The cottage at the Garden Home Retreat is based on the popular Greek Revival movement of the 19th century. Today we’re seeing a resurgence of the Greek Key pattern. Designer Tobi Fairley gives us a run down on Greek Revival and the Greek Key pattern.
Hello again readers of Allen's Blog! It's great to be back and today I thought we'd take a look at a little Greek Revival Style.
For centuries, architects and designers have been reinterpreting the wonderful architecture left to us by the ancient Greeks. Take a look around and you'll see that so much of what surrounds us today was inspired by them.
Allen's house at Moss Mountain Farm is a wonderful example. Although new, it typifies many of the Greek Revival design elements that swept the country in the 19th century.
Farmhouses across America had picturesque porches supported by columns. Don't you just love this house?!?!?
Step inside Allen's home and we find even more Greek Revival inspiration. The gorgeous trimwork inside the parlor around the doors and windows are hallmarks of the style.
Have I mentioned I love the Greek Key pattern? So much so I used it in my new line of fabrics.
Seen here in one of the octagon outbuildings at Moss Mountain Farm, my Athens fabric is a modern interpretation of the classis Greek Key motif.
My new Acropolis Collection of pillows from Tobi Fairley Home are a modern spin on classic Greek design elements.
I hope you've enjoyed this quick glimpse at Greek Revival Style. I'll be back next month with more design inspiration!
Hello readers of Allen's Blog! I'm so thrilled to be here with my first ever guest post. Allen has been guest blogging on my blog, Tobi's Blog, for a while now and it's great to return the favor.
Allen has been teaching all of us about creating the "Garden Home" for many years and today I'd love to share my insights on bringing it all indoors. There are so many ways to do this when decorating your home. From fabric to floral arrangements to art, nature provides so much inspiration! Today, I thought I would focus on collections of framed prints. The photo above shows the dining room in my own home. The crewel upholstery on the dining chairs and the framed botanical prints on the wall help to establish a room filled with the beauty of nature. Let's take a look at some of my favorite collections from a company called Soicher Marin.
Ghost Herberia in Celadon Collection
Black and White Malabar
Botanical prints are a great way to infuse a little nature into your home. A collection of prints definitely has more impact than a stand alone. Fill up a wall to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your "Garden Home"!
It's hard for me to pass by an antique store, junk shop or flea market without at least peering in the window. You just never know what kind of treasure might be found inside.
The hunt for good pieces is certainly part of the lure of antiquing, but I don't have to own, looking is just as good. The patina of age gives old furniture a soulfulness that I appreciate. I suppose it appeals to the history buff in me.
Aside from the unique aesthetics and beautiful craftsmanship I like to imagine the journey the piece has taken. Who sat in the Windsor chair or slept in the tester bed? How did a corner cabinet make it from France to a small store in Texas? Imagine the stories a 300 year old dining table could tell?
When it comes to using antiques in my home I select a few stand out pieces to combine with contemporary furniture. Sort of like functional art. The juxtaposition of color, texture and form creates a compelling composition.
I also like to bring antique garden ornaments indoors to use as focal points or as an element of surprise. They are often over scaled, which creates drama.
Speaking of dramatic antiques, I recently attended what I'd call the grandest antique show I've seen in some time. The Masterpiece London Antique Fair was held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea this past June and boy what display. Most of what was offered was English and Continental furniture, art and decorative arts. Not the best place for me to make many purchases because most of what I collect is American, but it was joy to look around!
I was immediately impressed with the tent that housed the event. It was enormous and disguised to match the surrounding buildings. I wish I could do that for some of the events at the farm.
I also enjoyed browsing through book dealers' booths. The collections of gardening books were amazing.
I was most taken with the edgy floral displays, which were quite the contrast to the traditional piece of furniture and art. It was interesting to see contemporary accenting antique, which is the reverse of what I do in my home.
One of my favorite lighting designers in Christopher Spitzmiller. Last year he visited the Moss Mountain Farm Garden Home and we taped an interview with him about his fabulous lamps. I adore the goose neck gourd lamps, but then I am a sucker for gourds. The handmade bases come in richly hued glazes so bewitching I want one in every room.
Right now Christopher is offering a sale on seconds from his collection. These are lamps with slight imperfections in the ceramic form. The sale ends next Wednesday July 20 so email or call to find out what's available ASAP.