Wonderful World

Often times after a weekend filled with family and friends I am reminded, once again, how lucky I am to have such wonderfully supportive and fun people in my life.  This past weekend was no exception to the rule.  A bunch of us Northerners gathered down in Palm Beach to celebrate the nuptials of  a fantastic couple. The beauty of a destination wedding is that it takes everyone out of their natural element and puts them all on vacation together.  I am not sure if my shift into vacation mode came when I was driving along the ocean in our rented minivan, listening to the smooth listening channel (ya know, the hits of yesterday and today type of station) with the sun beaming on my arms, or eating french fries in a bikini. Both of these things I do not have the pleasure of doing too often.  It's nice to break the routine.

We kicked the festivities off on Friday at a luncheon celebrating the bride.  It was delicious and gorgeous, but I think the show stopper might have been the personalized cookies you see above.  The fantastic drawing on the cookie was the image on the save the date and is the talented work of our friend, Paige. I mean come on. I know I am not a pastry chef, but a drawing? On a Cookie? Whoa. As with most weddings, the activities followed the activities and everyone chatted the afternoon and evening away.

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much of design is focused on atmosphere. Some might argue that atmosphere and ambiance are everything. No matter the grandeur or scale of an interior, there are always measures that can be taken to make a space feel individual, intimate and inviting. Ah ha! Maybe those are the three I's of Interior Design?! Anyway, the environment on Saturday night was an outstanding example of how our surroundings play such a crucial role in defining the tone and mood of an event. The Spanish style architecture, brought to life in Palm Beach by Mizner, has become the quintessential "Palm Beach" look. In recent times, when an indigenous style of architecture is recreated and brought to life it can typically be of the mass scale that would make it's predecessors roll over in their graves.  So much of what we see today has taken classic origins, put them on designer induced steroids, and in turn lost touch with necessary foundations. Basically, it's an extremely delicate line to venture into the land of the overly contrived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday it was as if we were transplanted into the era of the 1930s. Towering palms dazzled in sparkly lights, large lanterns  shed a glow on dapper guests cocktailing.  Arched porticos, colorful Spanish tiles and the terracotta roof line all lent themselves to creating a perfectly elegant, yet effortlessly authentic backdrop.  The dramatic garden lighting and theatrical display of bright purple orchids created a striking and almost whimsical addition to the wedding's setting. The roof retracted for the guests to dance under the stars and the evening ended with a glittery sparkler departure  (the quasi send-off as the bride and groom reemerged for the after party that ensued on the croquet lawn).   While every wedding is a celebration of love, family and friends, this particular event took place on the set of an architectural gem.   The next morning, as we all gave our shining reviews, it was very apparent that the bride and groom were the stars of the show, but that the venue played a very significant supporting role.

Back At It

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in the saddle today after a couple wonderful days down in Florida. It was a fantastic  time spent with family & friends. Usually, a couple days away from one's everyday routine can leave you feeling refreshed and re-inspired and this was not an exception. I am looking forward to sharing some of the wonderful things we saw over the last couple days, but for now it is back to organizing my life!

Designers go the Distance

We got back from Atlanta over the weekend and I think half of our shopping crew now has flu like symptoms which look to be  induced by early mornings, extreme excitement, creative stimulation, espresso and quesadillas (or, how I like to say "quesaDILLA").  We started the weekend on Thursday at Scotts and the took the following day to plow through the Americas Mart. We had the best time.  I tried my best to capture some photos of all the amazing things we were seeing at every twist and turn, but with my feet taking me one direction and my eyes gazing another, these are photos taken on the GO!

This console will be making it's way to my house. With some big wicker baskets underneath it will be the perfect solution for our easy access winter gear!

Destination: Scott Antique Market

It has been a whirlwind week.   Last week I headed down to the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia for some treasure hunting, inspiration searching and quality time with some of my favorite people.  My travel companions, my sister-in-law, Julie and our friend, Ashley, were greated by some of the best tour guides the city of Atlanta has to offer. My husband's Aunt Susan and cousin Nicky are the duo behind the Buckhead firm, Susan Lapelle Interiors.  With such seasoned professionals at our helm, we arrived late Wednesday night in an effort to make Thursday one heck of a productive day.

This picture above is 6am.  You might notice that it is not a bevvy of activity, but when you are tagging along with a couple Scott's vetrans there's no time to ask questions. By the time we cut our first check around 6:20 we were riding our antiquing high and finding treasures at every turn. You know you are in the company of some serious shoppers when by the time it is 7:05am you feel like you have already missed some deals. 

Here we are at 11am. Right before lunch, after multiple cups of coffee and starting to feel some mid morning loopiness. Atlanta was chilly while we were down there, but this gave Nicky the perfect opportuniy to purchase a very chic fur capelet she is sporting above.  Can you tell we were also very excited about those horns? I realized around 7am that the outfit I chose to wear on this particular day  (jean shirt, cowboy boots AND pretty taperd cords) was somewhat reminiscent of something Robert Redford would have chosen to wear as he rode horse back around the American West as the Sundance Kid... but I guess for the sake of a modern day interpretation we were exploring some new territories.

After our whirl wind day we came back to unwind and play with that little munchkin pictured above.
 
 
It doesn't take long to realize that Scott's family has an obsession with golden retrievers. From the left we have Chapin, Pippa and then Chilly. Pippa is a rescue dog and the newest addition to pack. I snapped this will we were having breakfast on Thursday morning. I mean who can say "no" to those faces.  We had the this greek yogurt every morning for breakfast. It was honestly amazing. Almost like dessert for breakfast. Apparently they are going to be coming to Whole Foods soon... I'm just crossing my fingers it finds its way to our stores up north!
 
Day two we toured all of the great boutique antique shops around Atlanta. There were so many wonderful and unique places to visit, but we really had our hearts set on returning to Scott's.  With our shopping lists still needing to be fulfilled, we returned on Saturday before our late afternoon flight.  It was like an episode of "Supermarket Sweep". We hired Scott's cousin, John, to drive up a 16' Penske rental truck and it became our mission to fill it to the gills.

Caroline, Nicky's daughter, made the rounds with us on Saturday. As they say, it's never too young to start! 
Scott & John

Here we are back in Michigan. On the left is my husband, Scott, and on the right is our delivery driver extraordinaire, John.  John packed the truck beautifully and made it all the way up here in time to have a homecooked chicken dinner (beautifully prepared by my mother-in-law, Nancy!). It's pretty amazing to have the instant gratification of being able to have the items the NEXT day!! 

We took the truck out for deliveries on Monday and couldn't have hauled all this stuff around without the last minute solicited help from our family friend, Will, who was home for a couple days before returning to his Naval duties in San Diego. Here he is, pictured below in the cleaned out truck, getting comfortable with his Christmas present - an awesome period leather "smoking" chair.

 These couple days were such a success that I cannot wait to get back down there and do it all again. The Iphone made it very easy to communicate with clients in Michigan and allowed us to bring up some one of a kind items with quick gratification.  After such a successful first trip, I am going to look into booking January which is also the same week as the furniture market. It will be a great opportunity to scope out some new vendors and also be on the hunt for all sorts of fun things to bring back up to Michigan!!