Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gabby Home

Last week while exploring the World Trade Center in Dallas, I discovered a new line of home furnishings that I'm crazy about called Gabby Home. 

I'm normally not a fan of new furniture, mostly because I like the sense of history antiques bring to a room. But Gabby Home's pieces have a wonderful patina - the designs are based on antiques and everything is made using reclaimed wood. 

Here are a few of my favorites from the collection:

Annette Chest

Drake Mirror

Florence Buffet

Nathan Cabinet

Wright Garden Table

French Dining Table

Alice Table

Isabelle Bookcase

Isn't everything beautiful? Take a look at the entire line by clicking here, or visit the Elle Home & Lifestyles showroom (523) in the Dallas World Trade Center.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Flower Heaven!

With both boys in school today (freedom!), I knocked out several boring errands (grocery store, doctor, dry cleaners) but managed to make time for something fun - a visit to the new 20,000 square foot Cebolla Fine Flower Emporium on Maple Avenue in Dallas. 

Owners Luit and Jamie Huizenga are no strangers to flowers. The couple are the original owners of Dallas flower destination Dr. Delphinium on Lovers Lane, and they still operate a smaller Cebolla store down the road. But the new flagship store is bigger - which means more room for beautiful things! And there's plenty of walk in coolers filled with gorgeous finished arrangements, the hardy orchids Cebolla is known for, and even stems fresh off the plane from Europe. 

The Huizengas have a ranch in Colorado where they hunt for interesting natural elements to use to make their own creative containers. I love these "table wreaths" woven from vines found on the property. They would look fantastic on a large table with either a simple glass hurricane or orchid nestled in the middle. 

I stopped to admire this tiny arrangement of acorn branches and grass in an etched vase. It's simple and earthy. 

Another example of an interesting container made from elements found on the Huizenga's ranch. This time moss-covered branches come together to make a home for an orchid. 

It's not even Halloween but I'm already starting to think about decorating my home for Christmas. The shop has so many beautiful ideas for the holidays. I love these moss topiaries - a pair would look gorgeous on my mantel! It's hard to see in the picture but the topiaries are wrapped in wires sprinkled with pearls. 

Here's another holiday topiary that I admired. This time the container is a simple terracotta pot covered with pieces of pine cone. This might be a project I could try at home with my glue gun.  And yes, those are candles you see tied into the arrangement (although Luit does not recommend actually lighting them)! 

Cebolla has so many gorgeous wreaths to choose from, too. 

Luit mentioned that they are expecting a shipment from Europe, so soon the shop will be stocked with even more works of art for your home. Also, take time to read this wonderful article the Dallas Morning News featured about the shop! 

Cebolla Fine Floral Emporium
5610 Maple Avenue (near Inwood)
Dallas, Texas
(214) 369-7673

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Just A Little Taste...

The November issue of Traditional Home just landed in my mailbox, and I'm crazy about this Newport Beach home - especially the kitchen! I love the unexpected touches - the antique mirror above the range, and the way the tomato red hutch pops against the cool, creamy cabinets. 

Homeowner Ellen Smart and I have similar taste in accessories. I also collect white ironstone and display the pieces in my kitchen. And is that a Hungarian mason jar holding those freshly cut hydrangeas? 

These pictures of the kitchen are just a taste - the rest of the home is gorgeous, too. Click here to see more! 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mark your Calendar!

I'm always up for shopping, and when wine is involved, it's even better! So I'm really looking forward to Antique Row's annual open house next Thursday, October 28th. From 5 to 8 p.m., we'll be serving wine, appetizers and another treat - 20 percent off everything in the store. Grab a girlfriend and swing by - I'd love to see you! 

Lindley Arthur Antiques 
Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209

Monday, October 18, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Melissa Payne Baker

My taste is traditional - except when it comes to art. I love the contrast of contemporary art against antiques. It keeps the interior fresh, young and interesting.

I just recently came across emerging Atlanta artist Melissa Payne Baker. She's represented at a handful of galleries in the Southeast, including one of my favorites, Atlanta's Huff Harrington Fine Art

Melissa is self taught, and known for her striking color and thick texture. Some of her paintings have stories behind them  but most evoke feelings personal to the viewer. Here are a few of works from her online gallery. Which one is your favorite?

"Gracieux I"

"Joyful Skies"

"Birds Nest I"

"Paysage I"


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hot Off The Press: The Latest Design Books

After being married for two years, Stroud and I bought our first home - a 1950s ranch in North Dallas. I was a copywriter earning an entry level salary, so of course I couldn't afford a decorator. I decided to rely on some wise advice I'd once heard - when you can't hire a professional, find a good design book and copy the rooms you like. So I bought my first (Charles Faudree's Country French Living) and got to work. 

I've built a small design library over the years. On quiet nights, I love to pour a glass of wine and thumb through them for inspiration. I'm always on the lookout for new reads, so I thought I'd share a few that just hit the shelves. All are on my Christmas wish list (I hope my husband is reading this)!
British designer William Yeoward gives us a peek inside two of his personal residences  - his London apartment and his Cotswolds country home. At Home also shows off the designer's talent for setting gorgeous tables...just in time for holiday entertaining! 

Alexa Hampton (daughter of interior design legend Mark Hampton) just released her first book, The Language of Interior Design. Like the title implies, she covers elements of good interior design by showcasing 18 classic homes from her portfolio. The book also gives expert advice on everything from fabric schemes to picking paint colors. 

One of my dreams is to visit the flea market in Paris. And someday (when the boys are bigger) I'm going to make the trip. But until then, I'll get my fix from Antiquaires by Laure Verchere and Laziz Hamani. The book illustrates the pair's journey through the market's aisles, profiling vendors and showing off their treasures. 

The pale, clean and simple Scandinavian look is hot right now. But Lars Bolander has been designing Scandinavian homes around the world for decades - long before it was splashed across every shelter magazine. His debut book is packed with more than 350 beautiful photos illustrating every detail of the Scandinavian look - from kitchen layouts to storage ideas, wall treatments to living room furniture. 

I own several books from Dallas designer Betty Lou Phillips. French Impressions is her tenth - impressive in itself. Like the others, it is filled with elegant, refined spaces with a French influence. Betty Lou's books usually include photos of several homes in her portfolio, but French Impressions focuses on just one - the newly remodeled Dallas home of the decorator herself. I can't wait to see what she's done with it. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Found Objects: Antique Mason Jars

Remember these antique Hungarian Mason jars I spotted on my first trip to Round Top? 

I've been kicking myself for not buying a few for the shop (and myself)! So I was thrilled when I spotted several up for grabs at an antique auction yesterday. Competition was tough, but I managed to win a few for my booth. 

They were once used by villagers on the European countryside to store and ferment fruits and vegetables before the winter. Green jars usually housed fruits; the clear versions preserved vegetables like cucumbers and white peppers. 

Today, use your imagination - the old jars are perfect for displaying collections, holiday centerpieces, flowers, even a terrarium.  

I spotted this pair of vintage Mason jars in the window of Mary Cates' new shop in Inwood Village - $125 for the large, $115 for the small. 

I'm selling my larger jars for $95 and smaller for $85. I'm not delivering until this weekend so if you'd like to have one before they're gone, let me know! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Atlanta designer Barbara Westbrook

Suzanne Kasler might be Atlanta's most famous interior designer, but personally I'm partial to lesser known Barbara Westbrook. The two have a lot in common - both are Southern girls known for their soft, muted interiors, and their work runs the gamut from traditional to modern. But I think Barbara's work is a little more inviting - she creates a home you can really live in.

This dining room is a gorgeous shade of gray. And the antique buffet, gilt frames and seagrass rug add just the right amount of warmth. Love the gallery wall arrangement, too! 

There's something reassuring and comforting about symmetry. Barbara does it beautifully here. 

She clearly loves gallery walls as much as I do! This picture inspires me to start collecting simple etchings. The mix of frames and sizes keeps the arrangement interesting. 

Can I have this bedroom please? The colors are so peaceful. I would love to hide out here after a long day with my boys. 

Barbara hit the big time when this room landed on the cover of House Beautiful. Those blue shutters are fabulous! Now if we can just get her a Visual Comfort lighting collection or a new collection for Ballard Designs!