Antiques and Garden Fair Extraordinaire

I am still floating high on cloud nine after a sunny Sunday at Chicago’s Botanic Gardens, for the 10th annual Antiques and Garden Fair.

Did you see Tim Burton’s amazing, enchanting, over the top 3D Alice in Wonderland?  That’s the exact feeling I experience each year as I stroll the tents, set with the most lavish, elegant and stunningly beautiful antiques and garden decor, florals, crystal chandelier, Belgian washed linen upholstery, and everything else fabulous under the sun.

This whitewashed pagoda immediately transported me east…to my favorite place in the entire states, The Sconset Bluffwalk along the sunny shores of The Atlantic on Nantucket.  In two short months I will be there in person, but for today, Glencoe.

The orchids, how they dripped.  From glossy urns, from gilded vases, from boxwood covered walls, from ontop gold leafed consoles and buffets.

The chandelier, how they sparkled.  With linen shades in every hue, with crystal pendants in every tone.  With floral chains, with vintage details, with dripping wax candles, they led us through the garden paths in soft, romantic light.

I felt I was back in Paris, strolling the famous Rues and market streets of the 6th.  The architectural details, the statuary, the carts and tables spilling with metal buckets of gorgeous European bouquets…

Oh, to live in this world of woodland enchantment but for a few hours.  I want to curl up with a good book, a cashmere throw, and a cup of Moroccan mint sweet tea.

The succulent “upholstered” cushion had me at hello…

The green glass globe suspended lamp, the black lacquer walls, the pop of the white stone urns, the dramatic rustic mirror…

GORGEOUS!  The hanging spheres of herbs, flowers and ivies are beyond beautiful.

What is the only thing that I love more than a cameo?

A cameo – hanging from an ivy trellis.


One word.  YUM.

Sign me up.

Drama, texture, color blocks, floral groupings – the perfect statement table.

If I had to pick one vignette to spend my day – this is the one.

Coming next…the antique trend vignettes.


1 Comment on Antiques and Garden Fair Extraordinaire

  1. Melissa
    April 28, 2010 at 10:48 am (8 years ago)

    This is beautiful! I love the colors and textures in your posts. They make me happy! Thank you for sharing the beauty.


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