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Canada… Here We Come!

Leaning into Summer

We’re off to Canada to swim in a lake, toast some marshmellows and stargaze…  Happy August and see you in a couple of weeks!



Giveaway: Surf Shack || Laid Back Living by The Water

Surf Shack Stack

It’s mid-summer and we have beaches on our mind so what better way to share our love of sand and surf than with a giveaway!  We had the pleasure of meeting Nina, author of Surf Shack: Laid Back Living by The Water, last month at Serena & Lily in Westport and loved everything about her vibe.

Ojai, California

Living in Venice, California would turn even the most die hard city girl into a laid back, flip-flop wearing beach explorer and that’s what happened to Nina when she moved there from New York City.  She met a lot of surfers in the neighborhood and as an interior designer, became endlessly intrigued by their way of life.

Malibu, California

Malibu, California

After traveling to eighteen cities in four countries and hanging out with a lot of surfers, Nina wrote Surf Shack and gets to the heart of what makes this way of life so charming.  “A surf shack is not built around what you think you need, so much as it is about understanding all the things you don’t.”

Montauk, New York

Filled with beautiful images shot by Brittany Ambridge, this book urges us to find magic in life’s little imperfections and create a home around something you love doing.  A perfect sentiment for all of us to aspire to!

Sayulita, Mexico

If you’d like to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at with “Surf Shack” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 30, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

photos and yours truly

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

We mixed up some fresh with some faux and look what we got…

That butterfly’s no fool!


Fabulous Finds

Fabulous Finds: Gucci Decor

Gucci Decor

Here’s something new for Kanye West to sing about…  Gucci’s launching a home decor collection this fall partly inspired by last summer’s Westminster Abbey Cruise show.  Now this Gucci uber fan can decorate his home(s) in floor to ceiling Gucci – from cushions and candles to wallpaper and chairs.

Floral Tray

Gucci Decor Cushions

Red Velvet Bee Cushion

Featuring prints, patterns and graphics from creative director Alessandro Michele’s previous collections, the new line is “intended to allow for a flexible and personal approach to decoration, bringing an accent of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism into the home.”

Gucci Decor Mugs

Toile and Chicken Mug

While we wouldn’t recommend replacing all of your decor with this colorful accessories, a chair here or a candle there would add pizzazz to any room.  How about a red velvet throw pillow with a bright bee (you know we’re partial to bees and these are embroidered and then hand applied, rumored to be a 10-hour process) or a toile covered mug topped with a rooster?  Gucci Decor hits stores in September so keep an eye out for these fabulous finds.

Happy Friday all and may your weekend be filled with color!

drawings / products

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Pink Gerberas

with this…

Kate Spade Love Bracelet

and get this!

Off To Market!

P.S.  We’re off to Atlanta to shop for the next collection so we’ll see you in a week!

daisies / bracelet / vignette

Fabulous Finds

The Perfect Provenance

Not Just Any Store

Our #fridayfun brought us to Greenwich last week where we took the opportunity to visit some new (at least to us!) home decor stores in the area.  Our first stop was The Perfect Provenance since we heard the restaurant there, Cafe 47, was amazing… and it was lunchtime!

Ready for The Beach

Summer Dresses

Perrin Purses and Clutches

Founded by Lisa Lori who has an extensive background in PR and fashion, this local gem features four to five curated “exhibitions” a year which inspire the whole retail experience.  For each theme (St. Bart’s is the current one), Lori picks products with a story, whether it’s art, books, fashion, home decor or beauty.  These little luxuries are artfully displayed in separate rooms on two floors of the 1912 house and each vignette takes you away to another world.

White Gazpacho

The Perfect Apple Tart

And let’s not forget the food which truly showcases Chef Arik Bensimon’s heritage (or provenance), having honed his craft at some of New York’s most iconic restaurants.  We highly recommend lunch or dinner on the porch but make sure to reserve ahead since there are only five or six tables!

all photos

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Pink Geraniums

with this…

Peter Fasano – Meadow Wallpaper

and get this!

Suellen Gregory – Virginia Townhouse

P.S.  Millennial pink done right!

flower / wallpaper / room


The New “It” Tree

Mendelson Group – Hamptons Showhouse 2016

Move over fiddle leaf ficus, there’s a new tree in town!  We couldn’t help but notice that more and more decorators, including Mark Sikes, Phoebe Howard and Gideon Mendelson, are adding the beautiful ficus maclellandii “Alii” to their rooms.  Though its common name is banana leaf fig, we think that this elegant tree deserves the name royal ficus.  Lush and chic, this ornamental tree has long slender leaves that fall gracefully from its branches and is the perfect complement to a blue and white planter or a rush basket.

Country Living – Lake House of The Year

Mark D. Sikes – Greystone Show House 2015

From the front hall to the living room and even on a covered porch, a royal ficus adds a natural touch to any room.  And best of all, we have a faux version of the tree that is so lifelike, you can’t tell the difference (which means you never have to worry about watering it again!)  While we don’t feature it on our site, you can see it on Instagram.

Phoebe Howard – Southeastern Showhouse 2016

Jackie Lanham – Buckhead

Mark D. Sikes – Hollywood Hills

All hail the royal ficus!

dining room / bedroom / entry / master suite / terrace / living room

Book Report

Book Report: Ibiza Bohemia

Ibiza Bohemia

If you suffer from travel envy as we do at times, Instagram is definitely NOT the cure, especially when summer comes around.  It seems that everyone is either on a fabulous trip or planning one and we still have weeks to go before we get away.  A European beach is not in the cards for us this summer so we’re donning our caftans and lacing up our sandals to fly to Ibiza with Assouline’s new gorgeous tome, Ibiza Bohemia, by Renu Kashyap.  This virtual trip is just what we need to be inspired for the summer ahead…

Fab Food

Delightful Decor

This colorful tribute to the Spanish island that has served as a retreat for all types of creatives has us wanting to tap into our bohemian beach loving side and reinvent ourselves.

Peace and Love

Seaside Chic

From its scenic cliffs and deep blue seas, to its white washed walls and peaceful beaches, Ibiza is a place like no other so why not snap up this book and dive right in?

Blues and Greens

book / food / decor / peace / chic / swim

Fabulous Finds

Friday Favorite: Our New Hostess Gifts

Rock Flower Paper – Jardin Tray

If you want to thank the hostess with the mostest or be the best guest ever, then arrive with a special gift that will make her love you even more…  A small token of appreciation is always a good thing, no matter the size or cost.  Summer is meant for party hopping and weekend getaways so it’s best to plan ahead.  We’ve just added these lovelies and a lot more to our gift selection on Diane James Home so you’re welcome!

Fringe Studio – Botanical Soap and Tray Set

Kitchen Papers – Monstera Placemats

June & December – Garden Herbs Napkins

Joanna Buchanan – Stripy Bee Napkin Rings

Rock Flower Paper – Zara Orange Carryall

Happy Friday and may your weekend be as wonderful as you are!

P.S.  Select gifts are up to 40% off so now’s the time to stock up.

tray / soap / leaf / napkins / napkin rings / carryall