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Book Report: Flair

A Flair for Entertaining

A Flair for Entertaining

“I grew up in rural Nebraska – literally in the middle of nowhere – yet my parents managed to carve out a pretty sophisticated lifestyle for themselves.  Each month, they hosted a black-tie dinner party, for which my mother cooked a beautiful meal – on her own, without any help.

Yellow Foral Fun

Yellow Foral Fun

She bought fresh, seasonal flowers, which she arranged, simply, but neatly.

Colorful Combination - Mottahedeh and Charlotte Moss

Colorful Combination - Mottahedeh and Charlotte Moss

The table was set with one of her many collections of china, silver, and freshly ironed linen tableclothes and napkins.  Nothing was showy – just elegant and comfortable.”

Tea for Eight at Four

Tea for Eight at Four

For all of us who aren’t like Mrs. Nye, Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers and Gorgeous Table Settings by her fabulously talented son, Joe, is a party thrower’s must-have.  Needless to say, with the holiday season just a few months away, our copy is becoming dog-eared.

Joe Nye - The Party Guy

Joe Nye - The Party Guy

Not only does Joe cover the important aspects of table settings, invitations, party favors and flowers, but he shares a few short-cuts (grocery store blooms – oh my!) and quick fixes (pre-printed invitations – gasp!) to create a memorable event.

Pressed Linens and Pretty Placecards

Pressed Linens and Pretty Placecards

Joe believes that as a host, it’s easy to forget that “thoughtful” and “lovely” aren’t the same as “perfect” – so get out your water pitchers for your bouquets and serve your soup out of coffee cups… but be careful never to equate casual with sloppy.

So Chinoiserie Chic!

So Chinoiserie Chic!

This book is a gem, a page-turner filled with beautiful pictures and practical suggestions and a wonderful source of inspiration for us all.  In our minds, Joe Nye is the Party Guy!

P.S.  He’s also the Interior Guy (just in case you didn’t know!)

Joe Nye - The Interior Guy

Joe Nye - The Interior Guy

Photos from Flair, Velvet & Linen and House Beautiful

Book Report, The Latest Buzz

Book Report: Every Thing Design

The moment we read a New York Times review of Every Thing Design, a 864 page tome dedicated to the Museum of Design‘s collection in Zurich, we knew we had to get our hands on it.  With close to six hundred images and measuring five inches wide, six inches long and two and a half inches thick, this is no ordinary coffee table book.  But don’t judge this book by its cover (a picture of the Rex vegetable peeler, an iconic Swiss object) as there’s so much more inside!

Every Thing Design - Christian Brandle and Irma Boom

Every Thing Design - Christian Brandle and Irma Boom

Amsterdam-based Irma Boom, the book’s designer, is known for her adventurous creations, each a “treasure trove of colors, shapes, textures and even smells” according to the New York Times’ Alice Rawsthorn.  While in the past, Irma has experimented with scented bindings and making her own paper, this time she’s chosen to give us a tour of design history through intriguing, and often connected images.

Balenciaga Dress c. 1968 / Baccarat Vases c. 1903

Balenciaga Dress c. 1968 / Baccarat Vases c. 1903

For example, a 1968 Balenciaga cocktail dress is placed side by side a pair of 1903 Baccarat vases – both decorated with a similar floral pattern.  Or an Aristide Colotte 1930’s vase emulating the design of turn-of-the-century Peter Behrens plates.  Even a Knoll wire chair is shown in the context of a Louis Majorelle bergere.

Diamond Chair, Knoll c. 1948 / Pommes de Pin, Louis Majorelle c. 1903

Diamond Chair, Knoll c. 1948 / Pommes de Pin, Louis Majorelle c. 1903

Every Thing Design is a delight to the visual senses and sure to become a pictorial classic!

Peter Behrens Plates c.

Peter Behrens Plates c. 1902

Aristide Colotte Vase c. 1903

Aristide Colotte Vase c. 1937

Photos from the Museum of Design and Amazon

Book Report, Personalities, The Latest Buzz

Book Report: Nancy Corzine: Glamour at Home

Of all the gifts opened over the holidays, one of our favorites is the new book from our fabulous client, Nancy Corzine.  We sadly missed her appearance at Bergdorf Goodman in December but were so pleased to receive Glamour at Home for Christmas.  Having personally worked with Nancy on several projects and with our flowers gracing her Palm Beach and Southampton stores, we know how glamorous her style can be.

Nancy Corzine: Glamour At Home

Nancy Corzine: Glamour At Home

With her own gorgeous line of to-the-trade fabrics, furnishings and lighting, and her refined elegance, Nancy creates environments that are luxurious yet very livable.  While her palette tends toward the paler shades, her signature accessories – a gilded mirror, a crystal sphere, a patterned pillow – add the perfect dash of glitz.

Nancy Corzine's Patterned Pillows

Nancy Corzine's Patterned Pillows

Nancy Corzine's Pale Palette

Nancy Corzine's Pale Palette

We so loved every page in Glamour at Home and were thrilled to see our designs in some of her interiors!

Nancy Corzine with Diane's Pale Green Hydrangea

Nancy Corzine with Diane's Pale Green Hydrangea

Nancy Corzine's Palm Beach Store

Nancy Corzine's Palm Beach Store

All photos from Nancy Corzine

Book Report, The Latest Buzz

Book Report: The Well-Dressed Home

One of our favorite daily reads is Erin Gates’ blog, Elements of Style, and we especially love Fashion Fridays when she often pairs an outfit with a beautifully decorated room.  So when Annette Tatum‘s new book, The Well-Dressed Home: Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style, arrived on Wednesday we were thrilled.

well-dressed-home

The book’s premise is that the decor of your home should reflect your unique personality and style, just as your clothing and accessories do.  With gorgeous pictures and practical advice, Annette shows us how to be inspired by the colors, patterns and textures found on the runway and how to define your personal style using a great reference guide (are you couture or casual? romantic or vintage? retro or resort?).

From the runway...

home

Part III of the book is dedicated to showing these design styles in action with inspiration boards and beautiful rooms.  Thank you, Annette, for such fabulous fashion.  We so enjoy The Well-Dressed Home and can’t wait to bring our style out of the closet and into our living room!

Royal Charm

couture-bohemian

casual-romantic

Romantic Homes Magazine - October 2009

Romantic Homes Magazine - October 2009

Photos from Annette Tatum and Cool e Chic Style Fashion