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In the Garden with Ronald van der Hilst

Cothen Tulip Garden

Cothen Tulip Garden

Given our love for tulips and our Belgian upbringing, it’s no surprise that when we came across the work of Antwerp-based, Dutch-born artist Ronald van der Hilst, we had to get to know his work.  Though originally from Asia, the tulip has played an important role in European history and its rich heritage captured Ronald’s imagination at an early age.  For years this simple, yet iconic, bloom has become an endless source of inspiration for him.

Museum Plantin Moretus

Museum Plantin Moretus

Arboretum Kalmthout

Arboretum Kalmthout

"Falling Drop" - Cothen

“Falling Drop” – Cothen

But not all of Ronald’s gardens feature tulips.  The landscape he designed for a Dutch businessman in the east of Holland was inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler, filled with drama and a sense of rhythm.  A garden should be beautiful every day of the year so Ronald included water features to reflect the sky and surrounding landscape, adding interest even in the dead of winter.

Dijkerkoek Water Feature

Dijkerkoek Water Feature

Dijkerkoek Boxwoods

Dijkerkoek Boxwoods

With our gardens waiting for the first signs of spring, we’re so looking forward to seeing our tulips bloom!

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Floral Decor

Spring Blooms in The Pages of BHG

Fall in Love with BHG!

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

Hyacinths, Tulips and Pansies

Blossoming Bulbs

Blossoming Bulbs

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

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.

Eater Table

Eater Table

DYI Marbleized Pots

DYI Marbleized Pots

How are you counting down the days ’til spring?

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Before and After: Michael Smith and GMA

George and Michael

George and Michael

What do you do when Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest calls late on a Friday afternoon in December asking for designs for a photo shoot the following Monday?  You say, “Yes, of course!  What can we send you?”  And then, when you hear that the designs are actually for Michael Smith’s makeover of George Stephanopoulos’ office at Good Morning America, you jump up and down and clap!  At least, that’s what we did…

George's Office - Before

George’s Office – Before

George's Office - Before

George’s Office – Before

Last Friday, the office makeover was revealed on GMA (see the video here) and for once, we got to see the show live thanks to a snow day.  The “before” pictures reminded us a college dorm room gone very bad…

George's Office - After

George’s Office – After

George's Office - After

George’s Office – After

Mini Tea Leaf Topiary

Mini Tea Leaf Topiary

With a bit of Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, a patterned Stanton rug and rich mahogany Ralph Lauren furniture, Michael magically transformed the dank 10 by 16 foot hovel into a serene space befitting a news anchor and former White House Communications Director.  We think our lifelike designs add the perfect natural touch and George won’t even need to water them!

P.S.  We’re taking a little break from blogging this week as we spend some quality time with our boys – two of whom will be off to college in no time.

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Floral Decor

The Fantastic Faux Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Celerie Kemble - The Kips Bay Designer Show House

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

Deborah Martin Designs

Sam Allen Interiors

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.

Celerie Kemble Interiors

Kemble Interiors

Kemble Interiors

Kemble Interiors

Jane Beiles

Jane Beiles

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

Floral Decor

Thanksgiving Flowers with Petal Design Studio

Holiday Mix

Holiday Mix

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

Thistle and Berries

Dahlias and Roses

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

Hellebore and Roses

Aubergine and Green

Aubergine and Green

Green and White

Green and White

Are you in full Thanksgiving mode yet?

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Floral Decor

Spooky “Boo”quets

Bare Bones Boo-quet

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!

Basket "Boo"quet

Basket “Boo”quet

The undying voice of that dead time,

Blooming "Boo"quet

Blooming “Boo”quet

With its interminable chime,

Still Life "Boo"quet

Still Life “Boo”quet

Rings in the spirit of a spell,

Bridal "Boo"quet

Bridal “Boo”quet

Upon thy emptiness – a knell.  I have not always been as now.”

Beautiful "Boo"quet

Beautiful “Boo”quet

What will you be on the morrow?  Happy Halloween!

skull / pumpkin / blooms / still life / bride / beauty

 

In the Garden, Insta Find

Insta Find: Flower of The Day

Dahlia

Dahlia

As the colors in our gardens begin to fade, we know we can turn to Instagram to get an eyeful of beautiful blooms.  One of our favorite “grammers” is the lovely Stacy Bass, garden photographer extraordinaire, and her #floweroftheday #365dayproject gives us a daily dose of pretty petals.  Fortunately, Stacy’s on day 75 of 365 so we know we’ll have enough colorful corollas to last us through the winter.

Eremerus (Foxtail Lily)

Eremerus (Foxtail Lily)

Succulent

Succulent

They say that if you take a picture a day, not only do you become a better photographer, but you also see the world in a different light and pay more attention to the details.  If you’re not necessarily the creative type, taking a picture every day may even take you out of your comfort zone with surprising results.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Clematis

Clematis

While we’re not ready to tackle a 365 Project ourselves, we’re glad that others have (including our blogging bestie Jeanne from I Dream Of who is painting a daily sketch) and are posting their pictures for all of us to enjoy.

Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

Who wouldn’t want to spend time procrastinating looking at these lovelies?

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Floral Decor

Floral Decor: Mix in Moss

Style Me Mossy

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.

Woodland Chic

Woodland Chic

Moss Terrarium

Moss Terrarium

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.

Art We Heart

Moss Art We Heart

Milkshake

Milkshake

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!

Mousses Candle

Mousses Candle

Who knows, you might be seeing more moss in one of our collections one day…

Photos: tablescape, bouquet, terrarium, art, milkshake and candle

Floral Decor

Don’t Cry Because It’s Over…

Carolyne Roehm's Green Goddess

Carolyne Roehm’s Green Goddess

Labor Day, for most, is the unofficial end of summer…  which means it’s time to party and say farewell in style!  There’s a wistful feeling in the air – did we do everything we could to capture the effervescence of a bright, sunny day?  Did we swim enough, read enough, lounge around enough, spend enough time with our family?  Summer is a time to let go, be real, drink a lot, enjoy the fruits of nature and the warmth of the rays.  And sadly, the weeks fly by, unlike the gray months of winter which seem to just drag on and on…

Country Green and White

Country Green and White

Rustic Romantic

Rustic Romantic

Backyard barbecues and beach picnics are being planned so we thought we’d share some of our favorite end of summer table settings.  We’re inspired by the rainbow hued zinnias and dahlias that abound at our local farmer’s market so you know those will take center stage on our weekend table.

Breezy Blue and White

Breezy Blue and White

Pink Petals

Pink Petals

While we’re saying goodbye to summer, we’re also saying hello to fall and we love this Dr. Seuss quote which pretty much sums up how we feel to perfection: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Pastels on the Beach

Pastels on the Beach

Wishing you all a fun and festive weekend.  Let us know what you’re up to!

Photo: green table, green and white table, rustic romantic table, blue and white table, pink table, and pastel table

Posy Palette

Posy Palette: Zinnias

Zinnias by Design Sponge

Zinnias by Design Sponge

Hot, lazy summer days are upon us and it’s time for our zinnias to bloom.  Thank goodness these bright and happy flowers can withstand the heat and don’t need to resort to cooling tactics like frozen margaritas popsicles and air conditioning!  While these members of the sunflower tribe and daisy family relish warmer temps, we just wilt…  So, how about a couple of refreshing things to keep us fashionably chill?

Necklace by Pippa Small

Necklace by Pippa Small

Bille et Boule Pumps by Louboutin

Bille et Boule Pumps by Louboutin

Maxi Dress by Gypsy 05

Maxi Dress by Gypsy 05

Cynnie Bucket by Elizabeth and James

Cynnie Bucket by Elizabeth and James

Polish by Smith & Cult

Polish by Smith & Cult

How do you beat the heat?  We’d love to hear.

Photos: zinnias, necklace, pumps, dress, purse and polish