What happens when an interior designer (Dee Bynum) and a visual merchandiser (Larry Wilkes) who both consider Halloween their favorite holiday get together? They generate six spooky yet sophisticated ideas for designing your mantel for the holiday. It may go without saying that all of these items are for sale at D. Luxe Home, located at Marathon Village.
Mantel No. 1 demonstrates the importance of having items of different heights in a display. An old window, an eerie canvas, corbels that act as bookends, three of our Mixture candles, and a vase shaped like a head, into which we put (what else?) spindles, complete this vignette.
Mantel No. 2 gives a subtle nod to the Halloween holiday with its somber portraits, pair of gilded antlers and crusty balusters, old books with yellowed pages (spines faced toward the wall) and crystal candlesticks that surely came straight out of a haunted mansion.
Mantel No. 3 has graveyard written all over it with rustic crosses (one of them toppled over), a skull, antique portrait, candlesticks, and some translucent orbs--all sandwiched between a pair of nautilus-like corbels.
Mantel No. 4, with its mercury glass pumpkins, winks at Halloween, while its autumnal colors allow it to work throughout the season. Meanwhile, the balusters stacked in opposite directions and the wooden box on its side are a reminder to play around with unexpected orientations.
Mantel No. 5 puts our metal palmistry hand at center stage. Some of our witchy. amber apothecary bottles, feathers, and a doll head (or two) under a glass cloche complete this display and add elements of surprise.
Mantel No. 6 revisits this great antique window and teams up with a trio of clockfaces, a trio of candlesticks, a tray of frosty old bottles and a cloche under which a bunch of eyeballs is clustered.
Leave us a comment to let us know if you like the post and think we should do a Christmas edition?
Want more ideas for styling your home? See our post on how to create a beautiful and interesting tabletop here.
We've blogged our hearts out about the Twelve Twelve condo project on our Bynum Design blog--first the inspiration and then the finished space--but this post is a perfect place to drill into some of the details.
Most everything in the condo was sourced from our shop, or can be ordered through our shop, but you may find some surprising sources in here, too. (Like the round, bristley things hanging on the wall in the above and below photos; they are old street-sweeper brushes. Obviously.) In case, you don't follow our other blog, the CliffsNotes version of this story is that during the winter we were asked to stage and design a condo in Nashville's new high-rise luxury condominium building, Twelve Twelve, in The Gulch. We said yes, and this is what happenedA:
The paint color. We feel like we should get this out of the way first, because there will be questions. There are always questions about paint colors, and for good reason. They're important! We're a little funny about coughing up our colors, but we will give you a hint: it's one of these. And we would love to give you a paint color consultation; contact us here.
The wallpaper. This wallpaper made from recycled newspaper strips was exactly what we needed to make this guest bath get out of the friend zone and make us fall full-on in love. It's from Weitzner; and is their "Newsworthy" paper. They have another one made from maps!
That light fixture. The folks at Southern Lights Electric were kind enough to loan us this fixture, which is spectacular in every sense of the word.
Those other light fixtures. They can all be found at--you guessed it--D. Luxe Home.
That kitchen island. Our friend Garrett Marris custom-built this island for us. It is everything we envisioned and then some.
Just about everything else: Is from D. Luxe Home! If you haven't already, come see us at Marathon Village at 1200 Clinton Street, Suite 30! We've love to meet you.
Every candle line that we carry at D. Luxe Home has to meet strict criteria: Most importantly, it has to give fragrance throw, which means it has to scent the entire room. When you buy a candle and you stick your nose in it and say, “Oh! It smells great!” but then you get home and you burn it and it’s whompwhomp--that’s because there’s no throw. It’s all in the quality of the candle.
Here are 10 of our absolute favorite scents from the four high-quality lines we carry, all with great throw and all personally and painstakingly vetted by Nashville’s resident candle snobs. Note: Some of these made the cut because they sell out in our shop as soon as we get them in and others are here because they have a special place in our heart. Can a candle have a special place in your heart? Absolutely! The Aquiesse “Mandarin Tea” scent, for example, is a personal favorite because it smells, to us, like sweet tea. I’m a Southern boy and sweet tea smells good to me. It just brings back delicious, good memories. Fragrance preference is of course subjective, but there’s something in here for everyone. Without further adieu:
1. Aquiesse Luxe Linen: One of our bestsellers. This is a fresh, clean blend of sunbleached linen, herbal tea and smooth sandalwood; everyone loves this crisp scent.
2. Aquiesse Lavender Chaparral: This one is a soothing mix of wild lavender, Spanish sage, dry chaparral and white sandalwood, and all of these tin candles come with matches included in a secret compartment under the lid. This scent is not going to knock you down, but it’s definitely going to fragrance your house.
3. Aquiesse Black Coco Havana: The bestseller from Aquiesse’s Black Currents collection, this is an exotic mix of Havana tobacco, clary sage, black cocoa and vanilla bean.
4. Archipelago Havana: This scent is difficult for me to keep in stock. It’s described as a mixture of sweet tobacco leaf, ylang ylang oil and bergamot, and it is delicious.
5. Archipelago Positano: On the lighter side of the Archipelago line, my favorite is going to be Positano, which is divine, mingling scents like white nectarine, persimmon and pomegranate.
6. Mixture Orange Vanilla: We sell tons of this candle—a creamsicle-like mixture of crisp orange and rich vanilla.
7. Mixture Wild Currant: While we sell more Orange Vanilla than any other Mixture candle, Mixture reports that Wild Currant is its actual bestseller overall (it comes in at No. 2 for us). It’s an intoxicating blend of black and red currant.
8. Mixture Cobalt: One brilliant customer told us this candle smells like George Clooney--like if George just got out of the shower. It’s called Cobalt, and it melds lemon, lime, lavender and seductive woody amber and agarwood.
9. Nest Cedar Leaf and Lavender: The newest, best, most fabulous scent from Nest right now. We just got it in. Rosemary, lavender and sage with a touch of eucalyptus.
10. Nest Bamboo: My No. 1 seller in the Nest line is always, consistently Bamboo, which is just a really good clean white floral, with sparkling citrus and fresh green accords.
Come by the shop and tell us which is your favorite? And don't forget to enter our giveaway for a $100 gift certificate!
Ever since we found this pair of old shutters with tree cutouts--now for sale in the shop, should you find yourself as beguiled by them as we are--we've been pondering shutters and how best to use them and reuse them.
Whether they're, farmhouse-y, beach-y, or plantation-y, so long as they're wooden and not vinyl, shutters offer plenty in the way of a second life.
During our research, we found many, many suggested re-uses for shutters which are, frankly, awful. Sometimes reusing something just so you could say you reused something isn't a good thing at all. (Example A: A light fixture; Example B: A wedding altar; Example C: A patriotic craft; Example D: An entire wall?!)
It seems old doors and windows suffer similar DIY abuse. In any case, in this post we highlight some of favorite shutter ideas--the ones that don't make us gasp in horror but in awe.
Some shutters ideas we especially love:
--As a privacy partition outdoors
--Flanking an interior window
--As a headboard
--Mount sconces to them for either side of a headboard
--Repurpose as doors for an armoire
--Repurpose as sides of a kitchen island
--Repurpose as a console tabletop
Tell us which is your favorite in the comments?
So, whaddya say? Let's throw open the shutters and welcome spring in!
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