This interior, sourced by Fameed Khalique is a lovely example of where metallics are going these days. Metallics are developing natural shapes echoing nature, or enhancing natural objects like abalone, coral and gold encrusted geodes.
Most of all, distressed metallic leather and suede is everywhere.
Last week while shopping it seemed every other woman had on those fabulous metallic booties from Rag and Bone or metallic knee high Prada boots.
The key to the current metallic trend, whether it is in clothing or decor is texture.
Walls look great with a distressed metallic treatment and create instant drama.
Architectural Digest shows us linen walls covered with metallic paint, an easy look to emulate that looks fresh, current and most importantly...warm. The new textured metallics invite us to touch them, invoking a feeling of sensualness that is not hard or cold like the metal trends of times past.
With the cooler weather setting in, what better time to get a little gleam on?
When I moved into my present city apartment, a mere 680 square feet, Things had to serve a purpose. No longer could this antique wardian case hold trinkets for display, it had to be functional. So I gave up a rather large chunk of my micro kitchen to grow fresh herbs. I figure it is a fair trade off. I have a full spectrum vita light shining on the plants and they seem to do quite well in there. I adore wardian cases, terrariums and the like. They were a fixture in the Palace of Versailles like the one above, and later the Victorians made great use of them when it was discovered that they could successfully transport rare species of plants home from around the globe. I thought I would share some pinned photos of various styles.. Imitation cases are usually zinc and plexiglass ,like this one I spotted at a local market. You can tell the age of a real one by the thickness and color of the glass.The glass will most often be 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch. They are always quite
This lovely concoction is a basic fresh white cheese , otherwise known as Fromage Blanc, made into a dessert cheese by adding a pear infused balsamic vinegar reduction and pairing it with fruit, chocolate and cajun spiced pecans. The fromage blanc is from an old New Orleans recipe a friend living on Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville told me about several years ago. It is relatively simple to make from milk, no special equipment or ingredients are needed, yet it will definitely impress whomever you serve it to. Fromage Blanc can be made in a variety of textures. It can be made with low fat milk if you so desire, and it can be a dessert cheese like that above or a comfort food like the creamy herb cheese I made here. The preparation is so easy, here is how: You will need- 1 qt.milk, raw or store bought but make sure it is not ultra pasteurized (regular pasteurization is fine) 1 cup buttermilk 11/2 tbls. strained juice from fresh lemons or limes 1/2 tsp salt, I prefer pi
Have you ever walked into one of the really big high end antique shows and noticed a distinct fragrance? That wonderful fragrance isn't there to entice you to buy. It is there to keep insects out of the priceless furniture. Having antiques in a show exposes them to potential insect infestation much like taking your dog to the dog park increases his risk of fleas. Some dealers still depend on citronella candles but the past decade or so, high end sellers have developed some lovely fragrances of their own that keep away pests. My favorite combinations are bergamot vetiver, patchouli lemon, and lavender cedarwood. All of those combinations repel pests and smell fabulous. I use these scents at home because living in the South, well, we have a lot of bugs. Woodworms have damaged more antiques than you can imagine. Spiders also love old wood. And please, let's not even talk about moths..they can reduce a wool rug to dust in less than a week and are the bane of fine antique uphol