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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

9.14.2008

Earthly Delights


Photographer David Christensen's luxuriant image of this velvet chair with hand-painted leafy pillow is just one of the many gorgeous pictures that appear in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles' October issue. (Editorial Director Clint Smith and his team really hit a home run.) The vignette, by the way, is part of a story involving some bloggers you may have heard of before. When I saw the fabrics published for the first time, I immediately thought of the mossy, woodsy mood Coleen Rider discussed on Friday.
And that, in turn, reminded me of this 18th century English crewelwork described by Hali as the most voluptuous item at the 2006 HALI Fair. It was compared to needlework found at Hardwick Hall, home of the ultimate Elizabethan celebrity, Bess of Hardwick.


Atlanta-based designer Keith Arnold lives in a Buckhead high-rise, not a sprawling English estate, but the tapestry that hangs in his dining room looks as if it might have come from the latter. Arnold's home is filled with impeccably tasteful contemporary furniture, and his striking art and accessories set it apart from just another good looking residence. I think you will be inspired by his mix of the precious with the lowbrow. Look for it on the October AH & L cover.

If you plan to be hunting for your own treasures in Atlanta during the next week, you might want to stop by Acquisitions, 631 Miami Circle (404-261-2478). Through Saturday, September 20, Italian imports are on sale.

For details on the chair or pillow shown at the top of this post, visit or contact Interiors Market, 55 Bennett Street (404-352-0055). Or contact Bob Garner at Fabulous Things LTD.

14 comments:

Ms. Wis. said...

Oh that pillow! It gets a gardener's heart beating faster.

Especially on that soft velvety chair — looks like mulch slowly transforming into compost: earthy and sensual.

We gardeners sure love our dirt!

Style Court said...

Ms. Wis -- you articulated it far better than I did. That soft velvet and all the leaves hit me in a similar way.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - a beautiful post - I love how it all ties together. The cover image certainly grabs your attention (if only it were in my check out line.) I love the blue mats. In addition, the delightful sculpture on the table is "Roxy" by Tom Corbin. He is a Kansas City sculptor who lives a few blocks from me. I have the pleasure of seeing his wife, Susie, and Roxy when I am out and about with Rosie.

www.corbinbronze.com

pve design said...

Ya know, I immediately thought of Mrs.Blandings upon seeing that pillow in the first photo. I think it would work nicely in her home. I love the colors and that it is ferny, not flowery.
Indeed, another inspiring post.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- thanks for the background info. Helpful, and again you seem to know everyone!

Style Court said...

PVE -- thanks. Yes, I thought of Mrs. Blandings too :)

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - oh, heavens, I hope I'm not one of those people! It's just the way things work here - and thanks to you and Patricia for thinking of me.

Style Court said...

Patricia -- no, it's a good thing. Makes you a great reporter.

Kate said...

Hi Courtney, that pillow is actually one of the hand-painted wonders of Bob Garner of Fabulous Things, LTD - photographed at his booth at Interiors Market. Aren't they exquisite!?

Style Court said...

Kate -- thanks for the additional credits. I'll update the post!

Brilliant Asylum said...

Hanpainted pillows--how luxurious. I look forward to getting my copy of the magazine.

MIMILEE said...

EARTHLY DELIGHTS, INDEED!!!!!

Wonderful, feastful blog today, Courtney! Bravo!

Style Court said...

Thanks Mimi!

Millie -- I think you will like the issue.

columnist said...

What a great idea to frame black & white photos with turquoise blue passepartout. Other colours would work of course with other colour schemes, but the beige with the blue is a classic.