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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

 

 

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Take a Peak at Spring 2016

A Twist on Tradition

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

Pink Peonies in Marbleized Ceramic Vase

The Twist Bouquet

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.

Lakeside Luxe

Lakeside Luxe

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

Lakeside Luxe Bouquet

Moth Orchid in Robe Ball Vase

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

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Sweet 2016!

Balloon Bash

Balloon Bash

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!

Cheers!

Cheers!

So here’s to a year filled with beauty, blessings…

Perfect Petit Four

Perfect Petit Four

Gilded Donuts

Gilded Donuts

and of course, blooms.

Pretty Petals

Pretty Petals

Beautiful Blooms

Beautiful Blooms

Wishing you all the very best this year!

balloon arch / cocktails / petit four / donuts / peonies / blooms

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Merry Christmas

Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright

May this beautiful holiday season bring you joy and a new year filled with peace and happiness!

See you in 2016…

xxoo

Carolyn and Cynthia

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The Posts of Christmas Past

Diane Decorates for The New York Times

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

Door Decor

Door Decor

and this one about our own holiday decor!  A Country Chic Christmas

Silver-white Winters That Melt Into Spring

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

May Your Days Be Bright

and Bing Crosby…  As Bing Would Sing

Print by Sarah Lugg

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

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

or Judy Garland

Thanks for strolling down memory lane with us.  Enjoy!

 

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Santa Baby

Santa's on Display

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 by the Door

Santa's in the Dining Room

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’s on the Shelf

Santa by the Fire

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

Merry Mercury Glass

The result is enchanting and makes us believe in the magic of Christmas…  Ho, ho, ho and happy Friday!

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Christmas in Connecticut

Tying One On

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

Pop of Purple

Kitchen Kringle

Kitchen Kringle

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.

Bedtime Bliss

Bedtime Bliss

Magnolia Garlands

Magnolia Garlands

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

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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When in Doubt… Add Sparkle!

Jeweled Trees

Jeweled Trees

Where did this week go?  As much as we’d love to stop time, we know it marches on and Christmas is really only three weeks away.  Three weeks to decorate the house, shop for presents, wrap those presents and plan a family get together…  not to mention that both our sons are high school seniors and college applications are due by December 31st!  The odds that those essays will eventually get written are pretty high but we’re a bit concerned about the holiday decorating.

Tree Candles

Tree Candles

Star Ornament

Star Ornament

So this weekend, in addition to a trip to Michaels where we’ll exercise some DYI muscle, we’ll attempt to add a little sparkle to our homes.  Perhaps, when all is said in done, we’ll even pour a little sparkle into a champagne flute.

Leaf Soap and Dish Set

Leaf Soap and Dish Set

Silver Magnolia Garland

Silver Magnolia Garland

Tinsel Wreath

Tinsel Wreath

Wishing you a weekend full of sparkle and shine!

trees / candles / star / soap/ garland / wreath

 

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What We’re Looking At…

New England Home - Connecticut

New England Home – Connecticut

We’re so thrilled to be featured in the Fall 2015 issue of New England Home Magazine and share with you “What We’re Looking At” this season…

Falling for Fall Foliage

Falling for Fall Foliage

Autumn is a beautiful time of year in New England, and we’re so lucky to live in an area filled with walking trails and scenic parks.  Mother Nature graces us with fabulous fall foliage, and there’s no better place to see the range of reds, oranges, and yellows than in our own Connecticut backyard.

The Twins in Belgium

The Twins in Belgium

During more than a decade spent in the Belgian countryside, our weekend outings always included a Sunday visit to the outdoor market.  There, we chose from a vast array of seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and breads to create a family dinner worthy of Julia Child, served at a table decorated with fresh flowers.

Fall Table

Fall Table

Our new Modern Barn collection this fall was inspired by the increasingly popular “farm to table” movement and no one does this better than Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant, The Inn at Pound Ridge.  The restaurant serves locally sourced ingredients in a modern barn setting, capturing everything we envisioned for these designs.

The Inn at Pound Ridge

The Inn at Pound Ridge

Fall Hydrangea Bouquet

Fall Hydrangea Bouquet

For more, pick up this month’s New England Home and see us on page 118!

magazine / foliage / twins / table / inn / bouquet