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History With A Twist

At Home with Jane Beiles

“You can’t judge a book by its cover” our mother often told us when we were young…  and when we saw Jane Beiles’ home for the first time last winter, we couldn’t help but be reminded of this.  What seems like an antique 1916 home on the outside is definitely not traditional on the inside.  Small, closed off rooms were transformed into light-filled open spaces by architect Louise Brooks and RR Builders, and filled with chic but comfortable modern furnishings by Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico Interiors.  The house was the perfect mix of old meets new and we were instantly charmed.

Family Room

Entry and Dining Room

Kitchen and Mudroom

So it’s no surprise that we are super excited to see Jane’s wonderful home featured in the April issue of HGTV Magazine (and not only because our very own fiddle leaf fig tree makes an appearance on page 110!)  Jane’s sunny personality shines through in the bright and happy interiors captured by photographer Alexandra Rowley and from the moment you enter the front door, you can’t help but feel at home.

Master Bedroom

Back Porch

While every room is a delight, we fell hard for the back porch which was decked out with winter greens and Christmas lights when we visited; we can only imagine how sweet it would be to spend a summer’s eve entertaining friends there.  Perhaps Jane will indulge our fantasies by throwing another party this spring!

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Friday Favorite

Friday Favorite: A Sensible Habit

Tulum Pinch Bowl with Spoon

Bet you thought this post was about eating healthier or getting more sleep…  but it’s not!  A Sensible Habit is the whimsical collection of home goods designed by our friend, Brandy Schuman.  By day, Brandy is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at Blabla Kids and by night, she gets her creative on in her Atlanta home studio.

Pretty Pink Spoon Rest

Rosé Club Enamel Pin

What started out as a blog documenting Brandy’s love of food and entertaining evolved into designing invitations for her friends and creating products that complemented her daily life.  Brandy then listed her collection on Etsy and things took off.

Porcelain Long Balance Earrings

Over the years, this multi-dimensional artist has explored different mediums and her current collections include ceramics, textiles, jewelry and stationery.  From pretty pinch bowls and spoon rests to sassy cards and funky earrings, Brandy’s collection has something for everyone (even all you rosé lovers out there!)

Flora Art

Cactus Gift Tags

We love the clean, colorful aesthetic of Brandy’s work and plan to make A Sensible Habit part of our everyday life…  no kale in sight!



Born from Silver Spoons…

Bouquets and Butterflies

and forks, and knives, and servers…  Yes, these unbelievable sculptures were composed entirely of old cutlery, clustered, bent and twisted by the creative hands of artist Ann Carrington.  We saw our fill of antique silver on our trip to the British Isles last week but never in such an imaginative way.  Needless to say, these works of art give everyday kitchen utensils a whole new meaning!

Devil’s Trump

Devil’s Trump Detail

Honey Spurge

Honey Spurge Detail

Curate’s Egg Detail

P.S.  A big thank you to Erica at Honestly WTF for the scoop!


Random Raves

Random Raves: Edinburgh and Dublin

Rosslyn Chapel

We’re back from a busy week of travel to Edinburgh and Dublin where we took in the sites, visited some colleges and indulged in the local cuisine.  Here are some of the things we’re still raving about now that we’re home.  A couple of days in Edinburgh gave us the chance to travel down to Hadrian’s Wall by way of Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.  Built in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, the chapel had fallen into disrepair, largely ignored by tourists until the book and movie brought it fame in 2003.  Now, over 150,000 people visit this beautiful example of Gothic craftsmanship annually after major conservation work was completed in 2007.

Angels with Bagpipes

Not only is Edinburgh perfect for history buffs, it’s also a great place for foodies.  Locally sourced ingredients abound and the meals we had at Angels with Bagpipes and The Outsider were beyond delicious.  Both restaurants are located in the Old Town and well worth the visit.

Windows on the World

A trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without spending some time in the National Museum of Scotland.  Even after three days of intensive sightseeing, we couldn’t pass up the chance to view the collections that trace the history of Scotland – its land, its people and their achievements.  We could have spent an entire day there, but for our tired legs and lack of time.

A Rainbow in Malahide

Dublin is an entirely different kind of city than Edinburgh, with a faster pace and a decidedly more modern feel.  Instead of staying in town, we picked an elegant apartment up the coast in Malahide, once a sleepy fishing village, now an upscale town that is an easy 20 minute commute by train (stay tuned for more on the apartment!)

Guinness Storehouse

When in Dublin, do as the natives do…  Drink Guinness and spend a morning at the Storehouse, an interactive museum that will teach you anything and everything you wanted to learn about Ireland’s top brew.

The Book of Kells

And finally, one of our most favorite tours was a private viewing of a national treasure and some say, miracle – The Book of Kells – which is on exhibit in the library at Trinity College.  This 1,200 year old illustrated manuscript has survived Viking raids, the English Reformation, and two months in a ditch and it’s still breathtakingly beautiful.  The visit is well worth the extra expense of booking an early access tour to beat the crowds (over 600,000 visitors yearly) and learn about this magnificent work of art!

P.S.  If any of you are planning to visit these cities, please do send us an email; we have so much more to share.

chapel / restaurant / museum / marina / storehouse / manuscript

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Antique Silver Birds

with this…

Beautiful Blossoms

and get this!

White Living Room by Solis Betancourt

Winter whites at their best…

birds / blossoms / living room


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home on Winstowe Island

Welcome to Wistowe Island

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.

A Multicolor Space

A Fun Family Room

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.

A Divine Dining Room

A Marvelous Master Bedroom

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.

A Perfect Porch

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!

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Friday Favorite

Friday Favorite: Canopy Designs

Branches Globe Pendant

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.


Branches Chandelier

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.

Lacy Drum

Kimono with Koi

Willow Sconce

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!



What's in Store

Meet Heather Scott Home & Design

Austin Parade Home

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.

Fort Worth Georgian

Fort Worth Georgian

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!

Southern Living Custom Showcase Home

Found Retail Store

Greenery Accents

SO if you’re in Austin, please stop by and tell them we sent you!