A Bucolic Romance
He’s best known for his amazing artisanal hand-printed textiles, which make regular appearances in the pages of House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and The World of Interiors, but Devine’s talents and passions extend to the great outdoors, haute cuisine, and throwing a great party as well. He’s currently writing and photographing his first book, about gardening and entertaining, due out in the spring of 2014 from Rizzoli. And last fall, he and Burak made the charming garden of their 1840s Kinderhook, NY, home the venue for a gorgeous “country baroque” supper.
A backyard canopy tent made from a fretwork linen textile of Devine’s own design sets a tone that was both otherworldly and down-to-earth. A mingling of baroque, bohemian, and bucolic—a decadent velvet Pierre Frey tablecloth, homegrown centerpieces, and simple horn flatware—struck a perfect balance of grand, handcrafted, and welcoming. The tent, wire-and-wicker sunburst mirror, and six-arm chandelier are included in our sale.
With grass underfoot and an ornate wire candle chandelier twinkling overhead, the setting was at once opulent and organic, a perfect mix of high and low. Nineteenth-century hand-painted Limoges dishes were flanked by simple horn flatware and artisanal napkins made from Devine’s Venice fabric. Like many of the meal’s ingredients, the centerpieces—pansies and purple kale—were grown in the garden and (because both are edible) did not go to waste after the party.