Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Speaking of bloggers, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will be celebrating their roster of blogs (young and old) next Thursday night at an event at their headquarters in Manhattan. Each of the blogs will have its own station and guests will be able to meet them in person. The event is invitation-only and I sadly will not be attending, so I won't be able to bring you any first-hand photographs or details. However, anyone can follow the night's events on Twitter.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Martha was, in fact, filming an episode of the show last weekend when the segment was interrupted by a tornado that whipped through her property, uprooting 120 mature trees (some of which caused extensive damage to her stone walls as they fell) and made quite a mess of her pergola, potted plants and greenhouse. The photo below illustrates just how close Martha was to losing the property's tenant's cottage, which is adjacent to the main house. You can read more about the devastation to her farm and leave Martha an encouraging message by visiting her blog.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The line of Guy Wolff pottery at Restoration Hardware comes in both classic terra-cotta and in white clay, part of his Regency collection, which is exclusive to Restoration Hardware.
Graceful lines and soothing tones define the style of these "Long-Tom" pots in the Regency Collection. Long Toms are a traditional favourite for bulb planting and deep-rooting plants.
Molded handles embellish these elegant Peabody pots, named after a small Massachusetts town that was the center of pottery creation in America during the 18th Century.
One of Wolff's best-loved creations is his classic orchid pot. This particular one is based on the style of those found at the conservatory at Windsor Castle in England. The holes in the pot allow the orchid's roots to breathe, which is required for their survival and healthy growth.
These ceramic seed pans are so lovely, embossed with multiple stamps of Wolff's classic insignia. They are also perfect for succulents and cacti plantings inside the home.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Double-acting hinges are used to secure the three French doors together. They enable the doors to fold in both directions, which is a luxurious bonus. Begin by priming and painting the doors. The ones shown here are new doors, but older, more rusticated doors would also be charming. Install two leveling glides on each end of the bottom of each door. This will let you move the screen easily and steady it on an uneven floor. It is recommended to have two people to undertake this project since the doors can be heavy and awkward when securing them together. In the screen pictured above, the editors chose an antique sconce to hang in the center, which adds character.
On the other side of the newly-formed screen, beautiful material is stretched between opposing curtain brackets on each door. These curtains bring the privacy factor, while still allowing the panes of glass to add interest on the facing side of the screen.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
"Dinner 1-2-3" includes a delicious-looking chicken burger.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Martha, too, has some wonderful, traditional ideas for preserving vacation memories. To view the entire collection of ideas, as well as the how-tos, please click here. I've selected some of my personal favourites below:
Display your beach-combing finds by filling a picture frame with seashells and showing off their nuances of color and shape.
Exhibit your vacation memorabilia as art by assembling it into a striking three-dimensional display using shadow boxes.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
An article on collecting bottles takes the reader through the entire spectrum of collectible varieties, from violets to greens to blues to clear to ambers and reds... Lovely photographs by Johnny Miller.
Visit a flower farm in South Cairo, New York, and discover how passion can become a fulfilling livelihood.
Using a Hipstamatic application, digital photographs of classic bicycle styles take on a sunny, Polaroid quality, adding to the vintage charm of the article.
- Martha explores the virtues of a tropical garden
- Kevin Sharkey tells us about his furniture makeovers
- Lucinda Scala-Quinn delves into the mouth-watering gorgeousness of summer feasting
- Craft editors examine the many facets of braiding
- Great Finds include charming items for the home, the face and the summer hike
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Whether it’s a gallery of family photos or a mixed collage of subjects, I love the way a wall of framed photography adds warmth to a room and conveys a personal story. I also love how impacting just a single photograph can be when it's placed in the perfect spot, giving the design of the room context and character.
The feeling we all experience when we create the right space is one of peace and harmony – a happy place that we can’t wait to spend time in and share with those that mean the most to us.
Nearly every surface of my home is layered in some way. Sometimes, it's as simple as layering a mirror with a photograph to create a casual vibe and a look that is spontaneous and carefree. In making choices, I start by pulling together pieces that vary in shape, texture, and finish. Creating gallery statements with my art collections is a fundamental cornerstone of style that I rely on time and again. Whether they are family photos or collected pieces of artwork, nothing is more personal than a grouping of framed art collected on a gallery wall. Here's a closer look at how it's done on this wall of eclectic photography and some tips to consider when creating your own gallery.
Keep your palette simple. I usually stick to all black-and-white, gathered in a combination of like-minded frames.
- Different frame sizes will create an asymmetrical composition that will look more interesting.
- Keep the wall neat and aligned by laying out the frames on the floor first and assembling them there in a rectangle that duplicates the space on the wall.
- Use a bench or a piece of furniture to anchor the scene. It gives the gallery a finish line.
- Create added warmth and richness by accessorizing with pillows, throws, and candles. Heap a stack of books on any surface to add depth and create instant chic.
- If you have wall space to the left or right of the piece of furniture, layer and lean photographs against the wall, instead of hanging them, to keep the arrangement looking casual and loose.