Thursday, September 16, 2010

This Week at Gatewood Hall

It has been a busy week here at Gatewood Hall Gracious Home. If we missed you last Saturday or Sunday we were at a linen and gourmet show in Atlanta. We felt productive and got a bunch accomplished. Mostly re-orders but a few new things and a couple of new lines. If you haven't been in recently please do...we have the store already for fall and a ton of new merchandise.

The furniture pictured above arrived this week. I love the bar stools and dining chairs! They have that Jenny Lind look that I am crazy for and the ticking and burlap make me sing!!! Come in and see for yourself!

Also just in is Ralph Kylloe's newest book, proving that he is the king of rustic, this is Kylloe's 20th book on the subject that exudes both luxury and comfort, history and innovation. This time Kylloe focuses on the work of Larry Pearson, AIA, who is recognized as a leader in rustic design; his work has been featured on the Travel Channel's Grand Castles of America and HGTV's Spectacular Homes, as well as in major shelter magazines, including Veranda and Metropolitan Home. Pearson Design Group was the recipient of Mountain Living Magazine's prestigious 2009 Home of the Year Award.

Fifteen rustic homes (Montana, Wyoming, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California) designed by Pearson are featured in this book. Sympathetic to regional conditions and using local materials, these homes showcase deliver solace and comfort to their inhabitants through a series of innovative spaces based on historic precedent and celebrated through the personality of hand craftsmanship. Ralph Kylloe, leading authority on rustic furniture, is the author of 20 previous books, including Cabins, Rustic Artistry for the Home, Cabin in the Woods, Cabins and Camp, Rustic Traditions, and The Rustic Home. We love his books if you don't own any yet treat yourself to his newest, you'll be addicted!

Finally, please don't forget about our block party on Saturday night September 18, 2010 6-9 pm. We will have some refreshments, prizes and a few specials so please bring your friends and come in and see us!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Arrivals This Week At Gatewood Hall Gracious Home

We received a new line of jewelry this week and we are so excited. We are one of about five places in the state of Georgia that have this exclusive! You will love it! Each piece is hand made in the United States and it is just done so well. Not only is it unique but the prices are excellent. The Lariats are great! Wear them long and tied in a knot, or double it and wear it choker length. The lariats are gold plated chain or gold plated chain with stones or pearls. All of the stones and pearls are natural (no glass) and show natural variations. Come in and see these beautiful pieces.

We are also so proud to feature local artist Ande Cook's Blue Ridge series of Cards. Ande is a fine art painter and illustrator. She says that like many artists, she cobbles together a living however she can, but she insists on a creative path whatever the price!

Ande has illustrated several children's books including "Firefly's First Flight" and "The Merchant and the Parrot" as well as event posters, cards, and museum catalogs. If you are not familiar with her work come by for a taste in her cards. I promise they make you feel good and smile! She captures the essence of the north Georgia in The Blue Ridge series which includes; The Bear, Sugar Creek Church, Eva in the Creek, and my favorite Weekend at the Cabin.

We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Cashiers Showhouse

This past weekend Shawn and I took off to Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina. We were invited by our friends at Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine to visit the Thirteenth Annual Cashiers Historical Society Showhouse. The 3+ Million dollar showhome is located in the Wade Hampton golf community and boasts some wonderful area designers.
I wish I had a better photo of this room (below) it was one of my favorites by Suzanne Kasler. Through this window is a picture perfect view of Whiteside mountain...the builder absolutely "nailed" the home's location selecting the perfect site on the lot. When you walk into the foyer you can only say WOW to see this amazing view framed by Suzanne's clean, yet inviting design. The showhouse ends soon if you can make the trip it is worth it, and the proceeds help support this wonderful organization. (Tickets are $25)

We were very fortunate because the weather was perfect. We visited some great shops in both Cashiers and Highlands. Sadly one of our favorite places Dovetail Antiques was closed but we were able to check out another favorite, Summer House and it was as fabulous as ever!

If you have never been to the Old Edwards Inn you are really missing out. The Inn is beautiful, the courtyard is so cozy and the food is delicious. We didn't have time to enjoy any Spa services but we hear that they are wonderful.

We love the wine garden patio! We had some wonderful gastro-treats like their housemade pimento cheese with spicy flatbread crackers, and a very unusual, yet delicious charcuterie plate that included a duck prosciutto and smoked salmon! My favorite sandwich is their grilled chicken with melted brie, applewood smoked bacon on this fantastic roll...YUM! Shawn is crazy about their burgers! Really...we love everything about the Old Edwards Inn, they know how to do it right! And you know us we absolutely love the details and boy do they watch the details from the complementary truffle-seasoned popcorn in the garden to the Frette linen napkins right down to the meticulous landscaping and grounds you won't want to leave!

While we did have a wonderful time as always it was great to get back home to our beloved and laid back Blue Ridge!