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
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…
with lots of summer reading (but not the kind required by middle school.)
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!
Every summer has its own story… what will be yours?
print / cocktails / living room / books / terrace / hydrangeas
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!
Throughout our childhood, our father was all about the A’s in school, while our mother helped us mind our B’s…
Bee Lovely *
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
Happy Friday to all and may your weekend be full of blooms!
all photos are linked to source
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 Detail
Honey Spurge Detail
Curate’s Egg Detail
P.S. A big thank you to Erica at Honestly WTF for the scoop!
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:
Make cocoa from scratch and add marshmallows – the more, the yummier.
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!
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
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.
And what better a place to curl up with a good book… we wouldn’t need our readers with all that natural light!
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.
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!)
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.