and get this!
If we had to relive our young adult lives again, we would have bypassed New York’s Upper East Side and made a beeline to DUMBO (District Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), a historic neighborhood of Brooklyn that has become one of the city’s premier arts districts and a center for what is cool and stylish. But back then, it was definitely not what it is now. Yes, there were struggling artists painting in converted lofts (one of our fathers-in law was one of them!) but that was about it. These days, the neighborhood is home to the likes of West Elm, Jacques Torres’ chocolate factory and warehouses turned into high-end condos.
These Brooklyn lofts have a style of their own, one that moves away from the sleek minimal vibe of Manhattan and more toward the layered, lush looks of a life built for comfort and functionality.
Our new Lofty Looks collection for Spring/Summer 2017 is designed to elevate a space to the next level of texture and depth. They are modern, yet approachable, with a distinct metropolitan feel.
Crisp white flowers soften a geometric ceramic vase while maidenhair fern and orchid blossoms add a touch of whimsy to succulents planted in a concrete vessel. These style-forward designs will fuel your creativity and enhance your interiors, whether you’re an urban dweller or happily ensconced in the suburbs.
P.S. We’re at the International Gift & Home Furnishings Show in Atlanta through Monday so please stop by and visit – High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308. Or visit Diane James Home in March to shop the new collection!
Often called the English avant-garde of their era, Bloomsbury artists and designers believed that fine art should inhabit everyday spaces and that the same attention to detail should be lavished on the design of simple decorative objects like pillows or lamps as had been bestowed on the design creation of a painting or sculpture.
Our new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Untamed Nature, is inspired by this belief as well as by the free flowing forms and geometric patterns that were embraced by the movement.
The Bloomsbury artists thrived on bright colors so we’ve paired vivid garden flowers like anemones, hydrangeas, peonies and lilacs with monochromatic ceramic and glass vases for bouquets that are a delight to the eye.
If you’re in Atlanta this week, please stop by and see these lovelies in person at the AmericasMart in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308!
Philip Gorrivan is a master at mixing the traditional with the modern, the classic with the unexpected. His projects strive to create a unique, authentic narrative, whether he’s designing a new fabric collection for Duralee or overhauling a 1920’s colonial in Washington, CT. His stylish aesthetic can also be seen in his newly designed website which is simply gorgeous! To celebrate his new online home, we wanted to revisit one of our favorite PGD projects which we saw in the pages of House Beautiful in 2015. From the moment you enter the house, you get a sense that this is not your run of the mill antique. David Hick’s Vase wallpaper sets the tone in the front hall while the gallery wall over a colorful sofa displays an eclectic taste for art.
And what better a place to curl up with a good book… we wouldn’t need our readers with all that natural light!
Inspired by a collection of Swedish furniture, Philip had the dining room wallpapered from top to bottom with Chiavi Segrete by Piero Fornasetti and stuck to a cream colored palette.
The clean white kitchen is fabulous and that light fixture adds the perfect touch of contemporary chic.
While all the bedrooms in this home are lovely, we adored the one designed for the clients’ son and couldn’t imagine any of our boys keeping their rooms in such impeccable order (especially our college first years who can’t seem to keep their laundry off the floor!)
With easy navigation and a full catalog of all current product lines, you could spend hours browsing Philip’s new site. Best of all, he’ll soon be introducing a “market” section linked to eBay which will offer special vintage and hard to find pieces so you, too, have a bit of PGD in your life.
We think it will! Last year, Cuba was hot, hot, hot so it’s no surprise that the palm prints we loved so much in 2016 have been taken up a notch. Tropical flair was seen on the Resort 2017 runways embraced by the likes of Tory Burch and Valentino…
While Nina Campbell’s Palmetto print features towering palm frond vines – a playful twist on the classic strip that even Tarzan would enjoy.
Last but not least, we predict that jungle animals will make a comeback (as if leopard print ever went out of style), in the shape of parrot feathers and monkeys!
Who knows, you might spy a bird of paradise in our collection this year…
May Christmas lend a special charm
To all you chance to do.
And may the season light your way
To hopes and dreams anew.
Wishing you all a very merry holiday season and see you in 2017!