Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home in Costa Rica

A Rooftop Plunge Pool

For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer so why not kick off the season with some coastal chic brought to you by the ever fabulous Beth Webb.  This beachfront retreat on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Peninsula strikes the perfect balance of family friendly style and gracious living.

Living Room with Layers

Cool and Collected Kitchen

If we had our way, we’d spend the entire summer in a home decorated with nautical blues and easy, breezy whites and this house ticks all the boxes.  We especially love the addition of textured layers from woven chairs and rugs and the local vibe created by handcrafted accessories.

Master Bedroom with A View

Room for All

Since spending time outdoors is so important to us, we’d make full use of the beautiful pool and cabana!

Pool Cabana Living

Can you just imagine many lazy days with glasses of rosé…  Happy Friday, all!

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Insta Find

Insta Find: The Farmhouse Project

The Woodman House

The title of this post should be “Insta Love” since it was love at first sight when we learned about The Farmhouse Project through one of the “two boys” (the designer/artist, a.k.a. the perfectionist) and set eyes on their fabulous feed.  Over the past year we’ve watched (i.e. stalked) this creative duo as they renovate their 1800’s farmhouse in the Catskills and celebrate the seasons in style.

Lush Lilacs

Elderberry Martinis

Springtime Table

New Guest Room

From flowers, food and cocktails, to home decor and table settings, you can count on a daily dose of deliciousness.  While the online store is yet to be launched, the website does have a lovely blog with beautiful images and thoughtful posts.  We almost want to pack our bags and move to their neck of the woods…

Art by PVE

And best of all, blogging bestie and artist Patricia Van Essche did all the artwork…  Click on over to The Farmhouse Project – you won’t be disappointed!

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Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Hobbs London

Hobbs London

Take a very British style and add a dash of Italian flair and you get the essence of Hobbs London.  We discovered this brand for the first time at Women in Business, a Moffly Media event held at the Greenwich Country Club last Tuesday.

Alma Top

Lottie Trouser

Magnolia Print Dress

The company’s in-house design team has been whipping up creations and spearheading affordable luxury in its central London atelier since the very beginning.  Many of the patterns are hand drawn by artists and come to life in the hands of expert pattern-cutters, designers and craftsmen.  Fabrics are sourced all over the world, from pure Asian silks to fine European linen.

Palace Collection – Caroline Coat

Meadow Sandal

And the result? Beautifully crafted pieces, brimming with effortless style…  Elegant armor for the modern woman (including Princess Kate!)  We loved everything we saw during the fashion show so it was incredibly hard to pick just five so head on over to Hobbs’ website to see more!

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Book Report

Book Report: Brand Brilliance

New from The Brand Stylist

Who wants to elevate their brand and enchant their audience?  We do!  And we’re sure there are some of you out there who would love to get to the next level when it comes to your blog or your business.  For those who have known us for quite a while remember when we embarked on a rebranding journey several years ago (read about it here) and the result was a new logo, a new website and a new Buzz…  Needless to say, the trip was as exciting as it was a bit daunting.

We Agree!

Diane James Home Wireframes

Luckily, we entrusted our project to Fiona Humberstone, “The Brand Stylist”, to hold our hand through the process.  As Creative Director, she pushed us out of our comfort zones and made us look at our brand in a whole new light.  And we love the end result!

How To’s

Insights

Now you, too, can embark on a brilliant brand journey since Fiona has just published a “how to” book.  Brand Brilliance is packed with insider insights, tried and tested processes and inspirational examples from more than 50 businesses, including ours.  From using the psychology of color to design a new logo to creating a website with flair and finding your voice in social media, this book will ignite your energy and help you create a clear vision for your brand through inspirational text and beautiful images.

Fiona Humberstone

We highly recommend this wonderful book, as well as Fiona’s first called “How to Style Your Brand“!

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Inspirations

Thanks, Mom!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to revisit one of our posts and thank our beautiful mother for her love and support over all these years!

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Throughout our childhood, our father was all about the A’s in school, while our mother helped us mind our B’s…

Bee Yourself *

Bee Lovely *

Bee Happy

Bee Charming

Bee Bubbly

Bee Bubbly

Bee Gracious

Bee Gracious

Bee Sweet

Bee Sweet

Bee Thoughtful

Bee Thoughtful

And above all, “bee” all that you can “bee”!

P.S.  Yes, we know – there’s no bee in the first image but Audrey is sporting a mighty fine beehive…  Happy Mother’s Day!

Audrey / ring / soap / plates / cookies / card

Flower Power

LMD x NYC

The Flower Bandit

Fabulous floral designer Lewis Miller (a.k.a.the flower bandit) strikes when you least expect it and in the most unusual places…  Washington Square, the East Village, and Central Park have all been recipients of Miller’s flower bombs.  And most recently, he and his merry band of florists added a bright purple Mohawk to Botero’s famous cat sculpture outside the Crosby Street Hotel in honor of the Met Ball.

Crosby Street Hotel

Washington Square

Alice in Wonderland in Central Park

Whether in the shape of a gorgeous garland draped over a statue, a floral explosion coming out of a trash can or even a Thanksgiving cornucopia nestled between the Whitney and the Highline, Miller’s random acts of botanical beauty are bringing joy to New Yorkers and tourists alike.  And who doesn’t love flowers by the dozens?!

Village East Cinema

Bowery and East Houston

We’ll be spending some time in the city next week and we’ll be sure to be on the lookout for one of LMD’s Flower Flashes.  Stay tuned…

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Set The Table

Some Enchanted Evening

Sam Allen Interiors

The theme was All That Glitters, the place was New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street and the cause was the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House…  And dozens of designers moved heaven and earth to create magical table settings in a matter of hours.  While we didn’t attend the gala in person, we did provide the flowers for Sam Allen‘s springtime setting.  Cherry and apple blossoms spilled out of a Christopher Spitzmiller vase and each place setting was decorated with one of our White Rose Gifts topped off by a Joanna Buchanan Lady Bug Swizzle Stick.

Diane James Home + Joanna Buchanan

We were thrilled to hear that the evening was a success and to see our flowers on ArchitecturalDigest.com.

Michael Wainwright

Paloma Contreras

Janus & Cie.

Selina Van Der Veest

From understated to over the top, we hope these images inspire your next party!

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Book Report

Slightly South of Simple

A Classic In The Making

When bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand says blogging bestie Kristy Woodson Harvey is “a major new voice in Southern fiction”, she wasn’t kidding…  This voice is roaring back onto the scene with a new book (the first in a series we hear!) about the lives and loves of a mother and her three daughters.  In Slightly South of Simple Kristy explores the complex bonds between these women and weaves a tale that is filled with Southern charm and heart.

Barbara Cosgrove – Mythic Llama Lamp

Pine Cone Hill – Brooklyn Matelasse

Mr. Solomon’s Blue Hydrangeas

One can’t help but be enchanted by the small coastal town of Peachtree Bluffs, Georgia, and fall in love with its inhabitants.  Kristy’s love of beautiful settings shines through in her descriptive prose and if Ansley, the mother with an interior design business, were a real person, we’d hire her on the spot!  Who wouldn’t want a home decorated with Barbara Cosgrove lamps and Pine Cone Hill textiles and a garden full of blue hydrangeas?

Green Smoothies Anyone?

Porch Swing

Whether you’re heading to the beach this summer, or whiling away the day on a swing with a green smoothie in hand, you need to spend some time Slightly South of Simple.  We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

P.S.  After many years of reading Kristy’s blog, Design Chic, and following her on social media, we’re finally getting to meet her in person and toast her success today!

book / lamp / textiles / hydrangeas / smoothie / swing