Posy Palette: Fall Jewel Tones

September 19th, 2014
Fall Flowers

Fall Flowers

Fall in New England is always such a colorful time of year as vibrant mums decorate doorsteps and leaves turn crimson, orange and gold.  With cooler days (and sadly, grayer) days ahead, this is the season to invest in lush jewel tones to warm up your wardrobe and interiors.  These colors can instantly add a touch of cozy elegance when layered with neutrals and there’s nothing like a pop of emerald, sapphire or ruby to brighten your day.  Barring covering yourself with real jewels (so wish we could!), we’ve come up with some fun options that won’t break the bank.  We’ve already invested in this beauty (the color is scrumptious and goes with everything)…

Marlow Bag

Marlow Bag

and plan to step out in these pretties soon.

Vanessa Flats

Vanessa Flats

Jewel tones are perfect from head…

Lavender Lust

Amethyst Hues

to toe…

Wrapped in Rubies

Wrapped in Rubies

and let’s not forget the ears!

Adventurine and Topaz Leaf Earrings

Adventurine and Topaz Leaf Earrings

Happy Friday and wishing you all a be-jeweled weekend.

Photo: flowers, bag, shoes, eye shadow, nails and earrings

Fall-ing for Jayson Home

September 17th, 2014
Indigo Ceramic Flowers

Indigo Ceramic Flowers

Actually, we fell for Jayson Home – “where beautiful things aren’t just a passion, they’re an obsession” – many years ago and the lovefest continues to this day.  We eagerly await the arrival of the catalog each season and dream about layering our homes with the store’s edgy yet elegant wares.  The Fall 2014 collection is beautiful…  indigo blue, apple green and pumpkin orange add pops of color to the warm hues of natural wood and horn.  Fall for us means getting cozy and entertaining friends and family by a fire so why not do some shopping before the season starts?  Here are some things we’re adding to our fall list…

Valley Cutting Boards

Valley Cutting Boards

Large Suzani

Large Suzani

Bronze Mercury Glass Collection

Bronze Mercury Glass Collection

Green City Market Cookbook

Green City Market Cookbook

Verbena Jardin Soap

Verbena Jardin Soap

Are you falling for fall yet?

Photo: flowers, boards, suzani, glassware, cookbook and soap

Monday Mood

September 15th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Delightful Dahlias

Delightful Dahlias

Delightful

Pronunciation: \di-ˈlīt-fəl\

Highly pleasing and charming…  We agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said, “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”  May you delight in whatever occupies you this week!

Photo: dahlias

 

 

“Green” Acres

September 12th, 2014
A Grand Colonial

A Grand Colonial

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and we’re thrilled that one of the articles features a project we worked on last year with our client, the talented New York-based interior designer Paul Stuart Rankin. This beautiful home sits on what was once a 14-acre dairy farm and has been in the same family for the past 50 years.  While it was formerly used as a summer house, the clients wanted to convert it to an all season residence where they could entertain family and friends.  Having completed three major design projects with Paul, the couple knew he could bring his elegant touch and create a comfortable and welcoming home.

A Welcoming Entry

A Welcoming Entry

A Lovely Living Room

A Lovely Living Room

Needless to say, the main house needed a bit of updating and with the help of architect McKee Patterson, it was brought into the 21st century.  Interior spaces were altered to create a more open feeling, a rear addition built for a new kitchen, breakfast room, family room and master suite above, and a new screen porch was added to take in the views from on all sides.  The best part is that all of the alterations were done with eye toward sustainability.

A Beautiful Bedroom

A Beautiful Bedroom

A Perfect Porch

A Perfect Porch

Even the land was thoroughly renovated – pesticides were removed, apple orchards restored and a greenhouse built to provide vegetables and herbs year round.  You would think that a 9,000+ square foot home with out buildings and a pool would not fit the definition of “eco-friendly” but in this case, you’d be wrong.  Solar panels heat and cool the fresh-water pool; rain water is collected for irrigation; geothermal wells provide air-conditioning and heating; and a windmill help with electrical usage.  Who knew a property that looks so traditional could be so modern!

A Wonderful Windmill

A Wonderful Windmill

P.S.  Full disclosure – the flowers photographed in the home were all fresh as our designs were a later addition.  If you would like to read more about this project, click here.

Photo: house, entry, living room, bedroom, porch and greenhouse

Fall Reading List

September 10th, 2014
Art Flowers

Art Flowers

A week back at school and already the boys are complaining about their mandatory reading list – Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, For Whom the Bell Tolls - you know the ones!  While we never had a problem with the “classics” in high school, our boys think there are so many other authors they rather read.  Needless to say, we’re jealous that they get to spend time reading even if it’s for homework so we’ve decided to carve out a hour minute or two in our busy day to tackle our fall reading list.  Here are a few fashion, floral and design titles we can’t wait to delve into…

Dior - The Perfumes

Dior – The Perfumes

The Artisinal Home: Interiors and Furniture of Casamidy

The Artisinal Home: Interiors and Furniture of Casamidy

Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises

Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises

Valentino: At the Emperor's Table

Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table

When Art Meets Design

When Art Meets Design

What’s on your reading list this fall?

Photos: Art Flowers, Dior, Artisinal Home, Designing Paradises, Valentino, and When Art Meets Design

Monday Mood

September 8th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Hilfiger Bath in Florida

Hilfiger Bath in Florida

Bananas

Pronunciation: /bəˈnanəs/

Silly or a little bit crazy…  According to Milton Glaser, “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no and wow!”  Is this “wow” or “whoa”?  Would love to hear what you think.

P.S.  The wallpaper is scented, too!

Photo: bathroom

Friday Favorite: Aerin’s Fall Collection

September 5th, 2014
Fall Table

Fall Table

Aerin Lauder’s new collection has just been unveiled at Bergdorf Goodman on the 7th Floor and we’re loving her choice of autumn palette – warm chocolate shagreen, rich golden leaves, marbleized clay and touches of lavender and opal – the perfect mix to transition into fall.  If you haven’t seen the floor in person, you really should but if you don’t live in the tri-state area, this wonderful tour by Quintessence will give you an idea of how beautifully the designs work with each other yet stand out on their own.  We fell hard for the following pieces and think they would work as perfect layering accents (well, maybe not the $4,000 chandelier!) to celebrate the coming season.

Maurice Vase

Maurice Vase

Sayre in Opal

Sayre in Opal

Maple Leaf Dish

Maple Leaf Dish

Amber Musk

Amber Musk

Heather Ceiling Light

Heather Ceiling Light

Do you have any favorites for fall?  Happy Friday!

Photos: table setting, vase, fabric, leaf, perfume and lighting

Fall Preview: Folklore Fantasy

September 3rd, 2014
Mario Testino's Alta Moda

Mario Testino’s Alta Moda

Our new Fall/Winter 2014 collection (coming soon to Diane James Home!) is inspired by Folklore Fantasy, a trend in fashion and home décor which honors the often colorful, hand-stitched patterns found on native costumes and textiles.  To capture the fun-filled essence of folkloric frocks, we paired traditional flowers in a range of autumnal hues with interesting containers so that whimsical tulips spill out of a vintage green bottle and garden roses in many shades of peach and salmon are gathered in a luster turquoise bowl.  This collection’s bright and happy palette would put a smile on anyone’s face and a dance in their step, especially with the cooler months ahead…

Hydrangea, Rose and Orchid Bouquet

Hydrangea, Rose and Orchid Bouquet

Pillow Caravan

Pillow Caravan

Rose Bouquet in Glazed Turquoise Vase

Garden Rose Bouquet in Turquoise Vase

Bedroom Fantasy

Bedroom Fantasy

Magenta Peonies and Roses

Magenta Peonies and Roses

Photos: Peruvian costume, hydrangeas and roses bouquet, pillows, rose bouquet, bedroom, and magenta peonies and roses

 

Monday Mood

September 1st, 2014

It’s Labor Day – what mood are you in?

Sunny Setting

Sunny Setting

Simple

Pronunciation: /ˈsimpəl/

Easy and uncomplicated…  “Life is like art.  You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.”  ~ Charles De Lint

Happy Labor Day and here’s to September!

Photo: tablesetting

Fashion Friday: Fall Florals

August 29th, 2014
Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

If you read last Friday’s post, you know we’re looking forward to some fall layering (in time!) so why not continue the trend and look at some fashionable frocks that made a big impression on the runway this spring.  Pretty floral prints aren’t just for summer – these beautiful designs are a great way to make a botanical statement as the weather cools.  The dress and coat above would put a smile on our faces even in the dead of winter and the printed shearling below looks so cozy, doesn’t it?

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Geometric floral shapes gives this pastel coat a modern feel…

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

while an embroidered muff is a must for an opulent outfit.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Even darker shades get a lift from floral patterns…

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

so why not go floral from head to toe!

Valentino

Valentino

Photos: D & G, Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Tory, Dior and Valentino