Friday, August 19, 2011

A Picture is Worth ...

Dining Room Bar - Our Home
My good bloggy friend Joan, from the amazing blog for the love of a house, has a series on her blog called "snapshots". They're pictures she takes of vignettes, furniture, flowers, even the light and shadows as they pass through the many windows of her home onto her gorgeous interiors. No real commentary, just a picture ... worth a thousand words.

Inspired by Joan, I decided to start a similar series called "A Picture is Worth ..." All pictures of CDLV (Casa de la Vanderdogan) as I see it. I know that I haven't been sharing much of our house, and there are too many reasons to list. I know that a lot of you read the blog for the writing I do about other designers, and the collection of inspiring photos by one designer in one place ... but there are others, the tried and true, who know what CDLV is all about and long for a reminder every once in a while.

Thank you to everyone who reads, and especially to those of you who leave comments on the blog. I know it takes some extra time ... and I sincerely appreciate it. This blog wouldn't be worth doing if it weren't for all of you. Enjoy:



96 comments:

  1. Cheers! Loving the ironstone platters and antlers! putting you on the rrantiques style file on tumblr!!

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  2. So gorgeous Artie!!!! Love the mix of light and dark.....such a clever idea to use a secretary as a beverage server too!!!!! I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful home in this new feature :o)
    ~Des

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  3. So Beautiful, I really love that last shot!! Martina

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  4. Hi Artie,
    So glad to see photos of your home. Your bar is so gorgeous--loving the platters and trophy. I'll have a dirty martini please. Shaken, not stirred! ~Delores

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  5. Artie! I love these shots! I want to see more of the room. That sneak peak of gorgeous drapes and the slipcovered chair make me want to see the rest. Good tease! I must confess, that while I enjoy seeing your Inspiring Spaces on Tuesdays, I much prefer seeing what you do, because it is so much more a connection to who you are and your blog. Some blogs, full of pretty pictures, are wonderful the way they are. But yours, I really enjoy the personal side to it, it makes me feel like I know you a bit. I am so glad you are doing this series. Thanks! Oh, and if I didn't have teenagers, my bar would look like that, too, love it! I'm in the don't-tempt-them-phase :)

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  6. I do miss the pictures of CDLV. That first picture is stunning! PERFECT!!!!

    What a neat area and I like how the bar is accessorized as well as the wall above it.

    Splendid job!

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  7. Very nice pictures. I like those small cups. Those are Arabic coffee cups right ?

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  8. A-MAZING Artie! I LOVE that you repurposed a desk as your bar (what's the sory be the desk?). I love the way you styled it and the shots you captured. My fave is pic #4 - Loving those bamboo handles and how perfect the coral roses look in the silver vase next to the single candlestick.

    That chair back in the last shot looks amazing too! Thanks for stopping by my blog, leaving the sweet comment, and the invite to your new feature xo

    MISS YOU!!
    :D Lynda

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  9. looks like i'm the last one to this party. steve, joan, trina, all my favorite bloggers are here. thank you for you sweet comment this morning. who doesn't like to wake up and read all the love?

    ok, this snapshot is worth a 1000 words b/c it inspires me to want to see more of your home. it also makes me wish it was time for a drink. which it isn't b/c it isn't 6am yet.

    anyway i'm now following you too!

    xo
    janet

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  10. I am going to so love this new feature of yours Artie!! The desk looks great in this corner and I love the ironstone, the horns, the wall color, the way you've displayed the bar- the blue willow plates are a perfect addition stacked in the basket and so handy when you need a plate for cut lemons, etc.- so smart! The whole space is so smart and classic! Oh dear, looks like we haven't discussed a mutual love of real bamboo pieces!

    so happy to see my friend Janet here! she's a hoot, you'll love her!

    xojoan

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  11. Thank you everyone!
    Joan, that's the new wall color - Ash Bark from Martha Stewart Living. The dining room, living room, and sunroom are all painted that color now.

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  12. Hey Artie,

    Love the new wall color -- perfect backdrop for your warm woods and pops of color! I'm drawn to shiny objects so, naturally, I love the silver goblet filled with lush roses and the sparkling crystal decanters.

    The last picture really tells a story. Great textures and impressive styling! I really like the way you've used shape and color to move the eye around the vignette and its surroundings.

    OK, how long did it take you to swirl the swizzle sticks? That's what I focused on in the overhead shot -- they're perfect!

    Have a great weekend, my friend.

    Bill

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  13. Thanks for stopping by and for the invitation. I actually prefer blogs that emphasize personal design, so I'm thrilled to anticipate an invitation to visit your home. I see from some of the elements in your bar vignette that you and I appreciate a number of the same things. Maybe we'll do a "Tables for Two" together at some point. Beautiful design...I think that you're ready for the unannounced guest to stop by for a drink. Partaaaay on!
    Cherry Kay

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  14. Wow -- I absolutely LOVE this. Your photos (and home bar!) are stunning. Looking forward to more posts like this...

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  15. Hi Artie.
    Thanks so much for visiting my Tablescapes today. I love all your
    Beautiful photos!!You do a great job getting all your photos on your post... Im your newest follower on your blog now.I hope you can join my blog also. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my Tablescapes. I hope you have a great weekend coming up.
    XXOO Diane

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  16. Hi, Artie, haven't said hello in ages, so thought I'd stop by. This has been a year of change for me, so I don't have house pics to post at my blog for the most part. I love your idea for a series, best of luck with that. Hope your summer has been good!

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  17. This is my dream bar...how did you know?! You've got great taste, my friend...

    ciao

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  18. Love it! My husband and I have been talking about setting up a bar for years - just waiting for the last teenager (17) to leave and out comes the Captains!

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  19. Hello! What I wouldn't give to have a bar like that... I love how you've mixed silver and brass with all of the other textures. It has such a collected feel. Super pretty.
    Camille
    The Vintique Object

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  20. I love Joan's snapshot idea. Sometimes I shoot a photo that captures the perfect moment but I never know what to do with it.

    I hope this is a preview of the new style becuase I'm loving what I'm seeing. I love the neutral base of "old white" and wood as it leaves a room open to so many possibilities. The slipcovers are a great idea too.


    And what the hell is is CDLV? I've never been able to figure out.

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  21. HAHAHA!! Steve, CDLV is the acronym for Casa De La Vander-Dogan. My last name is Vanderpool, Scott's is Akdogan. So I put them together and Vanderdogan it was.

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  22. Artie, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I am honored!!! I love your bar and am glad someone else has a bar in their living room!!!! I love the bamboo utensils, they match one of my sets of flatware! I love ANYTHING bamboo! The roe deer antlers on the wall are beautiful, I have been wanting some of my own! Love everything you have ON the bar as well. XO, Pinky

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  23. So wonderful to see a glimpse again.. I love your bar set up on the desk! great idea. I love your antlers.. mine are going up this weekend. Great spot for the platters too. I have a pewter goblet I saved that my SIL was going to throw away.. perfect for roses.. I also love what i see of the chair. Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your very kind comments. I'm so glad you'll be doing this..
    xo marlis

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  24. I am liking your new series a lot. That is a great shot.

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  25. Love the idea of a "snapshot" series. The white platters and antlers look great over the bar. Looking forward to reading more on your blog. Susan at Romancing the Home.

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  26. I love this. Love that you re-purposed an old desk. That is how our bar is in the den with the fold down door but you have it arranged beautifully. You have a great sense of style and display.

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  27. Artie, hi!!! Nice to meet you! I don't think I've ever visited your blog. I try so very hard to get to each and every post on Susan's Tablescape Thursdays, but I did miss a couple of months. I see you live in New York, so you're quite a distance from the Kansas City, MO area where I live. I love your style! Very chic, modern with a traditional twist...or is it traditional with a modern twist? I can't decide! At any rate, it's beautiful!!! The bar looks fantastic! I love the way you've corraled all of the essentials onto the tray as a grouping. I also love your unabandoned use of crystal decanters. I think you and I must have been separated at birth!!! (If you saw the bar in my library you'd know why!!!) Those bamboo handled bar accessories are really cool, too!!! Fantastic arrangement of platters above the bar topped off with the (is that a silver deer head?) ornamentation. And your silver-grey window treatments and that chair...Divine with a capital D!!! If you tell you me sewed those with your own hands I am SO through with you! :-) I love looking around in other people's homes, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to be a legal Peeping Tom! :-) I will most certainly peek around on your site and then come back to visit often to see what you're offering up! Thanks for stopping by Table Twenty-One earlier today. I love having guests drop in! Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to swapping decorative ideas with you in the future!

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  28. Artie, this is wonderful. I would have never thought about using a secretary as a bar but it works beautifully! Bravo, my friend!
    P.S. Ya gotta get a zipper foot...it's the only way to keep your sanity while attaching piping to pillows! ;)

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  29. I'm enjoying this vignette! What a great idea to use the secretary for a bar! I love your combination with the blue willow plates..the crystal.. the silver pieces and the roses...all suggest favorite items and romance! The platters on the wall also keep the theme going! Love the pictures especially the closeup with the bamboo handled pieces! Looks like a very successful idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  30. Great use of space! Very creative. And the roses add a fantastic pop of color!

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  31. Dear Artie,

    Firstly thank you so much for your visit and your wonderful words.

    I always love to have a bar in the room, yours looks just the perfect bar style.

    The desk is perfect and the way you styled the drinks and the glasses.

    Loved it, can I please have a votka tonic please and aslice of lime.

    Thank u.

    Have a great weekend.

    Karin Şen Cankan
    karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

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  32. Liking the use of the desk as a bar! Wonderful photos too. Thanks for stopping by my website. I am using my sofa table as a bar at the moment, but it is rather crowded. I worked at PB one Xmas, and we had a secretary with the hutch top for sale at the time. They merchandised it as a bar, with all the glassware in the top (behind glass doors) -- and I always remembered the idea. The only problem is that I don't have one!

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  33. Hi- and thanks for leaving such sweet comments on my blog This is my first visit to yours.Love all the beautiful things you have, the silver, crystal, and adore the grey silk curtains... so elegant!!! Nice to meet you! Beautiful vignettes... and great pictures.. Mine is a Daiquiri by the way :-)
    have a great weekend
    Bea

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  34. Thanks for stopping by Artie -- I do love your new beverage secretary! What a terrific idea. Love seeing your home.

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  35. Great image and wonderful idea. I love the bar set up. I read for the love of a house regularly and found you from polished pebble. It's so much fun reading like minded bloggers and seeing some of the best images. Thank you,I look forward to more of the same.
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

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  36. Lovely photos. I love the idea of secretary-as-bar. If this is a hint of what the rest of your house looks like, I cannot wait to see more snapshots.
    Have a great weekend.
    Victoria

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  37. What's not to love about that bar beautiful. The basket, the glasses, the crystal, a fabulous use of a vintage secretary. Brilliant idea. Thanks for stopping by our giveaway. Mom from Cottage and Broome.

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  38. Can not tell you how much I loved this post. Your blog is stellar, and is dearly loved by me, an interior designer turned stay-at-home-mother in Texas!

    My great-grandfather's antique desk/secretary has been on a long list of projects for a while now. I recently thought about putting it in my dining room and flooding it with liquor bottles and crystal.

    You've inspired me to get to work! My oldest starts kindergarten in two days . . . Perfect timing!

    Fondly--Amanda

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  39. Hi Artie, your post makes me want to see more and more!! I, also, love the idea of using a secretary for a bar. I used an armoire in my other house, and it worked great. I love how the trays seem to make the eye go up to the antlers above. Your use of everything I love--especially the crystal and silver--is so inviting! I would love to stop by for a happy hour, but why limit happy to just an hour!! Thanks for inviting me by, I will stop in more often and check things out. Thanks for your visit and for your kind comments. Have a great week-end!! Betsy

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  40. Artie,
    Finding a piece of furniture that already had a former life and a history and giving it a second lease on life in a fresh way is exhilarating! I can just feel my pulse getting quicker! I a wild about your new bar! What a fabulous use!
    This Artie, is style grandly lived! I have missed your "not everything white life". I am so tired of all the white and crud and cookie cutter looks. Your bar is an example of loving the things you live with and not wanting them to be the same as everyone else's.
    Beautifully done! Kudos!
    This stop has refreshed my design soul!
    Yvonne

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  41. Hi Artie, it is so nice meeting you and thank you for stopping by and visiting me. Your bar vignette is absolutely gorgeous! I'm loving all the elements you used to put it together... reminds me so much of a British Colonial cottage in the Caribbean islands. The texture of the rattan tray,the pretty silver touches, the gorgeous peach roses, the dark wood of the antique secretary and the sparkling crystals create such a beautiful vignette. Thanks for the inspiration and for your endearing comment on my fiesta tablescape!Enjoy the weekend! Hugs~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  42. I love this! The ironstone plates and antlers are outstanding! The rattan bar set mixed with silver and crystal is so much fun! I want to see more of your dining room! I am loving everything I see so far!

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  43. I haven't been by in an age - SUCH a busy summer it's been. But I adore this idea for a new series for your blog. Your photos are warm and glamorous and evocative. More, please!!

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  44. I will take a "dirty, dirty, martini please". : ) Thanks for stopping by! I am your new subscriber...I think. I was a little confused! Please make sure! Don't want to miss out on your posts. Just browsing let me know that I needed to see more. Love, Me www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com

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  45. This is fabulous!! Secretaries are typically not used much...and this makes it so useful! Love the way you set it up...now go fix a drink! :)

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  46. Inspired idea to turn your secretary into a bar! Beautiful photos of a lovely vignette. I'm a new follower.

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  47. Wow, thanks so much for stopping by. I just adore using the lovely old writing desk as a bar. I have one at the farm house which wouldn't fit at my beachhouse(when we finally move there for good!) but now my mind is going flat out trying to think where I could put a bar!!!
    Suzyq

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  48. It's beautiful and your pictures are gorgeous! Your blog is awesome!

    Jenny
    Juniper20@gmail.com
    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/

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  49. We literally just thrifted a secretary! This is amazing! inspiration. :) Lovely photographs, lovely piece ! (I'm a new follower too!)

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  50. Love how you transformed your secretary into a bar. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and leaving such a nice comment. Your home is beautiful as well as your blog. Looking forward to reading your future posts. ~ Ruth

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  51. Wow! Love this idea!!! I am so glad that you stopped by my blog and left a comment because now I have found your blog...a blog definitely worth reading, full of inspiration and beautiful things! I am your newest follower and can't wait to read more.
    thanks again!
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  52. Artie... I LOVE it! I am now searching craiglist for a old secretary as I type!!! The styling of your new bar is simple, classic, and funky all at the same time! I would like to order a vodka martini straight up... 3 BIG olives please!!

    Can't wait to read more!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  53. Beautiful photos! One of my goals is to learn more about how to use my camera on the manual settings more often.

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  54. Thanks for stopping by. I like your desk turned into a bar. Love those plates above it!

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  55. I LOVE vignettes. They are just happy to look at, and so inspiring. I love how you took this secretary and transformed it into something useful. There are so many of those around and they are not very practical as desks anymore. What a great idea!

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  56. So nice to meet you. I love the pla of light on the flatware. Such a fun vignette. Thanks for your nice comments. I love meeting new bloggers. Have a great weekend.

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  57. Probably next to pillows, a good vignette is my second favorite thing :) This one is beautiful and I love how you started out the sequence of photos and in the end we were allowed to see the whole thing.

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  58. What a unique idea! You set it up quite lovely :-)

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  59. Artie this was a genius idea. I love how you turned this into a bar area. It is actually useful now lOL. Thanks for you stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  60. Looks inviting...I'll be over for Happy Hour! Love that cup of roses, too!

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  61. Artie; Thx for stopping by Larissa Hill Designs. Glad you liked my chair. I love what you did with your secretary. I especially love the touches of blue and white transferware.
    Heather @http://larissahill.blogspot.com

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  62. Hi Artie! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments! Your secretary desk/bar was a great idea...now I will be on the lookout for one! Thanks again! Trina@ thelemonpoppycottage.blogspot.com

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  63. What a great idea! Thanks for leaving me the link. I can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!

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  64. thanks for coming by and for the nice words about my home- your bar is great- very clever in the drop down desk!!!

    Karen

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  65. Wow, thanks for the warm words, and so glad to find you! Wonderful blog, new ideas, love them and will be back! So Clever your Bar, warm and inviting! New follower

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  66. What a GREAT use for a secretary! Love it. If only my wingbacks and your secretary could meet, they'd be a match made in makeover heaven. Sigh... I'll be following your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine:)

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  67. oh this is gorgeous, I love the platters too!

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  68. Very clever idea! It turned out great! Thanks for dropping by and saying hello.

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  69. Well, this is what I need, sure beats my system....Go out to the garage, get the step stool, climb up to the cabinet over the stove hood, climb down....Then forget what I started to do in the first place LOL! Lord, I need a drink! Thanks for stopping by, nice to meet you!

    Carkol

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  70. Artie! Okay, I love the ironstone, love the decanters, love the little blue and white plates and little cups (I'm a sucker for anything blue and white), love the silver trophy cup with flowers. Love it all! Oh, and love your photography. I so need to take a class. Anyhoo, thanks for popping in for a visit at TheDedicatedHouse. Still loving my kitchen transformation. Can't wait to see what you might do...Tootles, Kathryn

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  71. What an inviting area. Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving such a nice compliment. So glad I came by. I love your blog. I'm following you, and look forward to more visits.

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  72. Love this! It's so cozy and warm looking. You did a great job :) Thanks for visiting me and commenting on my table- glad to find you!!

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  73. thank you for your comment. What a beautiful place you have. I too, love the last photo. The silk drapes, the ironstone, the crystal and Blue Willow all look stunning in this setting.

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  74. beautiful = i love the desk in that corner with the curtains and the white plates - soooo pretty!!!

    Joni

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  75. Hi Artie, Thanks for inviting me over. WOW you have the most amazing pictures. I love how you have repurposed your secretary and the vignettes are wonderful. I'm a sucker for white platters too.

    Are you on Pinterest? If you are I would love to follow. Pinterest can be so addicting, and I'd love to see your pins.

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  76. Truly elegant. You must be and excellent host, ready to serve a cocktail at a moments notice. I love the symmetry of the lamp and candle stick and roses.

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  77. Artie I love this post because I have a desk I could actually do this with. A bar set up II had not even thought of it!! Bravo!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  78. So pretty home.
    Thanks for sharing those photos.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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  79. Hi Artie

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I am looking forward for you new feature Picture is ... and more images from your lovely home.
    Have a great week
    X
    V

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  80. This is really beautiful!

    You have a great blog!

    Thanks for your nice comment!

    Katherine

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  81. Such a great idea! Love the white plates on the wall above. Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog.

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  82. you've inspired me. love the glimpses. and I love joan, too. I see you're gonna be on skirted roundtable. can't wait! donna

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  83. Artie! Your rooms are looking so different and fresh!

    I will have a tall G and T please and we can put our feet up and dish up some good gossip right?!

    Luv U

    kelley

    ps will call back...promise!

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  84. Fabulous! What a great job. I'd love to see the rest of this room.

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  85. What a fabulous idea! Love it. When I worked in merchandising, we'd always display items in creative ways, ya know? Not keeping an item as it's original purpose. But at home? I'm not quite so creative, ha!

    Thanks for stopping by the other day. Love your blog!

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  86. Beautiful photos, Artie. Your home is beautiful!...Christine

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  87. I have to say I get WAY more excited with the post about your home then any other designers :)

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  88. Just came back from a trip and am catching up on blogs I missed. OMG this bar peek is amazing. I am dying to see the rest of yur remodel. Please show us soon!!!!!

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  89. Artie,
    Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Feed Sack Chair!!! I'm flattered! I'm following your blog so I can stop back by....hope you'll do the same!
    Courtney

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  90. Your blog is very inspiring. Thank you for all the work you put into your beautiful photos, and the detailed commentary of how you created your vignettes. I have learned from your creative eye...thanks again!

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