A-Lister James Schettino Architects

July 23rd, 2014
Living Room

Living Room

athome in Fairfield County just announced the A-List Awards finalists and we were so excited to find out that one of the projects we worked on in Greenwich is nominated!  You can’t go wrong when you hire some of the best local talent our area has to offer and this home is proof of that.  The architectural details are the brilliant work of James Schetinno Architects and the refined yet crisp and clean interiors are by Lynn Morgan Design.  And you know who created the floral designs…

Dining Room

Dining Room

The primarily blue and white palette is carried throughout the home with splashes of color here and there.  Every room exudes a sense of comfort and calm and we love all the coffered ceilings and elegant millwork.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Having won last year in the Traditional Architecture Less than 7,000 square feet category, the father (James) and son (Jim) team of James Schettino Architects are poised to do it again this year and we’ll be cheering them on in September.

Bedroom

Bedroom

Dressing Room

Dressing Room

Chair

Chair

For more information on the A-List Awards, click here!

P.S.  A big thanks to Jane Beiles for shooting the project so beautifully and sharing some of her pictures with us.

Photo: living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, dressing room and chair

Monday Mood

July 7th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Folklore Fantasy

Folklore Fantasy

Folkloric

Pronunciation: /fohk-lawr-ik/

Whimsical and fabulous…  We’re taking some time off to show our new Fall/Winter 2014 collection “Folklore Fantasy” at the Atlanta Gift Show and will be back in two weeks!

P.S.  Come see us in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 if you’re there.

Photo: bedroom

 

Happy 4th of July!

July 3rd, 2014
Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

After a busy couple of weeks, we’re throwing in the towel…

All Tied Up

All Tied Up

tying up loose ends…

Beach House

Beach House

and kicking back!

Flying Flags

Flying Flags

Here’s to celebrating with family and friends…

Cool Cubes

Cool Cubes

staying cool and…

Yummy Red, White and Blue

Yummy Red, White and Blue

having our cake (and eating it, too!)

Happy 4th of July to all!

Photo: towels, table setting, beach house, flags, ice cubes and cake

 

Monday Mood

June 30th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Foxy Ladies

Fairy Caps and Bells

Foxy

Pronunciation: /ˈfäksē/

Attractive; stylish…  It is said in Ireland that when a foxglove bows its head, a fairy is passing by.  Don’t you just love that image?  We hope your summer is off to a magical start!

Photo: foxgloves

Le Moulin de Mougins Revisited

June 26th, 2014
Mougins, France

Mougins, France

Have you ever had a meal in a restaurant that is so wonderfully delicious that the memory lives on for years or even decades?  We had one such experience in our college days at Le Moulin de Mougins and one of us is about to repeat it – the one who is on vacation, that is!

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

Nestled in the small hilltop village of Mougins, known for its art (Pablo Picasso lived there for twelve years) and for it’s food (an international gastronomic event takes place there annually), this captivating hotel was home to a fabulous restaurant opened by Roger Vergé, one of France’s most illustrious chefs.  Though we knew we couldn’t afford the luxurious accommodations of the hotel during our trip to France, we saved our pennies so that we could dine at the restaurant.

Rubik's Cube

Rubik’s Cube

Our meal, served in an enchanting garden, was beyond fabulous and we relished every sip of wine and every bite of foie gras, lobster and farm fresh produce (Roger was a locavore before it was even a foodie movement!) And the best part of the evening was when Roger Vergé himself appeared at our table with glasses of champagne, having heard he had twenty-something twin fans oohing and aahing over his food.

Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad

Roger has moved on and there’s a new chef in town so we’ll let you know if the meal stands up to the memories!

Shortcake de Fraises

Shortcake de Fraises

P.S.  Please forgive the erratic posting this week – the twin who stayed home has a lot on her plate…  and it’s not even edible!

Poached Perfection

Poached Perfection

Photos: view, restaurant, food

Monday Mood

June 23rd, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Roses Galore

Roses Galore

Ravishing

Pronunciation: /ˈraviSHiNG/

Dazzling and radiant…  Ravishing roses are a wonderful way to start the day, don’t you think!

Photo: entry

Blue and White at the Beach

June 18th, 2014
Mosaic Beach Towel

Mosaic Beach Towel

Who doesn’t love blue and white in the summer months?  We know it’s a favorite color combination for many bloggers (ahem… Tina, Jeanne and Julie you know who you are!) and we have to admit, it’s one of ours, too.  Inside or out, blue hues work beautifully with crisp, clean whites.  With one of us packing her bags for some fun in the sun in the south of France, we thought we’d send her off with some goodies for the beach…

Baja Swimsuit

Baja Swimsuit

Honey III Flip Flop

Honey III Flip Flop

Wave Tote

Wave Tote

Stella Tunic

Stella Cover-up

Beach Read

Beach Read

P.S.  We hear The Vacationers is a beach book – has anyone read it yet?

Photos: towelswimsuit, flip flops, tote, cover-up, book

Monday Mood

June 16th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Anne Hepfner's - City Dining Room

Anne Hepfner’s – City Dining Room

Bubbly

Pronunciation: /ˈbəb(ə)lē/

Vivacious and exuberant.  Break open the bubbly…  school’s almost out and summer is around the corner!

Photo: dining room

Our Dad, the “Prince Jardinier”

June 13th, 2014
Villandry - Garden Roses

Villandry – Garden Roses

With Father’s Day on Sunday, we wanted to write a special post for our Dad which combines two of our favorite childhood memories – working in the vegetable garden and touring the European countryside.  Since we lived in an old chateau on the outskirts of Brussels, it was easy for Dad to draw upon his Iowa roots by planting seeds and watching them grow.  While he fancied himself the king of his castle, we saw him more as a “Prince Jardinier”!

Villandry - Vegetable Garden in June

Villandry – The Kitchen Garden in June

Villandry - Kitchen Garden in June

Villandry – The Kitchen Garden in June

The little country chateau we called home was certainly not on par with the ones we visited in the Loire Valley, and our lovely vegetable garden was definitely not like the one at Villandry…  But our childhood was filled with wonderful adventures with our Dad, flying high in the sky on a swing that hung from an old oak, fending off imaginary dragons as we rowed around the moat or embarking on spur of the moment trips to explore neighboring countries.

Villandry - Flowering Beds

Villandry – Flowering Beds

Villandry - The Kitchen Garden in August

Villandry – The Kitchen Garden in August

So this Father’s Day, we’re grateful for the happy times we spend with our father (then and now) and for the wise words of Robert Louis Stevenson (one of his favorite authors): “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”

Happy Father’s Day, Dad, from your little seedlings!

Photos: 1 – 6

Monday Mood

June 9th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Marston Luce in Dordogne

Marston Luce in Dordogne

Blissful

Pronunciation: /ˈblisfəl/

Extremely happy; full of joy…  The cover of this month’s Veranda magazine says it all – Summer Bliss at it’s best!

Photo: garden