Where The Wild Things Hang…

October 31st, 2014
Ma Biche

Ma Biche

Meetings with our top retailers during Tabletop is always a great way to find out what’s “hot” in home decor and we were surprised to hear that “tapestry taxidermy” is flying off the shelves walls at Bergdorf Goodman these days.  Perhaps their popularity stems from autumn bringing out the hunter in the all those Upper East Side socialites who are snapping up these “passe-murailles” by the dozens, or perhaps these whimsical creatures remind us to enjoy the season and all the natural beauty it has to offer, in and out of the woods.

Heroine

Heroine

Venus de Mylo

Venus de Mylo

Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of Frédérique Morrel’s art.  The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework.  While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ghosts”.)  If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then we think they’ve succeeded!

Chocolate Moose

Chocolate Moose

Billy Jean

Billy Jean

Beetlemania

Beetlemania

What do you think?  Would you hang out with one of these?  Happy Halloween!

Photos: deer, horse, bull, moose, goat and bugs

Monday Mood

October 27th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

French Beauty

French Beauty

Y-urning

Pronunciation: /ˈyərniNG/

Longing and craving…  With last week’s rain and colder weather, is it too early to hanker for spring?

Photo: urn

Fashion Friday: General Knot & Co.

October 24th, 2014
"Knot" Your Typical Tie

“Knot” Your Typical Tie

With the month of October almost over (where did the time go?!), it’s not too early to think about the holidays and what the men in your life should wear to all those family gatherings and office parties.  We know we have a hard enough time getting our teenage boys out of their sweats and into something somewhat presentable… let alone get them to wear a jacket and tie.  That’s why we’re investing in these limited edition designs from General Knot & Co.

Japanese Indigo Mums

Japanese Indigo Mums

Vintage Florentine Leaf and Heather Plaid

Vintage Florentine Leaf and Heather Plaid

Made from vintage fabrics sourced the world over by collectors, these products are created in New England and even better, designed in Bedford, NY, just up the road from where we live.  In fact, founders Ann and Andrew Payne – both of whom cut their teeth in fashion at Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s – are the parents of one of our sons’ best buddies, a funny and adorable kid named Oliver.

Vintage Delft Botanical Diamond Point Bow

Vintage Delft Botanical Diamond Point Bow

Butter Rose Pocket Square

Butter Rose Pocket Square

What we love most about these designs, besides the American craftsmanship, is that each collection is made in very limited quantities, uniquely finite and never to be repeated – sounds a bit like what we do.  When you order something from General Knot & Co., you know you’re getting exquisite accessories that stand the test of time.  Not to mention that they make great holiday gifts if you’re already making a list and checking it twice!

1970's Trompe L'Oeuil Print Belt

1970′s Trompe L’Oeuil Print Belt

Check out the website and let us know what you would choose for the man in your life… and have a fashionable Friday.

Photos: 1 – 6

 

An Ode to Oscar

October 22nd, 2014
Oscar de la Renta, 1932 - 2014

Oscar de la Renta, 1932 – 2014

“But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean.  You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns.” ~ Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

Lapis - Spring 2014

Lapis – Spring 2014

We’re feeling quite blue with the passing of an incredible style icon, a designer often described as the “sultan of suave”, an avid gardener, and a lover of all that is feminine and pretty.  Oscar de la Renta was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word and he created clothes that made women look and feel beautiful.  His native Dominican sun shown through in his work which was always filled with light, color and luminosity…  and the Caribbean waters were captured in his love of something blue.

Baby - Fall 2012

Baby – Fall 2012

Wedgewood - Spring 2015

Wedgewood – Spring 2015

You will be missed by all, Mr. de la Renta.

Aqua - Spring 2014

Aqua – Spring 2014

Cerulean - Resort 2013

Cerulean – Resort 2013

Photos: 1, 2 – 6

 

Monday Mood

October 20th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Oh Joy!

Oh Joy!

Heady

Pronunciation: /ˈhedē/

Exhilarating and thrilling…  Back from the Head of the Charles and filled with excitement (and a lot of pride for our little rowing club!)

Photo: busts

Acorns, Pumpkins and Flowers

October 17th, 2014
Fall Fantasy

Fall Fantasy

What happened to this week?  It flew by to say the least.  Between an adventurous long weekend in Montreal (thanks to Sandy from You May Be Wandering), an amazing bloggers’ luncheon at the gorgeous home of Tina from The Enchanted Home, putting our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection to bed and preparing for Tabletop next week (not to mention a trip to Boston this weekend to cheer on one of our sons at the Head of the Charles regatta), we’ve barely had any time to think about writing a blog, let alone posting one.  So we leave you on this Friday in the middle of October with these lovely bouquets which capture the essence of fall – flowers, acorns and pumpkins.  From autumn hues of coral, orange and gold…

October Wedding

October Wedding

Orange Crush

Orange Crush

to pretty pinks and pastels, we think fall flowers are fabulous!

Pink and White

Pink and White

Rosy Gourds

Rosy Gourds

Pastels in a Pumpkin

Pastels in a Pumpkin

Wishing you all a fun-filled Friday and a wonderful weekend.

Photos: 1 – 6

Not Our Grandmother’s Lace!

October 10th, 2014
Gold Lace Cuff

Gold Lace Cuff

Our grandmother Ida loved lace and whenever she had the opportunity to visit us in Belgium, one of the lace capitals of the world, she would add pieces to her vast collection of handkerchiefs, tablecloths, placemats and napkins (thankfully, no doilies!)  Lace has been around since the late 15th century and while Ida’s tastes tended more toward the traditional, we’re happy to see that this form of openwork fabric is trendy again and it’s being used in so many different, modern ways.  Whether dipped in gold, stenciled on ceramics or imbedded in plastic, traditional lace patterns are popping up in fashion, accessories, tabletop and home decor.  Grandmother Ida would not have invested in these pieces but we know we would!

Metallic Queen Anne's Lace Vase

Metallic Queen Anne’s Lace Vase

Floral Lace

Floral Lace

Ambria Metallic Lace Sandal

Ambria Metallic Lace Sandal

Lace Tulip Clutch

Lace Tulip Clutch

Lace Sunglasses

Lace Sunglasses

Isn’t lace lovely?  Happy Friday!

Photos: cuff, vase, iPhone case, sandal, clutch and sunnies

Blown Away by Dandelions

October 8th, 2014
Dandelion

Dandelion

As children we wished upon dandelions before we blew the fluff away… and as adults, we have to marvel (actually, we’re blown away!) at the artistic ingenuity of duy anh Nhan Duc, a “plasticien végétal” whose most recent collaboration with photographer Isabelle Chapuis graced the pages of Raise magazine.  We have no idea how something so ethereal and soft as dandelion fluff was captured in these photographs, or how the models could stand so still – one sneeze could have ruined the shot!  Needless to say, we’ll never look at a dandelion in quite the same way again.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Photos: 1 – 6

Monday Mood

October 6th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Lily Allen in her Cotswold Home

Lily Allen in her Cotswold Home

Fearless

Pronunciation: /ˈfirləs/

Bold or brave…  “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ~ Emma Stone

Photo: living room

Friday Favorite: Mood Boards

October 3rd, 2014
Mood Board Galore

Mood Board Galore

Mood boards are the best!  We create one for each seasonal collection we design and begin gathering our inspirations months in advance.  Now that we’ve put our Spring/Summer 2015 collection to bed, it’s time to think about next year’s Fall/Winter designs – who knows what will capture our imagination and fuel our creative fire?  Mood boards are great for any type of project – whether you’re tackling a home renovation, planning a big event or designing a brand.  As a vehicle to get your creative juices flowing, mood boards can’t be beat.

Rose & Indigo

Rose & Indigo – Camille Styes

So we were excited to discover Fiona Humberstone’s blog, The Brand Stylist, and read this recent post.  According to Fiona, “Creating a mood board for your business is both inspiring and massively empowering” and needless to say, essential if you’re launching a new venture or want to rebrand an existing one.

Feminine Edge

Feminine Edge – Breanna Rose

Sorbet Hues

Sorbet Hues – Two Ellie

This month, our e-commerce site, Diane James Home, turns six and we’re working on version 2.0.  It’s a little daunting (that’s an understatement!) and we really do want to change things up a bit, yet keep the online identity our customers have come to love.  Perhaps this is a good time to follow Fiona’s advice and create a mood board for our brand, one that will give us direction and perhaps have us thinking outside the box… or at least the monitor!

Pastel Prettiness - Breanna Rose

Pastel Prettiness – Breanna Rose

Natural Neutrals - Observant Nomad

Earthy Feminine - Observant Nomad

Are mood boards a favorite of yours?  Do you use them for your projects, too?  Happy, creative Friday!

Photos: office, monochromatic, feminine, sorbet, pastels and earthy