April 23, 2014

Sails & Tails

You might remember that I wrote about the Canine Companions for Independence a few months ago.puppy1 I was so impressed with the work that they do providing companion dogs to those who need them.image The local chapter is having its big fundraiser, Sails and Tails, in Annapolis Maryland this weekend, and if you’re in the area, I encourage you to go. puppy 3

Information about the event is here. puppy 2If you can’t support this event for Canine Companions, please support your local chapter. puppy 5

Thank you!

April 22, 2014

High Point: More Favourites

I took hundreds of pictures when I was in High Point earlier this month, and there are still more great things that I haven’t shared yet!

I went to see Barry Dixon’s new line of furnishings for Tomlinson. This was the most amazing fixture! It just glowed from within.

I love how much attention he pays to the little details that bring a piece from ordinary to extraordinary.

Williamsburg brand continues to impress me. After we got to be “friends” on Pinterest, they invited me to see their HP showrooms. Their tagline is “Trend Meets Tradition”. They are taking pieces from their extensive archives and giving them a modern twist.

One of the best pieces I saw at HP was their new mirror, which comes in two sizes.

Williamsburg is also doing lighting, which was terrific.

Each piece is a reflection of something in the village of Williamsburg – a fence, a chair-back or an item in the collections.

They have a series of drum lights that are painted in the original bright and vibrant colours that were in the earliest houses in Williamsburg.The pull on the light was taken from a finial on the top of a building.

I always make a point to stop by and see what William Yeoward has to show, and this visit didn’t disappoint. Last market, his signature table had a fox head, and this year, it’s a ram’s head.

The detail on his pieces is always amazing, and it’s also personal – each piece has a story.

The legs on this piece are modeled after an old briar walking stick and the table top is carved leather, after a William Morris pattern.

The legs on this piece reference an old Jacobean barley-twist piece.

Of course, it’s Yeoward’s beautiful hurricane with Greek keys that adds the final touch!

April 21, 2014

Save the Date: May 3 is the Ladew Garden Festival!

One of the high points on my spring schedule is the annual Ladew Garden Festival and this year, it takes place on Saturday, May 3 at the gorgeous Ladew Gardens just north of Baltimore.


This year’s honorary chair and lecturer is Barbara Israel, a leading authority on garden ornaments. She will illustrate the development of this functional and fanciful form of art, tracing it from the Victorian era through the first half of the twentieth century. She will draw examples from her book, Antique Garden Ornament, Two Centuries of American Taste.imageYou can read more about Barbara and her garden antiques here.

In addition to the lecture, there’s an early-bird preview for those willing to get first dibs on the goodies! Tickets are $100 and include the lecture and a light breakfast. It’s well worth the effort to do this, as the show has been a sell out for the past few years! Otherwise, tickets are $15 per person.

With our very late spring this year, I am not sure what will be blooming in two weeks. We’re just getting tulips and daffodils now. image

Unless we get a lot of warm weather, I don’t think that the azaleas will be blooming. In other years, they’ve been past their peak for the Festival.image

Regardless of what’s in bloom, there are always amazing things to see in the garden… and in the house!image

For more information on the Festival, please click here.

High Point: HGTV Home

The second of my two sponsors for the High Point Furniture Market was HGTV Home, the home products division of the television channel HGTV. They have taken their expertise in homes and gardens and have partnered with brands like Bassett Furniture, Sherwin-Williams Paints and Shaw Floors to bring their viewers a way to create their own style, based on what they’ve seen on HGTV.hgtvlogo

For the first time, HGTV Home had a space at InterHall, the part of the Furniture Market which showcases up and coming furniture designers and brands. HGTV Home’s corner space proved to be an ideal location to showcase the new trends and products they are featuring this season.

One of the biggest trends they are seeing this year is “Heavy Metal” featuring lots of metallics, but as accents. image

This lighting fixture is all-metal, but it’s also light and airy enough not to appear weighty.

The fabric on this bench features gold and silver metallic accents, but in a subtle way.

The nail-head trim on this dresser creates a dramatic accent, but again, in a subtle, yet metallic manner.

Even some of the fabrics and papers used discreet metallics, which add to the interest of the pieces.

Another story that HGTV is showing this season is BLUE! As I mentioned the other day, I saw a lot of blue at the Market, and HGVT was one of the first showrooms where I noticed it.

They are featuring blues in their Graphic Control fabric collection, available at Jo-Ann stores. They’ve taken some of their fabric patterns and re-coloured them in a range of blue shades and tones.image

It’s all about updating to turquoise, navy and lapis. By simply updating the colours, you update the prints.

Sherwin-Williams is producing the paints and wallpapers for HGTV Home and they’ve created collections for American homes, ranging from Coastal Cool to Global Spice. The paints and papers in each collection are designed to work together to create a cohesive space. For the DIY home-owner, it takes a lot of the guess-work out of the decision-making process and eliminates the fear of having clashing shades.

One of the most eye-catching pieces in the showroom was a custom-created mosaic wall-hanging made up of more than 60 pieces from the HGTV Home collection, including flooring, fabrics, tiles, carpeting, wallpapers, paints and more.

The piece was massive, and the staffers at the showroom told me that it weighed a ton! Well, maybe not a ton, but it was very heavy. It really showcased the range of pieces that HGTV Home offers. They even had a card with each of the pieces numbered and sourced. So clever.

I will be back with a look at HGTV Homes’ furniture line with Bassett Furniture.

This post has been sponsored by HGTV Home who was one of my sponsors at High Point Furniture Market. All opinions are my own.

April 17, 2014

High Point: It’s the Blues!

It’s really amazing to see all of the gorgeous colours used at High Point. While I can usually count on seeing the early spring blooms at High Point in the spring, things were much later to bloom than usual, and Market was a little earlier. But it was still colourful!

My sponsor, HGTV Products had a beautiful display of every shade of blue. Their new range of furniture, wallpapers and paints showed the blues off to great effect.

Williamsburg, which used to be associated with flat and somewhat faded shades, has taken a turn for the modern. This pillow is a riff on one of the patterns they found in their archives.

These lamps take their shapes from gourds found in the gardens, and their colours from the newly discovered paint shades that have been found.

CRLaine always has the most gorgeous, saturated colours, like this blue leather chair with the terrific silver nail-head trim.CR Laine (18)

The detail work on their pieces is so beautifully executed, like these slipper chairs.CRLAINE (53)

And blue was definitely everywhere, in every shade!CRLAINE (50)

Wesley Hall always has some magic up their sleeves and does a spectacular job with their upholstered pieces. Wesley (8)Wesley (9)

Thibaut is another showroom that I can always count on for wonderful colours and prints. These are new to their line of fabrics and papers. Thibaut (29)Thibaut (30)Thibaut (31)

This piece takes advantage of the subtle pattern in the shagreen (in this case, faux), to make a striking chest at Jonathan Charles. Jonathan Charles (29)

I hope that this post didn’t give you the blues!