The Ivy Chelsea Garden
London shopkeepers have taken window shopping to a whole new level lately and it seems everywhere a Londoner turns, there’s a fabulous floral display to behold. One such place is The Ivy in Chelsea where flowers are switched out seasonally to create an enchanting backdrop for outdoor dining.
Saint Aymes is another Instagram-worthy visit, not only for their 23ct gold hot chocolate but also for the beautiful wisteria framing the window and door.
Over in Soho, Daniel Wellington, known for their luxury watches, softens the store’s dark facade with bunches of white flowers, giving it a natural lightness.
Peggy Porschen Cakes
And some say Elizabeth Street in Belgravia is the prettiest street in London. With the likes of Peggy Porschen Cakes, Les Senteurs (London’s oldest independent perfumery), and Jo Loves (Jo Malone’s shop), who wouldn’t want to spend an entire day window shopping there.
Given all the snow we’ve had this month, we may have to bring home some flowers and create a display of our own! Counting the days ’til spring…
Bedside Beauty – The San Vincente Bungalows
First, our apologies for the lack of posts… We’ve been hit with two major storms in the past week – a nor’easter that took out our power for a couple of days and Winter Storm Quinn that dumped more than a foot of snow yesterday. It’s hard to believe that spring is less than two weeks away and who knows when we’ll see flowers bloom again in the garden. That’s why we’re seriously considering a mural by Kate Schelter for our studio!
Ever since the publication of her book Classic Style last year, we’ve been huge fans of Kate’s. While we knew about her charming illustrations, we were recently reminded that her scope of work also includes murals. Just look at what she painted for Lara Connor (Vogue contributing editor Marina Rust’s daughter).
Lara’s New Room
With a degree from RISD and internships at W and Christian Lacroix, Kate’s love of fashion led her to a career as a stylist, but she always kept her watercolors at the ready. Her first illustrations appeared in Assouline’s Gypset Travel in 2012 and in 2014, John Derian curated Kate’s first painting exhibit. Her portfolio has grown over the years to include collaborations with The San Vincente Bungalows (opening Summer 2018), Chateau Marmont and Greydon House.
Pretty Poppies – Kate’s Bedroom
Kate’s murals are as fun and fresh as their subjects – whimsical geraniums and poppies look as if they’re growing right out of the floor and beautiful blue hydrangeas brighten a bedside. Colorful and elegant, these flowers are exactly what we need in these last days of winter. Who’s ready for spring?
mural and book photos / Lara’s bedroom photo
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.
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