Red Haute

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We tend to draw inspiration from the outdoors, so when the leaves started changing with the arrival of fall, it was only a matter of time before we began drifting toward the warmer end of the color spectrum, eventually landing at the richest of reds. In fashion, the color isn’t just pretty, it’s powerful. Every bit as versatile as basic black, the bordeaux Lanvin embellished dress, available from Marissa Colections in Naples, is also wonderfully bold. For those who prefer smaller doses of crimson, a vintage Georgian heart pendant, also from Marissa Collections, is more than enough to quicken the pulse, while a CARVEN burgundy pony skin handbag, available from Cece shoes in New Orleans, is a standout accessory that also happens to go with everything.

tsg-warm-reds-1 Whether used in statement pieces, such as a hand-painted leather screen with nailhead detailing available from from Digs in Nashville, or found in unexpected places, like the edges of vintage books available from Boxwood Interiors in Houston, red can convey timeless luxury and reverence. One need look no further than the set of eight gothic revival oak chairs, comprising two armchairs and six side chairs, available from Leslie Hindman’s October 14 Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts Auction, to see why the color, like a fine wine, only gets better with age when used in the proper context.

“DESIGNERS WANT ME TO DRESS LIKE SPRING, IN BILLOWING THINGS. I DON’T FEEL LIKE SPRING. I FEEL LIKE A WARM RED AUTUMN.”
—MARILYN MONROE

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The rich hues in Jacques Barraband’s Oiseau de paradis rouge, an original watercolor study for Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers signed by the artist, available from Leslie Hindman’s Fine Natural History and Historical Prints Auction, make our hearts take flight.

tsg-warm-reds-2 For men, now is the perfect time to swap out the standard blue blazer for Ledbury’s Red Bennett Sport Coat. Paired with dark jeans or trousers and a white shirt, the beautifully tailored silk and linen blend jacket instantly creates a sharp and sophisticated fall look. Ladies looking to brighten up their black-and-white uniforms should invest in a red carryall a la Kelly Wynne’s jewel-toned duffle.

tsg-warm-reds-5 Gentlemen will look cool—yet cozy—in crimson in a button-up Maurizio Baldassari sweater, available from Dallas’s Pockets Menswear; guys in the Atlanta area can find similarly stylish attire at Miller Brothers, which is not afraid to mix handsome clothes with classic cars, as proven by the presence of a cherry red Jaguar at a recent Miller Brothers event. 

tsg-warm-reds-accents Whatever the palette, red accents can warm up any room. Austin-based full-service custom home builder Chupik’s project (top) incorporates red books and crimson-inflected art to enliven and draw the eye up in an otherwise neutral-hued space; Stedman House in Charlottesville demonstrates how red lamps and a pillow with red details can add a burst of energy and excitement to a black, white, and grey corner; Atlanta’s Bungalow Classic offers an embellished pillow perfect for spicing up any armchair.

tsg-warm-reds-8 Open to so many interpretations, Robin Cheers’s “These Clouds Won’t Last Forever,” which measures 24″ x 30″ and is available from Gardner Colby Gallery in Naples, radiates warmth while inviting the observer to imagine what the subject is thinking.

tsg-warm-reds-9 Impeccably curated yet undeniably inviting, Jan Roden’s bookshelf is a visual feast set against a red backdrop.

Oct
8
2014

Scouted: “Jennie” Portrait

SCOUTED_jennie-portrait-nancy-bass Charlottesville-based artist Nancy Bass combines two of our favorite things: animals and abstract art. This contemporary oil portrait—which is inspired by a real-life model raised by the artist and her husband on their farm in Southern Albemarle, Virginia—exudes personality and will be a perfectly adorable addition to your art collection. Measuring 6” x 6,” the painting would look great in a series or standing alone; either way, we can’t get enough of Jennie’s precious face.

Nancy Bass  // Charlottesville, VA  // nancy@nancybassartist.com

Oct
7
2014

Woman of the Cloth

Up Close & Personal with Susan Hull Walker of ibu

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Who: Susan Hull Walker
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Occupation: Founder and designer, ibu

 

FOLLOWING A THREAD
Susan Hull Walker has been drawn to texts and seeking out what they reveal about their storytellers since she was a teenager. At age sixteen, she took her first job at a bookstore; later, she studied World Religions at Harvard Divinity School; she then served as chaplain in a women’s psychiatric hospital in San Francisco, and as a minister in Maine and Charleston. After eighteen years dedicated to the ministry, what Walker describes as “a rather irrational but insistent interest in Fiber Arts” led her back to school, and in 2013, her passions and professions converged in the form of ibu, a line of hand-woven, spun, and dyed tunics, caftans, wraps, skirts, shawls, and home goods created by women artisans all over the world.

Clearly, Walker has always followed her heart when it comes to careers. “I want to make sure I am living my life, and not anybody else’s idea of my life,” she explains. “That’s the least I can do with this gift of days: to weave my own whole cloth from all that I’ve been given, the rich and difficult both. Essential to that is following a thread that runs through the center of my being. I never know exactly where it is leading, but only that I must follow its tug and not borrow anybody else’s enthusiasms. The hardest part is catching hold of that thread and trusting it. It’s that tug that demanded that I find oxygen for my creative life—working with my hands, feeding my visual, tactile curiosity.”

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Although Walker’s thread pulled her from the church, in her new pursuit she found similarities to what had drawn her to her previous career. “I realized that the sacred texts for which I had longed in my previous work—ones springing from the minds and imaginations of women—are written with thread in the textiles I love,” Walker says. “When I started, I didn’t know that textiles are the written language of women throughout history, recording their stories, daily life, and significant passages, even when they could not read or write. I ended up right where I needed to be, and I couldn’t get enough of it, immersing myself in the hidden text in textiles, traveling far and wide to collect, and becoming a weaver myself. The thread led me to my joy.”

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The beautiful textiles may have lit the spark, but the hidden stories found within—and the women behind them—are what fuel Walker’s inner fire. “ibu began with this fascination with textiles, and then bloomed when I met the inspiring women who still carry the knowledge of natural dyes, hand-looming, the subversive stitch. They are real women of the cloth, as, ironically, I was once called in my ministerial robes,” Walker says. “I want to find a market for their exquisite creations so that they can rise into financial self-sufficiency. The thread looped back around and began to weave in my lifelong passion for women’s issues. As a result, artisans are sending their daughters to school, building houses for their families, and becoming leaders in their communities. And they are making our life more gorgeous! So, ibu, you see, works both ways. It means, on the islands of Indonesia, a woman of respect. All of us are ibu material. All of us are finding that thread that makes us strong in our own lives.”

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“With ibu, I wanted to start more than a business. ibu is a movement of women both here and around the world, joining one another as we rise into our own self-created lives. I’m thrilled when women can earn a good living doing what is native to them, and in the process save their cultural language in cloth. And saving us so that we don’t all end up in a global heap of fast clothes and t-shirts, scrubbed of all our diversity. Horrors.”
—Susan Hull Walker

 

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The next phase of ibu’s evolution entails creating a space, building awareness of the unique handcrafted wares, and forging bonds between women throughout the world by making not just the products but the stories found within them accessible to people separated by oceans and continents. “We’re opening an ibu showroom in Charleston this fall for the movement to have a home, showcasing luxurious women’s garments and home decor all made by the hands and imaginations of women, and elevating the artisans through salons and trunk shows,” Walker says. “I believe that women are the world’s great hope. I am completely invested not in helping these artisans, for they are equally helping us, but in all of us belonging to one another, rising into our joy. It is exciting. That gets me out of the bed with a little jump every day.”

To learn more about Susan Hull Walker, read her Q&A with TSG Charleston,  visit the ibu website, and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Oct
6
2014

Friday Favorites: Worthy of Reflection

tsg-mirrors-laura-lee-clark-2 In addition to performing a variety of functions, a beautiful mirror hung with care can take a room to an entirely new level of chic. Capable of adding light and depth, as the above example by Dallas’s Laura Lee Clark shows, mirrors themselves can be utterly mesmerizing, adding sophistication while reflecting a room’s beauty to create a double dose of thoughtful design.

tsg-laura-lee-clark A master of the well-placed mirror, Laura Lee Clark again creates a gorgeous space by balancing soft, feminine colors and reflective surfaces with a detailed black-and-gold piece. Here, she demonstrates how a mirror positioned in an entryway can make a major impact by magnifying not only the light, but also the magnificent moldings.

tsg-mirrors-orricakandcompany Above, Greenwich-based Orrick and Company’s decorative mirror grouping adds depth to the space. We love how the gold frames tie the varying styles together while also giving warmth to the neutral palette.

tsg-mirrors-1 Clockwise from top left, San Francisco-based Kendall Wilkinson’s Pacific Hillside powder room, Napa-based Martha Angus’s well-appointed corner, Kendall Wilkinson’s Sea Cliff Edwardian powder room, and a seating area by Napa’s Robinson Finishes all show how one gorgeous and well-placed mirror can be totally transformative.

tsg-mirrors-heather-garrett For a stunningly dramatic effect, a floor-to-ceiling mirror is just the thing (the more ornate the frame, the better). Situated next to a towering window, the piece in the room above by Durham-based Heather Garrett Interior Design gives the space additional light while accentuating the room’s height.

Fabulously French

tsg-mirrors-digs These mirrors, available from Nashville’s Digs Interiors, are sure to spur serious moments of reflection. The Parisian Louis XVI mirror (left) measures 50″ h x 30″ w, while the Wood and brass mirror (right) measures 49″ h x 33″ w.

tsg-mirros-geribremmerman We could go on for days about this French Provincial mirror with detailed floral and garden themed carving, available from Bremermann Designs, which measures 68″ h x 37″ w. Call and claim it before we do.

Architectural accents

tsg-mirror-three-architctural-must-haves (Top) the overlapping gold circles  of the “Avery” gold mirror, from Atlanta’s Bungalow Classic, are perfectly placed adding just the right amount of interest. BONUS: The mirror is purchased per panel, which measure 18″ w x 45″ h, so it quite literally fits almost anywhere!; (Bottom, left) rounded in all the right places, the “Maggie” antique mirror with silver lining finish is available from Dwelling & Design and measures 35″ w x 35″ h; (Bottom, right) a forever classic, this white painted arched mirror with original wood-carved frame measures 31.5″ w  x 70.5″ h and is available from Atlanta’s South of Market.

SEEING CIRCLES

tsg-mirrors-seeing-circles (Top) funky yet oh-so chic, the “fly” mirror with gilt panels and inset convex mirrors from San Francisco-based Coup D’Etat measures 41.25” w x 41.25” h and is sure to catch your eye buzzing about; (bottom, left) silver tree branch inspired mirror from Jackson Hole’s Dwelling is rustic in all the right ways; (bottom, right) this gilt-iron sunflower mirror with antique looking-glass from Coup D’Etat measures 51” in diameter and has just the right amount combination of masculine heft and feminine delicacy.

Oct
3
2014

Words We Love / 28

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Oct
2
2014

October Loves

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I speak this poem now with grave and level voice
In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall.

I praise the flower-barren fields, the clouds, the tall
Unanswering branches where the wind makes sullen noise.

I praise the fall: it is the human season.
—Archibald MacLeish, “Immortal Autumn

While the first day of fall technically occurs in September, it’s not until October that it truly feels official. This month, the landscape will undergo its annual transformation from green to red and gold, the air will take on a deliciously crisp chill, and we’ll pull out the sweaters and blankets and bourbon in celebration of autumn’s arrival.

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1. Abstract art. This time of year we’re particularly moved by layered, vibrant, contemporary works like New Orleans-based artist Mallory Page’s utterly compelling paintings.
2. Earthly earrings. We’re gravitating toward substantial pieces, like these 18 karat diamond orchard earrings, available from Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s Goodie 2 Shoes.
3. Group costumes. Hire an expert (see your local TSG for our favorites in your area) and start planning your Halloween party now! Earn bonus points for coming up with a group costume idea in which the entire family can participate.
4. Fall bob. For some reason, every October we feel the urge to get a healthy chop. If you’re in Denver, visit the experts at the acclaimed Matthew Morris Salon for a new fall look.
5. Leather backpacks. The back-to-school staple isn’t just for kids. Chicago’s Laudi Vidni has chic, customizable grown-up options that’ll put you at the head of the class.
6. Apple cider donuts. These fall favorites are best when enjoyed with a great cup of coffee. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, that means paying a visit to Buddy Brew before enjoying your sweet treat.
7. Plaid layers. There’s something about a perfectly fitted fall jacket in the classic cold-weather pattern that we just can’t resist. Dallas-based Pockets Menswear has a wonderful selection.

{Lead image by mStarr Event Styling and Design in South Shore, Massachusetts. To see more of their gorgeous work, find them on Instagram.}

Oct
1
2014