Sunday, January 10, 2010

Warming Up a Chilly Weekend

We're still trying to warm up amid the freeze that has overtaken the Southeast. To top it off, some part of our upstairs heat system went out. Mr. Southern, being the great engineer and all-around fix-it guy that he is, has ordered the bum part. Meanwhile, we're using space heaters, allowing the dogs back on the bed at night, and spending much of our time on the first level where it's nice and warm!

The dogs LOVE the snow (both Madison and Samantha lived in Minnesota, so they're accustomed to the white stuff). I couldn't resist a few photos...

Here is Mr. Tilghman, looking quite dignified (you'd never know he was looking for ice or sticks to eat a few moments earlier).

Miss Samantha remains ball-obsessed, regardless of the weather (that is a tennis ball in her mouth).

Miss Madison is on the hunt for someone to play with.

Tilghman and Madison frolicking...
Kaylee is not a big fan of getting her paws cold, but once she discovered she could eat the snow, she was a bit more enthusiastic.

As I mentioned last week, I also had the opportunity to attend the Eddie Ross~Larson Juhl event. Sadly I had a meeting today and missed the Scott's tour but look forward to reading others' recaps!

The tables, not surprisingly, were decorated beautifully. Sorry, I realized after the fact that I have no photos of the bites of food, but here's the wine!!

Tables had simple teacup and saucers with flowers (in florist foam- we checked) "framed" by a gold frame.

Eddie's talk was quite interesting and they showed some unbelievable gorgeous frames. He was quite personable, friendly, enthusiastic and of course, quite knowledgeable. Eddie discussed some of the cliches of hanging art (and one of my favorite quotes, while discussing kitchen art, "when in doubt, just hang a chicken.") My key takeaways- personalize it, make it meaningful to you, and mat/frame it to fit the space (item) to avoid the Pottery Barn catalog look.

A bonus- I got to meet Claire, of High Gloss Blue, which was quite exciting.

One of the most fun moments was the sneak peak into their Artaissance studio. I apologize for sounding like an advertisement for them, but it's pretty neat!

They take a high-quality photo of a painting/etching/book with this camera. Because of the high-level of detail the camera picks up...

...they are able to print the image in a large format- and on paper or canvas. For full disclosure, I did receive a print of a Biltmore chair as a gift. Because they have the images digitally, the studio can change colors giving a totally modern look to an antique piece.

Jonathan Adler print shown below.

Here's an example of what you could do (obviously not all of these at once):

Clockwise from top left: Biltmore Ironwork Tile; Morning, Floating and Awakening by Nichole Sloan; Memento Circle in Midnight by Amy Butler; Poppy III, VII, VIII by Jill Meyer.

And of course, I had to get the requisite blogger/celebrity photo. I missed getting one with Jaithan, who was in attendance as well, and quite the charming gentleman (as was Eddie!).

How was your weekend?



  1. Oh, I love seeing your dogs. We lost our 17 year old Golden this past summer. He loved playing in the snow - making paths with his nose. It was so fun to see your dogs playing, and reminding me of my Elliott.

  2. weekend was great! stayed inside due to the freezing weather!!
    love the dog photos!! my dog loves the snow.... she loves eating the snow too. I only allow her to eat snow from the back yard since people sprinkle salt and that is not good for her.... she sneaks then gets sick:(

    keep warm!!

  3. Glad you and Claire had a big time. And you are the 2nd Atlanta blogger make her picture debut this weekend. Who is that guy in the picture with Ms. Southern Aspirations? :^)

    You had a 4-dog night?

  4. Oh I wanted to go to this but I didn't make it, I am so glad to hear about it!

  5. I love your dogs!! Mine seem to not be fond of the cold (who can blame them having to do their ablutions at 10 degrees temperature)
    I spent the day trying to cover various drafts in the house, adding curtain liners, anything to keep the house bearably warm....
    Hope you have a warm duvet,

  6. I think Kaylee needs little paw shoes! I love the prints, too. Very cool.

  7. I think your dogs love the snow. Lovely post I wish it cools down here in Aus.

  8. Wow, sounds like a fun weekend! And you have snow!

  9. Aw, cute pics of your dogs in the snow. And how cool is it that you got to meet Eddie Ross?! Love the silver bowl that the wine bottles were chilling in - gorgeous!

  10. Looks like the Eddie Ross event was a great time! Love the pup pics! xx

  11. oh gosh!! I just love your dogs so much!!

  12. What a wonderful post! It looks like you had a blast this weekend-even with the wintry weather.

  13. Ah, I'm so jealous! Looks like you had so much fun with them!!

  14. Sounds like you had a great weekend, the Eddie Ross event looks amazing. Love the pics of your dogs playing in the snow, so cute! You won't find that here in Phoenix, it should be in the 70's the rest of the week...enjoy your visit!

  15. lovely post. it's been snowing so much in london too. it's been a crazy week. friday night on my way home i felt! couldn't get my balance in this icy pavement!

    lovely dogs :)
    have a good week.
    kisskiss from freezing london :)

  16. Looks like your puppies are loving the snow!

  17. Great to meet you at Saturday's event. The snow made a perfect backdrop for the tea with Eddie and Jaithan.

  18. Your puppies are so precious! Love the pictures :).

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  20. I'm glad I share my name with a gorgeous pup! Interesting blog.



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