You Are My Sunshine…

March 21st, 2014
Bamboo Round Placemat

Bamboo Round Placemat

My only sunshine

Golden Resin Earrings

Golden Resin Earrings

You make me happy when skies are gray

Maureen Rainboot

Maureen Rainboot

You’ll never know, dear, how much I love

Bel Air Scoop Vase

Bel Air Scoop Vase

Please don’t take my sunshine away!

Sun Garden Wallpaper

Sun Garden Wallpaper

Our dad used to sing us this song when we were little girls and now that the sun is finally shining, we’re hoping the warmer days are here to stay!

Marni Sham

Marni Sham

P.S.  There are so many songs about the sun…  do you have a favorite?

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Springing into Spring

March 19th, 2014
Splendid Spring Bouquet

Splendid Spring Bouquet

Spring is finally springing in these parts though it will be a while before we see any sign of crocus or snowdrops.  Perhaps the snow is melting a bit faster down south but not for us so we’ll have to get our spring on in other ways.

Lilac Moth Orchid

Lilac Moth Orchid

The first day of spring (tomorrow!) is always an exciting time at Diane James Home as we finally unveil our new designs online for all to see and buy.  This year, not only have we added 25 new bouquets, plants and orchids from our “couture” collection, but we’re launching our new “ready-to-wear” line called BLOOMS…  Just as pretty, a little less pricey!  Bloomingdales.com still has the exclusive rights some pieces until summer but you’ll be able to purchase the other 14 designs under the BLOOMS category in our store.

BLOOMS Yellow Calla Lily and Rose Bouquet

BLOOMS Yellow Calla Lily and Rose Bouquet

Moth Orchid in White Ring Pot

Moth Orchid in White Ring Pot

And while you’re decorating your house with flowers, why not stock up on some spring gifts?  We couldn’t resist the lovely Spring Meadow Tray from Fringe and the bold, colorful bangles from Spartina449…

Spring Meadow Guest Tray

Spring Meadow Guest Tray

Martinangel Bangle

Martinangel Bangle

Who’s up for a little retail therapy to chase away the winter blues?

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Monday Mood

March 17th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

LA Living

LA Living

Spontaneous

Pronunciation: /spänˈtānēəs/

Open, natural and uninhibited…  Anne Ziegler’s living room says it all and David Hockney had it right: “You must plan to be spontaneous!”

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Shop the Project with Terrain

March 14th, 2014

 

Pot Press Party Favors

Pot Press Party Favors

Terrain is one of our very favorite stores in Westport and we’ve enjoyed many a day of shopping and dining there (they have a wonderful cafe so plan your trip around lunchtime!) but we’ve never signed up to take one of their many classes or attend a “DIY” event.  And while we wouldn’t describe ourselves as DIYers (more like DIFMs – “do it for me”), we do like to be creative and enjoy the results of a hands-on project.

Seed Starting Pots

Seed Starting Pots

Now Terrain has made it even easier to be “crafty” with their Shop the Project section online.  All you need to do is read up on the project in The Bulletin, then click over to the store and shop.  Many of the projects involve real plants (and we’ve sadly killed our fair share) and others are quite environmentally humane.

Rosewater Weck

Rosewater Weck

So join us as we whip up a batch of rosewater and try our hand at pot press party favors (which would make lovely decorations for your Easter table and takeaways for your guests!)

Botanical Frame Greetings

Botanical Frame Greetings

Suspended Garden

Suspended Garden

Wishing you a creative and crafty weekend!

P.S.  The Terrain store in Westport is having a spring planting sale this weekend just in time for your gardens to bloom and you may just find us there.

Spring Cotton Wreath

Spring Cotton Wreath

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Floral Fantasy

March 12th, 2014
Springtime Fun

Springtime Fun

We came across the creations of Françoise Weeks, a Portland, Oregon-based floral designer, in the pages of Flower Magazine and instantly fell in love with their lively colors and whimsical nature.  This Belgian designer’s training shows in her use of textural elements and lush florals, mixing both in bouquets that are freshly modern yet fanciful and fun.

Easter Basket

Easter Basket

From bouquets and centerpieces to garlands, wreaths and cakes, Françoise’s unique floral touch can be seen at many weddings and celebrations and there’s nothing she won’t decorate with blooms…  Even the bride or hostess can have a headdress, jewelry, purse and shoes made entirely of flowers!

Anemones and Succulents

Anemones and Succulents

Whimsical Wedding Bouquet

Whimsical Wedding Bouquet

Woodland Wedding Centerpiece

Woodland Wedding / Photo: Paul Ritchie

We think any of these floral fantasies would be a perfect way to celebrate the coming of spring and with only one week to go, we can’t wait for winter to finally be over.

Woodland Wonder

Floral Fantasy

What are you fantasizing about this spring?

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

 

Monday Mood

March 10th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Stylish and Sophisticated

Sleek Style in the Suburbs

Youthful

Pronunciation: \ˈyüth-fəl\

Having vitality and freshness…  Wunderkind local designer Sam Allen embodies youthful sophistication in this beautiful Westport home (and he came to us for the fiddle leaf fig trees!)

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Color Therapy: Pinks and Blues

March 7th, 2014
Blooming Beauty

Blooming Beauty

One of our favorite things about spring are the cherry blossoms that explode with all their pink prettiness and there’s nothing like seeing their blooms against a brilliant blue sky.

True Prep

True Prep

Perhaps that’s why this dining room by Ruthie Sommers makes us so happy…  we can’t think of a better color combination to chase away the winter blahs.

Setting the Table

Setting the Table

Pink Ranunculus

Pink Ranunculus

So if you’re tired of gray, cold days, may we suggest a little color therapy today?  What colors make you happy?

Color Song

Color Song

Pink Suzani

Pink Suzani

Wishing you all a lovely weekend of pinks and blues!

Photo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Book Report: Decorate With Flowers

March 5th, 2014
Decorate With Flowers

Decorate With Flowers

We’re so counting down the days until spring…  If only Mother Nature would cooperate with the weather.  It’s March and we’re still in single digit temps!  We can’t even imagine how long it will take for the frozen tundra that is our back yard to melt and we know our crocus and snowdrops are eager to bloom.

Garden Arrangement

Garden Arrangement

As we wait for gardens to green, we’re excited to read that the uber talented Holly Becker (decor8) has collaborated with the equally gifted Leslie Shewring (A Creative Mint) on Decorate With Flowers, a new “decorating book with a very floral point-of-view”, and has launched a website to tease us with pretty pictures from the book until it is published in April (in five languages no less!)

Pretty Blooms

Pretty Blooms

Container Ideas

Container Ideas

Given that we can barely make a bunch of roses look good in a vase (yep – floral design is a recessive trait which neither of us inherited!), we know we’ll be soaking up the advice in this gem of a book.  From picking the blooms to arranging them in unusual containers, to party and decorating ideas (cocktail hour with the girls looks pretty good to us), Holly’s delightful how-to’s are paired with Leslie’s beautiful styling and photographs making this book a must have for flower lovers everywhere.

Cocktail Hour with the Girls

Cocktail Hour with the Girls

Color and Pattern

Color and Pattern

P.S. We’ve already pre-ordered our copy and you can, too, by clicking here!

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Monday Mood

March 3rd, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Stellar!

Danielle Rollins’ Bar

Celestial

Pronunciation: /səˈlesCHəl/

Heavenly and out of this world…  We’re still starstruck from the Oscars last night (and always awed by Miles Redd’s talent!)

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Fashion Friday: Posy Prints and Paintings

February 28th, 2014
Red Valentino - Spring 2014

Red Valentino – Spring 2014

Nothing says spring like floral fashions and two artful campaigns have recently caught our eye – Red Valentino with its whimsical pixie dresses and fairy-tale backdrops and Christian Louboutin with its masterpiece inspired vignettes by artist and photographer Peter Lippmann which pair shoes and bags with beautiful bouquets.

Red Valentino - Spring 2014

Red Valentino – Spring 2014

Red Valentino - Spring 2014

Red Valentino – Spring 2014

After a bit of sleuthing we discovered that the illustrations of the Alice in Wonderland-like flowers in the Red campaign were drawn in-house at Valentino but they  reminded us of Flower Fairies of the Garden, a picture book we had as little girls by Cicely Mary Barker (our grandmother had a copy from the 1930′s we cherished.)

Christian Louboutin - Spring 2014

Christian Louboutin – Spring 2014

For Spring 2014, Lippmann continued to be inspired by masterpieces and floral settings painted by Monet, Pissarro, van Gogh and Cezanne act as perfect canvases for Louboutin’s colorful pumps and gilded sandals.

Christian Louboutin - Spring 2014

Christian Louboutin – Spring 2014

Christian Louboutin - Spring 2014

Christian Louboutin – Spring 2014

These campaigns really highlight fashion as works of art and needless to say, we’re enchanted by all the pretty posy prints.  Now, if only the weather would cooperate so we can see some real spring blooms start to blossom…  Is spring really on its way?

Photo: 1 – 3, 4 – 6