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?
Fab Fall Bar Cart
Now that we’ve got the cocktails taken care of, we need to raise the bar… Holidays are filled with golden moments, made all the more festive with a well stocked bar cart! So here’s our recipe for a stylish spot to host your happy hour. Start with a bar cart from Society Social,
Mrs. Lilien Bar Car
add some buzz with these cocktail napkins from our dear friend Julia B.,
Insect Cocktail Napkins
mix well in these glamorous golden goblets from another dear friend Kim Seybert (both ladies really know how to entertain – take it from us!)
Gold Crackled Glassware
place drinks on these glitzy coasters from Jonathan Adler (don’t know him personally but would love to)
and keep the party going!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend prepping for the Big Day…
Photos: fall bar, bar cart, napkins, glasses, coasters and art
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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