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
Bille et Boule Pumps by Louboutin
Maxi Dress by Gypsy 05
Cynnie Bucket by Elizabeth and James
Polish by Smith & Cult
How do you beat the heat? We’d love to hear.
Photos: zinnias, necklace, pumps, dress, purse and polish
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
NEST – Violet Jasper Necklace
Dolce & Gabbana – Ametista
Givenchy – Paradise Flower Scarf
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
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)…
and plan to step out in these pretties soon.
Jewel tones are perfect from head…
Wrapped in Rubies
and let’s not forget the ears!
Adventurine and Topaz Leaf Earrings
Happy Friday and wishing you all a be-jeweled weekend.
Photo: flowers, bag, shoes, eye shadow, nails and earrings
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
Julep Polish – Elisa
Jo Malone – Wisteria and Violet
Kaliko – Wisteria Blouse
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
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
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!
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
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.
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?
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…
We hope your minds are cheerful this weekend!
Photos via Pinterest, StoneGable, Stanley Korshak, Farfetch and Gracious Home
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…
or to an outfit (even though we once thought wearing white after Labor Day was taboo!)
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…
Wishing everyone a wonderful winter white weekend!
Photos via Estate Eclectic, Anthropologie, Style at Home, Net-a-Porter, Matches and Pinterest
Our good friend, artist Frances Palmer, grows the most amazing dahlias in her garden and her love for these delightful blossoms has garnered her a wonderful nickname – the “Dahlia Lama!” While we’re a bit late with her advice on how to make dahlia bushes branch out and have more blooms (read it here for future reference), we’ve found some other dahlia-hued beauties to brighten your day!
Petal Pusher Wallpaper
Coconut Mango Candle
Samoa Pink Lipstick
Do you delight in dahlias as much as we do?
Photos via Frances Palmer, Serena & Lily, Opensky, Burke Decor, Anthropologie and Barney’s
A Purple Posy Palette
Spring has sprung here in the Northeast (though winter never really arrived!) and before the bright yellows of forsythia and daffodils take over, we’re happy to see the pale purple blooms of grape hyacinth in our flower beds… and love the fact that we can include this pretty purple palette in our homes (and in our wardrobes!)
Purple Party Dress
Purple Petal Pumps
What pretty palettes are you working with this spring?
Photos via Pinterest, Pink Lemonade, J. Crew, Z Gallerie, John Robshaw and Pheremone