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A Pomegranate Primer

When Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring and fruit, was kidnapped and held captive by Hades in the underworld, she swore she would not eat until her release… but then she came across a pomegranate!

The Perfect Pomegranate - Martha Style!

The Perfect Pomegranate - Martha Style!

According to the myth, she devoured almost the entire fruit, leaving only six seeds, which forced Persephone to spend six months of the year in the underworld once she had been released.  The months she is away, her mother, Demeter, the goddess of harvest, grieves and the earth becomes barren and that’s why we have seasons (according to the Greeks, that is!)

Beautiful Pomegranate Bouquets

Beautiful Pomegranate Bouquets

Pomegranates remind us that as leaves are falling and the colors in our gardens fade,  spring will come again… until then, we hope these pomegranate pretties brighten your day!

Pomegranate Placecard Holders

Pomegranate Place Card Holders

Nigella Lawson's Pomegranate Ice Cream

Nigella Lawson's Pomegranate Ice Cream

K. Hall Pomegranate Soap

K. Hall Pomegranate Soap

Sferra Embroidered Napkins

Sferra Embroidered Napkins

Adam and Viktoria Pomegranate Pillows

Adam and Viktoria Pomegranate Pillows

Photos from Martha Stewart, Camilla Flowers, Party Resources, Nigella Lawson, Gracious Home, Gracious Style and Lisa Fontanarosa

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Turning Over A New Leaf

Who knew that when Turning Leaf launched their campaign “Discover the taste, the color”, they meant it literally.  The company’s “Designers In Residence” this year happen to be two of the most exciting new fashion designers walking the catwalk these days – Bruno Basso (a Brazilian) and Christopher Brooke (a Brit).

Fall 2010 Collection Inspired by Uzbekistan

Fall 2010 Collection Inspired by Uzbekistan

Since 2003 when the stylish pair met in a London nightclub (where they acquired a taste for wine?), Basso & Brooke have created collection after collection of eye-popping, form flattering styles influenced by their travels and created with wild graphics that are digitally printed onto their fabrics.

Michelle Obama in Basso & Brooke - Spring 2009

Michelle Obama in Basso & Brooke - Spring 2009

The duo’s latest collaboration (they’ve worked with Harrods, Converse, Swarovski and L’Oreal) took them to Turning Leaf’s vineyards in Sonoma where they learned more about the wine and were inspired by the delicate and complex art of winemaking.

Limited Edition Turning Leaf Bottles

Limited Edition Turning Leaf Bottles

While some might think that wine and fashion don’t have much in common, Basso and Brooke would disagree: Both wine and fashion can play a role in someone’s lifestyle, people care passionately about them (we know we do!) and both bring joy and delight to the consumer.

The Turning Leaf Collection on King's Road

The Turning Leaf Collection on King's Road

Needless to say, the outcome is a fabulous collection of colorful and quirky home accessories sold exclusively at the super hip store in London, The Shop at Bluebird on King’s Road.  From a classic French bergere to digitally printed wine tables and lampshades, the pieces are fun and functional.

Turning Leaf Printed Lampshades

Turning Leaf Printed Lampshades

A Folie Bergere

A Folie Bergere

Tailgate in Style

Tailgate in Style

We definitely recommend the picnic (or “dining”) kit which includes a printed silk quilt and cushions inside a lacquered case and a couple bottles of Turning Leaf Chardonnay for your next fall tailgate – wouldn’t you want to cheer on your favorite team in style?

Photos from Josephine Kimberling, OZ Evolving, and Turning Leaf

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Floral Fantasy for Fall

Miu Miu's Fall 2010 Campaign

Miu Miu's Fall 2010 Campaign

With a long weekend at the beach, we finally had the time to read Vogue (yes, the September Issue!), Harper’s Bazaar and Elle cover-to-cover and we now know how to add a little fabulousness to our fall wardrobe.  Though we love all the classic camel coats, feminine kitten heels and animal print accessories, it’s Miu Miu‘s Fall 2010 collection that might just get us shopping on Fashion’s Night Out.

Purple and Orange Frocks

Purple and Orange Frocks

And Eyes to Match!

And Eyes to Match!

We can’t decide if we want the colorful shift dresses with silver rosettes (very Mary Quant!)…

Would Love to Walk in These Shoes...

Would Love to Walk in These Shoes...

All Blossoms and Bows

All Blossoms and Bows

or the square-toed Edie Sedgwick pumps…

Bananas for These Belts!

Bananas for These Belts!

The Fab Fall Bag

The Fab Fall Bag

or the fab belts and bags!  In any case, this collection’s pre-hippie sixties vibe has us in a floral frenzy.  What are you doing to update your look this season?

Photos from Miu Miu, Harper’s Bazaar and Net-a-Porter

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File With Style

Henry Road Flower Power File Folders

Henry Road Flower Power File Folders

It’s that time of year when the summer winds down and all the wonderful warm memories of dinners “al fresco”, sand between the toes and afternoons reading in the garden get filed away to be pulled out when the weather cools and life gets a little hectic.  It’s also that time of year when we decide to be more organized and tackle those little tasks that we valiantly tried to get to but didn’t (who would choose a day of cleaning closets over a day at the beach??)  Filing is one of those jobs that always ends up at the bottom of our list but this fall, we’ve decided to file in style with these fashionable floral folders.

Kate's Paperie Pink & Green File Folders

Kate's Paperie Pink & Green File Folders

International Arrivals File Folders

International Arrivals File Folders

Blossom File Folders

Blossom File Folders

Cavallini & Co. Hydrangea File Folder

Cavallini & Co. Hydrangea File Folder

Caspari Mum File Folder

Caspari Mum File Folder

Whether it be paper or memories, what do you choose to file and how?

Photos from Barnes & Noble, Kate’s Paperie, Sam Flax, The Container Store and Caspari

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Haute Couture for the Home

It’s been a decade (or almost three!) since we packed up all of our belongings for college and in the mix was brand new Ralph Lauren bedding.  Back then, we thought it was so cool to have sheets bearing the name of a fabulous fashion designer.

Ralph Lauren Palm Harbor Bedding

Ralph Lauren Palm Harbor Bedding

Haute couture for the home has come a long way and it’s no surprise that fashion trends make the leap from the runway to your dining room, bedroom or living room within a season.  The most recent introductions come from the lovely ladies of Marchesa for Lenox…

Marchesa - Fall 2010

Marchesa - Fall 2010

Marchesa for Lenox - Floral Illustrations

Marchesa for Lenox - Floral Illustrations

the ever elegant Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa…

Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

Oscar's Runaway Success

and the divine Diane von Furstenberg for Springs Global.

Diane von Furstenberg Dresses a Bed

Diane von Furstenberg Dresses a Bed

We’re just waiting for the designers at Valentino to translate his iconic Petale pattern into something haute for the home!

Valentino Petale and a Sicis Settee

Valentino Petale and Carla Tolomeo's Settee

P.S.  For more fashion for the home beauty, visit the American Fashion Designers at Home Showhouse benefitting the CFDA starting September 21 in New York City.  Read more about the event here!

Photos from Macy’s, Style.com, Bloomingdales, Elle Decor, WWD, Style Hive and Maison.com

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Divine Design: Kevin O’Brien Studio

The great thing about changing our location on Pier 94 during the New York International Gift Fair is meeting a new group of designers and discovering their wares for the first time.  When the handsome Kevin O’Brien walked by our booth wearing the most beautiful raw silk shirt in an unusual shade of blue (a cross between turquoise and lapis lazuli), we had to stop him and ask about it.  “Well, I dyed the fabric myself in Nepal and had the shirt made!” was his response.

Pretty Pillows All in a Row at Kevin O'Brien's Booth

Pretty Pillows All in a Row at Kevin O'Brien's Booth

Of course, that led to a half-hour discussion about Nepal and Vietnam, the amazing artisans there who create the most gorgeous designs and the vision to turn these fabrics into a collection of handmade decorative pillows, bedding, robes and even yoga accessories.

Divine Devore Velvet Pillows

Divine Devore Velvet Pillows

A born artist, Kevin abandoned a career in architecture to pursue his lifelong passion – to paint.  But when he realized that novice painters don’t sell many paintings, he followed the recommendation of a friend and began to paint on fabric.  Barney’s NY saw his talent and placed their first order…  and as they say, the rest is history.

Aqua, Pink/Gold and Wildberry Colors

Aqua, Pink/Gold and Wildberry Colors

Aqua and Grass Colors

Aqua and Grass Colors

With studios in Woodstock, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, Kevin now runs a business that has as its mission to make things a little better for everyone who come into contact with its products, its people and its conduct.  We certainly think his designs are divine and with such beauty and integrity, who could ask for anything more?

Hydrangea Bedding

Hydrangea Bedding

Photos from yours truly and Kevin O’Brien Studio

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Quatrefoil Follies

While we’re on the subject of leaves, it seems that we’re seeing quatrefoils everywhere these days (quatrefoil meaning “four leaves”.)  Perhaps it’s because we’re currently engrossed in the TV mini-series of Ken Follett’s book “Pillars of the Earth” about the building of a Gothic cathedral in England…

Quatrefoil Window in Chiswick, England

Quatrefoil Window in Chiswick, England

or all the photos we see of Reece Witherspoon wearing her favorite Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace…

Reese Witherspoon and her Alhambra Necklace

Reese Witherspoon and her Alhambra Necklace

More likely, it’s all the great furniture and home decor that uses this shape to symbolize harmony, symmetry and proportion… 

Julian Chichester -  Anna Lantern

Julian Chichester - Anna Lantern

Go Home - Quatrefoil Mirror

Go Home - Quatrefoil Mirror

Ironies - Asilah Bed

Ironies - Asilah Bed

Original Mission Tile - Roseton

Original Mission Tile - Roseton

Oomph - Tini Tables

Oomph - Tini Tables

Shades of Light - Quatrefoil Metal Lamp Shades

Shades of Light - Quatrefoil Metal Lamp Shades

Wonder if any of these pieces are lucky?

Photos from Wikipedia, The Fashion Mapie, Van Cleef & Arpels, Julian Chichester, Hamptontoes, Ironies, Original Mission Tile, The Zhush, Oomph and Shades of Light

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Let’s Go Shopping: WA

WA's Harmonious Garden

WA's Harmonious Garden

As you stroll down the busy and often very colorful Commercial Street in the center of Provincetown, MA, you might hear the tinkle of Japanese wind chimes if you listen very closely.  And if you (like us!) follow the enchanting sound, you’ll find yourself walking down a narrow alley lined with potted apple espaliers and cattails and into the most serene and lovely garden belonging to WA.

Japanese Lantern in WA's Garden

Japanese Lantern in WA's Garden

We stumbled upon WA during our week on the Cape and couldn’t help but be drawn into it’s peaceful world.  WA means “harmony” in Japanese and that is exactly the feeling you get when you step into this beautiful store filled with a broad range of home accessories from different cultures and styles.  Tom Rogers created this haven of Asian design in 1996 after a ten-year career as a floral designer in Boston, and his artful approach is seen in his natural, harmonious displays of carefully edited merchandise.

Butterflies, Beetles and Beautiful Objects

Butterflies, Beetles and Beautiful Objects

We were delighted to see framed beetles and butterflies by our friend Christopher Marley (of Pheromone), luxury scents by Esteban Paris and table settings by Chilewich layered among the antique furniture and art sourced by Tom from China, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.

Green Tea Collection by Esteban Paris

Green Tea Collection by Esteban Paris

Of course, all the kids wanted to do was to run their fingers through the flowing wall fountains – be warned, this is definitely one of those stores where you’ll be saying “Don’t touch!” every minute or two!  Better yet, explore this store without the kids and emerge relaxed, recharged and revitalized… and hopefully, having bought a little harmony for your home.

Blue Slate and Copper Wall Fountains

Blue Slate and Copper Wall Fountains

Antique Statues and Vase on Ornamental Chest

Antique Statues and Vase on Ornamental Chest

For more information about WA, the store and the garden, please visit their website and read Tom’s blog – The WA Journal.

Photos by yours truly

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Fabulous Find: Rocio Bags

Melanie Boulch in The Atlantan

Melanie Boulch in The Atlantan

Last week, we had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Melanie Boulch of Audace Et Insolite at our favorite new bistro in Atlanta (read all about our trip here.)  Not only is she a native Parisian tastemaker (and so very chic!), she also distributes Rocio, the most fabulous line of handbags and clutches.

Paris Bag

Paris Bag

Collette Chic Bag

Collette Chic Bag

Made entirely from sustainable acacia softwood and natural materials, Rocio bags are the perfect accessory for glamorous girls who are looking for eco-luxury without sacrificing style.  And with names like Audrey, Coco, Collette and Paloma, they know they’ll be in good fashionable company!

Ladybug Bags - Classic, Small and Clutch

Ladybug Bags - Classic, Small and Clutch

Designer Rocio Olbes launched her company in London in 2006 and the collection is now sold in over 35 countries at some of the world’s most exclusive stores including Henri Bendel, Harvey Nichols and Isetan.

Kylie Suede and Wood Bag

Kylie Suede and Wood Bag

Paloma Bag

Paloma Clutch

We know what we want for Christmas – to turn heads in the street and stop people in their tracks with a Rocio work of art!  Wouldn’t you?

Pearl Sparrow Clutch

Pearl Sparrow Clutch

 

Photos from Audace Et Insolite and Rocio

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Show Me The Goods…

We’re back from the Atlanta Gift Show with lots of wonderful stems and vases for our new Spring/Summer 2011 collection.  Even in this challenging economy, designers are still introducing new product and we’re happy to say that the showrooms were busy.

HomArt - An Array of Allium

HomArt - An Array of Allium

One of our perennial favorite sources of inspiration is HomArt– not only because Dave Thomas, one of the owners, strolls the streets of the Marais in Paris for the latest and greatest in home decor trends, but also because the showroom never fails to please the senses.

HomArt - Bring on The Dirt

HomArt - Bring on The Dirt

We especially loved this season’s garden theme with metal wind charms, wall vases and hanging terrariums.

HomArt - Glorious Garden

HomArt - Glorious Garden

HomArt - Wall Spheres

HomArt - Wall Spheres

Another great place to find a colorful mix of unique gifts and accessories is Diana White and Associates.  For over 32 years, Diana has hand-picked products that exemplify both style and originality and displays them in a charming fashion.

Diana White - Jan Sevadjian Albums

Diana White - Jan Sevadjian Albums

Diana White - Harvey & Strait Napkins

Diana White - Harvey & Strait Napkins

Finally, a trip to the Atlanta show without a visit to La Maisonette for that certain “je ne sais quoi” would truly be a waste.  Jean and Portia Marque’s lively French Jacquards, custom-designed lamps and hand-made Louis XVI style furniture are beautifully presented in a boutique-like setting.

La Maisonette - Jacquards, Lamps and Furniture

La Maisonette - Jacquards, Lamps and Furniture

After a full day of shopping, we stopped by what has become our favorite little “resto – cafe – bar a vins” down the street from the Mart for the most delicious French fare and a chilled bottle of Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes de Provence.  We were so excited when we found out that the Bastille Day menu included cuisses de grenouilles, feuillete d’escargots and moules et frites that we came back the next day – what better way to celebrate French independence than with “liberte, fraternite andbeaucoup de rose!”

Chicken Liver Toast -Yum!

Chicken Liver Toast -Yum!

Tarte Tatin with Rosemary Ice Cream - Double Yum!

Tarte Tatin with Rosemary Ice Cream - Double Yum!

We’ve been sworn to secrecy by many of our vendors not to divulge the name of this cozy neighborhood bistro (after all, they have to spend a week selling their wares in crowded showrooms and deserve a quiet dinner!) but if you email us and plead, we might let you know how to find it!

Photos from yours truly, La Maisonette and a restaurant that will go unnamed for now!