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Posy Palette: Chrysanthemums

Friday, October 4th, 2013
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

Posy Palette: Poppies

Friday, August 16th, 2013

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

Posy Palette: Pansies

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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

Posy Palette: Paperwhites

Friday, January 4th, 2013

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

 

Posy Palette: Dahlia

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Flower Urn

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!

Ramona Pillow

Silk Clutch

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

Posy Palette: Grape Hyacinth

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Purple Posy Palette

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

Purple Pillars

Purple Prints

Purple Pods

What pretty palettes are you working with this spring?

Photos via Pinterest, Pink Lemonade, J. Crew, Z Gallerie, John Robshaw and Pheremone

Posy Palette: Dusty Miller

Friday, January 6th, 2012

"Dusty" Bouquet

There’s something about the simplicity and softness of dusty miller that helps us get through the winter months when all there is to look at is bare branches in the yard.

"Dusty" Leaves

"Dusty" Bedding

Not only is is this silvery-gray plant easy to grow, it’s scaringly draught-resistant (for those of you who, like us, neglect their real plants!)

"Dusty" Room

"Dusty" Dishes

Best of all, their neutral hue goes with absolutely everything… including your wardrobe!

"Dusty" Pumps

P.S.  You’ve probably guessed by now that we’re cutting back a bit on our posts and we hope you’ll keep on reading Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays…  after all, isn’t quality better than quantity?

Photos via Mo+Mo Living, A Place in The GardenCalvin Klein, Veranda, Kitchen Critic, and Net-a-Porter