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Thursday, September 12 at The Palace

Now that the boys are back in school and our schedules are back to somewhat normal, we can’t wait to get out and mingle this fall.  First on our list of parties is the athome in Fairfield County 2013 A-List Awards honoring the top projects in design, landscape and architecture by firms in our own backyard.  This is our first time attending the event and we’re excited to see how some of our favorite local designers (and clients!) fair…


Black and White Beauty (Photo by Jane Beiles)

Susan Glick and Tiffany Eastman from Westport are up for two awards – Entryways and Bath…

Elegant Simplicity (photo by Jane Beiles)

and will have to compete with Greenwich’s own Cindy Rinfret of Rinfret Ltd. in the Entryways category.

Blue Hues

We’ll also be cheering on New Canaan designer Michelle Morgan Harrison who submitted a beautiful living room (shot by oh-so talented Jane Beiles) for consideration in the Living Spaces category…

Serene Living

and crossing our fingers for Kathy Hodge of Sage Design.

Picture Perfect

With so many fabulous projects to choose from, we don’t know how the star-studded panel of judges (including Jennifer Post, Katie Ridder, Vincente Wolf, Thom Felicia, and charismatic host Eric Cohler) ever came to a decision.  Regardless of who wins, we know it will be an evening of divine design!

If you want to join us, click here for more information and tickets.  We hope to see you there!

Photos via athome, Susan Glick Interiors, Rinfret Ltd., Morgan Harrison Home and Sage Design



Girls Just Want to Have Fun…

Marvelous Mary

“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.

Cool Blues

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.

Pretty Prints

Magnificent Martyn

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.

Desired Goods

Then, if we still have energy and a skip in our step, we’ll head uptown to Gracious Home to celebrate the launch of Scalamandre’s new Maison collection…  Whew – we better bring some comfy shoes!

Join the Party!

Do you pack it all in when you get a day “off” from the office?

Photos via Schumacher, Desiron and Eastern Accents

Events, The Latest Buzz

Sole Sisters

Well-heeled Women Helping Out!

Bet you thought this post was about our love of shoes!  But it’s even better…  We’re excited to be included as part of the Fashion and Accessories Boutique for the annual Sole Sister’s luncheon being held at the Greenwich Country Club tomorrow.  Sole Sisters is a group of over 150 women dedicated to making a difference in their community.  They take the time to learn about the needs facing their town by visiting local non-profit programs and agencies, then raise funds through events like this one – and have a great time along the way!

Modern Scrapbook Soap Set

Daisy Flower Plates

This year, their efforts are going to focus on education which includes scholarships for early childhood education, adult literacy, and vocational training and support for people with developmental disabilities and mental health issues.  Even the United Way’s own Reading Champions program will benefit!

Daisy Zip Bags

Palmetto Guest Towel

With the motto of “women stepping up to help others step forward”, we’re stepping up our game by creating a lovely springtime table filled with botanical beauties and donating 20% of our sales!  Do stop by if you can…

Blue Hydrangea Blossom Gift

For more information and tickets, please click here!

Photos via United Sole Sisters and Diane James Home

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The Show Must Go On!

Design on a Shoestring

Hurricane Sandy blew in this week leaving a path of destruction up and down the East Coast and we’re on Day 5 of no power (which also means no phone, no Internet, no heat and no water!)  But, thankfully, our families are fine and while it does take some time and patience to get around (and we’re going a bit stir crazy with the boys out of school!), we’re faring better than many.

Bachman Brown

Given that many events (including Halloween!) have been rescheduled for next week, you might be looking for something to do to break up the monotony of checking the electric company’s website to see when power will be restored.  Rooms With A View in at the Southport Congregational Church is still on and the twelve designer vignettes are sure to take your mind off of the past week.

Allison Caccoma – Rooms With a View 2012

We’re looking forward to seeing what the designers (the likes of Allison Caccoma and Bachman Brown) did for this year’s theme, “Design on a Shoestring.”  We know blogging gal pal, Lisa Ehrlich’s room will be fabulous, as will Paola Salinas’ from Style Never Sleeps.

Lisa Ehrlich – Hamptontoes

Paola Salinas

Perhaps we’ll even get a chance to meet Thom Filicia, the honorary chairman, who used our fiddle fig tree in his vignette two years ago!

Thom Filicia – Rooms With A View 2010

So if you need something fun to pass the time, you know where to find us…  For more information about the event, click here!

P.S.  We hope to be back and blogging next week as power comes back to our neck of the woods.  In the meantime, we hope you all are safe and sound!

Photos via Bachman Brown Design, House Beautiful, Hamptontoes, Style Never Sleeps and Southport Congregational Church


Events, The Latest Buzz

Shopping The Enchanted Forest

Come One and All!

Are you making your list and checking it twice?  If so, you might be able to cross some gifts off this weekend at The Junior League of Greenwich’s yearly holiday boutique, The Enchanted Forest.

Beribboned Beauty

Ornate Ornaments

Gorgeous Guest Towels

We’ll be there selling our festive floral designs and all the beautiful botanically-inspired gifts we have on Diane James Home…  Best of all, 15% of sales are donated to the Junior League!

Golden Trays

Sumptuous Soaps

For more event details and tickets, click here!  We hope to see you there…  And if you miss this event, we’re offering free UPS ground shipping for the holidays!

Photos via The Junior League of Greenwich and Diane James Home

Events, Thursday Thank You

Thursday Thank You

Large Spring Bouquet

… to Beth Dempsey at Images & Details for inviting us to showcase some of our new Spring/Summer 2012 bouquets at the first To The Trade Market Day hosted by New England Home’s Connecticut magazine and the Wakefield Design Center in Stamford.

Hydrangea and Orchid Bouquet

Not only did we get to see a presentation of Martyn Lawrence-Bullard’s new fabric collection for Schumacher (you know how much we love him!) and hear Kyle Hoepner, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, speak about getting published, but we were wined and dined by The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood and caught up with fellow designers and bloggers – what a treat!

Phalaenopsis Orchids in Glass Vase

A great afternoon spent in a beautiful showroom surrounded by fabulous fabrics, amazing art and fantastic furniture…  We do hope this event is an annual one!

Photos via yours truly



Wedding Belles

Going to the Chapel

This weekend  in 1991, we were all abuzz with wedding preparations, making round trips to the French countryside from Paris on a weekly basis to make sure everything for a fairy-tale reception was ready…

Chateau d'Esclimont - St. Symphorien, France

Romantic castle with towers and turrets surrounded by a moat: check

Salle de Mariage

Reception hall with soaring ceilings and stags’ heads (plaster, of course!): check

Fabulous Fleurs

Pale cream and pink flowers spilling from tall vases: check

Marvelous Menu

A menu fit for a king including foie gras, salmon and lamb: check

Gateau de Mariage

And a traditional wedding cake made of layers of profiterolles: check

It seems like yesterday, but it’s been twenty years – guess time flies when you’re married to your Prince Charming…  Happy Anniversary, Cynthia!

Photos via yours truly, Grandes Etapes, Milton Gil Photography and So This is Bliss 

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Cocktails with the Governor

An Invitation to a Party

Last night, we had the honor of joining Governor and Mrs. Malloy for the private unveiling of The People’s Project, a.k.a. the renovation and refurbishment of the Governor’s residence in Hartford, Connecticut.  To celebrate the house’s 100th anniversary, a non-for-profit organization has been working to give it the ultimate birthday present in the form of some “cosmetic” surgery – not a major overhaul but some interior plumping and primping which was sorely needed.

Paula Perlini - Martha's Vineyard

Who best to gather a group of talented local designers to help with the subtle “touch-ups” but our friends at Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

Catherine Cleare - Sasco Hill Bedroom

Catherine Cleare - Sasco Hill Dining Room

Sadly, we were told to leave our cameras at home since the entire November issue is dedicated to the project but we can tell you which designers finished their room with our flowers…  Paula Perlini, Sandra Morgan and Catherine Cleare!

Sandra Morgan - Westchester Entry

Sandra Morgan - Darien Living Room

Photos via House Beautiful, Cleare Interiors and Sandra Morgan Interiors

Events, Thursday Thank You

Thursday Thank You

Former Bug-Phobic Christopher Marley

Former Bug-Phobic Christopher Marley

… to Christopher Marley for turning bugs (and other exotic and unusual bits) into beautiful works of art.  A childhood aversion to insects became an appreciation of their unique hues, shapes and textures and now, Chris creates one-of-a-kind masterpieces that awe and amaze anyone who happens to see them.  If you haven’t met this incredible artist in person (he does have a sensational booth at the New York Gift Show!), you’ll have a chance to do so at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York next Thursday, August 18th, from 3 to 6 p.m.  We’ll be there with bugs bells on!



"Crysina Prism"

"Crysina Prism"

P.S.  For more information or to buy online, please visit Chris’ site, The Pheromone Gallery.

Photos via Christopher Marley


Simply Stylish Settings

Magnificent Magnolias

Magnificent Magnolias

While we don’t tend to think too much about our own holiday decorating until right after Thanksgiving (that’s because we’re so busy with everyone else’s floral needs!), we did get into the holiday spirit early this year with an event at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien sponsored by our great friends at Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

The James Girls Ringing in The Holidays

The James Girls Ringing in The Holidays

Along with Simon Pearce and Home James!, we created beautiful tables in the greenhouse for every setting, from glamorous to garden, city to country…









and proceeds from a fabulous raffle benefited A Better Chance, which provides academic scholarships and housing in Darien to six highly motivated minority high school girls from inner city areas.

The Volunteers from ABC

Lovely Ladies from ABC

A great time was had by all, feasting on delicious tidbits and toasting with Nicolas Feuillate Brut Rose – and the beautifully styled Christmas trees added the perfect festive touch.  None of this would have been possible without the amazing staff at Nielsen’s and the support of wonderful friends – what a stylish way to start the holidays!

Ed and Annmarie from Simon Pearce

Ed and Annmarie from Simon Pearce

P.S. For more pictures of the event, visit our new blogging friend, the lovely Stacey, at Quintessence!

Photos from yours truly