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Peter Marino's Back Yard

Peter Marino’s Back Yard

Spring has really finally sprung (despite the chilly day we’re having today!) and there’s nothing so beautiful as a New England garden beginning to bloom.  It’s much easier to bear the brunt of our winters knowing that a profusion of blossoms is the light at the end of our cold, snowy tunnel.  We’re making plans to spruce up our yards so we were thrilled to be introduced to Lynn Hamlen and her store, Folly Design Elements, in Darien, CT.

Birdhouse with a Bone

Man’s Best Friend’s Birdhouse

Armed with a Sphere

Armed with a Sphere

Folly features vintage garden and interior design accents found by Lynn (a former director of Darien’s Nature Center) on her many trips to flea markets here and abroad.  Nestled among birdhouses and fountains, you’ll find armillary spheres and whimsical garden sculptures, clay pots and terrariums.  We dare you to visit and not leave with something special!

Plenty of Pots

Plenty of Pots

Which is why it’s going to be very hard for us to spend two days at Folly this Friday and Saturday selling at a Spring Truck Show (with good friend Elaine who is launching Kirby and Company, an eclectic curated collection of vintage costume jewelry) and not be swayed by a purchase or two.

Wonderful Water Feature

Wonderful Water Feature

A Springtime Urn

A Springtime Urn

We hope you can join us if you’re nearby!  Please see our Facebook Event page for more information.

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

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Design on a Dime with Sara Gilbane

Country Charm

Country Charm

Design on a Dime, one of New York City’s most popular interior design benefits, opens tomorrow and we’re excited to be part of Sara Gilbane‘s vignette this year.  For the past decade, designers have been creating unforgettable mini-rooms using new merchandise donated by vendors with proceeds from the sale of these items (at deep discounts!) benefiting Housing Works, an charity that betters the lives of individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

City Chic

City Chic

We’ve been longtime fans of Sara’s (read our post here) and jumped at the chance to be involved with such a talented designer for such a wonderful cause.  Sara’s classic modern-traditional style, which is equally at home in the city as it is in the country or by the sea, has graced the pages of Traditional Home, Elle Decor, Lonny and The New York Times.  Her most recent feature in House Beautiful was one of our favorites so we thought we’d revisit the Tudor home in Rye, NY today!

Not So Traditional Tudor

Not So Traditional Tudor

Easy Being Green

Easy Being Green

Beautiful Breakfast Nook

Beautiful Breakfast Nook

Sunroom Blues

Sunroom Blues

For more information, visit the Design on a Dime website and happy shopping!

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

Set The Table

Set The Table: Moody Blues

Winter Tablesetting

Winter Tablesetting

We’ve made it to the end of January and spring is only 47 days away (yeah!)  Still, it’s hard not to let the constant cold and lack of daytime hours get us down so why not make the most of it – set a pretty table and invite your friends over for a cozy dinner.  A delicious winter stew and a glass bottle of good red wine will go a long way to chase away our winter blues…

Diane James Home - Moody Blues Bouquet

Diane James Home – Moody Blues Bouquet

Deborah Rhodes - Braided Placemat

Deborah Rhodes – Braided Placemat

Kim Seybert - Bouquet Napkin Ring

Kim Seybert – Bouquet Napkin Ring

Sur La Table - Chinoiserie Napkins

Sur La Table – Chinoiserie Napkins

Wisteria - Floral Platter

Wisteria – Floral Platter

Are you cooking up something special for Super Bowl Sunday?  Go Team!

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


#GivingTuesday on Wednesday!

Deck the Halls!

Deck the Halls!

In the spirit of the season and #GivingTuesday, we’ll be busy the next two weeks attending charity trunk shows where 15% of our sales will be donated to local non-profit organizations.  First up is the Breast Cancer Alliance 2013 Holiday Gift Boutique at the Greenwich Country Club today!  Given that we all know someone who has been touched by this disease, we were honored to be invited to this event and look forward to introducing everyone to our flowers.

Festive and Fun Bouquet

Festive and Fun Bouquet

We’ll also be bringing along these pretty presents…

Cranberry Setting Paper Placemats

Cedar Berry Guest Towels and Tray

Cranberry Setting Paper Placemats

Cranberry Setting Paper Placemats

Spartina Bangle

Spartina Bangle

Snowy Bird Tray

Snowy Bird Tray

Next Wednesday, we’ll be at the Greenwich Historical Society’s Antiquarius Holiday Boutique so if you miss your chance today, please stop by and see us then for some last minute shopping and giving!

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


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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

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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


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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