Just when we set our summer and fall calendar with our trunk show destinations of choice to meet all of you and shoot tables with new tastemakers, quarantine ensued and this year's travel plans appeared to be no longer.
Like many of you, however, the new normal forced us to put our creative caps on and uncover new ways to connect, collaborate and keep our creative juices flowing. We were determined to continue our Carte Blanche series especially as we discovered so many of our shoppers were seeking ways to make staying at home more meaningful. So, we turned to those who inspire us most on the 'gram to #makemealsmemories their way.
If you have yet to come across Jenny Bohannan's beautiful feed highlighting vignettes throughout her home, charmingly named Tallwood, you're overdue; @tallwoodcountryhouse is a must-follow, sure to enchant anyone with a taste for English charm.
On the property, she and her family tend to Peking ducklings, goats, French guinea hens and other farm animals who make frequent appearances in the posts.
In true 2020 fashion, we messaged her to see if she would be interested in taking part in our Carte Blanche series from afar. She sent a resounding yes response, and we could not wait to send her selected styles to the Virginia countryside for what we were sure would be a stunning setting. Shop the scene by clicking the (+) plus-signs below and viewing her Avenue edit here.
It's no secret LZ loves setting the table to #makemealsmemories, but we're equally enthusiastic to see the magic others make with their unique eye.
In speaking with Southern Living about the design of Tallwood, Jenny remarked that she "treats each room as a bit of a discovery."
"Entering each space should feel like opening a jewel box." -Jenny Bohannon of Tallwood Country House
That it does for her dining room, and we're pinching ourselves that the unique treasures inside include styles from The Avenue.
The showstopper is our Italian rose stem dishes, resting beautifully atop her cabbage chargers, which she scored at an estate sale. (And we're excited to bring to you on The Avenue this fall!) Shop her gorgeous dress by Seraphina, made in London, in keeping with the British-inspired country home feel.
Other vintage pieces and our best-selling basketweave styles gave the look a laid-back appeal, which is what we're all trying to achieve in the summer months, no? Or all months for that matter now that homeschool is back in session.
We were thrilled to see the same scene on display come Fourth of July, a total departure from typical patriotic table settings but not without an ode to our stars and stripes. On that same style note, we're excited to introduce our new crystal edit also sourced from across the pond -- etched in stars or oval bands, they have just enough novelty to feel special but maintain a classicness fit for any tablescape.
Though we didn't get to set the table alongside Jenny, we felt like we got to know her through our email exchanges and quick Q&A and look forward to toasting with a set of vintage saucers some day soon.
Sure, Tallwood is aspirational, but Jenny will prove that nobody should feel a stranger to a beautifully set table, all with her gracious spirit and energy to boot.
Pleasure having you on The Avenue, Jenny, and we hope you'll come see us in Texas and teach us a few of your English Country inspired ways. For now, we'll be admiring these photos and look forward to seeing more from you and the farm out East. Tune in with us by following Jenny @tallwoodcountryhouse.