Fabulous Finds

Crazy for Cactus!

Cacti on a Sill

Cacti on a Sill

The joke in our family is that our thumbs are so black, we can’t even keep a cactus alive…  which is pretty much true.  The sad thing is we love cacti and succulents so instead of torturing live plants, we found some not-so-thorny alternatives that will do the trick.  We think this watercolor wallpaper would be great in a little boy’s room with a western theme (think cowboys and Indians…)

Watercolor Cactus

Watercolor Cactus

and this delicious macaron would be great for dessert!

Ayako Kurokawa

Ayako Kurokawa

Outdoor entertaining is in full swing so we’d use this pillow and festive mobile on our terrace…

Abby Galloway Cactus Pillow

Abby Galloway Cactus Pillow

Jikits Mobile

Jikits Mobile

and this bright and cheerful organizer could hold files in our office.

Oasis Acrylic File Holder

Oasis Acrylic File Holder

Are we crazy to think that cacti are making a comeback?

window sill / mural / macaron / pillow / mobile / file holder

Inspirations

How Sam Allen Does Summer!

Summer's Here!

Summer’s Here!

Wunderkind designer, Sam Allen, knows how to live it up in style so, of course, we had to share his Summer Guide with you!  For those of you who don’t know Sam, he has been honing his interior design skills since the age of 12 and once he was featured in The New York Times at the ripe old age of 19, his career took off.  These days, when he’s not helping his chic clients with their homes in CT or the Hamptons, he can be seen on NBC Open House and CBS This Morning sharing his views on design trends.

Blue and White

Blue and White

Go Bold!

Go Bold!

Inside Outside

Inside Outside

Summer is underway so it’s not too late to incorporate some of Sam’s tips into your indoor and outdoor style.  We especially like his advice to be bold and select colors that make our heart sing!

Mix Patterns

Mix Patterns

Fresh Greens

Fresh Greens

Do you have any favorite ways to soak up summer?

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Flower Power

Fall/Winter 2016 Inspiration #2: First Frost

First Frost

First Frost

Oh, the weather outside is…  hot and muggy here in Atlanta so we’re staying cool knowing that Christmas is just five short months away!  Thank goodness we’re showing our new Fall/Winter 2016 collections so our retail stores can stock up before the holidays.  In addition to the Wanderlust collection, we’re also showing our more wintry designs at the show in a collection we’re calling First Frost.

Camellia and Ranunculus Bouquet in Smoky Vase

Camellia and Ranunculus Bouquet in Smoky Vase

First Frost Bouquet

First Frost Bouquet

There’s something magical about the first frost of winter when all that is outdoors is kissed with glistening crystals.  In the First Frost collection, we designed winter white bouquets of amaryllis, lilies, gardenias and roses accented by touches of greenery accents in a variety of glass vases that celebrate the season.  We also added some festive reds and greens for those of you who need a bit of color to brighten up a cold day.

Frosty Leaves

Frosty Leaves

Red Holiday Bouquet

Red Holiday Bouquet

Large Magnolia Leaves

Large Magnolia Leaves

Come celebrate the changing seasons with us if you happen to be shopping the Atlanta Gift Show.  You can find us in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 until next Monday.  And we’ll be there all day long!

first frost / bouquet / bouquet / frosted leaves / bouquet / leaves

 

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Fall/Winter 2016 Inspiration #1: Wanderlust

Oh, Yeah!

Oh, Yeah!

Wanderlust, a word meaning a strong and innate desire to roam, captures the essence of our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection.  Inspired by the global traveler who wants to experience adventures and be immersed in local culture, this collection includes flowers found in exotic climates and containers that embody tribal communities.  From orchids, protea and bougainvillea in sunset hues to glass vases with tortoiseshell patterns and planters with rustic glazes, our Wanderlust designs will take you places around the world.

Roses and Calla Lilies in Glass Tortoiseshell Vase

Roses and Calla Lilies in Glass Tortoiseshell Vase

Large Succulent Planting

Large Succulent Planting

It’s only fitting that our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection is called Wanderlust – we don’t travel as much as we’d like and the only trip we can actually count on semi-annually is for the Atlanta Gift Show which starts this week.  We’re actually looking forward to showing our new designs and having the chance to see our retail customers face-to-face.  This summer, we’re also teaming up with Steve McKenzie for the Vignette Design Exhibition – Where Retail Meets Design.

Floral Window - Portugal

Floral Window – Portugal

Purple Orchid in Antiqued Mercury Bowl

Purple Orchid in Antiqued Mercury Bowl

Agapanthus, Orchid and Hydrangea Bouquet

Agapanthus, Orchid and Hydrangea Bouquet

If you’re heading to the show, please drop by and say “Hi!”  We’ll be in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 from Thursday, July 14 through Monday, July 18th.

P.S.  And while you’re there, you might want to catch our great friend, Marisa Marcantonio from StyleBeat moderating a discussion on Friday on putting your wanderlust to work…  Great minds think alike, don’t they?

wanderlust / bouquet / succulents / window / orchid / bouquet

Personalities

An Ode to Margaret

Margaret Russell and Jamie Drake

Margaret Russell and Jamie Drake

We’re back!  Thank you, dear readers, for giving us this time off to spend with our families and recharge our blogging batteries!  We’ve had a busy two months of parties, graduations, regattas and travel and boy, did the magazines pile up.  So we spent the holiday weekend on the terrace reading each and every one of them…

A House in Greece - May 2016 Issue

A House in Greece – May 2016 Issue

Versace Wallpaper

Versace Wallpaper

The last issue of Architectural Digest edited by the amazingly talented Margaret Russell is out and we’re not the only ones who are very sad to see her leave.  We’ve come to know Margaret over the years through many of the projects we’ve done with designer Michael Smith and were honored to have our designs featured in the pages of AD (most recently in the March 2016 issue.)  Her move from Elle Decor almost six years ago was welcomed by all and we love what she did with the redesign of this iconic magazine and website.

The East Room at The White House

The East Room at The White House

Needless to say, we’ll miss Margaret’s exquisite style and look forward to following her on Instagram.  Whether she’s capturing her travels, her friends or her flowers, we know that we can still live her life vicariously through her pretty pictures.

Peonies from L. Becker Flowers

Peonies from L. Becker Flowers

Sweet Peas from L. Becker Flowers

Sweet Peas from L. Becker Flowers

Thank you, Margaret, for six years of beautiful inspiration at Architectural Digest!

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Flower Power, The Latest Buzz

Flower Power: Bastille

Pantone Colors of the Year

Pantone Colors of the Year

As we head into a season of celebrations (birthdays! graduations! weddings!), we thought you might like to meet Emily Pinon, founder and CEO of Bastille flowers & events, and perhaps be inspired by her bespoke, one-of-a-kind floral creations.  We came across Emily’s Instagram page and of course, spent the next several hours minutes admiring her work.  Whether it’s a corporate event where she hung hundreds of white calla lilies from the ceiling or a more intimate affair celebrating Pantone’s colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity if you haven’t heard), Emily translates her clients desires into memories that last a lifetime.

Spring Wedding

Spring Wedding

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

DIFFA Table

DIFFA Table

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Wedding Table

Wedding Table

Speaking of memories that last a lifetime, we’re taking a little break from blogging so that we can attend some races (both on the water and at the track), plan some spring sports banquets and graduation parties and focus on our high school seniors who will, all too soon, be off to college…  See you soon!

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Fun with Food

Food Romance… Not Porn!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Filmmaker David Gelb will be the first to say that his critically acclaimed show, Chef’s Table, is NOT food porn… it’s food romance.  The dishes presented in the documentaries are not just sexy (and trust us, they are very sexy!), they actually have an emotional connection to the chef and often represent a pivotal life moment for them.

Atelier Crenn - San Francisco

Atelier Crenn – San Francisco

Inspired by BBC’s Planet Earth, Gelb’s series about chefs across the globe have true cinematic quality.  The film is shot with prime versus zoom lenses which takes more time and is more expensive but gives the images their unique and very intimate feel.

Alinea

Alinea – Chicago

After weeks of research, the crew spends time with each chef featured, filming the ins and outs of their daily lives, whether it be in their restaurant, in the streets of India or in the middle of the Amazon jungle.  It’s not all “glamorous days in sunny kitchens and Michelin-starred tasting menus” and they’ve even eaten their fare share of insects.

Gaggan - Bangkok, Thailand

Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand

We think the best part is the discovery… of new chefs, who may not necessarily get a lot of American press yet are celebrities in their own countries, and of new culinary techniques which we would never be able to emulate but admire just the same.

Pujol - Mexico City, Mexico

Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico

If you haven’t yet drunk the Chef’s Table Kool Aid champagne, you absolutely should and soon since Season 2 premieres Friday, May 27 on Netflix.  For more insight on the show, we recommend this week’s episode on Food 52’s Burnt Toast podcast – click here to hear Kenzi Wilbur’s interview with Gelb.

D.O.M. -

D.O.M. – Sao Paulo, Brazil

If you’ve seen the show, let us know what you think.  Happy foodie Friday!

chef’s table / atelier crenn / alinea / gaggan / pujol / D.O.M