Monday Mood

April 14th, 2014

It’s Spring Break – what mood are you in?

Terrific Teepee

Terrific Teepee

Tribal

Pronunciation: /ˈtrībəl/

Characterized by strong group loyalty…  We hope you don’t mind our taking the week off from blogging as we hang with our tribe and enjoy some downtime!

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nousDECOR… From Start to Finish!

April 11th, 2014
Help Is On The Way!

Help Is On The Way!

Imagine a place where you could search for furnishings from anywhere by simply uploading a picture of what you’re looking for or putting in the specs…  then add a “mood board” option and a ” get help” feature so that the broader design community can weigh in.  That’s the concept behind the new online site, nousDECOR, founded by YouTube alum Heather Gillette.

Start With An Inspiration...

Start With An Inspiration…

Then Explore The Look!

Then Explore The Look!

Heather is joined by Australian interior designer Marc Cutler as Chief Designer (he’s the one who lends professional expertise while you create your mood board), Rebecca Martin, a former design specialist at Pottery Barn, who helps curate the items and images for the site and interacts with the users, and Kelly Anne Bonner, the editor of the company’s blog.

Create A Mood Board

Create A Mood Board

nousDECOR Blog

nousDECOR Blog

While nousDECOR’s content is still very edited, new users are signing on every day and adding fresh inspirations and mood boards…  We’ve even tried our hand at creating a mood board for our dream master bedroom which is the next room we need to tackle.  But users beware – once you log on to this clean and stylish site, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Master Class with Marc Cutler

Master Class with Marc Cutler

P.S.  If you’re short on time but would love to learn from a pro, attend the weekly Master Class led by Marc!

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Oscar in the Garden

April 9th, 2014
Garden Goodies

Garden Goodies

If you follow OscarPRGirl on Pinterest like we do, you’d know that Oscar de la Renta is an avid gardener and expert in all things lovely and botanical…  Just take a peek at his beautiful properties in Kent, CT and Punta Cana.  So it’s no surprise that this divine designer has collaborated with The New York Botanical Gardens to create a limited-edition home collection due out in early May (alas, not in time for Easter brunch but perfect for Mother’s Day!)

Green Goodies

Green Goodies

Pairing botanical artwork handpicked from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Rare Book Collections with bright, modern design, these new pieces will add a lively touch to any party.  Our favorites include pretty peony cocktail plates,

Pretty Peonies

Pretty Peonies

a terrific trellis tray,

Terrific Tray

Terrific Tray

a whimsical salt and pepper set,

Salt and Pepper

Summer House Salt and Pepper

and a sweet French melon bowl with cover.

French Melon Bowl

French Melon Bowl

Wouldn’t these be perfect for a spring garden party on the terrace?

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Monday Mood

April 7th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

A Happy Space

Perky Presence

Chipper

Pronunciation: \ˈchi-pər\

Cheerful and lively…  How can you not feel happy in this Russian Hill house decorated by Chloe Redmond Warner?

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Mug Shots

April 4th, 2014
Early Bird Mug

Early Bird Mug

One of our greatest pleasures now that the mornings are warming up is to bring our coffee out to the terrace and salute the sun as it comes over the ridge.  Granted, we’re still wearing furry slippers and a down vest, but it’s truly a great way to start the day.  And boy, do we love our morning coffee so the bigger the mug, the better!  Luckily, ours are HUGE but not very pretty so we gathered some of our favorite mug shots here to consider.

Arboretum Mugs

Arboretum Mugs

Monogram Mug

Monogram Mugs

With a Twist Mugs

With a Twist Mugs

Amazonia Mug

Amazonia Mug

Blue Fluted Mugs

Blue Fluted Mega Mugs

What do you think of our lineup?

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Sweet April Showers…

April 2nd, 2014
Ranunculus, Peonies and Roses

Ranunculus, Peonies and Roses

Do spring May flowers.  Thomas Tusser, an English poet and farmer, penned this quote in the mid-16th century, as part of his instructional poem Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry…  and the phrase is still used today to give us hope when skies are gray.

Mock Orange Blossoms and Roses

Mock Orange Blossoms and Roses

Clematis, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle and Cosmos

Clematis, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle and Cosmos

While waiting for spring flowers to spring, we’ve been enjoying Veranda’s 31 Days of Flowers and loved all the pretty posies popping up daily in our Facebook feed during the month of March.  Ironically, we’re putting the finishing touches on our new Fall/Winter 2014 collection so our SAD (Seasonal Adjustment Disorder) takes on a whole new dimension – trying to come up with Christmas bouquets now that spring is here is easier said than done…  Needless to say, we’re so over winter!

Sweet Peas, Lilacs, Garden Roses and Veronica

Sweet Peas, Lilacs, Garden Roses and Veronica

Peonies

Peonies

Dahlias

Dahlias

Here’s to blue skies and sunny days!

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Monday Mood

March 31st, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

Budding

Pronunciation: /ˈbədiNG/

Showing signs of promise…  The weather is getting warmer and spring is here so “let us not therefore go hurrying about and collecting honey, bee-like buzzing here and there impatiently from a knowledge of what is to be aimed at; but let us open our leaves like a flower and be passive and receptive.”  ~ John Keats

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Friday Fashion: Julien Vallée for Hermès

March 28th, 2014
Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

We’ve been toying with the idea of creating a video for Diane James Home (nowadays who doesn’t have a Vimeo video!) and we know exactly who we’d hire if we could ever afford him: Julien Vallée from the Canadian studio of Vallée Duhamel.  His latest creation for Hermès is not to be missed – a video in which everything transforms itself into something new and where key products are featured in unusual ways.

Bangles and Leaves

Bangle Eyes

Sandal Bird

Sandal Bird

Pillow Toss

Pillow Toss

Leaf Purse

Leaf Purse

Capturing the jungle theme of Hermès’ Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, “Metamorphosis” has bangles starting out as fruit and turning into the eyes of an herbaceous creature while a lace up sandal becomes a bird.  Even a clutch gets a makeover as a fresh, green leaf from which a popsicle (which is actually a tie!) appears.  What a fun and innovative way to showcase fashionable products and entertain an audience!

Wallet Popsicle

Clutch Popsicle

It must have taken days to get this video right with lots of steady hands, wire, tape and patience on set.  See how it was made in this behind-the-scenes piece!

Enjoy (and happy Friday!)

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On The Wall…

March 26th, 2014
Academia by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan & Tout

Academia by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan & Tout

Or off the wall?

Bell Jar Cloche

Bell Jar Cloche

Oversized Wine Bottles

Oversized Wine Bottles

Poppy Sculpture

Poppy Sculpture

Succulents

Succulents

Giant Walking Leaf

Giant Walking Leaf

Let us know which you would choose – the wallpaper or the decorative accents!

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Monday Mood

March 24th, 2014
The Oldest House in Washington

The Oldest House in Washington

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Genteel

Pronunciation: \jen-ˈtēl\

Elegant or graceful in manner…  If there’s a stairway to heaven, it would look like this!

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