Archive for the ‘tablescapes’ Category

Hoping these lovely vignettes offer you some artful inspiration as you head down the home stretch! Keep breathing!

photos from Lonny Magazine and The Gifts of Life

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new acquisition

Saturday was a glorious day in the Northeast…sunny with a touch of spring in the air…I decided to take a drive to Concord and explore some of my favorite shops…my first stop was an antique store called North Bridge Antiques…with over 20 dealers, it is filled with unique treasures and surprises…I took my time and let my eye lead me through the maze of silver, glassware and vintage jewelry…before long I spotted an unusual set of footed glass bowls…simple and beautiful, they each had a small glass cloche placed inside…I read the tag and was surprised to learn they are vintage 1930s and are meant for serving shrimp or caviar…the ice is placed in the bowl with the shrimp or caviar in the cloche, upside down…wow, I had never seen such a unique serving piece! Of course the bowls can be used on their own, maybe for a lovely dessert (I like the idea of berries with cream or sorbet!)…I decided they were too wonderful to pass up, so today, I present you with my newest acquisition…

Happy Monday!

photos by me, 1/30/12

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With Thanksgiving at our doorstep, my thoughts are of beautiful table-scapes…a gorgeous spread begins with luscious linens and who better than Libeco Home to get us started…located in Meulebeke Belgium, they specialize in manufacturing and distributing high end household linen and exclusive fabrics for retail and the contract market…I have purchased many Libeco linens over the past few years and for me, nothing compares to the quality of this product…from the glorious texture to the timeless color palette, these linens are a welcome addition to any decor…certain hues remind me of the Gauguin post I published awhile back…may these delicious plum and pumpkin tones inspire your holiday table!

photos from Libeco, paintings by Paul Gauguin

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Yesterday’s post included some photos of my home featuring a few beloved treasures from Koo de Kir. After posting, it occurred to me that you might be interested in knowing about the other furniture and objects in the photos! Here we go!

below, clockwise from top left ~ the antique sunburst mirror from Neil Devlin Antiques in Wellesley Center (part of E.A. Davis Design), the vintage white porcelain baluster table lamp (one of a pair) from an ebay auction, white paper drum shade from Concord Lamp and Shade, white silhouette console table from Brocade Home, walls are covered in a gold grasscloth, natural woven window treatment from Smith and Noble, wine glasses from Riedel, vintage parfait glass from a yard sale, woven rattan charger from The Kimball Shop in Northeast Harbor Maine, fine bone china white dinner plate by Studio Tu, small faux bois plate from Koo de Kir, flatware by Sabre Paris from Enclave in West Concord, glass votives by Orrefors.

below, clockwise from top left ~ an original oil painting by E.N. Bennett (American, born 1902) purchased at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum Auction, mercury glass lamp with bamboo shade from Koo de Kir, wood curl ball from The Kimball Shop in Northeast Harbor Maine, antique silver compote from Upstairs Antiques in Concord Center, horn box from Good on Charles Street, black and white lacquer tray from  Yates and Kennedy in Provincetown, porcupine quill and glass ink well from Nesting on Main in Concord Center, original oil painting by Anne Packard from the Packard Gallery in Provincetown, bleached oak antique table (one of a pair) from Neil Devlin Antiques in Wellesley Center (part of E. A. Davis Design), bottom left ~ antique white urn from Nesting on Main in Concord Center, dry grass balls from The Kimball Shop in Northeast Harbor Maine.

below, coral fan from Nesting on Main in Concord Center, antique milk glass footed bowl from a consignment store in Northeast Harbor Maine, old gold chair with canvas seat from Nesting on Main in Concord Center, two original Anne Packard oil paintings from the Packard Gallery in Provincetown.

photos by danielle boudrot

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Over the years I have purchased many beautiful pieces from Koo de Kir. I treasure them and enjoy living with them every day. I thought it would be fun to follow up yesterday’s post about Koo de Kir with a little photo shoot of my Koo finds as styled in my home. The first, above and below, is the small faux bois plate sitting on top of the white dinner plate. I was fortunate enough to buy the last six they had this summer and I’m so pleased I did because they are stunning! Perfect for a small bite or just for display, they are a lovely addition to my earth tone palette. The other Koo beauty is the large mercury glass lamp with bamboo drum shade. I purchased a pair of these show stoppers many years ago and again I’m so pleased that I did! They reflect the light and space in such an interesting and beautiful way. I can’t imagine the living room without them! I included three photos of the table lamp, all styled a bit different. The last image is probably my favorite with the Anne Packard paintings and warm golden light from the sunset today. I hope you enjoy these little vignettes of my home!

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happy thanksgiving!

Tastemaker Carolyne Roehm on entertaining ~ “I view entertaining as a creative outlet; a theater set waiting to be designed before the play opens. When the audience arrives, I want them to feel, as they move from cocktails to dinner to after-dinner coffee, as if the production was seamless, effortless and graceful. Entertaining is one of the last rituals left in our modern, hectic, technological, schedule-stressed life that slows us down. A beautifully decorated table is like a wrapped present, an offering to guests, honoring them for coming to your home.”

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with beauty, love, laughter, and joy

photos from Carolyne Roehm

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Thanksgiving is just a day away and who better than Martha Stewart to inspire us with her love of entertaining! I thought I’d share with you her beautiful home, Skylands, on the coast of Maine ~ perfect for large gatherings and relaxed getaways. Nestled on 63 acres of wooded land, blanketed by moss and pine-needles, her home sits high above Seal Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Built by Edsel Ford in 1925, it served as a summer retreat for his family, and many of the original furnishings and family photos still grace the home. I don’t know where Martha Stewart and her family are celebrating Thanksgiving this year but I’m certain it will be stylish, delicious and most definitely “a good thing!”

below, photos from Martha Stewart

below, photos from Martha Stewart ~ fall inspired table settings, perfect for Thanksgiving day!

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nature inspired

With Thanksgiving around the corner, my thoughts are filled with the holidays and the beauty of the season. My favorite shopping destination, for decorative inspiration and one of a kind accessories, is Nesting on Main in Concord center. Every year, owners Wendy and Melissa close the store for a few days in preparation for the day after Thanksgiving. I am so excited to see what they have planned for this year! In anticipation of Friday’s unveiling, I’m posting some photos of Nesting on Main I took this fall along with some nature inspired table settings. Notice the lovely use of feathers, birds nests, eggs and branches! Enjoy!

above and below, photos by me of Nesting on Main

below, make merry events

below, Domino

below, Veranda

below, Country Living

below, Martha Stewart

below, Country Living

below, young house love

below, Frolic!

below, lisa luby ryan

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