Fab Fall Finds

September 2nd, 2015
The Forest Feast

The Forest Feast

The calendar says September but the weather is still very summer-like (as in hot, hazy and humid!)  Technically, summer isn’t over for another two and half weeks but we’re starting to look forward to cooler days, the changing of the leaves and fall feasts…  Perhaps it’s because we’re in full production for our Fall/Winter collections and are surrounded by autumn flowers - our studio is overflowing with orange dinner plate dahlias, aubergine ranunculus and the most gorgeous red/gold oncidium orchids.

Botanical Rose

Botanical Rose

With fall comes more entertaining indoors so we’ll definitely be investing in some autumnal touches for the table…

Bronze Artichoke

Bronze Artichoke

Forest Walk Dinner Plate

Forest Walk Dinner Plate

And there’s nothing like ending the day with a warm floral-scented bath and a cozy throw.

Bathtub Tea

Bathtub Tea

Adrienne Landau Throw

Adrienne Landau Throw

Who’s ready for a fabulous fall?  If you still need some inspiration, check out our first video now available on YouTube!

Photos: cookbook, iPhone cover, artichokes, plates, bath tea and throw

Monday Mood

August 31st, 2015

It’s the last day of August – what mood are you in?

Hitting the Books with Smitten Studio

Smitten Studio

 

Bookish

Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝okiSH/

Devoted to reading and studying…  “These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.”  ~ Gilbert Hightet

Our boys are so ready to hit the books and we’re so ready to get back to blogging!  How was your summer?

Photo: bookcase

 

Monday Mood

August 17th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Katie Ridder's Hudson Valley Home

Katie Ridder’s Hudson Valley Home

Visionary

Pronunciation: /ˈviZHəˌnerē/

Inspired and creative…  Being huge Police fans in our teens, this Katie Ridder powder room had us thinking of Sting’s album The Dream of The Blue Turtles and one of our favorite songs on it, Love is the Seventh Wave.  “In the empire of the senses, you’re the queen of all you survey” – Katie, this one’s for you!

Photo: powder room

Home Sweet Home in Bridgehampton, NY

August 14th, 2015
Hamptons Home by William Minnear

Hamptons Home by William Minnear

While we’re setting up our booth for NY NOW, our boys are heading out to see Grandma Diane in the Hamptons for some fun in the sun and at the beach.  Homes in the Hamptons come in all shapes and sizes – from cottages built at the turn of the century to uber mega mansions (you know the kind!) and Grandma Diane’s is more the former than the latter.  But it still has that laid back summer vibe and that’s what we love about it.

Easy, Breezy Family Room

Easy, Breezy Family Room

Vintage and Modern Mix

Vintage and Modern Mix

We also love this home which we spotted online at Luxe and we had to share it’s modern eclectic style with you.  Statement lighting plus vintage furniture plus a neutral palette give this summer house the casual sophistication its owners desired.  And New York-based interior designer Kevin Dumais made it all happen in less than three months.

Chic and Sleek

Chic and Sleek

Piece de Resistance

Piece de Resistance

This house was made for entertaining and we can just imagine family and friends gathering in the Christopher Peacock-designed kitchen or outdoors around the pool and fireplace.  A nice place to while away the summer day, don’t you think?

Pretty Poolside Patio

Pretty Poolside Patio

Happy Friday everyone and if you happen to be at NY NOW, stop by and say “Hi.”  We’ll be on the third floor at Javits (#1848) through Wednesday… (and not lounging by this pretty pool!)

Photos: 1 – 6

Fashionable Flowers by Armani

August 12th, 2015
Muscari, Viburnum and Aspidistra

Muscari, Viburnum and Aspidistra

Giorgio Armani once said, “To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”  This attention to detail can definitely be seen in the exquisite pleating, gathering, beading and embroidery that adorns his beautifully tailored clothes.  Armani is also known for his sophisticated simplicity which now comes to life in Armani/Fiori, his collection of bouquets and containers.

Pink Tulips and Cornus

Pink Tulips and Cornus

Purple Vanda Orchid and Nelumbo

Purple Vanda Orchid and Nelumbo

With seven boutiques in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Armani/Fiori offers personalized services for private and commercial clients looking for chic florals with clean lines in elegant colors – signature Armani style that is luxurious and not ostentatious.

Ocean Song Roses and T Grass

Ocean Song Roses and T Grass

White Poenies

White Poenies and Tulips

These bouquets are like living works of art; the placement of each blossom and leaf has been carefully studied in relation to the vase and the colors complement a wide range of environments and tastes.  Armani/Fiori also designs wedding bouquets which are so fabulous, they might even outshine the bride!

Bouvardia, Vanda Orchid and Leaves

Bouvardia, Vanda Orchid and Leaves

It’s only too bad that there are no boutiques nearby since we’d love to see these beauties in person…

Photos: 1 – 6

Fabulous Finds: Bobbie Burgers’ Paintings

July 31st, 2015
Bobbie at Work

Bobbie at Work

With a trip to Canada planned for next week, it’s only fitting that we leave you with some fab floral fun by Vancouver artist Bobbie Burgers.  As one art critic notes, Bobbie’s flowers “never feel excised from nature, but rather breathed in and exhaled as art.”  Her colorful large-scale paintings command attention in any room and pair well with white walls and minimalist furniture, which is how they are displayed in Bobbie’s own home.

Still Dripping

Still Dripping

Those Blossoms You Gave So Freely #2

Those Blossoms You Gave So Freely #2

“Flowers, to me, are the opposite of still. Changing from minute to minute, they are perfect symbols for life, death, yearning, and beauty,” says Bobbie, and she captures a bloom’s natural energy so beautifully with her bold brushstrokes and vibrant hues.  We think all of Bobbie’s work is wonderful and what a way to dress up a white wall!

Lovely Fugitive

Lovely Fugitive

Angels Or Demons #2

Angels Or Demons #2

Happy weekend everyone and see you in a week (we promise this will be our last blogging break of the summer!)

Heal Me

Heal Me

Photos: 1 – 6

Posy Palette: Zinnias

July 29th, 2015
Zinnias by Design Sponge

Zinnias by Design Sponge

Hot, lazy summer days are upon us and it’s time for our zinnias to bloom.  Thank goodness these bright and happy flowers can withstand the heat and don’t need to resort to cooling tactics like frozen margaritas popsicles and air conditioning!  While these members of the sunflower tribe and daisy family relish warmer temps, we just wilt…  So, how about a couple of refreshing things to keep us fashionably chill?

Necklace by Pippa Small

Necklace by Pippa Small

Bille et Boule Pumps by Louboutin

Bille et Boule Pumps by Louboutin

Maxi Dress by Gypsy 05

Maxi Dress by Gypsy 05

Cynnie Bucket by Elizabeth and James

Cynnie Bucket by Elizabeth and James

Polish by Smith & Cult

Polish by Smith & Cult

How do you beat the heat?  We’d love to hear.

Photos: zinnias, necklace, pumps, dress, purse and polish

 

Monday Mood

July 27th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Garden Gazing

Garden Gazing

Languid

Pronunciation: /ˈlaNGɡwəd/

Relaxed and easy…  How are you spending the lazy days of summer?

Photo: garden

You’re Invited…

July 24th, 2015
Invitation Suite

Invitation Suite

to a wedding celebrated last year on a beautiful fall day in Palm Springs.  The bride – a friend we’ve known for years of doing the Atlanta and New York gift shows – is a product designer for one of our favorite companies, HomArt.  The groom – a dashing Norwegian we have yet to meet in person but heard about and now seen in pictures.  The venue – Casa De Los Arcos, a masterpiece of architecture designed by John O’Neil with 84 arches and all the warmth, light and details Julia had wanted for her big day.

The Blushing Bride

The Blushing Bride

A Bouquet of Roses and Succulents

A Bouquet of Roses and Succulents

Upon her engagement, Julia asked her very talented grade school friend, Nancy Teasley from Oak and The Owl, to collaborate with her (they had dreamed of working together for quite a while) and the result were florals celebrating the arid setting (tillandsias and succulents) softened by garden roses and warmed by brass accents.  It took Julia and Nancy over eight months of searching flea markets and thrift shops to gather the vintage brass candlesticks and vessels used in the designs.

Vintage Brass Centerpiece

Vintage Brass Centerpiece

As a designer, Julia knew how to create those special touches that made her wedding such a feast for the senses - from designing a custom monogram and invitation suite, to bringing in some products from HomArt like picture frames, one of a kind furniture from the FOUND Collection, and cast brass feathers which were placed at each guest’s place setting.

Vintage Touches

Vintage Touches

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

The party was held under the stars at tables stretching down the estate’s lawns and the locally and sustainably sourced meal was cooked on site by Foundation 10 Catering.  As wine flowed from stemless glasses, the guests dined on dishes served family style accompanied by a ukulele playing the couple’s favorite songs.  What a wonderful evening it must have been and aren’t we lucky that all the pretty pictures shot by Lane Dittoe can be seen on Style Me Pretty?  It’s almost as if we were there!

Photos: 1 – 6

 

In the Garden with Bruce Munro

July 22nd, 2015
Earth Goddess (night)

Earth Goddess by NIght

Well, we’re finally back from Atlanta and trying to catch up on all the work that has piled up in our absence.  We wish we had a good excuse for the lack of posts (thinking of you Sandy at You May Be Wandering!) but we don’t…  except for perhaps the whole work/play balance that we’re trying to achieve this summer.  Speaking of which, we decided to add some fun to our trip and take advantage of Atlanta’s excellent transportation system (Uber, not MARTA) to get ourselves to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the new Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden exhibit.

Forest of Light

Forest of Light

This British artist has created six works of art, each unique in its design and ability to enchant.  As we walked through the Hardin Visitor Center and around a corner, we were greeted by 30,000 flower-like stems of light covering the ground, gently pulsing and changing colors.  We meandered through the woods past water features and stately trees, and came upon the breathtaking Earth Goddess (above.)  Next on our tour was Swing Low, a cradle of giant illuminated spheres…

Swing Low

Swing Low

and then the Water-Towers where 216 recycled plastic bottles threaded with fiber optic cables pulsed with shifting colors to the beat of African music.  These 20 towers surrounded a lily pond from which came the chorus of singing bullfrogs (it was as if they wanted to be part of the whole experience!)

Water-Towers

Water-Towers

Though our feet were dying – we’d been on them since seven in the morning and it was now past eleven p.m. – we made sure to walk limp through the Fuqua Orchid Center, all aglow with Eden Blooms.  Nestled among the tropical plants, these futuristic flower forms took “artificial” to a whole new level.

Eden Blooms

Eden Blooms

We had a magical evening and wouldn’t have thought of venturing out of downtown Atlanta had it not been for our adventurous show neighbors from Sid Dickens and BlaBla.  Thank you for making our show more play than work!

Earth Goddess by Day

Earth Goddess by Day

P.S.  The Bruce Munro exhibit runs through October 3rd and we highly recommend a visit should your travels take you to the Peach State.

Photos: Earth Goddess night, Forest of Light, Swing Low, Water-Towers, Eden Blooms, and Earth Goddess day