Summer temps are upon us and we haven’t had a chance to clean out our closets and make room for some sensational summer styles! Are you ready for summer weather?
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Victorious or charming… You take your pick!
Photo via Pinterest
Our adventures in New York on Wednesday led to many encounters with wonderful designers, some established stars and others, rising stars. Having been fans of Young Huh’s work ever since we saw it in the pages of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, we were so excited to actually meet her in person at the TradHome party.
A local, award-winning, talent with (her Scarsdale, NY home where ”Marie Antoinette meets Jean Michel Frank” won her an Innovation in Design Award in 2011), Young’s style of mixing the old with the new allows her to infuse a fresh creative edge to her interiors. And as a mother of three, Young understands the need to balance chic design with kid-friendly furnishings.
Juggling both career and family life is no small feat for Young, especially since some of her projects take her to places beyond the tri-state area… We don’t know how she does it all with such grace and humor and perhaps that’s why we connected so well with her!
Whatever her secret is, Young is definitely shooting for the stars and we’ll be looking for more of her divine design…
“If you don’t go, you won’t know!” has been our motto ever since we took over the helm of our mother’s business yet as busy mom-preneurs with teenage sons, getting out from behind the computer or stove is a feat. That’s why we try to hit as many places and parties when we do get out and today we’re joining blogging buddy Sue from The Zhush for some adventures in the big city.
It’s Spring Market at the D & D Building so our first stop will be Schumacher where the dynamic duo, Mary McDonald and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard of Million Dollar Decorators, will be sharing their inspirations and creative insights in a discussion moderated by Jason Chen, home furnishings editor at Departures Magazine.
Since we’re still shopping for furniture and light fixtures for the new living room, we’ll drag Sue to several other showrooms to get her thoughts on some of our top picks, and end up to 200 Lexington to celebrate the release of the TRADhome spring issue with Ann Maine at Desiron.
Do you pack it all in when you get a day “off” from the office?
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Pure, tidy and spotless – which is exactly the opposite of what our house is right now under construction… The bright side – there are less rooms to clean!
Photo via H&G Living Beautifully
Imagine our surprise when our boys asked if we could spend Mother’s Day afternoon making a terrarium together… Then we found out that they would get extra credit in science if they complete the assignment!
Regardless of why they want to get their hands dirty and plant little botanical beauties in a jar, we think it’s a great idea – especially since we get to drag them to Terrain for the afternoon!
And while we’re there, why not treat ourselves to some Mother’s Day gifts…
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~ George Cooper
How are you celebrating Mom this weekend?
Photos via Terrain
Styling a look book with the super talented team of Ashlina from The Decorista and photographer Michelle James on Monday was such fun and the fact that our friend, Sue, from The Zhush graciously lent us her gorgeous home was the icing on the cake.
We’ve been dying to do a look book with Ashlina and it’s been a year in the making. In preparation for the shoot, Ashlina had us pull our favorite vignettes for inspiration and create coordinated looks to fit the settings.
Once we unloaded two car loads of flowers and botanically inspired gifts, Ashlina went to work creating vignettes all over the house. From the powder room, to the bar, to the front hall table and the living room coffee table, she created looks that brought our designs to life.
Watching Ashlina work was a real treat and she shared so much about her creative process… Ever mindful of color and pattern, she likes to use odd numbers in her settings and loves putting unexpected objects in her shots.
We even overheard Ashlina discuss with Michelle the type of girl who would live in the environments she created – the blue powder room shot was definitely a single girl in the city while the pink powder room shot belonged to a married lady in the country.
After a busy day of primping and posing, we called it a wrap in Sue’s beautiful garden with the sun shining and bees buzzing in the bushes… All in all, a very productive and wonderful day!
Something about early May brings a spring to our step… The weather warms, the flowers bloom, we celebrate yet another birthday and the Kentucky Derby is always a great excuse for a party. We’re also mindful as we age that we need to try to live in the moment and have fun, even as time seems to speed up exponentially. The words of Dan Fogelberg’s iconic song are especially appropriate today…
And it’s run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment’s at hand
It’s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it’s high time you joined in the dance
It’s high time you joined in the dance.
Will you be dancing this weekend with a spring in your step? We hope so!
Once upon a time, a beautiful young princess was banished from her home, the mystical kingdom, to the woods where butterflies flew and flower petals fell, mirroring the seasons of our life, the choices we make and the beauty that emerges from the darkest places.
This fairy tale by “it” designer Misha Nonoo (her clients include SJP, Gwenyth, Blake Lively and Linda Fargo) inspired her new collaboration, a capsule collection of evening gowns made with hand-painted de Gournay silks.
When we saw pictures of this collection on Misha’s Pinterest board, we had to dig a little deeper and fell upon a great time lapse video of what went on behind the scenes. Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, the very talented duo behind Ann Street Studio, are responsible for these delightful images which capture the ethereal essence of the tale.
With fresh anemones strewn across the furniture and floor, crowns made by stylist Kelly Framel from The Glamourai and of course, a spectacular backdrop of de Gournay wallpaper, these gowns take on a life of their own.
Oh, to be so glamorous while living in the woods!