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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Gorgeous in Green
May seems to be a month for many gatherings – the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and no less than six birthdays. So we’re brushing off the china, crystal and silver and coming up with creative ways to set the table (yet again!)
Thankfully, Barney’s new lookbook, Table Mates, pairs beautiful table settings with baubles, jewels and gems – everyone knows bit of bling is just the thing that makes a party memorable! The best part is that there’s something for everyone in these pages, from a stylish black and white look (very Rachel Zoe) to a modern rustic mix perfect for a chic country home.
Black and White
As far as we know, there’s no rule against matching your jewelry to your plates so we’ll give it a spin the next time we entertain!
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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.
Man’s Best Friend’s Birdhouse
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
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
A Springtime Urn
We hope you can join us if you’re nearby! Please see our Facebook Event page for more information.
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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.
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
Easy Being Green
Beautiful Breakfast Nook
For more information, visit the Design on a Dime website and happy shopping!
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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
Deborah Rhodes – Braided Placemat
Kim Seybert – Bouquet Napkin Ring
Sur La Table – Chinoiserie Napkins
Wisteria – Floral Platter
Are you cooking up something special for Super Bowl Sunday? Go Team!
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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
We’ll also be bringing along these pretty presents…
Cedar Berry Guest Towels and Tray
Cranberry Setting Paper Placemats
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!
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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.
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…
and crossing our fingers for Kathy Hodge of Sage Design.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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