Words We Love / 25

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Sep
10
2014

Raising the Bar

tsg-Well-Stocked-Bar Having a proper home bar is not just a matter of practicality, it’s an opportunity to set up a stylish display of bottles and barware that will instantly make a space feel gracious and guest-ready. As designer Jan Roden’s bar, shown above, shows, a simple collection of artfully arranged spirits, mixers, and a few silver touches on a shelf looks effortlessly elegant and ready for entertaining.

BAR essentials

tsg-bar-4 Whether you prefer to serve up drinks at home—preferably in a sophisticated space a la the Steven Gambrel setup (top), which features a case piece by Paul Benson (De Sousa Hughes carries items from the line)—or to slip into a stool and have your favorite cocktail crafted by an expert (we’re currently dreaming of ordering a Manhattan at the Catherine MacFee-designed Chalkboard in Healdsburg, above), a great bar area helps everything go down a bit smoother. In addition to exuding just the right mood, a few key elements can make or break your setup, so be sure to read our TSG Tip on the well-stocked bar, and invest in a few fundamentals:

tsg-bar-collage-foundations-3 1. Martini pitcher and stirrer from Belle Cose  2. Classic pewter bar spoon from Table Matters  3. Jack Rudy small batch ingredients from Southern Season 4, 5, 6. Sphere ice molds, jigger and mini whisk all from the Happy Cook 5. 6. 7. Vintage Cocktails bar recipe book from Oxford Exchange 8. High-quality spirits like Belle Meade Bourbon from Green Brier Distillery 9. Unique small-batch bitters from Southern Season.

BAR STYLE

tsg-bar-6 To take your bar up a notch, in the vein of the supremely cool setup by Martha Angus (top) and sophisticated, spirit-infused scene by TSG co-founder Christy Ford (above), vintage finds and statement-making accessories will help the area come together like a perfectly shaken Martini. Here are a few of our favorites:

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1. Keep your cubes oh so cool in an acorn and oak leaf ice bucket from Maze Home. 2. A french pastry serving display, available from Fireside Antiques, is the ideal storage solution for your collection of artisanal bitters. 3. Keep your bottles beautifully contained on this silver plated and mirrored tray available from Robuck 4. Arrange your chic bar setup on a late 19th c. french butcher’s table from FOUND for the Home. 5. An art deco tantalus, circa 1930 from Simon Teakle, will have your guests buzzing before they even take a sip.

 

Sep
9
2014

Scouted: One-of-a-kind split-level server

SCOUTED-Split-Level-Server-B-Gover A relic of America’s industrial history, a one-of-a-kind item, and an indisputably handsome and practical piece, this cast iron leather cutter, patent dated February 1909, has been transformed into a split-level server sure to start a conversation. Perfect for use as a sideboard, buffet, or bar, the unique design is the work of the creative talents at b gover limited in Dallas, Texas, who installed two-inch-thick white marble slabs after the cutting mechanism was removed. The piece measures 70” w x 28 1/4” d x 65” h.

b gover limited // Dallas, TX  // 214.571.9675

 

Sep
8
2014

Friday Favorites: Rustic Fall Florals

tsg-rustic-fall-florals-avant-garden5 To us, one of the most exciting aspects of fall is the shift toward a more rustic, moody, and saturated look, and seeing this reflected in florals and other natural decorative elements. We love arrangements that have a gathered-from-the-yard element to them—like this oncidium orchid in a driftwood planter, complete with bits of moss by the talented team at Avant Garden in Dallas—and to help us get inspired to create our own (or seek out similar styles executed by experts!) we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.

tsg-rustic-fall-florals-mstarr-events South Shore-based mStarr event styling + design captioned the above creation perfectly in their Facebook post: “sometimes the prettiest flowers are those picked at the park”. We couldn’t agree more! We highly recommend following their feed, which is an ongoing source of inspiration.

tsg-rustic-fall-florals-Gina-Huphries-ATL-large Atlanta’s Gina Humphries’s multi-textured arrangement is the perfect mix of wild and elegant elements.

tsg-fall-florals-Red-Onion-BR Red Onion in Baton Rouge has a wonderful variety of garden and outdoor elements—and ribbons!—including this gorgeous wreath. How perfect is that grey satin bow against the twigs and berries?

tsg-fall-florals-Fiore-Fine-Flowers-Wilmington Wilmington’s Fiore Fine Flowers’s dahlias in deep purples mixed in with pale blush tones set the perfect mood for early fall.

Sep
5
2014

Going Grey

tsg-janie-molster Always sophisticated and far from gloomy, grey is a perennial favorite of ours. Able to be paired with anything, the color is a versatile chameleon we can’t imagine tiring of, whether when used in our rooms or incorporated into our wardrobes. In fashion, a stylish grey sweater shares must-have status on par with the perfect white shirt, and as the above room by Richmond-based designer Janie Molster shows, the color’s ability to add warmth and sophistication to a room make it a decidedly smart choice for any space.

tsg-palegrey-sweaters A cozy knit sweater in a light grey hue is an absolute autumn go-to. Paired with their relaxed fit bermuda pants, Mina + Olya’s grey sweater (left) and ALC’s (Roan in Richmond carries the line) dove grey sweater, are the definition of cozy chic.

tsg-palegrey-tile Grey and white tile in a geometric pattern looks clean, modern, and right at home in the bright white master bathroom designed by San Francisco-based Macfee Design (top), while pale grey marble adds a cool, luxurious feel to a kitchen by Charlottesville-based architect Bethany Puopolo Architect and designer Jan Roden.  in a powder room by Chattanooga’s Graham Vannoy Construction, grey and white marble tile adds stunning detail and a sense of calm.

tsg-palgrey-interiors Sitting rooms by Charlotte’s Lucy and Company (top) and Napa’s Robinson Finishes (above) demonstrate how lovely grey mixed with gold can be. The variety of color, texture, and pattern in the Lucy and Company space seem somewhat subtle thanks to the neutral furniture and soothing shades of grey used throughout. In the Robinson Finishes room, the simple lines of the mustard bench and solid rug beautifully contrast the intricate wallpaper and detailed accent chair.

tsg-palegrey-Robinson-Finishes-Napa-Chinoisserie-dark-back-sm How amazing is Robinson Finishes‘s Chinoiserie wallpaper? We’re already envisioning it in the dining room.

tsg-pale-grey-combo In addition to its subtle charms, grey can be statement-making. Artist Bryant Austin’s photograph from the “Beautiful Whale” exhibit at Focus Gallery in Cohasset, Massachusetts, more than proves this point. The mixture of textures and patterns in the master bedroom by New Orleans’s Eclectic Home (above, left) exudes elegance with every element; Annapolis-based Victoria Larson‘s textiles (above, right) enliven any room.

tsg-palegrey-kendallwilkinson We would could spend hours enjoying the view of the Bay among the shades of grey in this room by San Francisco’s Kendall Wilkinson design.

tsg-palegrey-sweater-necklace Studs and trim in a slightly darker hue make Citizens of Humanity’s sweatshirt, available from Angela in Silicon Valley, undeniably stylish. An antique Buddha pendant necklace by The Woods Fine Jewelry, available at Goldyn in Denver, is the perfect accessory for when you want to add edge to your grey ensemble.

tsg-grey-4 Atlanta’s Westbrook Interiors punctuates grey with fresh green in a hallway (top) and dining room (above, left), both of which look oh so inviting. Farrow and Ball also paired grey with green in the above right scene; call Charlottesville’s Palette Paint, which carries the line, to inquire about the Shouchikubai wallpaper and Down Pipe grey door.

tsg-grey-hilton-head As pretty as the sea right after a storm: the recently released TSG Hilton Head Island, Beaufort & Bluffton.

 

Sep
4
2014

Words We Love / 24

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Sep
3
2014