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  1. "Little Chelsea" Floral Show

    Each year at Caspari we celebrate Virginia’s Historic Garden Week by hosting a floral exhibition in our Downtown Charlottesville shop. We opened our doors and gather to celebrate the arrival of spring and highlight the incredible talent of local florists, landscape designers, and our very own local Garden Clubs. As we planned for the event this year inspiration struck when we were reminded of the grandeur of the Royal Horticulture Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show. We decided to bring a little piece of London to the streets of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall with the theme “Little Chelsea”.

    During the hustle and bustle of coordinating the event, our friends at The Scout Guide introduced us to Allison of Hillbrook Collections and we instantly knew we had a new partner. Thus, the Caspari Garden Folly began its journey from dream to Garden Week reality. A designer of Bespoke Garden Sheds, Allison creates finely crafted, stunningly beautiful garden structures in both American and European designs. Together, Caspari President, Lisa, and Allison sat down to design the Caspari Garden Folly, which has a traditional French garden influence. Airy and open, the folly features paned floor to ceiling windows on all four sides, with the front and back sides opening up via a pair of French doors. The exterior features a beautiful Luxembourg Garden-inspired green finish, a sloping cedar shingled roof, and two copper pineapple finials. The final result left us gushing over Allison's work and beaming about the centerpiece of "Little Chelsea".

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    We placed the folly in the center of the store and our amazing partners at J.W. Townsend Landscaping flanked it and the store's doors with two beautiful plant-filled urns and two fourteen foot tall maple trees. The trees boldly framed the entry to the event, drawing the eyes up and creating a canopy of green that transformed the space into a shaded secret garden path.

    The result of Townsend Landscaping's work was a breathtaking and whimsical welcome to "Little Chelsea"

    Throughout the store, our additional partners took over display tables with beautiful botanical designs! Moving between each unique space was reminiscent of traversing a neighborhood pathway from personal backyard garden to personal backyard garden. We especially loved the character of LH Garden's display, as their charmingly dressed wooden mannequins made you want to give a little wave as you would if passed a neighbor tending their front flowerbeds. Their tiered table was topped with colorful hydrangeas and towering delphiniums that invited you to stop and smell the flowers.

    The team at Monticello set a window front table in topiaries, ferns, and greenery accented by a bouquet of bright tulips. The elegantly styled table reflected the well-trimmed beauty of their own sprawling estate gardens. terracotta pots and cement urns gave the look a lovely stone foundation.

    Catherine Bolton set a table in rich green and purple tones. Draped with a damask textured fabric cloth, the simple table's crown jewel was a large patinaed urn with elaborately scrolling handles full of greenery, purple blooms, and fragrant white lilies. A charming cluster of cherubs was perched at the table's corner and accented with more lovely botanicals.

    Throughout the shop, we decorated our own share of tables in various styles ranging from exotic and tropical looks to classic pink & green floral settings.

    We immensely enjoyed welcoming spring through the celebration of Historic Garden Week and having the opportunity to host the Charlottesville community and highlight it's local talent. We thank all those who attended and participated in making this beautiful event happen! We can't wait to see the blooms and friendly faces that next year brings.


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  2. Mood Board: Gull Lake

    This collection of sun-soaked citrus colors and botanical motifs is inspired by lake-side spring days. The mood of "Gull Lake" invites you to slow down, stop and smell the flowers, take the time to make and enjoy freshly squeezed lemonade. A celebration of spring, this look represents life, growth, and warmth through sunny hues that glow against the lush green of freshly sprouted leaves. Put on some polka dots, don a straw hat, and live the lake life with this collection.

    Layer lemon yellow and bright lime with the natural tone and texture of woven rattan table & serving accents to complete the look.

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  3. Mood Board: Paris Pied à Terre

    Evoking the bohemian spirit of the artists and writers who used to call the Left Bank of Paris home, this is a collection of lush jewel tones, deep blacks, and an eclectic mix of patterns. The architectural details of the city’s 19th-century limestone buildings offer a grand canvas for playing with richly textured fabrics, glimmering gold, and shades of amethyst, berry, and coral. Layering traditional decorative elements with pops of intense color results in an effortless glamour that somehow feels especially Parisian. 

    Mix & match these empowering patterns and electric colors to create your own contemporary Parisian style.

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  4. Interior Inspirations for the Table

    Since our founding in 1945, our team of designers has drawn inspiration from the world of fine art, fashion, and interior design for every Caspari collection. Like these inspiration-industries, the collections we produce each season reflect trending contemporary styles while maintaining an air of classicism and time-honored style. Interior design is one such house of inspiration that marries new trends with traditional design particularly well, and we love adapting home textiles, ceramics, and other interior attributes for the Caspari tabletop. From upholstery and wallpaper to vases and objet, tabletop inspiration is everywhere within showhouses and Pairs pied-à-terres.

    Inspiration: Headboard Textile | Design: Spots

    (Inspiration Source: House Beautiful)

    Inspiration: Pillow Textile | Pattern: Sakura

    (Inspiration Source: Elle Decor)

    Inspiration: Marble Surfaces | Design: Marble

    (Inspiration Source: House Beautiful)

    Inspiration: Chair Upholstery | Design: Carriacou 

    (Inspiration Source: House & Garden)

    Inspiration: Wall Panels | Design: Chinese Wallpaper

    (Inspiration Source: de Gournay)

    Inspiration: Wallpaper | Design: Heather (Coming for Spring 2019!)

    (Interior Inspiration: Pierre Frey)

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  5. Vintage Fashion to Modern Table—Winter Sports

    Winter Sports, a new design debuting in our 2018 Christmas Collection, depicts a pattern of airborne skiers carving down tree scattered mountain slopes in flurries of snow. This playful and modern pattern, which trending this season on cozy, lodge-themed holiday tables, was first created in 1937.

    Hand-painted or likely stenciled by an unknown artist, the repeating pattern of red, green, white and gold skiers and snow-laden pine trees was applied to a full-length black silk dress. A tape sewn inside the lower hem of the skirt gives the name of the dress as 'Indoor Sports.' It currently resides in the collection of the V&A.

    The dress, slimline with a straight skirt, raglan cut bodice, short sleeves, and a high round neckline, features a collar and cuffs trimmed grey-gold fur, a short peplum at the waist, and a front center slip up to the mid-calf. Its button-front bodice fastens with miniature plastic ski buttons and the soft black suede belt is faced with leather and fastened with two white plastic skis threaded through metal hoops attached by a silver chain to the belt. The attention to detail and craftsmanship are stunning and the hand-painted pattern is quite impeccably applied.

    The lucky wearer of this dress was a young woman named Leah Barnett Ross (1915-1969). She was painted wearing the dress in the same year it was made, 1937, by the society portrait painter James Penniston Barraclough (1891-1942). In this oil painting, she is seated on a fur rug against a black background, her engagement ring prominently displayed on her left hand, wearing her ski-patterned Indoor Sports dress.

    The snowy pattern of trees and skis is making its next appearance now, 81 years later, in the Caspari 2018 Christmas Tabletop & Gift Collection. Charmed by the design we now call 'Winter Sports,' we adapted the pattern to create festive and cheerful tableware, napkins, gift wrap, and more. Available in three colorways, Winter Sports brings a fresh, chic, and slightly whimsical touch to holiday occasions and decor this season. Paired with our new Plaid Check design, Winter Sports becomes a modern take on a winter lodge look that cozies up tabletops and gift presentations with a perfect wintery theme.

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  6. What Pippa Wants Features Caspari imperial Silk

    "No one sets a table like Pippa", Caspari customers have commented since this PA-based former event planner, retired formally trained Chef, mother, and blogger featured a tablescape inspired by our new Fall 2018 collection on her blog. Inspired by Imperial Silk, Pippa set a stunning table for fall full of bold primary colors, mixed patterns, and elegant chinoiserie style. Giving the table her own unique twist, she handpainted pumpkins and wine glasses to coordinate with the Imperial Silk design and even decoupaged her own charger plates with the pattern! The result is a vibrant tabletop in what Pippa calls, "FULL TILT fall color."

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  7. Magnolia Stripes Features Caspari Chinese Ceramic

    DC blogger, entertainer, and hostess, Stephanie of Magnolia Stripes, knows how to set a tabletop for Fall. Using one of our new designs for Fall 2018, Chinese Ceramic, she's created a show-stopping table in a bold blue and orange palette. Throughout, she's included Caspari acrylic drinkware, ribbon accents, and paper tableware designs. Giving this look a modern twist, she's accented Chinese Ceramic in a fun favorite design, Spots, transforming the traditionally set table with a youthful touch. See more of this early autumn tabletop look at MagnoliaStripes.com and shop Caspari's newest collection to create your own inspiring tablescape for the season.

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  8. Behind the Designs—Caspari Museum Collection

    The Caspari Design Team sources inspiration and artwork from artists and museums around the world. Inspired by fine art, ceramics, textiles, fashion, and interior design, each season we search through collections of art, old and new, to find the best resources to create designs desired by today's hostess, entertainer, and decorator. The stories behind the designs are something you may never expect. Here are some of the most recognizable works of art that form our collection of museum-inspired designs.

    ALICE IN WONDERLAND (ALICE IN A WINTER WONDERLAND)

    This pattern was designed in 1930 for furnishing fabric. The pattern is based on Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carrol's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'. Artist, C. F. A. Voysey, created the print through hand-colored process engraving.

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    LE MODERN

    Designed by Morton Ribyat in graphite and watercolor, this bold pattern was originally created for use as a textile pattern. Our Le Modern designs give it an additional life as modern paper products.

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    PROFUSION OF FLOWERS

    18th-Century Chinese artist Qian Weicheng painted a 787.3 cm long collection of flowers, aptly called Profusion of Flowers. This is a segment of the full work from MFA Boston.

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    MARITIME

    The Schooner Yacht “America”, painted in oil by artist James Bard in 1851, memorializes the victory of the boat when it became the winner of the first formal racing competition between British and American vessels around England’s Isle of Wight.

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    TOBACCO LEAF

    This pseudo-tobacco leaf design was taken from an 18th-century porcelain serving dish made in Jingdezhen, China for export. The floral pattern was likely inspired by the popularity of tobacco motifs in the colonial South, however, the foliage more accurately depicts plants native to South East Asia or the Pacific Islands.

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    VIENNESE NOUVEAU

    Gustav Klimp’s well-known painting, Hope, II, was created in oil, gold, and platinum on canvas. Viennese Nouveau takes an up-close look at the exquisite Byzantine gold leaf and intricate detail of the piece.

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    BEJEWELED

    Our Bejeweled design was taken from a pattern of inlaid jewels on a necklace pendant. The original piece was discovered in Jaipur, Rajasthan in Northern India and features beautiful gold, yellow sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds.

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    WINTER SPORTS

    While the maker of this hand-painted dress is unknown, its wearer was Leah Barnett Ross and she was painted while wearing the dress by artist Barraclough, James Penniston. Tape sewn inside the lower hem of the skirt gives the dress the name of 'Indoor Sports.'

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    AUDUBON BIRDS

    While John James Audubon was not the first person to attempt to paint and describe all the birds of America but his seminal Birds of America, a collection of 435 life-size prints, is still a standard against which 20th and 21st-century bird artists are measured. His Flamingo and Heron are among his most popularly reprinted works today.

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  9. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Features Caspari's Floral Fashion Show

    Charlottesville Wine & Country Living attended our annual Historic Garden Week kick-off event, a floral show where local florists create stunning displays inspired by Caspari style and fashion design. On their blog, they share their experience and highlight the many wonderful floral artists who participated this year. Sincerest thanks to Wine & Country Living and all who attended and participated in Charlottesville Historic Garden Week 2018.

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  10. Cooking with Paula Deen Features Caspari Napkins

    Cooking with Paula Deen featured our Starry Night and Sail Away napkins in this festive patriotic picnic look! 

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