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Summer Blues and Greens

Balearic Islands


Is it our imagination or is there just so much blue and green on Instagram these days?

Montecito home


California-based designer Mark Sikes is certainly inspired by this palette, the perfect combination of green grass and blue sky…

limes on a vintage blue table


as is British stylist Hannah Wilkinson.

beds of blue hydrangeas in Nantucket


Newlywed Mackenzie Horan‘s feed is full of Nantucket blues and greens…

Navy and Laurel wallpaper for Hygge West


while the new wallpapers from the talented duo, Suysel and Anne, at Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West beautifully capture these summery hues.

outdoor tablesetting with blues and greens


Last but not least, we could not resist this gorgeous table setting by Serena Fresson and love how she used basil as the perfect touch of green to complement the blues.  Can you believe summer’s halfway over?

isle / room / limes / hydrangeas / wallpaper / table setting







It’s Easy Being Green…

Leif - Jungle Leaf Pillow

Leif – Jungle Leaf Pillow

despite what Kermit says!  It’s hard to believe that we’ve been writing this little blog of ours for seven years and it’s just a coincidence that we launched it right around St. Patrick’s Day with a post titled The Color Green (we know… how original!)  So in honor of this anniversary and Gaelic fête, we’re celebrating with a bit of green today.

Jasper Conran at Wedgwood - Chinoiserie Cup

Jasper Conran at Wedgwood – Chinoiserie Cup

Miles of Light - Green Collage

Miles of Light – Green Collage

No matter what shade – apple, spring, emerald, pine, shamrock – green brings the freshness of the great outdoors into any room.

CRAFT - Textured Twist Tumbler

CRAFT – Textured Twist Tumbler

Diane James Home - Succulent Napkin Ring

Diane James Home – Succulent Napkin Ring

This time of year, a touch of green on a table or on a wall can really help chase away the Ides of March.

Herend - Yoga Frog

Herend – Yoga Frog

Even this little yoga frog knows that green is “om” for your home!

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day…  May your troubles be less and your blessings more, and nothing but happiness come through the door.

pillowcup / print / glass / napkin ring / frog


You Are My Sunshine…

Bamboo Round Placemat

Bamboo Round Placemat

My only sunshine

Golden Resin Earrings

Golden Resin Earrings

You make me happy when skies are gray

Maureen Rainboot

Maureen Rainboot

You’ll never know, dear, how much I love

Bel Air Scoop Vase

Bel Air Scoop Vase

Please don’t take my sunshine away!

Sun Garden Wallpaper

Sun Garden Wallpaper

Our dad used to sing us this song when we were little girls and now that the sun is finally shining, we’re hoping the warmer days are here to stay!

Marni Sham

Marni Sham

P.S.  There are so many songs about the sun…  do you have a favorite?

Photos: 1, 23, 4, 5 and 6



Emerald vs. Monaco Blue

Elie Saab’s Blue Blossoms

Before Pantone could announce that Emerald had indeed been chosen as the 2013 Color of the Year, there were whispers that Monaco Blue was about to steal the show.  Perhaps because this color, which “falls between bright cobalt and sapphire blue but with a shot of sparkle,” topped the list of Pantone’s Spring Fashion Color Trends and we saw so much of it down the runway last fall.  Blogs were abuzz about the proposed choice – some loved the regal nature of the color and its versatility (especially after a year of Tangerine Tango) while others found the choice quite boring.

Blue Hues

Blue Bauble

Then December 6th came and went, and we all celebrated the lively, radiant, lush color that is Emerald… “A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” according to Pantone and the blogs were abuzz again.

Valentino’s Emerald Elegance

It would make sense that the world-renown authority on color would follow a year filled with energetic orange with a color that symbolizes new life in many cultures.  Given it’s natural hue, we love this choice.  But then again, we love blue hues, too, so we’ll be adding a bit of both to our lives this year.

Great Greens

Bounkit Emerald Earrings

How about you – will you be true blue or going green this year?

Photos via Pinterest, CocoCozy, Piperlime, Vogue, Brunch at Saks and Net-A-Porter

Color, Inspirations

From Posy to Party

Diane James Home – Wine Country Bouquet

Now that Sandy has passed and the 9″ of snow has melted, we can finally turn our attention to the holidays and with Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s none too soon!  Given that this holiday really centers around food and therefore, the table, we like to go all out…  Thankfully, we’ve got the flowers covered and we’re thinking of a plum and silver theme to coordinate with our Wine Country Bouquet.

Loveramics – A Curious Toile

ABC Home – Mercury Glass Votive

Williams Sonoma – Place Card Holders

Kim Seybert – Silk Organza Napkin

Wisteria – Silvered Glass Gourds

What will inspire your Thanksgiving table this year?

P.S.  Need any ideas?  Join us at Nielsen’s tomorrow in Darien for a Home for the Holidays event, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  (all proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.)

Photos via Diane James Home, Loveramics, ABC Home, Williams Sonoma, Kim Seybert and Wisteria

Color, The Latest Buzz

Birthday Buzz

Gideon Does Green

The Buzz turns three this month and who knew when we launched this blog that we would be so ahead of the trend by expressing our love for the color green in our very first post (despite our black thumbs!)

Cupcake Celebration

It seems that everywhere we turn, people are talking about this springtime color.  From House Beautiful‘s entire March issue, to the cover of Veranda‘s new book and all through Wisteria’s spring catalog, green is getting lots of love!  Sorry, Kermit, despite what you think,  it’s easy being green…

Green Mug (Shot)

Succulent Green

Framed Green Fern

Pump Up the Green

P.S.  Click here to read our first post: The Color Green

Photos via House Beautiful, The Hip Hostess, Peters of Kensington, Orange and Pear, Wisteria and Net-a-Porter