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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ON THE MARKET >>> A Storybook Home

Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs (pictured below), founders of the artisan crafted tabletop & accessories company that bears their name, have listed their magical storybook home on the market. Priced at $975,000, the sprawling 42 acre estate is located in the idyllic Fingers Lakes area of New York and features 7 bedrooms, 6 baths, a separate carriage and guest house, and lush & flowering lakeside grounds.

This avant garde couple are no longer associated with the MacKenzie-Childs company, but have created a new venture Victoria and Richard Emprise....  full of their custom designs and artistic spirit.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Caroline Willis Interiors

Caroline Willis

I've included the interiors of Atlanta based residential interior designer Caroline Willis' cottage home. Caroline is known for a design style focused on a soothing color palette, thoughtfully chosen furniture placement, and carefully edited accessories. She credits these honed skills to her previous employers, noted designers -- NYC based Mariette Himes Gomez and Atlanta based Dan Carithers.

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Friday, July 27, 2012


Pictured above are recent sales from my Duchess Fare + One Kings Lane's Vintage & Market Finds page....  I am passionate about highlighting unique & classic decor with a little history, patina, and style. Many thanks for all the support!
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Patti Hansen

Patti Hansen

Goodness gracious.... Legendary model Patti Hansen continues to WOW!....  My August '12 issue of Vogue magazine includes the most special photographs by Bruce Weber of Patti, husband Keith Richards, and their children & grandchildren, shot on the grounds of the family's Parrot Cay home....  click here for more.

Images Vogue

At 56, Patti shows no signs of slowing down in life & work....  She and daughters Theodora & Alexandra were photographed for the cover and featured in Town & Country's December 2011 issue. And additionally, Patti & Theodora appeared together in a campaign for Net-A-Porter.

Watch the attached video below for a behind the scenes look & interview with Patti & Theodora

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GO & TRY >>> The Bakery at Cakes & Ale

Chef David Sweeney, owner of the dearly loved vegetarian restaurant Dynamic Dish, whose doors closed at the end of 2010, has been serving up his signature dishes at the best kept secret in town. You can find Chef Sweeney at The Bakery at Cakes & Ale in Decatur, and enjoy his savory soups, fresh veggie plates, and hearty sandwiches. I call The Bakery the best kept secret, because you can easily walk in & sit down for lunch on a Saturday and not wait in any sort of a line for a table....  this seems practically unheard of at any decent cafe in Atlanta on a weekend!

The Bakery is open MON 8:30am-3:00pm / TUE-THUR 7:30am-9:00pm / FRI-SAT 7:30am-11:00pm / Serving Brunch on SUN 11:00am-3:00pm. In addition to lunch, The Bakery offers light breakfast fare in the morning, desserts in the evening, and coffee, cappuccino, and freshly baked pastries throughout the day.

We went for lunch this past Saturday....  the staff couldn't be nicer, my cappuccino & croissant absolutely delicious, and our lunch, well....  take a look at what we enjoyed and you'll get picture! I ordered the mix plate of sides, with Quinoa, Pesto Green Beans, a Variety of Tomatoes, & Cole Slaw (above) and Mr. Ferguson ordered the Roast Beef on Crunchy Grilled Bread, with a side of Slaw (below)

Watch the attached video below to learn more about David Sweeney and his beloved ground breaking restaurant, Dynamic Dish

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tipsy Skipper

Kearsley Lloyd is the founder and creator of Tipsy Skipper, a fashion accessories line with design details reminiscent of seaside locales. Following her graduation from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in graphic design, Kearsley gained insight and knowledge of the accessories market through internships at Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer. She launched Tipsy Skipper in 2010, with a collection that continues to feature bright poppy colors and patterns, with all items made in the USA....  links for the items pictured above found below.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Random, I Know....

Couldn't help but notice the photos from last night's Teen Choice Awards splashed across the web this morning....  I'm probably dating myself at this point, but Kristen Stewart's hair (braid on one side, hair swept over the shoulder on the other) reminded me so much of Demi Moore in the 1986 film, One Crazy Summer. Moore and co-star John Cusack were quite the Hollywood stars of the 1980s....  Kristen Stewart and her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson exemplify today's set of young sought-after actors.

John Cusack and Demi Moore (above), One Crazy Summer / Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (below), Teen Choice Awards

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Small Town Feel in the Big City

Nestled within bungalow houses on a lush tree lined street in an intown Atlanta neighborhood is this absolute darling gem....  Little Free Library. As its title suggests, free books are offered in various subjects, with participants restocking shelves as needed. What a perfect way to promote reading and community partnership! 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

WATCH >>> Reserve Channel

This is right up my alley....  YouTube has recently launched Reserve Channel, an online channel offering programs that spotlight dynamic people & places and an attainable well lived lifestyle. 4 original content shows are premiering today 7/19 -- On the Table with Chef Eric Ripert, Be Well Week; Be Well Weekend with Dr. Frank Lipman, Capture with Mark Seliger, and EX-PATS, in cooperation with Travel + Leisure with Savannah Jane Buffett. Watch the attached video above for more insight....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BB&T Atlanta Open

Following yesterday's late afternoon thunderstorm moving through, we made a last minute decision to head over to the BB&T Atlanta Open tennis tournament....  I have tickets for us to see the semi finals on Saturday, but when I checked in on Tuesday's schedule of matches and noticed James Blake would be playing the evening session, we hightailed it over!

The BB&T tournament is taking place at Atlantic Station, in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. 3 courts have been erected....  all provide great seats for viewing today's top men's tennis players. The photo above is taken from our vantage point last night, with James Blake defeating Ryan Harrison. The men's singles & doubles tennis continues today through Sunday....  Tickets are available online or at the box office on site. The purchase of a ticket gets you an assigned seat at Stadium Court and access for first-come, first-served seating at Grandstand Court and Court 3. 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Winston Wiant

Atlanta based artist Winston Wiant continues to produce new contemporary work, taking a departure from her signature style of still-life and landscape compositions. Photos above and below are her most recent pieces....  Click here to read more about Winston from my previous post.

Images Winston Wiant

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Let's Talk Tunics

I've never met a Tunic top I didn't like....  This summer style staple is designed with straight lines, slightly shorter length sleeve, pop up Mandarin collar, bright color, and decorative details. The longer length takes wearing this top from day to night effortlessly -- from the beach as a bathing suit cover-up to an evening dinner as a dress or worn over pants. Included above are some stand out styles currently available, link details below....

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Get Local at Scoutmob's SHOPPE

Fresh idea from Scoutmob.....  The Shoppe. Scoutmob has launched an online shopping platform with a current focus on local artists & their wares/crafts/designs from Atlanta, NYC, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Each city is provided with its own web page to view and purchase the daily limited handcrafted offerings. Click here to see today's goods from Atlanta artisans and watch the video below for more insight....

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

SPOTLIGHT >>> Anna Hackathorn

The signature style of LA based interior designer Anna Hackathorn expertly layers a mix of pattern and selected furnishings, with an element of global refinement. Anna extends this look through the decorative accessories she offers as a contributing vendor to One Kings Lane's Vintage & Market Finds site.... scroll down for images of Anna's residential design projects and click here to visit her Vintage & Market Finds page.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Pictured above are recent sales through my Duchess Fare + One Kings Lane's Vintage & Market Finds page.....  I set my sights on offering classic decor and one-of-a-kind home furnishings & accessories that perfectly enhance the overall of any room. Click here to view my items currently available for purchase and click here to read more about OKL's Vintage & Market Finds from my previous post.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

HAPPY 4TH! Red, White, & Blue Finds on ATL Craigslist

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Red, White, & Blue at CHAIRLOOM

"After" pieces & fabric selections from Chairloom, the Philadelphia based furniture re-finisher & upholsterer, catching my eye with Red, White, & Blue design spirit in honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday....  

Images Chairloom Facebook

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