Вы находитесь на странице: 1из 100
OCTOBER 2014 • DISPLAY UNTIL 10/14/14 VOLUME 27, NO. 10 • $ 5.99 US Engaged
OCTOBER 2014 •
DISPLAY UNTIL 10/14/14
VOLUME 27, NO. 10 •
$ 5.99 US
Engaged Media By Beckett
… Jen O’Connor Presents… Artful Décor and Accessories for the Handmade Life and Home paintings,

… Jen O’Connor Presents… Artful Décor and Accessories for the Handmade Life and Home paintings, jewelry, folk art, textiles, soft-sculpture, heirloom toys, pottery art dolls, vintage items, luxury goods, books, paperies, fashion and more

Shop On-Line or Catch The Art Girls’ RoadShow!

VISIT US!

Browse the extensive on-line gallery and shop for the best in original and handmade Join the mailing list for 10% off, news on our events, sales, special promos, and more

the best in original and handmade Join the mailing list for 10% off, news on our

contents

OCTOBER 2014 • VOLUME 27, ISSUE 10

ON THE COVER

• Vintage Remodeling Secrets…………10, 30, 60, 68, 74

• Express your kitchen style! Feminine, Traditional, Downton Abbey, Cottage-inspired and more….42, 50, 60, 68, 74, 84

• Simple makeovers with color……16, 24, 36, 68, 84

• Photography by Krista Keltanen

COME INSIDE

10

Simply

Discover 20 great kitchen collectibles.

BY MELINDA GRAHAM

20

Sweet

Enjoy scrumptious, feather-light French choux pastry filled with raspberries and topped with rose icing.

BY HANNAH MILES

42

In Time

Explore new ways to decorate your home for autumn, all in your own signature style.

BY E.S. RO

INSPIRED

KITCHENS!

50

Artistic Appeal

Learn how to create the colorful and cheery look of this extensively remodeled home.

BY ANETTE ECKMANN / PURE PUBLIC AND

SARAH JANE O’KEEFE

60

Romantic Vintage

See how this designer personalized her home by putting all her favorite things on display.

BY SARAH JANE O’KEEFE

16
16
68
68
74
74

ROMANTIC HOMES (ISSN 1086-4083) Volume 27, Number 10 is published monthly, 12 times a year by Beckett Media, LLC, 22840 Savi Ranch Pkwy., Suite 200, Yorba Linda, CA 92887. Periodical postage paid at Anaheim, CA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to Romantic Homes c/o Beckett Media, 4635 McEwen Road, Dallas, TX 75244. © 2014 by Beckett Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material from this issue in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. GST #855050365RT001 Canada Post: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: PITNEY BOWES, INC. P.O. Box 25542 London, ON N6C 6B2.

24
24
69
69
78
78

BRING IT HOME

16

Make It

Create your own fun, lively rotary-printed cloth napkins.

BY LENA CORWIN

22

My Home

Readers share amazing stories about their homes.

22

Love This!

This copper saucepan is full of style, topped off with a delightful floral handle.

24

Say Ahh

A Virginia homeowner shows how she strikes a perfect balance with charming vin- tage finds in her traditional colonial home.

BY JO-ANNE COLETTI

68

Kitchen Roundup

Be inspired by five unique kitchens that indulge romance with unique styles and clever functionality.

BY SARAH JANE O’KEEFE

74

Reworking the Past

Incorporate influences from the past in your renovation project—for a unique and stunning result.

BY JACQUELINE DEMONTRAVEL

78

Styling an Identity

Heighten the romance in your home by using this interior designer’s tips for bravely mixing different periods and aesthetics together.

BY E.S. RO

SHOPPING

36

Browsing

Check out these colorful kitchen accessories that bring a fresh, bright look to your décor.

BY JACQUELINE DEMONTRAVEL

94

Shopping Guide

Where to find the products featured in this issue.

IN EVERY ISSUE

6

xo

8

Letters to the Editors

30

TaDa

94

Coming Next Month

98

Favorites

XO

XO THE EVOLUTION of a kitchen When I first lived on my own in those heady

THE EVOLUTION

of a kitchen

When I first lived on my own in

those heady post-graduate years, paychecks went toward rent and beauty treatments. Nights were spent at parties set in art galleries or elaborate tents that glistened with votive candles and sparkly dresses. My mailbox was filled with thick envelopes containing invitations lined with tissue paper. Now I attend parties where Mr. Bungle is the main attraction. My first apartment served well for the basic functions of sleeping and bathing. The refrigerator stored handsomely packaged food gifts and bottled water. Once my gas company called to suggest I discontinue service because my stove was never used. But it proved to be a handy place to stow extra bottles of wine. Back then the kitchen was the room I went through to collect my keys and sunglasses before heading out. I subsisted on a diet of restaurant meals and takeout. Through this time I acquired a sophisticated palette, coming to understand how unlikely pairings such as cucumber and cinnamon could produce delicious results. Now my kitchen is a testing ground for snacks, recipes and the occasional science project. If you open the fridge door, in all likelihood a bottle will fall on you. The stove is stained with spillage from countless dinners. Whether leftovers are reheated or I take on the challenge of Cornish game hens, the kitchen emphasizes a life enjoyed at home.

xo,

hens, the kitchen emphasizes a life enjoyed at home. xo, Jacqueline deMontravel Editor OCTOBER 2014 •

Jacqueline deMontravel Editor

a life enjoyed at home. xo, Jacqueline deMontravel Editor OCTOBER 2014 • Vol. 27, Issue 10

OCTOBER 2014 • Vol. 27, Issue 10

EDITORIAL

Creative Director/Editor: Jacqueline deMontravel Editorial Director: Jickie Torres Managing Editor: Anne Brink Assistant Editor: Sarah Jane O’Keefe Art Supervisor: Elena Oh Art Director: Marisela Avalos Contributing Editor: Malena Jaime Editorial Interns: E.S. Ro Contributing Photographers: Bret Gum, Mark Tanner

CONTRIBUTORS

Jo-Anne Coletti, Melinda Graham, Elyse Major, Diane Sedo, Amanda Heer

ADVERTISING

Gabe Frimmel - Ad Sales Director GFrimmel@Beckett.com (714) 200-1930 Donna Silva Norris - Senior Account Executive (714) 200-1933 Shanda Ogas - Account Executive (714) 200-1959 Desiree Newman - Account Executive (714) 200-1957 Eric Gomez - Ad Traffic Coordinator John Cabral - Creative Graphic Designer

DIRECT MARKETING GROUP

Mary Ann Jaca - (866) 866-5146 ext. 2716 John Bartulin - (866) 866-5146 ext. 2746 Paul Caca - (866) 866-5146 ext. 4961 Ryan Lauro - (866) 866-5146 ext. 2756

OPERATIONS

Gus Alonzo: Newsstand Sales & Marketing Manager Celia Merriday: Newsstand Analyst Amit Sharma: Business Analytics Manager Mohit Patel: Newsstand & Production Analyst Alberto Chavez: Senior Logistics & Facilities Manager

EDITORIAL, PRODUCTION & SALES OFFICE

22840 Savi Ranch Parkway, Suite 200 Yorba Linda, CA 92887 (714) 939-9991 Fax (800) 249-7761 www.romantichomes.com www.facebook.com/romantichomesmagazine www.facebook.com/eembybeckett

ROMANTIC HOMES (ISSN 1086-4083) Volume 27, Number 10 is published monthly, 12 times a year by Beckett Media, LLC, 22840 Savi Ranch Pkwy., Suite 200, Yorba Linda, CA 92887. Periodical postage paid at Anaheim, CA, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to Romantic Homes c/o Beckett Media, 4635 McEwen Road, Dallas, TX 75244. © 2014 by Beckett Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material from this issue in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. GST #855050365RT001 Canada Post: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: PITNEY BOWES, INC. P.O. Box 25542. London, ON N6C 6B2.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

BECKETT MEDIA, LLC 4635 McEwen Road, Dallas, TX 75244

SUBSCRIPTIONS, ADDRESS CHANGES, RENEWALS, MISSING OR DAMAGED COPIES (800) 764-6278 (239) 653-0225 Foreign Inquiries subscriptions@beckett.com customerservice@beckett.com

BACK ISSUES

www.engagedmediamags.com

BOOKS, MERCHANDISE, REPRINTS (239) 280-2380

DEALER SALES

(239) 280-2380

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, NEW PRODUCTS OR TO CONTRIBUTE A STORY OR PHOTO sokeefe@beckett.com

SUBSCRIPTION RATES $19.95/1 year, $29.95/2 years. Foreign $47.95/1 year, $85.95/ 2 years payable in US funds. Single copy price is $5.99. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for new subscriptions to begin.

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for new subscriptions to begin. BECKETT MEDIA, LLC Nick Singh:

BECKETT MEDIA, LLC

Nick Singh: Executive Director Erin Masercola: Group Editorial Director

GST #855050365RT001 Canada Post: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:

PITNEY BOWES, INC. P.O. Box 25542

letters | to the editors

YOURS TRULY

letters | to the editors YOURS TRULY One reader shares her motivations to start her own

One reader shares her motivations to start her own business crafting beautiful seasonal wreaths.

FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, “What do I want to be when I grow up” or, in my case, grow old!

My dream has always been to open a vintage goods shop or at least a home décor shop incorporating one-of-a-kind vintage goods as well as new items. Unfortunately, this is not feasible at this time.

While I was making a list of my talents and abilities, my husband suggested I make

wreaths. Wreaths have always been one of the first décor touches I add to my home.

I hang some version of a wreath for each season or occasion. Wreaths have always

been popular here in the South, but when I was a child they were usually magnolia

leaves or just a grapevine wreath with a bouquet of fake flowers.

I decided to follow his suggestion, but I didn’t want do anything too traditional. The ques- tion was would wreaths designed outside of the norm sell? I’m still working on answering that question as it relates to creating a business, but I have had a positive response.

Share with us!

Romantic Homes loves to hear from you. Please write and tell us how we’ve inspired you or what you’ve done to decorate your home using our ideas. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have. Romantic Homes reserves the right to edit all letters. Send letters or queries to Romantic Homes, Beckett Media 22840 Savi Ranch Pkwy., Suite 200, Yorba Linda, CA 92887 editorial@romantichomes.com or www.romantichomes.com.

92887 editorial@romantichomes.com or www.romantichomes.com. The reason I am writing is to thank you for the inspiration

The reason I am writing is to thank you for the inspiration to try this venture. I save most of your issues, other than those I share with a friend. I came across the November 2012 issue that featured a wreath on the cover. In looking through the related article, I realized if you could showcase some less traditional wreath styles in your publication, then there could be a market for my designs.

The different versions of “romantic” you feature keep your magazine fresh and interesting—and who knows what seeds of inspiration you plant along the way!

DEBBY PROFET RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

For more info on Debby Profet, visit etsy.com/shop/purplepergolastudio.

we love | simply

what’s

COOKIN’

?

WRITTEN,

STYLED

AND

PHOTOGRAPHED

BY

MELINDA

GRAHAM

These kitchen collectibles have stood the test of time.

TIP Have a price in mind before you begin your quest for vintage kitchen goods.
TIP
Have a price in mind before
you begin your quest for
vintage kitchen goods. Look
online for average prices and
general information.
10
ROMANTIC
HOMES
romantichomes.com

THE ROOM AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL TRULY is the kitchen. It is a safe haven to create, gather and share. It is also a place where traditions, recipes and stories are handed down from generation to generation. The love and history of a family is often reflected within the walls of the kitchen—from the photos on the refrigerator to the recipe boxes and handed-down cookbooks on the shelves. Take the theme one step further and incorporate old kitchenware into your décor, whether it’s a couple of handed-down pieces or the start of your own collection. Kitchenware is a very affordable and easy- to-find collectible. Most kitchen collectibles fall under the vintage category—an item between 20 and 100 years old. Newer than 20 years is not old enough to be considered vintage, and older than 100 years is consid- ered antique. A collection can consist of multiples of one item or a variety of items. It can be based on any number of criteria, such as color, era, style, name brand or any other classification. When it comes to col- lecting vintage kitchenware, anything goes!

Aprons: Be careful when caring for vintage linens, such as aprons. Hand wash them in cold water and allow them to line dry. Display on hooks, doorknobs, or better yet— wear them!

Juicers: The proper name for this tool is a “reamer.” The very first reamers were pro- duced 200 years ago in Europe and were made of wood, metal and glass. While mostly replaced by their electric counterparts and ready-made juice concentrates today, their original, simple design makes them collectable and a joy to use in the kitchen.

Flour Sifters: In 1819, the Jacob Bromwell Company patented the first flour sifter. Remarkably, the sifter design remains the same and is still being produced to this day. Sifters are both machine- and hand-crafted from stainless steel. During the 1940s and 1950s, painted sifters came into popularity. Today, flour sifters of all shapes and sizes are highly collectable because they are easy to find, tend to be inexpensive and the design is timeless.

Collect only pieces you enjoy for a personalized kitchen brimming with joyful finds.
Collect only
pieces you enjoy for a
personalized kitchen
brimming with
joyful finds.

we love | simply

Where to Look

Thrift Stores: Most community thrift shops do an excellent job of catego- rizing the goods into departments. Start in the kitchen section and search the shelves for items like wooden spoons, rolling pins, vintage silver flat- ware and metal measuring cups. Then hit the dishware aisle and look for old mixing bowls, salt and pepper shakers and serving platters.

Yard Sales: Most importantly, go early and don’t be afraid to search through boxes and bins. It is not uncommon for yard sales to be more on the disor- ganized side, so be patient and look carefully. You may find an old flour sifter in a toy box!

Flea Markets: The key is to start early and stay focused. It is not a bad idea to mention the items you are search- ing for to vendors. They tend to scout out the market before the doors open, so they are a terrific source of information and will often send you in the right direction.

Online Shopping: Places like eBay, Etsy and Craigslist are good places to search, as long as you use specific key words. Simply entering “vintage kitchen goods” will yield millions of results. However, if you enter “1940s glass nut grinders” your list will be perfectly customized. Whether you are a serious collector or merely looking for a fun and afford- able way to accent your kitchen with some old-fashioned vintage good- ness, culinary collectibles are a must have. Every piece adds warmth and a sense of nostalgia.

For more information and updates

on kitchen (and other) collectibles, visit surroundingsbymelinda.blogspot.com.

collectibles, visit surroundingsbymelinda.blogspot.com. Nut Grinders: Vintage grinders are also known as nut mills.
collectibles, visit surroundingsbymelinda.blogspot.com. Nut Grinders: Vintage grinders are also known as nut mills.

Nut Grinders: Vintage grinders are also

known as nut mills. The hopper on top

feeds nuts to a paddle inside that presses

them into the grater, and the ground nuts

are collected in the glass container. The

first nut mills date back to the 1500s. Nut

grinders from the 1930s through the 1950s

are popular collectibles, especially those

that still wear the original paint.

Potato Mashers: This simple yet tried-

and-true utensil has undergone very few

modifications since its creation in the

1860s. The first mashers resembled wood-

en mallets, followed by the s-shaped flat

wire bottom and wooden handle design

we recognize today. They are easy to dis-

play with their wire side sticking up in a

lovely canister.

12

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

a lovely canister. 12 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Rolling Pins: Believed to date back to ancient
a lovely canister. 12 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Rolling Pins: Believed to date back to ancient

Rolling Pins: Believed to date back to

ancient times, one of the first documented

images of its use was an illustration from

the mid-1600s of a baker holding the

utensil. That design is the same as what is

used today.

Salt and Pepper Shakers: Vintage

salt and pepper shakers are a collectible

that can truly cater to personal taste. They

originated in 18th century England and

were called “pots” or “casters.” Since then,

the styles have ranged from simple to ele-

gant and kitsch to modern. The variety is

endless, making it possible to find just the

right pieces to complement your own

personal style!

14 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Great Kitchen COLLECTIBLES Add charm by working in vintage versions
14 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Great Kitchen COLLECTIBLES Add charm by working in vintage versions

14

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

Great Kitchen

COLLECTIBLES

HOMES • romantichomes.com Great Kitchen COLLECTIBLES Add charm by working in vintage versions of your favorite

Add charm by working in vintage versions of your favorite cookware or by tracking down these fun finds.

Utensils Fill a jar with a mix of wooden and metal vari- eties for an accent worthy of taking center stage on your counter. If collectable Bakelite utensils strike your fancy, create a hanging display to show off their colorful handles.

Cookie jars Whether ceramic, metal or milk glass, vintage cookie jars offer unique character with their endless colors and styles.

Timers

A functioning retro timer can take dinnertime

back in time. While older timers may offer a

simple style, these functional kitchen gadgets have long had a fun side, coming in a rainbow

of colors, finishes, shapes and sizes. Your col-

lection will be completely unique!

Coffee grinders

If a good brew is your favorite start to the day,

start hunting for grinders. When they are lined up along a shelf, their worn paint is charming.

Linens The allure of a beautifully printed tablecloth, napkin, runner or placemat in a flea-market bin can hardly be ignored. Personalize your collection by narrowing the search to a certain color or motif.

Metal Egg Baskets: These first came into fashion in France during the 19th century and were meant to carry warm, fresh eggs while allowing air to circulate. The round shape and narrow opening prevents rolling and cracking. It can be difficult to spot antiques because they have remained in steady production.

Scales: Vintage counter scales were first used in a retail environment to weigh dry goods and spices. Then came the spring scale, with the most common form of this scale being the kitchen scale. These were widely manufac- tured in the early 20th century and were sold by Sears and Montgomery Ward. Today they are sought after for their rustic beauty and exquisite lines. They are right on trend with their industrial look, and they make wonderful accessories.

we love | make it

we love | make it   BY LENA CORWIN   PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA ALEXANDRA VETTESE AND
we love | make it   BY LENA CORWIN   PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA ALEXANDRA VETTESE AND
 

BY

LENA

CORWIN

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

BY

MARIA

ALEXANDRA

VETTESE

AND

STEPHANIE

CONGDON

BARNES

Excerpted from Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand: A Collection of Projects to Print, Sew, Weave, Dye, Knit, or Otherwise Create

For this napkin project, I chose a simple scattered dot design, which I especially like
For this napkin
project, I chose a
simple scattered dot
design, which I
especially like printed
in neon ink, but a more
complex design can
be used too.

WHILE PLANNING THIS BOOK, I spent time experimenting with printing techniques and became especially interested in the concept of rotary printing. When manufacturers produce rotary-printed fabric, a large cylinder is carved with

16

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

impressions and is used to print on long, continuous rolls of fabric. This is my smaller-scale version. One yard of fabric will make four napkins, and the newsprint used under the fabric can be recycled as wrapping paper.

Materials

Apron (optional)

Metal hole punch, with ¼ -inch hole or larger

¼-inch thick foam sheet, approximately 8 ½ x 11 inches

Small scissors (optional)

Multisurface waterproof glue

18-inch wooden rolling pin (an even cylinder rolling pin, not tapered)

Paper cup (optional)

Small paintbrush (optional)

1 yard muslin, for test printing

4 yards light or medium-weight cotton, washed, dried and ironed

Fabric scissors

18

x 24-inch pad of newsprint paper

Plastic artist’s palette, at least

18

x 15 inches

Water-based acrylic fabric ink, in colors of your choice

Old spoon

Foam brayer

Rag or paper towel

Thread in color matching fabric

Sewing machine

Set up

You will need a work surface of approximately 3 feet by 5 feet. While water-based ink is considered nontoxic, it is best to work in a well-ventilated area. Wear an apron if you wish to pro- tect your clothing from stray ink.

Make the rotary stamp

1. Using the hole punch, create holes in the foam sheet. Keep the small foam circles you punch out and set them aside.

2. Lay the rolling pin on your work

surface, and carefully glue each foam dot to the rolling pin. Create a random pattern on the rolling pin, gluing some dots in clusters and others farther apart. 3. Allow the glue to dry before you rotate the rolling pin to add more foam

to dry before you rotate the rolling pin to add more foam Note: If you’re having
to dry before you rotate the rolling pin to add more foam Note: If you’re having
to dry before you rotate the rolling pin to add more foam Note: If you’re having

Note: If you’re having a hard time fitting the foam into the hole punch, try punching close to the edge of the foam, pushing back and forth. Alternatively, you can cut out any shapes you like using small scissors.

dots. Continue gluing until the entire rolling pin is covered.

4. Allow the glue to dry for several

hours or overnight.

Cut the fabric

Either iron the muslin and napkin fabric or warm it in the dryer and press out wrinkles with your hands. Cut both the muslin and napkin fabric into 18-inch square pieces.

Print test fabric

1. Place two pieces of newsprint side by side on your work surface. Lay the muslin test fabric on top of the newsprint, smoothing out the fabric

with your hands. Place your artist ’s palette to one side.

2. Stir your ink—the consistency should

be like melted ice cream. If it is too thick, add 1 teaspoon of water at a

time and stir. If your ink is too thin, leave it uncovered and exposed to air until it thickens.

3. Using the spoon, scoop out approxi-

mately 2 Tablespoons of ink onto the palette. Spread out the ink with the

spoon, creating a line across the width of the palette. Take the foam brayer and spread the ink further, creating a rectangle approximately 16 inches wide and 10 inches long.

4. Place the rolling pin on the ink and

slowly roll the pin back and forth through the ink. I prefer to hold the pin itself, rather than the handles, by plac- ing my fingers between the foam dots, for more control while rolling. (Some- times when you use the handles, the

If you want to roll a second color on the same fabric, wait until the
If you want to roll a second color on the same fabric, wait until the

If you want to roll a second color on the same fabric, wait until the first layer of ink is dry.

the same fabric, wait until the first layer of ink is dry. Made by Hand: A
Made by Hand: A Collection of Projects to Print, Sew, Weave, Dye, Knit, or Otherwise
Made by Hand: A Collection of
Projects to Print, Sew, Weave, Dye,
Knit, or Otherwise Create by Lena
Corwin, published by Stewart,
Tabori and Chang ©2013;
abramsbooks.com.

pin will skid instead of roll.)

5. Lift the rolling pin and stand it up-

right, resting the handle on your work surface. Wipe off any ink from the pin itself with a paper towel or rag.

6. Place the rolling pin on the edge of

the test fabric and slowly roll the pin away from you.

7. Note that for the first rotation of the

rolling pin, the ink is heavily coated on the foam and only a little pressure is needed. As you finish one rotation of the rolling pin, the printed ink will

start to appear lighter, so you will need to apply increasing pressure as you approach the second rotation.

8. After two rotations of the rolling pin,

stop to roll the foam brayer on the palette to redistribute the ink and reap- ply the ink to the rolling pin. Add more ink to the palette as needed. Lay down fresh sheets of newsprint for each piece of fabric, and practice printing on the test fabric until you are happy with the appearance of your prints.

Print the napkins

1. Lay down fresh newsprint on your

work surface and place a piece of nap- kin fabric on top.

2. Print as you did with the test fabric.

3. Place the printed napkin fabric in a

place where it can dry completely.

Switch ink colors

1. If you want to switch to a different

color, rinse the palette, foam brayer, and rolling pin. Press the brayer and rolling pin with a rag and wipe the palette to speed up the drying time.

2. When the fabric is completely dry,

iron the pieces on high heat or dry them in a machine dryer on high heat for 15 minutes. This will make the ink permanent and the napkins washable.

Sew napkins

1. Hem the edges by folding the fabric under a scant 1 3 inch and then a generous 1 3 inch.

2. Sew with a straight stitch in a thread

color matching the fabric.

18

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

T Preview your phrase, check the lengths, colors and fonts before buying at our website.
T
Preview your
phrase, check the lengths, colors and fonts before
buying at our website.
www.wallwords.com
Order a FREE Catalog online or call 888 422-6685
GB44
As Seen on
HGTV & The
Today Show
FB-43
FREE
Standard
Shipping
online, enter
32614
SC-123 Car & GB20

we love | sweet

Rose & RASPBERRY

These feather-light French pastries are well worth the work.

CHOUX RINGS

BY

PHOTOGRAPHY

HANNAH

MILES

BY

KATE

WHITAKER

Makes: 10

Ingredients:

Basic Choux Pastry:

cup plain flour

3½ Tablespoons butter, cut into cubes

cup milk and cup water

1

teaspoon caster (fine) sugar

Pinch of salt

2

large eggs

Icing & Decoration:

1¼ cup fondant icing sugar, sifted

1

Tablespoon rose syrup

Pink food coloring

Crystallized rose petals Filling:

1¼ double (heavy) cream

Tablespoon rose syrup

1

1

cup raspberries

Materials

Large baking tray, lined with baking parchment or a silicon mat

piping bags, one fitted with a round and one with a star nozzle

10 paper cases, for serving

2

Choux: Chic & Delicious French Pastries by Hannah Miles, published by Ryland Peters and Small,
Choux: Chic & Delicious French
Pastries by Hannah Miles,
published by Ryland Peters and
Small, ©2014; rylandpeters.com.

Basic Choux Pastry:

1. Sift the flour onto a sheet of baking parchment twice to remove any lumps and to add as much air as possible.

2. Heat the butter in a saucepan with

the milk, water, sugar and salt until the butter is melted. As soon as the butter

is melted, remove the pan from the heat and quickly shoot the sifted flour

in all at once. It is important not to let the water heat for longer than it takes to melt the butter as this will evaporate

some of the water and there will be less liquid for the pastry.

3. Beat the mixture very hard with a

wooden spoon or whisk until the dough forms a ball and no longer

sticks to the sides of the pan and the

pan is clean. At first the mixture will seem very wet, but don’t worry, as it will come together after few minutes once the flour absorbs the water. It is important to beat the mixture well

at this stage. Leave to cool for about 5 minutes.

4. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl,

and then beat a small amount at a time into the pastry using a wooden spoon or a balloon whisk. The mixture will form a sticky paste that holds its shape when you lift the whisk up. When you first add the eggs and begin beating, the mixture will split slightly.

This is normal and the pastry will come back together as you continue to beat. The mixture must be beaten hard at each stage.

5. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

6. Spoon the choux pastry into the

piping bag fitted with a round nozzle and pipe 10 rings of pastry, about 2

inches in diameter, onto the baking tray, making sure to leave a small distance between them. Pat down any peaks in the pastry using a clean, wet finger.

7. Sprinkle a little water into the

bottom of the oven to create steam, which will help the choux pastry rise.

8. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes;

then reduce the oven temperature

to 350°F and bake for another 15–20 minutes until the pastry is crisp.

9. Remove from the oven and cut

a small slit in each ring to allow any steam to escape, and leave the rings to cool. 10. Carefully cut each ring in half horizontally using a sharp knife.

Filling and Icing

1. Mix the icing sugar with the rose

syrup and a few drops of food color- ing until you have a thick icing, adding a little water if needed.

2. Spread a little icing over the tops

of the choux rings. Decorate each top with crystallized rose petals, and then leave the icing to set.

3. Once the icing is set, whip the

cream and rose syrup for the filling

into stiff peaks; then spoon into the piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.

4. Pipe swirls of cream into the

bottom of each ring. Top with fresh raspberries; then place an iced ring on top.

Serve right away or store in the refrigerator. These choux buns are best eaten on the day they are made.

20

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

we love | my home

An Heirloom of

Memories

HEIRLOOMS ARE THOSE TREASURED ITEMS that reconnect us to special persons and places that have helped to stitch the fabric of our lives and our history. When I was a little girl I loved the days spent at my maternal grand- mother’s home, and many fond mem- ories were wrought from those visits. Some of my favorite memories are the moments we shared in her sunlit dining room where she taught me the founda- tions of the art of crochet. I would sit beside her, my small fingers eagerly exercising a long chain with her extra thread and bone hook, as she lovingly crocheted the blocks that would one day complete a bedspread for each of her granddaughters. Sometimes we worked quietly in the warmth of the

Call for Entries

moment, and sometimes we talked about a variety of things. Those were precious moments not

only of learning about how to crochet, but also of the fruit produced from moments like these—the bonding with

a loved one, the joy of using one’s

talents for others and the tranquility of simply being. To this day, when I unpack my beautiful bedspread from its seasonal slum- ber in my cedar chest,

it brings a touch of

lightness and romance. Most importantly, I am reminded of the love and time put into every stitch. With the memories

that this priceless heirloom evokes I am once again sitting with my grandmother in her sunlit dining room, where love and time have entered into the eternal, and I smile at the thought.

MARIANNE COYNE leisurelane.wordpress.com

at the thought. MARIANNE COYNE leisurelane.wordpress.com Readers: Send us your unusual and upbeat home-related

Readers: Send us your unusual and upbeat home-related stories and photos! E-mail editorial@romantichomes.com or visit romanti- chomes.com/contact-us to send a message. Please write “My Home submission” in the subject line.

we love | love this!

Classic

Appeal

in the subject line. we love | love this! Classic Appeal 22 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com

22

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

A timeless color gets a new look perfect for

a vintage-inspired kitchen.

THIS COPPER SAUCEPAN boils over with charm and features an unexpected romantic touch thanks to its floral handle. Whether used for the family marinara recipe or simply displayed proudly, this kitchen gadget is full of style.

For size and pricing information, visit amorettibrothers.com.

we love | say ahh

24

ROMANTIC

HOMES

Charmed

BY

PHOTOGRAPHY

JO-ANNE

BY

COLETTI

GAY

VAN

BEEK

Life

A Virginia homeowner strikes the perfect balance by featuring unexpected vintage finds in her traditional colonial home.

romantichomes.com

LOCATED IN A CONSERVATIVE NEIGHBOR- HOOD in Fairfax, Virginia, where traditional- styled homes are common, designer Gay Van Beek and her husband turned their modern colonial into a glamorous, cottage style home. Entering the couple’s space, guests are greeted with welcoming comfort and style. Gay’s design philosophy reflects a timeless elegance with a beautiful mix of old and new. According to Gay, giving her brand new colonial home the look of age was a chal- lenge. “My style is cottage, which means comfortable to me,” says Gay. She decided to take her design ideas ‘outside of the mold’ and create a dream house that highlights architectural and salvage elements. “I love the modern appeal of the house, but I wanted to mix it up with vintage picks to add a bit of character and charm,” she says. Wanting to create a warm and cozy feel, Gay was determined to express her unique personal style and her appreciation for love- ly old things. Everything in Gay’s home is useful, comfortable and pretty. She lends a “no fuss” yet refined approach to her design and prefers a clean, uncluttered look. In keeping with the home’s comfortable informality, Gay had white slipcovers made for all the furnishings. “My kids were raised with white—we’ve had many parties and sleepovers, and white is very forgiving. If an occasional spill happens, it’s easily washed with bleach,”says Gay. She stretches her decorating dollar by shopping at salvage yards and antiques shops for architectural artifacts. She buys items with character or pieces that are lovely as is. She doesn’t alter her finds; she keeps their integrity and uses them for what they are. “I love authentic, shabby furnishings in a modern space; it adds texture and scale that’s elegant yet unpre- tentious—it goes against the ordinary,” says Gay.

texture and scale that’s elegant yet unpre- tentious—it goes against the ordinary,” says Gay. OCTOBER 2014
texture and scale that’s elegant yet unpre- tentious—it goes against the ordinary,” says Gay. OCTOBER 2014

wewe lovelove || saysay ahhahh

wewe lovelove || say say ahh ahh 26 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com An all-white palette is

26

ROMANTIC

HOMES

wewe lovelove || say say ahh ahh 26 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com An all-white palette is

romantichomes.com

|| say say ahh ahh 26 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com An all-white palette is classic and

An all-white palette is classic and allows

for easy changes; decorative pillows, fluffy throws and fresh flowers can freshen the style for a different look.

“Overall I want my home to reflect my personal style, not what’s trendy or what

“Overall I want my home to reflect my personal style, not what’s trendy or what everyone else is doing. ‘Different’ is a good thing in my book.”

we love | say ahh

“I love authentic, shabby furnishings in a modern space; it adds texture and scale that’s elegant yet unpretentious— it goes against the ordinary.”

28

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

Beautiful decorating starts with a focal point. Gay’s stunning art cluster of antique oil paintings
Beautiful decorating starts with a focal point. Gay’s stunning art cluster of antique oil paintings
Beautiful decorating starts with a focal point. Gay’s stunning art cluster of antique oil paintings

Beautiful decorating starts with a focal point. Gay’s stunning art cluster of antique oil paintings above the mantle creates a point of interest while drawing your eye upward. Sharing the spotlight is her assortment of vintage ironstone and Limoges china in a pink-and-white color scheme. Gay believes grouping things together makes more of an impact than scattering them through- out the house. Gay is always on the lookout for old mirrors and vintage gift books, along with farm tables, vintage lighting and old doors. Gay’s most cherished find is the white fireplace screen. In the family room, a farm-table coffee table was constructed by cutting down the legs. This now serves as a favorite gathering area for ‘sit on the floor’ dinners by the fireplace. Gay’s mantra of ‘less is always more’ helps her to keep things simple. “Overall I want my home to reflect my personal style, not what’s trendy or what every- one else is doing. ‘Different’is a good thing in my book.”

For more information on Gay van Beek, visit canterburycottagedesigns.blogspot.com.

we love | ta da

30

ROMANTIC

HOMES

Kitchen

we love | ta da 30 ROMANTIC HOMES • Kitchen Vintage style is more than collectibles—it

Vintage style is more than collectibles—it is also about the memories that come along with using treasures from the past.

BY

PHOTOGRAPHY

DIANE

SEDO

BY

JICKIE

romantichomes.com

TORRES

PHOTO BY MARK MENDEZ

THE VINTAGE STOVE PICTURED IS LIKE the one from my childhood home in Santa Monica, California. I remember my mom baking sugar cookies at Christmas, cakes for family birthdays and sticky buns. We always made sticky buns on Friday nights before “Rawhide” began. My mom let me beat eggs with an eggbeater and mix cakes, without making a mess, using her Sunbeam Mixmaster Junior hand mixer. My sister and I always licked the beaters after- wards. Now, I love to bake cookies, cakes and cupcakes using the same Bauer mixing bowls, measuring spoons and rolling pin my mom and I used in the 1950s. Over the years I have collected my own dishes from estate sales, antiques shops and online auctions. I love to set pretty tables that combine my dishes with ones that belonged to my mother and grandmothers. I want my children to enjoy using treasures from past gen- erations. This table is set with what I call my “happy dishes.” Each piece of china is a different pattern, which adds charm and interest to every setting. There is no need to worry about broken dishes when they are mismatched—simply replace the one piece.

I want my children to enjoy using treasures from past generations.

replace the one piece. I want my children to enjoy using treasures from past generations. OCTOBER
we love | ta da
we love | ta da

32

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

I have several old wooden recipe boxes filled with hand-written recipes from past generations. Some
I have several old wooden recipe boxes filled with hand-written recipes from past generations. Some
I have several old wooden recipe boxes filled with hand-written recipes from past generations. Some

I have several old wooden recipe boxes filled with hand-written recipes from past generations. Some have food stains on them, but that doesn’t bother me because I know that recipe must have been well used and favored. A few of the recipes are printed on the back of bridge tallies and scraps of paper—which makes me think about my mom and all the bridge luncheons she attended. These recipes are heir- looms for future generations.

I love to bake cookies, cakes and cupcakes using the same Bauer mixing bowls, measuring spoons and rolling pin my mom and I used in the 1950s.

spoons and rolling pin my mom and I used in the 1950s. 34 ROMANTIC HOMES •

34

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

I used in the 1950s. 34 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com The oven was photographed in the
I used in the 1950s. 34 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com The oven was photographed in the

The oven was photographed in the vintage kitchen of Jeri Cunningham, Old Towne Orange, California.

Contributing editor Diane Sedo, is co-author of Taking Tea with Alice (1997 Warner Books, 2007 Benjamin Press) and is a certified instructor of Dorothea Johnson’s Tea & Etiquette program (Elmwood Inn Fine Teas). Follow Diane’s Facebook page Sentimental Celebrations.

,

,

,

browsing

Cooking with

COLOR

The right accessories add pizzazz to your décor.

BY

JACQUELINE

D E MONTRAVEL

1

2

3

1. Donna Wilson handy tea towel, $21.

(855) 692-7879 or artsymodern.com.

2. Lemon squeezer, $9.99. Lime squeezer, $9.99.

Visit imusausa.com.

3. 5-quart colander in turquoise, $28.95.

(801) 467-3130 or hipandhumble.com.

36

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

4. Paddywax Relish hand wash, $19. Visit paddywax.com. 5. Eggplant and broccoli cutting board, $65.
4. Paddywax Relish hand wash, $19. Visit paddywax.com.
5. Eggplant and broccoli cutting board, $65. Tomato and
pepper cutting board, $55. (305) 416-2918 or
libastyle.com.
6. Home soda maker, $99. (800) 763-2258 or
sodastream.com.
7. Ice-cream maker, $25.95. (877) 812-6235 or
williams-sonoma.com.
8. Cake pan, $70. (866) STUDIO2 or thestationerystudio.com.
4
5
,
,
6
,
,
7
,
8
OCTOBER
2014
37

,

browsing

9

, browsing 9 9. Peach gift set, $44. Apron, $22. Two tea towels, $10. Oven mitt
9. Peach gift set, $44. Apron, $22. Two tea towels, $10. Oven mitt and potholder,
9. Peach gift
set, $44. Apron,
$22. Two tea
towels, $10.
Oven mitt and
potholder, $14.
(912) 525-5180
or shopscad.com.
11
,
,
10
10. Heart-shaped silicone egg ring, $5.99.
(800) 878-3328 or shoptrudeau.com.
11. Chef Juicer, $24.99.
bedbathandbeyond.com.
38
ROMANTIC
HOMES
romantichomes.com

,

,

,

,

12

13

14 15 , ,
14
15
,
,

12. Orange julienne peeler, $7.99. (323) 932-0312 or

shopmastrad.com.

13. Carrot whisk, $16. (800) 721-6589 or uniquevintage.com.

14. Produce candles, $22.95. (224) 655-2603 or

carolandcompany.com.

15. Kurjenpolvi salad plate, $29.50. (888) 246-6665 or

usstore.marimekko.com.

16. Oven-safe rectangular loaf paper bakeware, prices vary.

(914) 696-0010 or welcomehomebrands.com.

17. Vintner yellow chair, $149. (800) 323-5461 or

crateandbarrel.com.

16

17

OCTOBER

2014

39

18

,

,

,

,

,

browsing

19

21 ,
21
,

18. Mini cupcake treat maker, $14.99. (913) 663-4500 or

thebabycakesshop.com.

23

19. MagMates magnetic knife pods, $19.99 each.

(323) 731-1111 or bisbellmagnets.com.

20. Peugeot Tahiti duo set, $60. 800-650-9866 or

cutleryandmore.com.

20

22

21. T-fal aluminum Excite, $69.99. (800) 395-8325 or

t-falusa.com.

22. Four-piece poppy place setting, $32.99. (800) 452-4462

or fiestafactorydirect.com.

23. Set of 4 napkins and place mats, $40. Visit miaandfinn.com.

40

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

Back Issues Available Call us at 1-800-764-6278 www.engagedmediamags.com
Back Issues Available Call us at 1-800-764-6278 www.engagedmediamags.com

Back

Issues

Available

Back Issues Available Call us at 1-800-764-6278 www.engagedmediamags.com

Call us at

1-800-764-6278

www.engagedmediamags.com

Back Issues Available Call us at 1-800-764-6278 www.engagedmediamags.com
Back Issues Available Call us at 1-800-764-6278 www.engagedmediamags.com

IN TIME

Decorate your home for the changing seasons while retaining a signature style.

BY

E.S.

RO

PHOTOGRAPHY

BY

JAMIE

SALOMON

never goes out of style. When you’ve achieved a timeless look it can be updated
never goes out of style. When you’ve achieved a timeless look it can be updated

never goes out of style. When you’ve achieved a timeless look it can be updated from time to time with a few quick seasonal details. Follow these tips to make your home a romantic abode that will endure through the fall and beyond.

romantic abode that will endure through the fall and beyond. Mix the traditional and the elegant

Mix the traditional and the elegant

to create one beautiful, inviting look. Introduce new finishes by incorporating oversized vases in ceramic and copper. Break up furniture sets to create more unique vignettes; like a simple couch with fun, contemporary armchairs and an elegant leather footrest. Taking from both sides allows you to create a balanced and stylish design.

sides allows you to create a balanced and stylish design. Just because leaves are changing colors

Just because leaves are changing

colors doesn’t mean autumn oranges and reds need to take over your home. Summery, coastal style can be easily transitioned into the new season with wood tones and limited fall décor. Natu- ral texture furnishings and accents, like wicker, can be transitioned by pairing them with cozy linens and textured pil- lows. Replace summer blossoms with arrangements of twigs and dried wheat.

Right: Thanks to abundant natural light and crisp white features, this space feels clean and spacious, even with the plethora of unexpected patterns.

white features, this space feels clean and spacious, even with the plethora of unexpected patterns. OCTOBER
white features, this space feels clean and spacious, even with the plethora of unexpected patterns. OCTOBER

44

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

There is no fuss in this dining

room. Made up of clean lines and only the essentials, this space can be adapted for any event or celebration by simply changing the centerpiece.

46 Top Left: This stunning dining room exudes romance with its chandelier and carved table.

46

Top Left: This stunning dining room exudes romance with its chandelier and carved table.

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

DIVINE DINING

Replicate the look of this classy formal dining room in your own home.

Hold it down. Let your furniture be the focal point of the look. Detailed carvings and sturdy design effectively anchor the room with style and grace.

Clear picture. An ornate chandelier is the essence of elegance. Pair this crystal fixture with matching glasses and vases to create a cohesive look.

Cover up. Too much wood can be overwhelming. If you have hardwood floors, lay down a plush, neutral-colored rug for textural variety.

Blend into the background. A simple coat of paint, curtains and minimalist art complement the intricacies of the furniture while quietly adding a little interest of their own.

and minimalist art complement the intricacies of the furniture while quietly adding a little interest of
It’s possible to maintain a classy look with brighter hues. Here, peach walls in the

It’s possible to maintain a classy look with brighter hues. Here, peach walls in the dining room provide a pretty, romantic flair. Varying shades of blue cast a soothing atmosphere in the formal living room as well as the seating area located just off the dining room. Subtle tones, such as these blues, or pale greens and creamy grays can pair with crisp white elements to create a refreshing and versatile background.

elements to create a refreshing and versatile background. Use rich, dark antiques to ground the rooms,

Use rich, dark antiques to ground the rooms, especially those that have been painted in lighter tones. Whether it’s a Victorian chair or an antique piano, these items provide a warm and welcoming element to a space.

these items provide a warm and welcoming element to a space. Even the tiniest of spaces

Even the tiniest of spaces can exert a unique personality and tone. The window corner with orange curtains, a striped rug and woven basket employs diverse colors, patterns and textures to create a bright and comfortable space. Stylish vignettes such as these complete the home’s overall design and add creative doses of seasonal style.

Top Right: Vintage kettles and wall décor add some fun to this simple kitchen.

and add creative doses of seasonal style. Top Right: Vintage kettles and wall décor add some
and add creative doses of seasonal style. Top Right: Vintage kettles and wall décor add some
48 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Home Décor TRICKS AND TREATS Get the right look without

48

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

Home Décor

TRICKS AND TREATS

Get the right look without the hassle.

Scatter quirky, handcrafted items on table- tops and windowsills around your home.

Line up some pumpkins on a mantel, bundle a few with twigs and leaves, or let a solitary pumpkin make a bold statement in an otherwise simple area.

Update a sofa or bench by tossing in a decorative pillow with your everyday cushions that features a seasonal image.

Greet your guests with a realistic skeleton in the entryway. It could rest casually off to the side or be utilized as a coat and hat stand.

off to the side or be utilized as a coat and hat stand. Top Left: Antique

Top Left: Antique skeleton key hooks, wicker baskets and nautical trinkets in the mudroom.

Bottom Left: A classic combination of wheat, pumpkins and autumn branches creates a perfect seasonal centerpiece.

Enjoy crisp autumn air by leaving patio furniture out just a bit longer.
Enjoy crisp autumn air by
leaving patio furniture out
just a bit longer.
Creatively colorful, this space underwent extensive remodeling to become a bright and cheery home. B

Creatively colorful, this space underwent extensive remodeling to become a bright and cheery home.

B

Y

A N E T T E

E C K M A N N / P U R E

P U B L I C

A N D

S A R A H

J

A N E

O ’ K E E F E

 

S

T Y L I N G

B Y

A N E T T E

E C K M A N N / P U R E

P U B L I C

P

H O T O G R A P H Y

B Y

B J A R N I

B .

J A C O B S E N /

P

U R E

P U B L I C

 
prowess of artist Kira Wickström Polack and her two children has been given free rein
prowess of artist Kira Wickström Polack and her two children has been given free rein
prowess of artist Kira Wickström Polack and her two children has been given free rein
prowess of artist Kira Wickström Polack and her two children has been given free rein
prowess of artist Kira Wickström Polack and her two children has been given free rein

prowess of artist Kira Wickström Polack and her two children has been given free rein in a spacious flat in Copenhagen, where they have created a unique home. More than 30 years ago an old police station was transformed into a small apartment building, where Kira found an oasis in the heart of the city.

New walls and old sinks

The flat was raw—without a kitchen or bathroom and with clear traces of the old office rooms. No one else expressed interest in the dark and gray flat, but Kira was far from deterred. As an educated architect, she could see the potential for creating a home from the 1,625-square- foot blank slate. Kira began by removing several walls and in the process began to uncover the hidden character of the building. She found, among other things, an arch where there once had been a fireplace. The arch was opened so light could flow between the kitchen and sitting room.

Opposite: The sofa is made from pallets and

a

thick foam. The traditional Moroccan tray table

is

the perfect companion to the colorful North

African carpet.

Top right: The entry hall is optimized thanks to custom-made bookcases that give plenty of storage space and a warm welcome. The colorful runners prevent the hall from feeling cold or narrow by incorporating hori- zontal stripes in eye-catching hues.

Bottom right: The arch once housed a fire- place, but Kira opened the space to allow for a better flow of foot traffic and to let light flow from one room to the next. Today the big open- ing is conveniently used as a notice board and mini-gallery for the children’s drawings.

big open- ing is conveniently used as a notice board and mini-gallery for the children’s drawings.
big open- ing is conveniently used as a notice board and mini-gallery for the children’s drawings.

As an educated architect, Kira could see the potential for creating a home from the blank slate.

52

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

Kira painted the ceilings, floors and walls white to refresh the once dark flat. Slowly but surely, it was trans- formed into a light and airy home, where Kira now finds room for all her artistic endeavors. The space that is now Kira’s kitchen began as just a cold-water tap. With some old, found kitchen doors and a hand-drawn plan, Kira’s brother, who is a carpenter, turned the space into a well-functioning kitchen.

Adding her character

Many of the furnishings have been collected slowly with a good deal of creative energy. Kira incorporates repurposed materials and furniture throughout—creating a sofa out of pallets and foam and rescuing a discarded dining table as well as a bathroom sink. The furnishings appear in no way old or worn out, thanks to a uniting coat of white on all surfaces. This also helps to accentuate Kira’s art and the pieces she has collected. The explosive colors Kira loves come alive in everything from small plastic figures to North African carpets to Chinese prints, which combine to create highly person- alized and artistic surroundings.

Opposite: The big, open kitchen is a welcomingly cheerful white, which is perfect as it is often the natural rallying point for the family. Over the dining table hangs one of their favorite paint- ings, by Danish painter Tal R.

Top Right: Herbs on the kitchen’s windowsill offer a feeling of quaint living, and the simple garden view nearly makes you forget that the flat is in the heart of the city.

Bottom Right: Showroom! Kira has filled the kitchen’s open shelves with the plates of her plate collection as well as her art and souvenirs.

Kira has filled the kitchen’s open shelves with the plates of her plate collection as well
Kira has filled the kitchen’s open shelves with the plates of her plate collection as well

Open shelving allows Kira to enjoy seeing her collectibles displayed alongside her dishes.

“For me it is not so important whether things are new and smart,” says Kira. “It is first and foremost a question of if there is a good atmosphere, and then there must be personality in the furnishing.” Today Kira works as a visual artist, designer and photographer, with exhibitions in different galleries and orders from abroad. She has recently been asked to design a unique col- lection of vases for a design chain in the US.

a unique col- lection of vases for a design chain in the US. Top Right: The

Top Right: The all-white kitchen functions as a backdrop for Kira’s many colorful souvenirs and art objects. The large candleholder is one of her own creations.

Above and Bottom Right: Amid Kira’s plates and dishes is a variety of trinkets and collectibles.

of her own creations. Above and Bottom Right: Amid Kira’s plates and dishes is a variety
of her own creations. Above and Bottom Right: Amid Kira’s plates and dishes is a variety
Top Left: The modern chandelier by German designer Ingo Maurer perfectly matches Kira’s aesthetic because

Top Left: The modern chandelier by German designer Ingo Maurer perfectly matches Kira’s aesthetic because she “can play along her- self” by continuously updating the artwork. The vases on the table are examples of a unique collection Kira is developing for a design chain in the US.

Bottom Left: A picture ledge displays art from the family and friends.

in the US. Bottom Left: A picture ledge displays art from the family and friends. 56

56

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

The explosive colors Kira loves come alive in everything from small plastic figures to North African carpets to Chinese prints, which combine to create highly personalized and artistic surroundings.

“For me it is not so important whether things are new and smart,” says Kira. “It is first and foremost a question of if there is a good atmosphere, and then there must be personality in the furnishing.”

Opposite: Kira’s craft studio is full of all that inspires her. Top Right: The view

Opposite: Kira’s craft studio is full of all that inspires her.

Top Right: The view into Kira’s work- shop is a peek at her colorful style. Her redesign of the flat made sure the workshop space was included in her home.

Bottom Right: Kira loves to collect unique fabrics and papers.

made sure the workshop space was included in her home. Bottom Right: Kira loves to collect

Romantic

VINTAGE

This designer personalized her home in a way that puts all her favorite things on display.

B

Y

S A R A H

J A N E

O ’ K E E F E

 

P

H O T O G R A P H Y

B Y

A N D R E W

S H E R M A N

Melanie Bowe, interior d e s i g n e r and owner of En
Melanie Bowe, interior d e s i g n e r and owner of En

Melanie Bowe, interior

designer and owner of En Vie Interiors, uses a curated palette of cool hues as the backdrop for her collection of unique artwork, one-of-a-kind furni- ture and treasured antiques. The result is a home brimming with personality and charm that welcomes visitors. Its playful combination of vintage finds perfectly suits its creative owner.

of vintage finds perfectly suits its creative owner. To attain a truly personal design, Melanie suggests

To attain a truly personal design, Melanie suggests mixing your favorite finds among everyday furnishings. “Arrange personal finds as collections or give an item a new functionality,” Melanie says. “Use a vintage plate as a coaster on a side table, or use an old glass jar as a flower vase.” Collections can sometimes result in too much décor. Rather than letting your living space be cluttered or crowded, let your treasured collectibles be better showcased. “Unoccupied space is important to the design process—think of it as allowing items to breathe. You need to be able to appreci- ate your decorative pieces rather than be

Melanie’s home is full

of personal treasures

and great vintage finds without feeling like a shop—because she has carefully edited her collection.

Melanie’s Kitchen Tips Functionality and style can go hand in hand. Melanie reminds us that

Melanie’s Kitchen Tips

Functionality and style can go hand in hand.

Melanie reminds us that functionality is always the most important part of the kitchen. Two things she says never to skimp on are counter space and lighting. “The aesthetics are in the details—cabinet design, hardware choice, wall finish—I recommend hiring a professional to con- sult, as costly mistakes can be made in a kitchen,” she says. If hiring a professional is not within your budget, Melanie says to keep it simple.

hiring a professional is not within your budget, Melanie says to keep it simple. 64 ROMANTIC

64

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

hiring a professional is not within your budget, Melanie says to keep it simple. 64 ROMANTIC

Whenever possible, use

furniture pieces

rather than manufactured cabinets for a more personalized design.

overwhelmed by them,” she says. To create breathing space and better enjoy collectibles, consider changing things out seasonally. By appreciating each piece individually you may find even more enjoyment in your vintage treas- ures and in personalizing your décor throughout the year.

ures and in personalizing your décor throughout the year. Bringing home old furniture in need of

Bringing home old furniture in need of a little love is tempting and fun, but refinishing can be tiresome. Revamp a found piece with a little fresh inspira- tion from Melinda: “Changing the fin- ish is obvious, but think outside the box and try repurposing. Use an old ce- ramic vase to create a lamp, or add a base to an old box to create a cocktail table,” she says. “I am not a big fan of using catalog items. Reusing furnishings is the ulti- mate in recycling, and I think it is his- torically important to pass them on to the next generation,” Melinda says. As a designer, she has numerous resources for furniture, but most items in her home are one-of-a-kind finds that she carefully incorporates into her décor.

SEE

SHOPPING

GUIDE,

PAGE

94.

Melanie’s Wall Covering Tips

Get the right look without the hassle.

Finding the right wall covering can be a difficult task. Paint and wallpaper offer so many options that looking through them all doesn’t always result in the perfect choice. Instead of trying for perfection, Melanie sug- gests simply looking for what you like. “Choose what you like and identify the common elements such as color, pattern, style, and then layer accordingly,” she says.

elements such as color, pattern, style, and then layer accordingly,” she says. 66 ROMANTIC HOMES •

66

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

For more information on Melanie Bowe,

visit envieinteriors.com.

Kitchen

BY

SARAH

JANE

O’KEEFE

These creative, stylish and unique

kitchens will inspire you to update the most-used room in your home.

ROUNDUP

,

,

Durable Femininity

MARTHA

O’HARA

BY

PHOTOGRAPHY

INTERIORS

TROY

THIES

PHOTOGRAPHY

A cottage-inspired kitchen

perfectly blends feminine details with well-planned storage and a female- friendly palette. This high-functioning, sweet-styled kitchen perfectly meets the needs of the busy family of four who make daily use of the space. A custom-designed island uses a “T” shape to optimize workspace and create the perfect spot for family breakfasts. Display and storage space abounds, thanks to open shelving, glass-paneled cabinet doors and a built- in wine rack. Crisp black and white elements, mixed cabinetry, dark hardware and marble counters create a classic look that lets personality shine through accent pieces and pastel walls. The entire room is laid out to face the win- dows, which overlook a nearby creek. Curved chandeliers hung in a trio finish the kitchen with feminine charm.

Vintage Escape

CAPERACE CULTURAL ADVENTURES PHOTOGRAPHY BY DONNA GRIFFITH

Located in Elliston, New-

foundland, this Bonavista Peninsula historic home was restored with color and character. Open shelving, a vintage stove and colorful accents have updated the kitchen of this 100-year-old home, creating a casual and cheerful environ- ment. CapeRace Cultural Adventures restored the home, located in a fishing village, as part of their Eco-Culture Experience travel program. The newly redone kitchen has plenty to offer.

program. The newly redone kitchen has plenty to offer. Get the Look VINTAGE APPEAL Appliances, sinks,

Get the Look

VINTAGE APPEAL

Appliances, sinks, hardware and fabrics have a lot to say, so if it’s vintage charm you’re after, make sure these elements are speaking loud and clear.

OPEN-STYLE SHELVES

Ditching the usual upper cabinets may be an on-trend way to make a small kitchen feel larger, but take

the time to coordinate your displays or you’ll quickly miss having doors.

A LITTLE MISMATCHED

White paint coordinates this small space and helps create an open feel. Tie together otherwise uncoordi- nated items—like mismatched chairs and open shelving—with a unifying coat of white.

,

, A tile mosaic behind the stovetop adds European flair, while the backsplash brings together the

A tile mosaic behind the stovetop adds European flair, while the backsplash brings together the neutral hues of the design.

Traditional Inspiration

MONTANA

AVE.

INTERIORS

PHOTOGRAPHY

BY

GREY

CRAWFORD

Bring a taste of Europe home with

a kitchen that takes inspiration from the rustic ambiance of the Italian countryside. Detailed cabinetry, creamy whites and warm wood tones bring the romance of travel straight into this decadent kitchen. Dark wood flooring grounds the design and offers the perfect contrast to the off-white cabinets and bright ceiling. From turned column accents to exposed beams, the design is filled with exceptional attention to detail. Even the range hood dons intricate trimming that matches the cabinetry.

Displaying a Collection

This kitchen showcases Italian pottery and copper cookware with stylish ease. Here’s how to get the same look in your kitchen:

LINK. Display items that are connected by a unifying aspect or style.

LIMIT. Curate your collection to a few key favorite pieces. The kitchen is already a busy room, so it shouldn’t be cluttered.

LOOK UP. Even small kitchens feel large when vertical space is well utilized. Shelves over windows, hanging cookware racks and the tops of cabinets are all great display- space options.

,

Modern Farmhouse

STYLING

BY

JACQUELINE

D E MONTRAVEL

PHOTOGRAPHY

BY

BRET

GUM

Hardwood floors, white cabinetry and black

accents combine to create a farm- house-inspired kitchen that meets the needs of a modern chef. The upper cabinets, which reach to the ceiling and feature glass-paneled doors, offer vintage style and instant charm. A trio of sash windows over the sink lets an abundance of natural light pour into the space, while on the adja- cent wall, a single-sash window adds even more light. A farmhouse kitchen staple, the single- basin apron-front sink, makes an even stronger impression when its base cabi- net is trimmed out to resemble a piece of furniture. Make the most of this over- sized sink by installing it with a tall faucet. The height will make washing items like large pots and serveware easier.

SEE

SHOPPING

GUIDE,

PAGE

94.

pots and serveware easier. SEE SHOPPING GUIDE, PAGE 94. A large island becomes the perfect spot

A large island becomes the perfect spot

for displaying

refreshments

laid out

on charming

serveware.

,

Look up! This beadboard-covered ceiling completes the look with its blue hue.
Look up! This beadboard-covered ceiling
completes the look with its blue hue.

Under-cabinet lighting and a glistening marble- tiled backsplash add

modern style to a classic design.

72

ROMANTIC

HOMES

add modern style to a classic design. 72 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Historical Colonial CHARMEAN NEITHART

romantichomes.com

Historical Colonial

CHARMEAN NEITHART INTERIORS, LLC PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIKA BIERMAN

A California colonial takes

inspiration from its sunny location, resulting in an airy and well-styled space with the perfect doses of color. Cork is no longer just for the wine bottle. This innovative flooring alterna- tive is perfect for the environmentally conscience remodeler since the tiles are produced from the bark of trees, which regrows. Naturally springy, able to absorb shock and comfortable, cork is a great flooring option in the kitchen as long as it is sealed. White, natural-light-reflecting Shaker-style cabinets that make the most of wall space offset this modern flooring. However, the true star of this kitchen is the 1950s Wedgewood stove, which is perfectly situated for optimal views of the outdoors.

the true star of this kitchen is the 1950s Wedgewood stove, which is perfectly situated for

REWORKING

BY

JACQUELINE

PHOTOGRAPHY

BY

deMONTRAVEL

GREENE

THOM

A kitchen renovation incorporates past influences for a one-of-a-kind result.

the past

IF YOU WANT A DOWNTON ABBEY STYLE KITCHEN but have a dependency on your coffee
IF YOU WANT A DOWNTON ABBEY STYLE KITCHEN but have a dependency on your coffee

IF YOU WANT A DOWNTON ABBEY STYLE KITCHEN but

have a dependency on your coffee maker and don’t want housekeepers fighting, follow the saga of this Chicago kitchen renovation. The firm Greene & Proppe Design, Inc. worked with homeowner Doug Taylor to create a kitchen that appeared to have evolved over time. To create a historically accurate kitchen that also functions in the present, Greene & Proppe Design used different materi- als, finishes and a retro color scheme. “The Taylor kitchen is special because behind every detail is a concept, story or memory. It’s a unique space, but the loving heart that conceived this kitchen and the thought, planning and design that created it are what make it extraor- dinary,” says Rick Proppe, Principal Interior Designer. Those who relish past times typically hold on to their treasures, so storage and open glass shelving for Doug’s vintage collectibles were also needed. In the demo process, the original intercom pipes were found, which fueled the design objective to stay true to past periods. The added space was used for the stove, food prep counter, storage and prep sink; creating a workspace for the hired cook. Doug did not want to fall into a prescribed, predictable look. In order to create a kitchen that shows the influence of multiple past decades and

Opposite: The cabinet next to the stove is the main food prep area with everyday dishes on the open shelf above. “I wanted this to look like a dining room side- board, not a kitchen counter,” says Doug.

The white glass-front cabinets match the originals in the pantry to keep the look authentic. “The little side table between the back door and the pantry was my invention when I realized the kitchen couldn’t have a sink with porcelain legs but it could have a table with porcelain legs.”

{Before}

accommodates his stainless refrigerator, he incorporated six different cabinet styles that captured past eras. The

accommodates his stainless refrigerator, he incorporated six different cabinet styles that captured past eras. The cooking nook is inspired by the kitchen in the film “Driving Miss Daisy,” with light-stained birch cabinets that are meant to appear within the wall instead of against it. “One side holds dry goods; the other pots, pans and casserole dishes. Next, the stove is housed in a nook within the nook, surrounded by tiled half walls and the giant copper hood,” says Doug. A white porcelain piece given to Doug’s parents by his grandparents is displayed in a lighted niche. “No one ever really knew what it was, but it always hung on the wall

ever really knew what it was, but it always hung on the wall somewhere in the

somewhere in the dining room. For a while it held a sad Philodendron vine; after that, plastic fruit my Mom spray- painted aqua with gold glitter. Sometime in the mid-1970s it ended up in a box in my parents’ basement,” says Doug. Leading up to the kitchen’s completion, Doug held a contest that asked family members questions alluding to the porcelain piece. While there was no winner, there were some hearty laughs. This same kind of personalized charm is what makes his kitchen work.

Top Left: The spice cabinet is meant to look older than the house, a forgotten vestige from a past owner.

Top Right and Bottom: The

variety of finishes, paired with true vintage pieces, creates a unique yet cohesive design.

For more information

on Greene & Proppe Design, Inc. please visit gpdchicago.com.

a unique yet cohesive design. For more information on Greene & Proppe Design, Inc. please visit
This unique space captures the essence of multiple eras through a collection of carefully selected
This unique space captures the essence of
multiple eras through a collection of carefully
selected materials and finishes.

78

Styling

AN IDENTITY

A study of one designer’s multifaceted style.

BY

E.S.

RO

PHOTOGRAPHY

BY

NICK

JOHNSON

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

AN EARLY INTEREST IN INTERIOR DESIGN, architecture and fashion eventually led Fern Santini into the

AN EARLY INTEREST IN INTERIOR DESIGN, architecture and fashion eventually led Fern Santini into the world of home décor. While she started off with little projects for herself and her friends, Fern is now a professional interior designer creating homes in a wide variety of styles, from rustic coun- try to urban chic to classic colonial.

Working with so many different clients has made Fern a versatile and creative designer. Fern’s design aesthetic is an amalgamation of sights and ideas from her world travels as well as visits to art galleries and antiques dealers. “We are all creatures of our environment. There’s always something to be inspired by, always something to learn,” says Fern.

“Romance is always in the eye of the beholder,” Fern says. “Don’t be afraid to mix different periods and aesthetics together. Be brave!”

Opposite: Vintage crystal lighting, antique mirrors and silver-leafed cabinetry with rose-shaped knobs, as well as a unique overhead drapery, create a dream master bath space.

Above: Both contemporary and traditional pieces upholstered in luxurious textiles contribute romantic flair to the living room.

Above: Perfect balance defines this simple yet elegant dining room—a stunning crystal chandelier complements antique

Above: Perfect balance defines this simple yet elegant dining room—a stunning crystal chandelier complements antique candelabras and chests.

For this landmark 1930s home in Austin, Texas, that once hosted legendary parties attended by celebrities such as Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor, Fern envisioned a space that would reflect the glamour of its history while also being livable for a young, modern family. Antiques and period pieces from the original décor along with more contem- porary items made from exquisite mate- rials, such as the Swarovski crystal chandelier in the dining room and the living room’s silk sofa, achieve the necessary heightened elegance and create an unmistakable charm.

80

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

Driven by her clients’ desires and architecture, Fern’s style is continuously adapting and evolving. Because of her stylistic diversity, Fern encourages others to experiment as well. “Romance is always in the eye of the beholder,” Fern says. “Don’t be afraid to mix different periods and aesthetics together. Be brave!”

PRETTY EASY A designer’s simple tips for enhancing your home’s elegance. “Lighting can make or

PRETTY EASY

A designer’s simple tips for enhancing your home’s elegance.

“Lighting can make or break your project.” Add lighting in layers and on dimmers to create a romantic, intimate feel. Use minimal overhead indirect lighting and supple- ment with table and floor lamps, sconces and pendants.

“Your environment should be a reflection of your interests, not simply props.” For a bit of understated but sophisticated drama, gather small collections of your favorite items and display them on a tray or mix votives and vases with flowers.

“Art doesn’t need to be expensive; it needs to be real.” Rather than displaying a replica of a famous piece of art, Fern suggests framing and hanging your children’s original art pieces in a group for a look with greater integrity and impact.

Above: The four-poster bed with a glossy bronze and black finish creates a sharp, dramatic contrast to the soft cream and beige tones in the master bedroom.

TWO is better than One

Subscribe Now and SAVE BIG

only $32.95 to subscribe
only
$32.95
to subscribe

www.engagedmediamags.com/combo_rhfmd

Take advantage of this special offer and get a 1-year subscription to Romantic Homes (12
Take advantage of this special offer and get a 1-year subscription to Romantic Homes (12 issues) with a
1-year subscription to Flea Market Décor (4 issues) and
SAVE UP TO 71%
off the cover price!
❑ YES! sign me up for a subscription to Romantic Homes and
Flea Market Décor
That is a total of 16 issues for a total savings of $78.89 off the cover price
Method of Payment
Check enclosed
Credit Card
Money Order
Payment through credit card
Credit card number
Visa
MC
AMEX
Discover
Name on credit card
Expiration date
/
/
Subscriber name
First
MI
Last
Address
City
State
Phone
Email
Enter Promo Code
A543P031
Signature
Date
/
/
For a full listing of our titles, visit www.engagedmediamags.com today!

Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery of first issue. Outside US, add $37 per year for additional postage. Pay in US funds only.

be here now

THE

VINTAGE

KITCHEN

Make a space just like grandma made.

84

ROMANTIC

BY

JACQUELINE

KRISTA

PHOTOGRAPHY

BY

HOMES

romantichomes.com

D E MONTRAVEL KELTANEN/LIVING

INSIDE

While marble countertops

and highly advanced stoves can certainly allure, a vintage kitchen is what really endures. Kitchens that recall grandma baking snicker doodles will never go out of style. Like a card box full of old recipes, vintage kitchens pick up on the best, most beloved culinary elements that can easily be adapted to today’s needs. Spilled flour is welcomed. Cookie dough that doesn’t always find its way from the spoon to the baking sheet is customary. Everything that happens in these kitchens is all in good fun.

Collections. Your best collec- tions need not be confined in a glass case. Give them the recognition they deserve, so they can be openly admired. You can arrange a collection either on vintage shelves or along countertops, or you can hang a collection of aprons on a hook. The pops of color and one-of-a-kind design underscore the importance of personal style.

Accessorize. Heavy on style

and low on cost, accessories are an easy way to bring in visual intrigue. Open shelving attractively showcases your prettier pieces while keeping them within easy reach. These details can have as much impact as a remodel—without the heavy costs.

Pink. Not just the color of a baby girl’s nursery, this beloved shade hits a high note in the kitchen as well. Its unexpected appearance is both comforting and stylish. Either go bold and paint a wall in the shade or weave it in via accent pieces.

appearance is both comforting and stylish. Either go bold and paint a wall in the shade

Pattern. Connect a theme by showcasing like-minded patterns, especially classic floral prints or polka dots. Soft pastel colors also help connect a variety of pieces.

Paint. Give cabinets and furnishings new life with a coat of paint. Glossy white is the great neutralizer and keeps an overabundance of pieces from looking too chaotic.

keeps an overabundance of pieces from looking too chaotic. Textiles. Create instant warmth with material goods
keeps an overabundance of pieces from looking too chaotic. Textiles. Create instant warmth with material goods
Textiles. Create instant warmth with material goods such as rugs, tea towels, curtains and even
Textiles. Create instant warmth with
material goods such as rugs, tea towels, curtains
and even bunting. This simple way to infuse color
and pizzazz also adds to the kitchen’s function-
ality and overall character.
86
ROMANTIC
HOMES
romantichomes.com
Plant City / FL oct.31-nov.1 • 9am-4pm • $ 5 Madison / FL nov.8 •
Plant City / FL oct.31-nov.1 • 9am-4pm • $ 5 Madison / FL nov.8 •
Plant City / FL
oct.31-nov.1 • 9am-4pm • $ 5
Madison / FL
nov.8 • 9am-4pm
strawberry festival fairgrounds
free parking
downtown madison
free admission / free parking
Photography courtesy of KIMBERLY
McCOLE
featuring
✓shabby chic
✓garden décor
✓hand-made jewelry
✓antiques
✓fabulous furniture
✓vintage fashions
✓delicious food
✓mid-century
www.fancyflea.net
✓cottage glam
VOTED ONE OF THE TOP 10 VINTAGE
MARKETS IN THE COUNTRY
✓farmhouse décor
*PLANT CITY ONLY
✓cottage glam VOTED ONE OF THE TOP 10 VINTAGE MARKETS IN THE COUNTRY ✓farmhouse décor *PLANT
✓cottage glam VOTED ONE OF THE TOP 10 VINTAGE MARKETS IN THE COUNTRY ✓farmhouse décor *PLANT
N o w Romantic Homes Romantic Homes is now available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play

Now

N o w Romantic Homes Romantic Homes is now available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and
N o w Romantic Homes Romantic Homes is now available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and

Romantic Homes

Romantic Homes is now available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and Kindle.

Romantic Homes brings you inspiring seasonal decorating and amazing prices, and décor and lifestyle trends you’ll love.

Download the FREE APP and get a 1-year subscription (12 issues) for only $14.99 and save 79% off newsstands! You can also purchase single issues for only $3.99.

You can also purchase single issues for only $3.99 . For questions on downloading this app
Find us on Discover Casual Elegance with Personal Style. www.facebook.com/romantichomesmagazine
Find us on Discover Casual Elegance with Personal Style. www.facebook.com/romantichomesmagazine
Find us on
Discover Casual
Elegance with
Personal Style.
www.facebook.com/romantichomesmagazine
Find us on Discover Casual Elegance with Personal Style. www.facebook.com/romantichomesmagazine
Find us on Discover Casual Elegance with Personal Style. www.facebook.com/romantichomesmagazine
PLAIDPARASOL.COM ELEGANT ENGLISH SETTEE $839.95 plus shipping and handling* PASHMINA PINK SCARF Add warmth through

PLAIDPARASOL.COM

PLAIDPARASOL.COM ELEGANT ENGLISH SETTEE $839.95 plus shipping and handling* PASHMINA PINK SCARF Add warmth through color
PLAIDPARASOL.COM ELEGANT ENGLISH SETTEE $839.95 plus shipping and handling* PASHMINA PINK SCARF Add warmth through color
PLAIDPARASOL.COM ELEGANT ENGLISH SETTEE $839.95 plus shipping and handling* PASHMINA PINK SCARF Add warmth through color

ELEGANT ENGLISH SETTEE

$839.95 plus shipping and handling*

PASHMINA PINK SCARF

Add warmth through color and texture with this pure pashmina pink scarf, which features a

$25 plus shipping and handling*

pink scarf, which features a $25 plus shipping and handling* SHABBY PINK CHANDELIER $149 plus shipping
pink scarf, which features a $25 plus shipping and handling* SHABBY PINK CHANDELIER $149 plus shipping

SHABBY PINK CHANDELIER

$149 plus shipping & handling*

SHABBY PINK CHANDELIER $149 plus shipping & handling* *For international destinations, please email us at

*For international destinations, please email us at customerservice@plaidparasol.com

$149 plus shipping & handling* *For international destinations, please email us at customerservice@plaidparasol.com
ELEGANT TEA SET FOR FOUR ceramic teacups and saucers. $29.95 plus shipping and handling* VINTAGE

ELEGANT TEA SET FOR FOUR

ceramic teacups and saucers.

$29.95 plus shipping and handling*

teacups and saucers. $29.95 plus shipping and handling* VINTAGE ROOSTER CLOCK $29.95 plus shipping and handling*
teacups and saucers. $29.95 plus shipping and handling* VINTAGE ROOSTER CLOCK $29.95 plus shipping and handling*

VINTAGE ROOSTER CLOCK

$29.95 plus shipping and handling*

VINTAGE ROOSTER CLOCK $29.95 plus shipping and handling* BEST SELLER! PARIS TRUNKS FOR STYLISH STORAGE -

BEST SELLER! PARIS TRUNKS FOR STYLISH STORAGE - LARGE

$69.95 plus shipping and handling*

STYLISH STORAGE - LARGE $69.95 plus shipping and handling* SCOTT’S ROSES METAL PRINT An homage to

SCOTT’S ROSES METAL PRINT

An homage to vintage advertising art, this metal wall hanging is a fresh, romantic take on a lost art. A perfect gift for those who love roses and gardens, this 10.5” H x 7.5” W

$15 plus shipping and handling*

FESTIVE FRUITS TABLECLOTH $38.95 plus shipping and handling*
FESTIVE FRUITS TABLECLOTH
$38.95 plus shipping and handling*

PLAIDPARASOL.COM

$38.95 plus shipping and handling* PLAIDPARASOL.COM CHARMING TEA SET FOR FOUR $49 plus shipping and handling*

$38.95 plus shipping and handling* PLAIDPARASOL.COM CHARMING TEA SET FOR FOUR $49 plus shipping and handling*

CHARMING TEA SET FOR FOUR

$49 plus shipping and handling*

CHARMING TEA SET FOR FOUR $49 plus shipping and handling* COUNTRY-STORE DISPLAY BIN $89 plus shipping
CHARMING TEA SET FOR FOUR $49 plus shipping and handling* COUNTRY-STORE DISPLAY BIN $89 plus shipping

COUNTRY-STORE DISPLAY BIN

$89 plus shipping and handling*

20-PIECE STORAGE SET WITH LIDS $19.95 plus shipping and handling* NOSTALGIC TURNTABLE WITH BLUETOOTH/CD/RADIO $149.95

20-PIECE STORAGE SET WITH LIDS

$19.95 plus shipping and handling*

STORAGE SET WITH LIDS $19.95 plus shipping and handling* NOSTALGIC TURNTABLE WITH BLUETOOTH/CD/RADIO $149.95 plus

NOSTALGIC TURNTABLE WITH BLUETOOTH/CD/RADIO

$149.95 plus shipping and handling*

  RUSTIC WOVEN NESTING BASKETS $36.22 plus shipping & handling*   PINK ROSE PRINT $65
 
 

RUSTIC WOVEN NESTING BASKETS

$36.22 plus shipping & handling*

WOVEN NESTING BASKETS $36.22 plus shipping & handling*   PINK ROSE PRINT $65 including shipping and
 
 

PINK ROSE PRINT

$65 including shipping and handling*

  PINK ROSE PRINT $65 including shipping and handling* *For international destinations, please email us at

*For international destinations, please email us at customerservice@plaidparasol.com

$65 including shipping and handling* *For international destinations, please email us at customerservice@plaidparasol.com
$65 including shipping and handling* *For international destinations, please email us at customerservice@plaidparasol.com
including shipping and handling* *For international destinations, please email us at customerservice@plaidparasol.com

shopping guide

Simply

Pages 10–14

Vintage kitchen wares and accessories:

Surroundings by Melinda (239) 579-0409 or visit surroundingsbymelinda.com.

In Time

Pages 42–49

Vera Wang Delicate Dreams Fashion Bouquet: (800) 736-3383 or FTD.com.

Romantic Vintage

Pages 60–67

Design: Melanie Bowe of En Vie Interiors, (910) 512-3277 or visit envieinteriors.com.

Kitchen Roundup

Pages 68–72

Durable Femininity design: Martha O’Hara Inte- riors, (612) 670-6771 or visit oharainteriors.com. Vintage Escape design: CapeRace Cultural Adventures, visit caperace.com. Historical Colonial design: Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC. (626) 234-2161 or charmean-neithart-interiors.com.

Traditional Inspiration design: Joani Stewart- Georgi, Montana Ave. Interiors, visit montanaaveinteriors.com. Cabinets and beams: Swiss Woodworking, (310) 771-0622 or visit swisswoodworking.com. Flooring: International Flooring, (310) 859-0044. Lighting: Bryden Electrical, (310) 828-0965 or visit brydenelectrical.com. Area rug: Aga John, visit agajohnrugssf.com.

Reworking the Past

Pages 74–77

Archive Designs: archivedesigns.com. Paint: Benjamin Moore, visit benjaminmoore.com. Blueberry Woodworking: (847) 506-0580. Some appliances: Kitchen Aid, visit kitchenaid.com. Counters and flooring: Marble & Granite Supply of Illinois, visit marble-granites.com; Stonecutters, visit stonecutters.com and Tile Gallery, visit tilegallerychicago.com. Lighting: rejuvenation.com. Faucet: Rohl, visit rohlhome.com. Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, visit subzero-wolf.com. Range: Viking, visit vikingrange.com.

60 68
60
68

coming next month

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTA KELTANEN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTA KELTANEN
60 68 coming next month PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTA KELTANEN 94 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Sweet details

94

ROMANTIC

HOMES

romantichomes.com

BY KRISTA KELTANEN 94 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Sweet details and treats will make this winter
BY KRISTA KELTANEN 94 ROMANTIC HOMES • romantichomes.com Sweet details and treats will make this winter

Sweet details and treats will make this winter one of charm and fond memories.

A home nestled amid snow- covered trees perfectly epitomizes the holidays ahead. Be inspired by a homeowner who uses white to celebrate the season and incorporates a wide variety of vintage treasures and contrasting textures for a unique holiday handcrafted design.

Vintage Rose At Richwood 6 Day Shopping Event 1st Monday-Saturday each month Aug 4-9 2014
Vintage Rose At Richwood 6 Day Shopping Event 1st Monday-Saturday each month Aug 4-9 2014
Vintage Rose At Richwood 6 Day Shopping Event 1st Monday-Saturday each month Aug 4-9 2014
Vintage Rose
At Richwood
6 Day Shopping Event
1st Monday-Saturday each month
Aug 4-9 2014
Sept 1-6 2014
Oct 6-11 2014
Nov 3-8 2014
Dec 1-6 2014
Jan 5-10 2015
Mar 2-7 2015
VintageRoseAtRichwood.com
5009 Hwy 288B Richwood TX 77531
Find us on Discover Casual Elegance with Personal Style. www.romantichomes.com
Find us on
Discover Casual
Elegance with
Personal Style.
www.romantichomes.com

ad index

Antoinette French Design

antoinettefrenchdesign.com

41

Chic Vintage Decor

chicvintagedecor.com

73

Coach Barn

coachbarn.com

73

Country Roads Antiques

countryroadsantiques.com

99

Decorating Den Interiors

decoratingden.com

7

DecorativeDishes.net

decorativedishes.net

83

Do It Yourself Chic

doityourselfchic.com

83

Earth Angels Studios

earthangelsstudios.com

2,

97

Efex Decorative Appliques & Moldings

efexusa.com

83

Elizabeth's Embellishments

elizabethsembellishments.com

83

Family Heirloom Weavers

familyheirloomweavers.com

41

Fancy Chic and Vintage

fancychicandvintage.com

97

Farmhouse Wares

farmhouseWares.com

73

Forget Me Not Dreams

forgetmenotdreams.com

15

French Garden House

frenchgardenhouse.com

35

Graciously Adorned

graciouslyadorned.com

95

Harbor Freight Tools

harborfreight.com

96

Hobnob Market

hobnobmarket.com

87

Meadow Street

meadowstreet.com

15

Miss Rose Sister Violet

missrosesisterviolet.com

87

My Romantic Farmhouse

myromanticfarmhouse.com

23

Paris in a Cup

parisinacup.com

97

Plaster Paint Company

theplasterpaintco.com

35

Replacements,

replacements.com

97

Scarlett Rose

scarlettroseromance.com

97

Secret Garden Branson

secretgardenbranson.com

15

Shabby Cottage Shops

shabbycottageshops.com

9

Silver Spoon Jewelry

silverspoonjewelry.com

23

So Shabby Pink

SoShabbyPink.com

15

The Fancy Flea

fancyflea.net

87

The Girl's Cottage

thegirlscottage.com

15

The Nest

thenestonline.com

95

The Vintage Nest

thevintagenest.com

15

Twine Room Design

twineinteriors.com

87

Vintage Doors LLC

vintagedoors.com

89

Vintage Market & Design

vintagemarketanddesign.com

5

Vintage Rose

vintageroseatrichwood.com

95

Vintage Rose Collection

vintagerosecollection.com

89

Wallscaping.net

wallscaping.net

13

Wallwords

wallwords.com

19

Wesley Allen Beds

wesleyallen.com

100

Winsome Cottage

winsomecottage.net

89

The Advertiser’s Index is provided as a service to Romantic Homes readers. Romantic Homes is not responsible for omissions or typo- graphical errors on names, page numbers or contact information.

OCTOBER

2014

95

HARBOR

FREIGHT

QUALITY TOOLS

LOWEST PRICES

FREE NO PURCHASE REQUIRED
FREE
NO PURCHASE
REQUIRED
NO PURCHASE REQUIRED NO PURCHASE REQUIRED NO PURCHASE REQUIRED FREE FREE FREE 3-1/2" SUPER BRIGHT
NO PURCHASE REQUIRED
NO PURCHASE REQUIRED
NO PURCHASE REQUIRED
FREE
FREE
FREE
3-1/2" SUPER BRIGHT
NINE LED
ALUMINUM
FLASHLIGHT
MULTIPURPOSE
SCISSORS
$ 7 99
24 PIECE HEAVY
DUTY BATTERIES
VALUE
Item 47877 shown
• Stainless Steel Blades
Item 68377 shown
ITEM 65020
ITEM 47877/67405
69052/69111
60274/60430
SIZE
QTY.
LOT NO.
Item 65020 shown
61675
AA
24 68382
$ 6 99
$ 4 99
61323
61677
AAA
24 68377
VALUE
VALUE
YOUR CHOICE!
61273
LIMIT 1 - Cannot be used with other discount coupon. Coupon good at our retail
stores only. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be
presented. Valid through 1/16/15. Limit one FREE GIFT coupon per customer per day.
LIMIT 1 - Cannot be used with other discount coupon. Coupon good at our retail
stores only. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be
presented. Valid through 1/16/15. Limit one FREE GIFT coupon per customer per day.
LIMIT 1 - Cannot be used with other discount coupon. Coupon good at our retail
stores only. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be
presented. Valid through 1/16/15. Limit one FREE GIFT coupon per customer per day.
SUPER COUPON! WHY A FREE GIFT? Because once you see our GREAT QUALITY and RIDICULOUSLY
SUPER COUPON!
WHY A FREE GIFT?
Because once you see
our GREAT QUALITY and
RIDICULOUSLY LOW PRICES,
you'll never buy tools
anywhere else!
20
%
OFF
ANY SINGLE ITEM
LIMIT 1 - Save 20% on any one item purchased at our stores or HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. *Cannot be used with other
discount, coupon, gift cards, Inside Track Club membership, extended service plans or on any of the following: compressors, generators,
tool storage or carts, welders, floor jacks, Towable Ride-On Trencher, Saw Mill (Item 61712/62366/67138), Predator Gas Power Items,
open box items, in-store event or parking lot sale items. Not valid on prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase date with
original receipt. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 1/16/15. Limit one coupon per customer per day.
STEP STOOL/
8750 PEAK/
v
3 GALLON, 100 PSI
OILLESS PANCAKE
AIR COMPRESSOR
WORKING PLATFORM
7000 RUNNING WATTS
13 HP (420 CC)
SAVE
GAS GENERATORS
12" SLIDING
Item
COMPOUND
68525
LOT NO.
$170
LOT NO. 68530/69671
LOT NO. 95275
shown
DOUBLE-BEVEL
MITER
SAW
66911
60637/69486/61615
LOT NO. 68525/69677
WITH LASER
GUIDE
CALIFORNIA ONLY
Item 95275
LOT NO. 69684/61776/61969/61970
350 lb.
SAVE
shown
76 dB
Capacity
99
Noise
50%
$139
Level
SAVE
SAVE
$
$
$
39 99
REG.
22 99
529 99
$
160
$
99
PRICE
199
34%
$79.99
REG. PRICE $34.99
REG. PRICE $699.99
PRICE
Item
69684
SUPER
shown
REG. $299.99
QUIET
LIMIT
4
-
Good
at
our
stores
or
HarborFreight.com
or
by
calling
LIMIT
3
-
Good
at
our
stores
or
HarborFreight.com
or
by
calling
LIMIT
3
-
Good
at
our
stores
or
HarborFreight.com
or
by
calling
800-423-2567.
Cannot
be
used
with
other
discount
or
coupon
or
prior
800-423-2567.
Cannot
be
used
with
other
discount
or
coupon
or
prior
800-423-2567.
Cannot
be
used
with
other
discount
or
coupon
or
prior
purchases
after
30
days
from
original
purchase
with
original
receipt.
purchases
after
30
days
from
original
purchase
with
original
receipt.
purchases
after
30
days
from
original
purchase
with
original
receipt.
SUPER
Offer
good
while
supplies
last.
Non-transferable.
Original
coupon
must
be
LIMIT
5
-
Good
at
our
stores
or
HarborFreight.com
or
by
calling
Offer
good
while
supplies
last.
Non-transferable.
Original
coupon
must
be
Offer
good
while
supplies
last.
Non-transferable.
Original
coupon
must
be
presented.
Valid
through
1/16/15.
Limit
one
coupon
per
customer
per
day.
800-423-2567.
Cannot
be
used
COUPON!
with
other
discount
or
coupon
or
presented.
prior
Valid
through
1/16/15.
Limit
one
coupon
per
customer
per
day.
presented.
Valid
through
1/16/15.
Limit
one
coupon
per
customer
per
day.
purchases
after
30
days
from
original
purchase
with
original
receipt.
Offer
good
while
supplies
last.
Non-transferable.
Original
coupon
must
be
18 VOLT CORDLESS
3/8" DRILL/DRIVER
WITH KEYLESS CHUCK
presented.
Valid
3 PIECE DECORATIVE
SOLAR LED LIGHTS
through
1/16/15.
Limit
one
coupon
per
customer
per
day.
AIRLESS
PAINT SPRAYER KIT
SAVE
LOT NO. 95588
69462
/60561
66%
MOVER'S DOLLY
LOT NO.
Inclu