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Fritz Porter is one of Charleston's best places to shop. We are an interior design showroom open to both the public and to the trades. We feature unique home furnishings, fabrics, lighting fixtures, antiques, vintage finds, fine art and new furniture. 

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INSIDE SCOOP: The British Invasion

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Over the holidays I finished watching Season 2 of The Crown on NEtflix and,  

like everyone else, I was transfixed not only by the story, but by the gorgeous set design. So when we brought on a few new vendors from across the pond (namely Lewis and Wood, Farrow & Ball and Imogen Heath) we decided it was a perfect opportunity to create and Atelier inspired by the wonderfully collected feel of the British home. 

Scroll down to see some of what us inspired and how the whole thing beautifully came together...

 
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Farrow & Ball paint color "Dead Salmon" was the perfect dusty pink  and created the backdrop for our Atelier (Photo: Getty Images) 

Farrow & Ball paint color "Dead Salmon" was the perfect dusty pink

and created the backdrop for our Atelier (Photo: Getty Images) 

We also fell for Farrow & Ball's Tourbillon wallpaper which we used in the niche of the  Atelier to create a dramatic backdrop. 

We also fell for Farrow & Ball's Tourbillon wallpaper which we used in the niche of the

Atelier to create a dramatic backdrop. 

The cast of The Crown on Netflix

The cast of The Crown on Netflix

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

 
The Atelier as it came together from the inspirations above

The Atelier as it came together from the inspirations above

The Tourbillon Wallpaper from Farrow and Ball creates a graphic backdrop for the slipper chairs covered in Lewis and Wood linen.  The 19th century commode is from John Pope Antiques and the portrait is from 17 South Antiques.

The Tourbillon Wallpaper from Farrow and Ball creates a graphic backdrop for the slipper chairs covered in Lewis and Wood linen.

The 19th century commode is from John Pope Antiques and the portrait is from 17 South Antiques.

The Brits love their blue and white (as do we!) 

The Brits love their blue and white (as do we!) 

 
The Sika Wallpaper and Hawksmoor fabric on the wing chair from Lewis and  Wood

The Sika Wallpaper and Hawksmoor fabric on the wing chair from Lewis and

Wood

 
Lets get this party started with some libations...

Lets get this party started with some libations...

Including the traditional Pimm's Cup cocktail (made from scratch from our very own Carlye Jane  Dougherty...see recipe below) 

Including the traditional Pimm's Cup cocktail (made from scratch from our very own Carlye Jane

Dougherty...see recipe below) 

A talk by Richard Keith Langham at the Historic Charleston Foundation provided further inspiration with his casually formal spaces.   

A talk by Richard Keith Langham at the Historic Charleston Foundation provided further inspiration with his casually formal spaces.

 

And the party gets into gear...

And the party gets into gear...

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Oh what a night! The tattered Union Jack lives to tell the tale....

Oh what a night! The tattered Union Jack lives to tell the tale....

Proper Pimm's Cup for a Party

I love a tidy, easy recipe and this one is just that if you don't overthink it!

All you need is a serving vessel big enough to hold a bottle of Pimm's + the sliced fruit & cucumber.

Serve over ice in a 3:1 ratio of ginger beer to Pimm's Base.

Makes 12-15 servings.


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Ingredients

1- Bottle of Pimm's No. 1 (750 ml)

1- English (of course!) Cucumber  

4- Large Lemons 

1- 16 oz Container of Fresh Strawberries 

6-10 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

6 pack of Ginger Beer (We like it extra spicy!)

Lots of crushed ice

... I also consider a quality highball glass a key ingredients to the success of this recipe! 

 

  • Thinly slice the cucumber & lemons (I use the slicing blade on my Cusinart- quick & easy!) 
  • Quarter strawberries with the tops removed.
  • Toss the cucumber & lemon slices, strawberries & rosemary sprigs into your serving vessel.
  • Pour a hole bottle of Pimm's over the slices.
  • Stir- yum!

The rest is this simple: fill your highball about 1/3 of the way with the Pimm's mix, fill the rest of the glass with ice, top with ginger beer- enjoy! 

That's all. 


 
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