Featuring 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by more than 30 artisans, The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch in Palo Alto, California recently held its 17th annual fall event and sale. These glass pumpkins are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving (yet beautiful enough to display year-round).
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Forgive me, but I am bowled over by Artel‘s new Sakura collection. The Prague-based company‘s crystal pieces are all works of art (their Verdure highball glasses also make my heart flutter), but the Sakura bowl is next level. The 3D effect of the blossoms is the result of a careful seven-step process.
The bowls are mouth-blown, then cased in another layer of crystal which is sandblasted away, leaving only the branches and blossoms behind. Then they’re acid-etched for a pearlized luster, and the flowers are hand-engraved. Finally, the petals are hand-painted and hand-gilded for a life-like finish. This festival of cherry blossoms is so lovely, I think it’d even make Washington, D.C., a little jealous. After all, their festival only lasts two weeks a year — but this bowl can last a lifetime.
Whenever I stop to think about how unreal it is that I can have a video “phone call” with friends and family around the world Jetsons-style, I am amazed that the future has come so quickly.
Much of Corning’s predictions, I’m sure, are going to be here sooner than we think. I just hope they will be executed as skillfully as they are in this vision of the future.
The benefit of having access to great farmer’s markets here in the city is getting great milk. The downside – a large collection of milk bottles at my house. We usually return the bottles, but sometimes they collect on my kitchen windowsill and I fantasize about creative ways to repurpose them.
These vintage glass milk bottles by Alyssa Ettinger are so springy and pleasant in chalky white porcelain. They’re just right for brightly colored flowers and would work in just about any space. Makes me think I should hang on to a couple of those milk bottles of mine.
When I took HGTV.com’s new What’s my Style quiz, the results said my design style is Eclectic. That’s a fair assessment. My home is a mix of old and new against a palette that spans the color wheel. Over the years, my husband and I have collected a myriad of accessories that are – in a word – different. My mother knows I see beauty in things many others discard. On her most recent trip to the Judson home, mom arrived carrying gifts. One in particular stood out. When I first saw it, I thought, “What in the world is it? And where in the world am I going to put it?” She placed it on the kitchen countertop where it remained until this weekend when I decided to inspect it, play with it and find a way to integrate this unusual object into our home.
First of all, the color – opalescent baby blue – is the opposite of our aesthetic. The texture is knobby with a lovely ripple around the edges. The weighty object has four parts: a bowl and three fluted horn-shaped pieces that protude up and out from the bottom of the bowl. Upon further inspection, I learned that the horns are removable. Curious. It is in perfect condition. The object came from my stepfather’s brother’s wife’s grandmother, Marie Squibb. I imagine it gracing the top of Mrs. Squibb’s table or sideboard, but I want to know more. I’m hoping someone out there can identify this antique and tell me a little about it.
I’m told it might have been manufactured by the Fenton Glass Company, but I could not find a stamp of any kind on the piece. What was at first an oddity that I didn’t think would find a spot in our home has become my new favorite antique. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and an open mind.
My new serving piece – filled with fruit kabobs and nuts – is sure to be a conversation starter at our next dinner party.
Remove the horns and discover a serving bowl that turns simple popcorn into a snacktime event.
Check out this centerpiece! Filled with white, green and brick red flowers, the baby blue glass seems to disappear but at the same time makes quite a statement.
Do you like old things? Visit HGTV.com’s MarketPlace to browse hundreds of antiques and reproductions. For resources on how to determine the value of an antique, check out What’s It Worth on Fine Living Network.com.
If anyone can shed any light on my new baby blue accessory, I would appreciate it!
As a young renter in New York City, I don’t have a lot of freedom (or discretionary income or storage) to redesign my apartment every season. Instead, I flag pages in the latest Domino or bookmark Style Saves the World for my mental wishlist. But lately I’ve been living vicariously through my parents, who have leveled their old cookie-cutter rancher to create a custom dream home — hand-constructed and designed by them.
Being a green-leaning gal, I’m always sending my Mom links to the latest on reclaimed wood flooring, alternative backsplashes, or forward-thinking granite countertop alternatives. But when I saw these recycled glass curtains from Bedrock Industries, I fell in love:
The windows in my dark, ground-floor apartment wouldn’t do these structural “curtains” justice (or afford me much privacy), but my parents will have a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in their great room — all looking out on the back 40 acres.
There are colorful, pop-arty curtains that might please the palette-pushing folks, but the simple white rectangles, both big and small, feel serene, and the striation adds some unique texture. As standalone screens, they might be a nice addition to other rooms and help carry the glass aesthetic throughout the house.
Needless to say, Mom just got the link. She’s an art glass fanatic already so I don’t think she’ll need much convincing.
Do you use — or reuse — glass in any interesting ways in your home? Any ideas to share with my mom?