Rooms With A View: Custom Furniture

After countless hours & an unmeasurable amount of hard work, our Room With A View is officially complete & open for viewing at the Jepson Center for the Arts. And while we're going to wait until the end of viewing period to reveal finished images of the room, we do want to go ahead & share with you a little bit about what went into the making of this room. They say it takes an army & we certainly had one helping us throughout this entire process. But we absolutely could not have done it without the guys at Coastal Wood Design & Forsyth Metal Works. They took our custom furniture designs & brought them to life & the room really wouldn't be what it is without them. Check out what went into making each piece below & then head on over to the Jepson Center to see our room, "Dr. Fabre's Micropolis," which will be on display through Sunday, October 26th.  

The Desk:
Constructed with grain matched, figured walnut slabs, which were then fitted with a 2" think Lucite leg. The Lucite is mounted with brass hardware that is faced with hand-turned, walnut washers. Through the Lucite leg, you can see the hand-stitched, leather file system. Both the file holder & pencil drawer are made of solid walnut, faced with hand-polished brass. The desk has been finished using a tung oil, as opposed to a stain, which is completely natural & green. 

The Pedestal:
Constructed from reclaimed heart pine from a Kentucky tobacco barn, the pedestal was then pickled & finished with a spray lacquered top & waxed bottom. 

The Wall Unit:
The hand-fabricated steel frame holds concealed shelves at a random height configuration. The steel has been finished to have an antique brass look. The wall system is balanced by a cabinet on one side & specimen drawers on the other, as well as a central portal to display art. All of the wood components are constructed using locally-sourced, domestic maple plywood.


Get To Know: The Naked Tart

If you've stopped by our café recently, you may have noticed a few tasty-looking newcomers in our cold case. These would be the healthy & delicious creations of Diane Hughes (pictured left), also known as The Naked Tart. Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Diane & her team at The Naked Tart specialize in making raw, organic tarts, or as they call them, "a yummy blessing in disguise." And believe us when we say it, they are a yummy blessing, indeed. We're sure that if you try even a single bite of one of these delectable desserts, you'll be as completely hooked as we are! We currently offer chocolate, coffee, lemon, pecan, raspberry, & vanilla tarts, and have plans to carry seasonal flavors as they become available.

We recently had the chance to catch up with Diane & find out a little bit more about her & the inspiration behind The Naked Tart. Read on below to discover her story.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  
I grew up in upstate NY, studied graphic design in college and later ran a successful photography business for 20 years.

How did you get started making these tarts? 
After over coming health issues related to gastrointestinal problems, I became fascinated with the idea of using food as medicine. I realized that by eating organic whole foods and staying away from gluten and processed sugars that I just felt better. I wanted to package that goodness in a dessert and share it with the world. After 20 years as a photographer I was ready for a new adventure.

Why is it so important to you to keep your tarts raw, organic, gluten-free, etc.?  
When something is cooked or heated over 118 degrees, the enzymes are destroyed and the vitamins and minerals in the foods are altered. Enzymes are what digest our food.  If they are destroyed, we have to rely on our own body's enzymes. As we age and if we are not healthy, our enzymes are lacking and therefore, our food is not getting properly or completely digested and we are not getting the nutrients from it. When food is raw, it remains in its natural state, full of all the healthy goodness. It's easy to digest and therefore it's easy on the tummy. You're not left with that "oh I'm so full" feeling.

What are some of your other favorite things to bake or cook?  
I have a great recipe for raw chocolate pudding and and raw thai rolls. I can also make a yummy raw lemon dressing.

What inspires you?  
Helping people feel good. I love the emails and Facebook messages I get from my customers thanking me for creating these tarts and how addicted they are to eating them. Some people get really upset when the tart they want is not on the shelf. The change of seasons has also inspired me to create new flavors. Fall is my favorite time of the year and I am inspired to make sweet potato, pecan and fig tarts.

*Images courtesy of Diane Hughes*


Bright Idea: Repurpose Old Crates

How about this bright idea...repurposing old crates as shelves! We just love the feeling of taking something old & making it new again & reusing old crates is a great way to do so. Not to mention, they create such a unique look! And while they function amazingly as hanging shelves, you can take an old crate & make it into just about anything. The possibilities are endless! Keep reading below to see some of the other great ideas we found for repurposing old crates!

So many ideas...so little time! Give some of these projects a try & let us know how they turn out! In the meantime, we'll be busy working on a few projects of our own & keeping our eyes peeled for more bright ideas to spruce up your home!


Currently Inspired: Halloween

It's hard to believe that Halloween is only 2 weeks away! It seems like it was just last week that we were enjoying the heat of summer with afternoons on the beach & picnics in the park. Oh wait, maybe that was just last week, as summer temperatures seem to keep their grasp on Savannah well into October. Hah! But finally, the weather is starting cool (it's in the high 60s/low 70s today!) & the residents of Savannah are beginning to deck out their houses with cob webs, orange lights, & all sorts of spooky surprises. You can almost feel the excitement in the air as young children get ready to go trick-or-treating for the first time & Savannah's more artistic residents (I'm looking at you, SCAD students) put the finishing touches on their homemade costumes. It's definitely one of our favorite holidays & there's no place in the world we'd rather spend it than in Savannah.


Rooms With a View

We couldn't be more excited to be participating in Rooms With a View: Southern Style at the Jepson Center for the Arts! Our design team has been hard at work getting all the details of our room together & the finished product is really going to be something spectacular. While we don't want to give anything away just yet & ruin the big reveal, be sure to check back on our blog after the event to get all the details behind the entire process! And read on below to find out more about all of the great events happening next weekend!

Rooms With A View: Southern Style to showcase local & nationally acclaimed designers at the Jepson Center Oct. 23-25, 2014

SAVANNAH, GA….Rooms With A View: Southern Style has announced the six local designers who will join nationally acclaimed interior designers Phoebe and Jim Howard as they transform the Jepson Center for the Arts into a dazzling show house. The designers include John Deering, Paula Danyluk, Linn Gresham, Anne Hagerty, and Narissa West Brown/Gail Lawrence.

This inaugural event is certain to become an annual affair and will be something not to miss. Following Phoebe Howard’s mantra, “keep it pretty,” the Jepson Center’s Eckburg Atrium will be overflowing with lavishly decorated rooms created exclusively for Rooms With A View.

The public is invited to stop by the Jepson Center to view the rooms free of charge.  Additionally, the Telfair Academy Guild is mounting three exciting ticketed events that will 
delight foodies and those interested in lifestyle and design topics, while raising money for Telfair Museums, including the Mansion to Museum exhibit at the Telfair Academy. 

Details for the three weekend events:

Preview Party: Thursday, October 23, 6:30 pm / Jepson Center
Preview the rooms and mingle with friends while enjoying cocktails and cuisine by local restaurants including: A.lure; Alligator Soul; Marché de Macarons; 45 Bistro; Garibaldi Cafe; Leoci’s Trattoria; The Olde Pink House; Vic’s on the River; 17hundred90 and Savannah Coffee Roasters. Tickets for the Preview Party are $85.

Lecture & Luncheon: Friday, October 24, 10:00 am / Savannah Theatre & Telfair Academy
Phoebe and Jim Howard speak at the Savannah Theatre, followed by luncheon at the Telfair Academy and another chance to view the rooms. Tickets to the Luncheon and Lecture are $75. For table requests, contact Ann Hanley at 912.598.9217 or athanley@bellsouth.net. Lecture tickets are available to purchase separately for $40.

Muffins and Mimosas: Saturday, October 25, 10:00 am / Jepson Center
Join our six Savannah designers, John Deering, Paula Danyluk, Linn Gresham, Anne 
Hagerty, and Narissa West Brown/Gail Lawrence for muffins, mimosas, and inspiring advice about creating a look of relaxed elegance in your own home. Then follow the designers to their rooms for personal tours. Tickets to Muffins and Mimosas are $35.

The Telfair Academy Guild presents Rooms With A View: Southern Style on behalf of Telfair Museums. The sponsors for the event include: Presenting Sponsor: Ben Carter Enterprises; Media Sponsor: Savannah Magazine; Portfolio Sponsors: Circa Lighting and Kevin C. Dickinson Dentistry; Sponsors: Georgia Power & The Kessler Collection.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.Telfair.org/ROOMS or call Marcya 
Burton at 912.790.8866

Behind the Glass: Clue

Here at The Paris Market we absolutely love Halloween! And as much as we love planning out our costumes for ourselves, we love dressing up our windows here at the store even more. This year we were especially excited to debut our windows & if you haven't guessed the theme yet, they're based on the classic, murder mystery board-game, Clue! Take a guess to see if you can figure out who done it!, where they did it, and which weapon they used in each vignette. And just in case you're stumped, we've included the answers at the bottom of this post! As always, be sure to stop by the store soon to see the full effect of these awesome Halloween windows!



This Just in: FOUND Jewelry

FOUND jewelry by Erica Wilson has become some what of a staple here at the Paris Market so it's always an exciting time when we get in a new batch of her creations. And it's really no wonder her pieces fit right in here as they combine two of our favorite things: natural elements & vintage finds! Subtle & beautiful, each piece of jewelry possesses its own character & truly feels like a unique piece of wearable art. Be sure to stop by the store soon to see the entire collection!