and get this.
P.S. Happy Birthday to us!
TGIF! Not only are we toasting the end of a busy work week, but we’re also celebrating the fact that we’ve made our deposits for our sons’ college registrations. One of our seniors is heading to Massachusetts while the other to sunny California. Which got us thinking about a West Coast office for Diane James Home. We could easily become bi-coastal, especially if we could call La Jolla home. And this stunning beachfront contemporary has our name all over it…
From the terraced pool with connecting bridge, to the open floor plan where one can glimpse at the custom back-painted plate glass backsplash and the Studio Italia Design pendant fixture…
this home beautifully marries the indoors with it’s natural setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Once the word gets out that we have a West Coast pad, we’ll need more than just a master bedroom to accommodate guests…
unless we put them in our home office, which has a balcony with a view, of course!
And after a hard day’s work, we can all gather around the floating fire pit and be grateful that one of our boys chose to go to UCSD. Let us know if you have any San Diego hot spots to share since we’ll be visiting often.
With diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba warming up and travel restrictions easing, we predict that this exotic island will soon become the destination of choice once the twelve official reasons for travel are lifted. We know we’d like to add some Havana nights to our bucket list and can’t wait to see the rainbow-hued houses and Art Nouveau influences. We also know that we’d indulge in some tropical fashions and a variety of fruit flavored mojitos to celebrate our trip.
So, who would like to join us?
We were shocked and saddened to hear yesterday that Prince died in his Minnesota home at the young age of 57. For those of you who, like us, were teenagers in the 1980’s humming along to this unique and prolific artist’s songs, here’s our tribute to the “Purple One”… No Raspberry Berets but lots of pretty plums, violets, lavenders and lilacs.
The world has lost a true musical prodigy. R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson… We’ll think of you Under the Cherry Moon this weekend.
or treat her to a bag she can use at the beach.
If she entertains, she’ll love Holly Stuart’s placemats which take table dressing from everyday to elegant…
And our bangles are the perfect accessory for a springtime outfit.
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
From what we see in the style and shelter magazines these days, florals are definitely “in.” If we had a say in setting trends, they’d never be “out” but that’s another story…
From bohemian and romantic to retro and sporty, floral patterns abound this year in fashion and in home accessories. We’re especially drawn to blooms with a modern vibe which can be paired with our every day looks.
Whether cast in metal, laser cut into leather, crocheted with cotton or dyed into fabric, flowers are a fabulous springtime addition to any outfit or home.
What’s not to love? Happy floral Friday, all!
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout
Despite the rain we’ve been having, Mother Nature is slowly but surely giving birth to her buds and our gardens are beginning to show signs of awakening. We have a ways to go before the lush flowers of summer take over and we can entertain our friends on the terrace. In the meantime, we resort to the pages of flower magazine and marvel at the works by designers like Carson McElheney, Lancelot “Capability” Brown and Brooke and Steve Giannetti.
The current issue is filled with inspiring landscapes that delight and capture the essence of what a garden should be – a place to rest, to recharge and to dream. Rarely have we lingered so thoroughly with a magazine and we’re so glad we did. It was like taking a little vacation in the middle of a busy week.
Here’s to spring!
We can think of a number of celebrations this spring that would merit a lovely invitation or note from Paperless Post and that’s why we’re so excited to see the new collection from Liberty of London. Longtime readers of this blog may remember a post we wrote about our love for Liberty and in fact, our mother used to dress us up in smocked dresses from this iconic store any time she could.
Liberty prints are back in a decidedly modern way in the form of digital and paper stationery and they’re as fresh and pretty as always.
The 100 piece collaboration was created to celebrate the launch of Paperless Post internationally in the UK, Canada and Australia, with further extensions planned for later this year. Of course, this collection features mostly florals, from delicate pastels to bolder, colorful palettes.
Whether you’re planning a Mother’s Day brunch, announcing an engagement or hosting a springtime soiree, you can’t go wrong with these charming invitations, save the dates and note cards. Vive la Liberty!