Let’s face it… Even if you’re not a fan of Gwyneth’s, you have to admit she’s super chic and her weekly newsletter, goop, is a fun read. Since we’re up to our eyeballs getting our clients’ last minute gift orders out, we haven’t had any time to think about our own holiday shopping. That’s where the 2016 goop Gift Guides come in handy – with 10 in all there are gifts for everyone on our list, from the Host and Under-18’s (ours just want cash!), to the Thinkers, Lovers and Travelers. Here are some ideas for Foodies and Cooks…
and some for Health Nuts, too. Don’t think the husbands will be brewing their own kombucha but perhaps our four-legged girls would like the dog food delivery program (human grade, no less!)
We’d love a living wall from the Ridiculous, But Awesome guide though it wouldn’t be living for very long…
and getting something for our Secret Santa is easy with the Stocking Stuffer guide.
Speaking of gift guides, look who made the Star Magazine’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide…
our BLOOMS Pink Peonies bouquet makes an elegant, and lasting, gift!
What do you get when you mix 92
volunteers elves from 33 states with 7,500 strands of colored ribbon, 150 pounds of gingerbread, 200,000 Lego pieces, 70,000 ornaments and a 19 foot spruce? A White House Christmas, of course! This year’s theme, “The Gift of the Holidays” highlights Michelle’s core initiatives as first lady – education, health and military service.
The Blue Room tree is trimmed to honor the U.S. military and their families with mirrored ornaments and a garland with the preamble to the Constitution …
while the Green Room is decked out with garlands of lemons and limes symbolizing Michelle’s love of healthy eating and the “Let’s Move” program.
Gingerbread houses are a favorite this time of year and the 300-pound one that graces the State Dining Room is an exact replica of the White House including models of Bo and Sunny, the first dogs. Also in the dining room are two trees decorated with Lego houses, each representing a state.
Last but not least, the halls and colonnades are dressed up for the holidays with glass balls, ribbons and bows to enchant even the Grinchiest of visitors.
Now if only we could get those elves to start decorating for us!
Now that Thanksgiving is but a memory of delicious food and fun family gatherings, it’s time to get out the lights, garlands and holiday decorations. Most people deck the halls… and doors, mantles and tables but what about the chandeliers? This fixture, often a focal point in a dining room or entry, is easy to decorate, even if all you have the energy for is hanging a couple of vintage ornaments.
We love the look of fresh winter greens mixed with ribbon and flowers but these tend to wilt and dry out before the celebrations are done.
So this year we’re thinking of something with a bit more sparkle, like glass balls hung on velvet ribbons or perhaps crystal snowflakes and icicles. Wouldn’t it be magical to dine at this table?
We’d love to hear how you’re decorating your home this year!
We’re heading into the city this weekend to show our designs at Boutique Design New York, the leading trade fair for the hospitality design industry and we can’t wait to spend the night at the Yotel nearby. Just around the corner from the Javits Center, this hotel is a western interpretation of the Japanese capsule hotels combined with luxury aircraft design.
Tapping into the latest technologies, this modern hotel has electronic self-check in, a handy mobile concierge app and even a luggage storage robot. The cabin-like rooms are smartly designed and rumored to be super comfortable, though we’ll have to flip a coin to see who gets the bunk bed.
Sadly, we won’t have time to wine and dine so we’ll miss out on the Northern African dishes served at Green Fig but we’ll definitely take a peek at the fourth floor, home of the largest hotel terrace in Manhattan. From what we’ve seen online, it’s not to be missed!
Happy Friday to all and have a great weekend.
When it comes to fresh flowers, Emily Thompson is one of our favorite designers. Her use of unconventional materials like real butterflies, wild smilax, fruits and berries, make her classical arrangements more organic in style. Each of her designs is like a work of art so it’s no surprise she often collaborates with sculptor and painter Mark Gagnon.
If you visited the 7th floor at Bergdorf Goodman this fall, perhaps you came upon a new collection which looked more like something from Alice in Wonderland than The Secret Garden. Among the crystal and and china were bouquets of dried flowers and plants painted vibrant shades of purple, yellow, orange and green spilling out of paper mache vases and urns.
This collection, as Emily writes in her “journal”, play[ed] the line of naturalism and artifice for greatest effect, to draw the eye to the wonders of the natural world, and to do it with great material integrity and panache.”
We love how these artists mixed materials to fool the eye and created designs that are both artificial and natural at the same time.
Please forgive the lack of posts… We’re getting ready for a huge studio sale which starts tomorrow! If you’re in the area, please stop by to shop well priced stems, vases and more.
Thursday, November 3rd – 10 am to 4 pm
Friday, November 4th – 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday, November 5th – 10 am to 3 pm
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Norwalk, CT 06851
(back left corner of Broward Plaza parking lot)