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A Gathering of Gift Guides

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Hostess Gifts

Kelly Market – Hostess Gifts

We have a confession to make (but please don’t tell the boys!)…  We haven’t begun to tackle our holiday shopping list and Christmas is less than three weeks away.  Thankfully, blogland is filled with helpful gift guides and boy, are they helpful!  Here are just a few we’ve been gathering…

Mimosa Lane - Stocking Stuffers

Mimosa Lane – Stocking Stuffers

La Dolce Vita - For the Decor-Obsessed

La Dolce Vita – For the Decor-Obsessed

Apartment34 - The Gwyneth Wannabe

Apartment34 – The Gwyneth Wannabe

Glitter - Gifts for the Foodie

Glitter Guide – Gifts for the Foodie

Like of Us - Manly Men Gifts

Like of Us – Manly Men Gifts

Now, if only there was a gift guide for the picky in-laws!  Any thoughts?  Wishing you a weekend of crossing things off your list…

Photo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Bernardaud Beauties

Friday, October 18th, 2013
Happy 150th!

Happy 150th!

Since we’ve spent the last two days showing our new Spring 2014 collections at Tabletop in New York, it’s only fitting that we honor an iconic French brand in the art of living which is turning 150 this year.  To celebrate this benchmark anniversary, Bernardaud commissioned a series of limited-edition plates designed by contemporary artists, photographers and filmmakers like Jeff Koons, David Lynch and Sophie Calle.

Michael Lin

Michael Lin

Nabil Nahas

Nabil Nahas

While porcelain from Limoges doesn’t necessarily evoke modern living, these plates are definitely not your grandmother’s china.  The artists were given free reign and the plates were their canvas.  And we have to admit, some are lovely in their design and others are, to be honest, a bit strange.

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons



The new collections were launched in May at a pop up store in Chelsea but they’re now available at the company’s flagship stores and at luxury retailers.  If you’re in the market for conversation pieces at the dinner table, better shop soon – a little bird told us they’re selling like hot cakes plates.

Table Art

Table Art

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Catalog Shopping with The Book

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Artful Giving

Artful Giving

This may be a bit premature but are you thinking of the holidays yet?  With Thanksgiving so late in November and one less week to shop before Christmas, we’re holding onto the catalogs that are already overflowing from our mailboxes.  The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book – The HeArt of Giving – is on the top of our pile and while we wouldn’t say no to any of the luxurious treats featured in it, we definitely have some favorites we’d like to share with Santa.

Clutch Happy

Clutch Happy

Glass House Guest Pass

Glass House Guest Pass

And since we are not selfish, we’ve also picked out some goodies that would please the boys (young and old!)

Tree Trimmings

Tree Trimmings



and a Movie!

and a Movie!

The countdown has begun…

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6


Pretty Tough

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Floral Grunge Top

Floral Grunge Top

Yup…  That sums up our day at the mall last week when we went shopping for updates to our fall wardrobe.  If we were a couple of decades years younger, we’d be all over the bohemian biker / floral grunge trend we saw at Zara.  But then again, as mothers of teenage sons, we certainly wouldn’t want to dress like their girlfriends (if we ever want to appear in public with them!)

Floral Biker Boot

Floral Biker Boot

In any event, we had fun trying on some pretty things with tough touches like studs, rivets and spikes…

Sweet Charity Mini Bag

Sweet Charity Mini Bag

Lost Innocence Choker

Lost Innocence Choker

And are thinking about adding some horn and nailheads to our homes, instead!

Urbino and Quadrifoglio Pillows

Urbino and Quadrifoglio Pillows

Fielding Bowl

Fielding Bowl

Are you finding this year’s fall fashions fun or funky?

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Naughty and Nice

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Devilish and Divine Derek

Anyone who’s read Derek Blasberg’s book Very Classy knows that even this jet-setting, party throwing, youngest-ever editor at large for Harper’s Bazaar thinks that it’s never too late to send a thank you note.

Valentine’s Day

From a young age, Derek’s mother instilled in him the value of written correspondence and to this day, he’s kept nearly every handwritten note he’s received.  We would, too, if they were holiday cards from Anna Wintour or thank you notes from Karl Lagerfeld!

Dinner Party

So it’s only appropriate that Derek would design a line of extremely funny and quirky cards for every occasion now available on Paperless Post.  While some of the greetings and invitations are too naughty to post (after all, our mother reads our blog!)…  others are really quite nice tame.

Housewarming Party


Still, we wonder if an email card counts as a handwritten note?  Hmm…


Photos: 1 – 6

Orange… The New Black?

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Winter Garden Skirt

Taking a cue from the new Netflix sensation, we’re thinking of adding a bit of orange to our basically black (with shades of gray) wardrobe this fall…  and not in the form of a prison jumpsuit!  And by a bit, we really do mean a small amount as we tend to play it safe when it comes to fashion.  But a tiny dose of orange does go a long way so a sensational skirt or chic clutch will do just fine…

Flamingos Pouch

Geranium Polish

Jolie Necklace

Spotted Butterfly Scarf

Take It or Leaf It Belt

Perhaps we’ll just start with our toes and work our way up.  Happy fashionable Friday the 13th to all!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Office Party

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Chic and Classy

Back to school and back to the office…  We often approach September like many approach the New Year – a time to set goals and focus on getting things done before the holiday season is upon us.  Since we spend more time at our desks than we do in any other space in our home, it makes sense to have our office be as pretty as possible.  It’s not fair that the kids get to do all the back to school shopping so we’ve pulled together some desktop accessories to make your work week chic!

Secret Garden Calendar

Bargello Frame

Downton Ivy Belly Bowl

Adorado Box

Pink Peony Blossom Gift

Thank you all for your patience and for allowing us to enjoy the last unofficial week of summer with our families…  We so appreciated the time to disconnect and reconnect.

Photos via Pinterest, Rifle Paper, Zhush, Jill Rosenwald, RabLabs and Diane James Home

Tumble 4 Ya

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Copo Tumblers

We get a crazy feeling that chases in our head…

Sorgento Tumblers

It’s nothing that you do to us, it’s nothing that you said…

Vita Tumbler

It’s love in stereo (after all, we are twins!) and when we can’t let go, we say…

Milk Dipped Tumblers

We’ll tumble 4 ya

DuraClear Tumblers

We’ll tumble 4 ya

American Thumbprint Tumblers

We’ll tumble 4 ya, we’ll tumble for you!

Lyrics by Culture Club and photos via RabLabs, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Anthropologie, Williams Sonoma, and the Met Museum Store

Fabulous Find: Kitchen Papers

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Pretty and Practical

Well, clearly our Wonder Woman powers haven’t kicked in yet given that we’re badly behind in our blogging.  What with our buying trip to Atlanta, a national regatta over the weekend, friends visiting from California and losing our admin assistant on Tuesday, we’ve had too much on our plates.  And speaking of plates…  We’re so excited about a new addition to Diane James HomeKitchen Papers!

Summer Setting Paper Placemats

We’ve been eyeing these beautiful, functional paper goods since last year and we finally placed an order.  Coming soon to our site will be stylish yet convenient placemat pads, pretty notepads and the most adorable cards with birds decked out in flower party hats.

Black and White Beauties

All of these beauties are designed and produced in the USA (we love that!) and a portion of sales benefits the Wonderful Life Foundation, an organization established by the company’s owners, Robbie and Angie Cook, to fight childhood cancer (even better!)

Fruit Coasters

Perfect for Parties

Now we can’t wait for things to settle down so we can throw a backyard party featuring some of these fab finds!

Backyard Party Note Pads

Are you having a fun summer so far?  We sure hope so!

Photos via Hester & Cook and Style Me Pretty

Artistic License

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Yangyang Pan – Flower on Wall

Art, like flowers, makes a room feel more personal, more lived in and now that our little renovation project is wrapping up (fingers crossed!), we’re on the hunt for a couple of paintings and/or prints for our new living room.  While we have no budget for “important” art (that’s what our mother calls the pieces her husband collects), we do want to invest in things we’ll love for a long, long time.  Pretty trumps “important” in our book and we think these artists might just fit the bill (as long as the bill fits the budget!)

Starla Michelle – Waiting Room 2

Kirra Jamison – Surrender Star

Yulia Brodskaya – PAPERgraphic

Cameron Schmitz – South Road II

Jessica Zoob – Midsummer Dreaming / Passion 2

Do you have a favorite artist or source for art?  We’d love to know!

P.S.  Have you see the “One Of A Kinds” at Anthropologie yet?  A great source for up and coming artists!

Photos via Yangyang Pan, Starla Michelle, Kirra Jamison, Yulia Brodskaya, Cameron Schmitz at The Drawing Room and Jessica Zoob