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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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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