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October 2012

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Gilded Shelves


Pronunciation: /ˈôrē-it/

Highly ornamented; having the color gold.  Aerin Lauder’s golden touch extends beyond her beautiful office decorated by Jacques Grange and into home decor

P.S.  The winner of our Miles Redd book giveaway is Maureen!

Photo via Architectural Digest

The Latest Buzz

Well, If It Ain’t Baroque…

Dolce & Gabbana – Flowers and Cherubs

We’re off on our semi-annual shopping trip today to add some fall fashion to our wardrobes and we might just buy something a bit baroque this time.  While we absolutely love the opulence of Dolce & Gabbana’s new “Barocco” collection, we think it might be a bit much for the office.  Perhaps we’ll stick to baroque accessories instead…

Salvatore Ferragamo – Ribbon and Flower Necklace

Bulgari – Fall 2012 Scarf

Prada – Baroque Sunglasses

Carven – Baroque Booties

Versace – Baroque Bag

Happy fashionable Friday!

Photos via Swide, Net-a-Porter, and Saks


Wildlife Wonders: Fox and Owl

Foxy Family

It’s a jungle out there!  Well, not quite…  but it seems that the cooler days of fall bring out the wildlife around here.  The other day, we spotted a fox, a raccoon and a rafter of wild turkey, all on our way to work.  And the wild things aren’t just in our yards – they’re in the stores, too!

Foxy Friend

Foxy Fashion

Woodland creatures are on trend these days and the fox and the owl are taking center stage.  Even Burberry and Tory Burch couldn’t resist their charm!

Owl Paper

Owl Soap

Owl Clutch

Will you be walking on the wild side this fall?

P.S.  It’s not too late to enter our Miles Redd The Big Book of Chic giveaway.  Click here for details!

Photos via Ary Trays, Jonathan Adler, Net-a-Porter, Anthropologie and Gianna Rose


Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Some Dining Room!


Pronunciation: /təˈrifik/

Extremely good; excellent

P.S.  We thought this word would better than “some pig” which, along with “radiant” and “humble”, is another one of Charlotte’s praises for Wilbur.  Did you know that Charlotte’s Web turns 60 this month?

Photo via Anne Coyle


Pump(kin) It Up!

Pumpkin Placesettings

The weekend’s finally here and that means it’s pumpkin decorating time!  But there’s an ongoing debate as to whether we’re going to carve them this year or do something creative with glue, paint and glitter.

Etched Pumpkins

If we had our way, we’d keep it simple – carve them out and use them as a vase for flowers, or use paint pens (much neater than paint brushes!) and go wild.

Thorny Vines Pumpkin

Cut Out Pumpkins

Regardless, we’ll be inspired by all the pretty pumpkins that are being pinned these days…

Decoupage Pumpkins

Painted Pumpkins

How about you, are you a traditional carver or do you do your own thing?

Photos via Pinterest, Country Living and Alisa Burke

Giveaway, The Latest Buzz

Miles and Miles and Miles of Style: Giveaway

We’re Jumping Up and Down!

Can you guess where we’re going with thispost?  Just in case you haven’t heard, the very talented and debonair Miles Redd is coming to the Stamford’s Antique and Artisan Center tonight for a book signing and we’re beyond excited to meet him!

Chic and Classy

Making an Entrance

Known for his glamorous yet cozy interiors, Miles has been on his own since 1998 after learning about antiques and interior design from John Rosselli and Bunny Williams and trying his hand at painting in Lacoste, France.

Confidence in the Kitchen

We’re looking forward to pouring over Miles’ new book, The Big Book of Chic, which is filled with a broad range his eclectic interiors and is sure please.  How can you not love someone who doles out entertaining advice like “Have a stiff drink before anyone arrives.  If you’re having fun, everyone will have fun” or decorating advice like “Buy the best and you only cry once!”

Outdoor Haven in CT

Green with Envy

P.S.  How about we share Miles’ style with you and give away an autographed copy of his book?  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “Miles Redd” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, October 29.  Additional entries will be given if you “like” us on Facebook or mention the giveaway on Twitter @DianeJamesHome.

Photos via Assouline, Miles Redd, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and Splendid Sass


Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Soho Style in SoHo


Pronunciation: /freSH/

Attractively youthful, new or different…  We love Kit Kemp’s fun, contemporary take on classic English decor and would really like to spend a weekend at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York!  Wouldn’t you?

Photo via Firmdale Hotels

Fabulous Finds

The Velvet Touch

Christina Murphy – Velvet Day Bed

Growing up in the seventies in Belgium, velvet was a staple in our wardrobe and in our home.  From the little black velvet dresses with white lace collars and red sashes we wore every holiday season to the velvet covered sofas, daybeds and chairs that filled our country chateau, we’ve long admired a velvet touch.

Bottega Veneta – Floral Velvet for Fall 2012

Pierre Hardy – Velvet & Suede

Anthropologie – Ryan Bedding

Judging by what we’re seeing in home decor and on the runway, either velvet never really went out of style, or it’s making a comeback.  It’s the perfect accessory for the fall and we just love the cozy softness it brings to an outfit or home when the days get colder, especially in these autumnal hues!

Anna Maria Horner – Velvet Azalea Pillow

Bottega Veneta – Velvet Knot Intrecciato

Photos via House Beautiful, Bottega Veneta, Net-a-Porter, Anthropologie, Layla Grayce and Barney’s


A Pear Affair

Perfect Pears

There’s nothing sweeter or more enjoyable than biting into a perfectly ripe, juicy pear – their lusciousness has us wanting them on our menus all year long.  But they’re not so we make the most of them these days.  Whether served as an appetizer with blue or goat cheese

Pear and Blue Cheese Crostini

Pear and Goat Cheese Tower

or as dessert poached…

Poached Pears with Star Anise


Honeyed Baked Pears

or in our favorite tart, these delicious delights will be gracing our table this month.

Pear Tart

Are you a big fan of pears and if so, how do you pair them?

Photos via Pinterest


Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

In Living Color


Pronunciation: /ˈdaz(ə)liNG/

Extremely impressive, beautiful and skillful…  How else could we describe the amazingly talented Amanda Nisbet?  We can’t wait to get our hands on her new book!

Photo via Stylebeat