New York Botanical Gardens
New York during the holidays sparkles and we try to get into the city at least once or twice to get our jingle bells on… Top on our list is window shopping at the big three – Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s and Barney’s! We heard rumor of what was behind the curtain at Bergdorf’s when we met with our buyers last month so we’re very excited to see the windows in person.
New York Historical Society
The New York Philharmonic
Partnering with some of New York’s iconic institutions, Bergdorf created holiday displays that are beyond bling (like over 1.5 million individual Swarovski crystals covering dinosaur skeletons and giant paper mache flowers). From the New York Botanical Garden to the American Museum of Natural History (both of which we adore and have spent so many hours exploring) these partners provided so much inspiration to David Hoey, the store’s director of visual presentation. “While exploring this theme, we knew the windows had to be dynamic and multilayered to evoke the excitement of New York today, while simultaneously celebrating the city’s past,” says Hoey.
Museum of Moving Image
American Museum of Natural History
This iconic store’s creativity extends beyond the windows onto the shelves where a slew of limited edition products and experiences have been created with the institutions and current vendors. We’re sure there’s something for everyone, even the most picky mother-in-law!
Sugared Fall Flowers
and cake! We know Thanksgiving is all about the pies (pumpkin, apple, pecan – take your pick!) but when we came across Natasja Sadi’s Instagram feed, all we can think about is her gorgeous cakes. Is it heresy to think that we could replace our traditional pumpkin chiffon pie made from a long standing family recipe with one of these lovelies?
Natasja’s famed sugared flowers seem unfathomably real and we’d settle for those alone. From poppies and peonies, to ranunculus and roses we are amazed by their detail and beauty.
Spring Flowers Cake
Garden Rose Cake
Yet while the flowers blow us away, the cake flavors make our mouth water. Natasja has been inventing, testing and refining cake recipes since 2010 and she strikes the right balance between tart and sweet. The list includes sweet and salty caramel chocolate, strawberry and champagne, lemon lovers dream and blueberry heaven.
So who’s with us? Let us eat cake instead of pie!
Stay as you are… “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy. Isn’t this the lifestyle you dream of? ~ Marie Kondo
Fairfield Beach Modern
If you combined clean, comfortable style and added interesting, organic elements you’d get Sam Allen’s chic aesthetic. We’ve known Sam for years, ever since he broke out onto the local design scene at the age of 19, and are huge fans of his work. We’ve even been lucky enough to work with him on a number of projects and love it when he shows up at our studio on a whim.
Compo Beach Guest Room
Between setting beautiful tables for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala and taking on clients all over Fairfield County, Sam has found the time to redesign his website and it is as stylish as he is.
We dare you to spend some time browsing through his residential projects and not want to live in each and every space. Whether it’s an elegant living room, a luxurious kitchen or a colorful office, Sam’s interiors have a certain pizzazz that’s undeniably his.
Compo Beach Master Bedroom
Pied a Terre Office
It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Sam launched his eponymous firm (since he still looks like a teen) and we wish him all the best for many years to come!
Happy Friday and may your weekend be fabulous…
Happy November! Fall has finally arrived and as the flowers fade in our gardens, we’re reminded that we have to wait until spring for bright blooms to reappear. That’s why we’re thankful that our blogging bestie Jeanne reached out to us to let us know that her wonderful watercolors are now available for purchase on her website! What better way to survive the long winter months than with one of her pretty paintings…
Jeanne’s Parisian Peonies
More Parisian Peonies
Flowers are one of Jeanne’s favorite things to paint and this year they took her to Paris where she stalked peonies (no pun intended!) at the outdoor markets then painted them each evening, a brush in one hand and a glass of rosé in the other. We can just picture her in her Saint Germain des Prés apartment capturing their happiness and elegance to a tee!
Jeanne at Work
These Parisian blooms are now available – along with a year’s worth of floral watercolors – on Jeanne’s online store. Ranging in size from 5″ x 7″ to 11″ x 14″, these paintings make the perfect gift for flower lovers everywhere. And for those of you in the Seattle area, stop by Watson Kennedy where you can see Jeanne’s collection of exclusive paintings inspired by the owner, Ted.
I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find and impossible to forget. ~Erin Van Vuren
A Covered Vase
Just when you thought you had weeks and weeks to plan your Thanksgiving table, it will be here before you know it. Just like Halloween, we feel like the holidays are fast approaching and we’re so not prepared. Our clients are getting their act together, though, judging by the record breaking week we just had on our online store.
A Pale Palette
While the old saying of the shoemaker’s children have no shoes does apply to us (i.e. the flower girls have no bouquets at home!), we’re going to make a big effort this year to have a beautiful Thanksgiving table. So we’re already gathering our fall floral favorites (thanks to Southern Lady magazine) in hopes that they will come in handy on the big day.
Orchids and Berries
Succulents in a Painted Box
Why use an every day glass vase when you can use a pumpkin or gourd? And why not mix in an unexpected element like succulents or orchid blossoms? We think a holiday centerpiece should wow the crowd and given that we’ll be sitting around the table for hours, it also needs to be pretty.
Pretty Pumpkin Posy
Something decorative at each place setting makes the guests feel special and we’re loving this idea of a persimmon and a place card. The fruit doubles as an appetizer if the meal is delayed!
Persimmon Place Setting
Happy Friday to all and may your weekend be sweet.
Who’s ready for Halloween? We definitely aren’t! Perhaps it has to do with the Indian summer we’ve been having… The leaves are barely falling and we haven’t had to pull out our fall jackets. And when it comes to fall decorating, there’s nary a pumpkin in sight. Thankfully, the boys are old enough that pumpkin carving is not on the agenda but we’d still like to celebrate the season in style.
That’s why we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and getting our paintbrushes out this weekend. No carve Halloween pumpkins are all the rage (time starved moms like us are making sure they are!) so why not join the ranks and try some of these ideas out.
To be honest, our mother is the creative one in the family so these first three designs may be more than we can handle…
Neon and Gold
But we’re willing to try the more monochromatic styles and who doesn’t love blue and white in any season. Hmmm… Maybe we can convince the boys to help!
P.S. Click on the photo links below to get to the DIY instructions.
moody / floral / foliage / neon / jade / marbled
Happiness consists not in having much, but being content with little. ~ Countess of Blessington
P.S. What’s making you happy these days?