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Sticky Wicket

by habituallychic

07 . 20 . 11
The croquet set that I saw at The Upper Rust makes me wish a had a flat lawn, or any lawn for that matter.  It would be fun would it be to host a croquet party on a lovely summer day.  Argyle optional of course.

The Upper Rust Vintage Croquet Set

Chuck Bass playing croquet on Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

George Harrison and John Lennon

George Harrison and John Lennon

Croquet at The Parker

Photo by Paul Costello


Croquet Lawn

Betty Grable playing croquet

Fairfield Croquet by Slim Aarons 1991

Darryl Zanuck at Howard Hawks house by Slim Aarons 1955



Martha Stewart

Olivia de Havilland

Louis Jourdan and friends by Slim Aarons

Princess Diana

The croquet lawn at Winston Churchill’s old home.

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  1. Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ July 20, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    ya know i never played this game EVER – i need to fix that PRONTO!

  2. Naomi Kasz July 20, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    Heather, beautiful pictures and informative too, I love how every time I check out your blog, there’s always something interesting, not only beautiful, and I always leave learning something new! I’d love to ask you a question, I look up to you in decorating and love your taste. I recently purchused an upholstered chocolate brown wing bed, it’s beautiful and I’m very happy with it, but have no clue how I should match furniture that I’m going to be getting soon. Meaning the dressers and nightstands. What are the rules to matching an upholstered dark piece and a type/color of wood? I’m so confused. Usually I see same color on dressers, but since this is an upholstered piece, it doesn’t apply….Any ideas? Thank you, hope all is well in the new apartment, stunning colors in the kitchen by the way!!

  3. I’ve played a few times and was taught a bit by pros at a tournament a few years back. Loved it! I posted photos of the 30’s earlier today… wouldn’t have been surprised to have run across a croquet snap in the pics I posted. Check it out!

  4. ArchitectDesign™ July 20, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    Reminds me of the croquet court on the cruise ship!

  5. Elizabeth July 20, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    I love croquet, played if often while growing up!

    Beautiful images! Love them all.

    Stay cool in the blistering weather.

  6. Melis July 20, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    so cute. i’ve always wanted to learn to play. and i love the beatles and gg pics of them playing!

    check out my blog, i have a lookbook and behind the scenes video for my etsy up. take a look! i think you’d like it.

  7. Karena July 20, 2011 | 10:30 pm

    Great images Heather. I love the vintage especially. We used to play cricket when I was a little girl!


    Art by Karena

  8. Emilia July 20, 2011 | 10:46 pm

    Love these images, they all look so perfectly light and summery. Great inspiration.

  9. Jo @ Let's Face the Music July 21, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    Must have a croquet match after seeing this delightful post. You missed one of the most traditional ongoing rivalries in the sport: the Naval Academy Mids against St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. The Johnnies have won 23 of 28 matches the last of which you can view here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuv2Jf118V4 Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  10. Joseph the Butler July 21, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    When I lived in Maryland I was reacquainted with competitive croquet. Yes, people still play it competitively and are very serious about it. Lawns are meticulously cared for–they must be green, lush and very flat.

    We always played on a slight hillside, so the game was a little more challenging. Many a summer days in the South playing the game. Love it.

  11. mary July 21, 2011 | 8:33 pm

    What fun and great photos. I don’t know why, but a couple of weeks ago I bought a c. 1930 crocket set–complete (with instruction booklet) except not original box. Now you are making it chic. thanks. Mary

  12. Fashion-isha July 21, 2011 | 10:07 pm

    What another lovely, whimsical post. I am truly inspired how you find a theme and post the most beautiful photos all connected to the theme but from different places!