A Sensational Spring Tea – steve mckenzie’s open house recap

It’s time to freshen up our tables – spring is here!  Let’s recap the fun from our recent Spring Tea Open House~

brass, staffordshire dogs, acrylic glass
Vintage Touches

Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch mixed vintage pieces dear to her heart, plus custom monogrammed napkins by Emily McCarthy.

brass, staffordshire dogs, acrylic glass
Vintage Touches
Waiting on Martha, The Pink Clutch
Blogger Power! Mandy and Paige

Waiting on Martha‘s, Mandy Kellogg Rye kept a soothing green palette for her table and incorporated topiaries.

Gien, Le Jacquard Francais
Green Goodness table by Mandy

Erika Preval of Charm Etiquette refreshed our manners – start on the outside for the cutlery, leave politics out of the conversation, etc.  She even offers classes for everyone to enjoy – young people, adults, corporate situations – remember good manners will open doors the best education cannot, as says Clarence Thomas.

vintage, brass, custom, Royal Crown Derby
Vintage Finds

We fell in love with the jasmine tea from Just Add Honey and will add it to our next menu. So many flavors; if you attended, please let us know your favorite!

tea, honey, Atlanta, Sweet Auburn market
This guy knows his teas!

A special thank you to Christi, our ambassador of Gien, Terrafirma, Le Jacquard Francais, Match Pewter and Royal Crown Derby, as she brought in so many delicious layers of textiles and plates for us to play with.

table setting, pewter, Gien
Gray goodness with Gien, Match Pewter, Terrafirma and Le Jacquard Francais table linens
So many choices!
Paige Minear, Jermail Shelton, Jill McKenzie, and Erika Preval
Gien, Terrafirma, Le Jacquard Francais
Charming Paris small plates

Our current Gien special of 20% off all new orders ends on April 26th. Call or email us for more details.

Thanks to all who came out for our Spring Tea Open House! If you couldn’t make this event, visit the showroom soon – spring inspiration abounds!!

Have a very stylish Earth Day!

Living a “green” lifestyle doesn’t have to be obvious and in-your-face… You can enjoy a more Earth-friendly lifestyle in a very stylish way – take it from us! Here are a couple quick tips and products we think are very stylish, and that also happen to be Earth friendly:

Correspond in Green

We’re not talking green ink, but rather use eco-friendly paper products, such as this collection we’re currently offering in the steve mckenzie’s showroom that’s made in Nepal from sustainable materials. It’s a beautiful and stylish as it is “green!”

Stay True to Textiles

A selection of some of the fabric napkins available at the steve mckenzie’s showroom.

We’ve shared this tip before, and we’ll surely share it again, as it’s one of our favorite tips, but use fabric napkins in place of paper!! This creates less waste and offers a more stylish place setting (no matter if it’s the dining room table, or cuddled next to a loved one on the sofa).

Neutral cloth napkin selection at steve mckenzie’s.

Make your use of cloth napkins even more eco-friendly by opting not to wash after every use – typically adults, and even older children, won’t soil their napkin after every use. Save on the water and energy used to clean the cloths by washing only when necessary. After each meal, ask family members to simply leave their cloth napkins in their seat, that way, when setting the table for the next meal, they’ll use “their” same napkin again.

Colorful cloth napkins at steve mckenzie’s.

When your cloth napkins have become soiled, toss them in the wash with your other laundry, so you don’t devote an entire load (and the resources) to only cleansing cloth napkins. Use eco-friendly detergent, wash in cold water, and when the weather’s nice, line dry. Nothing’s better than linens dried in the sun on a warm day!

Are you inspired to become more “green” on this Earth Day?! We sure hope so! We hope you all enjoy a lovely Earth Day, today and everyday!!

Rattan Resurrected: 5 Ways to Stylishly Add Rattan to your Home

Growing up in Indianapolis, Jill’s parents owned not only a Scandinavian  furniture store, but a store selling primarily wicker pieces as well! Housed in a Victorian house in the bohemian Broad Ripple neighborhood, it was two stories chock full of wicker and rattan furniture.  Jill remembers very clearly spray painting clients’ pieces in the store’s side yard… Apple Green was the #1 customer choice at the time!

Vintage Rattan Furniture Ad

As you can imagine, we are thrilled to see a resurgence of all things rattan! From the classic, iconic pieces to sleek and modern rattan, it’s easy to add this natural material into your existing decor with accessories or bolder, larger pieces. Here’s a quick round up of some favorites at steve mckenzie’s…

 

ROSSINI RATTAN CHAIR IN ANTIQUE

#1 is our favorite chair!

ROUND TRAY – NUTMEG FINISH

A fantastic serving tray, with so many uses!

SWIVEL BARSTOOL CLOVE

Bar or counter stools – ideal for the lake house or beach house.

MOD STEPS LOUNGE CHAIR – WHITE

A modern take on this natural material; a chair as comfy as it is stunning!  Also available in black.

REGENT QUEEN HEADBOARD – KIWI

Remember the 1970’s Apple Green?  Now it’s Kiwi Green! And never looked better than on this headboard by Selamat Designs.

As you can see, rattan is back in a BIG way and we’d love to help you incorporate some of this timeless style into your own home. Reach out to the team here at steve mckenzie’s and let’s chat about how all of your wicker dreams can come true!

Happy Easter!!

We’re just hopping in today to wish all our steve mckenzie’s friends and fans a joyous Easter holiday! We hope you all have an opportunity to celebrate with the ones you love the most – and remember not to eat too much candy from the Easter Bunny :-))

We invite you to the steve mckenzie’s showroom this next week to check out all of the wonderful spring-themed items we have to make the most of the season. See you soon!

Tabletop Tuesday – Mikado Modern

Have we got a tabletop for you on the second installation of our Tabletop Tuesday series! The colors, textures and patterns all blend to create an absolutely delectable setting, which will be ideal for any springtime gatherings from Easter and beyond. Today, we’re pleased to share our “Mikado Modern” tablescape with you..

For this tablescape, we turned to what has become a favorite collection of ours, initially introduced a few years ago by Royal Crown Derby, the Mikado collection. Mikado is an updated, contemporary take on a traditional pattern, first introduce in 1894. The individual pieces tell the story of the beloved opera, The Mikado. Respecting its past, yet appropriate for today’s modern lifestyle, is what we love about this pattern. The bright colors solicit feelings of fresh blooms, crisp spring air and bright sunny walks.

For this tablescape’s floral element, we were able to partner again with Erin Weston of Weston Farms. The timing could not be more perfect for us to incorporate the Japanese magnolia blooms, forsythia and redbuds, all combined with Weston Farms’ fantastic magnolias.

Our antique, French table provided a perfect backdrop for our table setting once again.

A lovely Le Jacard Francais runner was the base of our setting.

The RCD Mikado, in a lavender colorway is the base of our place setting.

We then layered the settiing with a turquoise salad plate and a lime bread and butter plate.

This cutlery is what we have at home and, to us, the ivory evokes the feel of a bygone era.

Clear, stemless glasses for the wine and water were chosen, so as not to compete with all the color we already have going on in our tablescape.

For the main centerpiece, Erin put the RCB Mikado canister in blue to use as a vase. It was then coupled with some blue and white ware with a variety of spring blooms

We even incorporated this beautiful crystal votive, in Green Calcite, by Tish Mills of Harmonious Living  and paired it with only the Stamens and Carpels of the magnolia blossoms.

Next, to celebrate the Asian feeling of the china, we added my favorite 3 Emperors bejeweled by Eric Cortina.

In the end, the table appears set for a king, or at least anyone celebrating the upcoming Easter holiday, or any spring occasion!

The full Mikado collection can be viewed here – the color combinations are absolutely fantastic!!

Will you be incorporating any Mikado pieces into your Easter and spring-themed tablescapes?!? We’d love to hear how you incorporate color and we hope we’ve inspired you to think a bit outside the box with your upcoming tablescapes!

Photos by Rustic White Photography.

#FlashbackFriday steve mckenzie’s edition…

We’re throwing it back a bit on this Friday, featuring some recent happenings here at steve mckenzie’s. As always, we’re beyond grateful when McKenzie Designs is featured or when the happenings here at the steve mckenzie’s showroom are brought into the limelight!

steve mckenzie’s appears TWICE in the April 2017 issue of House Beautiful!

That’s the Le Cadeaux “Havana” plate right in the center!

We are pinching ourselves here to have been featured two times in the most recent issue of one of our very favorite shelter publications, House Beautiful – especially to see Steve’s name in “The Experts” section!

McKenzie Designs “Bold, Bright and Beautiful” renovation featured on StyleBlueprint

Click here to check out the full feature of our recent Candler Park renovation and let us know which part is your favorite in the comments below. You won’t be surprised to learn that French Blue range from La Cornue was the top feature for us!

It’s a “Garden Party” in the April 2017 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

We’re delighted to see our Jardin Extraordinaires collection by Gien in this absolutely gorgeous spread in the latest issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. This feature is putting us in the spirit of springtime!

You’re invited to our Spring Tea & Open House!

Last, but certainly not least, is our Spring Tea & Open House event at the steve mckenzie’s showroom this Wednesday. As you can see from the details above, it’s going to provide an extraordinary time! We hope you can join us – please share your RSVP with us by clicking here or on either of the event images.

Thank you for joining us on this little #FlashbackFriday of recent press and look ahead at what’s sure to be a pretty fantastic event! We hope to see you in the steve mckenzie’s showroom soon.

Tastemaker Tuesday – Owen Masterson & Christine Anthony of Anthony-Masterson

We have a treat for you all today! We’re thrilled to feature the husband-wife team that is Anthony-Masterson. This dynamite team specialize in photography and filmmaking. And their work is almost as fantastic as they are… Steve and Jill have gotten to know Owen and Christine by working with them on a number of design projects and have found such like-mindedness, as they’re also a couple that do just about everything together. We believe you’ll thoroughly enjoy this fun little conversation/interview and are so pleased to introduce you to the latest Tastemakers for the blog for steve mckenzie’s, Owen Masterson and Christine Anthony:

Christine & Owen of Anthony-Masterson Photography

We began shooting sixteen years ago determined to combine our individual talents.  Before that Owen was working with some of the best cinematographers in Los Angeles as an actor and Christine was an in-demand food stylist.  We had both spent a lot of time on sets observing what it took to get a great shot.  Inspired, we picked up a camera and a bunch of film and began shooting.  We started with food.  Shortly after that a new stock agency dedicated to food photography began licensing our images.  In 2001 we shot our first job.  Since moving to Atlanta in 2005 we have been shooting Interiors, Food and Travel.

In 2008 we acted on a long held desire to make our pictures move and began experimenting with filmmaking. This led to a number of short films and two award winning feature length documentaries.

Working in both mediums provides great balance plus we get to travel a lot and work with some extraordinarily talented and interesting people.

1. Three words that describe your aesthetic?

Owen:  Do we each get 3 words?

Christine:  What have you got?

Owen:  Fast, edgy and dangerous.

Christine:  I think that describes you more than the aesthetic.

Owen:  Okay, what have you got?

Christine:  How about balanced, uncluttered and provocative?

Owen: That’s why I love you.

2. Would you please share a little about your favorite space/project to date?

Owen:  You go first.

Christine:  I always go first.

Owen:  Ok.  Plaza Towers  25th floor, stunning pied-a-terre, killer view of Atlanta skyline. 

Christine:  And the rich tones in the living room.  What about the first interior project we ever shot? That beautiful home on the coast in Malibu owned by the Fluxus artist Van Schley and his wife.

Owen:  Wow that was so long ago and we shot it on film! 

Christine:  And we hardly knew what we were doing.

Owen:  The challenge was the light bouncing off of the Pacific Ocean into practically every room in the house.  But we figured it out.  

Christine:   Speaking of the coast… what about the light in the house at Wrightsville Beach?

Owen:  Love.

3. What’s the source(s) of your inspiration?

Owen:  Christine.  That was an easy one.

Christine:  I guess I better say Owen.  But really, it is Owen.  When you live and work together 24/7 as a team you each bring something different to the party so it’s essential to be inspired by your partner’s vision – or madness.

Owen:  I always know I’m in for something challenging when Christine says “Tell me if you think this is a crazy idea.”  But we don’t live in a bubble so there’s the things we see and the people we meet in our travels that influence and inspire us as well.

4. Name three people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party…

Christine:  That’s tricky.  Only three?

Owen:  John Lennon, the Pope, and it might get fun if say, Amy Winehouse comes.

Christine:  The Pope choice seems off unless it’s Alexander Pope.

Owen:  Okay, how about Jimi Hendrix, Jackson Pollock and Howard Finster?

Christine:  Better.  But I’d really like to cook for Joan Didion so one has to go.

Owen:  Wait a minute, don’t we each get three?

Christine:  We could be here all day… how about we move on?

5. A favorite type of space or even a favorite type of object/setting to photograph?

Owen:  We love the skill set of shooting interiors.  It’s so exacting, like a high wire act. 

Christine:  The placement and balance of objects.

Owen: The play of shadows and light.

Christine:  The vignettes.

Owen:  Capturing the more intimate moments that really express the personality of the room.

Christine: But there’s also a freedom to shooting the travel stories that we enjoy.  Being out and about, anticipating, keeping an eye out for the shot.

Owen:  Because we shoot so many different things: interiors, food, people, travel, and then there are the videos too, it’s like cross training.  It keeps our imaginations limber and eyes fresh.

6. Do you follow a particular set of rules when mixing textures, finishes, etc. – how do they work for you?

Owen and Christine:  See it. Love it.  Shoot it! 

Christine:  That’s been our motto from day one.

Owen:  Of course our clients’ needs come first but we always try to take the shots further than they had imagined; the angle, the frame, the composition.

Christine:  And then there’s the lighting.  We shoot primarily with natural light and Owen is the master of light and shadow so we like to wow our clients with the lighting.

7. Trending… What is something you are currently “into” and something you are “over?”

Owen:  Playing records

Christine:  Owen is the house DJ, he spins, I cook.  I love long hours at the dinner table or on the deck with close friends. 

Owen:  Christine is a great cook so the dinners are always good.  And then there’s the wine and the conversation. 

Christine:  It’s like the exact opposite of social media.

Owen:   Which is anti-social

Christine:  So you’d say social media is over?

Owen:  Definitely over.  And out.

8What would be the one thing you would have if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Christine:  Do we each get one thing?

Owen:  Fire.

Christine:  That way I could cook.  So maybe I’d bring a knife.

9. Please share a piece of advice you’d offer to someone looking to break into the photography design industry. 

Owen:  I’d give the same advice we were given when we started. Just do it!

Christine:  It’s a process and you have to work at it to find your eye.  Just make sure you understand the business end of it.  That can be the most difficult part for creatives.

Owen:  Find your passion.  It’s an art form even if you’re shooting plumbing supplies. It’s a journey and you should have adventures doing it.

Christine:  Oh, the places we’ve been…

Okay, so that was a lot of fun, right?! We need to find more dynamic duos to feature in our Tastemaker series! At least ones with such wonderful senses of humor… And isn’t their work divine. The way they work with lighting – it’s magical. And they make our spaces look absolutely phenomenal. We’re fans of Owen and Christine’s and are willing to bet that after reading this post you are too!