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It’s Memorial Day and summer’s on its way – what’s your mood?
Pronunciation: \ˈhwim-zi-kəl \
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Ahhh, Memorial Day… The unofficial start to summer. For some, this weekend means dusting off the white jeans and flip flops (you know who you are!) and for others, it means outdoor entertaining and visits to the local ice cream parlor!
We love to combine the best of both worlds and serve our guests handmade gelati and sorbets, but we’re hopeless when it comes to actually making it ourselves. That’s why we love Jeni Britton Bauer and her carefully crafted American ice creams.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams start with whole cream from a local dairy, Snowville Creamery. Then, Jeni, a trained French pastry chef, adds fresh ingredients grown in the Ohio countryside, responsibly-raised exotics from around the world and delightful delicacies (pralines, meringues, marshmallows – you name it!) made from scratch in her production kitchen. The result - heavenly ice creams and sorbets that are less sweet and more flavorful.
And the best part… Jeni ships her creations nationwide! For those of you who are more intrepid in the kitchen than we, Jeni has just come out with a cookbook with over 100 “Addictively Good Artisanal Recipes.” With flavors as fabulous as Backyard Mint, Riesling Poached Pear and Wildberry Lavender, you can delight yourself and your guests all summer long… We know we will!
… to Cottages & Gardens for hosting the 5th annual Innovation in Design Awards (the IDA’s for those in the know!) on Tuesday. Held at the Stamford Hilton in their Garden Pavilion, we dined under the stars (under a tent, at tables decorated with DuraLee fabric runners and Diane James flowers) amongst design stars and these little bees even had the honor of meeting Bunny Williams, Anthony Baratta, Philip Gorrivan and Matthew Patrick Smyth.
Needless to say, while the winners of each of the five categories (landscape, kitchen, bath, architecture and interior design) left with gorgeous Juliska trophies in hand, we left with stars in our eyes!
P.S. For more on the IDA’s, hop on over to Quintessence!
Wallflowers used to be shy and demure… but not anymore! These botanical beauties are the work of photographer Carl Pascuzzi and designer Phoebe Brandt, founders of EDGE Wallcoverings. Since “exceptional design goes everywhere” (ergo, EDGE), each of the company’s numerous patterns can be printed on five types of wallpaper (linen, canvas, sand, matte or residential) and used to cover a single wall, a ceiling or an entire room. Can’t you just imagine a powder room papered in petals?
Then again, perhaps you’re not ready to be so bold… These former wallflowers (yes, we were quite shy as kids!) would rather add an element of floral fantasy to our rooms with these pretty prints by fellow blogger and friend, Kelly Dunn – and the best part, we can hang them anywhere we want!
Kelly is about the launch her online store but in the meantime, you can see her lovely work on her blog, Style Attic.
So… do you have any wallflowers? If so, what kind – paper or print?
Photos via EDGE Wallcoverings and Kelly Dunn
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~ Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful
House Beautiful’s 500+ Favorite Paint Colors App available at an App store near you… Download it now and see how colorful your world can be!
Photos via House Beautiful
It’s Monday – what’s your mood?
Well-informed, having spiritual insight
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a Unique Story – that’s Boticca‘s tag line… and every piece they sell is as unique as it’s story. We’ve been a fan of this online site for quite a while (read our post here) so when we were contacted last week by Eliza, Boticca’s PR & Communications Director, to be a guest curator, we were beyond thrilled… and a little nervous. After all, some of the past curators include uber-chic fashion bloggers and stylists (yikes!)
Since it’s been raining all week long (yes, the weather does affect us emotionally around here!), we were inspired by “Summer in the Hamptons” for our curated collection. Choosing 6 or so pieces was easier said than done – the selection of jewelry, bags and accessories is amazing! We hope you enjoy our attempt at being Rachel Zoe for a day and feeling incredibly glamorous. Many thanks to Bottica for allowing us to look forward to summer in style!
P.S. If you’d like to read the article, please click here!
Photo via Boticca
… to Beth Greene, Vice President of Marketing, and her team at Kravet for organizing Blogfest 2011, three days of lunches, cocktails parties, tours and panel discussions celebrating the impact of bloggers on the design industry. No doubt a huge amount of work went into organizing the events and no detail went overlooked.
From the fabulous food and swag bags to the chance to hear editors and designers speak about their craft, to (finally!) getting to meet in person the bloggers we’ve been following for ages… We’d say Blogfest 2011 was a great success!
Photos via Kravet
When we toured the Designer Showhouse of Westchester in 2009 (read about it here), we fell in love with a room that was designed for a teenage boy. Given that we are mothers of boys, we were impressed by the how play of color and texture gave this room a masculine feel without being too macho. We made sure to note the designer’s name: Lara Michelle.
Needless to say, when we met Lara at the showhouse this year, we loved how she can also design a distinctively female environment and her master sitting room did not disappoint!
As a child, Lara always preffered crayons and paints to dolls or toys and developed her passion for design at Cornell, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and The New York School of Interior Design. Before launching her own firm in 1995, Lara apprenticed as a design assistant to many of New York’s top designers including Victoria Hagan, Penny Drue Baird and Marjorie Shushan.
If you do get to see Nirvana, stop by and see Lara’s work – she might inspire you to create a little haven for yourself inyour own home! And if you need a local designer, you know who to call…
Photos from Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors and yours truly