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701 East Bay Street, Suite 106
Charleston, SC, 29403

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Fritz Porter is one of Charleston's best places to shop. We are an interior design showroom open to both the public and to the trades. We feature unique home furnishings, fabrics, lighting fixtures, antiques, vintage finds, fine art and new furniture. 

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Fritz Porter's design blog featuring interiors, inspirations, images that are nothing but Eye Candy and the Inside Scoop on our vendors and design center. 

INSIDE SCOOP: Expansion Parties

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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! 

 

the home of Fritz Porter owner, Sarah-Hamlin Hastings.   Click to see more!

the home of Fritz Porter owner, Sarah-Hamlin Hastings.

 

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Bartender from, Elevate, pours champagne from the Fritz Porter Ceiling   Click to see more!

Bartender from, Elevate, pours champagne from the Fritz Porter Ceiling

 

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EYE CANDY: Wreaths All Around!

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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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 < Keep scrolling to be dazzled.... >

"All images courtesy of our friends on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook & Tumblr."

 

INSIDE SCOOP: Home Is Where the Heart Is

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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. 

Mams, 1968

Mams, 1968

Mams and yours truly, Sullivans Island, 1974

Mams and yours truly, Sullivans Island, 1974

 

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. 

The original blueprints for the house, 1949

The original blueprints for the house, 1949

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.

The "house in the Boondocks" - just after they moved in, 1950

The "house in the Boondocks" - just after they moved in, 1950

The housewarming present their downtown friends gave them....

The housewarming present their downtown friends gave

them....

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.

Mams and Pappy in the living room, Thanksgiving 1972

Mams and Pappy in the living room, Thanksgiving 1972

Matt and me, October 1998 in Mams and Pappy's living room

Matt and me, October 1998 in Mams and Pappy's living room

That living room as it looks today (photo: Josh Gibson) 

That living room as it looks today (photo: Josh Gibson) 

Our wedding reception in the garden-true to form, it was quite a party!

Our wedding reception in the garden-true to form, it was quite a party!

This is now our backyard party (photo: Traditional Home) 

This is now our backyard party (photo: Traditional Home

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. 

Construction underway

Construction underway

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.

(You can see the full story at Traditional Home and Charleston Magazine.)

BEFORE - The house as it looked when we purchased it in 2009

BEFORE - The house as it looked when we purchased it in 2009

AFTER - The new exterior, 2012

AFTER - The new exterior, 2012

The rear view - BEFORE

The rear view - BEFORE

and AFTER (photo: Josh GIbson) 

and AFTER (photo: Josh GIbson) 

The dining room--BEFORE My favorite part are the wonderful Chinese hand painted panels Mams commissioned when they were traveling in Asia. 

The dining room--BEFORE My favorite part are the wonderful Chinese hand painted panels Mams commissioned when they were

traveling in Asia. 

The Dining Room - AFTER (Photo: Traditional Home) 

The Dining Room - AFTER (Photo: Traditional Home

Don't worry---we re-used the Chinese panels in the new powder room (Photo: Josh GIbson) 

Don't worry---we re-used the Chinese panels in the new powder room (Photo: Josh GIbson) 

The Kitchen - BEFORE (really it was the garage)

The Kitchen - BEFORE (really it was the garage)

The kitchen - AFTER (photo: Traditional Home) 

The kitchen - AFTER (photo: Traditional Home

The Sunroom- BEFORE (somewhat dark and dreary) 

The Sunroom- BEFORE (somewhat dark and dreary) 

and AFTER (let there be light!)

and AFTER (let there be light!)

 

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". 

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

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.

Mams and me at our birthday celebration this past September. 

Mams and me at our birthday celebration this past

September. 

In memory of Mams 1924-2016

INSIDE SCOOP: FRITZ PORTER TURNS ONE!

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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!

 
 
 

EYE CANDY: JULIA B. LINENS

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A visual journey of Julia B.'s inspirations.

Her couture linens are available at Fritz Porter through the month of October.

Please inquire about private appointments here.

 

Inside Scoop : Amelia Handegan + Julia B. Linens

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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.

 

VENDOR PROFILE: Patricia Allen Antiques

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Above: The glamorous, Pat Allen.  Below: four examples of the Russian Artist's work.

Above: The glamorous, Pat Allen. 

Below: four examples of the Russian Artist's work.


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".

A SET OF CANDLESTICKS PURCHASED IN A PARIS FLEA MARKET DURING ONE OF PAT'S FIRST EUROPEAN LAYOVERS.

A SET OF CANDLESTICKS PURCHASED IN A

PARIS FLEA MARKET DURING ONE OF

PAT'S FIRST EUROPEAN LAYOVERS.

 

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.

Details from Pat Allen's booth at Fritz Porter

Details from Pat Allen's booth at Fritz Porter

 

7. If you could live in a certain period of time, when would it be?

Right now.

 

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.

 

Inside Scoop: Black Book Breakfast

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We were thrilled to host Bryan Dicker, the US President of the bespoke fabric house Holland & Sherry as our guest speaker for the launch of our exclusive Black Book Trade Program.

If you are not familiar with the line, you should be. The company got their start over 170 years ago as Savile Row woolen merchants in London and are the go-to fabric suppliers for bespoke tailors. I was first introduced to the line many years ago while working at Cullman and Kravis in New York. A young fabric salesman came in one day and presented a lovely masculine line of fabrics that reminded me of my very dapper grandfather. Little did I know that this very charming salesman would eventually take the company from a small bespoke suiting fabric company to one of the most luxurious and beautiful textile lines in the world. That young man was Byran Dicker.

Constantly on the quest for the most luxurious cashmeres, woolens and worsted vicunas, Bryan has led the charge of Holland & Sherry's  partnerships with Paris couture houses, including Dior and Lanvin. In 2001, the company re-invented themselves as a luxury home collection and their custom embroidery program was introduced. Designer Nicolas Chambeyron was wooed from Christian Dior where he created exquisite patterns for John Galliano and began to create unbelievable border patterns that have evolved into more intricate and complicated overall patterns. -adapted from Marks&Frantz

Using a combination of applique, various embroidery techniques, wools, cashmeres and silks, each piece is more exceptional than the next.

If you're an interior designer or a member of the design trade and would like information about becoming a member of the Fritz Porter Backbook, please send us an inquiry below. Thanks so much and hope to see you at our next event!

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VENDOR PROFILE: William Cook Antiques

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BILLY IN HIS ANTIQUE SHOP IN HUNGERFORD, JUST OUTSIDE OF LONDON.

BILLY IN HIS ANTIQUE SHOP IN HUNGERFORD, JUST OUTSIDE OF LONDON.

BILLY'S HOME IN ENGLAND

BILLY'S HOME IN ENGLAND


10 QUESTIONS WITH WILLIAM COOK ANTIQUES


1. How long have you been dealing in antiques?

Thirty years. After leaving college I spent six years working for a dealer and then Christies in London. It was during this time that I developed my own eye and furthered my knowledge of good antique furniture.

Aged 27 I returned home and set up the specialist dealing side of our family business which until then was mainly focused on restoring fine antique furniture for clients including the Royal Family, museums, private collectors and other dealers.

Whilst initially establishing the business in England, thirteen years ago I also started exhibiting in America with my first Show being in Palm Beach. I now exhibit in the States five times a year and having opened my first permanent US space at Fritz Porter last year,  I also try to spend four or five days in Charleston every five weeks and ship over new pieces from England in advance of every trip. I still have my shop in England and also show at four UK antique shows a year. My two brothers now run the family restoration business.

2. How did you first get into the business?

As the son of an antique restorer, I’ve been immersed in antiques all my life. Fortunately our family restoration business have restored and maintained some of the finest furniture and as a child I remember my father often calling me into the workshop to show me a particular piece by cabinet makers such as Thomas Chippendale or William Vile to explain the varying differences in their techniques or carving styles - an education that has since proved invaluable ! Dad is still alive and occasionally I will seek his opinion as you’re never too old to learn something new. 

3. How is the sourcing and selling experience different in the US than in England?

As a dealer I love to buy and am always searching. In England a lot of my buying is done from long established contacts, private houses or at auction. Most evenings I will view the American sales online but nothing beats the experience of just “finding” something totally unexpected. Even holidays can be a great chance to buy and last year whilst on holiday in Turkey I discovered some wonderful textiles which I brought home in my suitcase. It did mean though that I had to leave half my own clothes behind to make room for them in my luggage. I love selling in America as people are generally very straight forward and appreciative of what I deal in. Sometimes in England a deal can be a little more protracted but I guess that’s just our nature.     

LOOKS LIKE YOU MIGHT GIVE HRH HARRY A RUN FOR HIS MONEY, BILLY!! $1600 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE WHOLE BOTTLE

LOOKS LIKE YOU MIGHT GIVE HRH HARRY A RUN FOR HIS MONEY, BILLY!!

$1600 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE WHOLE BOTTLE

4. Who would be your ideal dinner party guest?

HRH Prince Harry. I think he’s a great guy and a credit to The Royal Family. I also suspect he would be the last man standing after a very boozy evening….

5. Is there an item that you have been on the hunt for and have not yet found? 

Of course but every morning I wake up and think “ what will I find today ?” I still get excited at finding something different, good or unusual. It’s never about the value but always the individuality of the item. Recently on the same day I bought superb late 17th century walnut bureau bookcase and a large 1960’s oversized promotional champagne bottle. About as far apart as you could possibly get from each other but both bought with the same enthusiasm. 

6. Who is someone or what is something that you consider inspiring?

The late Nelsen Mandela. Despite the injustices of his past, he never harboured bitterness and always tried to find the good in someone or make things better for others. I’m a great believer in not worrying about the things you can’t change but concentrating on those you can.   

7. If you could live in a certain period of time, when would it be?

I’m happy living right now ! When we look back at the past we always tend to focus on the good parts but ignore the darker side. I would like however to see more of the courtesy, politeness and respect for others that was perhaps a little more commonplace in the first half of the 20th century. 

8. What are five things you can't live without?

My phone, my computer, my sons, the shared and unembarrassed laughter with really good friends and my partner Amanda. We met when we were sixteen, dated and then a few years later she dumped me (I kissed another !!). We have now lived together for the last ten years and perhaps most importantly, she’s the one who tells me when I’m wrong and whilst not always agreeing with her, she’s usually right ! 

9. Tell me something people would be surprised to learn about you.

If I did then how will I surprise them if we meet ?

10. When you aren't out buying and merchandising, where can we find you?

I travel and work a lot so free time can be a luxury. When at home I try to walk the dog every day. I’m blessed to live in a small village set in the most wonderful English countryside and so the views on my walks are constantly changing with the passing seasons. You will also find me in my local village pub, which fortunately I have to pass on the way back from my walk, with a pint of warm flat beer, I know – it’s an English thing !!!!  

EYE CANDY: A Light In August

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"In August...  there’s a few days somewhere about the middle of the month when suddenly there’s a foretaste of fall, it’s cool, there’s a lambence, a soft, a luminous quality to the light, as though it came not from just today but from back in the old classic times."

- William Faulkner, A Light in August

 
 

Happy End of Summer!

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