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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: The British Invasion

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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...

 
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Farrow & Ball paint color "Dead Salmon" was the perfect dusty pink and created the backdrop for our Atelier (Photo: Getty Images) 

Farrow & Ball paint color "Dead Salmon" was the perfect dusty pink

and created the backdrop for our Atelier (Photo: Getty Images) 

We also fell for Farrow & Ball's Tourbillon wallpaper which we used in the niche of the Atelier to create a dramatic backdrop. 

We also fell for Farrow & Ball's Tourbillon wallpaper which we used in the niche of the

Atelier to create a dramatic backdrop. 

The cast of The Crown on Netflix

The cast of The Crown on Netflix

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

 
The Atelier as it came together from the inspirations above

The Atelier as it came together from the inspirations above

The Tourbillon Wallpaper from Farrow and Ball creates a graphic backdrop for the slipper chairs covered in Lewis and Wood linen. The 19th century commode is from John Pope Antiques and the portrait is from 17 South Antiques.

The Tourbillon Wallpaper from Farrow and Ball creates a graphic backdrop for the slipper chairs covered in Lewis and Wood linen.

The 19th century commode is from John Pope Antiques and the portrait is from 17 South Antiques.

The Brits love their blue and white (as do we!) 

The Brits love their blue and white (as do we!) 

 
The Sika Wallpaper and Hawksmoor fabric on the wing chair from Lewis and Wood

The Sika Wallpaper and Hawksmoor fabric on the wing chair from Lewis and

Wood

 
Lets get this party started with some libations...

Lets get this party started with some libations...

Including the traditional Pimm's Cup cocktail (made from scratch from our very own Carlye Jane Dougherty...see recipe below) 

Including the traditional Pimm's Cup cocktail (made from scratch from our very own Carlye Jane

Dougherty...see recipe below) 

A talk by Richard Keith Langham at the Historic Charleston Foundation provided further inspiration with his casually formal spaces.  

A talk by Richard Keith Langham at the Historic Charleston Foundation provided further inspiration with his casually formal spaces.

 

And the party gets into gear...

And the party gets into gear...

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Oh what a night! The tattered Union Jack lives to tell the tale....

Oh what a night! The tattered Union Jack lives to tell the tale....

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.


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Ingredients

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! 

That's all. 


 
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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!

< Click HERE to register >

 < 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.