Can’t Miss

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Antiques and Garden Fair begins today, and if you are in the area, I highly recommend checking it out.  Vendors from the United States and Europe bring their best antique and contemporary garden and interior design wares, and the floral displays are spectacular.  Last year, I found an amazing antique English wrought iron and marble garden table (now an end table in my living room – see below) and I discovered Molly Flavin’s incredible floral designs (see here).

Today at 11AM world renowned interior designer David Easton (he designed the wallpaper in my dressing room – see here) is giving a lecture, “A Design Journey of Past, Present and Future” and he will be signing his new book, Timeless Elegance: The Houses of David Easton.  Another can’t miss lecture is David Howard’s “My Gardening Life,” taking place at 11AM on Saturday morning.  He will discuss his four decades of gardening in England, most notably for the Queen and Prince Charles.

The Antiques and Garden Fair is Friday-Sunday, April 20-22nd, from 10AM-5PM each day.  Located in Glencoe, Illinois.

Image 1 via chicagobotanic.org

Flower Lust

The flowers for this weekend’s dinner party were insanely gorgeous and I cannot take credit.  Molly Flavin, the amazing florist and owner of Molly Flavin Floral Designs, filled our house with the lush and fragrant blooms of spring.  Peonies, ranunculus, hydrangea, grape hyacinth, and cherry blossom branches  – all favorites – provided the perfect backdrop for a lovely evening.

front hall arrangement, above and below

white ranunculus in the powder room, above

white hydrangeas in the dining room

cherry blossom branches and hydrangeas in the living room, above and below

grape hyacinth on the bar, above and below

hydrangea and ranunculus in my favorite French opaline glass vase

The white ranunculus are now on my bedside chest and the grape hyacinth have moved to the kitchen, where we spend most of our time.  If only they could last until spring actually arrives!

all images via the aesthete and the dilettante