Archive for the ‘Fabulous Finds’ Category

Blue and White at the Beach

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Mosaic Beach Towel

Mosaic Beach Towel

Who doesn’t love blue and white in the summer months?  We know it’s a favorite color combination for many bloggers (ahem… Tina, Jeanne and Julie you know who you are!) and we have to admit, it’s one of ours, too.  Inside or out, blue hues work beautifully with crisp, clean whites.  With one of us packing her bags for some fun in the sun in the south of France, we thought we’d send her off with some goodies for the beach…

Baja Swimsuit

Baja Swimsuit

Honey III Flip Flop

Honey III Flip Flop

Wave Tote

Wave Tote

Stella Tunic

Stella Cover-up

Beach Read

Beach Read

P.S.  We hear The Vacationers is a beach book – has anyone read it yet?

Photos: towelswimsuit, flip flops, tote, cover-up, book

Juicy Fruits

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Juicy Ice Cubes

Juicy Ice Cubes

There nothing more refreshing in the summertime than taking a bite into a juicy strawberry or a cold, sweet slice of melon…  Just typing the title of this post is making our mouth water!  Fruit of all shapes and sizes come into season between May and July and we can’t think of a better way to stay healthy and hydrated.  And while we love taking advantage of this delectable produce at the farmers’ market, we’ve found some other juicy fruits we think are delicious.

C. Wonder - Citrus Fruit Tray

Citrus Fruit Tray

West Elm - Bright Shapes Melamine Plates

Bright Shapes Melamine Plates

Citrus Cocktail Stirrers

Citrus Cocktail Stirrers

Pineapples Print

Pineapples Print

Siret Fruit Bandeau

Siret Fruit Bandeau

Happy fruity Friday!  June is just around the corner…

Photos: ice cubes, tray, plates, stirrers, print and top

Planting Seeds From Dusk Till Dawn

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Early Shades Colors

Early Shades Colors

It’s no surprise that we have black thumbs so these boxed beauties would be a bit of a challenge for us but for all the green thumbs out there, they might be just the thing for you or make the perfect gift for Mom.  Coloni, a Swedish gardening company founded in 2010, creates plant seed mixes according to a theme, much like a fashion designer would for a runway collection (and like we do for our own seasonal lines.)

Early Shades Seed Mix

Early Shades Seed Mix

Coloni’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, From Dusk Till Dawn, includes three mixes capturing different times of day.  Early Shades has flowers that open to the morning sun like apple blossom bush and poppies, while Harvest Noon has meadow grasses…

Harvest Noon Colors

Harvest Noon Colors

Harvest Noon Seeds

Harvest Noon Seeds

and Into the Night consists of exotic, shade-loving blooms such nemopila and collinsia (also known as Purple Chinese Houses.)

Into The Night Colors

Into the Night Colors

We can just imagine a garden planted with these blooms and watch as the flowers open and close throughout the day…  That is, if we ever got the seeds to grow.  Perhaps next year we can even give our mother a real bouquet…

Into the Night Seeds

Into the Night Seeds

Are you “digging” these seed mixes?  Hope your weekend is filled with garden fun and wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Photo: 1 – 6

Rethinking Raffia

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Stuart Weitzman - Hoopla Wedge and Oncross Wedge

Stuart Weitzman – Hoopla Wedge and Oncross Wedge

When we saw these great Stuart Weitzman shoes, we decided to rethink raffia…  Not only is it the material we use to secure the moss around our orchid stems when we tie them to bamboo stakes (a little detail which really does make our orchids look real), raffia’s played a role in fashion and home decor for centuries.

Deborah Rhodes - Raffia Flower Placemat

Deborah Rhodes – Raffia Flower Placemat

Raffia comes from the underside of raffia palm fronds and the long fibers can be dyed and woven into textiles or kept natural and used as string.  In celebration of Earth Day this week, we thought we’d round up some of our favorite raffia finds for you.  We especially love this Tory Burch satchel with raffia sides…

Tory Burch - Madura Attersee Satchel

Tory Burch – Madura Attersee Satchel

and of course, anything raffia covered from Oomph!

Oomph - Harbour Island Side Table

Oomph – Harbour Island Side Table

And if wearing raffia isn’t your thing…

Elaine Turner - Raffia Hat

Elaine Turner – Raffia Hat in Cornflower Blue

you could always opt for a playsuit with a raffia print.

Sea - Lace Trimmed Faux Raffia Playsuit

Sea – Lace Trimmed Faux Raffia Playsuit

Now, back to tying up some orchids!  Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

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

Oscar in the Garden

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Garden Goodies

Garden Goodies

If you follow OscarPRGirl on Pinterest like we do, you’d know that Oscar de la Renta is an avid gardener and expert in all things lovely and botanical…  Just take a peek at his beautiful properties in Kent, CT and Punta Cana.  So it’s no surprise that this divine designer has collaborated with The New York Botanical Gardens to create a limited-edition home collection due out in early May (alas, not in time for Easter brunch but perfect for Mother’s Day!)

Green Goodies

Green Goodies

Pairing botanical artwork handpicked from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Rare Book Collections with bright, modern design, these new pieces will add a lively touch to any party.  Our favorites include pretty peony cocktail plates,

Pretty Peonies

Pretty Peonies

a terrific trellis tray,

Terrific Tray

Terrific Tray

a whimsical salt and pepper set,

Salt and Pepper

Summer House Salt and Pepper

and a sweet French melon bowl with cover.

French Melon Bowl

French Melon Bowl

Wouldn’t these be perfect for a spring garden party on the terrace?

Photos: 1 – 6

Mug Shots

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Early Bird Mug

Early Bird Mug

One of our greatest pleasures now that the mornings are warming up is to bring our coffee out to the terrace and salute the sun as it comes over the ridge.  Granted, we’re still wearing furry slippers and a down vest, but it’s truly a great way to start the day.  And boy, do we love our morning coffee so the bigger the mug, the better!  Luckily, ours are HUGE but not very pretty so we gathered some of our favorite mug shots here to consider.

Arboretum Mugs

Arboretum Mugs

Monogram Mug

Monogram Mugs

With a Twist Mugs

With a Twist Mugs

Amazonia Mug

Amazonia Mug

Blue Fluted Mugs

Blue Fluted Mega Mugs

What do you think of our lineup?

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

Stationery That Pops

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Topiary Card

Topiary Card

We’re finally in the last week of February and spring is just four weeks away…  That means we’ll be coming out of hibernation and actually saying yes to social events, and planning some of our own.

Butterfly Card

Butterfly Card

It’s time to put away the holiday themed cards and invest in some springtime stationery to say thank you or wish someone a happy birthday.  Top on our list is the new line of pop-up, laser cut cards by our great friend and the queen of entertaining, Kim Seybert.

Balloon Card

Balloon Card

Available at Neiman Marcus and Caspari, as well as on Kim’s own website, these lovely note cards come in a box of six and would make the perfect hostess gift.  And what a wonderful way to let someone know you appreciate them, too!

Birthday Card

Birthday Card

Congratulations Card

Congratulations Card

Thank You Card

Thank You Card

Is spring popping up in your neighborhood yet?

Photos: 1 – 6

Sweet Hearts

Friday, February 7th, 2014
Red Hot Macarons

Red Hot Macarons

Valentine’s Day is a week away and while we’re not ones to really celebrate the holiday, we know that many of you do so here are some our heartfelt picks for your special someone…  For all of you whose love is just starting to bloom,

Sacre Coeur Heart Vase

Sacre Coeur Heart Vase

to those who still sparkle after many years…

Mini Heart Sparkler

Mini Heart Sparkler

and for the “ball heart and chain” in you life…

Patmos Heart Necklace

Patmos Heart Necklace

or the one who wears her heart on her sleeve chest…

Heart Print Top

Heart Print Top

may all your cups run over with love!

Fragile Hearts Mug

Fragile Hearts Mug

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

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

Fassianos

Fassianos

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