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The New “It” Tree

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

Inspirations

Summer Lovin’

Summer Print

Summer’s here and you know what that means!  Serious pressure to enjoy every single minute of the season and create memories to last a lifetime…  right?  We love summer and this year we’re going to make a huge effort to step away from our office and try new things.  Fridays will be dedicated to fun (#fridayfun) so you know there’ll be some sightseeing, shopping and sipping involved!

Rosemary, Grapefruit and Gin Cocktails

We have several getaways planned and many of them will include lazy days by a lake…

Lakeside Beauty

with lots of summer reading (but not the kind required by middle school.)

Beach Reads

Our terraces are all abloom so we’ll be taking full advantage of sunny days and warm nights to dine alfresco…

Al Fresco Dining

and hydrangeas of all kinds will be part of our tabletop decor!

Peegee Hydrangeas

Every summer has its own story…  what will be yours?

print / cocktails / living room / books / terrace / hydrangeas

 

Inspirations

Thanks, Mom!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to revisit one of our posts and thank our beautiful mother for her love and support over all these years!

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Throughout our childhood, our father was all about the A’s in school, while our mother helped us mind our B’s…

Bee Yourself *

Bee Lovely *

Bee Happy

Bee Charming

Bee Bubbly

Bee Bubbly

Bee Gracious

Bee Gracious

Bee Sweet

Bee Sweet

Bee Thoughtful

Bee Thoughtful

And above all, “bee” all that you can “bee”!

P.S.  Yes, we know – there’s no bee in the first image but Audrey is sporting a mighty fine beehive…  Happy Mother’s Day!

Audrey / ring / soap / plates / cookies / card

Inspirations

Mark Your Calendars: Southeastern Designer Showhouse

Upstairs Sitting Room – Rivers Spencer

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles second annual spring showcase of the region’s design industry talents opens next week and if the showhouse is anything like last year’s, it won’t disappoint!  Returning designers Phoebe Howard and Lauren DeLoach will be joined by the likes of Huff Harrington Home, Stan Topol, Sarah Bartholomew and more.

Dining Room – Suzanne Kasler

Al Fresco Dining Room – Beth Webb

For those of you who didn’t see the 2016 showhouse in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park neighborhood, we thought it might be fun to revisit some of our favorite rooms.  While the house included over 25,000 square feet of living space, the designers did a beautiful job creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Soaring ceilings were painted a traditional blue or accented with fabulous light fixtures and lush carpets softened the bare floors.  A neutral palette was preferred by many but not by Lisa Mende and Parker Kennedy Living whose rooms were filled with whimsical pops of color.

Master Suite – Phoebe Howard

A house in the south is not a home until it’s decorated with flowers and plants and many of the rooms featured lovely arrangements and greenery (including a custom Diane James design!)

Bedroom – Parker Kennedy Living

Covered Terrace – Lisa Mende

For more information about the 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, click here!  May we’ll see you there…

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Inspirations

Pastoral and Pretty

@nicamille

Needless to say, we LOVE Deborah Needleman and even more so after reading her story on the emerging trend for wilder floral arrangements in T Magazine this past weekend.  We’ve been embracing the Constance Spry style of using branches, berries and all manner of woodland flora for years in our bouquets so we’re happy to hear that fresh flowers are heading that way as well.

@mckenzie_powell

This pretty and pastoral movement lead by the likes of Erin Benzakein of Floret Farm and Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua has inspired any number of millenials to quit their day jobs and take up flower farming.  While we’re not there yet (ahem, black thumbs!), we do feel a certain kinship with these adventurous women and want to be token members of their floral sisterhood.

@tulipinadesign

@sarah_winward

Let’s hope this trend gains momentum as we’d really love to see the mass production of insecticide-laden flowers be replaced by more planet-friendly farm to table versions.

@junesblooms

Happy Friday to all and may your weekend be full of blooms!

@lovenfreshflowers

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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

Inspirations

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

Inspirations

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