Blooms in Bud Vases
It wouldn’t be Easter with a pretty post about easy do-it-yourself centerpieces and since our kids are all grown (and some flown) we’re keeping our inspiration this year bunny-free. Not that we have anything against Peter Cottontail (except for the fact that we think he’s guilty of beheading the pansies on the front porch!) Since we’re mostly adults for Easter lunch, we’re liking the combination of blossoms and eggs – either the dyed or chocolate variety.
Blooms in Eggs
Blooms and Egg Bouquet
Golden Tulips and Eggs
Bird’s Nest Fern and Eggs
This last idea is right up our alley – make a centerpiece out of the eggs (which the kids have dyed) and just cut some flowering branches. Note the glasses of white wine… Easter made easy!
Wishing you all a happy and fun-filled Easter weekend.
bud vases / eggs and flowers / pastels / tulips / fern / eggs
Please forgive the lack of posts… We’re getting ready for a huge studio sale which starts tomorrow! If you’re in the area, please stop by to shop well priced stems, vases and more.
Thursday, November 3rd – 10 am to 4 pm
Friday, November 4th – 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday, November 5th – 10 am to 3 pm
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We’re hosting an Instagram contest all summer long so now’s your chance to show off your Diane James design! Post a picture of a Diane James Home bouquet, plant or gift item in your home on your Instagram account and enter to win a $100 Diane James Home gift certificate! Here’s what you need to do to:
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Mid Century Coffee Table
What would we do without our coffee tables? They are the centerpiece of any living or family room and play a vital role in our daily lives. Our family room coffee table is devoid of any knick knacks given that it’s usually the place where teenage feet and multiple remote and gaming controls come to rest. Our living room’s coffee table, though, is a pièce de résistance. We love a well-styled coffee table so when we heard about Chairish‘s Coffee Table Essentials Challenge we knew we wanted to take part in the fun. But styling a coffee table can be tricky. Some people tend to over accessorize leaving absolutely no room for a wine glass, while others leave the space unadorned and decidedly uninteresting. There are several things we keep in mind when we decorate our tables. First, we like to use books. New or vintage, the more colorful the better. You can’t go wrong with coffee table books (and perhaps that’s why they’re called coffee table books!), especially if the cover or subject matter coordinates with your environment.
Cy Twombly – Paradise
Second on our list is a natural element to soften the hard edges and add texture to flat surfaces. Of course, arranging flowers right before guests arrive may not be how you want to spend your time so a potted plant, a bowl of succulents or a very lifelike faux design is good to have on hand in a pinch.
Pink Peonies in Marbled Vase
Third on our list of essentials is something fun. We love games but we know that Monopoly takes up lots of room so we opt for something compact like a beautiful deck of cards or this elegant shagreen tic tac toe set.
Aerin Home – Shagreen Ric Tac Toe
Candles are a must to bring sparkle and life to a party. We like the look of tapers in beautiful holders on a coffee table as they bring height and light to the space.
Skultuna – Lily Candle Holder
Last but not least, we love using decorative accents that we’ve collected on our trips or that have been passed down to us by our parents and grandparents. We have a collection of vintage decanters and while we wouldn’t necessarily use them for our wine, we do like to display one or two. They add interest to the setting and inevitably spark a conversation.
Empoli – Decanter and Glasses
We hope you’ve enjoyed our styling tips and wish you all a Happy Easter!
coffee table / book / bouquet / game / candle holder / decanter
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Feeling extremely lucky… We’re taking this week off to count our many blessings. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Jill at Her Wheel
Now that we’ve shared our source for Thanksgiving flowers, it’s time to talk trays… You can’t have enough serving trays and bowls on the Big Day. Especially if you have as many side dishes as we do!
Jill Rosenwald Olive Tray
Jill Rosenwald Sake Tray
Jill Rosenwald Candy Bowl
Jill Rosenwald Orchid Pot
We first met “the Myth, the Legend, the Fabulous Jill Rosenwald” (her words, not ours – though she is quite fabulous!) at NY NOW two years ago having drooled over her whimsical handmade ceramics for quite a while. Her tiny 10 foot by 10 foot booth was overflowing with colorful designs and could hardly contain Jill’s happy energy. Fast forward two years and we’re thrilled and honored to be one of the only online stores to carry her pottery.
Jill in Her Studio
Our selection includes olive and sake trays, candy and dip bowls and of course, orchid pots (which can be used for chips in a pinch!) – all trimmed in 14 karat gold and dishwasher safe. So if you need to add to your collection of party pieces, you know where to shop!
jill / olive tray / sake tray / candy bowl / orchid pot / studio
in Oakland, CA to see our sister-in-law get married so we’ll be back next week!
Wishing all a wonderful weekend – the last one of summer…
Lela Rose and Celerie Kemble
When you take two super elegant Manhattan-based designers, one in fashion and one in interior decor, and have them throw a “tea-quila” party on a rooftop garden, you know you’re in for lively afternoon. This dynamic duo had fun rooting around their cabinets and closets for traditional items which they put to use in fresh and new ways – antique teapots became vases and shot glasses held individual servings of ceviche.
Witty Place Cards
A Shot of Ceviche
Known for getting around on two wheels, we can only imagine Lela showing up with bundles of pretty pink petals with which to decorate the table. “Everything I did was about infusing unexpected fun into the clichés of formal entertaining,” she says. This includes assigning each guest a special “tipsy name” on place cards and making napkin ties with leftover floral fabric from her spring fashion collection.
Lela and Her Cargo Bike
Lela Sets the Table
All these unique touches are wrapped up in Lela’s new entertaining book, Prêt-a-Party, which showcases nine celebrations, each with a different theme, menu ideas and stunning table decorations. With the fall party season underway (and the holiday season not too far off!), it’s time to start planning…
Lela’s New Book
Photos: setting the table, place cards, ceviche, riding a bike, table setting and book
White Wine Spritzer
What’s not to love about a Friday in June? Summer is on the way, the end of school is near, and we’ll be sipping cocktails on a terrace or on a beach to celebrate the weekend. We’ve been experimenting with cocktails and have come across some that will definitely be part of our summer party planning. And thanks to Elle Decor, we can sip a drink and get our flower power on!
Borage and Pansy
Lemon Jello Shot
Happy fabulous floral Friday!
P.S. If you want to try your hand at making one of these, click on the image to get the recipe.
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S is for Style & Simplicity
What do you get when you cross an acclaimed stylist and merchandiser turned store owner, a camera and a daily blog? Style & Simplicity, An A to Z Guide to Living a More Beautiful Life by Ted Watson Kennedy, of course!
We’ve been longtime fans of Ted’s ever since our fabulous friend, Elizabeth, from Pretty Pink Tulips introduced us to him via her blog and have been reading his daily musings ever since. Filled with “real stuff and real-life situations” and pictures he takes himself, Ted’s blog reads like an ode to all things he holds dear and through his posts, you get a true sense of what makes his life joyful and complete (like tulips, his pup Bailey, his home in the Hudson Valley and farm stand tomatoes to name a few!)
Inspired by the blog, Style & Simplicity promises to “be the starting point for discovering things you love and integrating them into your beautiful life.” And since Ted did all the photography, you know that the book will capture the life “well lived”!
All this to say that we were truly surprised and thrilled to receive an invitation to a party in honor of Ted, and we’re so excited to finally meet this talented finder/shop keeper/curator/photographer and now author.
We’ll be sure to get a copy of Ted’s book and write a thank you note on his new line of stationery with Dempsey & Carroll – cards and envelopes with sayings which remind us to share elegance and grace with the world around us.
Do you have any plans to live the well lived life this weekend? We hope so… Happy Friday!
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