Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gone to Pot?

Sand coated, lime aged, white washed, color glazed, and raw, terracotta pots are showing up more and more in the design world, taking them from simple garden standby to interior design must have. Now, as you might have read in previous posts this week, I'm working at putting together the fall decor of Casa de la Vanderdogan; and in my many trials I've found some interesting inspiration. Take a peak:

An advertisement in a Houston based magazine shows a collection of terracotta pots in a myriad of sizes, holding moss and orchids. Note the fun tension they've created with all the rustic and natural touches surrounding the feminine lines of the linen covered chair. Rich, and sophisticated.

Potting shed? Morning room hoosier? Here farm fresh eggs in blue stoneware pair up beautifully with lime aged terracotta pots.
This magnificently adorned family room with its whitewashed terracotta bowls in each of the window sills. A clever way to bring some rustic touches to this room, along with the weathered log table (right of image) and animal hides and antlers strewn on the fireplace mantle.
Another ad for a Houstonian Antiques Dealer. Isn't the patina of terracotta lovely against the fresh ecru pages of antique books?

A collection of herb topiaries flank a fireplace mirror. A beautiful introduction of color in the otherwise cream landscape.

But it's not just pots that are sparking interior design interest. Antique terracotta facade pieces are being converted into lamps, art, even bases for coffee and side tables.

Opting to paint terracotta a complementary color is a great way to keep its usefulness in coordination with the decor. I much prefer it's natural, weathered look though. What about you?

And feathers collected from the farm find their perch inside of this beautifully patinaed terracotta cup.

So there you have it, a peak into my fall state of mind. I'm working hard to get it all together by Monday, but it's taking more time than I had anticipated. (Perhaps taking a sewing class would help.) Til' next time.