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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Pink Frida

Be your own muse, the subject you know best.  ~ Frida Kahlo

P.S.  Thank you to all who entered our Style Secrets giveaway!  The winner will be contacted via Instagram.

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Giveaway

Giveaway: House Beautiful Style Secrets

A Book That Everyone Needs!

According to House Beautiful‘s Editor in Chief, Sophie Donelson, every room needs a splash of unexpected color, glitter and glam, a “wow” moment or even something that says “touch me”…  And in her new book filled with the best and most beautiful rooms featured in the magazine, you’ll get simple and elegant advice from some of the biggest names in interior design to achieve the home of your dreams.

A Nod to The Past

For instance, in the chapter Every Room Needs a Grand Gesture, you will learn that “overscale is not the same as overdone” and that a “majestic” mirror can make a world of difference in creating space.

A “Wow” Moment

How about a lipstick red dining room to make an impact on your guests…

A Splash of Color

or adding a bit of Chinoiserie as a nod to the past?

Delightful Dogwood

Nature and flowers play a big role in bringing a room to life and this can be as easy as a large vase of spring blossoms in your living room or opening the French doors to incorporate an outdoor terrace.

Inside Out

One of the highlights of our visit to NY NOW yesterday was meeting Sophie in person and having her sign her book.  And just in time for Valentine’s Day, this beauty can be yours in this Giveaway!  If you’d like to win this signed book, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “House Beautiful Style Secrets” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Good luck!

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Inspirations

Moody Blooms

Pale Pink Perfection

It’s Groundhog Day and if Punxsutawney Phil decides spring is not on its way, we’ll be feeling a little gloomy…  A condition that will most likely be cured as we unpack the gorgeous stems we bought in Atlanta for our new Fall/Winter 2018 collections.

Designers Guild – Delft Flower Grande

BP – Mini Floral Mini Backpack

Moody blooms have always appealed to us and they’re all we see on Instagram these days.  From window shades to wallpaper, fixtures to fashion, designers are loving this trend.

Kohler – Midnight Floral Sink

Hunter – RHS Wellington Boots

Inky blossoms in dark shades of purple and burgundy have a brooding romantic quality, and we plan to mix the dark hues with pale pinks and soft peaches to lighten the mood.

Ellie Cashman – Dark Floral II Scarf

You don’t have to wallpaper a room or reupholster your couch to bring moody blooms into a room (a bigger commitment than you might want to make!) – you can always just buy one of our bouquets!  But you will have to wait until fall…

flowers / wallpaper / backpack / sink / boots / scarf

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Purple Passion

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.  ~ Alice Walker

P.S.  Speaking of purple, tune in to CT Style at 12:30 pm EST today to see how you can add, Ultraviolet, Pantone’s color of the year to your decor with our blooms…

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Fabulous Finds

Ashley Longshore x Bergdorf Goodman

Audrey with Cascading Flowers and Butterflies

Last fall, Bergdorf Goodman launched the new home collection for Gucci Decor with much fanfare and press and this month, they’re pushing the envelope again.  This time with New Orleans pop artist Ashley Longshore who is making history as the first solo female artist to be exhibited on the 7th Floor.

Audrey with Koi Fish Headdress

Audrey with Peacock and Feathers

Her extraordinary pieces have taken over the iconic store’s Fifth Avenue windows and a 945 square foot space that typically showcases more traditional home decor brands like Kim Seybert, John Derian and of course, Diane James.  From paintings featuring Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, to diamond rugs, lipstick sculptures and giant champagne corks, Ashley’s eye-catching work is having a moment and her collectors (including Blake Lively and Penelope Cruz) agree.

Audrey with Purple Kaleidoscope Headdress

When asked to describe her aesthetic, this very funny artist came up with “unapologetic, colorful, celebratory, sparkly, and humorous”…  And we think this is exactly what the world needs: a little more glittery goodness.  We just hope Ashley’s pieces don’t sell out before we get to see them in person.

Bergdorf Goodman Window

Bergdorf Goodman Window

Happy fabulous Friday!

photos 1 – 4, window photos by Rebecca McAlpin

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

A Boy and His Tree

Be your own self – you are the only you there is.  ~ Unknown
Here’s to you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

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Inspirations

The Wabi-Sabi Way

Happy Hellebore

Perhaps it’s because we grew up in an old Belgian chateau and were raised by an Axel Vervoordt superfan that we’ve come to admire the wabi-sabi way…  Or maybe it’s because we’re just on the other side of fifty and are finally embracing our own perfectly imperfect selves.  Regardless of the reason, we’ve decided to adopt a more wabi-sabi approach to life this year.  That means we won’t replace the set of dishes we received as wedding gifts even if some of them are chipped…

Kitchen Calm

and we’ll celebrate the single blossoming branch rather than the opulent bouquet.

Branching Out

We’ll admire the perfectly painted patina of the armoire our father bought in Provence so many years ago and ignore the trail of fingerprints our boys have blessed our white walls with.

Perfect Patina

Perhaps we’ll hit some flea markets in search of vintage bottles (and you might see some in our new spring collection)…

Antique Chic

And maybe we’ll even let the weeds grow between the flowers and plant in calm, monochromatic hues.

Green Gardens

In this sleek, tech-obsessed, mass-produced world, a little wabi-sabi can go a long way – don’t you agree?

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