The Cottage Journal feature

I am so honored and thrilled one of my favorite e-projects was just featured in the Winter issue of The Cottage Journal.

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I know many of you enjoy that magazine and I was so happy when they inquired about Willow Wisp Cottage.  The homeowner Andrea’s style and look goes with their publication so well and it was a perfect fit!  Andrea is in CANADA and The Cottage Journal and I are both in the South…yet via the good ol’ internet we were able to work together AND get this published without any of us traveling.  It doesn’t hurt that Andrea is a great photographer and home enthusiast..She has such a good eye and ability to execute..all she needed was  a few sources and ideas and she was off and running!

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This was before

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And from the family room..the flow with the wainscot in the hallway is so nice!

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These lights over bar are placeholders..we had brass lights there but they are going to her new home..you can see the brass pendants in the photo below.

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We used oil rubbed bronze dark cup pulls and knobs on the outer cabinets and brass on the island hardware to tie back to the brass pendants.

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I love the good ol PB Bolton Lantern over the island…and that countertop on island..she had such amazing local craftsmen doing work like that..i love how their home has some stained woodwork and cozy feel but white cabinets too..such a great combo and it really illustrates how you can  have both..the little craftsmen cabinet doors at top ties it together i think! It’s like those pages in magazine where they say “what is different” well its the lights over the bar..both look good actually!  Which are your fave?

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I love her  coffee bar!

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And the counters…oh wow her counters.  Its Danby marble from Vermont  oh yes it is!

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Just at the contrast with the island top!

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View  into her family room..all we did was add the bird prints and slipcovers and a few fabrics…Andrea already had the rug.

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And her dining room…I had my signature buffalo check drapes sewn here in Texas and shipped to Andrea!

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She bought the table locally in Canada and the chairs are from Ballard…woohoo Ballard Designs for shipping to Canada!  The light is Pottery Barns anouk which i have used a lot like the Bolton they work well together!  This home is so pretty with so many great bones…the floors, the coffered ceilings the woodwork so it was a joy to work on and with Andrea..as you can see she is an awesome stylist and photographer…thank you for letting be involved Andrea!

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You can read all of the details about the renovation on Andrea’s blog here and here! In many ways the elements are simple and on trend (but classic I do believe), subway tile, white cabinets, marble mixed with wood counters and touches of brass, but each kitchen has its own soul and Andrea’s home certain has soul and warmth! And I think you can find the issue still on stands! Thank you again to The Cottage Journal!

BEVOLO lights in NOLA

I have been obsessed with lanterns for ages and Bevolo in New Orleans (NOLA;;) has been making them since 1945!  That is good enough for me.  To me they are the standard for the best Southern lanterns and while I typically envision them in gas I am learning they can also do electric for inside over islands or dining tables or if you don’t want to install gas on your porch.

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My client Marla and I had a time trying to park to go into their neighboring stores on Royal St (they also have a store out in Mandeville) but it was worth the effort.  Their two storefronts side by side..one is a store and one is more of a showroom. Both charming and wonderful!

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Don’t go to their corporate office on Conti Street (though I am sure they are plenty  nice there too)…Of course most of the old buildings in NOLA go through to a courtyard and “way back” to little secret rooms and gardens to reveal treasures, Bevolo’s stores are no exception. You walk in off street through both store fronts to a courtyard and then back rooms..in the one store its more lighting and antiques…

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Wow that oval table! And notice they have other lighting not just lanterns, not sure how much of it was lighting they make and how much of it was antique lighting that has been reworked, but I did notice they make their own barn light! Would be nice if you wanted the copper finishes to all match on your house..maybe barnlights in back or on garage. I also loved the ceiling in this room..so cozy with all of the warm light.

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This pile of copper perfection was back near the front with books, and gifts, and antiques and other lighting.

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The store next door is a showroom and I love how they did it, Bevolo has displayed each of their lantern styles on a brick wall so you can see the mounts and how they will look.  You can also send them a photo of your house and they work with architects, home builders and designers to choose the best style and size for each home.  They are experts. They also show examples in the store and showroom of hanging lights and electric, etc.  If you are considering investing in them its really worth it to go to the showroom if possible. So glad I finally got to visit!

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When you back through the courtyard of this showroom space there is a workshop with a craftsman making lanterns and showing the process..fascinating to see how they are made and the care taken with each piece.

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And his workbench is wonderful huh! Love the framed photo of FDR!

Also notice how shiny the copper is compared to this photo below and to some of the other photos…it darkens and can take on a greenish patina but mostly just darkens I believe?

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Do you have Bevolo or copper lanterns?  How has the patina progressed in your climate??? Thanks again Marla and Rachel for making this visit to NOLA possible, I enjoyed being with your and seeing this showroom so much!

{This is not a sponsored post;; I just love wonderful American made products and Southern traditions!}

 

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