Combining texture, movement, and utility, this ostrich fringe bag is perfect for adding a little bit of flair to a spring outfit. A stylish accessory that will look great with festival attire or jeans and heels on a night out, it is destined to be a go-to item for many seasons to come.
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We’ve had a flurry of TSG tots’ birthday parties lately, during which we’ve enjoyed everything from trampoline parties to dance-offs, perfectly imperfect homemade cakes to bakery-made cupcake towers. Each party has been utterly unique, but one statement can be made about all of them: a successful children’s soiree is a combination of creativity and careful planning. This equation holds true whether the event in question is an elaborate fete or a simple family gathering; after all, at the end of the day, it’s the details that can make or break a festive affair.
Inspired by this birthday-filled season, we reached out to the founder of Dallas-based Pomp, Shana Rosenheck-Lodes, for ideas and insights into what to consider when planning a child’s party. Pomp’s “Pink Pony Party” has become something of a legend throughout TSG HQ ever since we laid eyes on photographs of the fabulous event in TSG Dallas, Volume 3. As the images of the Pony Party show, clearly we approached the ideal source!
Pomp carries the pink palette and pony theme through the show-stopping party in such whimsical ways. Again, it’s the details like pony-shaped confetti, pale pink ribbons tied around cartons holding a quarter of a sandwich (the perfect portion for three-year-old attendees!), a simple vase filled with pink hyacinths, pony-shaped cake pops, and, of course, pink-maned pretty ponies as the main attraction that make the event so special. While it might be tempting to label the party as over-the-top, it only appears that way because it’s been expertly executed. Given enough time and put in the right hands (Pomp is Dallas’s premier children’s party planning company), a few thoughtful elements can be brought together to create a sweet occasion little ones will love. Below, Rosenheck-Lodes shares her tips for party planning; of course, it always helps to call in a professional, so while the following advice will be helpful, think about making that step 1!
Plan ahead. Rosenheck-Lodes recommends meeting with a planner 6 weeks prior to the event to discuss the theme; guest list; party location; invitations; entertainment, games, and activities; food; general decorations; cake; and party favors.
Determine the best time of day for a party based on age. “We want to make sure everyone can enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the party, so we recommend scheduling parties for young children when they are at their best,” Rosenheck-Lodes says. “We recommend after naptime for toddlers and around lunchtime for children in preschool,” she advises. As children grow older, timing becomes less important. Duration is important, too; so much so, that Rosenheck-Lodes has created a handy chart for when children will be ready to party:
Think about how you’ll issue invites. In addition to making sure your child’s best friends are free on the appointed date, Rosenheck-Lodes recommends thinking in terms of “all” when determining how much of your child’s class to invite, as in “all the children in the class,” “all of the girls” or “all of the boys” in order to minimize hurt feelings. Timing-wise, she suggests dropping invitations in the mail 3 to 4 weeks prior to the event.
Have a sense of how the party will be paced. To ensure your event feels as though it has a natural flow, Rosenheck-Lodes advises that you pace the party. “Have a plan based on the games, activities, and entertainment you have lined up,” she says. “For example, as guests arrive, you may direct them to a craft table while you await the arrival of more guests.”
Decide on a present-opening plan. Whether or not your child opens gifts during or after the party is up to your personal preference, Rosenheck-Lodes says, but if you do decide to open gifts during the party, Rosenheck-Lodes recommends pulling names out of a hat to determine whose gift will be opened next. This allows time for you to write down the gift-giver and what was given to ensure that you have all the information necessary for thank-you notes.
Make sure your give your guests a proper goodbye. All good things must come to an end. Rosenheck-Lodes advises that it’s good practice to have your child thank each guest for coming and personally hand them a party favor as they walk out the door.
Don’t forget the most important to-do of all: Do not stress! Your child will have fun regardless of the size of the party as long as they see themselves celebrated in the details, Rosenheck-Lodes says. “That is where we come in to ensure this day is an occasion to remember, filled with fun and love. Enjoy and let us do the work!”
Pomp // Dallas, TX // 214.205.4453
Photos by Amy Herndon Photography.
Last week, spring officially sprung, and since then we’ve been dreaming of secret gardens—and garden-inspired elements—that capture all the romance and promise that the new season brings. From the marriage of nature’s unruliness with a sense of man-imposed order to the sophisticated and soothing palette, formal gardens embody everything that we love about spring, so we’re starting off the season with a celebration of gorgeous outdoor spaces and items that demonstrate their influence. (See below for list of items featured above.)
Dallas-based Lambert Landscape Company‘s work has us feeling wonderfully flush with spring fever. The award-winning firm has been designing and caring for gardens in the area for nearly a century, and their expertise is evident in projects like the one above, as well as many others found in their endlessly inspiring portfolio. Carefully manicured hedges, detailed concrete planters, ivy climbing up the facade…everything about the above scene makes us long for such a special outdoor retreat.
Who can resist the refined moodiness of florals set against a dark background, as in the garden party-ready Dolce & Gabbana orange blossom print dress available from Capitol in Charlotte and the sublime arrangement by the creative experts at event and floral design firm 50fifty in Naples? Equally enticing is an 18th century Parisian wrought iron balcony with a once gilded letter “M,” spotted on Atlanta-based Architectural Accents’s Instagram feed, which is ideal for adorning one’s garden gates. If we stumbled across it we’d go to great lengths to find out what lies on the other side.
The historic Sword Gate House, which bears a historic marker thanks to the help of the Preservation Society of Charleston, dates back to 1803, and the garden at the legendary house feels like a place that holds centuries of memories. Thanks to sculptural elements, live oaks, fruit trees, and romantic walkways, no doubt it will host countless memorable moments for years to come.
The creation by Chicago’s Craig Bergmann Landscape Design (top) has us simply swooning. The lush hydrangea and curved hedge showing a peek of lavender just beyond beckons us to get lost among the natural beauty. Meanwhile, the early 20th century hand-carved limestone gazebo enclosed by a wrought iron pierced dome available from Palm Beach’s Authentic Provence is ripe for a rendezvous, and the dreamy space by Dallas’s Lambert Landscape Company (above, right), looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale.
Here, another Craig Bergmann Landscape Design space appears to be the ultimate secret garden—the color contrasts, multi-levels, variety of foliage, and, of course, the entrance epitomize the magic and mystery of of spring.
Featured in collage at top:
1. Beautiful grounds by Lambert Landscape Company in Dallas, Texas.
2. 19th c. Copper Architectural Element from Bohland and Graham in Richmond.
3. “Secret Garden” 19th century French statue of a hidden face carved by hand out of solid block of limestone. One piece, bush hammered plinth on square base. Measures 68.5″H x 17″ W x 17″ D. From Authentic Provence in West Palm Beach, Florida.
4. Greek 19th Century Terra Cotta Statue of a Lady from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
5. Pair of Large Italian Carved Gilt Candle Sconces from LaDonna Antiques and Interiors in Charlotte, North Carolina.
6. Gardener’s Dream Medium Greenhouse (measures 58.375ʺW × 34.875ʺD × 52.0ʺH) from Chairish in San Francisco, California.
7. Oscar de la Renta Floral Cat Eye Sunglasses available from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida.
8. 75 King Street, a historic property affiliated with the Preservation Society of Charleston.
9. Givenchy glitter embellished pumps from Capitol in Charlotte, North Carolina.
10. Embroidered tea length Oscar de la Renta gown from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida.
11. Stone Sphinx from Architectural Accents in Atlanta, Georgia.
Designed by French ceramicist Paul Milet, this gorgeous Art Deco dish set in bronze moulding is absolutely stunning. Perfect as part of a tablescape yet able to stand alone on display, it will add a lovely pop of color to any space. Claim it now and instantly spruce up your spring decor.
Malachite Home // New Orleans, LA // 504.754.0066
Neutrals for the new season
The arrival of the official first day of spring has us feeling optimistic about warm weather and the wardrobe changes it will bring. When it comes to a closet transition, we tend to focus on our footwear first, and the above Ulla Johnson ensemble—complete with Kiki sandals available from Jackson, Mississippi’s Blithe and Vine—beautifully illustrates why: The perfect pair of heels can set the tone for a new season and allow us to look stylish as we wait for temperatures to catch up with the trends. Here are some of our favorites…
Clockwise, from top left: Stella McCartney ”Gloria” rose tone sandals with block heel embellished with stones available from CeCe Shoe in New Orleans // Rebecca Minkoff “Mail” heel in dusty pink available from LeeLee Shoes in San Antonio // Rupert Sanderson “Gigi Rock” suede platform mule available from Hampden in Charleston // Lanvin white leather mules with gold heels available from Neapolitan in Chicago // Pedro Garcia “Monique” pump in nude satin available from Roan in Richmond // Stella McCartney ”Florine” available from CeCe Shoe in New Orleans.
This Saturday, bidders will have the unique opportunity to acquire items from the private collection of celebrated interior designer—and pioneer of Swedish design—Lars Bolander. A consummate collector with an undeniably appealing and eclectic style, Bolander and his work have been featured in publications including Vogue, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and The Wall Street Journal, making Saturday’s auction in Palm Beach (where Bolander has maintained a home and a showroom on Antique Row for many years), held by TSG Chicago’s Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, a highly anticipated event.
The items up for auction include Bolander’s personal treasures, including elements from his Palm Beach house, landscape (such as this a pair of cast stone models of dogs seated on rectangular plinths), and beloved showroom.
Bolander is the author of two books, Lars Bolander. Interior Design and Inspiration, which explores the designer’s influences from around the world, and Lars Bolander’s Scandinavian Design, which covers the design styles of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. The auction catalog is practically a third tome, showcasing stunning pieces in breathtaking spaces, like this 19th/20th century Burmese carved wood model of a horse depicted near-life size (dimensions: 77″ H x 72″ W) set against gorgeous, soft grey walls.
Bolander’s diverse education and extensive travels are evident in his aesthetic. Throughout his Palm Beach home, hallmarks of Swedish design intermingle with European and Asian finds, allowing every element to pop. With a clean, light, airy space as a base, ornate mirrors and intriguing objects beautifully stand out yet also contribute to a compelling and cohesive whole. Inspired by Bolander’s incredible eye and expertise, we combed through the auction catalog and pulled some of our favorite pieces to feature here, but it is well worth the time to peruse every page.
The Great Room
How wonderful is this vignette? Each element comes together so perfectly (and they could be ours!). Table: 18th/19th century Danish painted occasional table having a rectangular dished top inset with 28 ceramic tiles over a frieze drawer, raised on cabriole legs (dimensions: 30.25″ H x 39″ W x 23″ D). Painting: British, 17th/18th century portrait of Elizabeth 1, artist unknown, oil on panel (dimensions: 41.5″ H x 31″ W). On table from left to right: 20th century Neoclassical style composition bust (dimensions: 21.25″ H); continental terra cotta figure depicting a North African man with polychrome decoration (dimensions: 15.75″ H); bronze shell: a cast metal table ornament in the form of a nautilus shell (dimensions: 9″ H); 19th century french terra cotta bust depiction a young Mozart, raised on a socle (dimensions: 20″ H).
We can’t get over the stunning seating on offer, either. Top: a set of three 19th century Gustavian painted fauteuils each having a shaped padded back, padded arms, and stuffover set, raised on fluted tapering legs. Bottom: a pair of 19th/20th century French painted tabourets each with rectangular cushion seats, raised on bent legs ending in hoof feet. Here are a few of our other favorite pieces from the gorgeous space:
1. 18th century Danish painted and parcel gilt trumeau mirror having a rectangular plate beneath a ribbon tied trophy within a rosette worked frame (dimensions: 74″ H x width 38.25″ W)
2. Pair of late 19th century Italian marble recumbent lion sculptures
3. 18th/19th century Southeast Asian painted figure depicting a kneeling monk with hands clasped in prayer (dimensions: 32″H)
4. A pair of Italian, 19th century cameos, oil on canvas (dimensions: 30″ H x 25.5″ W); there are a total of four sets of two
5. Silvered brass rams head table ornament (dimensions: 6″ H)
6. 19th century continental marble center bowl (dimensions: 27″ W over handles)
7. Four 20th century stone Buddha heads (dimensions vary)
IN THE STUDIO and Storefront
More beautiful painted pieces in soft palettes include: Top: 19th century Gustavian painted canape having a padded horseshoe back, with padded arms and a stuffover seat, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 33″ H x 64″ W x 26″ D); bottom, left: 19th century pair of Gustavian painted fauteuils (only one shown) each with a padded oval back, padded arms and a stuffover seat, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 34″ H); bottom, right: 19th century pair of Louis XV style painted bergeres each with a padded back and a stuffover seat within a carved frame, raised on cabriole legs (dimensions: 33″ H).
We’re also partial to the watercolors by French naturalist painter La Roche Laffitte, all signed. Top: Anemonum watercolor on silk 21 x 15 inches. Shells and Marine Life Studies (four works), watercolor on silk. Additional pieces we absolutely covet include:
1. 19th century (with later paint) Swedish painted and parcel gilt occasional table having a rectangular white marble top over a fluted and leaf carved frieze, raised on fluted tapering legs joined by C-scroll stretchers centered with a shell (dimensions: 29″ H x 33″ W x 20″ D).
2.19th century Swedish painted fauteuil with a circular padded back and padded arms above a stuffover seat, raised on tapering legs (dimensions: 36″ H).
3. 19th century (with later paint) Swedish painted and parcel gilt daybed having a domed crest carved to show opposing lions over a rectangular back and sides and an upholstered seat, raised on carved legs (dimensions: 48″H x 75″ W x 25″D).
4. 19th century (with later paint) Swedish painted secretary bureau having a fall-front writing surface opening to a fitted interior above three drawers, raised on block feet (dimensions: 52.5″ H x 54″ W x 23″ D).
5. Late 18th century Swedish painted console table having a demilune marble-inset galleried top above a fluted frieze, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 30″ H x 28″ W x 15″D).
6. Swedish painted and parcel Ebonized console table having a rectangular marble inset top raised on monoped griffin supports over a faux marble plinth base (dimensions: 32.5″H x 29″W x 18″D).
7. 18th century (with later paint) Swedish painted sofa having a rectangular padded back, padded arms and a stuffover seat, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 38.5″ H x 59″ W x 26″ D).
There truly is something for everyone and every space in Saturday’s sale, including unique outdoor elements like the above 18th/19th century Southeast Asian painted figure (dimensions: 40″ H). Whether you’re in Palm Beach or bidding from afar, this auction is not to be missed.
Photography by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The auction will take place on March 21, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST at the West Palm Beach saleroom located at 1608 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. For more information, including detailed condition reports and bid assistance, please call 561.833.8053.