Home Sweet Home
On a windy, gray day last fall, we headed to a gorgeous waterfront home in Rowayton to shoot lifestyle images of our new Spring 2018 collections. Needless to say, the home was fabulous, not to mention the views… and absolutely perfect to showcase our Urban Oasis designs.
A Star Is Born
Our friend and super talented photographer, Jane Beiles, showed up camera in hand and we spent the next four hours shooting away. Many hands made light work and with the help of another friend, we were able to fluff and photograph over 20 different designs in different rooms of the house.
BLOOMS Breath of Spring
We’ve just added the Urban Oasis collection to our website and it’s already proven to be a best seller! Inspired by all the greenery we’re seeing in floral design, this collection is as fresh as it is unexpected. We’ve paired anthurium leaves with vintage bottles, succulents with white clay bowls and boxwood topiaries with hand-thrown terra cotta pots.
And since we always want a realistic touch, we’ve even added some bugs to our gift selection! These are made by a Charleston designer and are far from icky.
Goldbug Stayin’ Alive Pendant Necklace
Best of all, we captured all the fun we had in a video so you, too, can see what went into the shoot… Click here to see our “Behind The Scenes” video and here to shop the new collection!
Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.
A stop at Ponce City Market has become a must for us when we’re in Atlanta and this time we ventured beyond the food hall to discover Le Jardin Francais, a grab-and-go kiosque featuring beautiful blooms and terrific textures. Marie-Laure, founder and owner of Le Jardin Francais, combines the classic French style that her shop on Howell Mill Road is known for with the rustic industrial style of the market to create a space that is both enchanting and functional.
Hellebores and Tulips
Orchids, Roses and Hydrangeas
As full-fledged flower lovers, we couldn’t resist buying a little posy to keep us company while in Atlanta, though choosing one over another was difficult. Seasonal anemones, tulips, hyacinths and hellebores spilled out of interesting metal and glass vases as if they had been hand picked in the garden that very morning (which was unlikely given that it was 34 degrees that day!)
Tulips and Calla Lilies
Peonies, Roses and Berries
The company’s philosophy is to respect the cycles of nature and be inspired by the rhythms of the seasons. And according to Marie-Laure, “The objective is not to take the most perfect flower grown in the green house and arrange it with another perfect flower or foliage, but to recognize the most beautiful specimens of what is provided naturally, and to create something beautiful.”
Roses, Orchids and Viburnum
We completely agree, even if we do work with faux fleurs.
Simple Winter Greens
As we mentioned in our Instagram post yesterday, we’re keeping things simple this year, embracing our inner wabi-sabi and finding the beauty in the not-so-perfect. Winter greens are a beautiful way to bring the outdoors in and we’re loving a mix of eucalyptus, cedar and pine. Not only do the greens pop against a white door or banister, the combined scents are heavenly.
Simple cedar on the mantle can be dressed up with gold and silver balls or a glitzy garland…
while a simple pine accent at each place setting will make your family and friends feel oh so warm and welcome.
Perfect Place Setting
Stems of boxwood and cedar can be wrapped with a pretty ribbon for a swag to hang by the door and pine boughs can fill metal orbs for a festive outdoor planting.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, it really is time to decorate!
sprigs / stairs / mantle / place setting / swag / orb
Happy November! Fall has finally arrived and as the flowers fade in our gardens, we’re reminded that we have to wait until spring for bright blooms to reappear. That’s why we’re thankful that our blogging bestie Jeanne reached out to us to let us know that her wonderful watercolors are now available for purchase on her website! What better way to survive the long winter months than with one of her pretty paintings…
Jeanne’s Parisian Peonies
More Parisian Peonies
Flowers are one of Jeanne’s favorite things to paint and this year they took her to Paris where she stalked peonies (no pun intended!) at the outdoor markets then painted them each evening, a brush in one hand and a glass of rosé in the other. We can just picture her in her Saint Germain des Prés apartment capturing their happiness and elegance to a tee!
Jeanne at Work
These Parisian blooms are now available – along with a year’s worth of floral watercolors – on Jeanne’s online store. Ranging in size from 5″ x 7″ to 11″ x 14″, these paintings make the perfect gift for flower lovers everywhere. And for those of you in the Seattle area, stop by Watson Kennedy where you can see Jeanne’s collection of exclusive paintings inspired by the owner, Ted.
Be So Brave Bouquet
People say pictures are worth a thousand words so we finally decided to book our favorite photographer, Jane Beiles, to shoot lifestyle images of our Fall 2017 collection. The house we scouted belongs to the wonderful artist and founder of Jack and Lulu, Julie Bowers Murphy, who was kind enough to let us take it over for a day.
The Highlands Bouquet
Before the shoot we had spent some time in the house deciding which spaces would work for our new designs. Since the collection was called Alpine Attitude (where rustic earthy elements mix with modern flair) we wanted to incorporate Julie’s whimsical, yet contemporary, taste as much as possible. Thank goodness she had so many decorative items to play with and her paintings made a wonderful backdrop!
In Full Bloom Bouquet
Needless to say, Jane is a total pro and knew exactly how to make our flowers come alive. Not to mention Pretzel, Julie’s adorable pup, who decided he wanted to be part of the action.
Little Nell Bouquet
Chalet Chic Bouquet
We love how the pictures turned out and we hope you do, too… Here’s to a happy fall season full of beauty and of course, flowers!
And thus the soul – if fortune cast
Its love to live in scenes less bright, –
Should bloom amidst the adverse blast: –
Nor suffer sorrow’s clouds to blight
Its outward beauty – inward light.
Thus should she live and flourish still,
Though misery’s frost might strive to kill
The germ of hope within her quite: –
Thus should she hold each beauty fast,
And bud and blossom to the last.
We’re delighting in dahlias and are reminded of this Victorian poem praising this bloom’s ability to withstand all kinds of weather.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes… Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
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If you can’t tell from our Instagram feed, we looooove hydrangeas and our gardens are overflowing with these beautiful blooms right now. There’s nothing like going out to the yard in the early morning and delighting in their exuberance and even though we’ve made a number of bouquets, the blossoms just keep coming. Not that we’re complaining…
Dolce & Gabbana Top
Pinks, blues and purples play a big role in our wardrobe so we’re hoping to capture the feeling of heavenly hydrangeas throughout the summer with some fun outfits and accessories. If we had our way, we’d invest in all of the Dolce & Gabbana hydrangea pieces but perhaps that would be too much.
Eberjey Timba Print PJ Set
Poupette St. Barth Bobo Mini Dress
Smith & Cult Font-Leroy Polish
Miu Miu Bag Charm
Happy Friday and may your weekend be filled with flowers!
flowers / top / pj’s / dress / polish / charm
The Flower Bandit
Fabulous floral designer Lewis Miller (a.k.a.the flower bandit) strikes when you least expect it and in the most unusual places… Washington Square, the East Village, and Central Park have all been recipients of Miller’s flower bombs. And most recently, he and his merry band of florists added a bright purple Mohawk to Botero’s famous cat sculpture outside the Crosby Street Hotel in honor of the Met Ball.
Crosby Street Hotel
Alice in Wonderland in Central Park
Whether in the shape of a gorgeous garland draped over a statue, a floral explosion coming out of a trash can or even a Thanksgiving cornucopia nestled between the Whitney and the Highline, Miller’s random acts of botanical beauty are bringing joy to New Yorkers and tourists alike. And who doesn’t love flowers by the dozens?!
Village East Cinema
Bowery and East Houston
We’ll be spending some time in the city next week and we’ll be sure to be on the lookout for one of LMD’s Flower Flashes. Stay tuned…
Less than three weeks until spring and we’re finally seeing signs of life in our gardens… Little daffodils are poking their green leaves up from the ground in hopes that the weather will start to warm. Spring truly is our favorite season and about this time every year we begin to crave the greening of the trees and the blossoming of the bulbs. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s and the weekly daffodils that grace our tables and windowsills! In honor of this harbinger of spring, we’ve rounded up some sunny yellow favorites and are counting the days…
Delpozo – Fluted Swing Dress
Balenciaga – Feather Pumps
Dior – Vernis “Early”
All Things Mochi – Spanish Earrings
Hunting Season – Python Bucket Bag
Are you ready for spring?
daffodils / dress / shoes / nail polish / earrings / bag
A Bloomsbury Interior
Often called the English avant-garde of their era, Bloomsbury artists and designers believed that fine art should inhabit everyday spaces and that the same attention to detail should be lavished on the design of simple decorative objects like pillows or lamps as had been bestowed on the design creation of a painting or sculpture.
The Bloomsbury Bouquet
Our new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Untamed Nature, is inspired by this belief as well as by the free flowing forms and geometric patterns that were embraced by the movement.
The Can Can
The Bloomsbury artists thrived on bright colors so we’ve paired vivid garden flowers like anemones, hydrangeas, peonies and lilacs with monochromatic ceramic and glass vases for bouquets that are a delight to the eye.
If you’re in Atlanta this week, please stop by and see these lovelies in person at the AmericasMart in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308!
room / flowers