Friday, December 2, 2016

What will $899K Buy You in Natchez, Mississippi?

Did you know that prior to the Civil War, Natchez, Mississippi had the most millionaires of any city in the United States? Today, Natchez boasts that it has more antebellum homes than any other city in the U.S., as it was spared the destruction of many other Southern cities during the Civil War (source). Today we will tour one of these spectacular antebellum gems... a glorious Greek Revival built in 1834. Known as Ravenna, it is one of the most architecturally significant early Greek Revival mansions of Natchez.

Featuring 8,000 square feet of living space on three acres, Ravenna recently received an award-winning renovation and features every amenity complete with designer details. There are beautiful porches for entertaining and sipping mint juleps, 12 foot ceilings, seven large bedrooms and six bathrooms. Architectural details include original hardwood floors and hand carved medallions and mantels, chef's kitchen, Carrera marble baths, separate pool house and garage. It has been completely rewired and replumbed.... and it has been designed to perfection!


















Perfection, yes? And I cannot believe the price... I don't see how $899K would even cover this level of renovations to a home this size and age?! What a fabulous opportunity to own a piece of Natchez History. To see the listing, please click here, and here to read more about Ravenna.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Musings

The holidays are officially upon us, and this year I'm really feeling the Christmas spirit. My son is too young to appreciate the festivities, but there is still something about having a little one this time of year that makes you see everything with fresh eyes. I have been posting daily doses of holiday cheer on Instagram. Here are a few of my recent posts...


(Click here to see the rest of this stunning kitchen and butler's pantry.)



If you missed out on this weekend's cyber sales, don't fret... I have two more opportunities from my latest sponsors to share! 


Founded by Dana Mahnke, Indigo Home Shop has been featured multiple times by Town & Country, Southern Living, and The Daily South. Dana is an incredibly talented artist who specializes in hand-painted Chinoiserie pet bowls, blue and white pumpkins and Christmas ornaments, porcelain flowers, and more. The latest addition to Dana's shop is this stunning platter/planter... perfect for display on a stand or a sideboard or with paperwhites during the holidays and shells in the summer!

Regularly priced at $245, Indigo Home Shop is offering a special price of $200 (and discounted shipping) for readers of The Glam Pad! Please click here to order and enter code TGP11 at checkout. 


My fabulous new sponsor Meg Carter Designs has been featured in publications including InStyle, Lucky, and Women's Wear Daily for her breathtaking line of jewelry inspired by nature's most beautiful treasures from the sea. Her hand-crafted collection is perfect for the woman of effortless elegance! 


Meg is offering readers of The Glam Pad a free pair of stud earrings with orders over $100! You may choose any pair featured on this page... Simply enter your selection in the comments section of your order and mention that you are a reader of The Glam Pad. Offer expires Friday, December 2 at midnight.

Happy Holidays! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Amelia Handegan Revives a 19th Century Greek Revival

Built in the 1890s, The Pillars was one of approximately a dozen grand homes built as the popularity of Hot Springs, Virginia peaked.  Guests such as Thomas Jefferson flocked to the Homestead Resort, which dates back to 1766. The Pillars, a three-story Greek Revival, was built on a hill overlooking the Homestead for the resort's then-manager. 

Over the years, The Pillars hosted notables such including Thomas Edison and President Grover Cleveland. But by the time the current owners - Bill and Susanne Pritchard of Houston - bought the house, it was in serious disarray. Mindful of the home's rich history, they hired two professionals experienced in historic residences: interior designer Amelia Handegan of Charleston, South Carolina, and New York-based architect Allan Greenberg.

Photography by Max Kim-Bee and captions from Veranda magazine.

The two-year renovation was so extensive that the famous pillars had to be taken down, and the house was propped up by trees until they were replaced. A sweeping staircase was added, and the ceilings of the portico and side porch were painted sky blue, a 19th century detail. 

Hand-stenciled patterns were painted on the pine floor of the entry hall. Stenciling work, Kristen Bunting. Sisal runner, Stark. Églomisé mirror, Amelia T. Handegan Inc. 19th century Regency table, 19th century jars. 

The faded coral of the Robert Kime linen curtains inspired the palette for the room. Custom sofas in Calvin Fabrics linen. Pillows in Fortuny cotton. Skirted table in Hodsoll McKenzie wool-sateen. Stool in Savel silk. Curtain trim, Lee Jofa. Abaca rug, Stark. Pair of portraits, Joseph Lovell. 

Inside, mantels were refined and moldings given richer detailing. Handegan then created the thoughtfully elegant Southern rooms for which she is famous. "The end result was a layered look with no specific period in mind," she says, noting the English, French, Swedish, and Dutch antiques she found to fill the spacious, 10-foot-high rooms. The Pritchards didn't want the interiors to look overdone, so Handegan used light colors and little pattern, steering clear of heavy damasks in favor of cottons and linens. "If a house has strong, beautiful architectural details, I allow the palette and furnishings to take second place," Handegan says. 

Salmon-colored walls in the dining room have a golden glow at night. 1820s mahogany dining table and chairs upholstered in Christopher Hyland silk-linen and Rose Tarlow linen trim. 19th century French crystal chandelier, Robuck & Co. Sterling urns, the Silver Vault of Charleston. Curtains in Lulan silk and Janet Yonaty silk trim. Walls in Farrow & Ball's Dutch Pink. Oushak rug. 

Farrow & Ball wallpaper and an antique English hall chair dress up the butler's pantry. Roman shades in Rose Tarlow hemp-linen. Glassware, William Yeoward. Lanterns, Treillage. 

French walnut chairs in Loro Piano wool. Pendant, John Rosselli Antiques. Range and hood, Wolf. Curtains in Rogers & Goffigon linen. 

Lavender accents and floral fabrics lend a romantic air to a guest room. Bed, Hollyhock. Linens, Sferra. Custom sofa in Lee Jofa linen. 19th century Swedish chair in Fabricut cotton, Amelia T. Handegan Inc. Antique Dutch commode, Parc Monceau. Curtains in Robert Kime linen with Fabricut cotton-velvet trim. Carpet, Stark. Antique Karabagh rug. 

Antique wicker with cushions in Perennials fabric. Pillows in Lee Jofa cotton. English coffee table. Chandelier and sconces, Paul Ferrante. 

"Mrs. David Dunlop has arrived at The Pillars for the Summer and Fall... and is planning several garden parties and dances," notes a 1910 New York Times society column, penned from Hot Springs, Virginia. The tobacco widow was among the Guggenheims and Van Rensselaers who came annually to this fashionable spa town to "take the cure" in the mineral springs. 


"The house was pretty beaten up," says Greenberg. "It had not been maintained for a long time." As can often be the case with old homes, one project dominoed into another: 100-year-old plumbing and wiring had to be ripped out and replaced, and the discovery of what had been a third-floor fire necessitated a new roof.

To read more, please visit Veranda magazine. And to see more of Amelia Handegan's spectacular work, you will want to purchase a copy of her new book, Amelia Handegan Rooms.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Glam Pad's Guide to Black Friday Shopping

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready to do a little Cyber Weekend shopping! There are some really amazing sales this year that I am very excited to share with you... First, I about died when I saw that Tory Burch is offering 30% off site wide... Now is the time to stock up on Dodie Thayer lettuce ware!

This Dodie Thayer candle is one of my favorite things to give as a hostess gift. It is on sale for $55 (regularly priced at $78)... I am stocking up!! 

Jardin napkins and Spongeware salad plates from Tory Burch

I am also obsessed with Tory Burch's Porthault-inspired linen collection. Tory is an avid D. Porthault collector, and these napkins (also 30% off) provide a similar look for a fraction of the cost.  Pictured above and below are pieces from the Jardin collection. I also love her Ginkgo collection, which looks fabulous with the Dodie Thayer lettuce ware. 


Horchow is offering up to 40% off site wide! This fabulous faux bamboo flatware is on sale...  20 pieces (four 5-piece place settings) for $21... that's just over $1 per piece! Click here to see more of my favorite sale items from Horchow. 

Last week Aerin Lauder posted this fabulous tablescape on Instagram... Horchow has identical amber goblets on sale - a set of 4 for $46.40. They are also available in green, red, and blue. 

Everything from Biscuit Home is on sale... spend more save more. I adore their bedding and fun cocktail napkins!

Everything at Furbish, including their fabulous needlepoint pillows, is currently 20% off using code HOLIDAY20. Pictured here is the "Wonderful" pillow. I am also in love with the Furbish Staffordshire dog needlepoint pillows

Kate Spade is offering 30% everything site wide (code THANKFUL), and I have my eye on this darling bow neck jacket. Perfect for covering up on my way to and from Pure Barre.

Now is the time to stock up on cashmere as Neiman Marcus is offering up to 60% off.

My favorite monogrammed pajamas are on sale at J. Crew. In fact, everything is currently 40% off at J. Crew! This vintage style pajama set is on sale for just $68... you simply won't find a better price for monogrammed pajamas. (They are also available in white and navy... I have all three colors!)
Tuckernuck is currently offering 20% off everything site wide, 25% off orders $500+, and 30% off $1,000+... I have been eying this classic Navy Monogram Sunshine Satchel for a long time, and I was excited to purchase it on sale.
Mark and Graham is offering 25% off your entire order, plus free shipping, free monograming, and free giftwrap! How adorable are these red preppy plaid monogrammed napkins? A set of 4 is less than $40, including monogram, wrapping, shipping, and tax! 


Here are my favorite Black Friday sales to check out starting today... Happy Shopping!

Annechovie // 20% off site wide (code BLACK20)

Barneys New York // 40% off site wide

Bergdorf Goodman // 40% off site wide

Biscuit Home // spend more save more

Furbish Studio // 20% off site wide

Horchow // up to 40% off site wide 

J.Crew // 40% off site wide 

Kate Spade // 30% off site wide

Mark and Graham // 25% off your entire order, plus free shipping, free monograming, and free giftwrap

Neiman Marcus // Up to 60% off (extra 33% off sale prices) + free shipping

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off

Tory Burch // 30% off any order of $250+

Tuckernuck // 20% off everything site wide, 25% off orders $500+, and 30% off $1,000+

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving with Carolyne Roehm

Designer Carolyne Roehm always sets the most exquisite table, and since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I decided to share some of my favorite examples of her endless fall inspiration...













It just doesn't get any more beautiful! For additional ideas from Carolyne Roehm on Fall decorating and tablescapes, I highly recommend her Fall Notebook. I have all of her seasonal notebooks, and I love them... Actually, I love all of her books. :) And for more blue and white Thanksgiving tablescapes, please click here. Happy Thanksgiving! 
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