Now that we’ve decked the doors and added some sparkle to the house, it’s time to shop for those fun gifts that make a stocking worth stuffing. Great things do come in small packages and we have some goodies on our list we hope Santa will consider (hint,hint!)
Boho Tassel Bag Charm
Did you know that hanging stockings at Christmas has been a tradition for centuries? Legend has it that once a upon a time there was a poor widower with three beautiful daughters who worried that his impoverished state would no allow his girls to marry. One Christmas, St. Nick heard about the family and wanted to help so he slid down the chimney and filled the girls freshly laundered stockings (which were hanging to dry by the fire) with gold coins.
12 Days Appetizer Plates
Box of Awesomeness
Hand Cream Sampler
These days, stockings come in all shapes and sizes – ours are needlepoint with monograms and quite large! Are you making your list and checking it twice?
clutch / charm / earrings / plates / makeup / hand cream
The Forest Feast
The calendar says September but the weather is still very summer-like (as in hot, hazy and humid!) Technically, summer isn’t over for another two and half weeks but we’re starting to look forward to cooler days, the changing of the leaves and fall feasts… Perhaps it’s because we’re in full production for our Fall/Winter collections and are surrounded by autumn flowers – our studio is overflowing with orange dinner plate dahlias, aubergine ranunculus and the most gorgeous red/gold oncidium orchids.
With fall comes more entertaining indoors so we’ll definitely be investing in some autumnal touches for the table…
Forest Walk Dinner Plate
And there’s nothing like ending the day with a warm floral-scented bath and a cozy throw.
Adrienne Landau Throw
Who’s ready for a fabulous fall? If you still need some inspiration, check out our first video now available on YouTube!
Photos: cookbook, iPhone cover, artichokes, plates, bath tea and throw
Bobbie at Work
With a trip to Canada planned for next week, it’s only fitting that we leave you with some fab floral fun by Vancouver artist Bobbie Burgers. As one art critic notes, Bobbie’s flowers “never feel excised from nature, but rather breathed in and exhaled as art.” Her colorful large-scale paintings command attention in any room and pair well with white walls and minimalist furniture, which is how they are displayed in Bobbie’s own home.
Those Blossoms You Gave So Freely #2
“Flowers, to me, are the opposite of still. Changing from minute to minute, they are perfect symbols for life, death, yearning, and beauty,” says Bobbie, and she captures a bloom’s natural energy so beautifully with her bold brushstrokes and vibrant hues. We think all of Bobbie’s work is wonderful and what a way to dress up a white wall!
Angels Or Demons #2
Happy weekend everyone and see you in a week (we promise this will be our last blogging break of the summer!)
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Garden Fiesta Plates
and the living is easy! It’s time to take the party outside and investing in some great paper goods, unbreakable glasses and pretty trays is a must. We like having our
cocktails dinners on our terrace surrounded by blooms, with the bees buzzing and the dragonflies flitting. Setting the table with disposable ware makes things even easier so we make sure we have plenty of these favorites on hand…
Endless Summer Napkins
Pom Pom Picks
Are you taking the party outside these days?
Photos: paper plate, wine glass, tray, napkin, serving plates and picks
Missoni Home for Amara
What was once an interior design business based in Essex, England, Amara has grown into a stylish online store offering over 30,000 products (some of them exclusive) from over 300 luxury brands, all stocked and ready to ship worldwide at the click of a mouse. So imagine our excitement when we were contacted by one of their buyers to see if they could sell our designs! Our fingers are crossed that the samples we sent across the pond meet their exquisite level of taste…
In the meantime, we’ve learned that Amara will be launching a range of exclusive designs by Missoni Home to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary. Each fabric has been selected by Missoni Home from their extensive archives to reflect Amara’s ethos for stylish luxury living. Taking inspiration from natural surroundings such as the varied landscapes and gardens of Italy, these designs will add a bit of Missoni magic to any room. Also included is a limited edition pillow, Roxas, a refined print with the spirit of Missoni designed especially for Amara.
Missoni Home for Amara
And just in time for summer, the collection will also include three beach bags made from Missoni Home’s towelling fabric in their iconic zigzag print. Perfect for all beach essentials, these lined bags are large enough to fit everything you need for a fun filled summer day!
Missoni Home for Amara
Rufus Beach Bag
This new collection is launching online at Amara on June 1st so mark your calendars… And have a fabulous Friday!
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How did we get to the middle of May already? It seems that we’ve been celebrating our birthdays for weeks now and our lovely administrative assistant kept the party going yesterday with a creative confection from Made in Heaven Cakes in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Having seen a mention of these fresh baked from the garden blooms, Lauren had to order one for us and it came beautifully packaged with dry ice and assembly instructions.
Some Assembly Required
Yes, there is some assembly required (you need to add the chocolate cake dirt and plant the orchid stem) but you won’t have to don gardening gloves and wield a spade – a knife and cake server will do just fine. We had a hard time cutting into such a treat but we were glad we did. Each bit of the light and airy cake was pure pleasure and well… heavenly.
Made in Heaven Cakes also creates one tier cakes, wedding cakes and cupcakes, all decorated with beautiful blooms made of sugar.
One Tier Cake
You can’t go wrong with one of these decadent delights and your guests will be seeing stars!
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Those of you who are in the Northeast (and especially in the Boston area) must get how we feel about winter this time of year… The seasonal adjustment disorder has set in and we’re definitely feeling SAD. As we mentioned on Wednesday, pinning is a good cure for the cold weather blues but so is shopping. And we don’t have to put down our
wine glass hot cocoa and leave the house to do either! So why not banish the wind chill with some chic blue (for our mood) and white (for the snow), a favorite color combination for many bloggers we know, and end the week with a smile.
Ivanka Trump – Geava Pump
Tory Burch – Sierra Surf Shirt
Furbish – Blue and White Bowls
Wisteria – Orchid Wall Art
Layla Grace – Batik Rug
Happy bluesy Friday and stay warm this weekend!
Photos: dress, shoes, surf shirt, bowls, art and rug
Bellina Blooms Mugs
It’s no big secret that we’re obsessed with everything that is Anthropologie and Terrain and we’re so excited to read that BHLDN has just launched a registry with its two sister companies. This news is somewhat bittersweet, though. On the one hand, how lucky are new brides today to have access to the whimsical style of these stores for their bridal registry, yet how sad are we that we had to register over twenty years ago and that our china and bedding is looking… well, a little tired. It’s too bad that we can’t just throw ourselves an anniversary party and have guest shop off a new registry instead of bringing gifts. We know we could fill each room of the house with something wonderful, colorful and sublime… “things that come in handy and conjure a smile.” From the kitchen…
Hidden Atoll Bakeware
Springtime Harvest Dish Towel
to the bedroom…
Brushed Orchid Duvet
to the living room and beyond.
Queen Anne’s Lace Mirror
Whether you register online or at select stores, you can’t go wrong with Anthropologie and Terrain. Would you re-register if you could? Happy Friday and have a blissful weekend!
P.S. It’s not too late to enter our giveaway of a wonderful watercolor – for details, click here.
Photos: mugs / bakeware / dish towel / bedding / pillows / mirror
Enabelli (sky blue)
One of the best parts of showing our collections in High Design at the Atlanta Gift Show is discovering new (or at least new to us!) vendors and products. Though we were stuck in our booth most of the time, we did walk past the Luxe part of the show on a daily basis and got to know the lovely owner of Pyar & Co., Paula Queen. Paula launched her company in 2011 after being inspired by the luxurious textures and stunning patterns of the colorful saris she encountered on a post wedding trip to India with her husband, Sumit.
Kachnar (sky blue)
While there, she marveled at the craftsmanship of these age-old designs and wanted to capture the sophisticated femininity in a collection of pillows suited for today’s modern decor. What makes these hand-crafted pillows so original is the portfolio of more than 1,400 exquisite Indian woven silks, jacquards and velvets and that they are made by members of Paula’s extended family. Whether embellished with beads individually selected from markets or hand-embroidered with sparkly sequins and hand-dyed metal studs, Paula’s pretty pillows are truly fit for a queen…
Can you say “Paula picked a peck of pretty pillows” ten times fast?
Paula of Pyar & Co.
P.S. Not only are her designs seriously beautiful, but Paula is adorable and we’re so lucky to be booth neighbors with her at NY NOW staring February 1st! If you come to the show, we’ll introduce you to her. Happy Friday, all!
Photos: pillows and Paula
We’ve been waiting all week for the decorating elves to show up and trim the tree (and hang the wreaths, and wrap the gifts, and plan the menus, and…) and they have yet to show their merry faces. So on to plan B – an afternoon at Terrain to pick up everything we need to make our homes festive and fabulous. Given that both of us are hitting the slopes the day after Christmas, our boys (young and old
who really don’t have a vote since they aren’t much help) have decided a three foot tabletop tree would do just fine (whew!) And thankfully, Terrain has a number of styles to choose from, along with the most adorable, nature inspired ornaments and garlands. While we’ll miss unpacking and hanging the dozens of ornaments we’ve collected over the years, decorating a smaller tree will give us more time for everything else… We still hope those elves will show up, though!
Peaceable Kingdom DIY
Fresh and Fun
Forest Found DYI
Pine Cone Perfection
Forest Found DYI
Are you spending the weekend hanging ornaments and wreaths or just hanging around your peaceable kingdom?