Friday, January 30, 2015

A Southern Lady Photo Shoot!


You know I always love to show you when a magazine has used different items from my shop because it's fun…and it's great advertising! But this time I really want you to see what they used so you can get a glimpse of another aspect of one of our artists! Melissa Payne Baker is one of the artists that we carry and along with her gorgeous paintings she also does these fabulous hand painted wine glasses!


In the brand new issue of Southern Lady magazine they have featured Melissa's beautiful wine glasses with these lovely purple and white plates…what a beautiful Spring table this makes!


And I know…this salad looks amazing!


We have so enjoyed carrying Melissa's art and her wine glasses have been a huge hit as well! 
They are also a huge seller at Neiman Marcus during Christmas. 


And I'm sure you feel the same way that I do in wishing that Spring would hurry up! I want to enjoy my garden again and have beautiful flowers just like this! I am definitely not a fan of winter!


I love the combination of the lime green thrown in with the purple!  Southern Lady's photo stylists always do a great job on these photo shoots! 


This certainly makes me want to host a garden party before too long! 


And speaking of Southern Lady…Melissa is truly a southern lady if I've ever met one. She is as beautiful on the inside as she in on the outside! Take a look at some of the other colors the wine glasses come in.


 As you can see she does them in stemmed, stemless and flutes. 


She is happy to do special orders as well.





Make sure to visit her different sights. You can see her in several publications HERE. If you like something you see on here you can call us or call Melissa! 
But make sure you go get a copy of this issue of Southern Lady…the recipes look amazing as well!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Why Should You Go To Market?

I know what you're thinking!
A vintage car full of glorious flowers?
Really?


That is not the reason to go to market!
Oh…but it is! To get inspired!


Especially when you and your husband have "debated" about it for weeks and finally he has the "vision" that you've always had. That the two of you really should go! Just go!
Even if it's just for the sake of "seeing what's out there!"
(of course I had been telling him that for weeks!)


There is so much to see!
some not so good….


 Some of it is a "step out" in my realm but I think this coral is truly beautiful! 
Can't you just see it in a gorgeous beach home? 
I certainly can! 
 And trust me…it is all the rage!


And some of it is definitely hard to part with! Like this gorgeous 19th Century French mirror for example! There are numerous places I have carried it around to in my own home already.
 But…it will be at the shop waiting on just the right buyer!


As will these antique Italian Olive Jars! I just love them!


Who could resist these antique carved wooden panels? 
I would give anything to have a shop full of them right now!


Like I said earlier…inspiration surrounded us! Even as we glanced out the window coming down the escalator! Who would've "thunk"! A ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta?


And Kalalou's showroom is always fun to see! 
It's a bit outlandish…but I guess that's why they are always packed to the brim with buyers! 
They know how to inspire!


Color attracts people just as all an all neutral pallete does. 
I've never understood how two such polar opposites could make me love them? But they do!
 I tend to gravitate toward the neutrals but the color in design sure does make me "feel" happy!


We basically just took our time and strolled ( actually, we ran! ) through market this time. It was just the right amount of time…gave me a chance to see it again and feel connected to the places and "things" that make my world go round so to speak in the design and retail field. 
It also gave us a brief chance to get away and have fun…and discuss life!


Market never ceases to amaze me with it's enormity! 
I can't wait to try out the Dallas market next year...


As you know, everything is bigger in Texas! 
I intend to explore it and enjoy it!


I was so glad that the High Design floor didn't disappoint!
 As usual, it is always the highlight of my trip!


They always have it decorated so well…and the flowers are always spectacular! 
It is such a fun place to meet new vendors as well as discover new sources.


I'm so excited about the new items they have replicated from the antiques. And I can assure you my sweet friend Tina from The Enchanted Home would've just loved this booth! 
Just look at that blue and white that she loves so much!
I can't wait to get our order in!


No detail was left unturned...


All of the High Design booths were just lovely!



I could've ordered one or two of everything if Jim would've let me!


All in all, it was a wonderful trip to Market! Short…very short…but very sweet, indeed! A quick stay at the Ritz, dinner out and time spent together is always worth the trip! Oh…and we watched a really good movie! I only had to nudge Jim to stay awake about 10 times! ( he was tired! ) 


No matter…I enjoyed it…and cried! That's always a good sign, isn't it? Anyway, thanks for looking at our speed trip through Market 2015! I barely remember it but made lots of notes!
Until next time…let us know what you are looking for these days in terms of design? Do you like color or neutral? Do you like antiques or modern? Or, are you like me and you like the simple mix of both. It's really not a complicated decision. My advice has always been to buy what you love and design according to your own lifestyle…after all…it's you that will be living in it!




Friday, January 2, 2015

It's A New Year….It's A New Day!


Even after all of these years the whole reason I love the movie, "You've Got Mail" is because it makes me remember exactly why and how much I truly do love my shop. There are times lately that I want to to throw in the towel and give up. But then I remember 'The Shop Around The Corner'. I remember the people that I've met along the way, the stories I've been told and the memories that are forever stored in my brain! I wouldn't trade them for the world! I owe a huge "Thank You" to all of YOU and all of our customers that have made it worth the while to keep Mulberry Heights Antiques open. Without you, we would be nothing but a shop….around the corner. 
With you we have become so much more! Thank you!



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall In Love With Art!

That was our theme for this particular show. As you can see Alison Thomas of AKT Designs incorporated that theme quite well in her arrangement she did especially for us! She always does the most amazing centerpieces, etc. for all of our events!



Even with with chalkboard out front to draw in the masses….


To the incredible arrangement she did on the front door, everything was centered with art and fall in mind!


When Melissa arrived with her paintings the theme continued with her use of fall colors in some of my favorite pieces of hers! 




This was the first time we had ever had our artists actually paint in the shop. People gathered around and it was truly fascinating! This is Melissa showing how she actually starts with her paintings on a flat surface and then moves them to the easel.



To all of us it seemed effortless! 



She actually did two different paintings so here she is with the second one.


Lauren brought a wide variety of subject matter in her paintings and there was something for everyone!




She has started doing these smaller pieces on canvas and then framing them. ( she also has an incredible framing business!)



Here Lauren is getting ready to paint for everyone.





Again, it seemed effortless to her but amazing to all of us!


When it was time for Vicki to paint we cranked up the Country music and let it blare! Seriously…that's how she likes to paint and she names a lot of her paintings after certain titles or lines in the songs. I like to try to see if I can guess which song it is when I see her titles. 




How cute is she? One of my sweet customers stayed to watch all three artists and during the demonstrations she remarked that all three of our artists are all so beautiful! And she's right! They are beautiful inside AND out!


Of course with every show we have we always have to have good food! This time I kept hearing people say it was better than ever! That's what we are always hoping for!


It is a tradition to have these fabulous chocolate chip cookies with sea salt! Everyone loves them! My sweet granddaughter came by after school with her mommy and thoroughly enjoyed them!


We had art displayed outside and in! 
We were so full of art yesterday it was amazing!


Now we are full of fresh, new art and I'm sure many of the pieces won't be around for long!






Oh, and in the midst of all of that our beautiful hand blown glass pumpkins arrived! 





So many pretty pieces were left for us to enjoy and sell to you! 






At the end of the day, when all was said and done I took one more look at the beautiful flowers that Alison did and just took in everything that had gone on that day! It was a wonderful time spent with friends, family and artists!


We had three very lucky and extremely happy winners from our giveaway at the end of the day! What a treat! If you are looking for a piece of pretty art to brighten up your home we certainly can help you do that! Come see what's new at Mulberry Heights!