Lacquered Life is Back! Let’s Celebrate …

Good morning Lacquered Lifers. I am sorry that I have been away for so long … life can sometime get in the way, can’t it? I thought that for my first post back we would celebrate – or rather I would share some photos taken by the amazing Lucy Cuneo of a recent celebration here in Charleston I attended at the home of event designer extraordinaire, Tara GuerardLCP_TG_SC-17The dinner took place in a beautifully draped tent against the backdrop of Tara’s 18th century masonry home on Tradd Street. I’m officially in awe of Tara’s ability to tent her brick lined driveway and make us feel like we were in another world; and officially jealous and wondering when I can plan an intimate tented dinner party just like this one.LCP_TG_SC-10The table was set with plates from the Juliska Firenze collection paired with gold flatware, atop a neutral linen table cloth; paired with metallic rimmed water goblets, mercury votives and crystal candlesticks. The calligraphy menu was wrapped around a napkin and tied with burlap twine. LCP_TG_SC-12Single hyacinth bulbs, potted in brass julep cups, peppered the table alongside larger predominantly white and green arrangements, glass hurricanes,  and the occasional gold dipped antler.
LCP_TG_SC-1The wall of fig vine provided a perfect backdrop tot the magical tent and table setting, and Tara’s signature Lane chair dipped in gold was the perfect finishing touch. What a treat it was to be included, thank you Tara!

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The Perfect Gentleman

2252702_brock_65619Good Morning Lacquered Lifers. Did you see the picture of the Church Street front door over on the Garden & Gun blog yesterday? My dear friend Haskell Harris asked me to make a front door color recommendation and I chose Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray. While I love the color on Front Doors, I like it on just about anything, just about anywhere. Below are photos of the color in several locations. Perhaps Gentleman’s Gray is my signature color. Wonder where I’ll incorporate my perfect gentleman at New Street … 
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Cheap & Chic of the Week: Deals on Dishes

Good Morning Lacquered Lifers. As a kid in the late 80’s and early 90s in Los Angeles, I remember going to Pottery Barn with my mom.  As its name would suggest, back then Pottery Barn was a store that sold dishware and glassware.  Today there are so many companies to choose from when purchasing dishware that I rarely find myself looking to Pottery Barn. This morning I was happy to find an email in my inbox letting me know that Pottery Barn was offering 20% off all china, and free shipping – and there are some exceptionally good looking dishes to choose from. Below are some of my favorites. pb 4First up are the Spring Blossom Salad Plates – $39.50/set of four. Cannot beat that price, and the pattern has quite a vintage quality to it. Looks like something that you might find on a breakfast table in a 1960s/70s kitchen. Pretty fab. pb 3Next up are the Leon Bowls – $11.50 ea. Inspired by Guatemalan pottery, these graphic bowls would be great paired with some simple white or blue plates. Or great as a featured plate for a meal of hearty winter soup or chili! pb 2I love these Zamora Dinner Plates – $46/set of four. I don’t have any dishes this color, and have been eyeing a lot of it recently, This rust color is a great winter color, and also something that would look great on a holiday or Thanksgiving table. pb 1Finally, my favorite, the Elsie Dinnerware. Reminiscent of traditional Delftware, this blue and white pattern is sure to be a staple on your dining room table for years to come. Dress it up, dress it down – you cannot go wrong the floral motif on these plates. They’re timeless. Dishwasher safe and a  fraction of the cost of true Delftware – $120.50/16 piece set – you could buy more than you need just in case you drop one.