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What We’re Looking At…

New England Home - Connecticut

New England Home – Connecticut

We’re so thrilled to be featured in the Fall 2015 issue of New England Home Magazine and share with you “What We’re Looking At” this season…

Falling for Fall Foliage

Falling for Fall Foliage

Autumn is a beautiful time of year in New England, and we’re so lucky to live in an area filled with walking trails and scenic parks.  Mother Nature graces us with fabulous fall foliage, and there’s no better place to see the range of reds, oranges, and yellows than in our own Connecticut backyard.

The Twins in Belgium

The Twins in Belgium

During more than a decade spent in the Belgian countryside, our weekend outings always included a Sunday visit to the outdoor market.  There, we chose from a vast array of seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and breads to create a family dinner worthy of Julia Child, served at a table decorated with fresh flowers.

Fall Table

Fall Table

Our new Modern Barn collection this fall was inspired by the increasingly popular “farm to table” movement and no one does this better than Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant, The Inn at Pound Ridge.  The restaurant serves locally sourced ingredients in a modern barn setting, capturing everything we envisioned for these designs.

The Inn at Pound Ridge

The Inn at Pound Ridge

Fall Hydrangea Bouquet

Fall Hydrangea Bouquet

For more, pick up this month’s New England Home and see us on page 118!

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It Takes a Village…

Diane James Home 2.0

Diane James Home 2.0

and a very creative team to re-brand an 18-year-old company like ours and we’re happy to say, we’re done (for now!)  Diane James Home version 2.0 is alive and well and we couldn’t have done it without the super talented Fiona Humberstone (a.k.a The Brand Stylist – read about her here) in the U.K. and the amazing design team at Stitch in Charleston, SC.

Mood Board

Mood Board

Fiona helped us look outside the green box of our old logo and made us think hard about who we are and where we’d like to go with this botanical business of ours.  She started with the big picture and held our hand throughout the design phase.

Getting it Right!

Getting it Right!

The team at Stitch then translated Fiona’s brand brief and began the reinvention process by designing new logos – 33 of them which we whittled down to six – three for our couture collection and three for our “luxury for less” line.  That was perhaps the hardest part of this adventure; saying goodbye to the old green logo in a box and accepting the new black and white ones was a huge leap for us!

New Logos

New Logos

Once the new logos were approved, we moved on to stationery and we thrilled with our new note cards which are letterpressed with a hellebore and bee and edged with our new spring green.  The envelopes are sealed with a golden bee, a favorite insect of ours (quelle surprise…)

Take Note

Take Note

Photography is so important to bring our designs to life and our village wouldn’t be complete without local photographers Jane Beiles and Sally Green.  Through their lens, our faux fleurs almost look real.

Jane and Sally

Jane and Sally

Building a website is a bit like building a house – you need an architect with the big picture in mind (Fiona) and an interior designer to take care of the details (Stitch).  Last but not least, you need a builder who has the patience to read the blueprints, communicate with the designer and make sure the house comes well within budget and construction time frame.  Justin is our builder and we’d like to make him the Mayor of our village.

We won’t be posting again this week as we’re celebrating our accomplishments and making sure there aren’t any glitches.  See you on Monday!

P.S.  Join the celebration by shopping Diane James Home and getting 20% off your order through this Sunday.  Just use coupon code ALLNEW2015 in your cart.

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Fashionable Flowers by Armani

Muscari, Viburnum and Aspidistra

Muscari, Viburnum and Aspidistra

Giorgio Armani once said, “To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”  This attention to detail can definitely be seen in the exquisite pleating, gathering, beading and embroidery that adorns his beautifully tailored clothes.  Armani is also known for his sophisticated simplicity which now comes to life in Armani/Fiori, his collection of bouquets and containers.

Pink Tulips and Cornus

Pink Tulips and Cornus

Purple Vanda Orchid and Nelumbo

Purple Vanda Orchid and Nelumbo

With seven boutiques in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Armani/Fiori offers personalized services for private and commercial clients looking for chic florals with clean lines in elegant colors – signature Armani style that is luxurious and not ostentatious.

Ocean Song Roses and T Grass

Ocean Song Roses and T Grass

White Poenies

White Poenies and Tulips

These bouquets are like living works of art; the placement of each blossom and leaf has been carefully studied in relation to the vase and the colors complement a wide range of environments and tastes.  Armani/Fiori also designs wedding bouquets which are so fabulous, they might even outshine the bride!

Bouvardia, Vanda Orchid and Leaves

Bouvardia, Vanda Orchid and Leaves

It’s only too bad that there are no boutiques nearby since we’d love to see these beauties in person…

Photos: 1 – 6

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In the Garden with Bruce Munro

Earth Goddess (night)

Earth Goddess by NIght

Well, we’re finally back from Atlanta and trying to catch up on all the work that has piled up in our absence.  We wish we had a good excuse for the lack of posts (thinking of you Sandy at You May Be Wandering!) but we don’t…  except for perhaps the whole work/play balance that we’re trying to achieve this summer.  Speaking of which, we decided to add some fun to our trip and take advantage of Atlanta’s excellent transportation system (Uber, not MARTA) to get ourselves to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the new Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden exhibit.

Forest of Light

Forest of Light

This British artist has created six works of art, each unique in its design and ability to enchant.  As we walked through the Hardin Visitor Center and around a corner, we were greeted by 30,000 flower-like stems of light covering the ground, gently pulsing and changing colors.  We meandered through the woods past water features and stately trees, and came upon the breathtaking Earth Goddess (above.)  Next on our tour was Swing Low, a cradle of giant illuminated spheres…

Swing Low

Swing Low

and then the Water-Towers where 216 recycled plastic bottles threaded with fiber optic cables pulsed with shifting colors to the beat of African music.  These 20 towers surrounded a lily pond from which came the chorus of singing bullfrogs (it was as if they wanted to be part of the whole experience!)

Water-Towers

Water-Towers

Though our feet were dying – we’d been on them since seven in the morning and it was now past eleven p.m. – we made sure to walk limp through the Fuqua Orchid Center, all aglow with Eden Blooms.  Nestled among the tropical plants, these futuristic flower forms took “artificial” to a whole new level.

Eden Blooms

Eden Blooms

We had a magical evening and wouldn’t have thought of venturing out of downtown Atlanta had it not been for our adventurous show neighbors from Sid Dickens and BlaBla.  Thank you for making our show more play than work!

Earth Goddess by Day

Earth Goddess by Day

P.S.  The Bruce Munro exhibit runs through October 3rd and we highly recommend a visit should your travels take you to the Peach State.

Photos: Earth Goddess night, Forest of Light, Swing Low, Water-Towers, Eden Blooms, and Earth Goddess day

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Fall 2015 Inspirations – Part II

Vegetable Centerpiece

Vegetable Centerpiece

Our second collection, Modern Barn, was inspired by the “farm-to-table” movement that’s taken over many of our local restaurants and we’ve elevated rustic to a chic new level.

Modern Barn Bouquet

Modern Barn Bouquet

We’ve combined fun farmstand flowers like dahlias, zinnias, allium and poppies with interesting containers made of wood, wire and aged terra cotta.

Rustic Placesetting

Rustic Placesetting

Orange Cymbidium with Fern

Orange Cymbidium with Fern

Some of our designs even incorporate realistic fruits and vegetables for an extra touch of whimsy.  What a great way to get your greens and not have to cook them!

Dinner Outdoors

Dinner Outdoors

Mixed Greens in Wire Vase

Mixed Greens in Wire Vase

Have a fun and fresh Friday and see you in Atlanta – High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308.

Photos: veggies, bouquet, place setting, orchid, table and bouquet

 

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Fall 2015 Inspirations – Part I

A Marrakech Souk

A Marrakech Souk

We are off to Atlanta next week  to shop for stems, set up our booth and sell our new Fall/Winter 2015 collections!  Which means we’ll be taking a little time off from blogging but you can follow us on Instagram here and read all about our adventures.  In the meantime, let us whet your appetite with our new Spice Market designs, inspired by one of the most pinned pictures on Pinterest last year!

Spice Market Bouquet

Spice Market Bouquet

Whether displayed in heaping towers, in bronze bowls or on a floating barge, spices are used around the world to add flavor or color to many dishes.  A touch of cinnamon, ginger, cumin or saffron can turn a bland meal into something special and we wouldn’t think of cooking without them.

Bronze Bowls

Bronze Bowls

Moth Orchids in Bronze Bowl

Moth Orchids in Bronze Bowl

The same could be said about our flowers – they add a bit of spice to any room.  The designs in our Spice Market collection pop with color and the containers capture the exotic feel of markets the world over.

Thai Floating Market

Thai Floating Market

Yummy Yellow and Green Bouquet

Yummy Yellow and Green Bouquet

How do you like to spice up your life?

Photos: souk, bouquet, bowls, orchids, barges and bouquet

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Monday Mood

It’s Monday (and we’re back!) – what mood are you in?

Ahhh...

Ahhh…

Rested

Pronunciation:  /ˈrestəd/

Feeling healthy, strong or full of energy…  There’s nothing like taking a little time off from the everyday to recharge!  Isn’t that what summer is all about?

Photo: bed

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Our Happy Place

Lone Cypress

Lone Cypress

With a couple of very busy weeks ahead, we’re taking Jeanne’s (from the blog I Dream Of) advice and spending some time in one of our happy places…  That is, after we see Jeanne for lunch on Thursday!  Can you guess where we’re going?

Photo: tree

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Farewell Mad Men

Marni Dress for Peggy

Marni Dress for Peggy

As the curtain dropped on Mad Men Sunday night, we couldn’t help but feel a bit sad…  But we’re also very grateful we had the chance to watch a show that will go down in history as being one of the most fashionable.  From the swanky offices of SC&P to Don’s luxuriously hip New York pad, the interiors have never disappointed, nor have the fab fashions.  We’ve been watching for seven years though it feels like a lot less and think parting gifts are in order for some of the show’s leading characters.  [Spoiler alert!] And while Don would like to “buy the world a Coke” while meditating at a retreat, we’ll be buying these…  A Marni dress for Peggy – while we applaud the advent of pant suits, we so love a fun frock.

Nine Iron Studios Decanter

Nine Iron Studios Decanter

A decanter for Don in hopes that he’ll cut down on the heavy stuff and turn to fine wines now that he’s found Nirvana…

Hermes Scarf

Hermes Scarf

A silk scarf for Joan – Hermes, of course.  Have you ever noticed that in times of crisis, the women of Mad Men wear scarves (read all about it in this post!)

Nouvel Studios Glass

Nouvel Studios Glass

A twisted shot glass for Roger – need we say more?

Valentino Rockstud Sandals

Valentino Rockstud Sandals

A pair of “Zou Bisou Bisou” sandals for Megan to go with her insanely short skirts…

David Yurman Petrvs Lion Ring

David Yurman Petrvs Lion Ring

and a signet ring for Peter to remind him of his Upper East Side roots while settling down in Wichita.

Farewell Mad Men, and thanks for the memories!

P.S. If you’re a fan, what did you think of the series finale?

Photos: dress, decanter, scarf, glass, sandals and ring

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Gifts for the Queen Bee

For the Worker Bee

For the Worker Bee

This Sunday, we’d like to honor the Queen Bee in our family, our mother Diane, and shower her with some virtual gifts…  This bee-guiling selection will have all types of bees a-buzz!

For the Beauty Bee

For the Beauty Bee

For the Fashionista Bee

For the Fashionista Bee

For the Gourmet Bee

For the Gourmet Bee

For the Hostess Bee

For the Hostess Bee

For the Baker Bee

For the Baker Bee

Happy Friday and Happy Mother’s Day to all you Queen Bees!

Photos: diary, shadow, bracelet, honey, bowl, and cake decorations