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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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.
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
Silver Magnolia Garland
Wishing you a weekend full of sparkle and shine!
trees / candles / star / soap/ garland / wreath
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
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
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.
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
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