Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Virginia Barn Makeover

I've always been intrigued by certain structures/buildings being transformed into homes such as old school houses and barns especially. I love how this interior designer looked to it's past history and stories to build a look!

"Steven Gambrel, one of America's top-tier interior designers, recently had a chance to consider the question. Although he lives and often works in the most urbane precincts of Manhattan, Steven grew up in Virginia and still has ties there. When the owners of a Middleburg horse farm asked him to convert one of their barns into a place for large, casual parties and just hanging out and watching TV, he took it on with relish—his first barn, and on home turf."

"When Steven was delving through history for a decorating theme, he ignored the barn's most recent tenants—cows—and looked further back to the farm's equestrian past when Thoroughbreds and saddle horses were bred there. Middleburg remains an epicenter of foxhunting and a hub for all things equine. Tucked in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it seems at times more English than England."

"As the decorating unfolded, the homeowners asked Steven to incorporate more than 250 photographs of jockeys and family members from the past three generations engaging in equestrian activities. "They're fabulous pictures, every single one," he says. He framed them all uniformly in distressed, rust-colored frames and hung them free-form on a wall that runs the entire length of the barn (about 80 feet).

Making a marvelous gallery out of old family pictures is exactly the way Steven's mind works, and it explains why his chic interiors are never vacuous. "There are elements that I use over and over, mostly things that have to do with comfort and proportion," he says. "But what's really important to me is a sense of place. You can pull spirit from a location, the time we live in, or the lifestyle of the people. That's what I do, and it's my signature.""

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Scrumptious Bird Nest

These are bird's nest candies-they look wonderful! I could see drizzling the nest with dark and white chocolate for Easter and a early Spring gift! Who knew chow mein noodles had such potential!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Gardening

This is Roger Griffith featured on in his New York abode-I just love every inch of his garden it certainly overflows with charm and old world inspiration!

"Griffith relaxes on the patio in front of his perennial garden, which bursts with blooms during three seasons. Spring kicks off with tulips, bread poppies, and peonies, giving way to the night-blooming daylily Hemerocallis citrina, thalictrum, goat's beard, 'Indigo Spires' salvias, and 'Sum and Substance' hostas in summer. Fall brings on 'Limelight' hydrangeas, 'Autumn Joy' sedums, and tickseed, which glow in the season's soft rays."

As spring is just around the corner I am getting anxious to work out in the yard and get some fresh air. Looking through my mothers books I found a 1951 edition of Better Homes and Gardens "Garden Book"-a bible to yard layout, upkeep, and planting of the good oldies such as lilac bushes, delphinium, rudbeckia, climbing roses, bearded irises and yew(just to name a few). A great book even though it's 62 years old! The picture above is of a espalier fruit tree-I saw an apple espelier in Taos, NM a few years ago in a nursery and it intrigued me...

Espalier is the horticultural and ancient agricultural practice of controlling woody plant growth by pruning and tying branches so that they grow into a flat plane, frequently in formal patterns, against a structure such as a wall, fence, or trellis, and also plants which have been shaped in this way.The word espalier is French, and it comes from the Italian spalliera, meaning “something to rest the shoulder (spalla) against.”[2] During the 17th Century, the word initially referred only to the actual trellis or frame on which such a plant was trained to grow, but over time it has come to be used to describe both the practice and the plants themselves.[1] The practice was popularly used in the Middle Ages in Europe to produce fruit inside the walls of a typical castle courtyard without interfering with the open space and to decorate solid walls by planting flattened trees near them. Love this mixture of tulips and pansies stuffed in these great concrete containers...

Roger Griffith's flower and vegetable garden, just hours north of New York City, is like a farm stand in a backyard. He uses succession planting, in which seeds are sown about every three weeks, to ensure produce into fall.

Inspiring English cottage-stuffed full of tulips, irises and other beautiful plants....

A Martha-inspired garden-this could easily be done in any backyard love the twig/bark borders around each section-the finnials on the section of fence surrounding it is a good idea as the posted lanterns leading the green grass pathway to a white draped table...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lemon-Poppy Seed Belgian Waffles

These fluffy waffles are filled with the sweet, lemony flavor of their muffin cousins. Cook up the batter as waffles or pancakes for breakfast or dinner. Finish the fruity flavors with our Blackberry Maple Syrup.

Shades of Turquoise

Looking for inspiration I came across these beautiful shades of turquoise-each picture a different shade of aqua. They seem to make these rooms more interesting don't you think?

Just love the creams and blues on these ancient old doors-so yummy!
Don't you want to walk through them and touch them?

Thinking this finish could be pulled off with turquoise blue, denim blue, and white wash with an antique glaze on top.

A little bit of Ralph! Touches of reds-the books, persian rug-the contrast is interesting...

Love these old beams incorporated in this loft-something to think about!