Friday, November 21, 2014

Chantilly Equestrian Plates

I'm in love with these plates (so what else is new).  You can buy them here.

The Caspari store blog, used them for a recent bachelor's party here in the Virginia Hunt Country.  If you have not seen the blog, you should read it. See it here.  And if in Charlottesville, go to the store on the downtown mall, it's divine!  The other one is in Paris.

The plates are French, of course. 

French Faience Tableware
The Faiencerie de Niderviller was founded in 1735 by Mathias Lesprit. In 1748 the baron Jean Louis de Beyerle purchased the domain and it began to thrive with his enthusiasm and ambition. He surrounded himself with renowned artists and expert chemists to create a luxurious faience (tin-glazed earthenware) intended for the aristocracy, the dignitaries of the church and the rich bourgeoisie.
After the death of King Stanislas of Lorraine in 1766, the baron of Beyerle was forced to sell the Faienceier to Adam Philippe, Comte of Custine. A man of taste, an entrepreneur and an innovator. The Comte was, unfortunately, guillotined during the French Revolution. It was Lanfrey who saved the factory when it was to be sold as national property. From then on, Lanfrey gave a free rein to his creative genius, definitively mar king his place in the art and history of faience in the Lorraine region.
Chantilly by Niderviller is a handsome equestrian motif collection. The ecru background and octagonal shape of the plates makes this dinnerware quite distinguished and unique. A striking table setting or accent piece for the home or office. Hand-decorated, dishwasher and microwave safe. Made in France.

 Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Paper Whites

Christmas is synonomous with paper whites in my book.  I buy bulbs every year around Thanksgiving and have them in the house usually until early to mid-January. No need to buy a kit, you can do it yourself and this makes a great gift too!

If you don't have a nursery that sells the bulbs for about $1 each, you can order them here online.

I use the same dish every year, a square glass one that I picked up at Walmart for less than $10.  Something like this will work although the sides are a bit higher than I would prefer, but you get the idea:

You need to add rocks to the vase to keep the bulbs in place. Walmart, Target, Michaels, all will have them, or a good garden store like Ivy Nursery here in Virginia.

Add the rocks, the bulbs, water, wait a few days, your bulbs will start to bloom. 

Throw in a lovely gold ribbon to tie your plants when they get too tall! Love them! They are a part of my Christmas every year!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Five Fab Gifts

My sister keeps asking for gift ideas, so I thought I'd help her out today by coming up with five fabulous gift ideas.  Christmas is only a little more than a month away.  Can you believe it?  This frigid cold weather is not helping either.  Who wants to shop when it's 10 degrees outside?  No one, except online.

You cannot go wrong with candles. If you need to buy something for someone you don't know well or need to take a hostess gift for Thanksgiving, for a dinner or cocktail party, this just works. I think these are just darling. The R. Nichols Glow Candles come in "mow," cruise, breath, bloom and surf.  See them here.


Loving this scarf, so holiday-like too from J Crew Factory.

These plates from Anthro will look great in the cabin or anywhere else for that matter.

And these have to be the cutest Christmas dishes I have seen in years.  Adorable!  Also from Anthro. 

Cocktail napkins make a great Christmas gift or hostess gift.  You can never have too many of these right?  I love these from Matouk.  They come in many colors too. You can find them here.

 Happy shopping!  Stay warm out there!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Guest Room Essentials

As I begin to reinvent my guest bedroom, I want to ensure that I make it cozy and inviting for guests, creating a retreat if you will. You want to make you guests feel as though they are staying at a boutique hotel, with all the extras you would find there.....

1) Luxurious Sheets and Bedding
A bed needs to be comfortable.  There is nothing worse than sleeping on a bad mattress.  Cover your bed with comfortable pillows, luxurious sheets, a nice cotton or wool blanket and coverlet.  

2) Good lighting near the bed
This room has great lighting, overhead and over the bed.   You could read in this room easily and it all looks so great too!

3) Reading material
If your guest is a night owl or an insomniac, have some books and magazines for them, just in case.

4) Extra blankets and throws
I love this one by Jonathan Adler, it would look great in my guest room.  Leave at the end of the bed, on the chair or ottoman.  

5) Little luxuries - water carafe, flowers, a scented candle

6) Plush towels for the bath
Don't skimp on cheap, flimsy towels. Oversize, white, monogrammed is best.

7) A robe
Hang it in a closet, on the back of a door, in the bathroom, just in case your guest wants to kick back and relax a bit.

8) A nice bench, ottoman and luggage rack
This room has a nice bench at the end of the bed. I may use luggage racks with needlepoint!  And monogrammed!

9) Pen and paper
I am old fashioned in many ways and still use snail mail and monogrammed paper.  Give your guests an area to write, to send a short note back home or to just jot down things.  Some of us still do this!  Really!

10) Draperies or shades that close
You should be able to close your windows from all incoming light.

Your guests will appreciate all of your fine and thoughtful touches.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Twin Peaks

"Twin Peaks" is a double entendre; I love seeing these twin beds at the peak of style. I am reworking my guest bedroom due to the cabin move and moved my twin beds into my upstairs guest bedroom. It needs some reworking and I'll show you the finished product at some point but I've taken some ideas from the best.

These Jonathan Adler throws give these beds a little extra punch without having to add a duvet cover on each bed. The matching benches are wonderful.

What can you say about this?  Spectacular does not do this justice.  Superb!
 This traditional decor hits the mark with that great chandelier (making a note of that for sure), a mirror that did not come out of a catalog and just the right amount of linens.
 This has to be one of my favorites.  That ceiling, the headboards, the shades, the rug, perfection.
 Another traditional look but the art work adds some zest to this. I love the dust ruffles too.

Melissa Rufty designed this gem.  What is there not to like about this?  Nothing at all.

 And this is so nautical but it's great, wonderful for a beach house.
 Steven Gambrell did this one and he's one of my favorites. This less is more approach really works. I hate clutter in a room.
 (Elle Decor)

Happy Monday!
(all photos are from Pinterest)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cabin Crush

Hubby and I have been on a cabin hunt for several years. He loves the farm but pined for a secluded cabin in the woods down a long and winding dirt road in the middle of nowhere, a place for him.  We diverged.  I didn't want to be isolated, alone, miles from anything and if he found it an hour or two away I might never see him again! But finally we compromised and voila and found the perfect spot, we now own an adorable quaint cabin only three miles from the farm!

It has all the character and charm that we wanted and it needs very little work, a new shower and some exterior maintenance.  And I can't wait to decorate.  Here is the view from the back as you come up the driveway.

 We have a nice winter view facing east:
 The main room is the living room. I have a lot of furniture to recover. It's comfortable and cozy.

Looking into the bathroom on the main floor:

 I love the kitchen!

A view of the large fireplace:

 The bedroom is also cozy!
 We have a nice studio too, heated and cooled:

 And a shed for tools:

We love the cabin!  Can't wait for winter now!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Saddle Lockers

For the person who has everything or for ultra organized barn owner, rider or trainer on the go, Saddle Lockers has produced a stylish but functional way to organize all that tack.  And you can order one in everyone's favorite Baker Plaid.

The ever-popular and classic 5/A Baker® Plaid adorns the front of this gorgeous mobile tack trunk! The International Tack Trunk is the most efficient and popular option for those who show frequently and own multiple horses. Its generous size allows you to transport your tack and equipment with ease. The Baker® Plaid International SaddleLocker helps keep all of your tack organized and safe, taking away the distraction of searching for items and enabling horse and rider to perform at their very best. The premier functional tack trunk for the equestrian professional!

 For more information you can go here.  TGIF!
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