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.
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
As many of our loyal readers know, we’re not big into the color orange. You won’t find much of it in our homes or even in our closets… yes, even those Hermes boxes don’t entice us! But that doesn’t mean we don’t admire the beautiful fall foliage that abounds in our neck of the woods. It’s just that you wouldn’t necessarily find it decorating our dining tables or in our foyer.
Thankfully, coral and blush pink, mellow yellow and chocolate brown flowers are on trend this fall, especially when paired with fruit, branches and berries à la Constance Spry. And why not add persimmons, pomegranates, ornamental kale or seeded eucalyptus to a bouquet to give it that wild, natural look?
As for shape, the looser and more organic the arrangement, the better. We love how these designs evoke the fancy free days of fall.
Wishing you all a fabulous Friday!
opulence / sunset / tulipina / blush / dahlias / forest
Oh, the weather outside is… hot and muggy here in Atlanta so we’re staying cool knowing that Christmas is just five short months away! Thank goodness we’re showing our new Fall/Winter 2016 collections so our retail stores can stock up before the holidays. In addition to the Wanderlust collection, we’re also showing our more wintry designs at the show in a collection we’re calling First Frost.
Camellia and Ranunculus Bouquet in Smoky Vase
First Frost Bouquet
There’s something magical about the first frost of winter when all that is outdoors is kissed with glistening crystals. In the First Frost collection, we designed winter white bouquets of amaryllis, lilies, gardenias and roses accented by touches of greenery accents in a variety of glass vases that celebrate the season. We also added some festive reds and greens for those of you who need a bit of color to brighten up a cold day.
Red Holiday Bouquet
Large Magnolia Leaves
Come celebrate the changing seasons with us if you happen to be shopping the Atlanta Gift Show. You can find us in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 until next Monday. And we’ll be there all day long!
first frost / bouquet / bouquet / frosted leaves / bouquet / leaves
Wanderlust, a word meaning a strong and innate desire to roam, captures the essence of our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Inspired by the global traveler who wants to experience adventures and be immersed in local culture, this collection includes flowers found in exotic climates and containers that embody tribal communities. From orchids, protea and bougainvillea in sunset hues to glass vases with tortoiseshell patterns and planters with rustic glazes, our Wanderlust designs will take you places around the world.
Roses and Calla Lilies in Glass Tortoiseshell Vase
Large Succulent Planting
It’s only fitting that our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection is called Wanderlust – we don’t travel as much as we’d like and the only trip we can actually count on semi-annually is for the Atlanta Gift Show which starts this week. We’re actually looking forward to showing our new designs and having the chance to see our retail customers face-to-face. This summer, we’re also teaming up with Steve McKenzie for the Vignette Design Exhibition – Where Retail Meets Design.
Floral Window – Portugal
Purple Orchid in Antiqued Mercury Bowl
Agapanthus, Orchid and Hydrangea Bouquet
If you’re heading to the show, please drop by and say “Hi!” We’ll be in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 from Thursday, July 14 through Monday, July 18th.
P.S. And while you’re there, you might want to catch our great friend, Marisa Marcantonio from StyleBeat moderating a discussion on Friday on putting your wanderlust to work… Great minds think alike, don’t they?
wanderlust / bouquet / succulents / window / orchid / bouquet
Fall in Love with BHG!
Leave it to Stephen Orr, flower fanatic and garden guru, to brighten our gray February days with a beautiful March issue of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s easy to fall in love with color and we’re especially fond of springtime hues like pinks, yellows, purples and blues. And nothing gets our spring fever going than flowering bulbs that we can grow inside while Old Man Winter overstays his welcome.
Hyacinths, Tulips and Pansies
Stores like Terrain and Trader Joe’s are bursting with potted bulbs which you can transplant into pretty vases and vessels. Line them up on a windowsill or down the middle of your dining room table and dream of spring days to come.
Tulips and Muscari
And while you’re getting your hands dirty, why not try a craft project? We think these DIY marbleized terracotta pots are charming when paired with daffodils and would make great Easter presents for family and friends.
DYI Marbleized Pots
How are you counting down the days ’til spring?
Celerie Kemble – The Kips Bay Designer Show House
We were surprised to hear during the Atlanta gift show that the fiddle-leaf fig is the “it” tree for 2016… especially since we’ve been selling our faux version of ficus lyrata since 2010. First seen in Celerie Kemble’s beautiful “lady’s study” at the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, our faux figs have graced many rooms, as well as the pages of top shelter magazines.
Deborah Martin Designs
Sam Allen Interiors
A native to western Africa, this versatile tree has a fresh, modern look that complements every style of decor and environment. And while fresh fiddle-leaf figs can be quite finicky (note that they are members of the ficus family and we have yet to meet a real ficus that can survive our black thumbs!), ours have the added advantage of never dying.
Designers love our trees, not only for their realism (they’re made with natural wood trunks and branches – only the leaves are faux) but also for their ease of maintenance. If kept out of direct sunlight and dusted often, no one will know the truth! Sometimes faux is the way to go…
study / hall / living room / living room / bedroom / porch
Thanksgiving is just a week away and we know some of you have already planned your table settings down to the flowers… Well, not us! You would think that with the kind of business we’re in, that we’d be color coordinating our china to our centerpieces but we’re more concerned with the menu right now than we are with the decorations. That’s why we’ll most likely order our flowers from a local boutique and not try to do the arrangements ourselves. Then again, we can just borrow one of our faux designs from the studio and call it a day!
Thistle and Berries
Dahlias and Roses
Truth be told, we love fresh flowers on our dining room table and our local Trader Joe’s does a decent job with their seasonal mixes. But, if we lived in Manhattan, we’d be shopping at Petal Design Studio in the heart of the flower market. Corrente’s combinations of blooms are so refreshing and her use of unexpected textures such as thistles and berries make these bouquets the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table. Even her color palettes are unusual yet pretty. It’s only too bad they won’t last through Christmas…
Hellebore and Roses
Aubergine and Green
Green and White
Are you in full Thanksgiving mode yet?
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Bare Bones Boo-quet
On this eve of Halloween, we think it’s a treat to pair some dark and moody blooms with the words of Edgar Allan Poe… “O craving heart, for the lost flowers and sunshine of my summer hours!
The undying voice of that dead time,
With its interminable chime,
Still Life “Boo”quet
Rings in the spirit of a spell,
Upon thy emptiness – a knell. I have not always been as now.”
What will you be on the morrow? Happy Halloween!
skull / pumpkin / blooms / still life / bride / beauty
Style Me Mossy
If you’re looking to add a pop of green to a tablescape or centerpiece, may we suggest mixing in some moss? With over 12,000 species to choose from, floral designers are using these flowerless plants in centerpieces and terrariums, to line vases and to tie orchid stems to branches and stakes. We’ve even seen moss used down the center of a table paired with elegant blooms at a country wedding – rustic but still very chic.
One of the most inventive ways designers are using moss is in vertical gardens or on a wall as graffiti. It’s actually not hard to grow moss and Terrain makes it even easier with their moss milkshake. Just add water, spread the mix on almost anything and keep moist… In a couple of weeks, you’ll have your very own moss garden.
Moss Art We Heart
And for those of you who with black thumbs craving the fresh scent of a forest after the rain, there always a candle. We might just go that route!
Who knows, you might be seeing more moss in one of our collections one day…
Photos: tablescape, bouquet, terrarium, art, milkshake and candle