Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

East Village Apartment

May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.  ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

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Insta Find

#rosewave

@pinkdepdop

Summertime and the living was easy….  rosé flowed like a river to the sea and our lives were filled with songs that made us feel good.  Now that we’re past Labor Day, it may be time to say farewell to our beloved cocktail fare and roséwave playlist.  But we’re not waving goodbye to rosé-colored Instagram posts just yet so here are some of our favorites!

@dreamsisterjane

@jeannemckayhartmann

@henrydomkefineart

@david_austin_roses

@blaireadiebee

P.S.  We’re heading off to Grand Cayman for work (yes, work!) so we’ll see you in our Instagram stories.

 

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Time to Bloom!

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  ~ Anais Nin

Happy Labor Day!

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Purple Petals

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.  ~ E.E. Cummings

P.S.  We’re sending our third boy off to college this week so we’re taking a little time off…  See you in September and on Instagram, of course!

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Fashion

Beyonce vs. Rihanna

Beyoncé in Bloom

While many are wondering whether the great minds at British Vogue and US Vogue got together to plan their September issues, we’re more interested in finding out who wore the flowers best!  Both editors chose two of the most influential female pop stars as models and bedecked their heads with an abundance of flowers, but while Rihanna’s fashion spread (styled by Edward Enninful) is more traditional in its style, Beyoncé’s shoot is decidedly romantic.

Ravishing Rihanna

Beyoncé has appeared before on the cover of Vogue but this time she was given free reign over the issue and made history by choosing 23-year-old black photographer Tyler Mitchell.  Set against the backdrop of an English country home, Mitchell’s images capture a soft, dreamy aesthetic that is a departure from the usual September vibe.

Headdress by Phil John Perry

Golden Girl

“It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter,” recounts the icon about her choice.

Rihanna in McQueen

Rihanna in Noir Kei Ninomiya

When it comes down to Vogue covers, these have to be some of our favorites and think that both Beyoncé and Rihanna wore a garden full of blooms quite well!  Don’t you?

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Strong But Sweet

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  ~ Christopher Robin

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In the Garden

In the Garden with Anouska Hempel

layered green topiaries by Anouska Hempel

Tiptoe Through the Topiaries

It’s raining…  Again!  We had over 10 days and 4 inches of rain in July and the storms just keep coming.  So instead of hanging out in our gardens, we’re getting our green fix on Instagram.

a row of potted rosemary

Row of Rosemary

Anouska Hempel‘s feed had us at “hedge” and it’s completely enchanting.  The striking gardens and landscapes she’s designed for homes and hotels the world over are so lush, layered and lovely, they literally take your breath away.  It was hard not to ooh and aah over every image.

green boxwood hedge

Hedging Our Bets

potted plants at the entrance of a garden

A Plethora of Pots

alpine pool with burmese umbrellas by Anouska Hempel

Alpine Pool with Burmese Umbrellas

A fusion of east meets west pervades Anouska’s design aesthetic whether it is classical or contemporary in feel.  And her landscapes use the exquisite Japanese layering of box trees, bays, hornbeams and myrtle, to create space and texture.

potted plants and an obelisk

A Kitty Among the Greenery

The effect is intimate and magical, and so very, very green!  Just ask the kitty cat among the plants…

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Color

Summer Blues and Greens

Balearic Islands

@brightbazaar

Is it our imagination or is there just so much blue and green on Instagram these days?

Montecito home

@markdsikes

California-based designer Mark Sikes is certainly inspired by this palette, the perfect combination of green grass and blue sky…

limes on a vintage blue table

@hannahwilkinsonstylist

as is British stylist Hannah Wilkinson.

beds of blue hydrangeas in Nantucket

@mackenziehoran

Newlywed Mackenzie Horan‘s feed is full of Nantucket blues and greens…

Navy and Laurel wallpaper for Hygge West

@tiltonfenwick

while the new wallpapers from the talented duo, Suysel and Anne, at Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West beautifully capture these summery hues.

outdoor tablesetting with blues and greens

@serena_fresson

Last but not least, we could not resist this gorgeous table setting by Serena Fresson and love how she used basil as the perfect touch of green to complement the blues.  Can you believe summer’s halfway over?

isle / room / limes / hydrangeas / wallpaper / table setting