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The Farmhouse is getting a facelift!

Yes, that adorable little (heated) house has new residents:   Barefoot Dwelling.   These girls had a vision immediately.  And what has inspired me so about this is that their vision was totally different from what mine had been.

I don’t know about you, but someone with a fabulous vision, totally outside my usual style, inspires me like little else can.  It’s what invigorates me every time I travel, and to have such a vision unfold right here in front of me is exciting!

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So here’s a little BEFORE & AFTER fun for you:

BEFORE, Room 1:  Let’s start in the first room, which was the kitchen.  You may recall how it looked when we first took possession of it in July 2012:

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After removing the contact paper ‘wallpaper’ and vinyl ‘parquet’ floors:

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Two and a half years ago, after applying Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey :

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Now, with a fresh vision comes fresh color!  Using Farrow & Ball’s fabulous paint, Lisa and Mary, owners of Barefoot Dwelling, chose pure white, with contrast, feature walls.

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AFTER, Room 1:  In this first room, the color grabs you right away, it’s Farrow & Ball’s Charlotte’s Locks.  Such a great punch with the fabulous mid-century pallet they’ve collected.

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BEFORE, Room 2:  Then on to the second room, as we found it 2 1/2 years ago:

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After removing the rest of the contact paper covering the wanescoating, and  more of the vinyl ‘parquet’ floor:

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Then, after a fresh paint job (Farrow & Ball Pavilion Grey)  in 2012:

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AFTER, Room 2:  Now with a a fresh white facelift, complemented by a contrast wall of Farrow & Ball’s Churlish Green (yes, that’s a paint name, don’t you just love it??!!)

And check out the sleek mid-century aesthetic.

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This room has NEVER been so cool!

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More great stuff is being added through the week, and you’re all invited to come take a look this weekend, February 20-22, Fri/Sat 9am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm.  I hope you’ll find it as fresh, original, and inspiring as I do!

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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Let’s start with the most basic of mantle decorating designs:  candlesticks flanking a clock or mirror.  There is nothing wrong with this design.  Yet, take a look at it.  Does it really draw you in?  Does it turn your head or engage your interest?  Not really.

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Step 1:  Add greens.  A base of natural greens – found in your own yard or clipped from the Christmas tree – is best.

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Step 2:  Create asymmetry.  Change the height of one of your candlesticks to add flow to the display.  Here I use books – my favorite decorating go-to for giving an element the height it needs.

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Go further with the asymmetrical design by moving the candlesticks together, and pulling the clock to an off-center position.

It’s getting better, isn’t it?

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Step 3:  Employ vertical elements.  I’m removing the round clock so that I can add some additional height.

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I’ve found just the thing in this vertically hung, vintage mirror.  Mirrors have the added benefit of their reflective nature and room-opening power.

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Step 4:  Intertwine layers of garland.  Intertwining the wired, glittered garland with the natural greens gives shape and interest.  When using store-bought greens, always work with them to give them the lively shape that you want them to have.  Never leave them flat as they come from the store.

Here, interweaving them with the natural greens gives liveliness to the display.

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Note how this base of greenery has tied the major, vertical elements together.

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Step 5:  Add texture.  These paper garlands add whimsy and texture.

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Step 6:  Include a theme.  They mantle already looks great, but we can take it to the next level with a theme – in this case I’m doing Woodland.

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Step 7:  (Woodland theme)  I’ve added both a natural and a tinsel tree, combining the glittery with the earthy, as we’ve done with the garland base.

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Step 8:  Add figures.  These felted deer provide a sculptural element, and serve the design function of linking the white, carved frame to the trees and garland below.

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Step 9:  Maintain visual balance.  The ‘weight’ of the deer needs to be balanced on the opposite side.  In this case 2 large pine cones – one natural and one dusted with German glass glitter – work perfectly.

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Step 10:  Tuck ornaments and tiny items amongst the greenery.  Small owl and squirrel ornaments complete the Woodland theme, as they add that extra level of interest – that little something you see as you come nearer to the mantle.

Compare this photo to the first one.  Quite a difference.  And we had so much fun doing it!

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Step 6:  (Vintage Toyland theme) Let’s remove the formal candlesticks (which provided that shot of red for the Woodland theme) in favor of a vintage toy store sign.

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While the elements are completely different (silver candlesticks vs. graphic sign), design-wise they serve the same purpose, which is to balance the trees and mirror.

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Step 7:  Add whimsy.   Love the playfulness added with this candy cane.  It also draws together the base to the full height of the mirror.

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Step 8:  Embrace scale.  If I had room on the mantle, I’d love to use this vintage toy horse in the display.  Alas, it just won’t fit.

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Step 9:  Add little details.  Tuck vintage ornaments among the greenery.

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Step 10:  Use graphics.  Add to the graphics of the toy store sign.  I’ve used the blocks to spell out N I P, as well as a little red and white bike license plate.

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And here’s the final product.  I love the richness and detail of this display.

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Note the little toy truck poking out from under the ‘toy ‘n joy’ sign.

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Step 11:  Don’t forget the fireplace itself.  If you’re not burning a fire, use this space to display beautiful items that integrate with your mantle.  In this case the blue child’s skis, candy cane, and oversized letters do the trick.

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Hope you found this inspiring and useful.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading!

Virginia

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I’m totally in a garden state of mind. Our new landscaping is coming into full bloom, and it’s just been decorated with some great vintage treasures. Here’s few of my favorite images of it:

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These sweet little chairs take on an sculptural appeal in the garden.  The green chest adds just the right punch of color.

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In the little spring house, which the new landscaping surrounds, has a fresh look, too.  This pie chest and its topiaries are just the right balance for the weathered door and walls of this beautiful space.

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Vintage trellis growing out of our boxwoods – which we planted in an old, concrete water trough.

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I love how this vintage bottle reflects the soft light of the stone house

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This exceptional, hybrid wisteria was just planted in March.  It’s been trained to grow along the ‘new’ stone and brick wall – created as a ruin from salvaged, vintage materials.

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These ‘ruins’ are brand new – just constructed in March.  They comprise the main structure of our new patio area.  This wall continues to the left to our outdoor fireplace.

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Looking back at the stone house from the fireplace area, these vintage furnishings invite you to linger a while.

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And yes, I just had to share this image one my time.  I just love the magnolia playing off the rough, old silo.

Hope you enjoyed this look into our garden. What part is your favorite?

Thanks for reading,
Virginia

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At last it’s warming up and flowers are blooming. Our new landscaping is showing us something different every day – our latest: wisteria will be in full bloom for our opening next week.

We’re getting ready, and so many fabulous things are already coming in. We have 2 new dealers to introduce: Squirrel Hill Designs  (upstairs in the Main Barn) and The Spring House (in, you guessed it, the Spring House – with the water wheel).

And here’s some pictures of what’s already going on in and around the barns, as we get ready for you May 17-19:
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I just loved these darling little 1920s shoes.  They’re the perfect shade of sea shell pink.

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Set of 4 Danish modern chairs – straight out of one of Leona Helmsley’s hotels.  Love the fresh paint job.

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Heather Grey Decor has an entire set of these vintage office clocks.  This one was custom made for IBM.

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The ultimate locker room chair, huh?

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The perfect island/table for your beach-house crowd!

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LOVE suitcases with their original tags.

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Great selection of old metal globes this month.

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Oh, that color!

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Don’t you just love the contrast of the gilded glasses and the industrial bar cart?

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Some great vintage concrete throughout the Chartreuse & co right now

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This large cabinet is the perfect size for your mudroom supplies.

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A couple of really cool, vintage, toy boats upstairs this month.

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Jennifer, owner of Squirrel Hill Designs, just brought this armoir in - still has the hauling rope around it!

Jennifer, owner of Squirrel Hill Designs, just brought this armoir in – still has the hauling rope around it!

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This pair of caned chairs is comfortable, and summer-ready.

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Perfect softball accessories.

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German Favorite Antiques and Bella Villa have moved from the Garden House into the upstairs of the main barn – under THE chandelier.

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I’d love to know which picture/item is your favorite so far . . .

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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I just love the tent city that crops up here every Spring and Fall. Imagine how much fun you would have if the best vintage dealers you could find, all agreed to come to your house and put on a show? The BEST, right?

I had a blast today chatting with everyone and oohing and aahing over their great stuff. Here are some of my favorites:
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Tents were going up all day today. Here are some shots of what caught my eye – inside the barn, and out.

Here’s some highlights from the temporary dealers’ tents:
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And great stuff in the barns, too:

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Hope to see you Saturday and/or Sunday!

Thanks for reading,
Virginia

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Elle Decor (one of my favorite magazines) dished out their prediction of style trends for this coming year. Some of them are obvious, as we’ve already been seeing them. But some are unexpected things to look for:

1.  Brass is in

After years of silver being the hip, fresh metal, gold tones had to make a come back.  In contrast, brass now looks so new and unexpected.  Truth be told, this trend has been developing of a while.

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I do like how the gold accents warm the space.  Not loving the walls and rug with it (or the lamp for that matter).  This room still needs some life . . .

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Here’s an example I love from the Atlanta market I just attended.  The charmingly curvy legs on this pretty metal table make me happy.  I think I have just the spot for it.  The warm gold is just right for it, too.  It wouldn’t work at all in the shiny silver we’ve seen so much of over the past 5 years.

2.  Green is in.

This one I totally applaud!  As you probably know, green is my favorite color, and I just can’t decorate without it in one shade or another.  Pantone has declared Emerald Green the color of the year.  We’ll see.  But green in general is a must-have color.

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I’m not one for pure modern (there’s a nice nod to history with the french chairs), but I just love this space.  And what makes it pop?  Why that fabulous chartreuse pear lamp, of course.  A continuing trend I’m predicting for this year:  lucite furniture.  That invisible little end table is perfect.

3.  Embellished walls

According to Elle Decor this means anything from full-on trompe l’oeil to sea-grass wall paper (a pretty broad category, if you ask me).  However broad, I love the trend.

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Ahhh, my two favorite trends in one – embellished green walls.  To die for . . .

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Here’s a great example from the Atlanta market I just attended.  This compelling Paris street scene was drawn with charcoal on a drop cloth, and put up as a temporary wall in the High Design hall of the market.  The image drew you straight into the ‘room’.

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Absolutely love this space!  These ‘walls’ are also hand-drawn on drop cloth.  The ‘french moldings’ appeared to have been created with a Sharpie!  So clever.  And if you have a sure hand, so easy!  (The russet silk sofa is pretty awesome, too.  Love the perky, striped pillow with is.)

4.  Lace

This is one I’m not so sure about because, frankly, I don’t love lace.  But here’s a pretty use of it:

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Lace accents on textiles is something I was definitely seeing in Atlanta, too.

5.  Beige is big.

Somehow ‘Beige’ as  a trend is a little silly to me.  I mean, isn’t Beige just always a go-to in interior design.  It’s almost cliché.  But they say it’s trending for 2013, and I’m not going to argue with the loveliness of these rooms:

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And what makes Beige a workable, interesting design choice?  Use of texture.  Look at all three of these rooms, and you’ll see that it’s the variety and play of texture that makes them great.

What trends do you see evolving out there for 2013 and the future?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and observations.

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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