Archive for June, 2010

Snap Up A Polaroid

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Last week, Sotheby’s sold 1,200 works from the Polaroid Collection of Photography in what had become a very controversial auction.  Up for bid were images by legendary artists and photographers (Ansel Adams, David Hockney, Andy Warhol to name a few) going back to the 1940′s.

Luigi Ghirri - "Still Life" (Flowers)

Luigi Ghirri - "Still Life" (Flowers)

The sale, part of Polaroid’s bankruptcy court order, raised $12 million, surpassing Sotheby’s high estimate of $10.7 million, even when nine lots were pulled at the last minute over concerns about the company’s right to sell the pictures.  Some artists felt they had loaned the works to Polaroid in exchange for film and cameras while others, like Chuck Close, thought that the work would end up in a museum and not at auction.

Ansel Adams - Pine Branches, Yosemite Valley

Ansel Adams - Pine Branches, Yosemite Valley

Regardless of the controversy, we would have loved to have seen the entire Sotheby’s building taken over by photographs – imagine over 400 Ansel Adams landscapes decorating the walls!  And though the images ranged from the traditional to the downright strange, we did find some favorites with a botanical twist.

Imogen Cunningham - "Leaves"

Imogen Cunningham - "Leaves"

Paul Caponigro - "Selected Nature Studies"

Paul Caponigro - "Selected Nature Studies"

Harry Callahan - 'Trees and Mist' (Chicago, Trees in Snow)

Harry Callahan - 'Trees and Mist' (Chicago, Trees in Snow)

Gyorgy Kepes - 'Selected Still Life Studies'

Gyorgy Kepes - 'Selected Still Life Studies'

Photos from Sotheby’s

Monday Mood

Monday, June 28th, 2010

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Tom Stringer Design Partners

Tom Stringer Design Partners

Glamorous

Excitingly atttractive

Photo from Traditional Home

Summer Inspiration: Sand & Sea

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Country homes come in all shapes and sizes and our mother’s cottage in East Hampton is certainly no Winterthur!  But it is surrounded by a pretty garden and is walking distance from the sea.  This summer, we wanted to feature the soft blues of the ocean which we find so calming, the crisp white of breaking waves and the natural tones of sand and stones.

Antonia Tyz Peeples - "Summer Day"

Antonia Tyz Peeples - "Summer Day"

Casablanca Lily Gift

Casablanca Lily Gift

The Sand & Sea collection (now available on Diane James Home!) contrasts pale blue hydrangea and crisp white lilies with turquoise ceramic planters and pebble-shaped vases.  We even had the manufacturer of our naturally mossed terra cotta pots make a giant clam shell to hold our vanda orchids for that fresh from the beach style!

Antonia Tyz Peeples - "7 PM"

Antonia Tyz Peeples - "7 PM"

Sand & Sea Bouquet

Sand & Sea Bouquet

But we think you don’t have to have a beach house to have one of these as a Diane James design is always at home – not matter where you live!

Antonia Tyz Peeples - "Emerald Wave"

Antonia Tyz Peeples - "Emerald Wave"

Vanda in Clam Shell

Vanda in Clam Shell

Photos from Charlestown Gallery and Diane James Home

Let’s Go Shopping: Ocean House Home

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

For those of you who are spending some time at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI, this summer and need a little time away from all the luxuries the hotel has to offer, just down the road and next to the best coffee in town (brewed hourly by Betsy at Watch Hill Coffee Company) is Ocean House Home.

Ocean House Home

Ocean House Home

Housed in what was once an antique brick firehouse, Ocean House Home is now the new shopping destination for locals and visitors alike.  Whether you’re looking for a perfect hostess gift, have to have the latest in swimwear or just need to spruce up your home or wardrobe, this is the place!

Home Accessories Galore!

Home Accessories Galore!

Lovely Living Topiaries and Lilly Pulitzer Swimwear

Lovely Living Topiaries and Lilly Pulitzer Swimwear

With lovely luxuries like Balbianello cashmere wraps, Patricia Spratt Home table linens and Seda France candles and room fragrances, who go wrong?

Fabulous Fragrance and Snappy Shoes

Fabulous Fragrance and Snappy Shoes

And let’s not forget the latest fashions by Tory Burch, Elizabeth McKay, Manuel Canovas and Lilly Pulitzer with Meg Carter jewelry to accessorize in style!

Tennis or Golf Anyone?

Tennis or Golf Anyone?

If tearing yourself away from the serene and elegant atmosphere of the Ocean House hotel is too much trouble – you’re in luck!  Ocean House Home also has a boutique in the lobby.  So get your credit cards out, girls, and let’s go shopping!

Ocean House Home Boutique

Ocean House Home Boutique

Photos from your truly

 

 

Monday Mood

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Nantucket Home Designed by Lynn Morgan

Nantucket Home Designed by Lynn Morgan

Easy

Pronunciation: \ˈē-zē\

a: marked by peace and comfort
b: not hurried or strenuous

“Summertime, and the living is easy.”

Photo from Lynn Morgan

The Ocean House Reopens!

Friday, June 18th, 2010
Ocean House - Viewed from the Front

Ocean House - Viewed from the Front

As you come around the bend on Westerly Road heading southwest toward the quaint seaside town of Watch Hill, RI (once known as the Queen of Atlantic Resorts), you’re bound to stop dead in your tracks (or slam on the brakes!) as the magnificent Ocean House hotel comes into view.

Ocean House - View From The Beach

Ocean House - View From The Beach

At least, that’s what we did last week as we arrived  with our car full of flowers for the “Show Your Cause – Designer Showhouse Benefit” which took place at the hotel to celebrate its grand reopening.

Ocean House - View of the Tower Suite

Ocean House - View of the Tower Suite

Ocean House - Outdoor Seating

Ocean House - Outdoor Seating

Ocean House - Steps to the Beach

Ocean House - Steps to the Beach

While we had read a number of articles on the new Ocean House and how Chuck Royce, the owner, had invested a certain sum to restore the 1868 hotel to its classic Victorian-era grandeur, nothing prepared us for the quiet elegance and beauty that enveloped us as soon as we walked through the majestic front doors.

Ocean House - Lobby

Ocean House - Lobby

Describing this renovation as a labor of love is an understatement.  After decades of structural damage, the hotel had to be entirely demolished before it could be built again.  Fortunately, the Royces, intent on preserving the hotel’s historical features, salvaged over 5,000 artifacts from the original building which were then restored or replicated in the new resort.  These include original fixtures such as windows and doors, a reception desk, an elevator, a phone booth and even a fireplace.

Ocean House - Seasons Restaurant

Ocean House - Seasons Restaurant

Ocean House - Ladies' Room

Ocean House - Ladies' Room

The golden age of hospitality is captured in every detail – from the serene decor (thanks to devine designer Peter Niemitz, who understands that history is to be honored, especially by the sea), to the kind and accomodating staff, to the little touches such as cashmere throws draped over the rocking chairs on the porch and the bigger gestures, like having a croquet pro on hand to help guests with their game.

Ocean House - Rocking Chair in Porch

Ocean House - Rocking Chair on the Porch

Ocean House - "Hotdog Shack" on the Beach

Ocean House - "Hotdog Shack" on the Beach

We even loved the use of the Ocean House logo “OH” on many the architectural details – since everywhere we went, we said “OH, how lovely!” and “OH, how charming!” and “OH, how beautiful.”

Ocean House - OH Chandeliers

Ocean House - OH Chandeliers

Ocean House - Railing on Back Stairs

Ocean House - Railing on Back Stairs

Needless to say, we were enchanted by the Ocean House and can’t wait to return as guests instead of trunk show participants.  Stay tuned for more on the Designer Showhouse Benefit and the new store, Ocean House Home!

Photos by yours truly

A Fete A La Cezanne

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

It is such a coincidence that Catherine at The Shiny Pebble is having a Link Party today since we are knee-deep in party plans for a very special (soon-to-be!) octogenarian.  Walt is a contemporary artist with a life-long passion for Cezanne.  As a young man, he fell in love with Provence and Bibemus, the quarry Cezanne painted in the late 1800′s, and when he (Walt, that is) retired to the Berkshires, he named his home after that special place.

Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bibemus Quarry - Cezanne, c. 1897

Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bibemus Quarry - Cezanne, c. 1897

While we would have loved to have thrown our Pink + Orange party for Walt, we decided that a French provincial dinner would be the best way to celebrate the big day.  Inspired by Cezanne’s paintings, we will be using French Jacquard and woven plaid tablecloths from Primitive Artisan and decorating the tent with rice paper lanterns.

Tablecloths in Bisque Rust and Sunrise

Tablecloths in Bisque Rust and Sunrise

Rice Paper Lanterns

Rice Paper Lanterns

Sunflowers are a must and we will be creating centerpieces (faux, of course, so that guests have something to take home with them) along with grape leaf garlands for the tent poles.

Carolyn Roehm with Sunflowers

Carolyn Roehm with Sunflowers

As Walt is quite the chef, we thought some of our favorite Ina Garten recipes would do the trick, especially if they’re from her book inspired by Paris.

Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten

Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten

And the piece-de-resistance will be a custom cake made by our local Bedford Bakery (owned by a Frenchman, bien sur!) and decorated with fondant images of Walt’s paintings.

"Nine of Them: Pages from the New York Diary"

"Nine of Them: Pages from the New York Diary"

Fortunately, this party isn’t a suprise since we totally spilled the beans!

We know you all are dying to read about our trip to the Ocean House and the next post certainly won’t disappoint.  Stay tuned!

P.S.  Don’t forget to pop on over to The Zhush to read all about our Summer Style Secrets!

Photos from Quarry Scapes, Primitive Artisans, Cultural Intrigue, Veranda, Amazon and Walter Thompson Art

Monday Mood

Monday, June 14th, 2010

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

The Ocean House Restaurant Designed by Peter Niemitz

The Ocean House Restaurant Designed by Peter Niemitz

Revived

Pronunciation: ri-ˈvīv’ed

To restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state : bring back

Photo from the Ocean House

Trunk Show at The Ocean House

Sunday, June 6th, 2010
Libby Black - Suitcases Sculpture

Libby Black - Suitcases Sculpture

We’ve packed our trunks and are taking the show on the road!  Come see our Summer Collection at the beautifully renovated Ocean House Hotel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Tuesday, June 8 through Friday, June 11
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1 Bluff Avenue
Watch Hill, RI

Hope to see you there!

Photo from Libby Black

Hello Mother, Hello Father…

Friday, June 4th, 2010

As we begin get out the trunks and pack our boys up for summer camp, we can’t help but be a bit jealous.  Who wouldn’t want to spend some time by a lake - waterskiing and horseback riding, doing craft projects and improvisational skits, singing songs by the campfire and making shadow puppets for nightly entertainment (the cabins have no electricity – yikes!)?  And while we’ll miss them a whole bunch, we know they’ll come back with smiles on their faces, loads of stories and dirty laundry and perhaps a friendship bracelet or two, some tie-dye t-shirts, and (dare we hope?) a macrame cozy or pan holder…

Patchwork - Himilayan Snow Pillow

Patchwork - Himilayan Snow Pillow

Paper Crafts - Daisy Chain Necklace

Paper Crafts - Daisy Chain Necklace

Weaving - Patricia Urquiola Crinoline Chair

Weaving - Patricia Urquiola Crinoline Chair

Metal Shop - Desert Rose Locker

Metal Shop - Desert Rose Locker

Tie-Dye - Aurora Bowl

Tie-Dye - Aurora Bowl

Macrame - Knotted Milati Hanging Chair

Macrame - Knotted Milati Hanging Chair

Photos from Sylvie Pillows, EmersonMade, Premiere Designers, FT – How To Spend It, Elle Decor and Anthropologie