Saturday, October 30, 2010

Announcing the Winner of the Giveaway!!!

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Jane K. Schott!!!!!! Author of the great Empress of the Eye blog!

Jane likes pillow talk––so much that she's taken her life's passion of antique textiles and made a wonderful career of it!  Looky here:

Jane's response:

"NO WAY!!!  I am thrilled!

I know everyone says this...but I have never won anything
before.  Oh, my lucky day!"


"Remember that scene in "The Holiday" with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz?  Kate enters the house in LA that she has rented and started jumping up and down when she see it?  That was just me in my house!  Dancing with my cat...."

Isn't she so precious?????

Congratulations, Jane!!!!! Glad my dart hit your name ;)

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who gave it a shot (Schott?) ha. Jill and I had a blast putting it all together, the response was FABULOUS thanks to all of you––and now my mind is turning over what can be the next great giveaway!




Friday, October 29, 2010

I Spot Something Sassy! A Brief Introduction Into the Newest Member of My Family

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After years of anguishing and liking many–– but not loving any, I finally found some china that I positively flipped over!

So, now I have 10 of these bad boys in my arsenal and am building my collection in hopes to accommodate 20 (or more)! 

It's an antique Theodore Haviland pattern named Embassy. Surprisingly, I had never seen this pattern anywhere throughout my tireless search for "THE ONE" and could not believe  my little eyes when I did. I don't think my laptop could keep up with the rapid rate that I was jamming the keys to say: BUY BUY BUY! 

It's already making my food taste thoroughly superior to when I serve on my old ironstone plates ;)

{Even when I slack and cook pancakes for dinner}

Have a great weekend, Happy Halloween and don't forget to enter the blog giveway for your chance to win that fantastic piece by Jill Tauzin Broussard! I will throw a dart at my computer screen to randomly choose a winner tomorrow morning!!!!




Monday, October 25, 2010

Blog Giveaway! You Can Own an Original Jill Tauzin Broussard Painting!!!

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Remember this post from a few weeks back about the gem of an artist, Jill Tauzin Broussard?

Well, Jill––who is so sweet and so kind, offered up one of her paintings for the All The Trappings one year blogiversary and 1st ever giveaway. How generous is that? 

This beautiful 8"x 8" x 2"d  painting, titled "Waiting" 
packs a ton of punch with it's vivid color composition of pumpkin, vermilion, mustard and faint aqua. The smattering of gold leaf makes it shimmer and shine, but not a touch TOO MUCH, it's just perfect!

It's gorgeous and worth $320!!! But for you, pretty ladies and gents I'll give you a veddy good price: Free!! I like the sound of free, don't you?

"Sign me up! How do I enter?" 

1.Go to Jill's website, peruse her inventory. 2. Fall in love with all, but pick only one!  3. Return to All The Trappings and leave a comment with your choice of which piece made your mouth water! 

Don't forget to follow All The Trappings on either Facebook, Twitter   or by email–– which is located on the sidebar of my blog. I know, I know, I'm asking WAY too much here, but I have to strike while the iron is hothothot, people! 

Çest Tout! 

*** If you are an anonymous poster, you must leave your email for me somehow in case you win!! Either leave it in the comment box, or email me at telling me that you posted a comment. 

I will choose a winner AT RANDOM on Saturday morning, so be sure to do your homework before then! 


This is SO EXCITING!!! You will LOVE this piece in person!!! 

Thank you all so much for the TONS of support I have received in the last year. Your encouragement, comments, emails and all that jazz make this lady feel like I've won zee lot-ry ;) 

Have fun!



***Big Update!!!!! Jill is SO impressed with the response from everyone that she wants to give EVEN MORE to All The Trappings followers!!!

The details: Jill is offering 30% off of commissioned paintings over $300 for All The Trappings followers until December 1st!! Do the math: $320 to Poof! $224!!! Substantial is an understatement!

So, if you are looking to give a special Christmas present to someone, or hey––yourself for that matter, then contact Jill @ and mention that you are subscribed to All The Trappings! Wow!!!! Could she be any more kind? 

Thank you for all of your comments, I am just thrilled beyond measure over the response and cannot WAIT to pick a winner!!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Crisp and Tailored Fall Tablescape

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Photo stylized by Andrea Veron and captured elegantly by Elise Dejean Photography for Face Magazine
please just pretend like you don't even see the cork in the wine bottle. I almost cried when I realized it was still in there after the photoshoot! Ugh!

Looking for Autumnal Tablescape Inspiration?

Are you starting to collect ideas for your Thanksgiving tablescape? We only have about a MONTH left!!!!! I hope this one done up by moi gets your wheels turning!


Many moons ago, my neighbor Ty Hanes and I collaborated on our dream tablescape for a late afternoon autumn al fresco soirée. Isn't he a fabulous floral designer? We implemented vintage with new, formal with casual––all while still keeping the overall feel pared down and welcoming. Appropriate for an easy and crisp approach to your fall dinner party or Thanksgiving day table, don't you think? 

Those dahlia's were SO gorgeous in person!! I LOVE fronds and poor Tybaby, I was just adamant about them being in there somewhere. I know he looked high and low to find them––he probably wanted to kill me, but would have never said peep! He's the best friend and neighbor a girl could have, truly. 

In the end, I'd say we were successful in pulling it all off! Plus we had so much fun working on it all together–––great memories!!


I have a GREAT giveaway coming up, so check back early next week!! You'll not want to miss it!



**Update! Check my most recent post to enter the blog giveaway, which is a stunning piece by Jill Tauzin Broussard titled "Waiting" It would look so good in your home!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Charming Cities Of The South Series Part I • St. Francisville, LA

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A smidge above Baton Rouge and a hair below the Louisiana-Mississippi border sits one of the most precious, quaint, and enjoyable towns––St.Francisville, La. 

Being only 1.5 hours away from where I live, I jaunt over to this great little community every chance I get––I instantly feel so positive and rejuvenated by spending the day here just strolling and taking my fill of all  beautiful scenery St. Francisville has to offer. Do you all remember the post on Hemingbough from a few months ago? Hemingbough is ALSO located in St. Francisville––how much beauty can one town have, eh?

Care to take a stroll with me? Get ready, you're going to want to move here!

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St. Francisville was established in the very early 1800s, being the oldest of the Florida Parishes–– a geographic area settled by the Spanish and declared a district by land grants from the Spanish monarchy.

It now has a population of just under 2,000––a wee bit small to reside in for my personal taste, but absolutely perfect to visit!

Perhaps what I find most interesting about St. Francisville is the fact that it was settled by the Spanish, yet the most of the local vernacular lends no trace of a Spanish influence––versus New Orleans which is pouring with rich Spanish detailing in many areas of the city. 

I adore this particularly precious cottage with it's x-motif balustrade.

This home with colonial and greek revival influences is for sale! Any takers?? 

I mean, could this town get ANY more perfect? The preservation efforts in St.Francisville are second to none.

Yet another CHARMING detail.  The eyelet pattern above the posts is just adorable!

Grace Episcopal Church, 2nd oldest Episcopalian church in Louisiana––the grounds are a sight to behold and it always seems to have this hazy quality surrounding it even on a bluebird day.  

Okokok–––in this pic, my sub-par camera and shaky hand creates the haze, BUT! Really, it has this ethereal fog surrounding the lower half, always. 

A closer shot of the wrought-iron gate surrounding Grace. 180 year old patina––never out of style.

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 Masonic Lodge



St. Francisville is also home to an expansive inventory of wonderful old plantation homes. At one point in it's earlier history, St. Francisville was one of the largest cotton ports on the Mississippi River which lent  to massive working plantations and a healthy export business. Sadly, many plantation homes were destroyed in the Civil War by fire––the remaining structures we have in the South today should be–– in my opinion––revered and preserved with such vigilance in an effort to never lose these incredible living pieces of history and keep them around for as long as we possibly can. 

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Catalpa Plantation

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Rosedown Plantation

The oaks at Rosedown are beyond majestic––a towering canopy of hundreds year old live oaks literally cover the grounds––it's fabulous. If you can't tour the home for some reason, just sit back and marvel at the grounds for a good while––stunning. 

The Myrtles Plantation––One of America's Most HAUNTED HOMES!!!! 
Even if you aren't into ghosts, you have to see the pierced frieze work detailing on the interior once in your lifetime––a marvel I can assure you. Notice the super-imposed seer-sucker clad gent in the far right corner––oh, maybe it's just me that sees it? Maybe I'm crazy?

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And my personal favorite, Greenwood Plantation––who's history is so rich and fascinating I'm just going to tease you and not say another peep so you can one day see for yourself! 

Wasn't that fun? I hope you enjoyed Part I of my Charming Cities of the South Series. I will try my hardest to get out and visit several more destinations, so check back often to join me on more 'walking tours'!