May 23, 2010
May 13, 2010
What a gorgeous detail..........the fireback built in...........don't you love that?
The reader. designer and blogger, Mona, is one of the talented sisters of Providence Design
Welcome these new bloggers. Thank you Mona for the photo
OR "What is a Fireback?"
In brief.............Dating back to the mid 15th century, these thick iron plates were used to protect the firebox (fireplace) from catching on fire and spreading to the rest of the building.
Initially only royalty or the aristocrats could afford such a luxury. The above example is dated 1728 and has the initials A.H.
Today's fireplace use is not only decorative but serves to keep the heat radiating back into the room increasing efficiency by 50%.
Are you now wondering if I have lost my mind? That this might be a timely post in winter? Well........yes, I have lost my mind but that is another topic............I love to see the use of firebacks in interior decor and in the garden.
Up a stairwell?
This is the best use I have ever seen. Two years ago I was on a private tour for landscape professionals sponsored by the organization APLD. The home above was in Connecticut and was the weekend enclave of the Broadway producer of the musical 'CHICAGO'.
Just be certain the wall is adequate, these pups are HEAVY!
My shop in Geneva, IL is participating in a citywide event called 'Gardenology' Saturday May 15th from 10am to 4pm. Interesting topics for the novice and experienced gardener will be on the courthouse lawn and sprinkled through town.
We will feature the following at the shop;
Book launch from the Geneva Garden Club, 'From Garden to Table'. The ladies will offer recipe samplings from the book, display several tablescapes and of course, the book is for sale.
Heritage Prairie Farm, of LaFox, IL. will bring their renown honey from the farm; cinnamon, chocolate, lavender, rosemary or mint plus beeswax candles and bee skeps.
Through out the day I will be doing container planting demonstrations.
The weather looks ideal and this is a fun kick-off to gardening 2010!
Eddie Ross, what could be more magical?
Well........an evening with Eddie Ross in town with Jaithan Kochar and learning the elements of hosting the
WOW party...........(Without the Work)
Learn to throw dazzling parties, without spending a lot of dough and with only an ounce of effort! And after wards, we all dig in and dine together.
-via Eddie Ross
-via Scentimental Gardens
ARE YOU A FELLOW BLOGGER? Contact Eddie Ross for the reduced rate.
Coming in from out of town? The Dunham Woods Riding Club has a limited number of guest rooms. Contact Scentimental Gardens to arrange your stay.
So.........while in party mode, the next evening will be the grand opening of my new shop in Chicago
June 18th, 5:30pm
1822 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago
stay tuned for details.............but save the date!
Hope you can join us
May 1, 2010
Want to go to Paris?
For ten days?
All expenses paid?
With $10,000.00 in cash?
AND......go to the above show...the epicenter for design?
I DO!!! And my bags could be packed in a moments notice.
But, there is a bit of work on your part..............you must enter a contest via Design-Sherpa. The requirements? Forward one image that reflects your inspiration and explain in 100 words or less why.
The image below is my submitted inspiration............think I should start packing? For Paris or an institution?
WHAT COULD HAPPEN?
I love the neglected, the dismissed and the forgotten home or object and dream of what could be.
So many "HOWS" and "What IF'S" .................
- How would I restore it? Original grandeur or with a twist of Modern?
- How would I want the gardens to look?
- Would I make the interiors contemporary and clean lined with a nod to it's period or stay true?
- What about the fixtures, flooring, furnishings, accessories............
So, that is my inspiration what is yours? Write back, I would love to know and so would the judges, you can enter here.
A blog and blogger I treasure is Sharon of 'My French Country Home'. She "tagged" me for 10th photo.
That is to show the 10th photo in your design file. Well............since I recently deleted and cleaned out the photos, my new 10th is the one below of Suzy Stouts home.
here. (you will be enchanted)
Trey Lair of Period Homes
Camila of High Heel Foot in the Door
Christian May of Maison 21
Ness of Marley and Lockyer
Kelly McGuill of O SO D
Happy May Day