Happy Purple Holidays
Can you guess what Pantone’s Color of the Year is for 2018? Ultra Violet is a complex, celestial purple that sits closer to blue on the color wheel than red. Given that this hue has a mystical and spiritual quality, we’re not surprised that the folks at Pantone chose it.
After all that’s been happening socially and politically this year, it’s time to infuse a little purple magic in our lives, and in our homes. You can make quite an statement by painting your entry a gorgeous shade of lilac…
Or take a cue from Alex Papachristidis and mix different shades to create a living room that is energizing, yet relaxing.
Who wouldn’t want to dine in this divine nook?
And getting a good night’s rest would be easy in this lovely lavender bed room.
Since ultra violet has both warm and cool qualities, it’s more versatile than you think. We’ve even paired it with Greenery (this year’s Pantone choice) to great effect!
tree / entry / living room / dining room / bed room / sitting room
Quinto Welcomes You!
When you cross a super talented photographer (who’s a complete minimalist!) with an interior designer known for her whimsical yet modern style you get a storybook 1916 cottage decked out for the holidays… and some lovely images in the pages of this month’s Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine.
Modern + Whimsy
Those of you who follow us on Instagram and read this blog know how much we admire Jane Beiles and her work, and we’ve featured her home here before. We’re also huge fans of another local gem, Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico Interiors, so when the two teamed up to decorate for the holidays, we had to be in on the action! [Yes, the pine branches in the picture above are ours but not the fresh greenery below…]
Wanting her home to feel festive but not scream holidays (no red and green tartan here!), Jane had local floral studio Birch Designs adorn the front door and staircase with fresh greens and create arrangements appropriate for the season.
Sugar + Spice
“Tis The Season for Amaryllis
Lindsey added frosted pine cones, illuminated birch trees and glittery reindeer to the mix to create a slightly Scandinavian feel, perfect for the clean, yet lighthearted interiors. The result is fresh, peaceful and utterly charming.
Peace on Earth
Are you ready for the holidays?
photos by Jane Beiles
It’s A Wrap!
Wrapping paper is a bit like the icing on a cake – the prettier a gift is wrapped, the more you want to see what’s inside. We’re suckers for anything with a botanical print and the less traditional, the better. That’s why we fell hard for Justina Blakeney‘s new collection of wrapping paper when we discovered it on Instagram.
Let It Roll
Packages Tied Up With String
Truth be told, we haven’t tackled the shopping yet, but are truly inspired by Justina’s creative touch. She knows first hand how much a beautifully wrapped gift can enhance the whole experience of giving and receiving and shares some wonderful tips on her blog, Jungalow.
Foraged and Found
Why not add a succulent or charm to the bow for a special touch? Or try one of Justina’s pins for extra bling. Not only are the Jungalow patterns colorful and fun, they’re perfect throughout the year.
Noah Wrapping Paper
Hamsa Wrapping PAper
At some point we’ll stop procrastinating and actually have things to wrap… Are you all wrapped up for the season?
Fairfield Beach Modern
If you combined clean, comfortable style and added interesting, organic elements you’d get Sam Allen’s chic aesthetic. We’ve known Sam for years, ever since he broke out onto the local design scene at the age of 19, and are huge fans of his work. We’ve even been lucky enough to work with him on a number of projects and love it when he shows up at our studio on a whim.
Compo Beach Guest Room
Between setting beautiful tables for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala and taking on clients all over Fairfield County, Sam has found the time to redesign his website and it is as stylish as he is.
We dare you to spend some time browsing through his residential projects and not want to live in each and every space. Whether it’s an elegant living room, a luxurious kitchen or a colorful office, Sam’s interiors have a certain pizzazz that’s undeniably his.
Compo Beach Master Bedroom
Pied a Terre Office
It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Sam launched his eponymous firm (since he still looks like a teen) and we wish him all the best for many years to come!
Happy Friday and may your weekend be fabulous…
Who’s ready for Halloween? We definitely aren’t! Perhaps it has to do with the Indian summer we’ve been having… The leaves are barely falling and we haven’t had to pull out our fall jackets. And when it comes to fall decorating, there’s nary a pumpkin in sight. Thankfully, the boys are old enough that pumpkin carving is not on the agenda but we’d still like to celebrate the season in style.
That’s why we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and getting our paintbrushes out this weekend. No carve Halloween pumpkins are all the rage (time starved moms like us are making sure they are!) so why not join the ranks and try some of these ideas out.
To be honest, our mother is the creative one in the family so these first three designs may be more than we can handle…
Neon and Gold
But we’re willing to try the more monochromatic styles and who doesn’t love blue and white in any season. Hmmm… Maybe we can convince the boys to help!
P.S. Click on the photo links below to get to the DIY instructions.
moody / floral / foliage / neon / jade / marbled
Our Tres Chic Orchid
There’s a huge demand for mid-century modern design these days but most of the original furniture is way to pricey for our budget. That’s why we love France & Son where you can buy a Sputnik chandelier or a Barcelona-inspired chair for an affordable price. With a showroom in lower Chelsea and a full online site, France & Son offers a wide range of furniture and accessories designed by the likes of Sean Dix and Thomas Bina.
Shelves (Not Just For Books!)
Outdoors / Indoors
We’ve been fans of the store for a while so when they placed an order last month for our flowers, we were beyond thrilled. So we’d like to give a warm Wednesday welcome to France & Son!
P.S. And check out their design blog and Instagram feed – both are filled with pretty pictures and design inspiration.
Livia Cetti Paper Flowers
A rose is a rose is a rose… and depending on who created it (Clare Potter? Livia Cetti? Tommy Mitchell?), a faux rose can be made of paper, porcelain or even metal. After Avi Steinberg wrote a letter of recommendation for fake flowers in The New York Times Magazine (yeah, Avi!), we’ve seen more and more press on the variety of faux flowers out there.
Livia Cetti Orange Tree
Vladimir Kanevsky Loose Stems
Tommy Mitchell Wall Flowers
From the versions that we use made of high end poly-cottons that mimick the shape and feel of a petal or leaf to perfection (we call them “nature’s twins”) to the ones Livia Cetti makes out of paper, there’s a material to fit all tastes.
Clare Potter Ceramic Bouquet
Diane James Home In Full Bloom (coming soon!)
For those who still need convincing that faux flowers can be exquisite, take a look at these!
paper flowers / orange tree / stems / wall art / ceramic bouquet / faux bouquet
Kim and our Amazing Grace
One early Sunday morning in July we received an email from Mary Howard, set designer extraordinaire, with the subject “Flowers for fashion shoot – Urgent” and despite our “no work email” rule on weekends, we had to respond. The “huge fashion shoot” for a “high profile September issue” with a “very big celebrity” was happening the following Tuesday and Mary needed several arrangements of all sizes to put on tabletops in a New York City mansion.
Photo Shoot Prep
Needless to say, we jumped at the chance to work with Mary since we had seen her work on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair and the like. As we made our way up to Litchfield County that Sunday to see hot air balloons, we came up with a list of designs and speculated on who the “celebrity” might be. Monday morning we packed up the designs and sent them into the city, anxiously hoping that one or two would make the shoot.
Kim and our Gramercy Park
Kim and our Sunset Dreams
And then we waited… and waited, and waited until last week when it was revealed that the celebrity was none other than Kim Kardashian West and the shoot was the first fashion spread she has done with her four-year-old daughter, North. Interview, the magazine that featured our florals, is one we’ve read since we were teenagers and little did we know that it was founded by Andy Warhol. Shot by Steven Klein, the images are eye-catching and we love how our designs pop against the muted backgrounds.
Sunset Dreams and Amazing Grace
Perhaps we’ll start bending the “no work emails on weekend” rule more often…
Sit Still and Smile!
P.S. We couldn’t resist that last image as we remember the days when we tried to get the boys to sit still for photographs.
Leaning into Summer
We’re off to Canada to swim in a lake, toast some marshmellows and stargaze… Happy August and see you in a couple of weeks!
Mendelson Group – Hamptons Showhouse 2016
Move over fiddle leaf ficus, there’s a new tree in town! We couldn’t help but notice that more and more decorators, including Mark Sikes, Phoebe Howard and Gideon Mendelson, are adding the beautiful ficus maclellandii “Alii” to their rooms. Though its common name is banana leaf fig, we think that this elegant tree deserves the name royal ficus. Lush and chic, this ornamental tree has long slender leaves that fall gracefully from its branches and is the perfect complement to a blue and white planter or a rush basket.
Country Living – Lake House of The Year
Mark D. Sikes – Greystone Show House 2015
From the front hall to the living room and even on a covered porch, a royal ficus adds a natural touch to any room. And best of all, we have a faux version of the tree that is so lifelike, you can’t tell the difference (which means you never have to worry about watering it again!) While we don’t feature it on our site, you can see it on Instagram.
Phoebe Howard – Southeastern Showhouse 2016
Jackie Lanham – Buckhead
Mark D. Sikes – Hollywood Hills
All hail the royal ficus!
dining room / bedroom / entry / master suite / terrace / living room