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Over the holidays I finished watching Season 2 of The Crown on NEtflix and,
like everyone else, I was transfixed not only by the story, but by the gorgeous set design. So when we brought on a few new vendors from across the pond (namely Lewis and Wood, Farrow & Ball and Imogen Heath) we decided it was a perfect opportunity to create and Atelier inspired by the wonderfully collected feel of the British home.
Scroll down to see some of what us inspired and how the whole thing beautifully came together...
Proper Pimm's Cup for a Party
I love a tidy, easy recipe and this one is just that if you don't overthink it!
All you need is a serving vessel big enough to hold a bottle of Pimm's + the sliced fruit & cucumber.
Serve over ice in a 3:1 ratio of ginger beer to Pimm's Base.
Makes 12-15 servings.
1- Bottle of Pimm's No. 1 (750 ml)
1- English (of course!) Cucumber
4- Large Lemons
1- 16 oz Container of Fresh Strawberries
6-10 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
6 pack of Ginger Beer (We like it extra spicy!)
Lots of crushed ice
... I also consider a quality highball glass a key ingredients to the success of this recipe!
- Thinly slice the cucumber & lemons (I use the slicing blade on my Cusinart- quick & easy!)
- Quarter strawberries with the tops removed.
- Toss the cucumber & lemon slices, strawberries & rosemary sprigs into your serving vessel.
- Pour a hole bottle of Pimm's over the slices.
- Stir- yum!
The rest is this simple: fill your highball about 1/3 of the way with the Pimm's mix, fill the rest of the glass with ice, top with ginger beer- enjoy!
The first two weeks of April 2017 were busy ones for Fritz Porter!
In addition to launching a new look for our website,
we also welcomed to Charleston our vendors, who hail from all over the country & beyond,
with two smashing parties for the grand opening of our newly expanded showroom!
Here are a few wreaths to get you inspired & motivated for The Vine Garden Market's Wreath Making Workshop this Wednesday night from 6-8pm at Fritz Porter.
A handful of space are left if you haven't already signed up!
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Every time we have a family gathering we say a blessing before the meal. Regardless of who says the prayer, it always ends with a simple decree: "Bless the missing ones".
This took on an even more profound meaning at this year's Thanksgiving table. On November 10th we lost our dear Mams--beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a matriarch in every sense of the word. She was loving, yet fierce. She was doting, yet independent, acerbic, yet wise. She was a force of nature like no other and the table was just a little bit less lively without her.
She and my grandfather, Pappy, had a wonderful life. They raised three children (including my father) ran a successful business, and were active in the community. They loved to travel, be with their family, and entertain friends.
They were always ahead of their time, so it was no surprise that in 1949 they decided to leave the comfort of downtown Charleston and move over the river "to the boondocks". They bought a plot of land just west of the Ashley River and set about building their dream house. There were no paved roads, no city sewer or power lines, and for all intents and purposes, no neighbors. No matter...they forged ahead.
They lived happily in that house for nearly 60 years. They raised their children there. had fabulous parties, endured the devastation of Hurricane Hugo, hosted our wedding reception, and welcomed 10 grandchildren under that roof.
But after my Pappy died, and Mams got along in years, the house ultimately proved to be too much. As luck would have it, this was right about the time that my husband and I decided to move our family from New York back to Charleston. A deal was struck and we purchased the house (with her blessing to do "some renovations") in 2009. I was going home.
We entrusted the indelible talent of Bobby McAlpine to re-invent the house into our own version of a dream home in which to raise our family. I had only two requests: 1. to modernize, but "keep the spirit" of my grandparent's white brick colonial 2. Bring in as much natural light as possible. Bobby nailed it.
We are proud to have taken the torch of re-creating an epicenter for our family. It was an honor and a privledge to host a wonderfully robust Thanksgiving feast this past week where we all laughed, cried, told stories, shared memories, and for a brief moment, filled the immense void she left. Mams, you will live on in our hearts, because in your honor, we will never forget the "missing ones".
She will live on in our hearts, because in her honor, we will never forget the "missing ones". May she rest in peace...her legacy will continue live on in our home.
In memory of Mams 1924-2016
Oh, what a year it has been….We have laughed, cried, pulled our hair out in frustration, and hugged each other in jubilation.
We have seen incredible art and antiques come in and out our door, partnered with artisanal brands to bring new talent to the market, and collaborated
with the designers that have inspired us along the way.
It has been a long and winding road and we are excited to see where it takes us next!
On the evening of October 18th, we celebrated two incredibly talented ladies:
Renowned interior designer Amelia Handegan released her new book, Rooms, published by Rizzoli and Julia B Couture Linens launched their stunning collection in the Atelier.
TEN QUESTIONS WITH PAT ALLEN
1. How long have you been dealing in antiques?
For fun, maybe 30 years? For profit 15 yrs... Long enough for me to have become an antique. (And a fine one the FP Team might add!)
2. How did you first get into the business?
While traveling in Europe I would find things for friends and designers. Eventually, I decided it might be fun to do this for profit instead of "just fun".
3. Tell us about a past life (we hear Pan Am might be on your resume...!)
I worked as a flight attendant for an airline, not Pan Am, that was before my time. In addition to having two children, I became a flight attendant and had the opportunity to travel all over. Even though I had travelled extensively with my husband and children before this job, it was a chance to spend extended "leisure-time" in Europe on my layovers. So I had the chance to really spend time going through the antique markets.
4. Do you have a favorite piece of furniture? Tell us about it.
Some of my favorite things are pieces I paid very little money. I have several paintings I purchased in Germany by a Russian artist that I just love. I used to take him American cigarettes. He lived in Weisbaden. It's a town known for its mineral baths. It's a beautiful little town. Also, some architectural items that have some nice memories attached while on a trip to Venice.
5. Who would be your ideal dinner party guest? (What a mix!)
Robert Adam, Andrea Palladio, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Bunny Williams, Mark Hampton, David Easton and Jean Louis Deniot. For entertainment definitely Adrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Queen. Johnny Cash. Dolly Parton for fun.
6. Who is someone or something that you consider inspiring?
All the young designers that bring so many new ideas to the table. Inspiring.
7. If you could live in a certain period of time, when would it be?
8. What are five things you can't live without?
Very rich, robust coffee- am only. Cheese, seafood, flowers, and books.
9. Tell me something people would be surprised to learn about you.
I doubt anyone would be surprised at anything being the Leo that I am. However, I love quiet time with a good book.
10. What is a favorite place to eat/visit/drink/shop in Charleston?
The best meals are at home when the children are here. I can still put a fabulous meal together. Always more fun when there is a crowd. We have so many fabulous restaurants in Charleston. FIG is always a favorite. I love Mondo's Delight for pasta.