Beyonce vs. Rihanna

Beyoncé in Bloom

While many are wondering whether the great minds at British Vogue and US Vogue got together to plan their September issues, we’re more interested in finding out who wore the flowers best!  Both editors chose two of the most influential female pop stars as models and bedecked their heads with an abundance of flowers, but while Rihanna’s fashion spread (styled by Edward Enninful) is more traditional in its style, Beyoncé’s shoot is decidedly romantic.

Ravishing Rihanna

Beyoncé has appeared before on the cover of Vogue but this time she was given free reign over the issue and made history by choosing 23-year-old black photographer Tyler Mitchell.  Set against the backdrop of an English country home, Mitchell’s images capture a soft, dreamy aesthetic that is a departure from the usual September vibe.

Headdress by Phil John Perry

Golden Girl

“It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter,” recounts the icon about her choice.

Rihanna in McQueen

Rihanna in Noir Kei Ninomiya

When it comes down to Vogue covers, these have to be some of our favorites and think that both Beyoncé and Rihanna wore a garden full of blooms quite well!  Don’t you?

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Strong But Sweet

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  ~ Christopher Robin


In the Garden

In the Garden with Anouska Hempel

layered green topiaries by Anouska Hempel

Tiptoe Through the Topiaries

It’s raining…  Again!  We had over 10 days and 4 inches of rain in July and the storms just keep coming.  So instead of hanging out in our gardens, we’re getting our green fix on Instagram.

a row of potted rosemary

Row of Rosemary

Anouska Hempel‘s feed had us at “hedge” and it’s completely enchanting.  The striking gardens and landscapes she’s designed for homes and hotels the world over are so lush, layered and lovely, they literally take your breath away.  It was hard not to ooh and aah over every image.

green boxwood hedge

Hedging Our Bets

potted plants at the entrance of a garden

A Plethora of Pots

alpine pool with burmese umbrellas by Anouska Hempel

Alpine Pool with Burmese Umbrellas

A fusion of east meets west pervades Anouska’s design aesthetic whether it is classical or contemporary in feel.  And her landscapes use the exquisite Japanese layering of box trees, bays, hornbeams and myrtle, to create space and texture.

potted plants and an obelisk

A Kitty Among the Greenery

The effect is intimate and magical, and so very, very green!  Just ask the kitty cat among the plants…



Summer Blues and Greens

Balearic Islands


Is it our imagination or is there just so much blue and green on Instagram these days?

Montecito home


California-based designer Mark Sikes is certainly inspired by this palette, the perfect combination of green grass and blue sky…

limes on a vintage blue table


as is British stylist Hannah Wilkinson.

beds of blue hydrangeas in Nantucket


Newlywed Mackenzie Horan‘s feed is full of Nantucket blues and greens…

Navy and Laurel wallpaper for Hygge West


while the new wallpapers from the talented duo, Suysel and Anne, at Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West beautifully capture these summery hues.

outdoor tablesetting with blues and greens


Last but not least, we could not resist this gorgeous table setting by Serena Fresson and love how she used basil as the perfect touch of green to complement the blues.  Can you believe summer’s halfway over?

isle / room / limes / hydrangeas / wallpaper / table setting






Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

London Doorway

Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.  ~ Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead



Giveaway: The Art of Elegance

Marshall and The Twins

Last month, we headed down to the Greenwich Design District – Day of Design to meet interior designer Marshall Watson and were so enchanted with his stories, we had to get his book.  In The Art of Elegance, Marshall shares his finest work, from a family compound in Sweden to a refined Gramercy Park apartment and a cozy Newport Beach cottage.

Palm Beach Living Room

St. Louis Dining Room

Cultivating the art of elegance is no easy task but Marshall certainly has this art down to a tee.  Known for his meticulously researched, European inspired style, he combines texture, detail, and simple luxuries to create homes that are as unique as their owners.

St. Louis Sun Room

There are so many words we could use to describe Marshall’s work – livable, peaceful, warm, light – and of course, elegant.  And the same could be said about the designer behind the beautiful images in this book.

California Living Room

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Diane’s birthday than to give away a signed copy of The Art of Elegance.  To enter, just leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at with “The Art of Elegance” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Good luck!


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Fabulous Fleurs

The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.  ~ W.B. Yeats

P.S.  Who knew some paper, paint and wire could create such beauties?  So realistic, they fool the eye!


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Lovely Landscape

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.  ~ Marcel Proust

We’re off to Atlanta to discover new stems and will make sure we view them with new eyes!  Follow our stories on Instagram to see what we’re up to and we’ll see you next week.