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March 2009

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Oh So Pretty!

We have been seeing this gorgeous ad for Pretty, Elizabeth Arden‘s new perfume, in everything we read and wanted to find out more about it.  Thankfully, we came across a piece on TalkingMakeup.com that satisfied our curiosity.

Elizabeth Arden Pretty Print Ad

Elizabeth Arden Pretty Print Ad

According to the blog, the concept for Pretty was created by Mark Dixon, Vice President Creative Director at Elizabeth Arden, who wanted to “capture the word “pretty” in a single image – from the model to the wardrobe, furniture, props and of course that amazing wallpaper.”

Pretty Paper Flowers (photo from TalkingMakeup.com)

Pretty Paper Flowers (photo from TalkingMakeup.com)

Speaking of that amazing wallpaper… set designer Maria Santana took the traditional floral paper and flowers and scaled them up to make the set come to life.  The overall effect is modern but feminine, with a little bit of Hollywood glamour and a sense of fantasy.  We think the ad is simply Pretty!

Photos from TalkingMakeup.com and Elizabeth Arden.

Q & A

Q & A with Harry Heissmann

Anyone who has met Harry Heissmann is enchanted by his ready smile, European charm and sparkling wit.  And anyone who has seen his work loves him for his warm and inviting interiors which combine elegance and practicality with a sense of joie de vivre.

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For over a decade, Harry has been developing his unique style with some of the best designers in New York including Jeffrey Bilhuber, Juan Pablo Molyneux and of course, Albert Hadley.  His rooms have graced the pages of The New York Times, Metropolitan Home and most recently, House Beautiful

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When we decided to write a monthly column featuring some of our favorite designers, Harry immediately came to mind (and he was a willing subject, no less!)  We hope you enjoy this first of many installments!

1.  What did you want to be when you were a child?
      A marine biologist

2.  What is your necessary luxury?
      Quiet and peace

3.  What is your favorite decorating accessory?
      Color

4.  Where do you window shop?
      Everywhere

5.  What makes a house a home?
      The people in it

6.  What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
      5:15 am at the gym

7.  What is you favorite flower?
      Pink lily of the valley

8.  If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
      A Negroni

9.  If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
     “Selling Smiles, Beauty and Positive Energy” and my clone would play me

10.  Name one thing from your “Bucket List”
        Owning a cottage by the sea

Thank you, Harry, for your inspirational designs and wonderful sense of humor!

Photos from Harry Heissmann and Christopher Baker for House Beautiful.

Inspirations

Daffy for Daffodils!

While we’re on the subject of blooming bulbs, did you know that the birth flower for March is the daffodil?  These harbingers of spring are well-loved by all, even William Wordsworth…

“I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

Brecks - Giant Daffodils

Brecks - Giant Daffodils

Brecks - Pink Daffodil Mix

Brecks - Pink Daffodil Mix

So set the table and celebrate spring in style with some of our favorite daffodil designs!

Daum - Daffodil Vase

Daum - Daffodil Vase

Neiman Marcus - Daffodil Dinnerware

Neiman Marcus - Daffodil Dinnerware

Paddywax - Daffodil Candle

Paddywax - Daffodil Candle

Caspari - Daffodil Paper Napkins

Caspari - Daffodil Paper Napkins

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Bulbs in Bloom

We’ve had a warm spell here in the Northeast and tiny green shoots are finally beginning to see the light of day.  Early spring brings to mind blooming bulbs and the opening of Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world.  This gorgeous park near Lisse, Netherlands, is home to over 7,000,000 (yes, seven million!) bulbs ranging from crocus and hyacinths to narcissus and of course, tulips.

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the international flower exhibition and the theme is “USA, New Amsterdam: New York, 400”, celebrating the bonds of friendship between our two countries as well as the exploits of Dutch discoverer Henry Hudson.

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From a representation of the Hudson River and the borough of Manhattan, to pictures of American icons like the Statue of Liberty and Hollywood, we know that the show will be an unforgettable experience.  We’re just sorry we can’t be there ourselves (sniff!)

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Tea for Two

Having inherited placesettings of Royal Copenhagen‘s Blue Fluted Half Lace from our mother and grandmother, we were happy to see the Ruby Red Full Lace pattern finally available in the United States. 

Royal Copenhagen's Ruby Red Full Lace (picture from Elle Decor)

Royal Copenhagen's Ruby Red Full Lace

First produced in 1888, the crimson designs are first hand-painted freehand then finished with an overglaze used in the more lavish Flora Danica pattern, one of the most luxurious collections ever created.

Royal Copenhagen's Flora Danica

Royal Copenhagen's Flora Danica

According to Royal Copenhagen, the Blue Fluted design is the company’s oldest and has been produced since 1775.  This was the first service to be made at the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory, and to this day it is still known as Service No. 1.  We can’t wait to update our table with the bold new color of Ruby Red which will go beautifully with our traditional Blue.

Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Half Lace

Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Half Lace

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Getting Cozy with House Beautiful

We just received our April 2009 House Beautiful and loved all the cozy decor, especially the interiors by Michael Smith and Lynn Morgan.  Given that both are clients of ours, we had fun comparing the simple tranquility of Lynn’s Connecticut farmhouse with the colorful eccentricity of Michael’s Santa Monica home.

Lynn Morgan - Living Room

Lynn Morgan - Living Room

Lynn Morgan - View into Dining Room

Lynn Morgan - View into Dining Room

Michael Smith - Living Room

Michael Smith - Living Room

Michael Smith - Bedroom

Michael Smith - Bedroom

P.S.  Note Diane James’ custom sweetpea bouquet on the bedside table!

Inspirations

The Color Green

Perhaps it’s our lack of green thumbs or love for early spring leaves but we’re always drawn to all things green – chilled pea soup with mint and creme fraiche, the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, and especially our dear friend Kim Seybert’s palm frond placemats and napkins.  Green is one of our favorite colors for home decor and accessories, too, as it brings the freshness of the outdoors in, even when snow is still on the ground.  Jamie Drake’s vision for his rooms for the Manhattan House was one of the best examples of this we’ve seen lately:

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Kim Seybert

 

Jamie Drake

Jamie Drake

We often use green flowers in our designs as they represent optimism, renewal and good fortune and green bouquets add the perfect splash of color in any room.  So this spring, we’re seeing green and filling our home with these:

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