Jul 24, 2017

~ hillary's new apartment and chicago

Had the best time visitng Hillary in Chicago last weekend! I think her new apartment might be the cutest one so far. Not the best view, but definitely the most updated and new. 

She's got the same old stuff, but when you have a fresh, new  apartment, it looks pretty cute!

She has continued to add to her Jonathan Adler pillow collection... You can find them on sale every once in a while!

We found this cute coffee table at West Elm.

Love the sliding glass doors to the bedroom!

Table and chairs are from CB2...

I love the tile backsplash in the kitchen!

(That's her TV in the mirror...)

Color block rug is from West Elm...

The kitchen is not very big, but there's just enough space for everything. And! A washer/dryer is in the tall white cabinet to the left!  It's pretty much heaven on earth having a washer/dryer in the unit.

We walked all over this beautiful city! I was pretty active on my instastories... If you follow me on instagram, you'll see a few repeats here. If you don't, you can follow me here.

The neighborhood feel of Lincoln Park is sometimes a surprise to people who are unfamiliar with the area. It is as charming as it gets!
We stay downtown, so we love to walk to Hillary's apartment in Lincoln Park, and take in all the gorgeousness...

The plantings are immaculate and absolutely beautiful!

This is the corner of my favorite walk down Lake Shore Drive...

We look forward to seeing the new plantings each season. The tulips in the spring are my favorite!

I looked back at the Hancock Building this morning on my walk, and remembered Hillary's first apartment there. She has come a long way since then! This is her fourth apartment, and she is very happy in Lincoln Park. ..

Always enjoy a visit to Chicago!
(Hillary and I at Soho House Chicago)

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Jul 13, 2017

~ the tiled frenchman story

Instagram is an incredible resource in so many ways. I have planned a vacation, made reservations at restaurants and hotels, and I have made incredible shopping purchases ~ all based on instagram posts. Most recently, I spied and bought a tiled Frenchman thanks to an instagram post. 
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Donald Fields (@firestationguy) is an a antique dealer I have followed and purchased things from in the past few years. You may remember the special collection of antique crystal glasses I bought from him in Nashville some years ago...

He is based in Kansas City, but travels to antique shows, and was in Atlanta for AmericasMart in July. He posted this photo and I immediately texted him to inquire about the tiled man. I was in love.

Turns out he had posted it before, but I had missed it...

He responded informing me that the tiled Frenchman was from the estate of Atlanta icon, Peggy Stone. She sounded familiar, so I googled her only to find images that were from a post I had done back in 2012! (here) Sure enough, Peggy Stone was the designer for this incredible home which she built with her son and architect, Duane Stone, to house the old world antiques she had been collecting for decades. I bet you will recognize some of the images from that house. It was featured in one of my favorite Veranda issues...

Every room is graced with gorgeous french fabrics, and in most cases, a small collection of blue and white.

You guys! Look who is standing in this room!

And there he is again, peeking around the corner...

 I bought Tiled Frenchman over the phone and can't wait to see him in person. He will be back in Kansas City soon, and I can't decide if I should drive down and pick him up myself, or wait until September, when Don will be here for the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show. I'm not sure I will be able to wait that long. 
He is 81" tall and 37" wide. I love him.

I have 3 places I think he will work. I would love to have him in my office, because I will see him every morning when I walk out of my bedroom, but he is most needed in my dining room. I have a wall that is only seen if you are IN the dining room. It is a sad wall. It needs something wonderful to cheer up the room. I would also love to have him in my living room, a welcoming presence in the center of the house. We will see when he arrives where he will be most loved.

(Some of the photos I've reposted here were properly credited to Veranda and photographer Peter Vitale)

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