To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. ~ Audrey Hepburn
It’s Groundhog Day and if Punxsutawney Phil decides spring is not on its way, we’ll be feeling a little gloomy… A condition that will most likely be cured as we unpack the gorgeous stems we bought in Atlanta for our new Fall/Winter 2018 collections.
Moody blooms have always appealed to us and they’re all we see on Instagram these days. From window shades to wallpaper, fixtures to fashion, designers are loving this trend.
Inky blossoms in dark shades of purple and burgundy have a brooding romantic quality, and we plan to mix the dark hues with pale pinks and soft peaches to lighten the mood.
You don’t have to wallpaper a room or reupholster your couch to bring moody blooms into a room (a bigger commitment than you might want to make!) – you can always just buy one of our bouquets! But you will have to wait until fall…
See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Last fall, Bergdorf Goodman launched the new home collection for Gucci Decor with much fanfare and press and this month, they’re pushing the envelope again. This time with New Orleans pop artist Ashley Longshore who is making history as the first solo female artist to be exhibited on the 7th Floor.
Her extraordinary pieces have taken over the iconic store’s Fifth Avenue windows and a 945 square foot space that typically showcases more traditional home decor brands like Kim Seybert, John Derian and of course, Diane James. From paintings featuring Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, to diamond rugs, lipstick sculptures and giant champagne corks, Ashley’s eye-catching work is having a moment and her collectors (including Blake Lively and Penelope Cruz) agree.
When asked to describe her aesthetic, this very funny artist came up with “unapologetic, colorful, celebratory, sparkly, and humorous”… And we think this is exactly what the world needs: a little more glittery goodness. We just hope Ashley’s pieces don’t sell out before we get to see them in person.
Happy fabulous Friday!
A stop at Ponce City Market has become a must for us when we’re in Atlanta and this time we ventured beyond the food hall to discover Le Jardin Francais, a grab-and-go kiosque featuring beautiful blooms and terrific textures. Marie-Laure, founder and owner of Le Jardin Francais, combines the classic French style that her shop on Howell Mill Road is known for with the rustic industrial style of the market to create a space that is both enchanting and functional.
As full-fledged flower lovers, we couldn’t resist buying a little posy to keep us company while in Atlanta, though choosing one over another was difficult. Seasonal anemones, tulips, hyacinths and hellebores spilled out of interesting metal and glass vases as if they had been hand picked in the garden that very morning (which was unlikely given that it was 34 degrees that day!)
The company’s philosophy is to respect the cycles of nature and be inspired by the rhythms of the seasons. And according to Marie-Laure, “The objective is not to take the most perfect flower grown in the green house and arrange it with another perfect flower or foliage, but to recognize the most beautiful specimens of what is provided naturally, and to create something beautiful.”
We completely agree, even if we do work with faux fleurs.
Be your own self – you are the only you there is. ~ Unknown
Here’s to you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!
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.
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!
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!
Perhaps it’s because we grew up in an old Belgian chateau and were raised by an Axel Vervoordt superfan that we’ve come to admire the wabi-sabi way… Or maybe it’s because we’re just on the other side of fifty and are finally embracing our own perfectly imperfect selves. Regardless of the reason, we’ve decided to adopt a more wabi-sabi approach to life this year. That means we won’t replace the set of dishes we received as wedding gifts even if some of them are chipped…
and we’ll celebrate the single blossoming branch rather than the opulent bouquet.
We’ll admire the perfectly painted patina of the armoire our father bought in Provence so many years ago and ignore the trail of fingerprints our boys have blessed our white walls with.
Perhaps we’ll hit some flea markets in search of vintage bottles (and you might see some in our new spring collection)…
And maybe we’ll even let the weeds grow between the flowers and plant in calm, monochromatic hues.
In this sleek, tech-obsessed, mass-produced world, a little wabi-sabi can go a long way – don’t you agree?
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A resolution we plan to keep… Happy 2018!