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
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
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
and getting something for our Secret Santa is easy with the Stocking Stuffer guide.
Speaking of gift guides, look who made the Star Magazine’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide…
our BLOOMS Pink Peonies bouquet makes an elegant, and lasting, gift!
goop guides / Star
Yotel New York
We’re heading into the city this weekend to show our designs at Boutique Design New York, the leading trade fair for the hospitality design industry and we can’t wait to spend the night at the Yotel nearby. Just around the corner from the Javits Center, this hotel is a western interpretation of the Japanese capsule hotels combined with luxury aircraft design.
Tapping into the latest technologies, this modern hotel has electronic self-check in, a handy mobile concierge app and even a luggage storage robot. The cabin-like rooms are smartly designed and rumored to be super comfortable, though we’ll have to flip a coin to see who gets the bunk bed.
Premium Queen with Bunk Cabin
Sadly, we won’t have time to wine and dine so we’ll miss out on the Northern African dishes served at Green Fig but we’ll definitely take a peek at the fourth floor, home of the largest hotel terrace in Manhattan. From what we’ve seen online, it’s not to be missed!
Green Fig Restaurant
Happy Friday to all and have a great weekend.
We took our friend Elizabeth from Petty Pink Tulips‘ advice this week and treated ourselves to lunch and a day of
window shopping at Terrain. The day was sunny and warm, the pumpkins were bountiful and we took the opportunity to pick up some things to set a fall table. As soon as the weather cools, we’ll be bringing the outdoors in and capturing these beautiful fall days in our accessories. We’re big fans of placemats since they’re so versatile and these remind us of our weekend hikes in the local nature preserves.
Pairing oak branch plates with green and white pumpkins will give the table autumnal flair…
Oak Branch Plates
Fresh Pumpkin Crates
while these pinecone votive holders add a vintage touch.
Pinecone Votive Holder
And we never let a guest leave empty handed so mulling spices is our go-to gift this season.
Little Apple Rose Mulling Spices
After all, who doesn’t love a warm cup of wine on a chilly fall day! Thanks, Elizabeth, for inspiring us to get out of the office and have some retail fun.
terrain / placemats / plates / pumpkins / votives / spices
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