and get this!
P.S. Did you know that we’re donating 10% of all online sales (not just pink!) from now through October 31st, 2016 to Breast Cancer Alliance? Help us help this worthy cause!
We took our friend Elizabeth from Petty Pink Tulips‘ advice this week and treated ourselves to lunch and a day of
window shopping at Terrain. The day was sunny and warm, the pumpkins were bountiful and we took the opportunity to pick up some things to set a fall table. As soon as the weather cools, we’ll be bringing the outdoors in and capturing these beautiful fall days in our accessories. We’re big fans of placemats since they’re so versatile and these remind us of our weekend hikes in the local nature preserves.
Pairing oak branch plates with green and white pumpkins will give the table autumnal flair…
while these pinecone votive holders add a vintage touch.
And we never let a guest leave empty handed so mulling spices is our go-to gift this season.
After all, who doesn’t love a warm cup of wine on a chilly fall day! Thanks, Elizabeth, for inspiring us to get out of the office and have some retail fun.
We played hooky from work on Monday – a perfect Indian summer day – to finally tour Philip Johnson’s Glass House. And yes, we’re embarrassed to say that we haven’t had the chance to visit this iconic home since it opened as a museum in 2007. For anyone who’s seen the house first hand knows that it sits on a beautiful piece of property in New Canaan and is accompanied by 13 other Modernist structures so we highly recommend the extended tour which takes you into some of these. But the Glass House is the most famous and the one we enjoyed viewing the most. It’s stark, almost monastic, decor was enhanced by the stunning views of the landscaped 47-acre property. Johnson believed in minimalism so you won’t see much furniture cluttering the loft-like spaces. The kitchen was sparse (no Sub-Zero fridges or Viking stoves) and even the bathroom was built into the circular chimney so you wouldn’t know it was there unless you opened a custom curved door.
In addition to several pieces of Mies van der Rohe furniture, the only decorative accessories we saw were two lamps, two works of art, a couple of vases with orchids, a malachite cigarette holder and a circular ashtray. Naturally, we thought Johnson could have added a bit more to the decor so once we got back to the visitor’s center, we picked out some of our favorite things to spruce up the place!
The good news is that these items are for sale online so you, too, can tap into your inner mid-century modern soul and help support the Glass House.
P.S. Have you seen The Glass House? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Photo of house by yours truly, the others can be found here.
250 days until summer but who’s counting? We are… kind of. Loyal readers of this little blog know that as the temps get cooler and the days shorter, we start to get blue. Even as we’re surrounded by fall fabulousness (the pumpkin lattes, the cable knit sweaters, the turning leaves), we still look forward to easy, breezy summer days.
So when we come across homes like these, we have to share. Created to be enjoyed by family and friends, this waterfront property on Shelter Island decorated by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company exudes laid back chic and is beautifully captured by the lens of Zach DeSart.
Shades of blue abound (and you know we love blue) whether they’re in large statement pieces like the handblown bubble chandelier by Liza Sherman Studio in the dining room or smaller accents like our blue hydrangea bouquet (yes, ours!) in the living room.
The subway tile by Waterworks in the kitchen is a heavenly shade of sky blue…
and there’s a Robert Hogan painting in turquoise hues over the freestanding tub in the master bath.
So as not to detract from the water views seen from the bed, the master bedroom has light touches of gray blue in the quilt, shams and walls to complement the floor-to-ceiling Christopher Martin painting.
Wishing you all a happy (not blue!) weekend and may you all enjoy the colors of fall.
A wicker and leather basket… We flipped over this uber chic magazine holder and wastebasket from Hermès’ new Equilibre d’Hermès collection until we saw their prices ($6,900 for the former and $8,200 for the latter.) While we love their simple yet luxurious shapes, there must be other stylish baskets out there that could do the trick (like hold something!) and not break the bank.
A perennial fall favorite, baskets seem to fulfill their purpose this time of year as we transition from hot summer days to cooler fall temps and start to organize ourselves for the holiday season. Expecting family for Thanksgiving? Use baskets for extra pillows and towels in the guest bedroom or bath.
Love cozy throws? How about this rustic rattan beauty next to the couch filled with warm blankets.
And let’s not forget the firewood. A handsome wicker log basket with wheels goes easily from wood pile to hearth without strain.
Baskets also make great holders for baskets – just in case you were wondering where to store those!
P.S. Are basket lovers, basket cases? We sure hope not.
Hollywood is abuzz this week about Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in the new biopic hitting theaters in December. The official trailer was released on Wednesday and it’s haunting atmosphere is goosebump worthy. With rave reviews from critics who saw the movie at the Venice Film Festival last month, some are saying that Natalie’s performance is Oscar-worthy.
Like many of you, we have a special place in our hearts when it comes to Jackie. Not only does our mother look like her (and we’re often reminded of this!) but one of us actually worked as Jackie’s intern one summer at Doubleday. As a rising college sophomore, there wasn’t much to do at this famous publishing house except read a lot of manuscripts and proofread galleys. And, of course, help Jackie with finalizing the plans for Caroline’s wedding which was held that July.
It was a summer to remember and Jackie was a wonderful, and glamorous, boss. Her quick wit and incredible work ethic made assisting her a true pleasure, and she was adored by the authors she edited. It’s no surprise she ended up first at Viking, then at Doubleday, given her passion for books and she published so many well regarded works during her 20 year career.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see Natalie’s Jackie and compare her to the “real deal”!
How to pick a handful of things to randomly rave about the San Diego area when there are so many to choose from? Here are some of our favorite moments, though we could go on and on about others… It’s a good thing that one of our son’s chose to go to college out here since we’ll definitely be visiting again!
There’s no better way to start your morning than a walk around Mission Bay and if you trek the whole 5 miles you’ll see some incredible properties. This door caught our attention since it leads to a beautiful courtyard with fountain and a private hot tub!
You don’t have to book a suite at L’Auberge Del Mar (where the beautiful people play) to enjoy its setting – just stop by for a meal on the patio or in the poolside cabanas and admire the views.
The five acre landscaped grounds make the most of the drought in California with native plants and grasses and even the fountain is filled with succulents!
After all that strolling, you can afford to indulge in a drink (or two) at George’s Ocean Terrace which is consistently voted best restaurant in the area and it’s no surprise – this rooftop gem overlooks La Jolla Cove and the sunsets are ahhhh-mazing.
And if you need dessert to cap off a perfect day, look no further than Karen Krasne’s Extraordinary Desserts, where the cakes and pastries are, well… extraordinary. Each beautifully topped with an edible flower, we dare you to pick just one.
We do love the color blue, and in every hue… So it’s no surprise that’s it’s the #1 favorite color in the world, symbolizing peace and serenity, as well as strength and trust.
Blue never goes out of style and deep indigo seems to be having a moment (again), whether in home decor or fashion. You can’t go wrong with pairing this moody shade with neutrals or bright colors – go ahead and paint a wall Drawing Room Blue or invest in that indigo velvet couch (we did!)
If you’re not feeling that brave, perhaps a pair of shoes or a blouse would do!
Is indigo a favorite for you?