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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

 

Inspirations, The Latest Buzz

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

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You’re Invited…

Invitation Suite

Invitation Suite

to a wedding celebrated last year on a beautiful fall day in Palm Springs.  The bride – a friend we’ve known for years of doing the Atlanta and New York gift shows – is a product designer for one of our favorite companies, HomArt.  The groom – a dashing Norwegian we have yet to meet in person but heard about and now seen in pictures.  The venue – Casa De Los Arcos, a masterpiece of architecture designed by John O’Neil with 84 arches and all the warmth, light and details Julia had wanted for her big day.

The Blushing Bride

The Blushing Bride

A Bouquet of Roses and Succulents

A Bouquet of Roses and Succulents

Upon her engagement, Julia asked her very talented grade school friend, Nancy Teasley from Oak and The Owl, to collaborate with her (they had dreamed of working together for quite a while) and the result were florals celebrating the arid setting (tillandsias and succulents) softened by garden roses and warmed by brass accents.  It took Julia and Nancy over eight months of searching flea markets and thrift shops to gather the vintage brass candlesticks and vessels used in the designs.

Vintage Brass Centerpiece

Vintage Brass Centerpiece

As a designer, Julia knew how to create those special touches that made her wedding such a feast for the senses – from designing a custom monogram and invitation suite, to bringing in some products from HomArt like picture frames, one of a kind furniture from the FOUND Collection, and cast brass feathers which were placed at each guest’s place setting.

Vintage Touches

Vintage Touches

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

The party was held under the stars at tables stretching down the estate’s lawns and the locally and sustainably sourced meal was cooked on site by Foundation 10 Catering.  As wine flowed from stemless glasses, the guests dined on dishes served family style accompanied by a ukulele playing the couple’s favorite songs.  What a wonderful evening it must have been and aren’t we lucky that all the pretty pictures shot by Lane Dittoe can be seen on Style Me Pretty?  It’s almost as if we were there!

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The Perfect Balance

Balance 1

Balance 1

Words to live by: “I am a perfectionist but I know how to live life.  When I’m working, it’s 100%.  When I’m with my friends, I put everything away and enjoy life.  When I come home to my kids, it’s pure joy and everything’s worth it.  Every time, I really focus 100% on one thing.  I’ve learned how to juggle my life and I feel like now I have the perfect balance.” ~ Monique Lhuillier

Balance 2

Balance 2

Balance 3

Balance 3

Balance 4

Balance 4

Balance 5

Balance 5

Balance 6

Balance 6

Yup, that pretty much sums up our new mantra for March (if only it were true!)

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California Dreamin’

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

We’ve got California on our mind as we pack our bags and escape to the West Coast for a couple of days to visit some stores and perhaps a college or two.  Given that our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by coastal California decor, we’ve been collecting images of some of our favorite homes – many of which have that eclectic bohemian vibe mixed with modern flair that make these settings so fresh and fun.  Going to school in California may be a dream for our boys but we need to let them explore all the opportunities available to them…  and there are worse places to retire to (just case they never move back!)

Eclectic Dining

Eclectic Dining

Modern Family Mix

Modern Family Mix

Sunny Dan Francisco

Sunny San Francisco

Lush Gardens

Lush Gardens

Manly Malibu

Manly Malibu

Have a dreamy rest of the week and see you all next Monday.

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Acorns, Pumpkins and Flowers

Fall Fantasy

Fall Fantasy

What happened to this week?  It flew by to say the least.  Between an adventurous long weekend in Montreal (thanks to Sandy from You May Be Wandering), an amazing bloggers’ luncheon at the gorgeous home of Tina from The Enchanted Home, putting our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection to bed and preparing for Tabletop next week (not to mention a trip to Boston this weekend to cheer on one of our sons at the Head of the Charles regatta), we’ve barely had any time to think about writing a blog, let alone posting one.  So we leave you on this Friday in the middle of October with these lovely bouquets which capture the essence of fall – flowers, acorns and pumpkins.  From autumn hues of coral, orange and gold…

October Wedding

October Wedding

Orange Crush

Orange Crush

to pretty pinks and pastels, we think fall flowers are fabulous!

Pink and White

Pink and White

Rosy Gourds

Rosy Gourds

Pastels in a Pumpkin

Pastels in a Pumpkin

Wishing you all a fun-filled Friday and a wonderful weekend.

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A Lesson in Layering

Vignette

Vignette

The weather this week has been absolutely delightful – cooler than usual August days and perfect sleeping weather at night.  Normally the A/C is running at full arctic blast but not this year.  With the boys preparing to go back to school and September on our doorstep, it’s time for a lesson in layering brought to you by Vogue Living Australia and interior designer Pamela Makin.  The client, a mother who lives with her three sons, wanted to refresh her Balmoral, Sydney home with a neutral palette and a mix of traditional and modern elements so she called on Pamela and her firm, Les Interieurs, for help.

Comfy Couch

Comfy Couch

We can just imagine the boys relaxing on the comfy couch wrapped up in the faux fur throw, their feet on the Corinthian-style coffee table…

Wheel Mirror

Wheel Mirror

and guests lounging in the “winter” living room in front of this 19th-century French mirror.

Dining Table

Dining Table

The dining room with its weathered oak dining table lit by Bocci pendant lights is perfect for family gatherings…

Serene Bedroom

Serene Bedroom

while the master bedroom is the epitome of calm repose.

Perfect Pool

Perfect Pool

And last but not least, the pool where layers of lush greenery provide some privacy and create a natural backdrop for the custom outdoor daybed by Les Interieurs.  Though we’re heading into fall, the Aussies are heading into spring so this gorgeous outdoor space will soon be getting lots of use!

Photos: vignette, couch, mirror, table, bed and pool