To mark National Dog Week and as part of Vine’s ongoing bring-your-dog-to-the-blog series, the team asked me to share a little about my two rescues, Nellie and Ray. She’s an octogenarian sorta-Corgy, and he’s a middle-aged Aussie with questionable personal hygiene. But my wife and I love them both in all their differences, which prompted me to make this little 30-second video, casting them in a ’70s sitcom I think they’d be perfect for.
All items for September, 2011
During the early-18th century, tea tables came into fashion because of the popularity of “taking tea.” A similar trend followed in the 20th century with the cigarette table. Smoking was a common activity for men and women of all ages and statuses, so the trend quickly spread. It was originally created to house one’s martini and an ashtray and would be nestled by an armchair, next to a doorway, or beneath a window. Any fashionable living room would not be considered well-dressed without one.
The standard height of a cigarette table should be pretty low, at around 18″-22″ (ours is a little higher, resting right at seating-arm level), and it should not exceed 18″ in width. Remember, they should only be large enough to hold a drink and maybe a small plate. Typically, they are pretty lightweight in order to be transported from place to place easily.
Earlier this year Andrew gave each department the challenge of decorating their own common spaces after we moved to our new corporate office location. The hard part was deciding what theme to choose and what pieces to use. All the departments are very different and the challenge really brought out the individuality within each.
Human Resources turned one of their offices in to the dream room. They created this space to be as serene as possible, because they want employees to feel comfortable when they come to speak with them. Our merchandising department decided to go with a global theme. The two buying/design teams chose items from their respective countries: China and India. Marketing chose a more rustic look with natural wood shelving carts and oversized chairs for a comfortable escape from their desks. The creative department selected one of our large dining room tables as a centerpiece for the space where they can come together to work or to eat, just like they were sitting at their own kitchen tables.
We heard a rumor that a contest was supposed to be held to determine which team had the best design, but a winner has not been picked yet. Maybe you can help us decide!
Andrew and Shannon’s house has a neutral color palette and Swedish inspiration. It is absolutely beautiful inside, filled with really interesting artifacts from around the world. You can create a look similar to theirs in your own home. Check out the below products!
1. Handpainted Soleil Sunburst Mirror 2. Treasured Sage Chinese Console 3. Trophy Cup Wall Planter
Ever wonder what a home decor company’s president’s house looks like inside? It certainly isn’t ordinary! Here’s your chance to peek inside the house of Andrew and Shannon (president and vice president of Wisteria)!
Shannon was kind enough to share her thoughts on decorating their home.
What is your role at Wisteria?
Along with my husband Andrew, I am the co-founder of Wisteria. My leadership in the company centers around brand management and design.
What is your personal design style?
I prefer an open, airy environment with minimal surroundings. I like to bring a sense of the outdoors “in” and to maintain a simple palette on which to showcase art and antiques. I like “order” and clean lines. I am inspired by the simplicity and pale patinas of Swedish antiques. I love light-filled rooms and many windows. There is almost a Shaker sensibility to Swedish design that I appreciate and try to emulate in my own home. I also love to mix contemporary art and furnishings with antiques. For instance, Cooper has a Contemporary Swivel Chair in his otherwise traditional boy’s room. I have a Joseph Havel sketch in our otherwise 18th-century Swedish living room.
What inspires you?
Andrew and our children! Our family and friends. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Jesus Christ and God’s Word in action in the world! Bible Study Fellowship and Missionaries of Charity.
What are your most prized possessions?
Andrew and our children: Cooper and Susanna. Our parents: Lisa Newsom, Jane Moore, and Daryl and Rachel Bristow. My friends. The Bible. If I had to pick an object in the house, then I would say our 18th-century Swedish secretary in our living room.
Where do you shop?
Ironically, I don’t shop much at all! But when I do, it’s at Wisteria! Other than that, I like to return to Houston (where I am from) and visit antique dealers as well as the stores, Indulge and Thompson Hansen. In Dallas, I like to frequent Lisa Luby Ryan in Snyder Plaza, especially during the holidays. Mostly, I love to go to France and mill around in the markets in Paris and in the South of France. India is incredibly inspiring as well in terms of color and style. I like to visit Anokhi in Jaipur for tunics and jewelry.
Tell us something we might not know about your home at first glance.
Our house looks really clean and neat–at first glance. BUT, open any drawer, closet or cabinet, and you will find chaos! In another life, I would love organized drawers and closets and every loose picture placed on the wall or in an album. Our children are 10 and 8, and I still haven’t completed their baby books! It is a situation!
What Wisteria pieces are you currently lusting after?
The Glass Half Full Carafe, the French Shopkeeper’s Shelves, the Wishbone Chair in natural, Natural Linen Hand Towels, Oyster Shell Cross, Glass Column Lamp, and for Halloween, the Ghostly Yard Art. (I already have the Silhouette Witch and Cat Entourage!)