Wednesday, May 23, 2012

~ Eye Catching Details ~

Hello, hope you're all having a fabulous day, we've had another gorgeous day here.
Let me start off by telling you I "think" I have the issue with you being able to leave comments resolved. After a very lengthy conversation with a great computer Guru we  finally came to the root of the problem. It appears that on Internet Explorer you must have 3rd party cookies Enabled, if you haven't done this, you can go to Start, Internet Options, Advanced Setting, Hit override Automatic Cookie Handling then click Accept in First and Third Party cookies. Be sure to click ok for your settings to be complete. I had already allowed First and Third Party cookies so I was fine on that score. On my blog I also had to change the comment section back to the pop up window instead of embedding it below the post. Now, there are a few other steps I could have taken like backing it up reverting the widget and all sorts of things, I think for now I'm going to leave well enough alone and see if this enables you to comment without problems. If this doesn't work I might just totally "loose" it, not really but I've sure come close to it. If any of you are still having problems please email me, inbox me on face book, or shout it from the highest hill so I can move onto the next step.
 ( I promise not to jump off the edge).
I hope this explains what I had to do on my end, if you're having trouble leaving comments on other blogs as well as mine you may have to follow the above steps to correct the situation.

On to today's post. If you 've been a follower on my blog for any time at all you know I adore Mary Carol Garrity and her style of decorating. Mary Carol owns a store at Briarcliff in Kansas City and 2 in Atchison, Kansas. Her stores are full of fine pieces of furniture and great accessories. There's something for every one's tastes and budget, her store feeds your desires and inspires you to go home and make changes. Before I go on let me preface this with saying I'm not being compensated for this post, I just wanted to share a few things from the last time I was at Nell Hill's in Briarcliff.
My style of decorating leans more on the lines of Traditional, another reason I love shopping at Nell Hill's. This time you saw things from a different perspective, you felt as though you were in another country.
You were immediately drawn to all the cloche domes. They were everywhere used in some pretty unique ways. I'll tell you I was a "very good girl" I did not feed my obsession and purchase another one, have to admit it was tough. Don't you love the glass tiered centerpiece? It was "gorgeous". I especially liked the change from a typical place mat or charger to the use of the platter as a charger. I'll have to put that one in the 'ole memory bank.
The design of the compote gives an airy feel and allows you to see through to the beauty on the other side of the table.
If you love dishes like I do you would have been in heaven, there were tablescapes set up everywhere. Using objects outside the box as centerpieces make a tablescape a lot more interesting. The glass mercury glass urn with the silver candlesticks are a great mix of metals.
With the use of another beautiful platter as a charger Mary Carols' team added a small mirror with the taller vase on top. Practicality is thrown out the window with the use of the mirror and adds yet another texture to the table.

No it's not your eyes or your computer screen, I was using my small pocket camera to take a shot of the beautiful crackled candle holder. The use of mercury glass and silver around the table breaks up the stark white and cream.
In another room a more casual table was set with the use of the white wicker tray instead of a place mat. Genius love this idea, wish I had purchased  a couple of these. I didn't look at the price, that might have changed my mind all together. I'm going to keep my eyes open for something similar and borrow this idea, don't you just love it?

Again with the blurry pictures, I will take my other camera in next time. I found this interesting with the use of the mercury globes under the cloche domes. The green urn was quite tall, setting on a cake stand added to it's height, more for a statement I think than an actual centerpiece.

A quick shot of the leaf shaped dish. Loved this, I didn't look at the price of this one either. Remember Walmart having some last fall with beautiful fall colors? Love the green color and the sweet Ramekin, there were a lot of these in just about any color your heart desired.

I had to share a picture of this eye catching chair and ottoman. It is absolutely "goooorregous". I'm not in the market for a new chair, that doesn't stop a gal from admiring it's beauty does it? I had to check out the price, I gasped, coughed and stepped back.. $1149.00 WAY out of my price range, I wasn't foolish enough to check the price of the ottoman. If a person had the room you would certainly have to have both pieces. {sigh}

Mary Carol is known for her use of urns inside her home and her shops. I fell in love with the glass shaped urns. They were gorgeous, some pricey others more reasonable.
Could you tell what country you had been transported to via cyberspace? If you guessed Scandinavia you were correct. Most of Briarcliff was full of the Scandinavian style furniture and table settings. Breathing brightness into spaces and filled with color.

Lighter colors on furniture pieces as well as upholstery reflect the long darkness the Scandinavians live quite a few months out of the year.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the tablescapes Mary Carol's team put together at Briarcliffe. If you're ever in the Kansas City area it's well worth your time to stop by. If you're lucky like I was Mary Carol will be there and you'll get to have a short visit with her. As she zoomed in the door you could tell she was on a mission but stopped to speak and said she remembered seeing me at her open house in Atchison. Woo-Hoo!! I'm remembered, lol. Folks I haven't been to Atchison in almost a year. She must have quite the memory, thousands of people visit her home twice a year. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Don't forget to give me a shout out as well, I'll try to meet up with you and have a day of fun.

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Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your trip there. I can see will fast, my bank account would be in trouble if I went there.
Had no problems clicking on comments this time. Glad you could get it all worked out.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Looks like a lot of wonderful things...but that price is like WAY out of my league!!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Talk about fabulous....there aren't enough words to express those beautiful tables. How lovely for you to share this adventure. Thanks for sharing such beautiful treasures. XO Linda

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynne! Oh, this must be the most wonderful place to shop or just gaze at things. What beautiful things and so unusual! One day maybe I'll get to visit her shop.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Lynne!

I would love to come visit you and Mary Carol! Her shop is wonderful and I bet I could find something to buy, lol. Then I'd come by and visit you in your lovely home.

About the issue with comments... I have given up trying to use any other format but the pop-up window. For what it's worth, I use Chrome and my stats show that it's been increasing month by month and now more than IE.

xoxo Bunny Jean

Suzy said...

Oh my goodness - this is certainly a drool worthy store! Does she happen to have a shop in Overland Park? This reminds me a lot of a shop that I've visited several times there. The shop I'm referring to is located in a shopping center across the road that Home Decorators Collection is located on.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thanks, Lynn, for taking us for at our of all that beauty. My favorites were the wicker tray and those green leaf plates.

Salmagundi said...

Lucky you had a trip to Briarcliffe!! If I remember right when I was there last October, the wicker trays weren't that expensive. You better go back and get a couple. Thanks for sharing - you know Nell Hill's is one of my favorite places. Sally

Scribbler said...

I have been lobbying for MCG to open a "Southern Branch" here in Bham! I enjoyed your tour.

Marlis said...

ooh so glad I'm safe and sound in Texas.. I'd be broke.. so many pretty pieces. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. have a blessed week and weekend.. xo marlis

Aledia said...

Oh my goodness!! I could spend all day in there, so many beautiful items and those tablescapes are just stunning!

Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful night!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

OH MY GOSH!! Lynne! I can type..this is wonderful! *happy,happy,happy* here this morning!
I loved this post..I was so anxious to get to the bottom that I didn't get to look at every tiny little now I have to go back and look again. I am so exited that I can comment.
I spied a white wicker tray basket that would have been bought in a heart beat. I love cloches and have just one and am on the hunt for another. What fun going a long with you shopping. :)
HUGE HUG to you for hanging in there and fixing the problem.
You made my day...

Judy Biggerstaff said...

We love Nell Hill's too. Mary Carol has helped my daughter design and furnish her living room, dining room and now working on her hearth room. You can see some of her work on my blog. Scroll down the right side of my blog to Living Room Design and click on it.

Barbara said...

Oh, my goodness, there is nothing like this where I live! I just loved "shopping" with you. It is wonderful seeing each little detail and the creativity. Sigh... One of these days, I'll get to a place like this. Glad you figured out the computer issue and shared it with us. Good to know.

Elaine said...

Hi Lynne! So happy to hear that you will be able to give and receive comments, since that is so important here in blogland. This store is just lovely! I really like the substantial size of the pieces you've shown--I think they would add drama to any tablescape! Oh yeah, and that chair is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!

Alycia Nichols said...

I STILL haven't made it to Atchison! I think because Ramon and I are traveling so much now for his work, I have no interest in getting on the open road. I hunker down here at home even more closely now!!! Her store is rockin' in NKC, though, and I should at least get my hips up there to take a peek. I haven't been since my 50th birthday four years ago!!! Maybe I'll hit it this year on my birthday! A lot of the furniture and furnishings are out of my price range, but it's still fun to look and dream! :-) Have a great holiday weekend, Lynne!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

I love Nell Hill's! So happy that you were able to make another trip to visit her shop. Ohhh my...I loved all of her table designs. She is truly an amazing designer! Love, love, LOVE all the layering. Isn't that mercury glass urn gorgeous? I would love to have one! Hehe! I also loved all the lattace or cut-out pieces...sooo pretty! This was such a treat, dear friend...thank you for taking us along!

So happy that you were able to get your comment problems worked out. Gotta love all this modern-age technology. It's sooo awesome when it works but very complex when it doesn't.

Have a wonderfully sweet week, dear friend!

Love ya,

Loui♥ said...

Hi Lynne~
delightful post..
very pretty!
definitely eye-catching!
wanted to say thanks for popping by and leaving the nice comment about my flowers/photography!
please do come again!

Toni said...

You showed such restraint not buying some lovelies. The ramkins I found at HG it lots of color, 4 for $5 - I bought several!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog & leaving a sweet comment. (I am a new follower!)

Sarah said...

Lynne, it's fun to find inspiration while out shopping. Thanks for sharing all the images.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Thanks for sharing your trip!
Those are gorgeous images!!
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

OMGoodness, sooooo much eye candy! I doubt much would be in my budget but I would LOVE seeing it all. Thanks so much for taking us along! I will never get there so this was a treat. XO, Pinky

Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Lynne,

It's my indeed, HEAVEN! Graciousness! What a bling and how I wish I am there to purchase a few.

I am happy to see that Scandinavian style and design is well appreciated in the US...

Happy TS & a great w/end to come.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Lynne, what unique and beautiful ideas! I also LOVE those white oval trays as chargers, and I bet you're right - they were expensive. I loved seeing all of these gorgeous photos, and I'm not at all surprised that Mary Carol remembered you. She probably reads your blog. laurie

Robin said...

Thanks for taking us along on your shopping trip. What a beautiful display of beautfiul things! It's fun to "set" a table with no intentions other than making your dishes look pretty! Hmmm...what food could be served on a mirror? Ha!

Robin Flies South

Kathleen said...

I was hoping my friend The Tablescaper would see this, she is planning a trip there.
I love her books, Carolyn Roehm too.
Last week when I was in CTShops, they has a lot of Mary Carol's dishes, 2.99 . I resisted!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!