March 4th, 2015
With spring playing hide and seek with us (sorry – couldn’t resist!), we’re not about to give up our shearling coats and boots. And the faux fur throws are staying put, as well. We thought by now we’d be sprucing our homes up for spring but Mother Nature is definitely not cooperating with more snow on the way tomorrow. On the bright side, we can push off spring cleaning for a while and spend our weekends cozying up to the fireplace after we shovel the walk and driveway. After all, isn’t that what winter weekends are for? As the saying goes, if March comes in like a lion and it will go out like a lamb!
P.S. If you’re looking to add a touch of fur to your home, one of our favorite sources for natural fiber is our NY NOW neighbor, Auskin, and you can now buy their luxurious goodies online!
Photos: living room, bedroom, office, dining room, sitting room and chair
March 2nd, 2015
It’s March – what mood are you in?
With a busy month ahead, we’re trying to be as zen as possible. Stay calm and…. (you can fill in the blank!)
February 27th, 2015
Sitting on the beautiful banks of the Navesink River in New Jersey, this renovated Arts and Crafts-style house is home sweet home to a family of four, though you wouldn’t know it from the calming palette of pale grays, taupes and blues. Designer Kati Curtis was given the task to make the original dark interiors filled with architectural details and quirky spaces (like two octagonal shaped rooms) into a light and airy home.
Given that two young children live here, the furniture and counter tops had to be durable and easy to clean. With that in mind, Kati chose stain-resistant outdoor fabrics for the family room seating and a stone-topped table in the dining room on which the children can color and not leave a trace.
The patterned Donegal wool rugs that are found throughout the home are not only beautiful but practical since they hide dirt and stains. There’s even a playroom in the attic replete with beanbag chairs and a vibrant patchwork carpet, a perfect space for play dates and fun.
No riverfront house is complete without a boathouse and this one converts into a guest room or an entertaining space depending on the needs. Who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend with friends hanging by the water and enjoying the views?!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend just hanging…
Photos: Navesink, NJ
February 25th, 2015
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
February 23rd, 2015
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Life’s a Party!
Pronunciation: / əˈprēSH(ē)ədiv/
Feeling grateful… In the words of our favorite Oscar (de la Renta, that is), “Luxury to me is not about buying expensive things; it’s about living in a way where you appreciate things.”
P.S. Speaking of Oscar(s), did you watch last night?
February 20th, 2015
Those of you who are in the Northeast (and especially in the Boston area) must get how we feel about winter this time of year… The seasonal adjustment disorder has set in and we’re definitely feeling SAD. As we mentioned on Wednesday, pinning is a good cure for the cold weather blues but so is shopping. And we don’t have to put down our
wine glass hot cocoa and leave the house to do either! So why not banish the wind chill with some chic blue (for our mood) and white (for the snow), a favorite color combination for many bloggers we know, and end the week with a smile.
Ivanka Trump – Geava Pump
Tory Burch – Sierra Surf Shirt
Furbish – Blue and White Bowls
Wisteria – Orchid Wall Art
Layla Grace – Batik Rug
Happy bluesy Friday and stay warm this weekend!
Photos: dress, shoes, surf shirt, bowls, art and rug
February 18th, 2015
How Does Your Garden Grow?
It’s official: we’re so over winter, and the snow, and the icy temps. No amount of
red wine hibernating or chocolate is making us feel better! So we turn to Pinterest as a cure for the winter blahs and count down the days ’til spring. With less than five weeks to go, here’s what we’re pinning and pining for…
Buds and Blooms
Do you have any cures you’d like to share?
February 13th, 2015
Love, like art, comes in every shape and size… so this Valentine’s Day, we want to quench your desire to transform your blank wall into something that dazzles the senses (and yes, we think a great piece of art can be romantic!) We spent four days at NY NOW in our booth drooling over this wall candy by The Oliver Gal Artist Co., just steps away from our booth. This company, based in South Florida and spearheaded by sisters Lola and Ana (even their names are sexy), is a collective of artists whose passion is to “capture life’s most haute moments, avant-garde objects and splendid lifestyles.” With their mix of fashion and pop culture with modern botanicals and a sense of glamorous whimsy, it was love at first sight. And if you’re not looking for art, you can always check out their collection of home accessories which translates their pieces into bedding, pillows, clutches and more…
Library of a Fashionista
Never Enough Love
Sending you all Berry Kisses on this Valentine’s Day weekend!
Photos: The Oliver Gal
February 11th, 2015
Fiona Humberstone – Creative Direction
Building a website is a bit like building a house – you need an architect (someone who will create the elevations or the site map), you need a contractor (someone who will build the walls or write the code) and you need a designer (someone who will bring the rooms or pages to life once they’re built.) We’re in the process of redesigning our website (as if we didn’t have enough to do!) and while we love our contractor who’s been by our virtual side since the day we launched Diane James Home, we wanted a whole new look and feel. Hence our search for the perfect architect and designer.
Fiona Humberstone – Color Psychology
The first time we saw Fiona Humberstone’s website, we fell hard and and we only dreamed that we could work with such a “creative catalyst” from across the pond. Well, dreams do sometimes come true and after a lengthy questionnaire and a three hour Skype call, we convinced her to join our team.
Stitch – Canon Green Printed Media
The final step was to find a designer who could work with Fiona’s ideas and create a new brand and website for us. As easy as this sounds, there are so many uber creative firms out there so we had to trust Fiona to reach out to the ones that made the most sense for us. And we weren’t disappointed… All of the proposals we received were unique and each had a specific voice but the one that spoke loudest to us was Stitch Design Co. in historic Charleston.
Stitch – Schermer Pecans Logo
Another lengthy brand questionnaire later (if your brand were an object/car/person, what/who would it be? who would be the ultimate endorser of your brand? you get the gist…) and we’re on our way to re-branding ourselves. And we can’t wait to see what our dream team comes up with! Stay tuned…
Stitch – Poppies and Peonies Website
P.S. Fiona has just put the finishing touches on her second book, How to Style Your Brand, due out this May.
Fiona’s New Book
Photo: Fiona Humberstone and Stitch & Co.
February 9th, 2015
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Easygoing and gracious… Mother Nature is not being very friendly these days as we’re getting more snow today! But this lovely living room by Ann Lowengart reminds us that spring is on the way.
P.S. And the winner of our I Dream Of watercolor giveaway is Karena from The Arts by Karena blog – congratulations!
Photo: living room