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High Point Market Fall 2014: Bernhardt Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Bernhardt Furniture’s new Fall 2014 High Point Market introductions (here).  Every market, I truly enjoy visiting this showroom; I love seeing the new pieces.  But I also love seeing pieces already in the line because seeing the upholstery in a different fabric is like looking at a new piece, and it is always nice to be reminded of what they have.

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture High Point Market Fall 2014 | Bernhardt

 

So enjoy this tour of the Bernhardt Furniture showroom through a Designer’s Perspective!  Tomorrow I will be finishing this showroom tour.

A gorgeous new desk with wood and metal combination and undulated drawer panels.

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point Market

 

This leather sofa is the perfect sofa for a Texas or mountain home!  BIG and yes, very comfortable.  See the edging detail below this image.

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point Market

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point Market

 

Christy & I tested these little chairs out, and boy were they comfortable!  We loved the lines and the ‘bamboo’ metal legs.

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point Market

 

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point market

 

The table and chairs are part of the new Marquesa collection, and a stunner!  Finished in a beautiful gray stain and curved backs with tufting, reminiscent of French lines with a modern approach.

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point Market

 

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point Market

 

Donna's Blog: Bernhardt Furniture Fall 2014 High Point Market

 

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Fabulous Finds #129: Hostess gifts

Happy Friday friends!  I’m back with our weekly Fabulous Finds, but today I thought I’d focus more on the holidays.  Now that we are about to officially begin the holiday season, and there are many parties we will all be attending, we all need a host and/or hostess gift.  So for that perfect host/hostess, here are some of my top gifts.

If you are not familiar with Rewined Candles, they make a great gift.  Most women love a good aromatic candle.

 

Mattie Luxe has great monogrammed items, perfect for the hostess.  Below is a monogrammed lucite tray.

 

Give a basket or bowl full of foods or kitchenware.  Like this below.

Donna's Blog: fabulous finds Hostess Gifts

 

There is nothing like a homemade gift; knowing someone took their time and put love into the gift makes the gift extra special.  This last gift is homemade.

Gift a plant.  Knowing your gift will go into their garden or centerpiece is special.  Below is a DIY by blogger Domaphile on paperwhites.

 

 

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The Why to the South’s Blue Painted Ceilings

Have you ever been Charleston?  If not, it definitely needs to be added to your list of places throughout the United States to visit.  In fact, Conde Nast Traveler rated Charleston 2014′s number 2 city to visit in the world! There are many things to do in this amazing city, and one of my favorites is to walk through the town to see the architecture and architectural details.  One common theme seen throughout, is the blue painted porch ceilings.  Take a walking tour and you will see that almost every porch  has a blue painted ceiling.

 

The history of why they painted their porch ceilings blue was very interesting, so I thought I’d share with you why it is done.  This tradition originated from the Low country, to be more specific the Gullah people.  Haint Blue is the term of this gorgeous ceiling treatment, and the reason behind painting your porch ceiling Haint Blue is to ward the evil spirits away.  In a sense it’s a form of a ghost buster.

 

In the Gullah culture, they believe that spirits, known as haints, cannot cross water.  Hence painting the porch ceilings blue.  By painting the ceilings blue (symbolizing water), the spirits cannot cross or enter the home.  They also paint the doors & window frames blue as well, which has the same affect.  The haint blue will keep the homeowner(s) from being taken or influenced by evil spirits.

This tradition has been common throughout the South for centuries, but has more recently become popular throughout the country.  So what color exactly is ‘haint blue’?  There is no exact shade for these blue painted ceilings, but most Charleston porches are painted a soft, calming blue shade.  When deciding on what shade of blue you should paint your porch ceiling or door, make sure you select a color that coordinates with your home’s exterior colors and architecture.  Choose from such a soft, pale blue that’s almost white or to a more exciting bold blue that is reminiscent of the Caribbean.

 

 

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