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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

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La Grande Illusione by Zara Home

The Planning Stage

It’s time to spruce up the terrace for summertime fun and there’s no better place to pick up some fashionable finds at a reasonable price than Zara Home.  What started out as a casual browsing of the “Picnic” category for colorful melamine plates and acrylic glasses ended up as a jaw dropping exploration of La Grande Illusione, the company’s ephemeral installation for the 56th edition of The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

Tabletop

Tabletop Details

This collaboration tapped the British set designer and art director Simon Costin to bring the brand closer to the world of design using the Spring/Summer 2017 collection as fashion accessories.  Costume designer Spencer Horne fashioned the frocks while Thierry Boutemy took care of the flowers.

Under The Sea

Under The Sea Details

“Folktales and fairy stories have always been the bedrock that I work from,” states Costin in a video about his work and you can’t help but be enchanted by the photographs shot by Tim Walker that bring the magical creations to life.

Linens and Quilts

Needless to say, while we loved the distraction, we still haven’t shopped for the terrace!

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Introducing Twig NY

Twig NY Petals Oval Platter

We’ve been dying to carry Twig NY’s whimsical tabletop accessories on our website for quite a while so we finally took the plunge and ordered our favorite patterns for spring.  As huge fans of Brittany Jepsen and her quirky, colorful DYI site The House That Lars Built, we were immediately drawn to her collections filled with botanical beauty.

Twig NY Petals Mugs

For Petals, Brittany pulled flowers apart and arranged the petals into a rainbow pattern that was then photographed and transformed into decals.  The design takes on a vibrant three dimensional quality when used on a mug or platter and the palette is gorgeous.

Twig NY Scandinavian Floral Bowl

Twig NY Scandinavian Floral Mugs

Based on the traditional rosemaling painting technique that is common in Scandinavia, Brittany took a lovely folk pattern and replaced it with beautifully photographed real flowers for her collection, Scandanavian Floral.  We think these mugs are a wonderful way to start the day, don’t you?

Twig NY The Language of Flowers Bowl

The charming floral design of Britanny’s Language of Flowers collection records a love poem written by a boy to his darling in the Victorian-era secret language of flowers.  Starting with the left side of the wreath and reading to the right side, each flower reveals a sentiment though we’re not quite sure what the message actually says.  All we know is that the hand-painted designs are so cheerful and pretty that this serving bowl is sure to become a party favorite.

Twig NY The Language of Flowers Mugs

Our new collection, Untamed Nature, is now available so please come and visit our new Spring 2017 site!

P.S.  And special thanks to our dear friend Patricia from PVE Design for her wonderful watercolor which graces our home page.

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Romancing The Stone

Tempaper – Travertine Wallpaper

The use of real stones in home decor is nothing new, ask designer Kelly Wearstler, who made the trend popular years ago.  Her collections include everything from marble lips and dog bowls to bejeweled bottle openers and trinket boxes.  But what would she think of these replicas?

Wisteria – Agate Wall Art

We’re loving how the look of stone is being captured in so many ways and can now be displayed not only on the walls, but on the floor.  Can you believe this is a rug?

Kimberly McDonald – Laguna Agate Rug

This tile would be amazing on the floor of a luxurious bathroom…

Artistic Tile – Amethyst

while these coasters add the right splash of color to a coffee table.

Leah Flores – Aquamarine Coasters

And this serving board (ceramic, not marble!) elevates the lowly cheese plate to a stylish meal.

Ebru – Marble Ceramic Serving Board

All we can say is…  These are faux real!

wallpaper / art / rug / tile / coasters / board

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Gwyn-elf’s Gift Guides

Host / Hostess Gifts

Host / Hostess Gifts

Let’s face it…  Even if you’re not a fan of Gwyneth’s, you have to admit she’s super chic and her weekly newsletter, goop, is a fun read.  Since we’re up to our eyeballs getting our clients’ last minute gift orders out, we haven’t had any time to think about our own holiday shopping.  That’s where the 2016 goop Gift Guides come in handy – with 10 in all there are gifts for everyone on our list, from the Host and Under-18’s (ours just want cash!), to the Thinkers, Lovers and Travelers.  Here are some ideas for Foodies and Cooks…

Foodie / Cook Gifts

Foodie / Cook Gifts

and some for Health Nuts, too.  Don’t think the husbands will be brewing their own kombucha but perhaps our four-legged girls would like the dog food delivery program (human grade, no less!)

Health Nut Gifts

Health Nut Gifts

We’d love a living wall from the Ridiculous, But Awesome guide though it wouldn’t be living for very long…

Ridiculous, But Awesome Gifts

Ridiculous, But Awesome Gifts

and getting something for our Secret Santa is easy with the Stocking Stuffer guide.

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

Speaking of gift guides, look who made the Star Magazine’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide…

Star Style

Star Style

our BLOOMS Pink Peonies bouquet makes an elegant, and lasting, gift!

goop guides / Star

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Bunking at the Yotel

Yotel New York

Yotel New York

We’re heading into the city this weekend to show our designs at Boutique Design New York, the leading trade fair for the hospitality design industry and we can’t wait to spend the night at the Yotel nearby.  Just around the corner from the Javits Center, this hotel is a western interpretation of the Japanese capsule hotels combined with luxury aircraft design.

Lobby

Lobby

Yobot

Yobot

Tapping into the latest technologies, this modern hotel has electronic self-check in, a handy mobile concierge app and even a luggage storage robot.  The cabin-like rooms are smartly designed and rumored to be super comfortable, though we’ll have to flip a coin to see who gets the bunk bed.

Premium Queen with Bunk Cabin

Premium Queen with Bunk Cabin

Sadly, we won’t have time to wine and dine so we’ll miss out on the Northern African dishes served at Green Fig but we’ll definitely take a peek at the fourth floor, home of the largest hotel terrace in Manhattan.  From what we’ve seen online, it’s not to be missed!

Green Fig Restaurant

Green Fig Restaurant

Rooftop Terrace

Rooftop Terrace

Happy Friday to all and have a great weekend.

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Setting a Fall Table with Terrain

Autumn's Bounty

Autumn’s Bounty

We took our friend Elizabeth from Petty Pink Tulips‘ advice this week and treated ourselves to lunch and a day of window shopping at Terrain.  The day was sunny and warm, the pumpkins were bountiful and we took the opportunity to pick up some things to set a fall table.  As soon as the weather cools, we’ll be bringing the outdoors in and capturing these beautiful fall days in our accessories.  We’re big fans of placemats since they’re so versatile and these remind us of our weekend hikes in the local nature preserves.

Twigs Placemats

Twigs Placemats

Pairing oak branch plates with green and white pumpkins will give the table autumnal flair…

Oak Branch Plates

Oak Branch Plates

Fresh Pumpkin Crates

Fresh Pumpkin Crates

while these pinecone votive holders add a vintage touch.

Pinecone Votive Holder

Pinecone Votive Holder

And we never let a guest leave empty handed so mulling spices is our go-to gift this season.

Little Apple Rose Mulling Spices

Little Apple Rose Mulling Spices

After all, who doesn’t love a warm cup of wine on a chilly fall day!  Thanks, Elizabeth, for inspiring us to get out of the office and have some retail fun.

terrain / placemats / plates / pumpkins / votives / spices

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People Who Live in Glass Houses…

Philip Johnson's Glass House

Philip Johnson’s Glass House

We played hooky from work on Monday – a perfect Indian summer day – to finally tour Philip Johnson’s Glass House.  And yes, we’re embarrassed to say that we haven’t had the chance to visit this iconic home since it opened as a museum in 2007.  For anyone who’s seen the house first hand knows that it sits on a beautiful piece of property in New Canaan and is accompanied by 13 other Modernist structures so we highly recommend the extended tour which takes you into some of these.  But the Glass House is the most famous and the one we enjoyed viewing the most.  It’s stark, almost monastic, decor was enhanced by the stunning views of the landscaped 47-acre property.  Johnson believed in minimalism so you won’t see much furniture cluttering the loft-like spaces.  The kitchen was sparse (no Sub-Zero fridges or Viking stoves)  and even the bathroom was built into the circular chimney so you wouldn’t know it was there unless you opened a custom curved door.

Barcelona Chair

Barcelona Chair

In addition to several pieces of Mies van der Rohe furniture, the only decorative accessories we saw were two lamps, two works of art, a couple of vases with orchids, a malachite cigarette holder and a circular ashtray.  Naturally, we thought Johnson could have added a bit more to the decor so once we got back to the visitor’s center, we picked out some of our favorite things to spruce up the place!

Baccarat Mosaique Tumblers

Baccarat Mosaique Tumblers

Iitala Aalto Vase

Iitala Aalto Vase

Skultuna Tulip Candlesticks

Skultuna Tulip Candlesticks

J&L Lobmeyr Lily Espresso Cup and Saucer

J&L Lobmeyr Lily Espresso Cup and Saucer

The good news is that these items are for sale online so you, too, can tap into your inner mid-century modern soul and help support the Glass House.

P.S.  Have you seen The Glass House?  If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Photo of house by yours truly, the others can be found here.

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A-tisket A-tasket

Equilibre d’Hermès

Hermès – Equilibre d’Hermès

A wicker and leather basket…  We flipped over this uber chic magazine holder and wastebasket from Hermès’ new Equilibre d’Hermès collection until we saw their prices ($6,900 for the former and $8,200 for the latter.)  While we love their simple yet luxurious shapes, there must be other stylish baskets out there that could do the trick (like hold something!) and not break the bank.

Seagrass Basket

Serena & Lily – Seagrass Basket

A perennial fall favorite, baskets seem to fulfill their purpose this time of year as we transition from hot summer days to cooler fall temps and start to organize ourselves for the holiday season.  Expecting family for Thanksgiving?  Use baskets for extra pillows and towels in the guest bedroom or bath.

Ralph Lauren - Leon Low Baskets

Ralph Lauren – Leon Low Baskets

Love cozy throws?  How about this rustic rattan beauty next to the couch filled with warm blankets.

Terrain - Rattan Circle Basket

Terrain – Rattan Circle Basket

And let’s not forget the firewood.  A handsome wicker log basket with wheels goes easily from wood pile to hearth without strain.

Terrain - Rolling Wicker Log Basket

Terrain – Rolling Wicker Log Basket

Baskets also make great holders for baskets – just in case you were wondering where to store those!

Garnet Hill - Natural Hyacinth Basket

Garnet Hill – Natural Hyacinth Basket

P.S.  Are basket lovers, basket cases?  We sure hope not.

magazine / seagrass / leon low / rattan / log / hyacinth

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The Road Well Traveled

California Coast - Woody and Lighthouse

California Coast – Woody and Lighthouse

Trying to make the most of our trip out west, we set off every day armed with our trusty Fodor’s travel guide (now quite dogeared) and a sense of adventure.  One bright sunny day, we decided to drive the famed U.S. Route 101 which runs along the coast from Washington to southern California, offering breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean.  Beginning in the town of Carlsbad known for its mineral water which was found to have the same properties as water from the wells of Karlsbad, Bohemia, we wound our way south to Swami’s, a top surfing spot for the locals.

Swami's Looking North

Swami’s Looking North

The beach is located down a long stairway just steps away from the Self-Realization Fellowship Center, a temple topped with golden lotus-flower domes built in 1920 for Paramahansa Yogananda.  This Indian yogi and guru, who introduced millions of westerners to the fundamentals of meditation, called Encinitas his home and where he wrote the seminal Autobiography of a Yogi.

Can You Say Om?

Can You Say Om?

No trip to the beach is complete without some California texmex and Bull Taco “Inauthentic Mexican” fit the bill with it’s surf shack vibe and clifftop views of the ocean.  The fish tacos were delicious, as were the veggie ones, and the atmosphere couldn’t be beat.

Can You Say Yum?

Can You Say Yum?

Lunch with a View

Lunch with a View

Our lunch was followed by a picturesque drive through the quaint village of Del Mar and down the hill to Torrey Pines Natural Reserve where 300-foot-high sandstone cliffs beckoned us to climb…  A perfect way to end our roadtrip.

Torrey Pines Natural Preserve

Torrey Pines Natural Preserve

We hope you’ve enjoyed our journey down the 101 and that your weekend is filled with adventures off the beaten path!

All photos by yours truly except for poster and taco