post from Monday, our friends Bonnie Garrison & Chris Condon, owners of Pollen, were hosting their annual Holiday Open House yesterday. I knew the pair would have the shop brimming over with interesting holiday gift giving ideas & lush decor. The entrance to Pollen was layered with hearty evergreen wreaths, rustic pine cones, magnolia leaf roping, and bunches of red berry branches. Inside, the cozy space was filled with Chris' handmade stone Owls and Christmas Trees, and Bonnie's hand-tied and planted flower arrangements. Mixed in between were lots of handcrafted classic gold & silver paper garland, the glow of white lights, and plenty of holiday cheer! Check out my photos below....




Chris Condon's handcrafted stone Owls (above) and Christmas Trees (below). Chris is an amazing artist & sculptor...  click here to read more about him from my previous post.





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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Local Atlanta Resource for Chic Finds


I have this morning's post on Daily Candy to thank for turning me onto Cake & Bell, a recently opened repurposed vintage home furnishings resource, located at the 14th Street Antiques Market. Cake & Bell's owner Sharena Hall seeks out interesting pieces in need of design TLC and sets out to reupholster, rewire, and/or relacquer for a freshened & stylish look, perfectly suited for today's decor. Check out some her available items below....

Cake & Bell at the 14th Street Antiques Market in Midtown Atlanta




All Images Via Cake & Bell
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Stocking the Shelves at the Duchess Fare Etsy Shop


New finds recently posted in my Etsy Shop.....  1) Pair of Decorative Ceramic Elephant Bookends | 2) Vintage Chrome Bar Cart | 3) Shell Detailed Gold Mirror | 4) Pair of Vintage Fitz & Floyd Asian Style Vases | 5) Pair of Green Blue Swirl Glass Lamps | 6) Decorative Brass Giraffe

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Pollen's Open House 11/29


Stop by tomorrow, Tuesday November 29 from 1:00-6:00pm for Pollen's Open House, and preview perfect gift giving and festive holiday decor ideas. Husband and wife owners Chris Condon & Bonnie Garrison fill their quaint Buckhead shop with hand selected unique & interesting finds for both home & garden, featuring artisan goods and fresh cut flower bouquets & potted plant arrangements.


All Images Via Pollen Facebook
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Thanksgiving Whirlwind

To avoid any sort of travel backups, we left Atlanta on the first flight out at 7:15am for White Plains on Wednesday morning. Kudos to Delta for getting us in 25 minutes early at 9:05am! Before heading directly home, we made a couple of stops along the way....  First, satisfying our caffeine fix at our favorite Port Coffeehouse. Next, a spot I've been wanting to try since they opened a few months back, Cinch, a husband & wife owned specialty prepared foods market (see photos below), where I picked up a super delicious container of Turkey Chili. Followed by a last minute run for Thanksgiving provisions at the brand new Whole Foods, and finally a superb lunch at the charming farm to table tavern, Artisan.



Cinch Offers Grab & Go Prepared Dishes, Dips, Soups, and Sides


Thanksgiving morning holds a tradition in our town known as the Turkey Trot, a 5 mile run & 2.7 mile walk around the extremely picturesque village of Southport, sponsored by The Pequot Running Club. Our family had half runners and half walkers participating this year. The sunny but brisk morning was perfect to kick off the festive day!

Runners and Walkers Getting Ready to Begin at 8:15am

Along the Walk Route

Lovely Southport Harbor

One of my Favorite Houses in the Village, that Sits Overlooking the Harbor

Finished -- Now We Don't Feel Guilty When Eating Our Thanksgiving Feast!


We returned home on Friday, which always seems to be a quieter day to travel, and again, thanks to Delta we arrived a half hour early. The weekend had us busy with leaf pickup duty and taking down my outside Thanksgiving decor -- Cornstalks & an assortment of Pumpkins -- in preparation for Christmas holiday decorating.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spotted >>> Fretwork Dining Table


Spotted (above) this Fretwork detailed glass top dining table & 4 chairs at the Avondale Estates Salvation Army Family Store this afternoon - the set is priced at $399. Freshen up the dark wood finish with a coat of white paint (like the table below) and add a little Chinoiserie Chic style to your space.


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Etsy Treasury >>> Stylish + Chic Thanksgiving Accessories


My curated Etsy Treasury list, just in time for the holiday! Click here for more or purchase from the links found below. 

1st Row:  Here/Here/Here  2nd Row:  Here/Here/Here  3rd Row:  Here/Here/Here  4th Row:  Here/Here/Here  5th Row:  Here/Here/Here
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday House 2011


Holiday House is an annual decorator and table top showhouse presented by Traditional Home magazine and benefits the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The style for this showhouse focuses on each participating designer selecting a specific theme or "holiday" as a jumping off point for the overall design of their room. Holiday House is located at 2 E. 63rd Street in NYC and open now through December 11, click here for ticket info.


Designer Inson Dubois Wood has chosen a Chinese New Year (as seen above) inspired design complete with glossy red walls, chinoiserie influenced furnishings and drapery, and striking & bold accent pieces. Designer James Rixner has taken to incorporating the colors & textures associated with Valentine's Day (as seen below) for his design inspiration by layering rich chocolate colored walls, intense red upholstery & accents, with luxurious finishes.


All Images Via Newsday
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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Wedding at Double RL Ranch

The breath taking photos of bride & groom Lauren Bush and David Lauren are featured in the December 2011 issue Vogue magazine. The couple was married over Labor Day weekend out west at Double RL, the 17,000 acre ranch owned by David's father Ralph Lauren in Ridgway, CO. Tying a refined western style throughout the wedding included details in the choice of flowers (wild roses, lily of the valley, Queen's Anne lace, and fragrant gardenias), bridesmaids wearing "linen blouses, vests, and vintage prairie skirts", and both bride & groom and their attendants all wearing cowboy boots. Lauren's dress was designed by her father-in-law following a handful of discussions the two had about what she was envisioning - a little old fashioned and Victorian in feel while still keeping a modern element to the design. Check out the photos below.




All Images Via Vogue
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Influentials + John Oetgen

John Oetgen 

Noted interior designer John Oetgen has been included in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine's first ever nominated group of Atlanta style setters fittingly referred to as "The Influentials". Mr. Oetgen's work is known for a style that spans from traditional to contemporary, with a consistent mark made by sourcing the best period pieces (from any decorative era) for his design projects. Featured below, is his residential work in an apartment at The Mansion on Peachtree in Buckhead, photographed for the March 2011 issue of AH&L.








All Images Via AH&L
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Regis Philbin Leaving Live!

Regis Philbin
Image Via NY Post

At 80 years of age, Regis Philbin has devoted his life to a successful career in radio and TV programming. Regis has been the co-host of the longtime running morning show Live! with Regis & Kelly. Tomorrow, 11/18, following the end of the program, Regis will be retiring from his post after 28 years. Live! is a show that I have seemed to have watched at various points throughout my life....  in the late 80s, (when Kathie Lee Gifford was co-host) watching when I was home sick from school, in the 90s, watching in college with my roommate before we left for our 9:30 class, and in the 2000s, when current co-host Kelly Ripa signed on. It sounds like tomorrow's show is aiming to be a loving and deserving tribute, with the audience packed with Regis' family and friends. For more, watch the attached video below to see Regis' iconic rise in the entertainment industry.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kristen Stewart Red Carpet Style


(left to right) Twilight premiere November 2008 | New Moon premiere November 2009 | Eclipse premiere June 2010 | Breaking Dawn premiere November 2011

In anticipation of Breaking Dawn (part one), the fourth and final installment of the Twilight saga, opening on Friday 11/18, I'm revisiting the red carpet dresses that lead star Kristen Stewart has worn at the 3 previous film premieres of the series and most recently at Monday night's Breaking Dawn premiere. Her style over the 3 year period has evolved from young and edgy to sophisticated with a little glamour. My favorite of the group is the dress Kristen wore on Monday night for Breaking Dawn, designed by J. Mendel.


The back of Kristen's J. Mendel dress....  plus I love that she has changed out of her insanely tall heels into more comfortable footwear to greet the fans!

Images Via HereHereHere, Here, and Here
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Modern Craft

Image Via AH&L

Interior designer Jared Paul's country house just south of Atlanta in Palmetto is featured in the November issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine. Talk about the perfect mix of modern meets the farm! Paul's selection of clean lined contemporary furnishings, vintage pieces upholstered in updated fabrics, and all layered with handcrafted accessories is a style right up my alley. Click here to see more.

I was particularly excited to see the addition of a vintage afghan blanket draped over crisp white bedding (as seen above). I tend to seek out classic knit pieces for their vibrant color & interesting pattern. Afghan blankets are the perfect way to introduce a little something unexpected to a room. Currently, I have a collection of afghans available in my Etsy store -- email me at duchessfare@gmail.com with any questions.


1: Taupe with Knitted Button Like Details, 32" X 38" | 2: Multi Colored Squares, 48" X 55" | 3: Raspberry & Green Stripe, 34" X 58" | 4: Solid Colored Squares, 55" X 57" | 5: Brown & Aqua Chevron, 42" X 58" | 6: Multi Colored Stripes, 57" Square

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ibiza Bites + Eat Street

On Friday, Jim and I headed over to Atlantic Station in support of local food truck Ibiza Bites and their appearance on Eat Street, a TV show on the Cooking Channel highlighting "street food" served across the country. A recent addition to the Atlanta food truck scene, Ibiza Bites serves up "SoLa" (a little Deep South mixed with Latin America flavors) inspired dishes. Ibiza Bites is owned by husband and wife Raf & Jamie Morales. The pair had read my post (from back in September) on how much I was head over heels for their food and Jamie emailed me last week asking if I would be apart of Ibiza Bites being filmed for Eat Street. Of course! I was extremely flattered that Raf & Jamie would include me and happy to be of any help.

The day was chilly but bright and sunny with plenty of Ibiza Bites followers on hand. Jim and I ordered the Sweet Potato Fries topped with Marshmallow, the Fried Green Tomatoes, the SoLa Signature Bite of Spiced Brisket with Cheddar Grits, and everybody's favorite Lobster Mac & Cheese. We were both filmed talking about why we loved Ibiza Bites and asked to describe in detail the food and flavors. Check out my photos from the day....

Lined Up To Order

Eat Street Crew Filming Raf Handing Out Dishes

The Day's Menu

Our Fabulous Lunch
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