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Kimberley photographed at interior designer Lynn Morgan's residence in Savannah. Her home is the cover of Houses with Charm.
Southern Style Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil showed up on a required reading list when I was in university. I remember thinking the title offered me little hope for enjoyment. How wrong I was. Not only did the plot capture my imagination, this was one of the first times I remember being intrigued by the interiors that made an appearance throughout the story. When I booked my flight to Savannah, in advance of our Dabble shoot, I wasted no time getting a reservation to tour Mercer House, the real life setting for author John Berendt's famous novel. As I wandered the infamous setting, the rooms felt familiar, but even more elegant than I imagined. Interestingly, Savannah had a similar impact on me. It also proved to be an experience even more satisfying than imagined. We hope you'll love our latest issue of Dabble with its Savannah and southern style focus. Wishing you safe travels and happy surprises wherever you Dabble.
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Southern hospitality and shopping paradise at Paris Market & Brocante.
Just a Dab
Wednesday, April 30 Sunday, May 4, 2014
Customized events: nothing off the tourist menu Fine accommodation: the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Private Home Tours: surprise celebrity designer! Shop â€˜til you drop: fave design stops & learnings Delicious food & wine: decadent experiences Good friends: thatâ€™s where you come in!
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Kimberley and the Chatelaine crew review entries and double-duty furniture. www.cityline.ca
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Hotel: Waldorf Astoria When: April 30 - May 4 (5 days, 4 nights) Cost: $4,495/ double occupancy $5,790/ single occupancy
Congrats Diana Pincombe from London, ON. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90: is a camera with advanced features like bulb and double exposures, macro mode and high performance flash. Perfect for capturing those unforgettable moments and printing them on the spot. Value: $180 Courtesy Fujifilm
Win 1 of 3! Susan Sullyâ€™s Houses with Charm Susan's latest coffee table book celebrates the warmth and easy elegance of traditional Southern architecture and design. Homes with unpretentious, old-fashioned grace that showcase the talents of the Southâ€™s finest design professionals. Photography by Susan Sully. Value: $39.95/ each Contest closes February 26th Enter to Win! Courtesy Rizzoli
WORDS BY LISA CANNING PHOTO COURTESY Ebby Rane Your Personal Valet This beautiful case keeps you stylish and organized with its labelled interior compartments. The Quartermaster, CA$1,145, Ebby Rane www.ebbyrane.com
Insta-Glam Interiors strike it rich with this sparkling collection of lustrous textiles. Gold leaf fabrics, US$44 – US$138 per yard, Robert Allen www.robertallendesign.com
Fresh Express Keep up resolutions of eating well with this fast slicing and grating tool. Fresh Express, CA$100, T-Fal www.t-fal.ca
Artisanal Accessories Add an artisanal touch to your home with hand-embroidered pillows created by women in India. Hand-embroidered pillow, (below) US$109, (left) US$93, Leah Singh www.leahsingh.com
Sunny Side Up
A side table sunny enough to brighten winter blahs. Ace Side Table, CA$129, Urban Barn www.urbanbarn.com
Beautiful Balsamic The contents of these bottles look as good as they taste. Balsamic vinegars, CA$16 – CA$30, Olive & Olives www.oliveolives.com
You won’t mix up your passports when every member of the family has a personalized leather cover. Passport Holder, US$22, Bambina www.etsy.com/shop/bambina February 2014
In a sheltered corner of the front porch, a hanging teak daybed with plentiful pillows becomes an inviting swing. Obsidian coloured paint for the floors and shutters combines playfully with melon coloured upholstery.
Southern Style PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUSAN SULLY FROM HOUSES WITH CHARM
Isle of Hope, a tiny island outside Savannah, is an enchanted place with quiet streets, charming cottages, no streetlights and quaint oak trees blowing in the southern breeze. Whatâ€™s your hurry? Sit a spell.
HOME TOUR A pair of antique tête-à-tête sofas, an eighteenth-century mirror, and a chandelier with cascading strands of ball chain provide the parlor with a sexy, sophisticated air.
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Homeowners Lisa and Vincent West were enamoured of the simple style of the cottage and the airy atmosphere of its high ceilings and two-story porch. Itâ€™s very much a traditional Lowcountry house.
DESIGN At the suggestion of interior designers Carter Kay and Nancy Hooff, the dropped ceiling was removed, exposing the original longleaf pine joists and trusses. In addition to lending a casual appearance to the room, the change also draws attention to the solidity and integrity of the houseâ€™s original construction.
Primitive creamware jugs and convex mirrors are among the few decorative accessories in the room where a scenic mural painted by Bob Christian provides the art.
DESIGN In keeping with the clientâ€™s pared-down vision, the designers commissioned a twelve-foot-long table made from worn but polished reclaimed chestnut boards, complementing the unpainted wood of the ceiling and mantel. Chairs consist of casual wicker with linen slipcovered headchairs.
In a small bedroom, the designers created an airy look with contemporary metal beds that recall the tall canopy frames of traditional plantation-style beds. The sheen of quilted polished cotton pillow shams and comforters contrasts with the roomâ€™s natural linen coverlets and seagrass rug.
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Sleipe Light Collection Made to Order, EhoEho www.ehoeho.com
Maple Set Knives Available early 2014, The Federal www.brand.thefederal.co
#BlondWood PRODUCED BY CHRISTINE DA COSTA
Do blonds really have more fun? Sure seems that way. At least it did at Toronto's recent Interior Design Show. The beauty and warmth of light toned wood - whether it’s Scandi or Canadiana inspired - is on trend for 2014. Table Tokyo CA$1,400.00, loic bard www.loic-bard.liki.com
Blonds have more fun!
Like hair colour, there's bound to be a shade just right for you.
The Piano by Patrick Seha Starts at CA$1,950, Nieuw www.nieuw.ca
Elbow “Ollie” Lounge = Work Chair Made to order, Brothers Dressler www.brothersdressler.com
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Infusion PRODUCED BY VICTORIA DRAINVILLE
Unlike the real thing, this faux-gator box sits lazily on a bookshelf and never poses a threat.
A sweetgrass bar cart serves up Southern charm with practical ease.
A lazy Georgia alligator rests on a weathered log. The sultry colour and texture captured by Michael Owens' image has unleashed our decorating wild side.
Ignite an indoor landscape with a woodsy cylinder candle. A trio enlivens the mantle.
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Charm, history, romance and mystery Savannah is a destination that has it all. Spend even a short while in this Low Country gem and youâ€™ll succumb to the charms of its warm hospitality, unique southern cooking, and architectural wealth.
Savannah’s famous city squares are among North America’s first urban planning success stories. Stately homes, churches and museums are built around a system of grids, comprised of 24 squares, most often culminating in beautiful parkland shaded by majestic oaks draped with Spanish moss. We sent three Dabble contributors to explore Savannah’s design, travel and food scene.
Vintage and contemporary wares at Paris Market & Brocante. 32
Susanâ€™s book Houses with Charm
Susan poses with fine antiques at Arcanum.
Author of The Southern Cottage, The Southern Cosmopolitan, Savannah Style and recently, Houses with Charm, Susan Sully is an ideal guide to Savannahâ€™s design scene.
TOP DESIGN STORES Brocante typically refers to vintage treasures that have charm but lack the steep price tag of antiques. Thanks to the impeccable taste of buyer-cum-owner Paula Danyluk Paris Market & Brocante is two decadent floors of such European finds.
Take something home for the garden from the floral design studio, Madame Chrysanthemum. 34
Shop the Design District on Whitaker Street and be sure to visit One Fish, Two Fish. Enjoy the mix of vintage and contemporary goods with a coastal vibe. February 2014
DABBLE DOES If you love art, Savannah is the place to immerse yourself. See artists in action on River Street or choose from a selection of eclectic art at Shop SCAD (RIGHT).
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These holes, evident in the sanctuary floors of The First African Baptist Church, had a dual purpose. On the surface they represent a common tribal symbol, but more importantly, they provided air to enslaved people hiding at this Underground Railroad stop. 38
Victoria takes a reading break in front of Mercer House. The classic Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is based on true events that occurred right here.
“Once you leave Savannah, you’ll miss it,” says Dabble’s executive editor Victoria Drainville.
The Old Savannah Cotton Exchange, built in 1887 is now the headquarters of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.
There’s some good dinner to be caught at the Fort Pulaski Bridge, but we’re leaving it up to Arnold Dorsey to make the catch!
First African Baptist Church member, Rebecca Wilson sits in one of the original pews. 42
Thereâ€™s nary a thirsty pirate or sailor in sight, but they still serve great victuals and grog at The Pirateâ€™s House.
Immerse yourself in history with a moving visit to the First African Baptist Church. Built by enslaved people, the church dates to 1859 and is most wellknown as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Book an appointment to visit with a guide or don your Sunday best and come for services where you can enjoy the choir.
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Although itâ€™s a traditional fave, The Olde Pink House has a few modern tricks up its culinary sleeves as evidenced by this interpretation of shrimp and grits with country ham. 44
Adam Turoni lets Janeen be the first to try chocolates he’s prepared that day.
“Low Country cookin' is a blend of coastal, country and West Indies cuisine,” explains foodie Janeen Laudenback.
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Dine in one of several grand dining rooms in the 18th Century Mansion known as The Olde Pink House. 46
When you dine at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (and you must!) say hello to owner Marcia Thompson, seen here with her son Ryan. This famous food destination serves humble southern classics, family style. P.S. You won’t leave hungry.
Experience authentic southern food at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Ask anyone leaving the restaurant (go ahead, ask everyone...you’ll have to wait at least an hour) and the praise will be high. Once inside you’ll be seated family style and encounter a staggering number of dishes to try. Fried chicken, biscuits, yams, okra, lima beans, corn bread and more. Try it all!
Before leaving, take your dish to the kitchen as an ode to the old boarding house it once was. Even President Obama bussed his dishes.
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TRAVEL Once a pharmacy, the Gryphon Tea Room has a stunning stained glass ceiling and a grand interior. Youâ€™ll go as much for the setting as the delicious meal and savoury petit four treats.
1-2-3 days in Savannah
MORNING Have a light breakfast at your hotel, you’ll want to save room for lunch. MID-MORNING Make it a design day. Start at Forsyth Park and enjoy the majestic fountain before you stroll along Bull Street to West Jones Street for some shopping. 12 NOON Get in line early (10:30-11:00 am) because you won’t want to miss family style dining at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. AFTERNOON After a large meal, take a walk through the Design District on Whitaker Street. Visit One Fish, Two Fish, Arcanum and No. Four Eleven. LATE AFTERNOON Book a tour at Mercer House and enjoy the interiors (and the tiny garden) so deliciously described in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Shop the Mercer Carriage Store for goodies to take back home. EVENING Once you’ve walked off your lunch and gained an appetite again, have a delicious urban-style meal at Local 11 Ten.
TRAVEL Cross the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and enjoy a unique vantage point for Savannah. If you are staying in Savannah, we recommend any of the historic inns or the Westin Hotel (where this photo was taken).
MORNING Have a tasty breakfast at B. Matthew’s on East Bay Street. MID-MORNING Continue along East Bay Street and shop the Factors Walk towards City Market. 12 NOON You must be hungry again? Stop for a cheesy slice at Vinnie Van Go-Go. AFTERNOON Dedicate at least three hours to shopping on Broughton Street. LATE AFTERNOON Coffee time. Make it a café au lait at The Paris Market & Brocante.
MID-MORNING If you’ve got time for a day trip you won’t want to miss Tybee Island. 12 NOON Enjoy some fresh seafood at the Crab Shack: “Where the elite eat and shop in their bare feet.” AFTERNOON Lounge on the beach and take advantage of the Savannah sun. EVENING Return to Savannah for a fabulous meal at the Olde Pink House. If you don’t see a ghost there, take a late night Ghost Walking Tour.
EVENING Head back towards East Bay Street for a lovely meal and great views at Vic’s On the River.
TRAVEL Stroll River Street for views of the Georgia Queen and Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Blue Mountain Brut
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Iâ€™m not sure what Savannah and British Columbia have in common, but perhaps we could get the conversation started over some fried green tomatoes and sparkling wine? This iconic dish of the American South, with tart tomatoes and crispy breading, certainly stands on its own. But why not, in the grand tradition of Southern hospitality, invite Blue Mountain Brut to the table? This Okanagan Valley sparkling wine is a blend of two traditional Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, plus a small (and unique) addition of Pinot Gris.
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