Sep. 26


Gardening by the Book

by Lynn Byrne

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Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover?  

I say why ever not, especially when it comes to the vintage gardening books in the collection of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM), and on exhibition there till November 17, 2013.   I am told their garden books are not especially rare, but  I find them a true treasure for the beautiful design of their covers and bindings, particularly in this age of e-readers and tablets.

Many of the books are beautifully illustrated inside as well. And while I am notorious for my black thumb (and wouldn’t recognize sound gardening advice if it hit me on my head), the folks at BPMM find that these books continue to provide valuable content.  This is why people have libraries!

illustration lannuier bed

vintage garden book collage,jpg

After seeing the books, I immediately wanted my own collection, book lover that I am.  Seeking instant gratification, I purchased a book being offered for sale at BPMM in connection with the exhibition entitled Gardening by the Book, Celebrating 100 Hundred Years of the Garden Club of America, by Arete Swartz Warren.

Yup, I bought it solely based on the cover and the pictures inside.  I haven’t read a single word yet, and I might never.  That is unless I need a sleep aid.  I find that trying to read a garden book invites a fast visit from the sand man, who has me dreaming in seconds.  But with this book, the pictures are plenty gorgeous enough to keep me wide awake.  Take a look. garden club book collage

This book is hard to find–it is not available on Amazon. If you are as entranced as I am and want your own copy, please leave me a comment and I can help you buy one at BPMM (remember I am a board member there).  The Garden Club of America also is offering the book through their website.

If you live in the New York metro area, you can learn more about BPMM’s  stunning garden book collection tonight when guest curator Joseph Disponzio—noted author, scholar of garden history, and a preservation landscape architect with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation— will discuss the garden book collection and the fascinating insights that he gained while curating the show.  The talk begins at 7:30 pm and admission is free. For more information about the exhibition and tonight’s talk, please visit the BPMM website.

garden book exhibition

All images by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.


Sep. 24


SNEAK PEEK: Must-See New Products from High Point Market

by Lynn Byrne

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Hooker Furniture Company

With October just around the bend, it is time to think about  High Point Market (October 19-24)—the worlds’ largest market for home furnishings.   On those magic days in October,  designers and other tastemakers converge on High Point, NC  to see, touch and feel the new goods in the interior design industry.  It can be overwhelming.  High Point is a veritable city.  But this fall, I can help.

I am please to announce that several vendors have given me an advance sneak peek at some of  the new introductions coming to High Point Market. This is the first of what I hope are several sneak peeks at what’s in store this fall.

If you are attending Market, take a look at what I think you must see.   If you can’t make it down to High Point,   you still get an advance glimpse of some of the best new products out there.

Let’s start with  the first image above. I love it!  We all need stylish storage solutions to house our clutter, and this compact case piece packs a wallop, all while being extremely handsome, with an understated elegance  and a gorgeous leather-like finish.  Look at this puppy open!  The storage possibilities  are endless.  You can find this, and other clever storage ideas, in Hooker Furniture Company’s  Workwell collection. Hooker is adding this piece and 29 others to this collection.

Hooker Furniture Company

Hooker Furniture Company

Hooker also is debuting their Solona collection.  I am especially attracted to the Solona dining suite, in particular the dining chairs.

solona dining chairs

Hooker Furniture Company


The folks over at Bernhardt will introduce 3 new whole home collections, 50+ new interiors items and 40+ new upholstered seating items.  (See what I mean about High Point Market being overwhelming).  Don’t miss their bold and beautiful Ankara Cocktail Table with its hand-cut and hand-laid bone inlay (playing right into the hot geometrics trend)  and  their Nadine Sofa, with its classic tight back adorned with a simple button treatment.

ankara cocktail table

Bernhardt Furniture

Nadine sofa bernhardt

Bernhardt FurnitureI


I find that attractive entertainment consoles are few and far between, but this  introduction from Bernhardt’s new Auberge collection solves that problem.  It is wrapped in linen and set off by tiny antique nail heads and lost-wax-cast pulls.


auberge collection bernhardt

Bernhardt Furniture


Finally, if you are looking for a comfy seat, you need go no further than CR Laine.   They are introducing some exciting shapes and very attractive fabric options.  How about that high fashion accent chair with its Mongolian snow sheep hide back?  Ikat is a perennial favorite and the bottom two chairs swivel!

crlaine chairs collage one

CR Laine Furniture

CR Laine Furniture

CR Laine Furniture

Stay tuned, as I hope to be sharing more products coming up this fall at High Point Market.

While the images are courtesy of the respective vendors, this is not a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

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