Decorating with Magnolia

Magnolias are a favorite flower in the South, and the glossy green leaves with brown undersides are perfect for holiday garlands. You can make your own, or you can visit Janet Brown Interiors for lengths of faux magnolia that are easy to drape in your home this season. Here are some photos for inspiration . . .

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“Pears, lemons, limes and magnolia branches enliven a garland on the mantel. Antique French rock-crystal sconces.” Interior design by Lisa Luby Ryan. Photo: Erica Georges Dines. Text by Linda E. Copton. “Season’s Greenery,” Veranda (November – December 2010).

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“In the entry hall, a magnolia garland winding up the balustrade is adorned with lemons and coral ribbon.” Jon and Jennifer Abramczyk’s 1928 Wilmington, Delaware Colonial home. Interior design: Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt, Brockschmidt and Coleman LLC, Decorating and Design. Architect for addition: John Milner. Photo: Gordon Beall. Text: Krissa Rossbund. “Homemade Holidays” produced by Eileen A. Deymier. Traditional Home.

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“The shearling stockings on the mantel are embroidered with the family’s names and blend with the neutral color palette of the family room. Pinecones and pearlescent balls are tucked into the green-and-brown garland, continuing the natural color scheme.” Design by Gerald Pomeroy. Photo: Eric Roth. “Decorating: Holiday Mantels,” Traditional Home.

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“Denim-wrapped pinecones: Thanks to a renewed interest in hardworking, Southern-milled denim over the last few years, the material is enjoying a renaissance. So much so that it’s even being produced as decorative ribbon, available via sites such as Etsy. We wrapped Slash pinecones (abundant all over the deep South) with the ribbon and wove it into the greenery, leaving the ends loose.” Garland from North Carolina’s Weston Farms. “Southern Magnolia Garland: 3 Easy Ways” by Haskell Harris, Garden and Gun (December 1, 2014).

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How To Decorate a Holiday Mantel” -“Step One: Mix your greens. ‘It’s nice to use three different types of greenery—one for a wreath and two others for garlands,’ says designer Phoebe Howard. Her favorites are fresh magnolia, Fraser fir, and boxwood. Step Two: Layer for lushness. Across the top of the mantel, arrange a thick length of garland. Wire a green bow to the middle, and then artfully weave the ribbon tails throughout. Work in pinecones, berry branches, and various greenery sprigs for color and texture. Step Three: Balance the swoop. To hang the lower garland, start by securing the middle of it to the mantel with a removable adhesive hook and wire. Evenly swag one length to the right and the other to the left, securing at the corners. ‘Make sure you have at least 3 feet dropping down on each side,’ says Phoebe. Step Four: Crown with a wreath. Use monofilament fastened to the back of a mirror to hang the wreath; then wire a bow to the top. ‘But never hang anything over a piece of art,’ says Phoebe. ‘If necessary, remove the artwork and hang the wreath directly on the wall.’ ” Photo: Laurey W. Glenn. Article: Zoe Gowen. Southern Living.

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“I love mimicking nature in my designs, and what’s natural is often unruly. So remember that a garland doesn’t always have to be structured; it can be loose and free flowing too. You really can’t mess it up!”—JESSICA SLOANE. Garland by Nashville event designer Jessica Sloane. Photo by Caroline Allison. “Deck the Halls” produced by Alexandra Schmitt. Flower Magazine.

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“Magnolia garland is beautiful all by itself, whether you hang it around a front door or drape it across a mantle. But adding a little embellishment – such as Moravian Star Ornaments – sets off all that shiny, lush greenery even more. Handmade from paper in the eighteenth-century village of Old Salem, North Carolina, the 26-point shape represents the star of Bethlehem, and was introduced to America by German settlers. The delicate works of art come in three sizes.” Garland from North Carolina’s Weston Farms. “Southern Magnolia Garland: 3 Easy Ways” by Haskell Harris, Garden and Gun (December 1, 2014).

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“The classic library, complete with built-in bookcases, exhibits a striking, dark-hued holiday garland on the mantel.” Catherine and Peter Malone’s 1910 Colonial Revival house in Milton, Massachusetts. Floral design: Daniel Lopez-Ospina and Jeb Taylor, New Leaf Flores. Interior design: Gerald Pomeroy. Photo: Bruce Buck. Text by Krissa Rossbund. “Colorful Christmas in a Colonial” produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick. Traditional Home.

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“Magnolia leaves, pears, and copper-colored glass balls create the masculine library garland.” Catherine and Peter Malone’s 1910 Colonial Revival house in Milton, Massachusetts. Floral design: Daniel Lopez-Ospina and Jeb Taylor, New Leaf Flores. Interior design: Gerald Pomeroy. Photo: Bruce Buck. Text by Krissa Rossbund. “Colorful Christmas in a Colonial” produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick. Traditional Home.

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“In the entrance gallery of a Manhattan family’s duplex apartment stands a Mongolian-sheepskin-skirted Christmas tree, part of a decor created for the home by the event-planning firm Van Wyck and Van Wyck; a gilded magnolia garland traces the staircase’s balustrade.” Photography by Joshua McHugh. Text by Christopher Mason. “Bronson van Wyck Brings the Holiday Spirit to a Manhattan Apartment” produced by Anita Sarsidi. Architectural Digest (December 2014).

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“Magnolia leaves—some painted gold—distinguish the entrance gallery’s lush wreaths and garlands. White flowers, including narcissus and amaryllis, add fragrance, while mistletoe dangles from the lanterns.” Event planner: Bronson van Wyck. Photography by Joshua McHugh. Text by Christopher Mason. “Bronson van Wyck Brings the Holiday Spirit to a Manhattan Apartment” produced by Anita Sarsidi. Architectural Digest (December 2014).

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This magnolia leaf garland “uses the broad leaves of a magnolia, which are ideal for making a natural garland to spruce up a fireplace. Plus, the neutral hue saves this show-stopper from being strictly seasonal. ” “6 DIY Garlands to Make this Fall” by Michelle Profis. Country Living.

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“To get this look, start with a store-bought garland. Space five pieces of water-soaked florist foam, secured inside cages, along the mantel. (Cover your mantel in plastic to protect it.) Cover the foam with pieces of store-bought garland. Next, insert clipped magnolia, holly, pine, and cedar into the foam. Make loops from aspidistra leaves by poking the stems through the tips of the leaves. Insert the stems into the foam. Complete the look by layering in milo, millet, and rose hips. On the sides of the garland, wire in items that don’t require water. Fill in holes with more magnolia. Keep it looking fresh by misting with a preservative called Floralife Crowning Glory Solution.” Photo: Emily J. Followill. “Dressed-Up Christmas Mantels,” Southern Living.

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“A row of tea light candles nestled among greenery provides a twinkling glow, perfect for subtle mantel décor. Embellished votives and silver accent pieces lend some extra sparkle.” “Decorating Holiday Mantels,” Traditional Home.

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“Holiday display goes natural with magnolia leaves, spruce, and pinecones accented with silver.” “Decorating: Holiday Mantels,” Traditional Home.

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“Table settings were inspired by the Blair House Chinese export porcelain and blue-and-white needlepoint chair seats. A garland of cedar and juniper adorned with eucalyptus pods, magnolia leaves, nut clusters, and Hypericum berries framed the carved mantel, highlighting the nontraditional holiday palette.” Dining room of Blair House, the president’s official guest house for foreign heads of state visiting Washington, D.C. Holiday decor by interior decorator Barry Dixon and floral designer Barbara Hamilton. Photo: Gordon Beall. “Decorating: A Capital Christmas” written by Jenny Bradley. Traditional Home.

Magnolia leaves do not have to be fashioned into garlands. They are beautiful arranged in urns:

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The Lee Entrance Hall at Blair House, the president’s official guest house for foreign heads of state visiting Washington, D.C. Holiday decor by interior decorator Barry Dixon and floral designer Barbara Hamilton. Photo: Gordon Beall. “Decorating: A Capital Christmas” written by Jenny Bradley. Traditional Home.

For a simple, yet elegant presentation, arrange magnolia leaves in a bowl with ornaments, glass orbs or mercury balls. Janet Brown Interiors has a wide selection of glass balls from which to choose:

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“Instead of a floral centerpiece, Dixon filled a large bowl with art glass ornaments nestled in magnolia leaves.” Dining room at Blair House, the president’s official guest house for foreign heads of state visiting Washington, D.C. Holiday decor by interior decorator Barry Dixon and floral designer Barbara Hamilton. Photo: Gordon Beall. “Decorating: A Capital Christmas” written by Jenny Bradley. Traditional Home.

Happy decorating from Janet Brown Interiors! We have 12-foot faux magnolia garlands, glass balls, stockings, Santas, holiday accessories galore, and a helpful staff ready to assist you.

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The White Album

Janet Brown recently returned from Market in High Point, North Carolina, the home furnishings trade show that takes place every October and April. One trend she noticed was the prevalence of white. White reflects light, so it can make a room appear larger. It has been a popular choice for museum walls since the 1950s because it provides a clean backdrop for art.* The Beatles’ 1968 White Album “started a trend of minimalist, all-white, or single-color covers for books and other publications that continues today,” and during the 1970s, white was the preferred color of architects like Richard Meier, who viewed his creations as sculpture.* Reflective surfaces or bits of lucite or brass add necessary interest to a monochromatic space to keep it from feeling sterile. Texture – such as the plaster bas relief in decorator Victoria Hagan’s apartment below – keeps a pale room from falling flat:

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” ‘Never underestimate the power of sparkle,’ says [Victoria] Hagan. Anchoring the space is a large-scale plaster bas relief by artist Mark Beard, installed over the sofa. Its graphic Art Moderne lines gently recall the sophistication of the Jazz Era without hitting you over the head, while its powdery, marble-like finish works as a counterpoint to all those glimmering surfaces.” Interior decoration by Victoria Hagan. Photo: Melanie Acevedo. “Well-Lived: Victoria Hagan’s NYC Apartment,” Veranda.

 Victoria Hagan’s dining room truly is a space for reflection. The lacquered ceiling and mirrored cabinets add glamour and create the illusion of additional space:

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“The dreamy white-on-white scheme ‘makes you feel like you’re floating’ by keeping the boundaries of the space undefined. Reflective elements such as a lacquered ceiling, mirrored cabinets, and satin curtains keep the light bouncing and provide dimension.” Interior decoration by Victoria Hagan. Photo: Melanie Acevedo. “Well-Lived: Victoria Hagan’s NYC Apartment,” Veranda.

A mirrored dressing table adds glamour in this  Atlanta home. The “Alexandra” chair by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair is available through Janet Brown Interiors:

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The chair in the master bath is a Suzanne Kasler design for Hickory Chair. Interior designer Suzanne Kasler’s Regency-style home in Atlanta. Photography by Pieter Estersohn. Text by Jen Renzi. “At Home With Suzanne Kasler” produced by Howard Christian. Architectural Digest (April 2012).

 Another Atlanta home features white “Linwood” chairs by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair (also available through Janet Brown Interiors):

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” ‘Linwood’ chairs in ‘Antique Ivory’ by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair. Walls papered in ‘Balata’ by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan and Tout give the dining room a tropical vibe. The crystal chandelier is original to the house, and the white lamps are vintage finds from Florida.” Interior design: Katie Rosenfield. Photo: Lisa Mowry. “Pink in Every Room” by Amy Elbert. Traditional Home.

 Brass and chinoiserie remain popular in interiors, and Worlds Away has combined these two themes in an elegant white chest:

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Chest by Worlds Away available through Janet Brown Interiors. Photo via Facebook.

Do you remember the chic 1960s Southern California home of Charley, Julianne Moore’s character in A Single Man (the 2009 film directed by Tom Ford and based on the book by Christopher Isherwood)?

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Charley’s dressing table. Photo via “Stunning Homes and Interiors from A Single Man are Snubbed by Oscar” by David A. Keeps. Los Angeles Times (February 2, 2010). Photo credit: Still from A Single Man by Eduard Grau/Weinstein Co.

The furry chair in Charley’s dressing room calls to mind these Wesley Hall stools that are covered in Mongolian lamb:

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” ‘I love these pieces. They have been really popular,’ said Zack Taylor, president of Wesley Hall. The company had three-legged stools topped with Mongolian lamb’s wool” at High Point Fall 2013. “Wool Coverings Showing Up On Stools, Chairs and Benches” by Patricia Sheridan. Houston Chronicle (February 12, 2014). Janet Brown Interiors is your Richmond source for Wesley Hall.

Even bridal wear has taken on a woolly look, as this wedding ensemble from Theia’s Fall 2015 collection attests:

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Brides: Theia – Fall 2015. “Ak Ana” winter white Mongolian lamb poncho over a Venice lace mermaid wedding dress, Theia. Photo via Brides.com

(Did you know that Janet Brown Interiors offers bridal registry? We do.)

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Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Designed by architect Richard Meier. Photo via MACBA’s Facebook page.

White is timeless – as evidenced in the previous photo of the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain, or in the next photo – a picture of a church in Crete that Janet Brown visited last spring:

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“For the Rachofsky House in Dallas, [architect Richard] Meier created a space for both an individual to live as well as an international private collection of artwork. Meier made ‘art a part of the experience’ in the house, with a focus on light and hard lines.” Photo: Scott Frances. “Richard Meier,” Architectural Digest (March 2002).

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Detail from “Asiatic Sarcophagus,” 3rd century A.D. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Richmond, Virginia. “The figures on this sarcophagus are all erotes, winged boys who take their name from the god Eros. . . . The significance in antiquity of the scenes on this sarcophagus may have varied from viewer to viewer. Some may have seen in Dionysiac celebration the promise of a blissful afterlife, while others may have been reminded of feasts held at tombs or imagery that adorned many homes and public spaces.” Text: VMFA. Photo by Kathleen Sams Flippen.

 As you decorate your home for the holidays and plan your tablescapes for entertaining, consider adding touches of white, which symbolizes purity, innocence, and peace in many cultures:

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“Layering plates in different finishes, colors or textures is an easy trick for setting an elegant table. Start with a charger, followed by a dinner plate, topped by a folded cloth napkin and small bread or dessert plate.” “13 Rustic Thanksgiving Table-Setting Ideas” by Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors. http://www.HGTV.com

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Vietri serving pieces available through Janet Brown Interiors: Lastra Grey Salad Plate, Optical Clear Champagne Glass, Lastra White Dinner Plate, Grey Medallion Accent Napkin, Aladdin White Antique Five-Piece Place Setting. Photos by Ashley Batz for Sacramento Street. “Effortless Entertaining with Vietri,” Sacramento Street blog (October 23, 2014).

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“The ‘Berry & Thread’ fruit bowl by Juliska [available through Janet Brown Interiors] displays a bountiful mix of artichokes, grapes, and white pumpkins.” Photo: Peter Krumhardt. “Great Gatherings: Two Holiday Dinners” written by Candace Ord Manroe. Traditional Home.

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White Album released by the Beatles in 1968. “The original vinyl copies released in 1968 had the band’s name embossed on a white background. These pressings were also numbered.” Design by Richard Hamilton, a Pop and Conceptual artist. Photo via Wikipedia.

Happy Thanksgiving from Janet Brown Interiors!

*Source: The New Munsell Student Color Set, 3rd ed. by James Thomas Long, School of Arts – Virginia Commonwealth University (Fairchild Books: New York).

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125 Years of Schumacher and Its Ties to Fashion

What do the set of Gone with the Wind, Mick Jagger’s 1966 home, and the Kennedy White House have in common?

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“Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961, in the White House’s Blue Room, then lined with a Schumacher silk lampas.” Photography by Ed Clark/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images. Text by Mitchell Owens. “American Textile Firm Schumacher Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary,” Daily AD – Architectural Digest. (September 10, 2014).

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Mick Jagger at home during the mid-1960s. Walls and curtains in Queen of Spain, a perennial Schumacher favorite. Text via Schumacher. Photo via Pinterest.

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Scene from Gone with the Wind featuring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. Schumacher’s “Hydrangea Drape” in Fawn is on the wall along the staircase. Photo via Pinterest.

The Kennedy White House, Mick Jagger’s mid-1960s home, and the 1939 film Gone With the Wind  all featured Schumacher wallcoverings. Here is “Hydrangea Drape,” as seen above in Gone With the Wind. The pattern is still in production.

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According to Architectural Digest, “one indissoluble tie between fashion and interior design is that they both require taste to be appreciated. Architecture, which Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called ‘frozen music,’ is of course the envelope for interior design and the necessary setting of the streetscapes and landscapes in which we all live. It is always thought that a totally integrated environment includes architecture and interior design, working in harmony. Thanks to F. Schumacher’s imaginative efforts over the years, we know that the third component of that integrated environment is the design sense that comes with fashion.”

The textile firm F. Schumacher, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, has played a role in popular culture by appearing on movie sets and in rock stars’ homes. Throughout its history, the firm has worked with fashion designers and interior decorators to combine Old World techniques with modern styles. In the past, Schumacher partnered with couturiers Christian Dior, Paul Poiret, and Elsa Schiaparelli. Today the firm offers the designs of decorators Alessandra Branca, Timothy Corrigan, and Martyn Laurence Bullard. Here are some images from Schumacher’s past and present . . .

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“Paul Poiret fits a gown in around 1930. He was the first fashion designer F. Schumacher tapped to create a collection. Launched in 1930, it proved exceptionally popular among the firm’s clients. Photo: © Underwood & Underwood/Corbis.” Text by Jeffrey Simpson. “Fashionably Inspired,” Architectural Digest (May 2008).

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“The bright hues of Hortensias display Poiret’s unique understanding of color.” Photo courtesy of F. Schumacher and Co. Text by Jeffrey Simpson. “Fashionably Inspired,” Architectural Digest (May 2008).

Here is a bit of fashion trivia. Do you remember the harem pants that Lady Sybil wore during the first season of Downton Abbey?

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“Lady Sybil’s audacious harem-pants costume. The bodice was constructed of fragile vintage fabric, which split during filming and had to be repaired (Courtesy, Winterthur. Photo by James Schneck.) “The Costumes of ‘Downton Abbey’ Now on View at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum” by Constance Bond. Smithsonian.com (March 5, 2014). The exhibit “Costumes of Downton Abbey” will remain on display at Winterthur Museum until January 4, 2015.

Schumacher designer Paul Poiret originated the harem pants look. He “freed women from their corsets and draped them in soft, rich garments that revealed movement.”

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“Two women dressed in sultana skirts and harem pants designed by Paul Poiret in 1911. Published in L’Illustration, 1911.” Photo via Wikipedia.

Schumacher also worked with Christian Dior, who presented his first fashion show in 1947.

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“Dior Toile was part of a 1997 line by Gramercy, then a division of F. Schumacher and Co., introduced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Christian Dior’s first couture collection. It continued the firm’s tradition of looking to the fashion world for innovative designs—and designers—for its fabrics and wallcoverings. Photo courtesy of F. Schumacher & Co.” Text by Jeffrey Simpson. “Fashionably Inspired,” Architectural Digest (May 2008).

Here is Christian Dior’s 1947 “Bar Suit,” which appears in the Dior Toile (above);

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“In 1947, Christian Dior presented a collection of wasp-waisted and hip-padded designs. The American press immediately dubbed it the ‘New Look.’ The ‘Bar’ suit was considered the most iconic model in the collection, manifesting all the attributes of Dior’s dramatic atavism. Although Dior created many notched collars, he was a fervent advocate of shawl collars and curved necklines. Arguably, the shawl collar plays effectively with the curvaceous forms Dior articulated at the shoulders and hips. The full pleated calf-length skirt, of black wool, is a replica of the original skirt of the suit. Marc Bohan ordered it made up in the Dior workroom to complete the suit for The Costume Institute Collections.” Photo via The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

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“Dior in 1947. Photo: © Emile Savitry/Rapho/Eyedea.” Text by Jeffrey Simpson. “Fashionably Inspired,” Architectural Digest (May 2008).

Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian-born French couturier who partnered with Schumacher. Paul Poiret had been her mentor. According to Architectural Digest, Ms. Schiaparelli’s designs for the Waverly division of Schumacher were “largely sweet-natured”; she was known for more avant-garde collaborations with artists such as Salvador Dali.

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Salvador “Dali’s 1937 lobster dress, a collaboration between the artist and Elsa Schiaparelli.” Photo: George Platt Lynes, Harper’s Bazaar (April 1937). “The Bazaar World of Dali,” by Julie Belcove Harper’s Bazaar (December 19, 2012).

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“Toward the end of her career, Elsa Schiaparelli (above, in 1938) turned her talents to a line of fabrics and wallcoverings for Waverly, at the time an F. Schumacher division. The designs captured a dynamic spirit similar to that of her clothing.” Photo: John Phillips/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images. Text by Jeffrey Simpson. “Fashionably Inspired,” Architectural Digest (May 2008).

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“Madelon appeared in 1958. It was accented with splashes of shocking pink, Schiaparelli’s signature color.” Photo courtesy of F. Schumacher and Co. Text by Jeffrey Simpson. “Fashionably Inspired,” Architectural Digest (May 2008).

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“Advertisement for Shocking De Schiaparelli, appeared in Vogue’s December 15, 1938 issue. Photo: Courtesy of Schiaparelli.” “Elsa Schiaparelli’s Enduring Influence on Beauty” by Lindsay Talbot. Vogue (May 4, 2012).

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“Advertisement for Shocking De Schiaparelli, appeared in Vogue’s April 1, 1943 issue. Photo: Courtesy of Schiaparelli.” “Elsa Schiaparelli’s Enduring Influence on Beauty” by Lindsay Talbot. Vogue (May 4, 2012).

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“Model Guinevere Van Seenus wears the designer’s [Elsa Schiaparelli] shocking-pink dress (fall 1937) and silk-velvet bolero with metal embroidery by Lesage (fall 1938) in the May issue of Vogue.” Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, May 2012″ Elsa Schiaparelli’s Enduring Influence on Beauty” by Lindsay Talbot. Vogue (May 4, 2012).

Interior decorator Alessandra Branca is one of Schumacher’s current collaborators.  Like Elsa Schiaparelli, Ms. Branca was born in Italy and like the collections of Ms. Schiaparelli, the latest work of Ms. Branca includes pink:

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“In her new fabric collection, Alessandra Branca uses vivid fuchsia . . . to bring spirit and youth to lush, classical motifs. As the painstakingly embroidered accent on a toile and the sumptuous ground of an overscale damask, this vibrant palette is an upbeat alternative to muted neutrals. For sure, daring color is in the air: hot pink tones feel fresh in contemporary art and the latest fashion. But a closer look reveals that this buoyant hue has been a key part of the style lexicon for centuries. From the grandeur of Versailles to 1920’s London, fuchsia adds a pop of the unexpected and a jolt of confident chic. . . . dynamic color is and always will be in style.” “Eye-Catching: Bold Fuchsia Hues from the Alessandra Branca Collection,” The Schumacher Blog (September 5, 2013).

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“To appreciate them you have to touch them: paisleys swirling on heavy cotton; vibrant damasks woven from supple linen; gorgeous modernized toiles in which the pictorial motifs are outlined in painstakingly embroidered stitching. The ‘hand’ of designer Alessandra Branca’s new line of fabrics for Schumacher was just one of the elements she was dead set on getting right. She also researched royal tailoring techniques of the 18th century and experimented with artists’ pigments to assess ideal hues. That rigor has produced a fresh collection of 48 textiles with staying power. ‘They’re the kinds of fabrics your kids will want to use and your grandchildren will love to inherit,’ says Branca. “Well-Designed: Alessandra Branca for Schumacher” by Mario Lopez-Cordero. Veranda.

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This pillow by Alessandra Branca for Schumacher currently is available at Janet Brown Interiors.

Los Angeles-based decorator Timothy Corrigan currently works with Schumacher. His 2013 book, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce: Decorating a Great French Country House, details his renovation of the Loire Valley chateau that serves as his French home and features Schumacher fabrics:

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“Corrigan lined the walls of a guest room with a Waverly wallpaper; the green fabric on the canopy is by Schumacher, and the carpet is a 19th-century Aubusson. On the desk stands a Baccarat vase.” Chateau du Grand-Luce, the neoclassical Loire Valley chateau owned by Los Angeles-based interior decorator Timothy Corrigan. Photography by Eric Piasecki. Text by Fernanda Eberstadt. “Timothy Corrigan’s Spectacular French Chateau,” Architectural Digest (October 2013).

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Table skirt in dusty pink and camel Cap Ferrat 175581 with ivory Directoire Tape 68643. ” From interior decorator Timothy Corrigan’s collection for Schumacher. Tell Us Everything: Timothy Corrigan,” The Schumacher Blog (April 11, 2014).

Mick Jagger’s1960s home featured Schumacher wallcoverings, and rock stars today continue to live with the firm’s designs. Prior to their separation, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Gwyneth Paltrow shared a Hamptons home that housed this Schumacher-covered chair:

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“In the foyer above, a Bolero chair by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair is upholstered in Schumacher’s Lace in Aqua.” Gwyneth Paltrow’s home in the Hamptons. “At Home With Gwyneth Paltrow – Part One,” Habitually Chic (October 4, 2007).

 Schumacher fabrics and wallcoverings are available through Janet Brown Interiors. Come visit us to experience the collections in person.

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The Perfect Gift

Southerners are known for their hospitality and their love of monograms. As you prepare to entertain and give gifts this holiday season, why don’t you visit Janet Brown Interiors and explore our selection of items for the home that can be personalized? Set the table with monogrammed napkins and placemats from Matouk. House guests coming to stay? Freshen your linen closet with new monogrammed towels and sheets. Looking for practical, one-of-a-kind gifts? Order our picture frames and cutting boards with initials, witty sayings or the name of a vacation home. Personalized paper cocktail napkins and guest towels from Caspari are perfect to keep or give. Order your items now and beat the rush . . .

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Photo via Matouk blog.

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“Place a monogram in the left corner of a napkin for optimum visibility. When folded in a triangle, it will appear at the napkin’s point, or, when folded as a rectangle, on the lower outside corner.” Photo: Hector Sanchez. “A Guide to Monogrammed Napkins” by Jane Scott Hodges. Southern Living.

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“Ivory-with-gold is the classic ‘little black dress’ of the tabletop. It works whether china is white, bone, or something unexpected.” Photo: Hector Sanchez. “A Guide to Monogrammed Napkins” by Jane Scott Hodges. Southern Living.

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“Inspired by a stroll down Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, the unique arch trim of shop awnings becomes a tasteful complement to exquisite table linen.” Mirasol napkins, cocktail napkins and placemats from Matouk, Available through Janet Brown Interiors.

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“When monogramming your place mats, keep the insignia in a conspicuous place, such as the top, to keep it from getting covered.” Photo: Hector Sanchez. “A Guide to Monogrammed Napkins” by Jane Scott Hodges. Southern Living.

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“Monogrammed cocktail napkins on a silver dish beside a grouping of bar supplies.” Source: “A Guide to Monogramming,” Lonny.

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“Since these custom hand towels are meant to stand the test of time, don’t be afraid to match them to more permanent design elements. . . . the fuschia is plucked from the botanical wallpaper.” Rowayton, Connecticut, home of Kate Simpson, a former editor at Domino, and her family. Interior decorating by Kate Simpson. Photo: Patrick Cline. Styled by Michelle Adams. “Beach House” written by Shawn Gauthier. Lonny (October – November 2009).

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“This tiny West Village bathroom was designed to feel like an old school men’s club. Pairing the leather dopp kit with a black-and-white monogrammed hand towel” adds a handsome touch. Interior design by apartment owners Ethan Feirstein and Ari Hickman. Photo: Patrick Cline. Styled by Michelle Adams. “An Evolved Collection” written by Shawn Gauthier. Lonny (October – November 2009).

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“Take hand towels out of the powder room, and use them as oversize napkins.” Photo: Hector Sanchez. “A Guide to Monogrammed Napkins” by Jane Scott Hodges. Southern Living.

Let Caspari and Janet Brown Interiors bring color to your holiday with an extensive collection of napkins and guest towels for personalization, available in both triple-ply and paper linen. Janet Brown’s knowledgeable staff is ready to help you make your selections:

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Here is a photo of a bathroom that Janet Brown Interiors decorated recently. Don’t you love the zebra wallpaper by Scalamandre? Caspari offers a way to add a bit of “le zebre” to your powder room, too – with guest towels and napkins featuring the famous prancing zebra.

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Personalized napkins and guest towels from Caspari featuring the famous Scalamandre zebras.

Caspari offers numerous options for napkins and guest towels. Here is a faux-bois pattern:

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“Having seen these, don’t plain monogrammed cocktail napkins and guest towels seem incredibly boring?” Ellie Cullman of the New York design firm Cullman and Kravis asked the New York Times. (“Don’t Knock These Faux-Bois Accessories” by Rima Suqi, The New York Times, December 31, 2013).

Even celebrities are fans of Caspari. Here is a photo of actress Jennifer Garner shopping for Caspari wrapping paper:

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Photo of Jennifer Garner via Caspari website.

 Janet Brown Interiors offers beautiful cutting boards, serving trays and lazy susans that are made in the U.S.A. “There are currently 38 different shapes and sizes from which to choose. Each can be personalized with an initial, a name, a phrase, image or a corporate logo. All boards are made with premium quality hard maple wood and make a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray. The strips of maple are color graded and matched before cutting and routing of the cutting board and then hand sanded.”

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Personalized picture frames preserve holiday memories:

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Add a fresh touch to your powder room with monogrammed wastebaskets:

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Richmond gifts celebrate our city:

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Monogrammed robes make Christmas morning cozy:

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Cairo Robe with Straight Piping by Matouk. Robe available in white or ivory. “Signature Egyptian cotton terry towel accented with piping in White, Silver, Hydrangea, Opal, Navy, Ivory, or Linen.”

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This waffle weave Egyptian cotton robe by Matouk is available in white.

Monogrammed bedding by Matouk brings sweet dreams:

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Matouk guest towels in silver and gold.

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We invite you to visit Janet Brown Interiors as you shop for the holidays. Let us help you check things off your list!

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Photo via Pinterest: Veranda Magazine’s Well-Wrapped board.

 

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Setting the Table for the Holidays

Janet Brown Interiors is celebrating 20 years in Carytown with current storewide savings of 20%* through September 30th. Now is the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping or purchase those special items you need for holiday entertaining. We have antique china and assorted tableware, tablecloths and cocktail napkins, guest towels, placecards, seasonal tabletop decor, bar ware, and holiday pillows. As part of our anniversary celebration, Janet Brown Interiors is hosting a Table Top Party on Wednesday, September 24th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us at 3156 W. Cary Street for light refreshments and decorating inspiration. Fall, winter, and holiday table displays will be featured to feed your creativity! If you would like to attend, please RSVP in the events section of our Facebook page or call 804-358-9548.
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“Layering plates in different finishes, colors or textures is an easy trick for setting an elegant table. Start with a charger, followed by a dinner plate, topped by a folded cloth napkin and small bread or dessert plate.” “13 Rustic Thanksgiving Table-Setting Ideas” by Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors. HGTV.

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“A seasonal still life combines a pumpkin, fruits, and pastry stands of graduated sizes.” Home of designer Jan Roden, owner of the Charlottesville, Virginia shop, And George. Photography by Gordon Beall. Written by Ted Loos. “A Fresh Look at Tradition” produced by Senga Mortimer. House Beautiful (December 2003).

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“Make a bewitching centerpiece with black-and-orange pumpkins. Carve out a large pumpkin to hold a vase. Spray-paint your pumpkins with a black matte-finish paint. Once dry, scrape away the painted surface in lines or in the form of a sunflower or another design.” “Quick and Clever Halloween Centerpieces.” Better Homes and Gardens.

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“Spooky Still Life. Make ordinary objects a little creepier with a coat of black paint. Just a few simple steps and this discarded tree branch becomes a scary perch for menacing ravens. Find a tree branch (the more twisted and gnarled, the better) and spray-paint it black. Once dry, insert the branch in an urn or pot. Finish by placing a few black ravens on the branch.” “Creepy Halloween Decorations.” Better Homes and Gardens.

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These witch broom place cards made from raffia, twigs and brown paper bags are perfect for Halloween or Harry Potter-themed parties. “HGTV How-To: Witch’s Broom Place Cards” by Liz Gray. Design Happens blog, HGTV (October 11, 2011).

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“Designer Camille Styles mixed high-end white elements, like a porcelain soup tureen and creamy-hued roses, with rustic ones like pumpkins, gourds and beeswax candlesticks” to create this beautiful centerpiece. “White Pumpkins: Your Thanksgiving Table’s Best Friend” by Liz Gray. Design Happens blog, HGTV (November 25, 2013).

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“On the porch, a pair of custom-made rustic log chairs from Bennett Galleries and a Hickory Chair wicker club chair rest on an outdoor rug from Restoration Hardware.” [Hickory Chair available through Janet Brown Interiors.] Home of Sam and Mary Celeste Beall, owners of Blackberry Farm. Design by Suzanne Kasler. Architecture: Spitzmiller and Norris. Photo: Pieter Estersohn. Text: Christopher Petkanas. “A Gracious Southern-Style Home in Tennessee” produced by Howard Christian. Architectural Digest (November 2012).

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Designer Martha Angus used leftover pieces of de Gournay wallpaper “to cover a classic Parsons table, topped with Plexiglas to protect the surface.” “15 Designer Place Settings with Basic White China,” House Beautiful.

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“Linen napkins from Matouk [available through Janet Brown Interiors] are embroidered with Capucine and David Gooding’s monogram. Capucine, who collects ribbons, prefers securing napkins with them rather than with rings. Here she chose a gray satin ribbon with a crisscross design and knotted edges.” Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. [Juliska available through Janet Brown Interiors.] Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gathering” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“Imagination is the key to a successful children’s table. Placecards with whimsical calligraphy supporting the table’s forest theme are tucked into a bundle of colored pencils that small guests can take home after the gathering.” Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gathering” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“Capucine mixes metallic finishes throughout the place setting. Flatware is vintage Puiforcat.” “Isabella” goblet, “Firenze Medici” salad plate and the “Quotidien” dinner plate, all by Juliska [Juliska available through Janet Brown Interiors]. Pewter charger. Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gathering” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“Capucine draws design inspiration from her mother, Victoria Cameron, who lives nearby. “We adore flowers and do our own arrangements together,” says Capucine of the floral centerpiece on the table.” Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gatherings” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“Greenery, pomegranates, oranges, artichokes, and silver almonds fashion a centerpiece that nods to the abundance that guests have in their lives. ‘Being grateful shouldn’t be reserved only for Thanksgiving time,’ Timothy says.” Pomegranates symbolize good fortune. French chateau of Los Angeles-based interior designer Timothy Corrigan. Photography by Eric Piasecki and Peter Krumhardt. “Formal Dinner with Timothy Corrigan” by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“In England, seating charts are popularly used by hosts to assist with the placement of guests around a table. Timothy prepares for dinner parties in the same manner, assigning his guests to specific spots on a walnut chart—the gift of a grateful visiting diner.” The pomegranates on the table linens symbolize good fortune. French chateau of Los Angeles-based interior designer Timothy Corrigan. Photography by Eric Piasecki and Peter Krumhardt. “Formal Dinner with Timothy Corrigan” by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“As an elegant remembrance of the dinner party, ivory placecards are graced by a refined architectural drawing of the château’s grand presence. Below the drawing, each card is handsomely printed with a dinner guest’s name.” French chateau of Los Angeles-based interior designer Timothy Corrigan. Photography by Eric Piasecki and Peter Krumhardt. “Formal Dinner with Timothy Corrigan” by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“To complement vintage sterling silver place-card holders rendered in the form of an acanthus leaf, elegant silver-ink calligraphy artfully adorns simple white cards softened with rounded corners. Calligraphy by Deborah Nadel Design.” Celebration dinner at Crown restaurant in New York hosted by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, founders of Marchesa, which makes evening gowns frequently seen on the red carpet. Photo: Jonny Valiant. “Great Gatherings: Dining Out in Style” written by Krissa Rossbund and produced by Erin Swift. Traditional Home.

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“For visual variety, Georgina and Keren alternate place settings of . . . bone china in indigo and white. The platinum motif—inspired by intricate bead detail on their fashions—is also etched on cobalt-blue art glass vases from Italy. Flowers are by Jacqueline Elfe of Stellar Style Events. ‘Cartouche’ hand-blocked cotton napkins from John Robshaw.” [John Robshaw available through Janet Brown Interiors.] Celebration dinner at Crown restaurant in New York hosted by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, founders of Marchesa, which makes evening gowns frequently seen on the red carpet. Photo: Jonny Valiant. “Great Gatherings: Dining Out in Style” written by Krissa Rossbund and produced by Erin Swift. Traditional Home.

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“To achieve an extravagant attitude, indigo-blue plates with raised enamel accents are anchored by basic white plates and vintage sterling trays. Linen tablecloth by Sferra [Sferra available through Janet Brown Interiors]. Celebration dinner at Crown restaurant in New York hosted by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, founders of Marchesa, which makes evening gowns frequently seen on the red carpet. Photo: Jonny Valiant. “Great Gatherings: Dining Out in Style” written by Krissa Rossbund and produced by Erin Swift. Traditional Home.

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“The one-of-a-kind placecard holders are made from gold-leaf 18th-century Italian fragments mounted on fossils and rock crystal.” Interior design by Lisa Luby Ryan. Photo: Werner Straube. “Christmas Present” written and produced by Candace Ord Manroe. Traditional Home®

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“Fresh swags mix it up with antique and vintage mercury-glass balls and new mercury-glass Christmas trees on the mantel.” Interior design by Lisa Luby Ryan. Photo: Werner Straube. “Christmas Present” written and produced by Candace Ord Manroe. Traditional Home®

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“A ticking-stripe cloth and birch placemats set the rustic tone for the ‘Berry and Thread’ dinner plates and ‘Country Estate Winter Frolic’ salad plates, both from Juliska [Janet Brown Interiors is your Richmond source for Juliska]. Napkins embroidered by Capucine’s grandmother add family nostalgia.” Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gatherings” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“Placecards at the adult table serve a dual purpose. Guests’ names are written on one side of the card. On the other side are holiday-related questions to prompt table conversation. All calligraphy is by Pier Gustafson.” Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gatherings” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“ ‘I’m not a big fan of red at Christmas,’ says homeowner and designer Tanya Capello. ‘My decorations tend more toward green, white, and silver, with natural elements that include eucalyptus, cedar, and other greens mixed throughout our home.’ ” Pairing new chargers “with vintage Wedgwood china marries casual and formal.” Wellesley, Massachusetts, home of designer Tanya Capello and her family. Photo: Eric Roth. “New England Home with Hushed Holiday Palette” written by Krissa Rossbund and produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick. Traditional Home.

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“Tree ornaments are an attractive and festive way to display place cards; Tanya uses small mercury glass balls.” Wellesley, Massachusetts, home of designer Tanya Capello and her family. Photo: Eric Roth. “New England Home with Hushed Holiday Palette” written by Krissa Rossbund and produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick. Traditional Home.

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Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gathering” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“Two generations meet at the table: A tapestry-style textile from Capucine’s mother that covers the table is topped with a silk overlay of taupe-colored Dupioni silk with embroidered trim and pleated edges.” Connecticut home of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury tableware company Juliska. Photo: John Bessler. “Gorgeous Intergenerational Holiday Gathering” written by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

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“End of year celebrations call for over-the-top accoutrements. Tablecloth and napkin fabrics by Duralee. Trim and tassels by Samuel and Sons.” [Fabrics and Samuel and Sons trims and tassels available through Janet Brown Interiors.] Event planner: Rachel Hollis. Photography by Peter Krumhardt and Colleen Duffley. “Entertaining: Enlivening a Traditional Holiday Dinner” written and produced by Krissa Rossbund. Traditional Home.

Let Janet Brown Interiors help you create festive tables for the holiday season. Pair new chargers with your existing china for a different look. Consider our collection of tablecloths and linens or use textiles and tassels for one-of -a-kind place settings. Cake stands aren’t just for dessert; use them to elevate pumpkins and centerpieces. We offer tapers, candle holders, placecards and their holders, cocktail napkins and napkin rings. Our glass pumpkins and silver Santas will be perfectly at home on the mantel or as part of a centerpiece. We invite you to our Table Top Party on Wednesday, September 24th from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for holiday inspiration. Light refreshments will be served from 4 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP in the events section of our Facebook page or call 804-358-9548. We hope to see you there!

Janet Brown’s 20th anniversary sale runs through Tuesday, September 30th. 20% off in-stock items.*

* Sale excludes estate items, antiques, special orders, and items that already have been marked down.

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Decorating Details with Alexa Hampton

In an age when everyone can buy the same sofa silhouette, whether it’s from George Smith or Crate and Barrel, and find all the same fabrics via the Internet, we may have reached the point where the only things that distinguish us, and our houses, are the details. . . . .Today, uniqueness has become the ultimate luxury. Details allow you to customize a piece of furniture or curtains to make them yours alone – a one-of-a-kind piece.”

Alexa Hampton, Decorating in Detail

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Living room of decorator Alexa Hampton via Mark D. Sikes blog (September 24, 2013).

Decorator Alexa Hampton has an amazing eye for detail, but she does not “believe in detail for detail’s sake.” As you look at the rooms in this post, note how Ms. Hampton’s thoughtful details add to the comfort and function of each space. Tables are placed next to chairs so people have spots to set drinks. Sconces provide reading light just where it is needed – especially in the bedroom. Colors and shapes travel from room to room to create continuity and harmony. Some of Ms. Hampton’s rooms contain an incredible number of colors, yet she creates a soothing atmosphere that is warm and richly layered. Swags, lambrequins, and bed curtains may be traditional design styles, but in Ms. Hampton’s hands, they appear fresh and modern.

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Before-and-after photos of sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show House 2014. Image via Alexa Hampton Inc.’s Facebook page.

Lambrequins are a traditional style of window treatment, but the effect in the Kips Bay Show House sitting room is fresh and modern – offering a bold punctuation mark to counter the pastel walls.

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Larger image of sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show House 2014. Photo via Alexa Hampton Inc.’s Facebook page.

The sitting room contains so many colors, but somehow, they work together. Alexa Hampton paints and draws, and I believe her love of art informs her ability to mix colors.

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Sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show house 2014. Habitually Chic photo via Pinterest.

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Sitting room decorated by Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay Show House 2014. Photo from Habitually Chic blog via Pinterest.

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“For Alexa Hampton balancing the sharp lines of what was essentially a straight-edged box meant pulling out some of the true-blue standards of traditional decorating. To add softness and femininity to her [Kips Bay Show House] bedroom, she deployed . . . [crown moldings, swag curtains] along with antique furniture and engravings, a soaring pleated canopy, and a juicy, taupe-gray lacquer paint job all over the walls. ‘You don’t usually see it in bedrooms because people think of high gloss as cold, but lacquered walls can be so sexy,’ she says, ‘and they look great in flickering candlelight.’ ” Text by Mario Lopez-Cordero. “Expert Thinking” produced by Eugenia Santiesteban Soto. Veranda (September – October 2012).

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Bedroom in Kips Bay Show House 2012 decorated by Alexa Hampton. Photo via Facebook page of Alexa Hampton Inc.

“Like her father, the late 20th Century design legend Mark Hampton, Alexa Hampton has the rare ability to make classic design comfortable – and make people comfortable with classic design. The classic, comfortable style that has become Hampton’s hallmark has been translated into a collection of made-to-order furniture by Hickory Chair. Each of the designs exhibit Hampton’s sophisticated eye as well as her passion for distinct geometries, proportion, contrast and composition. The pieces also showcase her rare talent for designing furniture that combines classic inspiration with modern sensitivities to comfort, scale and elegant, personalized details.” Source: Hickory Chair.

Alexa Hampton has designed a furniture collection for Hickory Chair, and the following photo features some of the pieces that were displayed during the High Point Market in April 2014. Once again, note the layering of color in the space:

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The Alexa Hampton Collection at Hickory Chair, High Point – Spring 2014. Photo via Alexa Hampton’s Pinterest boards.

The Studio at Janet Brown Interiors is your Richmond source for Hickory Chair, including Alexa Hampton’s collection for the company.  Many of Hickory Chair’s pieces can be customized, so you can select the details that will make your furniture perfect for your home. A variety of patinas, striping, hardware, nailhead options, fringes and tapes are available. Hickory Chair can even match the finish of a new piece of furniture to that of a family heirloom.

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The following home, which Alexa Hampton decorated, features many Hickory Chair pieces:

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“Smart black shingles and board-and-batten siding distinguish Liz and Chris Pollack’s Fairfield County, Connecticut, house, which was designed by architect Joel Barkley, of Ike Kligerman Barkley, and decorator Alexa Hampton, of Mark Hampton. The landscape design was by Mario Nievera.” Photography: Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The white stucco façade of the entrance court.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The foyer, as seen from the living room, contains quatrefoil chairs and a stool, all by Hickory Chair; the living room’s Swedish clock is from Liza Sherman Antiques, and the table lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“A view from the foyer into the living room, where vintage loop chairs by Frances Elkins surround a pedestal table; the ebonized bookcase is from 145 Antiques.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“Artworks by Alexander Calder (left) and Joan Miró hang in the living room; the club chairs, sofa, cocktail table, and bench—covered in a Cowtan and Tout velvet—are all by Hickory Chair.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“Hampton reupholstered the Pollacks’ club chairs in a brown Rogers and Goffigon linen and a patterned cotton for the new family room; the sofa and nail-studded hassock are by Hickory Chair, and the carpet is by Stark.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The dining room features a reclaimed-elm pedestal table from Mecox and a silver-leafed ceiling; the mirrored sideboard and silver candlesticks are from John Rosselli Antiques.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

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“The kitchen’s Wolf range and twin Sub-Zero refrigerators face an island topped with absolute black granite.” Interior decoration by Alexa Hampton. Architect: Joel Barkley. Photography by Durston Saylor. “A Sophisticated Connecticut Home” by Jesse Kornbluth. Architectural Digest (June 2011).

“My father had a line with Hickory Chair, and his furniture is still carried today. I wanted to have a line,” Alexa Hampton told Architectural Digest. “I shamelessly wore them down. It makes so much sense for designers to be creating furniture, because we know what our clients need and what’s useful.” “Alexa Hampton” by Nicholas von Hoffman. Architectural Digest (July 2005).

When asked: “What is your favorite gift to give or to receive?” Alexa Hampton told blogger/decorator Mark D. Sikes, “A great book of any kind.” Ms. Hampton’s second book, Decorating in Detail, which was published in November 2013, is a beautiful and practical design resource. It is available for purchase at Janet Brown Interiors.

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Scalamandre’s Iconic Prancing Zebras

Scalamandre is a company known for creating fabrics, trims, wall coverings and furnishings of the highest quality. Many people who may not recognize the Scalamandre name will be familiar with its iconic zebra print. In 1945, the company created red wallpaper featuring prancing zebras for the newly opened Gino of Capri restaurant in New York City. (Gino’s closed in 2010). Based on original artwork by Flora Scalamandre, this wallpaper has appeared in the films “Mighty Aphrodite” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” and on the pages of numerous shelter magazines. Janet Brown Interiors offers pillows, umbrellas and napkins featuring the prancing zebras, as well as a full range of wallpapers and fabrics created by Scalamandre.

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Scalamandre zebras wallcovering. Photo from Wes Anderson’s film, “The Royal Tenenbaums,” featuring Angelica Huston. “Wallpaper Your Home the Wes Anderson Way” by Patricia Garcia. Edited by Mieke ten Have. Vogue.

If you look carefully at the photos in this post, you will note that the smaller zebras in the Gino’s and “The Royal Tenenbaum’s” wallcoverings are missing a rear stripe. Since “perfection was believed to be bad luck,” some of Gino’s customers thought the stripe was omitted on purpose (Source: The New York Times). The original omission actually was unintentional, but there was no time to re-do the screens before the restaurant’s opening, so zebras with missing stripes went on Gino’s wall. Later versions of the print feature fully-striped zebras.

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Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum in Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Photo via Paper. “5 Under $50: Wes Anderson Edition,” Paper (May 5, 2012).

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“Gino, a Manhattan gastronomic icon, is celebrated for its segreto (secret) sauce, its veal and peppers and its zebras — on the walls, not the menu.” Photography by Roe Ethridge. “That’s Italian!” by Anthony Haden-Guest. Home Design, The New York Times Magazine.

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“The powder room’s wallpaper is by Scalamandre, the medicine cabinet is by Restoration Hardware, and the granite sink has Waterworks fittings.” New York City apartment. Interior design by Miles Redd. Renovation architects: Dick Bories and James Shearron. Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna. “A Glamorous Renovation” by Mitchell Owens. Elle Decor (December 2009).

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“Wallpaper with leaping zebras and shimmering golden accents – mirror, fixtures, and lighting – jazz up the powder room.” Wallpaper: “Zebras”/Safari Brown by Scalamandre. San Francisco Edwardian built in 1900. Home of Anna and Mason Morfit. Interior design by Melissa Warner, Massucci Warner Miller. Renovation architects: Robert Stiles and Charlie Barnett. Photography by Werner Straube. “Colorful and Stylish Family Home” written and produced by Sabine Rothman. Traditional Home (April 2010).

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Le Zebre Rouge Pillow by Scalamandre. Right facing.

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Le Zebre Rouge Pillow. Left facing. 

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Scalamandre umbrellas. Photo via Scalamandre’s Facebook page.

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This nightshirt is not by Scalamandre, but the zebras are fun, just the same!

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Look from Proenza Schouler. “Fall 2014 Runway Report.” Photo via Harper’s Bazaar website.

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“Ball dress with zebra-effect draped chiffon bodice and duchess satin skirts, fall 1987. This dress exemplifies the incredible technique of the Valentino haute couture workrooms in Rome. The illusion of zebra has been created by using different tones of chiffon finely pleated in a technique that Valentino learned from Jean Desses, the mid-century Paris-based couturier (he was Alexandrian Greek) with whom he apprenticed. It takes miraculous skill, and no one else can drape like this now. I have this same model in my collection and what you can’t see in this photograph is that the skirts are buoyed up by several layers of duchess satin underskirt, each one to match a shade of the chiffon used in the bodice. Only the client will know, or someone who catches a glimpse as the wearer sweeps her skirts up a little to glide down the staircase of her palazzo in Rome, Seville, Paris, or on Fifth Avenue. That is the essence of real couture: hidden luxury.” Photo: Courtesy of Valentino via Vogue. “The Hamishsphere: The Top Ten Looks from the Valentino Archives” by Hamish Bowles. Vogue.

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“A pale gray lacquer paired with crisp white trim and a graphic papered interior (Scalamandre’s Zebras), wakes up a faded but handsomely proportioned cabinet.” Photography by Erica George Dines. “Instant Furniture Makeovers,” Southern Living.

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Hand-Painted Zebra Pillow by Scalamandre.

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Napkins featuring the Scalamandre zebra. Also available with red background.

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Scene from “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Photo via Design Sponge. “Living In: The Royal Tenenbaums” by Amy Merrick. Design Sponge (October 2011).

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Le Zebre Rouge Dogbed Pillow by Scalamandre. Photo via Scalamandre website.

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Back to School with Janet Brown

It’s time to get ready to return to campus, and Janet Brown Interiors is here to help. Are you searching for extra-long sheets to fit dorm room beds? We sell them, and we are offering special pricing through Friday, August 15th. As you prepare to pack, don’t forget to label your laundry. Our monogrammed robes and towels let you identify your items with ease. Janet Brown Interiors offers picture frames in all styles and sizes so you can fill your room with photos of family and friends. Use our pillows to create comfy, colorful spaces, and add interest to your bed and walls with suzanis or  silk kanthas, which are beautiful quilts made of repurposed saris.

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Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. Photo: Meridith De Avila Khan/Sweet Briar College. “The 20 Best College Campuses in the US” by Peter Jacobs. Business Insider (August 8, 2013).

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Why don’t you monogram your bathrobe in your favorite school color? Robe by Matouk available through Janet Brown Interiors.

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Monogramming your towels will help you avoid laundry day mix-ups. Janet Brown Interiors is your Richmond source for Matouk.

This handy pizza slicer is perfect for late night study breaks –

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 Want to avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15”? Grab a friend and work out your stress. This lighthearted pillow will help keep you on track:

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 Don’t live your life in black and white . . .

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 Add some color with these hand-embroidered belts –

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Photo via Sundance.

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Feel good while looking good. These hand-crafted belts are embroidered by Peruvian women in Ayacucho, an impoverished community high in the Andes. Purchasing these belts, which are made according to fair trade guidelines, helps women with no other opportunity for income. Janet Brown Interiors offers several different colors and patterns.

Brighten your day with photos of your family and friends in these colorful frames . . .

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 These cotton nightshirts are perfect for late-night chats in the dorm . . .

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 The following twin sheets fit extra-long dorm beds:

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Chevron Rose twin sheet by John Robshaw fits extra-long dorm beds. Janet Brown Interiors is offering special pricing through Friday, August 15th.

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Hitch Jade twin sheet by John Robshaw fits extra-long dorm beds. Janet Brown Interiors is offering special pricing through Friday, August 15th.

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Osh Indigo twin sheet by John Robshaw fits extra-long dorm beds. Janet Brown Interiors is offering special pricing through Friday, August 15th.

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Cosmos Gray twin sheet by John Robshaw fits extra-long dorm beds. Janet Brown Interiors is offering special pricing through Friday, August 15th.

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Photo shoot at Sweet Briar College for Virginia Living article, “Forever Prep” (April 1, 2011). Photo by Lauren Shoff ‘SBC 11.

 Students (and alumni) of UVA, JMU, VCU, Washington and Lee University, William and Mary, or Virginia Tech will appreciate these hand-embroidered Virginia pillows . . .

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The North Carolina pillow features Duke, UNC, and ECU:

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All the geography pillows feature original copyrighted art.

The Georgia pillow is perfect for students and alumni of Georgia Tech or the University of Georgia. There are geography pillows for all 50 states, so please contact Janet Brown Interiors if you don’t see your school’s state.

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If you are looking for a colorful way to decorate your dorm room . . .

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Create an unique look for your bed or wall with a suzani or kantha.

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Detail from a large suzani – the perfect cover for a bed or wall.

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Detail from a pillow made from a kantha, a recycled sari.

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Always remember to take some time to do the following while you are away at school . . .

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 The staff of Janet Brown Interiors wishes you much happiness – no matter where your studies may lead you.

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Dog Days of Summer

Yes, it’s hot outside, but Janet Brown Interiors has lots of cool accessories that celebrate your favorite dog breeds. From pillows and eyeglass covers to matchbooks and birthday cards, our doggie items make great gifts. If you need help designing a space that is pet-friendly, we invite you to visit our Design Studio. We can help you select fabrics and furnishings that will make life with a four-legged friend a whole lot easier . . .

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Who could resist this face? Pug pillow. Many other breeds available.

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Good dog? Bad dog? Perhaps you need one of each. Handy matches to keep at home or give as hostess gifts.

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Janet Brown Interiors sells this beaded Boxer and many different breeds.

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Debbie Dobbs’s French bulldog Tulipe. Blackberry Ridge Farm, the Tennessee home of Debbie and Tracy Dobbs. Interior design by Todd Richesin, Todd Richesin Interiors. Architect: Margaret L. Butler, Cockrill Design and Planning. Photography by Werner Straube. “Old-World Style in a Farmhouse” written and produced by Candace Ord Manroe. Traditional Home (November 2010).

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This estate piece featuring two terriers is really a boot scraper, but it works as a business card holder as well.

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Needlepoint eyeglass case featuring a Jack Russell.

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“Aramis, Lévy-Alban’s Braque français, is flanked by a pair of antique stone dogs on a terrace. Lime trees. Potted Fuschia. ” Garden design: Levy-Alban. Photography: Alexandre Bailhache. “The Most Beautiful French Garden” by Lindsey Campbell. Veranda.

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This statue would look wonderful in the garden.

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“The Aztecs owned domesticated dogs, which they associated with the fire deity Xiuhtecuhtli, lord of the hearth. His feast day was celebrated on the date ‘1-itzcuintli’ or ‘1-dog.’ Stone Sculpture of a Dog may represent a spirit dog, which the Aztecs believed guided human souls through the underworld.” Photo: Michael Zabe. “Well-Curated: The Aztec World” by Hilary Hansen. Veranda.

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Coming soon to Janet Brown Interiors! Wonderful pillows featuring the art of illustrator and popular children’s author Domenica More Gordon. Ms. Gordon’s pen and ink drawings and watercolors have been recreated in delicate hand embroidery.

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Coming soon to Janet Brown Interiors! Wonderful pillows featuring the art of illustrator and popular children’s author Domenica More Gordon. Ms. Gordon’s pen and ink drawings and watercolors have been recreated in delicate hand embroidery.

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Dog models with pillows featuring the art of illustrator and popular children’s author Domenica More Gordon.

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Salt/pepper shaker – one of a pair.

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“The ‘Best in Show’ wallpaper choice was a nod to the Newsoms’ lab-shepherd mix, Max.” Interior design by Katie Rosenfield. Photo: Lisa Mowry. “Pink in Every Room” written by Amy Elbert. Traditional Home.

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Janet Brown Interiors has a large collection of pet-inspired greeting cards.

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One of the many design books available from Janet Brown Interiors.

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The Flowers of Summer

Did you know that you can purchase the work of Richmond artists at Janet Brown Interiors? One artist we feature is Karen Blair, whose painting – “Poppies in the Landscape” – currently hangs in our Design Studio.

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“Poppies in the Landscape” by Karen Blair. 60 x 84 inches. Oil on canvas. Image via Karen Blair’s website.

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Detail of Karen Blair’s “Poppies in the Landscape” as photographed by Kathleen Sams Flippen in the Design Studio of Janet Brown Interiors.

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Detail of Karen Blair’s “Poppies in the Landscape” as photographed by Kathleen Sams Flippen in the Design Studio of Janet Brown Interiors.

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Various Juliska glass vases holding vibrant pink and white flowers. Photo via Juliska’s Pinterest board – “Floral Follies.” Janet Brown Interiors is your Richmond source for Juliska.

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Flowers photographed during Janet Brown’s trip to Crete – Spring 2014.

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Flowers photographed during Janet Brown’s trip to Crete – Spring 2014.

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“The tulip lamp, so perfect you never even have to water it! Oval white paper shade. This lamp is sculpted from paper maché. Low VOC paint. Hand crafted by artisans in Mexico, it is topped with a tulip finial.”

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Sundresses for your favorite little girl.

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“At Dior, Marie Antoinette-worthy corsets and crinolined brocade gowns displayed a deft interplay between the past and the future.” Photo: Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times. “The Past as Road to Tomorrow” by Vanessa Friedman. The New York Times (Thursday, July 10, 2014).

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“A Hickory Chair crewel fabric brings subtle pattern to the back of the chair.” Arkansas home of interior designer Tobi Fairley. Photography by Werner Straube. “Suburban House with Great Color” written and produced by Candace Ord Manroe. Traditional Home. The Studio at Janet Brown Interiors is your Richmond source for Hickory Chair.

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Detail of footstool made of kanthas (repurposed embroidered saris from India).

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Footstool made of kanthas (repurposed embroidered saris from India).

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Flower detail of blue and white Oriental porcelain.

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Detail of ebony floral pillow.

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“A happy bouquet of really fantastic assorted flowers all hand made of papier mache. Nestled in the middle is a 4 arm light cluster.”

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The front window at Janet Brown Interiors.

We invite you to visit us and add some flowers to your home!

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