and get this!
Winter whites at their best…
What better way to cope with ten inches of newly fallen snow on the ground than to think about making plans for summer! We have friends who have just renovated a lake house in Canada so we’re hoping we’ll get an invitation this year. Whiling away a summer’s day in a hammock on the shore would be right up our alley. In the meantime, we came across this fabulous home in the Muskoka Lakes region which has us dreaming of warmer days ahead.
Designed by once-Connecticut resident Ann Hepfer, this cheerful summer home is filled with pops of color and comfortable spaces… and some unexpected accents like a hot pink JuJu headdress and a chandelier made of porcupine quills.
Ann describes the home’s aesthetic as “preppy boho” where layers and textures abound. Vintage wicker furniture gets a modern touch with ikat and geometric patterns while the unexpected palette of brights hues creates a sense of fun and whimsy.
The entire home is designed to bring the outdoors in with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the serene lake, and a screened-in porch for watching the sunset. They say summer months are short in Canada but in a home like this one, the memories would last throughout the year. Happy Friday!
It’s always fun to stroll the aisles in High Design during the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Show and even more fun to see new vendors in the vicinity of our booth. One such company was Canopy Designs; while new to High Design, we’ve know Merrie Shinder, the owner and lead designer since our days at the NY Gift Show on Pier 94.
Merrie’s been in business longer than we, launching her beautifully handcrafted lighting, home accessories and jewelry in 1993. Inspired by nature, Canopy’s lighting collection is exquisite and a number of pieces literally took our breath away. Her newest designs are inspired by the delicate workmanship, intricate details and elegant color palettes of kimonos and capture their essence perfectly.
Canopy Designs are available at ABC Home in Manhattan, at fine home decor and lighting retailers and through interior designers. Best of all, Merrie can create custom designs in case you’re looking for that special piece to light up your life!
We’re celebrating a big birthday this year and will be spending it somewhere special. Not that we know exactly where that place will be yet as we’re still in the idea gathering phase. Charleston is definitely on our list, and so is Austin. We hear both are hopping when it comes to hip hotels, fabulous food and window shopping. If we end up in Austin, we’ll make sure to stop by Heather Scott Home & Design, a beautiful store north of the city filled with an ever changing selection of furniture and home decor.
Heather’s signature style is described as classic, serene and chic and there’s not one room in her portfolio we wouldn’t want to live in. Even her store is filled with artfully created vignettes, leading her to win the ARTS award for Best Home Accents Store in the mid-west/south-west. Best of all, she decided our designs would complement her elegant aesthetic so you can now find our faux florals in Austin!
SO if you’re in Austin, please stop by and tell them we sent you!
The use of real stones in home decor is nothing new, ask designer Kelly Wearstler, who made the trend popular years ago. Her collections include everything from marble lips and dog bowls to bejeweled bottle openers and trinket boxes. But what would she think of these replicas?
We’re loving how the look of stone is being captured in so many ways and can now be displayed not only on the walls, but on the floor. Can you believe this is a rug?
This tile would be amazing on the floor of a luxurious bathroom…
while these coasters add the right splash of color to a coffee table.
And this serving board (ceramic, not marble!) elevates the lowly cheese plate to a stylish meal.
All we can say is… These are faux real!
What the heck is hygge? No, it’s not a Will Smith song or the name of one of Lisa Vanderpump’s many Pomeranians… Pronounced (hoo-guh), hygge is the Danish quality of living a cozy, comfortable and convivial life, especially throughout the winter months. It’s no wonder Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world since embracing hygge leads to feelings of deeper contentment and a more joyful outlook. If you’ve watched Caroline Fleming on Bravo’s Ladies of London, you’ll understand the concept. One of our New Year’s resolutions is to add hygge to our lives so here are some ways we’re doing just that:
Make cocoa from scratch and add marshmallows – the more, the yummier.
Light candles in every room of the house.
Decorate with nature… That’s an easy one and our plants don’t die!
Read books, preferably curled up on a couch in front of the fire with a cozy throw.
Spend time outdoors – yes, even in the winter! We bundle up with hats, scarves and gloves and go for walks with the dogs. That way we can burn off the homemade hot cocoa and earn some downtime in front of the fire. So what do you think… to hygge or not to hygge?
Our week in Atlanta was essentially all work and no play but we did get to slip out of the booth one day to see a wonderful presentation by the delightful husband and wife duo, Cortney and Robert Novogratz, hosted by Rue Magazine. Longtime readers of this little blog might remember a gushing Thursday Thank You we wrote back in 2011 about their Downtown Chic style and their seven beautiful children.
These days, the Novogratz’s split their time between a “castle” in the Hollywood Hills, a country house in the Berkshires and an amazing home in Trancoso, Brazil. Their business has grown to include not only one of a kind homes, but boutique hotels and iconic retail stores. They’ve even designed products for the likes of CB2 and Shutterfly and in fact, were introducing a fun and colorful collection of rugs for Momeni while at the show.
After their presentation, Cortney and Bob graciously took the time to meet their fans and sign their new book, Beachside Bohemian, and of course, we had to get two. One for the office, which is already slightly dogeared as we’ve spent quite a bit of time soaking up the practical tips for easy living by the sea. And a second to give away!
If you’d like to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Beachside Bohemian” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.