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Second Bloom

Cathy at Work

Whew, it’s been a busy week!  Not only are we working on our new Spring/Summer 2018 collection to be previewed next month by top buyers, we also put the finishing touches on 220 floral ornaments, 15 bouquets and two scotty topiaries for a presidential library installation…  Needless to say, we escaped to Instagram for some floral therapy.  And as always, we fell down the internet rabbit hole and ended up in Cathy Graham’s Wonderland.

Sensational Centerpiece

Sunday Brunch

Plate Designs

Wallpaper?

Second Bloom

Known for her pretty parties and fab flowers, Cathy published a book this week on the art of setting a terrific table, just in time to inspire us for our new designs.  So we leave you with her wonderful work and wish you all a weekend full of beauty!

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Insta Find

Insta Find: The Farmhouse Project

The Woodman House

The title of this post should be “Insta Love” since it was love at first sight when we learned about The Farmhouse Project through one of the “two boys” (the designer/artist, a.k.a. the perfectionist) and set eyes on their fabulous feed.  Over the past year we’ve watched (i.e. stalked) this creative duo as they renovate their 1800’s farmhouse in the Catskills and celebrate the seasons in style.

Lush Lilacs

Elderberry Martinis

Springtime Table

New Guest Room

From flowers, food and cocktails, to home decor and table settings, you can count on a daily dose of deliciousness.  While the online store is yet to be launched, the website does have a lovely blog with beautiful images and thoughtful posts.  We almost want to pack our bags and move to their neck of the woods…

Art by PVE

And best of all, blogging bestie and artist Patricia Van Essche did all the artwork…  Click on over to The Farmhouse Project – you won’t be disappointed!

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Insta Find

Insta Find: #CandyMinimal

Before and After (Jelly Bean Filter)

Before and After (Jelly Bean Filter)

Have you heard of the #CandyMinimal photo movement?  Well, neither had we until we stumbled upon a blog post by the creative gals at A Beautiful Mess about the movement’s founder, Matt Crump, and the new filter pack he developed for their app, A Color Story.  Matt has made a name for himself in this genre and ended up as one of TIME magazine’s top 50 Instagram photographers to follow in 2015.

Blossoms

Blossoms

Palm Lineup

Palm Lineup

#CandyMinimal is a super saturated photo style that takes a simple picture (ergo, minimal) and infuses it with bright or pastel candy-colored hues like bubblegum pink or banana yellow.  This type of filter is best used on images of single objects like buildings, flowers, food, even candy!  And make sure there’s plenty of negative space around the subject to create contrast.

Swings

Swings

Greens

Greens

Since we’re novices at this, we tried our hand at using the Candy Minimal pack on a Victorian building we shot in Carlsbad.  Jelly Bean brought out the blues, don’t you agree?

Carlsbad

Carlsbad

Blame our California state of mind but we think #CandyMinimal is so much fun and why not add a little colorful whimsy to our world!

beach / blossoms / palms / swings / plants / store

In the Garden, Insta Find

Insta Find: Flower of The Day

Dahlia

Dahlia

As the colors in our gardens begin to fade, we know we can turn to Instagram to get an eyeful of beautiful blooms.  One of our favorite “grammers” is the lovely Stacy Bass, garden photographer extraordinaire, and her #floweroftheday #365dayproject gives us a daily dose of pretty petals.  Fortunately, Stacy’s on day 75 of 365 so we know we’ll have enough colorful corollas to last us through the winter.

Eremerus (Foxtail Lily)

Eremerus (Foxtail Lily)

Succulent

Succulent

They say that if you take a picture a day, not only do you become a better photographer, but you also see the world in a different light and pay more attention to the details.  If you’re not necessarily the creative type, taking a picture every day may even take you out of your comfort zone with surprising results.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Clematis

Clematis

While we’re not ready to tackle a 365 Project ourselves, we’re glad that others have (including our blogging bestie Jeanne from I Dream Of who is painting a daily sketch) and are posting their pictures for all of us to enjoy.

Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

Who wouldn’t want to spend time procrastinating looking at these lovelies?

flowers

Insta Find

Insta Find: Her Majesty’s Pleasure

Divine Decor

Divine Decor

What do you get when you cross a curated beauty salon, cafe, boutique and cocktail bar?  The best girls’ day or night out ever!  Sadly, you’ll have to travel to Toronto to indulge your whims at Her Majesty’s Pleasure but it would be worth the trip.

Nail Salon

Nail Salon

Bar

Bar

Nestled in the hip neighborhood of King West Village, this one-of-a-kind destination will have your senses humming and best of all, you leave relax and pampered.  We can’t think of anything more fun than mixing a glass of bubbly with a blowout or a plate of macarons with a manicure.

Girls' Night Out

Girls’ Night Out

Wow!

Wow!

And let’s not forget the fresh, open space decorated with a French touch…  We can’t think of a better way to spend time with friends so we may be booking a trip soon!  Would you join us?

Wall of Polish

Wall of Polish

Happy Friday and wishing everyone a weekend full of little pleasures.

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Insta Find

Insta Find: Flora Forager

Blossoms

Blossoms

When the ever so stylish Orli Ben-Dor, Market Editor at Hearst Magazines says she’s obsessed with something, we tend to check that something out.  In the April 2015 edition of House Beautiful, Orli gives artist Bridget Beth Collins a shout out and we now know why she’s so excited.  Inspired by all things flora, Bridget Beth takes what she finds in the wildflower woodlands and mossy waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest and creates the most enchanting and whimsical art under the name Flora Forager.  We were immediately charmed by her Instagram page which is simply magical…

Floral Fun

Floral Fun

Primrose Piglet

Primrose Piglet

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Meadow

Meadow

Bibbity Boppity BOO!

Bibbity Boppity BOO!

From pictures of individual blossoms to more composed still lifes, portraits and landscapes, Bridget Beth transports you to a world where perhaps fairies and unicorns are real.  You just can’t help but fall under her spell!

Photos: blossoms / fun / piglet / frida / meadow / wand