The Mellon’s Oak Spring Farm in Upperville, Virginia – 2000 acres, four residences, and over twenty cottages. Former home of philanthropist and gardening doyenne Bunny Mellon, who passed away this spring at 103. This November, in a highly anticipated sale, Sotheby’s will host three auctions of items from the Mellon’s private collection – Masterworks, Jewelry, and Interiors. Despite the fact that I appreciate art, and I love jewelry, I am most interested in the interiors auction. Even though the Mellons were incredibly wealthy, Mrs. Mellon collected things that she loved, and the collection from Oak Spring Farm includes such things as simple ceramic dishes, baskets, and walking sticks. These photos, courtesy of Sothebys, show that life at Oak Spring Farm, while charmed, was relaxed and comfortable. For more information, catalog, dates, and exhibition schedule, click here.
Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! As fall is officially upon us, and winter is quickly approaching I wanted to introduce everyone to some wool pillows, throws, and blankets that can keep you warm through those winter months … especially if the winter is anything like last year. This is a new collaboration between West Elm and the Faribault Woolen Mill Co. in Faribault, Minnesota. The Faribault Woolen Mill Co. has been in operation in the town of Faribault since 1865. Through two world wars when they made blankets for the troops, a great depression, and the passage of time, this mill has continued to employ locals and to manufacture high quality wool products including blankets, scarves, pillows, and even i Pad cases. This is America’s last true vertical wool mill. The “new” mill, as the company refers to it on their website, was built in 1890 and is still in use today. Not surprisingly, this collaboration with West Elm has the Faribault Co. putting out blankets, pillows, and throws with some very modern looking patterns. These are not your traditional plaid wool blankets. Available in a range of colors and patterns there is sure to be something to keep you warm this winter. Above are three of my favorites from the Faribault Woolen Mill Co.’s collection for West Elm – Large Stripe Wool Pillow Cover, the Window Plaid Wool Blanket, & the Shadow Plaid Wool Throw. For more information on the Faribault Woolen Mill Co. visit their website, and you can shop the Faribault Woolen Mill Co. collection for West Elm below.
Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Last week I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Architectural Digest’s Mitchell Owens, on the subject of one of the great lady decorators, Ruby Ross Wood, and today I’m going to show some photos of the home she shared with her second husband Chalmers Wood. Little Ipswich, named after Mr. Wood’s Massachusetts hometown, was built between 1927 – 1928 on forty three acres in Woodbury, Long Island. Designed by the revered classical architects Delano & Aldrich, Mrs. Wood had asked for a single story design so that she could have extremely high ceilings in every room. According to Owens, the floor plan of the house was not ideal, as the second guest room could only be accessed by walking through the first, but it was an absolutely stunning house. Like so many of Long Island’s large estates, Little Ipswich was demolished in 1995 to make way for a housing development. What a loss.
Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! People are always asking me about the lanterns on my house, and so this morning I thought I would share a wonderful source for gas or electric lanterns – Bevolo. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights was established in 1945 in New Orleans, LA, and three generations later is still owned by the Bevolo family, and each lantern is still made by hand in New Orleans. Bevolo’s French Quarter lantern has come to be one of the most recognizable pieces of a visit to New Orleans’ French Quarter. While our lanterns are not in fact Bevolo, they were made by a lamp company in Charleston that is unfortunately no longer in business, I am a huge fan of the Bevolo brand it is now my go to resource for beautiful copper lanterns. This is Bevolo’s bracket mounted Williamsburg lantern, which is extremely similar to the lantern on the exterior facade of Church Street. The six sided lantern on the piazza at Church Street is mounted with a yoke, which is a great way to hang lanterns if you want to prevent them from moving around in a strong breeze or storm … something we have to be wary of in both Charleston and New Orleans. And this is the Bevolo Six Sided Lantern, which looks very similar to the lanterns on the piazza. So when you’re looking for that perfect handmade copper lantern, look no further than family-owned Bevolo. These southern talents have sold lanterns to customers in all fifty states, and thirty-two countries. So whether you’re looking for a lantern for your home in Charleston or London – Bevolo has got you covered. Happy lantern hunting!
Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Thinking about my Thanksgiving table this morning and how I would like it to feel this year. The photo above, from LisaMarieBlog, gives a bit of an indication of the casual & homegrown vibe I am going for. I really love the magnolia garland down the center of the table. I think that is something I will definitely be doing. If I could serve Thankgiving dinner outside, that would be amazing. It wouldn’t be totally out of the ordinary to have a beautiful warm day here in Charleston, but you can’t really plan on it. So instead I’ll bring the outside in!
I am planning on using my blue Spode Heritage plates, and I think a little orange (not too much) will be just the ticket.
Here is the flatware that I am thinking about using. This was a total score at Terrace Oak Antiques here in Charleston – it was quite the steal. I have yet to use them because I am so attached to my silver (also a steal), but I think Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring these babies out! Below are some additional items I have either purchased or am planning on purchasing for the table. I love this Cut Edged Washed Linen Tablecloth from Terrain. While I would love to show off the table’s wood, I have to seat more people than my antique table can take, so I have to put a tabletop on it. I thought this tablecloth might give off just the right relaxed vibe I’m looking for. I love these Rattan Chargers from World Market. At a fraction of the price of other rattan chargers, these are a great buy for Thanksgiving. Also, I think they will help connect the blue and white plates to the more natural look I’m going for. These Tortoise Votives from Ballard Designs are just the right color to nestle amongst my magnolia wreath. Thinking that my hit of orange may need to come from these Mark & Graham Linen Satin Stitch Dinner Napkins. I also would love an excuse to buy some inexpensive monogrammed napkins. I am not usually a fan of napkin rings, but then I used them at Easter and couldn’t have been more pleased. I thought these Oak Branch Napkin Rings from Terrain were quite beautiful – and again they add that connection to nature I’m looking for. And finally a photo of my dining room, to give you a sense of where this is all taking place! I really love my table, and I wish so badly that it were bigger so I could set the table like this, but I think that tablecloth from Terrain might be just the ticket! You can find pictures of my Thanksgiving 2012 table here.