Meetings with our top retailers during Tabletop is always a great way to find out what’s “hot” in home decor and we were surprised to hear that “tapestry taxidermy” is flying off the
shelves walls at Bergdorf Goodman these days. Perhaps their popularity stems from autumn bringing out the hunter in the all those Upper East Side socialites who are snapping up these “passe-murailles” by the dozens, or perhaps these whimsical creatures remind us to enjoy the season and all the natural beauty it has to offer, in and out of the woods.
Venus de Mylo
Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of Frédérique Morrel’s art. The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework. While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ghosts”.) If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then we think they’ve succeeded!
What do you think? Would you hang out with one of these? Happy Halloween!
Photos: deer, horse, bull, moose, goat and bugs
Gold Lace Cuff
Our grandmother Ida loved lace and whenever she had the opportunity to visit us in Belgium, one of the lace capitals of the world, she would add pieces to her vast collection of handkerchiefs, tablecloths, placemats and napkins (thankfully, no doilies!) Lace has been around since the late 15th century and while Ida’s tastes tended more toward the traditional, we’re happy to see that this form of openwork fabric is trendy again and it’s being used in so many different, modern ways. Whether dipped in gold, stenciled on ceramics or imbedded in plastic, traditional lace patterns are popping up in fashion, accessories, tabletop and home decor. Grandmother Ida would not have invested in these pieces but we know we would!
Metallic Queen Anne’s Lace Vase
Ambria Metallic Lace Sandal
Lace Tulip Clutch
Isn’t lace lovely? Happy Friday!
Photos: cuff, vase, iPhone case, sandal, clutch and sunnies
When the words “playful” and “bespoke heraldry” are used in the description of an artist’s work, you know you’re in for a treat… After all, who doesn’t love a whimsical monogram?! New York-based Rachel Rogers takes customization to a whole new intimate level by interweaving her clients interests into beautifully drawn insignias and crests, stationery and wedding designs, and special event collateral. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Rachel worked under the uber talented Rodrigo Corral (the artist behind 500 plus book covers including The Fault in Our Stars) before launching her own venture. We gravitate toward the designs with floral themes (naturally!) but even her animals have a charm all their own. Rachel’s fun, colorful ink and water-color creations are a Fabulous Find and special occasions deserve special gifts like these. Don’t you agree?
Save the Date
Tea for Two
Photos: crests, stationery and paintings
Mosaic Beach Towel
Who doesn’t love blue and white in the summer months? We know it’s a favorite color combination for many bloggers (ahem…
Tina, Jeanne and Julie you know who you are!) and we have to admit, it’s one of ours, too. Inside or out, blue hues work beautifully with crisp, clean whites. With one of us packing her bags for some fun in the sun in the south of France, we thought we’d send her off with some goodies for the beach…
Honey III Flip Flop
P.S. We hear The Vacationers is a beach book – has anyone read it yet?
Photos: towel, swimsuit, flip flops, tote, cover-up, book
Juicy Ice Cubes
There nothing more refreshing in the summertime than taking a bite into a juicy strawberry or a cold, sweet slice of melon… Just typing the title of this post is making our mouth water! Fruit of all shapes and sizes come into season between May and July and we can’t think of a better way to stay healthy and hydrated. And while we love taking advantage of this delectable produce at the farmers’ market, we’ve found some other juicy fruits we think are delicious.
Citrus Fruit Tray
Bright Shapes Melamine Plates
Citrus Cocktail Stirrers
Siret Fruit Bandeau
Happy fruity Friday! June is just around the corner…
Photos: ice cubes, tray, plates, stirrers, print and top
Early Shades Colors
It’s no surprise that we have black thumbs so these boxed beauties would be a bit of a challenge for us but for all the green thumbs out there, they might be just the thing for you or make the perfect gift for Mom. Coloni, a Swedish gardening company founded in 2010, creates plant seed mixes according to a theme, much like a fashion designer would for a runway collection (and like we do for our own seasonal lines.)
Early Shades Seed Mix
Coloni’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, From Dusk Till Dawn, includes three mixes capturing different times of day. Early Shades has flowers that open to the morning sun like apple blossom bush and poppies, while Harvest Noon has meadow grasses…
Harvest Noon Colors
Harvest Noon Seeds
and Into the Night consists of exotic, shade-loving blooms such nemopila and collinsia (also known as Purple Chinese Houses.)
Into the Night Colors
We can just imagine a garden planted with these blooms and watch as the flowers open and close throughout the day… That is, if we ever got the seeds to grow. Perhaps next year we can even give our mother a real bouquet…
Into the Night Seeds
Are you “digging” these seed mixes? Hope your weekend is filled with garden fun and wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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Stuart Weitzman – Hoopla Wedge and Oncross Wedge
When we saw these great Stuart Weitzman shoes, we decided to rethink raffia… Not only is it the material we use to secure the moss around our orchid stems when we tie them to bamboo stakes (a little detail which really does make our orchids look real), raffia’s played a role in fashion and home decor for centuries.
Deborah Rhodes – Raffia Flower Placemat
Raffia comes from the underside of raffia palm fronds and the long fibers can be dyed and woven into textiles or kept natural and used as string. In celebration of Earth Day this week, we thought we’d round up some of our favorite raffia finds for you. We especially love this Tory Burch satchel with raffia sides…
Tory Burch – Madura Attersee Satchel
and of course, anything raffia covered from Oomph!
Oomph – Harbour Island Side Table
And if wearing raffia isn’t your thing…
Elaine Turner – Raffia Hat in Cornflower Blue
you could always opt for a playsuit with a raffia print.
Sea – Lace Trimmed Faux Raffia Playsuit
Now, back to tying up some orchids! Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.
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If you follow OscarPRGirl on Pinterest like we do, you’d know that Oscar de la Renta is an avid gardener and expert in all things lovely and botanical… Just take a peek at his beautiful properties in Kent, CT and Punta Cana. So it’s no surprise that this divine designer has collaborated with The New York Botanical Gardens to create a limited-edition home collection due out in early May (alas, not in time for Easter brunch but perfect for Mother’s Day!)
Pairing botanical artwork handpicked from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Rare Book Collections with bright, modern design, these new pieces will add a lively touch to any party. Our favorites include pretty peony cocktail plates,
a terrific trellis tray,
a whimsical salt and pepper set,
Summer House Salt and Pepper
and a sweet French melon bowl with cover.
French Melon Bowl
Wouldn’t these be perfect for a spring garden party on the terrace?
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Early Bird Mug
One of our greatest pleasures now that the mornings are warming up is to bring our coffee out to the terrace and salute the sun as it comes over the ridge. Granted, we’re still wearing furry slippers and a down vest, but it’s truly a great way to start the day. And boy, do we love our morning coffee so the bigger the mug, the better! Luckily, ours are HUGE but not very pretty so we gathered some of our favorite mug shots here to consider.
With a Twist Mugs
Blue Fluted Mega Mugs
What do you think of our lineup?
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We’re finally in the last week of February and spring is just four weeks away… That means we’ll be coming out of hibernation and actually saying yes to social events, and planning some of our own.
It’s time to put away the holiday themed cards and invest in some springtime stationery to say thank you or wish someone a happy birthday. Top on our list is the new line of pop-up, laser cut cards by our great friend and the queen of entertaining, Kim Seybert.
Available at Neiman Marcus and Caspari, as well as on Kim’s own website, these lovely note cards come in a box of six and would make the perfect hostess gift. And what a wonderful way to let someone know you appreciate them, too!
Thank You Card
Is spring popping up in your neighborhood yet?
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