On one of our recent trips down the Instagram rabbit hole (you know how it goes… You follow someone new and then all of a sudden three hours are gone!) we discovered the wonderful work of Shay Cochrane, product stylist and commercial photographer extraordinaire.
They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and that is so much more the case these days when our attention span is limited to 140 characters. That’s why it’s so important for small businesses to tap the creative juices of those in the know to make sure their website or their blog truly reflects their brand. Shay makes this easy with SC Stockshop, the source for fab photos when you don’t have the budget for a professional photographer.
Whether it’s a hero image for your home page or a border you need for your blog, Shay has so many designs to choose from. We, of course, love her florals and had to share them with you.
Happy Friday and enjoy the first weekend of spring!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway of an autographed copy of In Bloom before Monday – see details on our blog post, Instagram or Facebook.
Tulum Pinch Bowl with Spoon
Bet you thought this post was about eating healthier or getting more sleep… but it’s not! A Sensible Habit is the whimsical collection of home goods designed by our friend, Brandy Schuman. By day, Brandy is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at Blabla Kids and by night, she gets her creative on in her Atlanta home studio.
Pretty Pink Spoon Rest
Rosé Club Enamel Pin
What started out as a blog documenting Brandy’s love of food and entertaining evolved into designing invitations for her friends and creating products that complemented her daily life. Brandy then listed her collection on Etsy and things took off.
Porcelain Long Balance Earrings
Over the years, this multi-dimensional artist has explored different mediums and her current collections include ceramics, textiles, jewelry and stationery. From pretty pinch bowls and spoon rests to sassy cards and funky earrings, Brandy’s collection has something for everyone (even all you rosé lovers out there!)
Cactus Gift Tags
We love the clean, colorful aesthetic of Brandy’s work and plan to make A Sensible Habit part of our everyday life… no kale in sight!
Branches Globe Pendant
It’s always fun to stroll the aisles in High Design during the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Show and even more fun to see new vendors in the vicinity of our booth. One such company was Canopy Designs; while new to High Design, we’ve know Merrie Shinder, the owner and lead designer since our days at the NY Gift Show on Pier 94.
Merrie’s been in business longer than we, launching her beautifully handcrafted lighting, home accessories and jewelry in 1993. Inspired by nature, Canopy’s lighting collection is exquisite and a number of pieces literally took our breath away. Her newest designs are inspired by the delicate workmanship, intricate details and elegant color palettes of kimonos and capture their essence perfectly.
Kimono with Koi
Canopy Designs are available at ABC Home in Manhattan, at fine home decor and lighting retailers and through interior designers. Best of all, Merrie can create custom designs in case you’re looking for that special piece to light up your life!
Bachelor Button X-Ray
We do love the color blue, and in every hue… So it’s no surprise that’s it’s the #1 favorite color in the world, symbolizing peace and serenity, as well as strength and trust.
Sferra Jatelli Linens
Serena & Lily Huntington Baskets
Blue never goes out of style and deep indigo seems to be having a moment (again), whether in home decor or fashion. You can’t go wrong with pairing this moody shade with neutrals or bright colors – go ahead and paint a wall Drawing Room Blue or invest in that indigo velvet couch (we did!)
Valentino Butterfly Shawl
If you’re not feeling that brave, perhaps a pair of shoes or a blouse would do!
Frances Valentine Eliza Flats
See by Chloe Ruffled Blouse
Is indigo a favorite for you?
flower / pillow / baskets / shawl / shoes / blouse
Pure Joy Paperie
Our Friday Favorite comes just in time for all your spring party planning! We’ve known Liz Joy for quite some time and have followed her transformation from newlywed blogger (she was Shorely Chic when we first met) to mother of two and designer of pretty paper goods. She’s also a neighbor of ours and it seems that the only time we have to catch up with her these days is in the aisles of Trader Joe’s.
California State Print
Her Beauty Will Follow Print
So we were thrilled to learn through her new blog, Pure Joy Home, that she just launched a new website for her joy-filled paper products, Pure Joy Paperie. Her collection includes stationery and invitations, art prints, and address stamps; each charming design is filled with color and life. Liz has also added fabulous lucite trays to her line with custom inserts you can mix and match. Our favorite is her flamingo print – perfect for summer entertaining.
Peace Love Joy Stamp
We have a couple of graduation parties to plan, along with a grandparent’s milestone 80th birthday celebration so Liz, you’ll be hearing from us soon!
Happy joyful Friday to all and let us know what you think of Liz’s designs. Oh, and her blog is worth a read, too.
state print / art print / invitation / stamp / tray
Flower Pot Bag
Technically, spring starts today at 6:45 pm on the East Coast and yes, it’s snowing again! But that won’t stop us from doing a Friday Fashion and Favorite mash-up and celebrate the spring flowers to come. Kate Spade makes it easy to stop and smell the blossoms… and wear them, too (no wonder since Kate’s last name is Spade!) The Spring 2015 collection is filled with pretty, floral things from purses and clutches,
to fun frocks,
Blooms Peplum Top
Garden Leaves Dress
and accessories with bountiful blooms.
Spring Blooms iPad Case
Pansy Blossom Necklace
So, happy first day of Spring and here’s to springing forward in our gardens soon!
Photos: flower pot / clutch / top / dress / ipad cover / necklace
Love, like art, comes in every shape and size… so this Valentine’s Day, we want to quench your desire to transform your blank wall into something that dazzles the senses (and yes, we think a great piece of art can be romantic!) We spent four days at NY NOW in our booth drooling over this wall candy by The Oliver Gal Artist Co., just steps away from our booth. This company, based in South Florida and spearheaded by sisters Lola and Ana (even their names are sexy), is a collective of artists whose passion is to “capture life’s most haute moments, avant-garde objects and splendid lifestyles.” With their mix of fashion and pop culture with modern botanicals and a sense of glamorous whimsy, it was love at first sight. And if you’re not looking for art, you can always check out their collection of home accessories which translates their pieces into bedding, pillows, clutches and more…
Library of a Fashionista
Never Enough Love
Sending you all Berry Kisses on this Valentine’s Day weekend!
Photos: The Oliver Gal
Cut and Paste
The pop up stores at the Grand Central Station Holiday Fair are so much fun and yet, every time we think of stopping by the booths bedecked with festive goodies, we’re always rushing for a train. One of these days, we’ll make a point of catching an earlier train into New York to give us time to browse… One shop that tops our list of favorites is R. Nichols, a stationery and gift company founded by illustrator R. Nichols Hanzlik 14 years ago in the windowless basement of his parents’ home (he does confirm that he was there by choice and not padlocked down there or anything!) Drawing upon the collage skills he learned in 6th grade, R. Nichols has created a wonderful selection of note cards, gift tags, journals and the like, decorated with whimsical images that make you smile. The holiday collection is charming and we love the mix of people and pets in the happy designs – the perfect gift to warm the heart of even the most die-hard Grinch… From boxed note cards,
Holiday Processional Note Cards
to gift tags,
Christmas Taxi Gift Tag
Tree Shopping Print
Skier Gal Luggage Tag
and even candles,
Holiday Votive Trio
you can’t go wrong with R. Nichols!
P.S. We’re sorry about the sporadic posts lately – the holiday season is crazy busy for business owners like us who have to ship last minute orders to retail stores, designers and our own e-commerce customers! We hope to be back on track next week and wish you all a festive weekend.
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Aerin Lauder’s new collection has just been unveiled at Bergdorf Goodman on the 7th Floor and we’re loving her choice of autumn palette – warm chocolate shagreen, rich golden leaves, marbleized clay and touches of lavender and opal – the perfect mix to transition into fall. If you haven’t seen the floor in person, you really should but if you don’t live in the tri-state area, this wonderful tour by Quintessence will give you an idea of how beautifully the designs work with each other yet stand out on their own. We fell hard for the following pieces and think they would work as perfect layering accents (well, maybe not the $4,000 chandelier!) to celebrate the coming season.
Sayre in Opal
Maple Leaf Dish
Heather Ceiling Light
Do you have any favorites for fall? Happy Friday!
Photos: table setting, vase, fabric, leaf, perfume and lighting
A favorite = a thing that is especially well liked by someone. Today we’re launching a series on some of our favorite things (other than brown paper packages tied up with string…) First up, Sugar & Cloth, a blog we recently stumbled upon which captured our imagination with its fun content and actually made us want to “do it ourselves!”
Ashley, the author and creative mind behind this blog, tackles DIY home decor, fashion and cooking projects with humor and many, many coffee and macaron breaks and her posts are always pretty. You know we love pretty! So even if we never invest in confetti, pompoms and glue, we’re always happy to read Sugar & Cloth and applaud Ashley along the way.
DYI Fruit Macarons
Marbled Strawberry Coconut Popsicles
Do you have a Friday Favorite you’d like to share?
DYI Pompom Placemat
DYI Confetti Vase
P.S. Ashley is hosting her first floral workshop ever in her new Houston-based studio in September – we so wish we could attend!
Photos: flowers, finds, macarons, popsicles, placemat and vase