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Posy Palette: Hydrangeas


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

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Posy Palette: Daffodils

Delightful Daffodils

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

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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


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Posy Palette: Tulips

Terrific Tulips

Terrific Tulips

It’s hard to image that in just three and a half weeks spring will have sprung and that tulips will try bloom…  With all the snow we’ve had, it will be May before we see their colorful blossoms!  So today we’d like to honor this harbinger of spring and tiptoe through a tulip inspired palette of purples and pinks.

Luke Irwin - Arcadia Rug

Luke Irwin – Arcadia Rug

NEST - Violet Jasper Necklace

NEST – Violet Jasper Necklace

Dolce & Gabbana - Ametista

Dolce & Gabbana – Ametista

Givenchy - Paradise Flower Scarf

Givenchy – Paradise Flower Scarf

Moser - Eternity Bud Vase

Moser – Eternity Bud Vase

P.S. Did you know that the tulip is part of the lily family and while it is native to central Asia, the Netherlands is the world’s largest producer of bulbs (to the tune of 3 billion a year?)

Photos: tulips, rug, necklace, nail polish, scarf and bud vase

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Posy Palette: Fall Jewel Tones

Fall Flowers

Fall Flowers

Fall in New England is always such a colorful time of year as vibrant mums decorate doorsteps and leaves turn crimson, orange and gold.  With cooler days (and sadly, grayer) days ahead, this is the season to invest in lush jewel tones to warm up your wardrobe and interiors.  These colors can instantly add a touch of cozy elegance when layered with neutrals and there’s nothing like a pop of emerald, sapphire or ruby to brighten your day.  Barring covering yourself with real jewels (so wish we could!), we’ve come up with some fun options that won’t break the bank.  We’ve already invested in this beauty (the color is scrumptious and goes with everything)…

Marlow Bag

Marlow Bag

and plan to step out in these pretties soon.

Vanessa Flats

Vanessa Flats

Jewel tones are perfect from head…

Lavender Lust

Amethyst Hues

to toe…

Wrapped in Rubies

Wrapped in Rubies

and let’s not forget the ears!

Adventurine and Topaz Leaf Earrings

Adventurine and Topaz Leaf Earrings

Happy Friday and wishing you all a be-jeweled weekend.

Photo: flowers, bag, shoes, eye shadow, nails and earrings

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Posy Palette: Wisteria

Wonderful Wisteria

Wonderful Wisteria

The strangest thing has happened to our wisteria…  After ten years of no blooms, it’s finally decided to blossom!  We always thought that the landscaper made a mistake and planted the non-flowering variety (if there is such a thing) and gave up on ever seeing the lovely purple-hued petals dripping from the vine.  The plant, on the other hand, has thrived and has taken over our second floor deck, reaching its tendrils from the south side of the house to the west.  And now that the plant is getting full sun, it’s covered in blooms.  That’s because wisteria needs full sun to bloom…  Duh!

Brett Design - Walls of Wisteria

Brett Design – Walls of Wisteria

Julep Polish - Elisa

Julep Polish – Elisa

Jo Malone - Wisteria and Violet

Jo Malone – Wisteria and Violet

Kaliko - Wisteria Blouse

Kaliko – Wisteria Blouse

Devon Leigh - Amethyst Necklace

Devon Leigh – Amethyst Stalactite Necklace

So needless to say, we’re enjoying our wisteria blossoms and looking for a new landscaper!

Photo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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Posy Palette: Chrysanthemums

Mums the Word!

Mum’s the Word!

It wouldn’t be October without mentioning Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden opening tomorrow at The New York Botanical Garden.  It’s one of our favorite exhibits and it really showcases the chrysanthemum in a whole new light.

Aerin - Alvaney Loafer

Aerin – Alvaney Loafer

C. Wonder - Crystal Fan Earrings

C. Wonder – Crystal Fan Earrings

Growing up in Europe, mums were somewhat shunned in our house since they’re symbolic of death (i.e. they’re often used at funerals and to decorate graves) so we never really got to appreciate their ephemeral beauty.

See by Chloe - Ellipses Silk Crepe

See by Chloe – Ellipses Silk Crepe

Chrysanthemums have quite the opposite reputation in Japan where they’re celebrated during The Festival of Happiness (National Chrysanthemum Day), one of five ancient festival days in that country.

Dash & Albert - Mums Stripe Rug

Dash & Albert – Mums Stripe Rug

Kim Seybert - Ikat Pillows

Kim Seybert – Ikat Pillows

And it would only be natural to give mums on Mother’s Day like they do in Australia – mums for mum, how sweet!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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Posy Palette: Poppies

Pretty Poppies

Many eons ago we spent August toodling around the Tuscan countryside in our Aunt Carole’s “station car”, a tiny Fiat 127 on its last legs wheels…  The passenger side window wouldn’t roll up once it was rolled down, the tape deck (yes, you read that right…  we did say it was eons ago!) ate our Human League and Pet Shop Boys cassettes, and we lost the key to the gas tank and had to open the cover with a knife (much to the displeasure of the Italian gas attendants!)

Brownie Dish

Oriental Poppy Tray

In any event, one of the highlights of our trip, and there were many (after all, we were in Tuscany!) was the scenery – fields upon fields of poppies.  In those days, we didn’t have Instagram, or smart phones for that matter, so we had to rely on our trusty non-digital camera to take pictures and wait until we returned to the States to see what we had captured on film.  While the photo albums we made have been stored away who knows where, the memories are still fresh, even in our forty-something minds…

Poppy Freesia Blossom Perfume

Poppy Bikini

In the language of flowers, poppies mean pleasure and fantastic exuberance, words that definitely describe our Tuscan adventures.  So in honor of the pretty poppy, we say chin chin!

Poppy Pillow

Do you have summer memories that stay with you?  We hope you make some this weekend.

Photos via Pinterest, Anthropologie, Diane James Home, Coach, Matches and John Lewis

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Posy Palette: Pansies

Pansy Pot

While the common French name for pansy is pensée since the blossom resembles a human face, especially in warmer months when the flowers droop forward as if in deep thought, we like the English name “heart’s-ease” which came from St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek means cheerfulness of the mind.

Pansy Pastry

In Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the juice of the pansy is a love potion while in Hamlet, Ophelia distributes them like thoughts.  And did you know that Margaret Mitchell originally chose the name Pansy for her Gone with the Wind heroine, but changed it to Scarlett at the very last minute?

Pansy Pouch

Pansy Polo

We like the fact that the typical pansy colors – purple, yellow and white – symbolize memories, loving thoughts and souvenirs… so appropriate for the fleeting months of spring.  Best of all, pretty pansies aren’t just for planting…

Pansy Pop

Pansy Pillow

We hope your minds are cheerful this weekend!

Photos via Pinterest, StoneGable, Stanley Korshak, Farfetch and Gracious Home

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Posy Palette: Paperwhites

Pretty Paperwhites

Why is it that in early winter when the paperwhites bloom and the snow covers the ground, we’re drawn to all things white?  Well, perhaps not all things white as we do live with five teenage boys and four dogs and there’s no way we could decorate our homes without color and pattern.  But we do like the freshness that winter whites bring to a room…

Pretty Pitcher

Pretty Patterns

or to an outfit (even though we once thought wearing white after Labor Day was taboo!)

Pretty Pumps

Pretty Pullover

We’ll have to make do with these pretty things as we’ve sworn off anything and everything white in our New Year’s diet…

Pretty Pastries

Wishing everyone a wonderful winter white weekend!

Photos via Estate Eclectic, Anthropologie, Style at Home, Net-a-Porter, Matches and Pinterest