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.
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
Iitala Aalto Vase
Skultuna Tulip Candlesticks
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.
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.
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
Love cozy throws? How about this rustic rattan beauty next to the couch filled with warm blankets.
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
Baskets also make great holders for baskets – just in case you were wondering where to store those!
Garnet Hill – Natural Hyacinth Basket
P.S. Are basket lovers, basket cases? We sure hope not.
magazine / seagrass / leon low / rattan / log / hyacinth
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
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?
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?
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
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
Delft Makes a Comeback!
Nothing says summer like blue and white… and it wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t write a blue and white post! Over the years, we’ve blogged about Bergdorf’s blue and white hall, taking blue and white at the beach, and finding blue and white at the trade shows. So it’s no surprise that we’ve been collecting blue and white goodies for yet another post on one of our favorite color palettes. From Erin Gates’ new collection with Jill Rosenwald, to Madeleine Weinrib’s new take on ikat, blue and white works beautifully in home decor…
Collins Ikat Pillow
and it’s always in fashion.
Embroidered Linen Dress
Canvas Bucket Bag
So here’s to blue and white done right!
Holly Stuart Home Blossom Placemat
Amapola in Cornflower by kate spade new york for Kravet
vignette / pillow / dress / bag / placemat / fabric
Welcome to Jayson Home!
During our weekend in the Hamptons, we had the chance to stop by the new Jayson Home store in Sag Harbor. For those of you who are loyal readers, you know how much we love this place! Tucked away off of Main Street in an 18th century building that used to be a whaling and shipping supply store, this destination of urban sophistication occupies three distinct rooms, each with a unique style.
Hostess Gifts Galore
Vintage Paprika Jars and More
The front room is filled with sunlight and gifts for entertaining, both vintage and modern. Aren’t those Parma serving boards, coffered inlay boxes and vintage jars fabulous? Diane, of course, had to have the topiaries!
A second room has a more of a bohemian-surf vibe which stands in contrast to the typical white-on-white Hamptons style one would see in these parts. Here you will find soap stones, African beaded necklaces and exotic textiles.
The last room, anchored by a marble fireplace filled with selenite logs, is the most dramatic… Think Belgian manor house or Brooklyn brownstone, both of which can be effortlessly chic. We absolutely loved the vintage flower sconces which reminded us of our own childhood home in Brussels. Not to mention this Aalto amber chandelier!
Have a Seat
If you happen to be in the Hamptons this summer, we definitely recommend a visit to Jayson Home. And if you’re not in the neighborhood, you can shop online!
Photos courtesy of Cynthia
Cacti on a Sill
The joke in our family is that our thumbs are so black, we can’t even keep a cactus alive… which is pretty much true. The sad thing is we love cacti and succulents so instead of torturing live plants, we found some not-so-thorny alternatives that will do the trick. We think this watercolor wallpaper would be great in a little boy’s room with a western theme (think cowboys and Indians…)
and this delicious macaron would be great for dessert!
Outdoor entertaining is in full swing so we’d use this pillow and festive mobile on our terrace…
Abby Galloway Cactus Pillow
and this bright and cheerful organizer could hold files in our office.
Oasis Acrylic File Holder
Are we crazy to think that cacti are making a comeback?
window sill / mural / macaron / pillow / mobile / file holder
Blue Hydrangea Note Card
Why write your mother a just note when you can send her one of the many lovely gifts we’ve just added to our website! Tell her your love is everlasting with a hydrangea…
Blue Hydrangea Blossom
or treat her to a bag she can use at the beach.
Isabella Blue Bucket Bag
If she entertains, she’ll love Holly Stuart’s placemats which take table dressing from everyday to elegant…
Dot Fan Placemat
And our bangles are the perfect accessory for a springtime outfit.
Finally, who wouldn’t want this lovely porcelain tray, perhaps paired with a scented soap.
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
cards / blossom / bag / placemat / bangle / tray
From what we see in the style and shelter magazines these days, florals are definitely “in.” If we had a say in setting trends, they’d never be “out” but that’s another story…
Laser Cut Wedge
From bohemian and romantic to retro and sporty, floral patterns abound this year in fashion and in home accessories. We’re especially drawn to blooms with a modern vibe which can be paired with our every day looks.
Whether cast in metal, laser cut into leather, crocheted with cotton or dyed into fabric, flowers are a fabulous springtime addition to any outfit or home.
Crochet Cotton Bag
Gerbera Maraschino Pillow
What’s not to love? Happy floral Friday, all!
necklace / wedge / dinnerware / bathing suit / bag / pillow
We can think of a number of celebrations this spring that would merit a lovely invitation or note from Paperless Post and that’s why we’re so excited to see the new collection from Liberty of London. Longtime readers of this blog may remember a post we wrote about our love for Liberty and in fact, our mother used to dress us up in smocked dresses from this iconic store any time she could.
Liberty prints are back in a decidedly modern way in the form of digital and paper stationery and they’re as fresh and pretty as always.
The 100 piece collaboration was created to celebrate the launch of Paperless Post internationally in the UK, Canada and Australia, with further extensions planned for later this year. Of course, this collection features mostly florals, from delicate pastels to bolder, colorful palettes.
Whether you’re planning a Mother’s Day brunch, announcing an engagement or hosting a springtime soiree, you can’t go wrong with these charming invitations, save the dates and note cards. Vive la Liberty!
In Full Bloom
** Spoiler Alert ** For those of you who subscribe to Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style, if you don’t want to know what the hero item is for the summer box, read no further!
Full Bloom Charm Necklace
As Box of Style subscribers, we’re always eager to see what the “hero piece” will be for the next shipment and we’re never disappointed. This spring we received a cute custom bucket bag by Shaffer LA, the perfect size for a night out with the girls or a day at Coachella (as if!) Regardless of the occasion, we’re feeling very hip indeed. Yesterday, an email popped up into our inbox revealing the summer hero item and we’re going to be even cooler. How can we not be with an eye-catching lariat with delicate pave Swarovski crystals and an open crescent ring from Luv Aj?
Full Bloom Earring Set
Hex Stud Bracelet
For those of you not in the know (trust us, we weren’t either until we received RZ‘s email), Amanda Thomas, the wunderkind designer behind this “it” LA brand, started her business as a teenager and 10 years later is the darling of stylists and celebrities alike. Her heavy-metal spikes, layered chains and chunky sparkles can change an ho-hum outfit into something special.
Full Bloom Ring Set
Full Bloom Ring Set
We’re loving the fact that her Spring 2016 collection is called In Full Bloom and there are a number of designs these fashion “late bloomers” would gladly wear. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to our next Box of Style and sporting some “bad ass bling” this summer!
P.S. If you want to join the club, sign up for the Box of Style… It’s like Christmas four times a year!
in full bloom / necklace / earrings / bracelet / rings