Sunday, August 12, 2012

And the Winner is....

Thank you to all who entered!

And, a special thank you to Vervain and Barry Dixon for their generous support.

Don't miss the next Bubble & Squeak giveaway coming soon!

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Sunday, August 5, 2012


We're extremely excited to offer one of our lucky readers this phenomenal pair of Bubble & Squeak designed pillows featuring fabric and trim from the Barry Dixon collection for Vervain.  Vervain has graciously provided all of the fabric and trim to make this amazing giveaway possible.  We can't thank them enough! Please see the rules below to qualify for these gorgeous pillows, valued at $850.00!

Three simple rules for entry:
One:  You must SUBSCRIBE to Bubble & Squeak here: SUBSCRIBE
Two:  You must COMMENT on Barry's blog post here:  COMMENT   
Three:  You must SHARE this post on your wall on Facebook.

***Please note that you must subscribe to Bubble & Squeak the blog, not the Facebook page.  And, you are not subscribed to Bubble & Squeak unless you verify your account by clicking the "Activate Your Subscription" link emailed to you at the time of subscription.  If you don't activate, you are not eligible for the giveaway.  All current subscribers do not need to re-subscribe, but you must be verified, and are required to COMMENT on Barry's post and share this post on facebook. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on August 13th. If the chosen winner has not completed all three rules for entry, another name will be chosen at random until we find a winner.  Good Luck!
Each pillow is 20" wide x 20" high 
Fabric:  Ishtar in Grey and Lemon
Cording:  Bosal in Honeyopal
Tape:  Tympani in Walnut
A very special THANK YOU to Vervain for being so generous!  They have been such a pleasure to work with and we would not have been able to offer this giveaway without their support. You MUST visit Vervain's website and view the rest of Barry's amazing collection or, better yet, view it in person at your nearest design center. You will not be disappointed!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A True Southern Gentleman

Barry Dixon  
Garden at Elway Hall, Traditional Home Magazine 

A gentleman, and a designer, and a farmer, and a social media junkie? Wait, what? Either this bottle of wine is getting to us or these unusually hot summer temperatures are playing tricks with our heads.  Few designers these days actually make us take notice, however, Barry Dixon makes us swoon.  Always the gentleman, Barry is as charming as his interiors are honest. He is a master of creating spaces with a sense of history and courage that indulge the senses on every level.  Bubble & Squeak had the pleasure of sitting down with Barry to discuss his dream cabin, Facebook, Downton Abbey, and his underwear. That's right, his underwear! 

Bubble & Squeak: So, you're very active on Facebook, more so than most designers. What makes you click "Like"?
Barry Dixon: Anything that inspires me, in any direction...emotionally, spiritually, or aesthetically, and almost any picture of a dog.

BS: When you get up from your computer, what's the first thing you reach for?
BD: Ellie, my wire-haired fox terrier. 

BS: Describe your fantasy cabin retreat in three words.
BD: Serene, layered...magical.

BS: You're unpacking your groceries at the cabin. What's in the bag?
BD: A sharp robust Gruyere cheese, sweet red grapes, free range eggs, tart cherry tomatoes, whole wheat bread, coffee.... and spicy ginger snaps!

BS: When traveling, what four must-haves are in your carry-on?
BD: Dark blue jeans by Ralph Lauren, Thom Brown Brogues, my iPhone, and sunglasses.

BS: What puts Barry at ease?
BD: A trip to the barn on my farm in Virginia.

BS: Speaking of your farm...your beautiful estate, Elway Hall in Virginia, is right out of Downtown Abbey. Which of these Downton characters do you identify with most and why? The Dowager Countess, John Bates, Lady Sybil Crawley, or Matthew Crawley?
BD: Matthew Crawley, definitely. I truly believe that we don't own these old homes, they own us. Rather, we act as stewards, guardians that "protect the realm" for our time, then pass it on, the better for our efforts.

BS: Well, Elway Hall has completely "owned" you!  Cascading drapery, tassels, and fringe, oh my! Many people think of cabins as rustic places, how do you see these two worlds colliding?
BD: Happliy. I love the juxtaposition of formal with rustic. The tension between opposites is far superior to a calculated mean.

BS: What are the first three songs on your cabin playlist?
BD: 1. Adele: Someone Like You 
    2. Michael Buble: The Way You Look Tonight
    3. Lulu:  To Sir With Love

BS: There are two kinds of people when it comes to firewood... those who chop their own and those who don't. Does Barry Dixon chop his own wood?
BD: No. But I'm a consummate stoker.

BS: Lastly, Barry, the design community is all a-buzz with one important question. Boxers or briefs?
BD: At the cabin...neither.
Interiors by Barry Dixon
1. Robertson Bench by Barry Dixon for Tomlinson/ Erwin-Lambeth
2. Duck Head Decanter in Smoke, Asprey, London
1. Poillerat Sconces, George N Antiques
2. Oatlands Side Chair by Barry Dixon for Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth 
1. Martini Table by Barry Dixon for Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth
1. Fresh eggs from Elway Hall, Traditional Home Magazine 
1. Ginger Snap Cookies 
1.  English Convex Mirror c.1840, R. Ege Antiques 
1. Royal Water, Creed Perfumes 
1. Luminor Panerai 1950

Thank you Barry!  You're an asscher-cut diamond amidst a field of rough-cut gems.

Please visit Barry's website to see more of his beautiful, jaw-dropping projects.  

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