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! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Art of Elegant Southern Living with Lee W. Robinson

If you haven't heard of Lee W. Robinson before, you are in for a tremendous treat! I was introduced to the Louisville, Kentucky-based designer via Instagram, and I have since devoured every single image from his exquisite portfolio which embodies Southern tradition and English pedigree. In addition to interior design, Lee is renowned for his hospitality. In fact, Town & Country has featured his four-day Kentucky Derby party hosted annually at Malvern, his family home built by famed architect Ogden Codman Jr. in 1922.  Move over Martha Stewart!

The Music Room at Malvern.

After a successful 14-year career in banking, Lee decided to pursue his passion, heading to New York City to study design at Christie’s and Parsons School of Design. In 1999, he opened The Lee W. Robinson Company in Louisville, a one-stop solution for residential design and drafting, renovation, construction, and interior design. He also created the The Lee W. Robinson Interior Design and Lifestyle Academy where he teaches the essentials of interior design, along with etiquette and gracious living, to participants from around the country.

The Lee W. Robinson Brand has been described as “conjuring images of elegant Christmas parties in front of the fire; Derby balls; summery white linen cocktail events overlooking the sound; autumn hunt meets full of leather and suede, flannel and bourbon.”  With family roots dating back to 18th century Kentucky, Lee's aspirational lifestyle harkens back to a more gracious era... yet it is a style he has adapted to modern life. "We don’t have finger bowls now and silver doesn’t all have to match, but it still makes quite an impression if you know that a plate should be served from the left and removed from the right," he said.


The study at Malvern. 

Lee specializes in creating three different lifestyles for his clients, which he named after his sons: the Owsley, the McDowell, and the Thruston. The Owsley Lifestyle is inspired by the grandeur of Park Avenue. It is sophisticated, opulent, and eclectic. The McDowell Lifestyle is reminiscent of the sophistication of the English countryside. It is a traditional lifestyle that exudes warmth and elegance. And the Thruston Lifestyle is modern and hip "Soho Chic," characteristic of Downtown New York City. I'm a Owsley/McDowell mix (which happens to be Lee's most requested style) so those are the images we will focus on today...



Lee has created a fun quiz you can take here to identify which style is best suited for you. His 7,000 square foot flagship showroom is arranged in three different rooms, designed to exemplify Lee's three signature lifestyle brands. 


"Southern style is all about family and heritage, taking family treasures and repurposing them for today," Lee explains. "There is nothing worse than letting your silver and porcelain go stale." Mint julep cups can be used for breadsticks on a casual table, and family pictures should be displayed throughout the home in beautiful frames. 




Known for his ability to sketch a full rendering of a room within minutes, Lee works closely with his clients to create homes that reflect their individual style. 





Lee eschews fads, preferring to blend high quality pieces from different styles and eras for a beautiful and personal statement. "Instead of buying a sofa from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware and throwing it away in a few years, people are realizing the value of purchasing higher quality items that last a lifetime," he said.






With Thanksgiving this week, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lee's tips on creating the perfect Thanksgiving space. And thanks to his recommendation, I purchased "Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg" via Amazon
















The Lee W. Robinson Company has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Traditional Home, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun.  Lee has participated in the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse, the Evelyn Lauder Showhouse on Fifth Avenue, and he and served as co-chair alongside Mario Buatta for the Horticultural Society of New York's 16th Annual New York Flower Show Dinner Dance.  The Lee W. Robinson Company does business in New York, Palm Beach, Louisville, and Southampton with offices in Louisville and New York City.

I hope you love Lee's style as much as I do. Trends will come and go, but traditional style lasts a lifetime. Stay tuned, as I will soon feature a tour of his family home, Malvern, one of the most elegant homes in the United States!
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