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Win a Wedding Bouquet Centerpiece!

White Wedding

When we think of June, we think of weddings so why not celebrate matrimonial bliss by giving away a custom made centerpiece inspired by a wedding bouquet.

Romantic Wedding

We ‘re often asked to recreate a bride’s fresh bouquet as a centerpiece so that she can have a lasting memory of her special day and we’d love to design one just for you!

Country Wedding

Here’s what you have to do: send us a picture of your wedding bouquet to and let us know what inspired you to choose the flowers, colors and/or style.  You have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th, 2013, to enter and we’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday, June 17th.

Colorful Wedding

And for all you husbands out there, wouldn’t this make the perfect anniversary gift?!

Bohemian Wedding

P.S.  Please note that the final bouquet will be created in a vase of your choice (5″ cylinder or 4.5″ cube) and will measure approximately 9″ in diameter by 9″ high.

Perfect Peony

Photos via Pinterest, Wedding Chicks and Style Me Pretty

Giveaway, The Latest Buzz

Miles and Miles and Miles of Style: Giveaway

We’re Jumping Up and Down!

Can you guess where we’re going with thispost?  Just in case you haven’t heard, the very talented and debonair Miles Redd is coming to the Stamford’s Antique and Artisan Center tonight for a book signing and we’re beyond excited to meet him!

Chic and Classy

Making an Entrance

Known for his glamorous yet cozy interiors, Miles has been on his own since 1998 after learning about antiques and interior design from John Rosselli and Bunny Williams and trying his hand at painting in Lacoste, France.

Confidence in the Kitchen

We’re looking forward to pouring over Miles’ new book, The Big Book of Chic, which is filled with a broad range his eclectic interiors and is sure please.  How can you not love someone who doles out entertaining advice like “Have a stiff drink before anyone arrives.  If you’re having fun, everyone will have fun” or decorating advice like “Buy the best and you only cry once!”

Outdoor Haven in CT

Green with Envy

P.S.  How about we share Miles’ style with you and give away an autographed copy of his book?  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “Miles Redd” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, October 29.  Additional entries will be given if you “like” us on Facebook or mention the giveaway on Twitter @DianeJamesHome.

Photos via Assouline, Miles Redd, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and Splendid Sass


Giveaway, The Latest Buzz

Meeting Chef Joanne Weir and Giveaway

Copita's Shrimp Aguachiles

What do you get when you cross a bona fide celebrity chef with over 20 cookbooks, two cooking shows on PBS and a James Beard award to her name (Joanne Weir) with a well known restaurateur (Larry Mindel) and add a couple of margaritas to the mix?  A tequileria and authentic Mexican eatery in Sausalito called Copita!

Copita - Tequileria y Comida

According to Joanne, it all started when Larry challenged her to a “margarita off” and hers won, hands down.  Given that Larry has wanted to open a Mexican restaurant in Sausalito for the past 40 years, he asked Joanne to help…  and after two margaritas, she said “Sure!”

THE Copita Margarita

What makes Copita such a fun place is not only its laid back California vibe and wall of tequilas (yes, the bar is a showcase for the yummy stuff!) but also its passion for local, artisanal ingredients and a menu that changes on a seasonal basis.  Our favorites included the hand pressed tortillas with Joanne’s special tomatillo sauce, 24-hour carnitas, the wild mushroom tacos and the Copita salad topped with chicken fresh from the wood-fired rotisserie all served on Heath ceramics (also local!)

Joanne Weir's Chardonnay

The best part of our meal was meeting Joanne, who came up and started chatting with us as we oohed and ahhed over the best margarita ever (see recipe here.).  Full disclosure:  we didn’t recognize Joanne at first but as soon as she introduced herself, we knew exactly who she was since Cynthia’s been cooking her “Pork Roasted the Way the Tuscan Do” for ages.  This, of course, lead to a discussion of Joanne’s numerous cookbooks and her latest work, Tequilas: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites, as well as her pouring us a glass of her brand new Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley.  Needless to say, Joanne was the cherry (or lime) on top of an already fabulous day!


We’re thrilled to be giving away a signed copy of Joanne’s book today!  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “Tequila” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, June 18.  Additional entries will be given if you “like” us on Facebook, or tweet about the giveaway using @DianeJamesHome and @JoanneWeirCook.

Carolyn, Joanne Weir and Cynthia

P.S.  We’re thinking about joining Joanne on one of her culinary journeys – which one would you pick?

Photos via Joanne Weir and Copita


Giveaway: The Joy of Decorating

A Pure Joy

Once you meet Phoebe Howard (or Mrs. Howard as she is affectionately known) in person, you’ll know why her name epitomizes the grace and elegance of Southern interior design.  She’s as lovely and warm as her comfortable yet stylish interiors, and we’ve been so lucky to have worked with her over the years.

House Beautiful Show House

Whether she’s designing a penthouse pied-a-terre in New York or a family-friendly beach house in Florida (“the decor is sand and potato chip proof!”), Phoebe’s sense of color and texture creates an oasis of calm sophistication.

Phoebe's Atlanta Bath

Needless to say, seeing some of our floral designs in the pages of her first book, The Joy of Decorating, is a thrill and we’re honored to share this tremendous talent with you.  Phoebe has graciously autographed a copy of her beautiful book for us to giveaway so here’s a chance for you to own a bit of Southern history!

Coastal Living Idea House - 2011

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “The Joy of Decorating” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, April 16.  Additional entries will be given if you “like” us on Facebook or tweet about the giveaway!

P.S.  We could share so many more beautiful pictures here but didn’t want to ruin the surprise…  Click here to see a guided tour by Phoebe of the Coastal Living Idea House (and guess which florals are from Diane James Home!)

Photos via Mrs. Howard



Giveaway, The Latest Buzz

Come Visit My French Country Home…

At Home in Normandy

No, we haven’t decided to move back to France, though we’re constantly toying with the idea, especially after discovering My French Country Home.

Just Down the Road

Nestled in the verdant Normandy countryside, Sharon’s home is beyond beautiful and besides writing an enchanting and informative blog (we loved her post on French men given that one of us is married to one!)

Ravishing Roses

she sells wonderful home accessories through her brocante

Blue and White Delights

and keeps a guest cottage where she hosts family and friends.

A Country Cottage

Today, Sharon is welcoming us with warm French hospitality and giving away one of our Spring 2012 bouquets (one that has yet to hit the shelves in our retail stores!) so please stop by My French Country Home and say bonjour…  Vous etes les bienvenus!

Join Us for Elderflower Cocktails!

P.S.  And don’t forget to enter our giveaway of Mary McDonald’s book, The Allure of Style, signed by the design diva herself!  Click here for more…

Photos via My French Country Home




Giveaway, Inspirations

Giveaway: The Allure of Style

Best Friends Forever

It’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of Bravo’s show Million Dollar Decorators so imagine our excitement when we got to meet two of the devine designers, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner, in Atlanta last week.  Needless to say, these best friends are as stylish and funny in person as they were on the show.

Mary's Loves Glamour

After a wonderful slideshow which compared each designer’s version of Beach Chic, Luxe and Bohemian, Mary rolled up her fashionable zebra-print sleeves and signed her book for her fans.

Mary Loves Zig Zags

Mary Loves Painted Floors

What better way to start the new year than with a little design inspiration from this “decorating daredevil!” so we’re giving away a signed copy of Mary’s book The Allure of Style to a lucky reader.

Mary Loves Eye Candy

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “Allure of Style” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, January 30, 2012.  Here’s to a glamorous year!

P.S.  How cool that we’re able to give this book on away on this, our 500th post!

Photos via Veranda, Mary McDonald, The Wall Street Journal and Amazon


Giveaway: Black & White by Celerie Kemble

Black & White by Celerie Kemble

Who knew that behind the beautiful interiors of the superbly talented Celerie Kemble, there lay a slightly darker side… one who embraces black and white decor?

Celerie Kemble - Kips Bay 2011

Celerie Kemble - Manhattan House

In her new book, Black & White (and a bit in between) , Celerie shows us that rooms devoid of bright hues (a la Dorothy Draper and Madeleine Castaign) are as elegant and timeless as their more colorful counterparts.  With more than 350 gorgeous color photographs of her own work and others, Celerie proves that a limited palette is anything but!

Lela Rose's Apartment

Working with Celerie on several of her projects has only heightened our admiration for her unique style and we’re thrilled to give away an autographed copy of her book today.  A great present for someone who loves interior design (or you could just keep it for yourself!)

Meg Braff's Dining Room

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “Black & White” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2011 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Sunday, December 11.

Joel Woodard - Fawn Hill Farm

Photos via Celerie Kemble, Luxistsmall shop studio, Meg Braff and Joel Woodard

Giveaway, Special Offers, Tuesday Treat

Tuesday Treat

Hello!  My Name is...

Hello! My Name is...

It’s back to school and we’re making new friends!  We hope you’ll join us in our first Facebook giveaway – if you “Like” our page, you could win a $500 shopping spree on (and we’ll throw in the shipping for free.)

Need We Say More?

Need We Say More?

So what are you waiting for… let’s be friends!  Just hop on over to our Facebook page, click the “Like” button and we’ll announce the winner on Sunday, September 11, via Facebook (of course!)

P.S.  And if this giveaway isn’t incentive enough, did you know that we also offer exclusive discounts to our Facebook friends?

Photo via Pinterest

Giveaway, Tuesday Treat

Tuesday Treat and “Pheromone” Giveaway!

Pheromone by Christopher Marley

Pheromone by Christopher Marley

Beautiful Bugs and Butterflies

Beautiful Bugs and Butterflies

If you happened to be hanging around the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store on Fifth Avenue last Thursday, you may have caught a glimpse of our friend, Christopher Marley, who was launching a new, one-of-a-kind series of his beautiful, “buggy” art.

"Lumens Prism"

"Lumens Prism"

Chris was kind enough to offer our readers a signed copy of his book, Pheromone, filled with gorgeous images of his work – no coffee table should be without this unique discussion piece!  So please leave a comment below with your email address or send us an email at by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2011 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Sunday.

Photos via Christopher Marley