Preen Spring 2017
Spring is mere weeks away and we’re looking forward to shedding our winter clothes and our winter skin! It’s no secret that blooms are good for your mood, but they’re also good for your face and while we won’t go as far as sticking flowers to our forehead, we will shake up our beauty routine with these botanically based potions.
Herbivore Face Mist
Hibiscus flowers contain alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate and give the skin a youthful glow so use this hydrating face mist after you cleanse and before you moisturize.
Clarins Day Cream
For those of you of a certain age who need a little plumping and firming, why not turn to the flower power of kangaroo paw in this day cream that has the added benefit of smoothing out fine lines.
We knew that echinacea flowers help cure colds but didn’t realize that they also contain anti-oxidants that protect the skin from inflammation. Dior’s micellar water removes makeup with one swipe while delivering the soothing benefits of this versatile bloom.
Kiehl’s Gel Masque
Known for its ability to protect even the most sensitive skin from dryness, calendula is mixed with aloe vera in this gel masque which will instantly refresh winter-stressed skin and give your complexion that fresh spring glow.
Aesop Body Scrub
And finally, what better way to scrub away the winter than with a body scrub with the invigorating power of geranium leaves – this botanical beauty not only helps purify and calm the skin, its scent may just cure the winter blues. What’s your spring beauty routine? We’d love to hear!
face / mist / cream / cleanser / masque / scrub
Every moment is a fresh beginning. ~ T.S. Eliot
Home Sweet Home
On a windy, gray day last fall, we headed to a gorgeous waterfront home in Rowayton to shoot lifestyle images of our new Spring 2018 collections. Needless to say, the home was fabulous, not to mention the views… and absolutely perfect to showcase our Urban Oasis designs.
A Star Is Born
Our friend and super talented photographer, Jane Beiles, showed up camera in hand and we spent the next four hours shooting away. Many hands made light work and with the help of another friend, we were able to fluff and photograph over 20 different designs in different rooms of the house.
BLOOMS Breath of Spring
We’ve just added the Urban Oasis collection to our website and it’s already proven to be a best seller! Inspired by all the greenery we’re seeing in floral design, this collection is as fresh as it is unexpected. We’ve paired anthurium leaves with vintage bottles, succulents with white clay bowls and boxwood topiaries with hand-thrown terra cotta pots.
And since we always want a realistic touch, we’ve even added some bugs to our gift selection! These are made by a Charleston designer and are far from icky.
Goldbug Stayin’ Alive Pendant Necklace
Best of all, we captured all the fun we had in a video so you, too, can see what went into the shoot… Click here to see our “Behind The Scenes” video and here to shop the new collection!
Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.
Be your own muse, the subject you know best. ~ Frida Kahlo
P.S. Thank you to all who entered our Style Secrets giveaway! The winner will be contacted via Instagram.
A Book That Everyone Needs!
According to House Beautiful‘s Editor in Chief, Sophie Donelson, every room needs a splash of unexpected color, glitter and glam, a “wow” moment or even something that says “touch me”… And in her new book filled with the best and most beautiful rooms featured in the magazine, you’ll get simple and elegant advice from some of the biggest names in interior design to achieve the home of your dreams.
A Nod to The Past
For instance, in the chapter Every Room Needs a Grand Gesture, you will learn that “overscale is not the same as overdone” and that a “majestic” mirror can make a world of difference in creating space.
A “Wow” Moment
How about a lipstick red dining room to make an impact on your guests…
A Splash of Color
or adding a bit of Chinoiserie as a nod to the past?
Nature and flowers play a big role in bringing a room to life and this can be as easy as a large vase of spring blossoms in your living room or opening the French doors to incorporate an outdoor terrace.
One of the highlights of our visit to NY NOW yesterday was meeting Sophie in person and having her sign her book. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, this beauty can be yours in this Giveaway! If you’d like to win this signed book, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “House Beautiful Style Secrets” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!
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Old Greenwich Garden
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. ~ Audrey Hepburn
Pale Pink Perfection
It’s Groundhog Day and if Punxsutawney Phil decides spring is not on its way, we’ll be feeling a little gloomy… A condition that will most likely be cured as we unpack the gorgeous stems we bought in Atlanta for our new Fall/Winter 2018 collections.
Designers Guild – Delft Flower Grande
BP – Mini Floral Mini Backpack
Moody blooms have always appealed to us and they’re all we see on Instagram these days. From window shades to wallpaper, fixtures to fashion, designers are loving this trend.
Kohler – Midnight Floral Sink
Hunter – RHS Wellington Boots
Inky blossoms in dark shades of purple and burgundy have a brooding romantic quality, and we plan to mix the dark hues with pale pinks and soft peaches to lighten the mood.
Ellie Cashman – Dark Floral II Scarf
You don’t have to wallpaper a room or reupholster your couch to bring moody blooms into a room (a bigger commitment than you might want to make!) – you can always just buy one of our bouquets! But you will have to wait until fall…
flowers / wallpaper / backpack / sink / boots / scarf
See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. ~ Alice Walker
P.S. Speaking of purple, tune in to CT Style at 12:30 pm EST today to see how you can add, Ultraviolet, Pantone’s color of the year to your decor with our blooms…
Audrey with Cascading Flowers and Butterflies
Last fall, Bergdorf Goodman launched the new home collection for Gucci Decor with much fanfare and press and this month, they’re pushing the envelope again. This time with New Orleans pop artist Ashley Longshore who is making history as the first solo female artist to be exhibited on the 7th Floor.
Audrey with Koi Fish Headdress
Audrey with Peacock and Feathers
Her extraordinary pieces have taken over the iconic store’s Fifth Avenue windows and a 945 square foot space that typically showcases more traditional home decor brands like Kim Seybert, John Derian and of course, Diane James. From paintings featuring Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, to diamond rugs, lipstick sculptures and giant champagne corks, Ashley’s eye-catching work is having a moment and her collectors (including Blake Lively and Penelope Cruz) agree.
Audrey with Purple Kaleidoscope Headdress
When asked to describe her aesthetic, this very funny artist came up with “unapologetic, colorful, celebratory, sparkly, and humorous”… And we think this is exactly what the world needs: a little more glittery goodness. We just hope Ashley’s pieces don’t sell out before we get to see them in person.
Bergdorf Goodman Window
Bergdorf Goodman Window
Happy fabulous Friday!
photos 1 – 4, window photos by Rebecca McAlpin