Monday Mood

February 2nd, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Springtime Table

Springtime Table

Springy

Pronunciation: /ˈspriNGē/

Having a lively and energetic movement…  We have a spring in our step as we show our new Spring/Summer 2015 collections at NY NOW this week.  Stop by and visit us – Javits Center, Floor 3, Booth #1848 – we’ll be there through Wednesday!

P.S.  And thank you for your patience regarding our sporadic posts – snow and work and life sometimes get in the way.  Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a beautiful watercolor of a spring bouquet here!

A Sketch a Day Giveaway from I Dream Of!

January 30th, 2015
Day 5 - Our Bouquet (Original)

Day 5 – Our Bouquet (Original)

Jeanne, from the beautiful and creative blog, I Dream Of, started off the year giving herself a challenge – to paint on a daily basis – and using pictures she finds on Instagram, she’s doing just that (you can see her daily sketches here!)  Her goals are to be spontaneous and fast (her paintings take less than 30 minutes) and to not be afraid of making mistakes.  Five days into her challenge, a pretty posy popped up on her Instagram and it was the Blush Hydrangea and Ranunculus bouquet from our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection!  She said that the soft pinks and greens reminded her of bright spring days ahead…

Day 18 - @zhush

Day 18 – @zhush

Day 6 - @prettypetals

Day 6 – @prettypetals

With snow on the ground and frigid temps in the air, we thought we’d bring a bit of spring your way in the form of a giveaway!  While Jeanne is holding on to her original pieces, she did paint a copy of her day 5 sketch for us to give to one of our wonderful readers.  All you have to do is visit Jeanne’s Instagram page and let us know which is your favorite sketch with either a comment below or an email to thebuzz.giveaway@gmail.com!  She’s painted 30 so far and they’re all so lovely.  We’re partial to her florals but we also love her sketches of Paris…  Did we mention that Jeanne is also a world traveler?

Day 15 - @watsonkennedy

Day 15 – @watsonkennedy

Day 7 - @blossom_en_vogue

Day 7 – @blossom_en_vogue

Day 5 - Giveaway

Day 5 – Giveaway

You have until 11:59 pm eastern time on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 to enter and the lucky winner will receive Jeanne’s sketch in time for Valentine’s Day!  Happy Friday and may your weekend be dreamy.

Photos: sketches

Monday Mood

January 26th, 2015
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Wondrous

Pronunciation: /ˈwəndrəs /

Remarkable or extraordinary…  Winter wonderlands are wonderful yet we wonder how much snow this new storm is bringing.  Some forecasts say up to three feet!

Photo: winter

A Peck of Pretty Pillows

January 23rd, 2015
Enabelli

Enabelli (sky blue)

One of the best parts of showing our collections in High Design at the Atlanta Gift Show is discovering new (or at least new to us!) vendors and products.  Though we were stuck in our booth most of the time, we did walk past the Luxe part of the show on a daily basis and got to know the lovely owner of Pyar & Co., Paula Queen.  Paula launched her company in 2011 after being inspired by the luxurious textures and stunning patterns of the colorful saris she encountered on a post wedding trip to India with her husband, Sumit.

Kachnar (sky blue)

Kachnar (sky blue)

Pompano

Pompano

While there, she marveled at the craftsmanship of these age-old designs and wanted to capture the sophisticated femininity in a collection of pillows suited for today’s modern decor.  What makes these hand-crafted pillows so original is the portfolio of more than 1,400 exquisite Indian woven silks, jacquards and velvets and that they are made by members of Paula’s extended family.  Whether embellished with beads individually selected from markets or hand-embroidered with sparkly sequins and hand-dyed metal studs, Paula’s pretty pillows are truly fit for a queen…

Puri

Puri

Indica

Indica

Can you say “Paula picked a peck of pretty pillows” ten times fast?

Paula of Pyar & Co.

Paula of Pyar & Co.

P.S. Not only are her designs seriously beautiful, but Paula is adorable and we’re so lucky to be booth neighbors with her at NY NOW staring February 1st!  If you come to the show, we’ll introduce you to her.  Happy Friday, all!

Photos: pillows and Paula

Sensational Stamps

January 21st, 2015
Colombia. Bird stamps. 2015

Colombia. Bird stamps. 2015

Colombia artist Diana Beltran Herrera certainly knows how to put her personal stamp on the art world…  Give her some colored paper, scissors and glue and she’ll create the most unbelievable birds – so realistic they look like they could fly away!  Flora and fauna seem to be a recurring theme in Diana’s work as she tries to bring the relationship between nature and human beings closer together.  Her most current work is entitled “Bird Stamps from All Around the World” and these pieces must be a sight to see in person – just look at the intricate detail of each feather and petal!  And while we appreciate the efforts of kindergartners everywhere, these collage-like sculptures take “art time” to a whole new level…

Colombia Detail

Colombia Detail

Brazil. Bird stamps. 2014

Brazil. Bird stamps. 2014

Brazil Detail

Brazil Detail

Portugal. Bird stamps. 2014

Portugal. Bird stamps. 2014

Portugal Detail

Portugal Detail

Aren’t these birds beautiful?

Photos: bird stamps

Monday Mood

January 19th, 2015

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – what mood are you in?

Be the Light

Be the Light

Visionary

Pronunciation: /ˈviZHəˌnerē/

Having a powerful imagination…  “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo: trees

The Citrus Cure

January 16th, 2015
Lemons, Oranges, Kumquats and More

Lemons, Oranges, Kumquats and More

We’re back from Atlanta and the good news is we had a great show…  The bad news is we returned with big fat colds and will be spending the weekend nursing ourselves back to health.  Fortunately, we came across this recipe for citrus cake on our of our favorite foodie blogs, Cannelle et Vanille.  A few days ago, Aran received a huge box of citrus from a friend in California and when she has lemons, she makes cake!  Just reading this post has helped clear our heads and ease our sore throats.  Nothing like a bit of lemon, honey and a slice of cake for a cold.

Sliced and Diced

Sliced and Diced

Lovely Lemons

Lovely Lemons

Citrus Cake

Citrus Cake

Yum!

Yum!

Citrus Cake and Lemon Curd

Citrus Cake and Lemon Curd

What will you be doing this weekend to add a bit of zest to your life?

P.S. Click on the pictures to get the recipes!

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Spring/Summer 2015 Inspiration #2

January 9th, 2015
California Coastal

California Coastal

Since we’re still in Atlanta selling our petals off, we thought we’d tantalize you with our second Spring/Summer 2015 inspiration, California Coastal.  The laid-back vibe of west coast living influenced our second collection, where organic and slightly rustic containers are combined with vibrant flowers in a range of green, blue, and magenta hues.

Santa Barbara Bouquet

Santa Barbara Bouquet

Coastal Style

Coastal Style

Big Sur Bouquet

Big Sur Bouquet

In designing this collection, we took cues from the beach chic style of some our favorite interior designers including Michael Smith, Schuyler Samperton and Jeffrey Alan Marks, who love to mix rough hewn elements into elegant surroundings.  These beautiful bouquets and orchids will have you California dreamin’ all year long!

Windswept Bougainvillea

Windswept Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea and Rose Bouquet

Bougainvillea and Rose Bouquet

So…  will you stop by and say “Hi”?  We’re in Booth #308 in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1 and we’ll be here through Monday.  Wishing you all a happy weekend hanging out!

Photos: cedars, bouquet, living room, bouquet, bougainvillea, and bouquet

Spring/Summer 2015 Inspiration #1

January 7th, 2015
Garden Glamourpuss

Garden Glamourpuss

Let’s face it – gardening isn’t glamorous (unless you’re the late Oscar de la Renta) – but the end result can be!  Our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Garden Glamour, is inspired by all the careful work that goes into making a garden grow and captures the botanical perfection of fresh picked flowers.

Purple/White Miltonia Orchid

Purple/White Miltonia Orchid

ODLR in the Garden

ODLR in the Garden

From traditional garden blooms like luscious peonies, springtime tulips, and delicate dogwood blossoms, to the more whimsical clematis, wax flower and anemone, this collection’s palette of pinks, peaches, yellows and soft greens evokes the prettiest of landscapes on a sunny day.

Tulip and Clematis Bouquet

Tulip and Clematis Bouquet

Garden Gathering

Garden Gathering

Peony, Rose and Tulip Bouquet

Peony, Rose and Tulip Bouquet

We’re in Atlanta putting the finishing touches on our booth at the Atlanta Gift Show (#308) in High Design (Building 2, Floor 1) and will be here until next Monday so if you’re in the area, please stop by!

Photos: garden cat, orchid, Oscar, bouquet, table setting and bouquet

Monday Mood

January 5th, 2015

It’s the first Monday of 2015 – what mood are you in?

Bewitched by Michael Smith

Bewitched by Michael Smith

Spellbound

Pronunciation:  /spĕl′bound′/

Giving all your attention and interest to something or someone…  One of our New Year’s resolutions is to pay attention to the world around us and embrace the magic!  What’s one of yours?

Photo: living room