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Friday Favorite: Shay Cochrane

Foliage Heart

On one of our recent trips down the Instagram rabbit hole (you know how it goes…  You follow someone new and then all of a sudden three hours are gone!) we discovered the wonderful work of Shay Cochrane, product stylist and commercial photographer extraordinaire.

Floral Background

Succulents

They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and that is so much more the case these days when our attention span is limited to 140 characters.  That’s why it’s so important for small businesses to tap the creative juices of those in the know to make sure their website or their blog truly reflects their brand.  Shay makes this easy with SC Stockshop, the source for fab photos when you don’t have the budget for a professional photographer.

Ranunculus

Poppies

Whether it’s a hero image for your home page or a border you need for your blog, Shay has so many designs to choose from.  We, of course, love her florals and had to share them with you.

Tropicals

Happy Friday and enjoy the first weekend of spring!

P.S.  Don’t forget to enter our giveaway of an autographed copy of In Bloom before Monday – see details on our blog post, Instagram or Facebook.

Giveaway

Giveaway: In Bloom

In Bloom

Spring is finally here!  Not that you would know it with temperatures in the 30’s today and still mounds of snow on the ground.  We’re eager to see our bulbs blooming and the bright green of newborn leaves on the trees…

Carmen Almon

It may take a bit longer for Mother Nature to cooperate so we’ll have to rely on a bevy of new flower books to keep our spirits up.  In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers  is one of our favorites and we were lucky enough to meet author and photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo last year at a book signing.

Oberto Gili

Livia Cetti

This book, much like her first Bringing Flowers Home, is more than just about flowers – it’s as much a decorating tome in which artists, designers and tastemakers celebrate the essence of blooms in unique and inspiring ways.

Claire Bassler

From the painted blossoms of Claire Bassler, to the graceful gardens of Miranda Brooks and the luxurious textiles of Neisha Crosland, Ngoc’s camera captures the beauty of these flower-filled homes while the text inspires the reader to connect with each of the owners on a personal level.

Miranda Brooks

Lucky for you, we made sure we grabbed an extra autographed copy of In Bloom to give away today along with a paper wild rose stem created by Livia Cetti (who is also featured in the book).  To enter, just leave us a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “In Bloom” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Happy Spring!

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Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Anthropologie – Wing and Petal Bowls

with this…

Diane James Home – Pink Lady

and get this!

Bloomsbury Kitchen

P.S.  We’re so excited to be launching our new Untamed Nature collection inspired by the Bloomsbury movement on Diane James Home tomorrow…  Happy first day of Spring!

bowls / bouquet / kitchen

Home Sweet Home

History With A Twist

At Home with Jane Beiles

“You can’t judge a book by its cover” our mother often told us when we were young…  and when we saw Jane Beiles’ home for the first time last winter, we couldn’t help but be reminded of this.  What seems like an antique 1916 home on the outside is definitely not traditional on the inside.  Small, closed off rooms were transformed into light-filled open spaces by architect Louise Brooks and RR Builders, and filled with chic but comfortable modern furnishings by Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico Interiors.  The house was the perfect mix of old meets new and we were instantly charmed.

Family Room

Entry and Dining Room

Kitchen and Mudroom

So it’s no surprise that we are super excited to see Jane’s wonderful home featured in the April issue of HGTV Magazine (and not only because our very own fiddle leaf fig tree makes an appearance on page 110!)  Jane’s sunny personality shines through in the bright and happy interiors captured by photographer Alexandra Rowley and from the moment you enter the front door, you can’t help but feel at home.

Master Bedroom

Back Porch

While every room is a delight, we fell hard for the back porch which was decked out with winter greens and Christmas lights when we visited; we can only imagine how sweet it would be to spend a summer’s eve entertaining friends there.  Perhaps Jane will indulge our fantasies by throwing another party this spring!

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Friday Favorite

Friday Favorite: A Sensible Habit

Tulum Pinch Bowl with Spoon

Bet you thought this post was about eating healthier or getting more sleep…  but it’s not!  A Sensible Habit is the whimsical collection of home goods designed by our friend, Brandy Schuman.  By day, Brandy is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at Blabla Kids and by night, she gets her creative on in her Atlanta home studio.

Pretty Pink Spoon Rest

Rosé Club Enamel Pin

What started out as a blog documenting Brandy’s love of food and entertaining evolved into designing invitations for her friends and creating products that complemented her daily life.  Brandy then listed her collection on Etsy and things took off.

Porcelain Long Balance Earrings

Over the years, this multi-dimensional artist has explored different mediums and her current collections include ceramics, textiles, jewelry and stationery.  From pretty pinch bowls and spoon rests to sassy cards and funky earrings, Brandy’s collection has something for everyone (even all you rosé lovers out there!)

Flora Art

Cactus Gift Tags

We love the clean, colorful aesthetic of Brandy’s work and plan to make A Sensible Habit part of our everyday life…  no kale in sight!

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Inspirations

Born from Silver Spoons…

Bouquets and Butterflies

and forks, and knives, and servers…  Yes, these unbelievable sculptures were composed entirely of old cutlery, clustered, bent and twisted by the creative hands of artist Ann Carrington.  We saw our fill of antique silver on our trip to the British Isles last week but never in such an imaginative way.  Needless to say, these works of art give everyday kitchen utensils a whole new meaning!

Devil’s Trump

Devil’s Trump Detail

Honey Spurge

Honey Spurge Detail

Curate’s Egg Detail

P.S.  A big thank you to Erica at Honestly WTF for the scoop!

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Random Raves

Random Raves: Edinburgh and Dublin

Rosslyn Chapel

We’re back from a busy week of travel to Edinburgh and Dublin where we took in the sites, visited some colleges and indulged in the local cuisine.  Here are some of the things we’re still raving about now that we’re home.  A couple of days in Edinburgh gave us the chance to travel down to Hadrian’s Wall by way of Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.  Built in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, the chapel had fallen into disrepair, largely ignored by tourists until the book and movie brought it fame in 2003.  Now, over 150,000 people visit this beautiful example of Gothic craftsmanship annually after major conservation work was completed in 2007.

Angels with Bagpipes

Not only is Edinburgh perfect for history buffs, it’s also a great place for foodies.  Locally sourced ingredients abound and the meals we had at Angels with Bagpipes and The Outsider were beyond delicious.  Both restaurants are located in the Old Town and well worth the visit.

Windows on the World

A trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without spending some time in the National Museum of Scotland.  Even after three days of intensive sightseeing, we couldn’t pass up the chance to view the collections that trace the history of Scotland – its land, its people and their achievements.  We could have spent an entire day there, but for our tired legs and lack of time.

A Rainbow in Malahide

Dublin is an entirely different kind of city than Edinburgh, with a faster pace and a decidedly more modern feel.  Instead of staying in town, we picked an elegant apartment up the coast in Malahide, once a sleepy fishing village, now an upscale town that is an easy 20 minute commute by train (stay tuned for more on the apartment!)

Guinness Storehouse

When in Dublin, do as the natives do…  Drink Guinness and spend a morning at the Storehouse, an interactive museum that will teach you anything and everything you wanted to learn about Ireland’s top brew.

The Book of Kells

And finally, one of our most favorite tours was a private viewing of a national treasure and some say, miracle – The Book of Kells – which is on exhibit in the library at Trinity College.  This 1,200 year old illustrated manuscript has survived Viking raids, the English Reformation, and two months in a ditch and it’s still breathtakingly beautiful.  The visit is well worth the extra expense of booking an early access tour to beat the crowds (over 600,000 visitors yearly) and learn about this magnificent work of art!

P.S.  If any of you are planning to visit these cities, please do send us an email; we have so much more to share.

chapel / restaurant / museum / marina / storehouse / manuscript

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Antique Silver Birds

with this…

Beautiful Blossoms

and get this!

White Living Room by Solis Betancourt

Winter whites at their best…

birds / blossoms / living room