Think Green!

By Clinton J. Holloway


Despite the most recent bout of cold to hit Middle Tennessee, spring is on its way! Daffodils are poking their way through the soil and trees are beginning to bud. Soon our beautiful landscape will be awash in a thousand shades of green.


The color of spring, green symbolizes nature, fertility, growth and life. It is said that if you are decorating and do not know what color palette to use, always go with green. Grass green is said to be the most restful color of all.


All one needs to do is take a loop through the GasLamp Antiques and Decorating Malls with their 400 hundred vendors to find out that green is a great color. At Too, we spotted this enormous rustic green work bench at T-375 (photo, above right). The tag says it was salvaged from a dairy operation in New York. It would make a great kitchen island or it could be used as its intended purpose as a work space in your office. It is just the right height and is a great price at $1,750. (I have to tell you, this piece makes me a little green with envy; I would love to have this much storage space.)


Over at the original GasLamp, several booths in a row offered some great green antiques and decorator items. Booth 303 sports this little tableau, photo left, with a miniature green painted chest ($45), green tin ($12), green framed mirror ($45) and green bulbous glass pitcher ($18). Several shades of green are represented, but all work well together.


Nearby Booth 325 had this vintage high chair newly painted in soft shade ($47). The new lettuce bowl with under plate is $12 (photo, right). Soon real ones of these will be growing in area gardens!


Booth 512 also had an array of green. If grass green is said to be the most restful color, then put this grass green twig chair ($125) out under your favorite tree and enjoy a nap in the spring sunshine (photo, below). The working wicker lamp will light your way at $150 while the plant stand is $65. The old lantern is $45. The letter holder could also work great to organize your seed packets and seed catalogues ($45). I think the 6-foot-tall grass green shutter (there are a pair) at $45 each would make a great backdrop for just about anything or any corner you want to draw focus to. Where would you use them? Indoors or out?


And it would not be spring without the mention of the favorite March holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day, and it’s reminder of all things Irish. Booth W-412 is offering this diminutive 6-inch Irish Belleek vase with four leave clovers for only $10 (photo, right). Anybody would be “lucky” to find this one! May be there is a Leprechaun hiding nearby, as well?


Take heart, Design Elements readers! Come by the GasLamp Malls and pick up something green, as a reminder that spring is indeed on its way!        




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