July 16, 2018

Atlanta Market & an English Garden walk & tea

Just returned from HOT Atlanta from the summer gift show. The highlight was a book signing with......



Gobsmacked!
My total girl crush, and my geek out moment!
  LOVE!


Trends in Atlanta?

Tassels everywhere, liking this one
  
Black and White art
 
Macramé everything
Sorry........I remember these days
Tribal art/patterns/textiles/baskets, rugs........


The organic & textural nature appeals to me, I am really embracing this, in small doses it lives large
We might all keep this in mind

 Before we get to the garden event, I wanted to share a find I thought was smashing

One of my besties, Lisa Burnett, is a master at seeing beyond a piece and elevating it to another level. I bought these for the shop; very old French wine tags framed…..FAB!

  This Friday, we are opening my garden for an 
  English styled garden walk and tea.                        
  As they do in Britain, a private garden opens for a charity.
  Actually I live in Wayne but GPS will not take you there,
  but will if you plug in St. Charles. How do you fix that??
                     
  Our charity is a long time favorite, Garfield Farm,    
  a 366 acre 19th farm, homestead and museum  
  authentically preserved. The dedicated staff will    
  bring rare breed chickens

  Pastries will be providdd by a local Geneva bakery and cafe,  
  Cocoa Bean, well known for excellence and originality
                     
  At 11am and 2pm I will provide a demonstration on  
  professional tips for cutting & arranging fresh 
  flowers  
                     
  Can you come? Hope so, would be lovely to see you!
                         With love!
                           Debra






June 30, 2018

Just Three Things



Eons ago, a good friend, whose fashion sense I admired, said "YOU MUST, always remember "Three things". She went on to name those items listed in Personal below; coat, shoes and bag.
"Throw on old jeans, or even sweatpants, as long as the 3 are covered, 2 in summer, you are styling!" And she is right, a mantra I live by some 30 years on.

Then I got to thinking, "Can't the same apply to our homes?"
 I put together a list. 

Three things to me that are the components for good design

Personal
   1. Good bag
   2. Killer Shoes
   3. Smashing coat
    
 

Interiors
  1.  Quality Upholstery in classic designs. My first sofa was a big financial jump for me, $$$$. Always feeling that classic lines will never fail and quality guts will always last. This is a similar style to mine, except I have back cushions,  English rolled arms, and clean lines. It has been re-upholstered once and is as comfortable and timeless at 32 years old, from the day I purchased it. 
Note......Because Marcel's puppy stage included eating furniture, it is in my barn currently awaiting a 2nd re-upholstery

Caught in the act!!!!
Anyone notice that my dog is color coordinated?????
Details, Details.......

  2. Fab lighting. I am really taken with lighting these days, the wealth of styles is off the charts



  3. Antiques, please say yes to antiques! With the sameness in design, these days, from the quick, cheap & easy box stores, vintage will set your home apart while imparting patina, & stories to tell. and as the photo below conveys, even in modern interiors


Gardens

   1. Good "bones"......... a sense of structure, elements of sameness to not confuse the eye as to where to look next


My house.......pssst, if you are local I am hosting a garden walk & English tea, with demo's & European sweets. Stay tuned.......
July 20th


   2. Winter Interest

Here is my garden in winter, there is much to still see. For those of you that have winter landscapes, plan on having an interesting garden 12 months of the year


   3. Foliage contrasts; shapes and colors
 

Different colors, different shapes. 
Much more interesting, yes?

Exterior

1.  Oversized lighting. 
Cannot emphasize this enough. Small & underscaled lighting is amateurish. Look around while driving, this could make you crazy too!
This house is perfect, every detail


Friend Suzy Stout's former home.......it's brand new!
My post on this home & garden has been a perennial fav

   2.  Great paint combo, possibly with shutters



Now that is daring!

   3.  Appropriate style containers
 Less planters, but substantial. Save yourself time watering too with large containers. Much more interesting. And of course, reflects your architecture

The above boxes are by friends Beau and Nancy Kimball,  in Woodstock ll. Kimball & Bean makes and ships these planters around the world, in any size or color
Ok, so they are fountains, BUT, as planters, would be smashing! You get the idea.....

Onto a totally different topic...........

Need an AGA anyone? for a great price? Barely used!
This is NOT the one for sale, it's mine and I have a love affair with this stove
I love mine so much, I can never imagine life without one. Yes, I am very odd! 
 My client heard me raving and asked to come and see mine, while having a demo of course. After all, let's share the love!
A surround and original painting on melamine, and viola, installed. Same local artist as mine, Stephanie Fania

 Having since moved, the new owners, well........no love affair there. I believe the primary reason is the heat, as theirs is fronted by a sink, mine has nothing in front of it so the heat is not contained. 

 Practically new. Interested? Questions? Drop me a line, my email is below, 

Cheers,
Debra
contact me at.  debra@scentimentalgardens.com











































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