Monday Mood

January 26th, 2015
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Wondrous

Pronunciation: /ˈwəndrəs /

Remarkable or extraordinary…  Winter wonderlands are wonderful yet we wonder how much snow this new storm is bringing.  Some forecasts say up to three feet!

Photo: winter

A Peck of Pretty Pillows

January 23rd, 2015
Enabelli

Enabelli (sky blue)

One of the best parts of showing our collections in High Design at the Atlanta Gift Show is discovering new (or at least new to us!) vendors and products.  Though we were stuck in our booth most of the time, we did walk past the Luxe part of the show on a daily basis and got to know the lovely owner of Pyar & Co., Paula Queen.  Paula launched her company in 2011 after being inspired by the luxurious textures and stunning patterns of the colorful saris she encountered on a post wedding trip to India with her husband, Sumit.

Kachnar (sky blue)

Kachnar (sky blue)

Pompano

Pompano

While there, she marveled at the craftsmanship of these age-old designs and wanted to capture the sophisticated femininity in a collection of pillows suited for today’s modern decor.  What makes these hand-crafted pillows so original is the portfolio of more than 1,400 exquisite Indian woven silks, jacquards and velvets and that they are made by members of Paula’s extended family.  Whether embellished with beads individually selected from markets or hand-embroidered with sparkly sequins and hand-dyed metal studs, Paula’s pretty pillows are truly fit for a queen…

Puri

Puri

Indica

Indica

Can you say “Paula picked a peck of pretty pillows” ten times fast?

Paula of Pyar & Co.

Paula of Pyar & Co.

P.S. Not only are her designs seriously beautiful, but Paula is adorable and we’re so lucky to be booth neighbors with her at NY NOW staring February 1st!  If you come to the show, we’ll introduce you to her.  Happy Friday, all!

Photos: pillows and Paula

Sensational Stamps

January 21st, 2015
Colombia. Bird stamps. 2015

Colombia. Bird stamps. 2015

Colombia artist Diana Beltran Herrera certainly knows how to put her personal stamp on the art world…  Give her some colored paper, scissors and glue and she’ll create the most unbelievable birds – so realistic they look like they could fly away!  Flora and fauna seem to be a recurring theme in Diana’s work as she tries to bring the relationship between nature and human beings closer together.  Her most current work is entitled “Bird Stamps from All Around the World” and these pieces must be a sight to see in person – just look at the intricate detail of each feather and petal!  And while we appreciate the efforts of kindergartners everywhere, these collage-like sculptures take “art time” to a whole new level…

Colombia Detail

Colombia Detail

Brazil. Bird stamps. 2014

Brazil. Bird stamps. 2014

Brazil Detail

Brazil Detail

Portugal. Bird stamps. 2014

Portugal. Bird stamps. 2014

Portugal Detail

Portugal Detail

Aren’t these birds beautiful?

Photos: bird stamps

Monday Mood

January 19th, 2015

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – what mood are you in?

Be the Light

Be the Light

Visionary

Pronunciation: /ˈviZHəˌnerē/

Having a powerful imagination…  “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo: trees

The Citrus Cure

January 16th, 2015
Lemons, Oranges, Kumquats and More

Lemons, Oranges, Kumquats and More

We’re back from Atlanta and the good news is we had a great show…  The bad news is we returned with big fat colds and will be spending the weekend nursing ourselves back to health.  Fortunately, we came across this recipe for citrus cake on our of our favorite foodie blogs, Cannelle et Vanille.  A few days ago, Aran received a huge box of citrus from a friend in California and when she has lemons, she makes cake!  Just reading this post has helped clear our heads and ease our sore throats.  Nothing like a bit of lemon, honey and a slice of cake for a cold.

Sliced and Diced

Sliced and Diced

Lovely Lemons

Lovely Lemons

Citrus Cake

Citrus Cake

Yum!

Yum!

Citrus Cake and Lemon Curd

Citrus Cake and Lemon Curd

What will you be doing this weekend to add a bit of zest to your life?

P.S. Click on the pictures to get the recipes!

Photos: 1 – 6

 

Spring/Summer 2015 Inspiration #2

January 9th, 2015
California Coastal

California Coastal

Since we’re still in Atlanta selling our petals off, we thought we’d tantalize you with our second Spring/Summer 2015 inspiration, California Coastal.  The laid-back vibe of west coast living influenced our second collection, where organic and slightly rustic containers are combined with vibrant flowers in a range of green, blue, and magenta hues.

Santa Barbara Bouquet

Santa Barbara Bouquet

Coastal Style

Coastal Style

Big Sur Bouquet

Big Sur Bouquet

In designing this collection, we took cues from the beach chic style of some our favorite interior designers including Michael Smith, Schuyler Samperton and Jeffrey Alan Marks, who love to mix rough hewn elements into elegant surroundings.  These beautiful bouquets and orchids will have you California dreamin’ all year long!

Windswept Bougainvillea

Windswept Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea and Rose Bouquet

Bougainvillea and Rose Bouquet

So…  will you stop by and say “Hi”?  We’re in Booth #308 in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1 and we’ll be here through Monday.  Wishing you all a happy weekend hanging out!

Photos: cedars, bouquet, living room, bouquet, bougainvillea, and bouquet

Spring/Summer 2015 Inspiration #1

January 7th, 2015
Garden Glamourpuss

Garden Glamourpuss

Let’s face it – gardening isn’t glamorous (unless you’re the late Oscar de la Renta) – but the end result can be!  Our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Garden Glamour, is inspired by all the careful work that goes into making a garden grow and captures the botanical perfection of fresh picked flowers.

Purple/White Miltonia Orchid

Purple/White Miltonia Orchid

ODLR in the Garden

ODLR in the Garden

From traditional garden blooms like luscious peonies, springtime tulips, and delicate dogwood blossoms, to the more whimsical clematis, wax flower and anemone, this collection’s palette of pinks, peaches, yellows and soft greens evokes the prettiest of landscapes on a sunny day.

Tulip and Clematis Bouquet

Tulip and Clematis Bouquet

Garden Gathering

Garden Gathering

Peony, Rose and Tulip Bouquet

Peony, Rose and Tulip Bouquet

We’re in Atlanta putting the finishing touches on our booth at the Atlanta Gift Show (#308) in High Design (Building 2, Floor 1) and will be here until next Monday so if you’re in the area, please stop by!

Photos: garden cat, orchid, Oscar, bouquet, table setting and bouquet

Monday Mood

January 5th, 2015

It’s the first Monday of 2015 – what mood are you in?

Bewitched by Michael Smith

Bewitched by Michael Smith

Spellbound

Pronunciation:  /spĕl′bound′/

Giving all your attention and interest to something or someone…  One of our New Year’s resolutions is to pay attention to the world around us and embrace the magic!  What’s one of yours?

Photo: living room

Happy 2015!

January 2nd, 2015
London Living

London Living

We hope you all enjoyed a fun and festive week with family and friends.  One of the best parts of a family vacation away is the downtime we get from not having to run our homes or business… and the ability to curl up in front of the fireplace to read magazines in the middle of the afternoon while the boys are on the slopes!  The good news is, we’re all caught up on what was hot in 2014…  The bad news, it’s 2015 – so time to look into the future and see what will be on trend this year in home décor.  Fortunately, this month’s issue of House & Home has provided us some insight asking designers and tastemakers to weigh in.  One of the trends we’ll see is British Eclectic.  Interior designer Ben Pentreath likes “richly layered rooms.  Colour, pattern and a mix of old and new furniture create timeless and comfortable places to live.”  This look doesn’t take itself too seriously so add a whimsical piece of art like this collage of pressed flower petals to lighten up a traditional room.

Power Flower 2

Power Flower 2

As second trend we’ll see is Modern Farmhouse.  Architect Kelly Buffey points out, “We live in an age of haste.  These seemingly simple forms provide a visual and experiential reprieve.”  Reclaimed wood, natural textures, and modern shapes compliment spare architectural details for a look that is clean yet rustic in feel.  Our friend Frances Palmer’s hand thrown pottery would be the perfect touch for such a décor trend, and not only because she lives and works in a barn!

Modern Barn

Modern Barn

Frances' Fantasies

Frances’ Fantasies

Lastly, décor always has a global view and this year, South American Fusion will be muy caliente.  A mix of artisanal finds, bold pops of color and Latin textiles brings this trend to life.  Another friend of ours, Schuyler Samperton, knows how to create a cheerful living room in a Beverly Hills home using these elements where according to fashion designer Heidi Merrick: “White walls and linens create a canvas for a bright flower or rug.  Your eye is drawn to the pop of color, transforming your space in one stroke.”  And speaking of strokes, how about this painterly rug by Kate Spade to temper dark woods and ironwork?

Latin Living

Latin Living

Kate Spade for West Elm

Kate Spade for West Elm

What other trends are you looking forward to in 2015?  Does keeping the holiday décor up until Valentine’s Day count as one?

Photos: London living, art, farmhouse, vases, Latin living room, and rug

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas…

December 24th, 2014
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the yule tide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away…

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!  We wanted to take this time to thank all of our readers who stop by week after week, some of whom we know personally and many of whom we’d like to meet in the future.  You made our year merry and bright and we wish you much joy and many blessings in 2015!

Photo: tree