Friday Favorites 5/16/2014

By Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor
Sometimes you just need fun. Like at the end of a long and trying day how much fun would it be to flop down on this sofa with something pink and gin-filled to watch four hours worth of old Sex and the City episodes? I’m not saying that this is what designerJulianne Taylor of Taylor Burke Home had in mind when she designed this loveseat with its black and white geometric fabric and turquoise colored cushions, but it sure works for me. You can customize it as you wish though as it is made in the USA and can be customized to whatever mood strikes you.

Photos by Stacy Kunstel

By Maria LaPiana, Contributing Writer
We don’t really need a reason to tour spectacular gardens and browse tables of rare plants and garden antiques…but if we did, this would be a good one: Trade Secrets, a gardening event that takes place this weekend at Lion Rock Farm, 3 Hosier Rd., Sharon, Connecticut, also benefits Women’s Support Services of northwestern Connecticut. The not-for-profit organization helps women victims of domestic violence. Bunny Williams, whose own gorgeous garden is included in this year’s tour, founded Trade Secrets in 2003. More than sixty vendors are expected for the plant and antiques sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (early buying starts at 8 a.m.); the garden tours will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase both days at the ticket booth at Lion Rock Farm. For more information, call (800) 364-1080 or visit tradesecretsct.com.

The garden of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli

Lynda Simonton, Online and Market Editor
I have a weakness for tableware. In fact, you could say I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to collecting china. So, it is no wonder my Friday Favorite is this wonderful porcelain and bone china tableware from B by Brandie.The preppy, crisply patterned plates and bowls are designed to all work together. I would start with a set of simple dinner plates then mix in a variety of patterned salad plates and bowls over time. The beautiful combinations are endless…

Photo courtesy of B by Brandie

Currently this collection only available online but the company is looking to bring the tableware to shops in New England in the not too distant future.

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