Despite her best efforts and a “bomb cyclone” (i.e. a monster snow storm), Mother Nature won’t keep us from traveling down to Miami today to meet with Presenteur and see their new lifestyle pop-up store at Brickell City Center’s Saks Fifth Avenue. We’re so excited to be part of this new adventure in retail and can’t wait to see our designs and some of our favorite gifts in the store.
Fab Flowers and Gifts
Founder and CEO Rita MacDonald-Korth handpicked a number of brands based on their bespoke and handmade nature to join Presenteur and we couldn’t be in better company. From Hong Kong design firm La La Curio…
to the iconic French tabletop firm, Daum…
and Pepa & Co, a London based children clothing company, each brand has a unique story and we’re ready to tell ours!
Charming Children’s Wear
We’ll be at Saks at Brickell City Center this Saturday (January 6) from 10 am to 12 pm so come by if you’re in the area.
And our designs will be at Presenteur through the end of February!
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Dancing in the Rain
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass it’s about learning how to dance in the rain…
P.S. It’s the start of a new school year and every Monday we send our boys off with a Monday Mantra to think about during the week. We thought we’d share them with you, too!
Squirrel + Flowers
Dreamlike, thought-provoking, magical, wow… These are some of the words that came to mind when we stumbled upon Luisa Azevedo‘s work on Instagram and we’ve been mesmerized ever since. This young and talented teen (yes, she’s the same age as our older boys – 19!) has captured our hearts with her imaginary world of flora and fauna. A native of Portugal, Luisa sets her subjects in the landscapes she loves most – the ocean and the hills of her country – and her photography allows us to escape, even for just a minute. Luisa is currently studying at the University of Lisbon where she’s majoring in Multimedia Art and applying the Photoshop skills she learned through Youtube. But enough words, how about some more images?
Hot Air Balloon
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
Hand Tied Bouquet
We received a lot of Insta-love for this picture of a hand tied bouquet we created for Bergdorf Goodman last month so we thought you’d enjoy some pictures of the newly launched Market Loft on the 7th Floor. With dappled light pouring through the tiered bamboo ceilings and eclectic carpets lining the path under foot, this space has taken a decidedly exotic feel.
Market Loft Stalls
Mannequins in festive dresses carry armfuls of flowers while their Vespas are precariously piled high with baskets. Shelves ladened with pottery by Amanda Moffat, ceramics by Astier de Villatte, vases by Elyse Graham and Mariage Freres teas sit under custom awnings. Our hand tied bouquets spill out wooden buckets adding to the floor’s charm as street music swims in and around the stalls.
Chic Lady on a Vespa
To Market, To Market
These pictures don’t do the floor justice so if you’re in New York, stop by Bergdorfs and travel to a faraway place, even for a couple of minutes.
P.S. Speaking of travel, we’re taking a little break to spend some time with the younger boys visiting colleges – in the States and abroad! See you back here in 10 days.
photos and yours truly
If we had to relive our young adult lives again, we would have bypassed New York’s Upper East Side and made a beeline to DUMBO (District Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), a historic neighborhood of Brooklyn that has become one of the city’s premier arts districts and a center for what is cool and stylish. But back then, it was definitely not what it is now. Yes, there were struggling artists painting in converted lofts (one of our fathers-in law was one of them!) but that was about it. These days, the neighborhood is home to the likes of West Elm, Jacques Torres’ chocolate factory and warehouses turned into high-end condos.
Pearl Street Posy
These Brooklyn lofts have a style of their own, one that moves away from the sleek minimal vibe of Manhattan and more toward the layered, lush looks of a life built for comfort and functionality.
Our new Lofty Looks collection for Spring/Summer 2017 is designed to elevate a space to the next level of texture and depth. They are modern, yet approachable, with a distinct metropolitan feel.
Crisp white flowers soften a geometric ceramic vase while maidenhair fern and orchid blossoms add a touch of whimsy to succulents planted in a concrete vessel. These style-forward designs will fuel your creativity and enhance your interiors, whether you’re an urban dweller or happily ensconced in the suburbs.
P.S. We’re at the International Gift & Home Furnishings Show in Atlanta through Monday so please stop by and visit – High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308. Or visit Diane James Home in March to shop the new collection!
loft / flowers
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
May Christmas lend a special charm
To all you chance to do.
And may the season light your way
To hopes and dreams anew.
Wishing you all a very merry holiday season and see you in 2017!
Natalie as Jackie
Hollywood is abuzz this week about Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in the new biopic hitting theaters in December. The official trailer was released on Wednesday and it’s haunting atmosphere is goosebump worthy. With rave reviews from critics who saw the movie at the Venice Film Festival last month, some are saying that Natalie’s performance is Oscar-worthy.
In Pink, With Pearls
Relaxed in Hyannis
Like many of you, we have a special place in our hearts when it comes to Jackie. Not only does our mother look like her (and we’re often reminded of this!) but one of us actually worked as Jackie’s intern one summer at Doubleday. As a rising college sophomore, there wasn’t much to do at this famous publishing house except read a lot of manuscripts and proofread galleys. And, of course, help Jackie with finalizing the plans for Caroline’s wedding which was held that July.
With Ted at Caroline’s Wedding
It was a summer to remember and Jackie was a wonderful, and glamorous, boss. Her quick wit and incredible work ethic made assisting her a true pleasure, and she was adored by the authors she edited. It’s no surprise she ended up first at Viking, then at Doubleday, given her passion for books and she published so many well regarded works during her 20 year career.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see Natalie’s Jackie and compare her to the “real deal”!
natalie / look-alikes / in pink / relaxed / wedding / book
Please forgive the lack of blog posts… We’re spending the next ten days packing up our boys and dropping them off at college (whether they’re ready or not!) In the words of Ann Landers, “It’s not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” We just hope we’ve taught them enough…
Pantone Colors of the Year
As we head into a season of celebrations (birthdays! graduations! weddings!), we thought you might like to meet Emily Pinon, founder and CEO of Bastille flowers & events, and perhaps be inspired by her bespoke, one-of-a-kind floral creations. We came across Emily’s Instagram page and of course, spent the next several
hours minutes admiring her work. Whether it’s a corporate event where she hung hundreds of white calla lilies from the ceiling or a more intimate affair celebrating Pantone’s colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity if you haven’t heard), Emily translates her clients desires into memories that last a lifetime.
Purple Bridal Bouquet
Speaking of memories that last a lifetime, we’re taking a little break from blogging so that we can attend some races (both on the water and at the track), plan some spring sports banquets and graduation parties and focus on our high school seniors who will, all too soon, be off to college… See you soon!