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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

 

Events

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 

Events, The Latest Buzz

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!

"Aesthetica"

"Aesthetica"

"Crysina Prism"

"Crysina Prism"

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

Photos via Christopher Marley

Events

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…

Glamorous

Glamorous

Garden

Garden

City

City

Country

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

Events, Inspirations, Personalities

Meeting Charles Faudree

Carolyn and Charles Faudree

Carolyn and Charles Faudree

Saying that we’re huge fans of the charming and delightful Charles Faudree would be quite the understatement – we have all his books, love his French Country style and share his belief that flowers are the single most important decorating accessory.  So when Mr. Faudree came to town last week for a book signing at Pierre Deux in Westport, we were there with bells on and floral gift in hand!

Country French Florals & Interiors

Country French Florals & Interiors

Pink Perfection in a Pretty Glass Vase

Pink Perfection in a Pretty Glass Vase

An English Tea Box Holds a Bright Bouquet

An English Tea Box Holds a Bright Bouquet

Once our copy of Country French Florals & Interiors had been signed (for our mother, of course!) “May your home be filled with joy, much happiness and a few flowers.  Enjoy the good life!”, we stayed and chatted about Mr. Faudree’s love of flowers (as a child he helped his grandmother with her cutting garden), his long-time friendship with David Easton (we can’t divulge the antics and pranks these two played on each other!) and his fabulous interior design business and store in Tulsa, Oklahoma (which we hope to visit the next time we head west.)

Fabulous Fabrics for Vervain

Fabulous Fabrics for Vervain

A Jamaican Home, Charles Faudree Style!

A Jamaican Home, Charles Faudree Style!

Needless to say, a wonderful morning spent with a lovely person in a pretty store – who wouldn’t be tickled to be in the presence of such talent?

Photos from yours truly, Rick Stiller, Vervain and Veranda

Events, Inspirations

Pink Pride!

Last Tuesday we were honored to attend the Luncheon for a Cure sponsored by CT Cottages & Gardens and Valerie Wilson Travel benefiting the Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Having been touched by this disease in many different ways, we wanted to remember friends and family with some of our favorite pink pieces…

Perfect For a Girl's Night In

PJ's - Perfect For a Girl's Night In

Pink Peonies Designed by Eddie Ross

Pink Posies - Designed by Eddie Ross

Parisienne Louboutins - Show Off Your Pink Toes!

Parisienne Louboutins - Show Off Your Pink Toes!

Pretty Pink Princess in a Party Dress

Pretty Pink Princess in a Party Dress

Pink Roses and Pastries

Pink Roses and Pastries

A Perfect Pink Placesetting Just for Me

A Perfect Pink Placesetting Just for Me

P.S.  Speaking of pink, one of our favorite daily reads is Pretty Pink Tulips and guess who’s featured today?  Read Elizabeth’s post here!

Photos from Garnet Hill, Eddie Ross, Bluefly, Australia Entertains and Country Living

Events, The Latest Buzz

Trunk Show at The Ocean House

Libby Black - Suitcases Sculpture

Libby Black - Suitcases Sculpture

We’ve packed our trunks and are taking the show on the road!  Come see our Summer Collection at the beautifully renovated Ocean House Hotel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Tuesday, June 8 through Friday, June 11
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1 Bluff Avenue
Watch Hill, RI

Hope to see you there!

Photo from Libby Black

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The 2010 Innovation in Design Winners

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We’re back from a lovely evening at the Stamford Hilton where we mixed and mingled with divine designers under the boughs of Japanese maples in beautiful architectural planters.  One of the many highlights of the evening was meeting the fabulous Jamie Drake (he even complimented us on choosing the perfect bouquets to coordinate with his Schumacher table runners – swoon!) and seeing the gorgeous work of all the nominees.  While Connecticut Cottages & Gardens will be publishing party pictures very soon, we didn’t want to keep you waiting – so here are the 2010 IDA winners!

Landscape Design:

Robin Kramer Garden Design

Robin Kramer Garden Design

Kitchen Design:

Alisberg Parker Architects

Alisberg Parker Architects

Bath Design:

Austin Patterson Disston

Austin Patterson Disston

Interior Design:

Mis en Scene

Mis en Scene

Architecture:

Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

Photos from CTC&G, Robin Kramer Garden Design, Alisberg Parker Architects, Austin Patterson DisstonMis en Scene and Joeb Moore + Partners