I love color and beautiful pattern.
While I do love the neutral palettes, I always gravitate toward rooms
with beautiful color, texture and pattern.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of touring two Designer Showhomes
in two different states. Yes, I get around!
One in Birmingham, Alabama and one in Cashiers, N.C.
We shall begin with the one in Birmingham, Alabama.
THE SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE 2016
THE DINING ROOM
I love the beautiful colors of the corals, rose, blues and greens.
I was thinking of my master bedroom colors while I was taking photos of this room.
I so love the pattern of the drapes.
They are Wentworth by Cowtan and Tout and
how about that beautiful banquette.
The dining room is quite large
and it was filled with many beautiful furnishings
that complimented the exquisite dining room table and chairs.
The dining room was designed by Margaret Kirkland.
I love how she mirrored the tables and mirrors on both sides of the room.
To me, the dining room had a beautiful Southern Plantation feel.
Especially with these lovely louvered doors.
It’s all about the details.
The table was of course exquisitely set.
China by Royal Limoges.
The table linens are by Julia B. Couture Linens
Oh how I wish I could have taken this fabulous antique garden table home with me!
But, I do have the Pottery Barn basket in my dining room 🙂 holding my Fiddle Leaf Fig trees.
Now on to the other Designer Showhouse Dining Room
THE CASHIERS, NORTH CAROLINA HISTORIAL SOCIETY DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE
THE DINING ROOM
As you wil see the Cashiers Designer Showhouse dining room
is quite different from the Southern Living Idea House.
I feel as if I am in an elegant garden party setting.
Beautifully done bringing the outdoors in.
and the wonderful live greenery so lend to the garden party setting.
I noticed on this place setting, the name Candler was on the place card.
Since the designer, Liz Williams is from Atlanta and the name Candler
is associated with the Coca-Cola family . . . I wondered hmmmm…a name associated with Atlanta?
On each side of the window are matching tables and matching mirrors.
Kim was eyeing this antique lidded basket
underneath this table.
On the other side of the room was this gorgeous antique chest.
All of the furnishings and most of the accessories
in the Cashiers Showhouse were for sale.
I think this is one of my favorite areas of this dining room.
The sweet bench in the bay window between the two antique tables.
By the way, it was sold.
I know this post is heavy on the photos; however,
allow me to show you three more photos. Some of my favorites.
They are of a second story balcony of the Cashiers Showhouse.
The balcony had a gorgeous small garden party table set up.
It made you want to grab your straw summer hat, some clippers and a basket
and start clipping away to gather flowers for the house.
And how about this magnificent live greenery chandelier?
Who wouldn’t want to sit here and enjoy the view for hours on end.
As the door opens it would probably say, “Come sit with me and have some tea. …. Sweet tea that is!”
I hope you loved the tour of these fabulous Showhouse dining rooms that I visited this past weekend.
Both so different, and having one thing is common . . . Beauty!
So which one would you prefer if you had a choice of re-decorating your dining room?
That is, if you are a fan of color like I am!
Have a most beautiful day!!
P.S. Blogger Friends Update!
I also got to spend some time with great friends this weekend.
Stayed with my dear friend Kim (who is also a blogger as you know) and Mr. Savvy.
We traveled to Cashiers, NC. together to see the Cashier’s 2016 Designer Showhouse
This “foggy” photo was taken in the patio of the Showhouse.
My hubby and I then traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to see the 2016 Southern Living Idea House.
My blogger friend Pam of Everyday Living and her sweet hubby met us for a late lunch
after we toured the Idea House.
I have never met Pam before and it was great to spend time with her and her hubby.
Pam is a delight!
And then, about 2 months ago, when we were in Louisville, KY, I met up with
sweet Sheila of My Kentucky Living and her hubby.
Notice my outfit….I am going to call it the “meet my blogger friends for the first time outfit”
Again, have a beautiful day!!