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
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
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
How about you?
wallcovering / chest / frames / tray / lamps / chess set
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Photos by yours truly
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
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!
Do you have any favorite ways to soak up summer?
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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.
Relaxing in Havana
Old Havana Dinnerware
So, who would like to join us?
poster / sandals / model / mojitos / model / dinnerware
A Twist on Tradition
We’re thanking our lucky stars that the International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is actually a week later this year since we’re heading down today… There’s no way we would have gotten our act together to sell our Spring/Summer 2016 collections without the extra time! We’ve been told by our key accounts who saw the new designs at Tabletop last fall that they are some of the prettiest they’ve seen so we’re hoping they’ll be well received down south.
Pink Peonies in Marbleized Ceramic Vase
The Twist Bouquet
Drawing inspiration from one of our favorite new books, Modern Mix by our friend Eddie Ross, A Twist on Tradition is a collection of bouquets that are both traditional and contemporary at the same time. Instead of arranging pink peonies in a classic blue and white Chinese porcelain container, why not use a marbleized ceramic vase? Or tie up white and green tulips in bunches with natural raffia to create a more modern bouquet? Even adding cut orchid blossoms to a composition can make it look fresh and current.
Casual yet chic, our new Lakeside Luxe collection strikes the perfect balance between the feeling of a summer’s day on the water and the elegance of a lakeside home. The blue, green and white hued palette, combined with unique containers made of wood, sea grass and etched glass, helps capture the quiet essence of lakeside living. Though designed with a lakeshore cottage in mind, these beautiful summer blooms are truly versatile and will complement many styles of décor.
Lakeside Luxe Bouquet
Moth Orchid in Robe Ball Vase
We’d love to see if you you’re shopping the show so please stop by our booth #308 in High Design (Building 2, Floor 1) – we’ll be there through Monday!
dining room / peonies / twist / living room / bouquet / orchid
Even though we’re swearing off all temptations and forgoing desserts and wine this month, we’d still like to raise our glass to a very sweet 2016!
So here’s to a year filled with beauty, blessings…
Perfect Petit Four
and of course, blooms.
Wishing you all the very best this year!
balloon arch / cocktails / petit four / donuts / peonies / blooms
Merry and Bright
May this beautiful holiday season bring you joy and a new year filled with peace and happiness!
See you in 2016…
Carolyn and Cynthia
Diane Decorates for The New York Times
In the spirit of Charles Dickens (and to give us time to wrap our gifts!), we thought we might revisit some of our favorite holiday posts starting with this one about Christmas trees… Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
and this one about our own holiday decor! A Country Chic Christmas
Silver-white Winters That Melt Into Spring
In other posts, we sang along with The Sound of Music… As Maria Would Sing
May Your Days Be Bright
and Bing Crosby… As Bing Would Sing
What If Christmas Doesn’t Come From a Store?
And we always find the perfect quote to wish you all a Merry Christmas, whether if be from Dr. Seuss
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
or Judy Garland…
Thanks for strolling down memory lane with us. Enjoy!
Santa’s on Display
His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
Santa’s by the Door
Santa’s in the Dining Room
Who doesn’t love jolly St. Nick? We can’t resist a great Santa and neither can our friend, Stacy – she’s been collecting them for over 20 years. Her 1940’s colonial is decked out for the holidays and all of her Santa’s are on display. Stacy has 35 of them so they can be found everywhere!
Santa’s on the Shelf
Santa by the Fire
On shelves in the living room, study and kitchen, in the front hall, by the fireplace, on benches and windowsills… and even on the plates in her dining room. Besides Santa’s, Stacy also collects mercury glass which lends a certain sparkle to her holiday decor.
Merry Mercury Glass
The result is enchanting and makes us believe in the magic of Christmas… Ho, ho, ho and happy Friday!
Tying One On
Darien designer Beth duPont knows a thing or two about collecting and what better time to display boxes of vintage garlands, ornaments and even brush trees than the holidays. Starting with the biggest tree she can fit in her Victorian home, Beth decorates every room from wall to wall and from ceiling to floor. Even her mirrors, art and statues get a festive touch!
Pop of Purple
Beth’s passion for the holidays was passed down to her by her mother who, as a visual merchandiser for department stores, “could make chocolates on a porcelain plate look beautiful.” Our mother also has the Christmas decorating gene but sadly she didn’t pass it on to us… Needless to say, we have a hard enough time tying a ribbon on a wreath or topping a tree with a star.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate festive decking of the halls when we see it and Beth’s home does not disappoint. Doesn’t this make you want to sing falalalala?
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