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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

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All That Glitters…

 

Golden Gifts

is gold!  Did you know that the original saying was penned by Shakespeare and appears in Act II of The Merchant of Venice?

Pine Cone and Acorn Ornaments

Stripy Bee Napkin Ring

With Christmas just around the corner, we know that time is of an essence so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite glittery gifts that won’t break the bank.

Frosty Woodland Arrangement

French Garden Finials

The holidays are a perfect time to add a golden touch…

Glitterati Bouquet

And the good news is, if you place your order this weekend, you’ll have these by the end of the week!

ornaments / napkin ring / arrangement / finials / bouquet

 

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Get Party Ready This Fall

Katie Ridder – East Side Townhouse

Fall weather is finally coming our way after a beautiful couple of weeks of Indian summer.  That means bringing the party indoors and sprucing up the house with some cozy fall accents.  From Vietnam, a country known for centuries-old gold leaf and lacquer tradition, this luxurious gold tray was inspired by the doorways of India’s Rambagh Palace and is perfect for serving cocktails or hors d’oeuvres.

Rock Flower Paper – Rambagh Tray

Speaking of serving, we love Blue Pheasant’s Halette spoons…  Made of gorgeously striated horn and cream-colored bone they are a hostess’s best friend.

Blue Pheasant – Halette Serving Spoons

You can walk on the wild side and add a bit of luxe lodge decor to you coffee table with these Tanner coasters.  Not only are they extremely chic, they’re practical, too!

Blue Pheasant – Tanner Coasters

Every powder room needs a beautiful candle and this one comes with its own quartz coaster.  Imagine a light wood scent mixed with notes of rosewood, cardamom, amber, and vetiver to create a sultry combination of sweet and spicy.

Mer Sea – Acquilaria Candle

What goes best with a cool fall evening and a roaring bonfire?  Hot cocoa, of course!  Flying Bird’s Chocolate Lover’s Gift Box comes with four charming tins of organic heirloom cacao blends – a great gift for your favorite chocolate lover or just for yourself!

Flying Bird Botanicals – Chocolate Lover’s Gift Box

Now that it’s really fall, what are you doing to get party ready?

dining room / tray / spoons / coasters / candle / cocoa

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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

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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!

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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