Wednesday, October 31, 2018

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE @ BUCKEYSTOWN DESIGN CO-OP

It's November, so it's time for us to begin the holiday season.  We've been busy these last few days transforming the store for the season.  We'll have holiday decor, of course, but also gifts, stocking stuffers, and hostess gifts.  Mixed in with all of that is our large selection of furniture, lighting, art work, and much more.  So, if you live in the DC metro area please start the season with us.

My space was inspired by a vintage caned day bed.  I only put one of the side rails on so I could fill it with a decorated tree, a vintage champagne crate, and some wonderful velvet pillows.



Love the pillows, but the leopard print pompom garland is my favorite.



Anything caned works for me.  The day bed is so curvy and perfectly chippy.




Nutcrackers are definitely not my thing.  I have a rule that I don't buy anything I don't like for the store.  Well, I broke my rule and the nutcrackers are popping up everywhere.  I'll let you know if rule breaking works or not.



Anything mercury glass works for the holidays.  I have containers, trays, vases,  lamps, and mercury glass ornaments.


The gold sunburst mirrors add another metallic and break up all the silver.  My Santos bust is under a cloche, resting on a stack of books with glitter spines.



I created a whole area with a nod to the characteristic holiday colors:  red and green.
You'd never think of the banana leaf pattern as working for the holidays, but you have to agree that it's the perfect green.





More red and green.  I spy another nutcracker.



Who likes pink?  I do.  Don't miss the goat pillow in the background.



Lately I've been using blue in my decor.  How unique are these ginger jar ornaments with matching Staffordshire dogs!   I'm lazy about decorating trees so I put most of them into a vintage European dough bowl.



I have bottle racks with five or nine bottles.  You can fill them with greenery or just hang a wreath or an ornament from the neck of the bottle.


We just can't skip over Thanksgiving.  Don't miss the gold turkey salt and pepper shakers.


I look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Come share some food and drinks with us while you shop.

BTW, do you like nutcrackers??

Thursday, October 11, 2018

DOROTHY DRAPER AND AN OSTRICH

I've always been attracted to the style of Dorothy Draper and her bold design choices.  My favorite is her Espana dresser manufactured by Baker Furniture.  I don't own an original, but I was able to afford one of the many reproductions of that piece.   For now, it's in my foyer next to the front door.

DOROTHY DRAPER STYLE DRESSER

My ostrich collage art is above the dresser.  
Who knew that an ostrich would look good with this  piece!

OSTRICH COLLAGE



Next to the dresser is a vintage caned-back chair.  I painted the chair black and had it upholstered in vintage English chintz fabric with an architectural print.

VINTAGE CHAIR AND ENGLISH FABRIC

Ring pulls have become my new favorite hardware.

RING PULL HARDWARE

I've already shared that books are one of my most used design elements.  If you missed that post, go here to see how I use books throughout my home.

BOOKS AS A DESIGN ELEMENT

The lamp on the dresser is vintage.  I added fringe to an already pretty wonderful shade. 

VINTAGE LAMP WITH NEW SHADE

The chippy vintage finials move around the house quite a bit.  For now they're very happy resting on the stack of books and wrapped in pearls.

CHIPPY FINIALS WRAPPED IN PEARLS
I have a two-story foyer.   
Whenever I come down the stairs I'm greeted by a little bit of Dorothy Draper.

MY VIEW FROM THE LANDING

Do you have a favorite style or designer?


Go here for some background information about Dorothy Draper, an influential designer
from the early to mid 20th Century.
Go here to see more examples of her Mid Century Modern/Hollywood Regency designs.