Saturday, October 7, 2017

French and Swedish Antiques in a Pretty, Renovated 17th century Thatched Cotswold Cottage

There is a wonderful design trail in social media that continues to unfold and bring new ideas, places to visit, and stores from which to shop.  It's the age old adage "One thing (happily) leads to another".  Even though I bought the June issue of Country Living - British Edition, months ago, I just now sat down to look through it and voila ... inside was the beautiful time-worn antiques, natural textures, and pared-back look of the newly renovated Cotswold Cottage of antique dealers Karen and Anthony Cull.  They are also the owners of Anton & K Decorative Antiques and Interiors.  Not surprising, their items are now sold by appointment and online.  They also have a very beautiful Instagram, @antonandkantiques that continues to update us on their latest arrivals and inspire us with their style.

With an understated elegance, the couple's signature style, a simple pared-back look celebrates weathered and worn imperfections, rough textured walls, reclaimed old stone flooring, natural vintage linens, soft chalky tones of white and grey, and carefully curated Antique French and Swedish furniture...

"This Cotswold cottage on the outskirts of Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, appealed immediately and was located very near to where we had both grown up."

"The faded patina that comes with time is important to us - it has a depth and rawness that is relaxing to live with."

"The original property was literally a two-up, two down building, with a large downstairs bathroom and one little basin in a bedroom."

"When we moved in, we added a small kitchen in the existing galley, updated the bathrooms and refreshed the decoration."

"The extension has transformed how we live and brought so much light into the house."

"The garden is full of old decorative pieces ..."

"We see it as an extension of our living space, and have created outdoor areas that feel like rooms."

"Our love of antiques influences everything we do."

Photos: Brent Darby
Quotes:  Karen Cull

Monday, October 2, 2017

Beth Webb: An Eye for Beauty: Rooms that Speak to the Senses - A Lovely, Richly Appointed Design Book for Your Personal Library or as a Gift for the Upcoming Holiday Season

"The design process starts with life - and how we live.  

There is an art to living well, to elevating the everyday.... 

What I want above all is for the interiors I create to imbue 

those who live in them with feelings of 

well-being and contentment."  Designer Beth Webb

Elegance of simplicity in light filled rooms designed or redesigned for living well; subtle nuances where the details do more than matter, they shine; beautiful homes rewarding their owners with timeless decoration ... When tradition meets modernity, when beautiful architectural meets layers and layers of beautiful texture creating the comforts of home... rooms that speak to the senses, then you know that you are are experiencing the art of a home designed by Atlanta designer Beth Webb.   

In her recently debuted book; Beth Webb, An Eye for Beauty-  Rooms That Speak To The Senses you will find more than just an elegant table top design book, but a philosophy of achieving true beauty in the home with sound, touch, taste, and smell; minute intimacies, the essence of coming home.  Elegantly composed homes, that offer a sense of contentment and well-being.  A lovely, richly appointed, feast for your eyes design book that you will want for your personal library and is a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season.  The foreword is written by Clinton Smith, editor in chief of Veranda, which is always a mark of good taste... 

"In this very special place surrounded by wilderness, the design of this house intended to gratify all the senses - down to the last perfectly aromatic detail. "

"A decorative trim on the lead edge of a drapery panel or the simplest flange on the edge of a seat cushion - so many exquisite details may be almost indiscernible when one first surveys the room as a whole, but their revelation over time is one of the most beautiful aspects of design."  

"For me, design drama depends so much on the dimensional elements.  I prefer to use the tactile components rather than the color palette to energize each space: a zebra rug, say, on top of sisal or nubby bouclé wool, snuggling up to a coarse Belgian linen."  

"No day should pass without our experiencing a sense of beauty in one form or another, even for a moment.  A glimpse of the possibility of perfection.  Something wonderful against the skin.  A snatch of melody.  A whiff of perfume.  A taste of happiness."

"Reinvented to suit the owners' lifestyle and filled with their personal treasures, this home does what home should do: express a shared inner vision in every last touch."

Beth Webb:  An Eye for Beauty:  Rooms that Speak to the Senses by Beth Webb, Rizzoli New York, 2017

Purchase: Amazon

A personal thank you to Lizzy Hyland of Jill Cohen Associates- Where Beautiful Books Begin 
and Nora Heneghan of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. for the opportunity. 

All the best to you both, always.  

About the Author:  Beth Webb entered the world of Interior design by way of her experiences as a art dealer, having received a Master's degree from Sotheby's in London.  As Founder and Creative Director of Beth Webb Interiors for more than 20 years, Beth has been frequently featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazines.  In 2015 Beth won the prestigious Southeast Designer of the Year Award.  Beth serves on the board of the Design Leadership Network and The Florence Academy of Art.  She is a a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and the Leaders of Design Council.  

Quotes: Beth Webb
Images: By Permission of Rizzoli USA

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Couture, Chintz & Whimsy - The Delightfully Pretty Life of Mrs. Alice Naylor-Leyland

English Rose Alice Naylor-Leyland's fairy-taled world of chintz, coutured frocks, and rose filled conservatory has a panache for adding in whimsy, 'so its not boring'.   Naylor-Leyland known as @mrsalice to her over ninety thousand Instagram followers, shares her life and style with us in a enviably pretty, glamorous, and colorful world.  I recently came across photos of her estate featured in Architectural Digest written by Amanda Brooks.  Here are just a few photos of her John Fowler inspired Regency country house, Stibbington, in Cambridgeshire, England that she shares with her husband Tom, and children Billy and Nancy.  You will want to see her entire estate, and follow her on Instagram.

Welcome to Alice's Wonderland, it never looked so pretty...  

"The house itself is traditional & whimsical.

When it was built everything had decorative flourishes, so modern 

furniture doesn't work.

I like using chintz and florals because they haven't been seen for a 

while, so, ironically, they look fresh and new."

Photography: Simon Upton
Read and View the entire article here:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

When Summer Begins to Fade ... and The Best Minestrone Soup Recipe

The air is still with the fragrance of dirt and fallen leaves,

and the light is dull and flat.

The birds are quiet, no singing this morning,

I think they're tired after the storm.

There is the sound of casual productivity as my neighbor

washes her parents' cars and sprays off the drive.

"Cooler today", said the forecaster "a high of 99" - it's a beginning... 

But, the white Staub pumpkin is out on the stove to hurry Autumn in, and 

I am off to market to buy ingredients for the best minestrone soup.

I will just turn on the air and happily pretend Fall has arrived.

- Serves 6-8 -

Good Olive Oil
(I love Olio Santo Olive Oil, I think it's the best)
4 oz pancetta or bacon - 1/2 inch diced
2 cups carrots - 1/2 diced
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
2 1/2 cups gold potatoes quartered
1 1/2 tbs minced garlic
2 tsp chopped thyme - fresh
26 oz can Chopped tomatoes
8 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
15 oz can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups small pasta - cooked
1/4 cup white wine
8-10 oz baby spinach leaves
2 tbs store bought pesto
Plenty of grated Parmesan cheese and more for the table
Red pepper flakes

Heat 2 tbs of olive oil medium heat in Staub Cast-Iron Pumpkin Cocotte/stock pot, cook pancetta/bacon for 6-8 minutes until light brown.  Add onions, carrots, garlic, thyme, for 8-10 minutes until vegetables soften.  Add tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, chicken stock, bay leaf, 1 to 1 1/2 tsp  kosher salt ("to taste" as my mom use to say) and 1 1/2 tsp pepper, a dash to one teaspoon of red pepper flakes.  

Bring to a boil, add potatoes, white wine and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.  Add beans and cooked pasta.

Heat through, soup should be thick.  Stir in 2 big spoons of pesto, add spinach just before serving, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with Olive oil. Serve hot.

Top with Garlic bruschetta, or sliced Italian bread in the bottom of individual bowls.


Staub Cast-Iron Pumpkin Cocotte at also comes in orange and black

The BEST olive oil! - Olio Santo Extra-Virgin Cold Press Olive Oil at

Photo: Maura Endres @m.o.endres - You will want to follow this beautiful Instagram
Minestrone Soup Recipe:  Ina Garten's Winter Minestrone and mine combined

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cotswolds Manor House ... A tangle of pink climbing roses, hedgerows, and gloriously unruly flower beds.

For novelist Ian McEwan and his wife, journalist and novelist Annalena McAfee, the promise of a country home in an unspoiled setting found them on an eight-year journey in search of a place they could call home; luring them to the Cotswolds and an 18th-century Palladian architecture manor house with nine acres alongside the River Orwell.  Tangles of pink climbing roses, hedgerows, Korean dogwoods, carpets of daisies, Irish yews, walnut trees, and gloriously unruly flower beds filled with an abundance of blooms; foxglove, lady's mantle, iris, allium to name a few.  The spectacular property is just a couple of hours from London, which means they happily host friends and family almost every weekend.  I only wish they would have included photos of the inside....  Enchanting.

Photos: Ricardo Labougle
Featured in T Magazine article by Mary Kaye Schilling, 8 | 28 | 17:  To read the entire article - T Magazine

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Beautiful Fabric and Wallpaper Collection: Vogue Living Collaboration with Schumacher

Vogue Living in collaboration with Schumacher, the storied textile house since 1889, created a new line of fabric and wallpapers to pay homage to some of the great tastemakers whose fashion, interiors, and style have helped shape the pages of Vogue since they began publication in 1892.  The collection of 17 designs each available in 2 to 4 colorways will be sold through interior designers and architects at

"They are evocative by turn of the chintzes or Tudor embroiderers in romantic 

English country houses."

"Historic document prints in Provincial and Tuscan manses."

"The exotic textiles of Moroccan riad."

"Celtic plaids and the organic linen stripe and

 checks of a Long Island Beach house."

To view the entire collection visit:

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