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Born from Silver Spoons…

Bouquets and Butterflies

and forks, and knives, and servers…  Yes, these unbelievable sculptures were composed entirely of old cutlery, clustered, bent and twisted by the creative hands of artist Ann Carrington.  We saw our fill of antique silver on our trip to the British Isles last week but never in such an imaginative way.  Needless to say, these works of art give everyday kitchen utensils a whole new meaning!

Devil’s Trump

Devil’s Trump Detail

Honey Spurge

Honey Spurge Detail

Curate’s Egg Detail

P.S.  A big thank you to Erica at Honestly WTF for the scoop!

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Getting Hygge With It

Hygge Home

What the heck is hygge?  No, it’s not a Will Smith song or the name of one of Lisa Vanderpump’s many Pomeranians…  Pronounced (hoo-guh), hygge is the Danish quality of living a cozy, comfortable and convivial life, especially throughout the winter months.  It’s no wonder Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world since embracing hygge leads to feelings of deeper contentment and a more joyful outlook.  If you’ve watched Caroline Fleming on Bravo’s Ladies of London, you’ll understand the concept.  One of our New Year’s resolutions is to add hygge to our lives so here are some ways we’re doing just that:

Hot Cocoa

Make cocoa from scratch and add marshmallows – the more, the yummier.

Candles

Light candles in every room of the house.

Back to Nature

Decorate with nature…  That’s an easy one and our plants don’t die!

Books

Read books, preferably curled up on a couch in front of the fire with a cozy throw.

Cozy Up Outdoors

Spend time outdoors – yes, even in the winter!  We bundle up with hats, scarves and gloves and go for walks with the dogs.  That way we can burn off the homemade hot cocoa and earn some downtime in front of the fire.  So what do you think…  to hygge or not to hygge?

home / cocoa / candle / nature / books / patio

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A Bright New Home for Philip Gorrivan

Welcome Home!

Philip Gorrivan is a master at mixing the traditional with the modern, the classic with the unexpected.  His projects strive to create a unique, authentic narrative, whether he’s designing a new fabric collection for Duralee or overhauling a 1920’s colonial in Washington, CT.  His stylish aesthetic can also be seen in his newly designed website which is simply gorgeous!  To celebrate his new online home, we wanted to revisit one of our favorite PGD projects which we saw in the pages of House Beautiful in 2015.  From the moment you enter the house, you get a sense that this is not your run of the mill antique.  David Hick’s Vase wallpaper sets the tone in the front hall while the gallery wall over a colorful sofa displays an eclectic taste for art.

Artful Display

And what better a place to curl up with a good book…  we wouldn’t need our readers with all that natural light!

Cozy Corner

Inspired by a collection of Swedish furniture, Philip had the dining room wallpapered from top to bottom with Chiavi Segrete by Piero Fornasetti and stuck to a cream colored palette.

Dreamy Dining

The clean white kitchen is fabulous and that light fixture adds the perfect touch of contemporary chic.

Clean and Chic

While all the bedrooms in this home are lovely, we adored the one designed for the clients’ son and couldn’t imagine any of our boys keeping their rooms in such impeccable order (especially our college first years who can’t seem to keep their laundry off the floor!)

“Man Cave”

With easy navigation and a full catalog of all current product lines, you could spend hours browsing Philip’s new site.  Best of all, he’ll soon be introducing a “market” section linked to eBay which will offer special vintage and hard to find pieces so you, too, have a bit of PGD in your life.

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Will Tropical Be a Trend in 2017?

Tropical Flora

We think it will!  Last year, Cuba was hot, hot, hot so it’s no surprise that the palm prints we loved so much in 2016 have been taken up a notch.  Tropical flair was seen on the Resort 2017 runways embraced by the likes of Tory Burch and Valentino…

Tropical Style

While Nina Campbell’s Palmetto print features towering palm frond vines – a playful twist on the classic strip that even Tarzan would enjoy.

Tropical Vines

Tropical botanical prints will show up on our walls as well so it’s no wonder Frontgate collaborated with the New York Botanical Garden to create the Exotic Flora Art Collection.

Tropical Prints

Last but not least, we predict that jungle animals will make a comeback (as if leopard print ever went out of style), in the shape of parrot feathers and monkeys!

Tropical Feathers

Tropical Fauna

Who knows, you might spy a bird of paradise in our collection this year…

flowers / fashion / wallpaper / art / mat / fabric

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Dreaming of a White (House) Christmas!

The Grand Foyer

The Grand Foyer

What do you get when you mix 92 volunteers elves from 33 states with 7,500 strands of colored ribbon, 150 pounds of gingerbread, 200,000 Lego pieces, 70,000 ornaments and a 19 foot spruce?  A White House Christmas, of course!  This year’s theme, “The Gift of the Holidays” highlights Michelle’s core initiatives as first lady – education, health and military service.

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

The Blue Room tree is trimmed to honor the U.S. military and their families with mirrored ornaments and a garland with the preamble to the Constitution …

The Green Room

The Green Room

while the Green Room is decked out with garlands of lemons and limes symbolizing Michelle’s love of healthy eating and the “Let’s Move” program.

Gingerbread (White) House

Gingerbread (White) House

Gingerbread houses are a favorite this time of year and the 300-pound one that graces the State Dining Room is an exact replica of the White House including models of Bo and Sunny, the first dogs.  Also in the dining room are two trees decorated with Lego houses, each representing a state.

Bows and Balls

Bows and Balls

Last but not least, the halls and colonnades are dressed up for the holidays with glass balls, ribbons and bows to enchant even the Grinchiest of visitors.

The East Colonnade

The East Colonnade

Now if only we could get those elves to start decorating for us!

foyer / blue room / green room / gingerbread house / hall / colonnade

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Christmas Chandeliers

Branches and Baubles

Branches and Baubles

Now that Thanksgiving is but a memory of delicious food and fun family gatherings, it’s time to get out the lights, garlands and holiday decorations.  Most people deck the halls… and doors, mantles and tables but what about the chandeliers?  This fixture, often a focal point in a dining room or entry, is easy to decorate, even if all you have the energy for is hanging a couple of vintage ornaments.

Greens and Reds

Greens and Reds

We love the look of fresh winter greens mixed with ribbon and flowers but these tend to wilt and dry out before the celebrations are done.

Red Berries and Balls

Red Berries and Balls

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver

Vintage Vibe

Vintage Vibe

So this year we’re thinking of something with a bit more sparkle, like glass balls hung on velvet ribbons or perhaps crystal snowflakes and icicles.  Wouldn’t it be magical to dine at this table?

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

We’d love to hear how you’re decorating your home this year!

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Giving Burl A Whirl

HD Walls - Burl by Emily Van Genderen

HD Walls – Burl by Emily Van Genderen

According to several shelter magazines, burl is back and in a more modern way.  Wikipedia describes a burl as an outgrowth on a tree that disfigures it and it’s true, trees with burls aren’t that pretty.  But what’s interesting is that burl wood is prized for its beauty and rarity, and sought after by artists and furniture makers.

Worlds Away - Hudson Chest of Drawers

Worlds Away – Hudson Chest of Drawers

Williams Sonoma - Exotic Gallery Frames

Williams Sonoma – Exotic Gallery Frames

A hallmark the Biedermeier period, burl wood veneers made a comeback in the Art Deco movement and their retro look is still in fashion today.  The only difference is that the wood is brighter and lighter, and not as glossy.

Palecek - Olive Ash Burl Tray

Palecek – Olive Ash Burl Tray

Chairish - Lacquered Burl Wood Lamps

Chairish – Lacquered Burl Wood Lamps

From wallpaper and furniture to a broad range of home accessories, we’re giving burl a whirl…

Aerin - Chess Set

Aerin – Chess Set

How about you?

wallcovering / chest / frames / tray / lamps / chess set

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A Visit to the 2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse

2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse

2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse

During our long weekend in the Hamptons several weeks ago, we took a break from the beach and ventured into Sag Harbor to see the 2016 Hamptons Design Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home and benefiting Southampton Hospital.  This 10,000 square foot newly built three story home is on the market for a mere $5.195 million but it does come with a pool, spa, tennis court, gym, wine cellar and lots of privacy since it sits on 3+ acres of overlooking a 135 acre wooded reserve.

Great Room by Kate Singer Home

Great Room by Kate Singer Home

Directly through the foyer is the great room designed by Kate Singer Home in a soothing seaside palette of blues, whites and grays.  The hand painted de Gournay mural and the Michele Chandelier by Circa Lighting sets the tone for understated elegance.

Dining Room by Mendelson Group, Inc.

Dining Room by Mendelson Group, Inc.

Gideon Mendelson’s dining room is wallpapered with gray Phillip Jefferies grasscloth overlayed with white latticework and made all the more stunning with a fabulous ginko leaf chandelier similar to this Tommaso Barbi design we found on 1stdibs.

Living Room by Melanie Turner Interiors

Living Room by Melanie Turner Interiors

Statement chandeliers were definitely a trend in this year’s showhouse and Melanie Turner‘s geometric choice was perfect for this room which exuded sophisticated warmth.

Master Bath by Tilton Fenwick

Master Bath by Tilton Fenwick

We loved what the lovely ladies at Tilton Fenwick did with the master bath – the combination of their new Ikat Blossom wallpaper for Hygge & West with the salmon curtains was fresh and fun.

Bunk Room by Dodson Interiors

Bunk Room by Dodson Interiors

And finally, our favorite room…  The girly and glamorous bunk room (which every vacation home should have!) designed by Julie Dodson had a wonderful mix of patterns.  All in all, we thought this Hamptons Designer Showhouse was a big success and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Happy Friday!

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How Sam Allen Does Summer!

Summer's Here!

Summer’s Here!

Wunderkind designer, Sam Allen, knows how to live it up in style so, of course, we had to share his Summer Guide with you!  For those of you who don’t know Sam, he has been honing his interior design skills since the age of 12 and once he was featured in The New York Times at the ripe old age of 19, his career took off.  These days, when he’s not helping his chic clients with their homes in CT or the Hamptons, he can be seen on NBC Open House and CBS This Morning sharing his views on design trends.

Blue and White

Blue and White

Go Bold!

Go Bold!

Inside Outside

Inside Outside

Summer is underway so it’s not too late to incorporate some of Sam’s tips into your indoor and outdoor style.  We especially like his advice to be bold and select colors that make our heart sing!

Mix Patterns

Mix Patterns

Fresh Greens

Fresh Greens

Do you have any favorite ways to soak up summer?

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Colorful Cuba

Victor Minca - Trinidad Cuba

Victor Minca – Trinidad Cuba

With diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba warming up and travel restrictions easing, we predict that this exotic island will soon become the destination of choice once the twelve official reasons for travel are lifted.  We know we’d like to add some Havana nights to our bucket list and can’t wait to see the rainbow-hued houses and Art Nouveau influences.  We also know that we’d indulge in some tropical fashions and a variety of fruit flavored mojitos to celebrate our trip.

Pompom Gladiators

Pompom Gladiators

Harper's Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar

Raspberry Mojitos

Raspberry Mojitos

Relaxing in Havana

Relaxing in Havana

Old Havana Dinnerware

Old Havana Dinnerware

So, who would like to join us?

poster / sandals / model / mojitos / model / dinnerware