Monday, March 17, 2014

Framing Herbariums

Decisions. Decisions.

As I mentioned in my last post, I purchased a set of 24 Swedish Herbariums at the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta and now have to decide how to frame them. 

I would like to frame them very simply so that the frame does not take away from the Herbarium's natural beauty. I bought one piece of the vintage handmade gray paper (photographed with the pair of Herbaria above) from another dealer at Scotts and wish I had a whole stack of it because I like the way the gray paper marries with the Herbarium.

Each Herbarium is a labeled with the plant name and family and where it was collected and the date. My set was collected in 1937 in Sweden.

Here are some of my favorite examples of framed herbariums.

Do you have a favorite frame style?

{A favorite mountain retreat "sleeping porch" from Interior Designer Phoebe Howard}
The framed botanicals in the room above are probably not vintage Herbariums but more likely modern pressed botanicals. I like the simplicity of the white frame and simple mat.

{A favorite living room from Interior Designer, Betsy Brown}
 I have considered framing several pairs together to make larger art like Interior Designer, Betsy Brown, did in the room above. These are again framed in plain, somewhat modern frames and a gray mat.

{Vintage Herbariums framed in lucite hang in Brooke Giannetti's new laundry room at Patina Farm}

Brooke Gianetti, from the blog Linen & Velvet, recently featured her new laundry room at Patina Farm. Let's just say that her laundry room is a breath of fresh air and I LOVE the way she framed her Herbariums between two panels of lucite. 

The Herbariums are very fragile and I think this method would be a nice of way to preserve them as well as taking something very old and making it fresh and modern.

I carried the Herbariums on my lap all the way home from Atlanta, a six hour drive, because I was so afraid we were going to do something to that might damage them.

{another view of Brooke Giannetti's beautiful laundry room at Patina Farm}

A collection of Herbariums creates a dramatic focal wall in this bedroom designed by Kristen Cone.  I can't tell from the picture but the frame might be just an off-white version of the simple white frame I showed earlier that contrasts with the white mats. They might be a narrow bleached wood.

Another bedroom designed by Kristen Cone features a set of 12 botanicals framed together. I really like this frame treatment as well.

This wall of herbariums is framed very simply between glass and cardboard and secured with metal clips. This would probably be the least expensive method of framing and is really in keeping with the utilitarian nature of a pressed botanical.

I found this image on a tumblr page, a.k.a., I will never be able to find the original source.

I think this is incredibly chic but something I probably couldn't replicate!

Another eternal bedroom features the Herbariums in narrow gold frames with gray mats.

{Interior Stylist, Thea Beasley, at home via Atlanta Homes Magazine}

I will leave you with one of my favorite kitchens that features botanicals mixed in with kitchen essentials displayed on a wall of open shelving. 

Do you have any suggestions?

I would love to hear your thoughts!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Antiquing at the Scott Antique Market in Atalnta

{Sets of French chairs fresh off a container from France at the Scott Antique Market}

Last week I finally had the chance to travel to Atlanta for the Scott Antique Market. My sister's birthday was last Monday, and we like to spend a long weekend together doing something fun! That something fun will always involve antiques. 

I grew up in a house full of collectors. I have many fond memories of going to the flea market with my Dad or trailing behind my Mom and Dad down the narrow aisles of an antique Warehouse in Cheraw, South Carolina on the way to the beach. We were bribed with candy!

A trip to the Scott Antique Market is almost as good as visiting the flea markets in Paris….

Well, maybe, not that good.

But for someone that doesn't get to go to France, Scott's is great! I LOVE the French chairs in the first photo! They were fresh off of a container from France bought as they traveled over the water only to be picked up at Scott's! They are headed to Marberger Farm at the Round Top Antique Market in Texas (April 1st) along with the gorgeous gray farm table below. 

{a beautiful old farm table with clean lines and its original gray paint}
This table was hard to photograph. The photo truly makes it look like just another gray table especially against the lovely linoleum floor. It is very long and has exquisite proportions and a beautiful, soft patina. The gray paint is the original finish. So many pieces at antique and flea markets have been stripped and repainted with gray chalk paint. It is so nice to see the difference!

Speaking of original paint…I took this photograph because I fell in love with these painted finishes.

Don't you love the colors!

No words really needed here….

My tastes have changed as I have grown older. I have a lot of dark, traditional, English furniture. I now crave a lighter palette and less serious vibe. I am slowly moving in that direction. That being said, I love a beautiful blonde, mahogany chest. This one had incredible color and a beautiful patina.

{My new dining room chairs in the rough}

The true reason I went to the Scott Market was to find some new chairs for my dining room. 

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I sold my traditional dining room table and chairs and my English sideboard. My husband graciously indulged my ever-changing interior design cravings and off it went to a new home. Let's just say two weeks before Thanksgiving was not the best timing.

I went in search of a set of six Mutten leg chairs like the ones that Ina Garten has in her Hampton home (here). I actually found a couple of different sets but didn't like them as well as the ones pictured above. I was looking for a blonde finish on the legs but when you are looking at antiques you can't always get exactly what you envision. I bought these from a French man who said if I wanted to lighten the finish, spray the legs with ammonia and then wash them down with water until you get the desired color. That worries me just a little! Does anyone have any experience doing that? I plan to cover these in either old linen sheets or a light gray linen and run a contrasting tape along the lead edge.

{topiaries in all shapes and sizes at the Scott Antique Market}

We got to Scotts very early the first day and these topiaries were already selling quickly. They were incredibly healthy and so pretty they almost didn't look real. He had every kind you could imagine in different shapes and sizes and planted in charming pots and containers. 
Some of the terra-cotta pots were from France.

{an old gilded fragment mounted on lucite and made into a lamp}

Crusty, old gilded fragments are a hot antique item right now and these two lamps, above and below, made from old fragments were so chic! I have been saving my money for almost a year for this trip and had to really concentrate and buy only what I came for.

{Vintage African ceremonial blankets}

I have an affinity for old textiles and love the interesting colors and patterns of these African tribal blankets. The picture below shows a selection of African trade beads. 
Later in this post, you'll see the trade beads I came home with. 

{African trade beads rest a top an interesting pile of vintage African textiles}

{handmade paper dresses from Tom Delcambre}

I have taken pictures of the handmade paper dresses made by artist and antique dealer, Tom Delcambre before and shared them on the blog here. The attention to detail is absolutely unbelievable. He also makes the flowers below by hand and hand paints them. 

{handmade paper flowers from Tom Delcambre}

Scotts is full of not only beautiful old things but great new things like the nightstands in the pictures above and below. They are so chic and are custom made by Fabulous Things Ltd. I fell in love with the unique painted finish on the table above and the interesting shape of the table below. You can see just a peek of the faux bois finish of another nightstand on the left.

A friend at the market has been collecting and selling creamware for 25 years, and she was liquidating her collection. I wanted to buy everything in her booth! I have always had a weak spot for porcelains. I bought a beautiful set of floral creamware that I have not yet taken a picture of and I also bought the gray french potter's table that these watering cans and plates are sitting on. I don't have it yet at home because we couldn't fit everything we bought in our car. (Not a small problem)

Here are a few of the things that I feel in love with and actually came home with me.

I bought a set of 24 Herbariums. I plan to keep four or six of these and have them framed for one of the bedrooms in my mountain home. The others I plan to sell at our family's booth at the Antique and Design Center in High Point at the upcoming High Point Furniture Market.

The dealer I purchased these from said she purchased them many years ago and forgot about them. She recently found them again and brought them to the show. Lucky me!

{A vintage French poster I purchased at the Scott Antique Market}
Here's a vignette I put together in my side entry of some of the things I bought. 

I have been looking for a vintage French poster for the last several years and fell in love with the soft colors in this one. Bonus, it was already framed in a beautiful frame. My quest for a French poster started when French art posters were featured on One Kings Lane. Suzanne Kasler has a vintage Georges Braque poster that she bought at a flea market in France that hangs prominently over her bed (here). I have been looking for a Georges Braque poster (at a reasonable price) for years! Braque's work is closely associated with that of his colleague Pablo Picasso and often features abstract birds.

I have thought of a thousand different places where I would like to hang my new poster. Things move around in my house a lot so this is where it will live for now.

I am incredibly excited about my new myrtle topiaries. yes, they are real. It will be absolutely amazing if they are still alive this time next month! 

I also collect vintage flower frogs. These are my three favorites. Every time I go to the Scott Antique Market, I buy just one for my collection. There is a dealer at Scott's (Benton Hayden & Associates) that sells great garden antiques and always has a unique collection of flower frogs for sale. 

I bought the oval flower frog on the right at this market and its un-identical twin (the round one on the left) last year at Scott's. They are made from brass or copper wire and move up and down to adjust the height. I love both the color (patina) and sculptural form. They are both a patented design from 1935 by Ralph Beagle of California. 

The little round flower frog in the foreground is aptly named a "hairpin" frog.

I love walking around an antique market and talking to the dealers about the things they sell. You can learn a lot and have a little story to tell about the things that you buy.

{My collection of vintage flower frogs}

I bought a strand of African trade beads in a frosty beachglass-blue-green. I was told that the beads were handmade in the mid 1900's from old Coke bottles. The beads are heavy and irregular and are strung on raffia. I love the way they give a little movement and soft color to a still life display.

{African trade beads from the mid 1900's made from old Coke bottles}

{My guest bedroom with the pair of Wedgewood drabware pitchers I purchased at Scott's}
I really tried to resist buying a lot of small things that were not on my list of wants and needs but I couldn't resist this sweet little pair of drabware pitchers. Martha Stewart created a paint color, "drabware" for her collection. I filled the pitchers with the first flowers to come up in my garden this Spring - Lenten Rose or Hellabores. I am embarrassed to tell you how little I paid for these two little beauties. I have never seen so many beautiful old things at incredibly reasonable prices.

{Hellabores from my garden in a pair of Drabware pitchers I purchased at Scott's}

Are you a collector?


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Life's Little Moments, Now in Watercolor

{Snowy Nose, Lily and Sadie in the Snow}

Have you heard all the buzz about the new app, Waterlogue?

As if I needed another reason to take pictures with my iPhone….

I am totally addicted!

I got to know Waterlogue last night and played with some of my favorite photos until well after midnight. Okay, just like that, there went my New Year's resolution to read more at night.

 I am planning to frame a few of these for my newish side entry.

I had been waiting procrastinating looking for the perfect wallpaper while almost two years zipped by. Last week, I finally had that area painted. 

 I was just thinking I wanted to fill this space with original art.
and like a little gallery.

Some things are just meant to be…

enter Waterlogue!

{Flowers from My Garden}

{Fall Colors Over the Marsh, Figure Eight Island, North Carolina}

{A River Runs Through It, North Carolina Stream Near Blowing Rock in Winter}

{The View from the Window}


Monday, February 3, 2014

Color Cravings: Just a hint of Orchid Please

( interior design by Jim Hawes of Caldwell-Beebe)
I am not one to follow trends but I often find myself falling for just a touch of 
what is the interesting it-trend of late. 
Have you heard that the Pantone color of the year is orchid?

It is a very saturated hue that might be a little much for my taste…
but, a little pop goes a long way especially in a room filled with soft grays and creamy whites.

What do you think of Orchid?

"This vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces."

{Suzanne Kasler's kitchen from her new book Timeless Style}

The orchid hue of the linen upholstery on the chairs in Suzanne Kasler's kitchen 
makes a great case for the color of the year.
The color orchid looks really pretty when paired with bleached wood.

A great way to incorporate a little orchid into your everyday life is to add tinted glassware.

I love mixing plates, silverware and napkins to create interesting table settings.

{Collins Interiors}

This beautiful bedroom is actually more lavender than orchid but I thought I would throw it in just because it is a really interesting shade. 

I like the way it mixes with the little hint of blue in the framed intaglios.

{Interior Design from Beth Webb}

Here's a couple of great bedrooms from some of my favorite designers that feature interesting accessories in an orchid colorway.

{Interior Design, Betsy Brown}

{A coastal bedroom from Interior Designer Tammy Connor}
I saved my favorite pop of orchid for last.

I am in love with the front door of Frank Babb Randolph's Georgetown townhouse 
painted Farrow and Ball's Brassica.

{Frank Babb Randolph's Georgetown home featured in Veranda here.}