Monday Mood

May 18th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Window Shopping

Window Shopping

Legendary

Pronunciation: /ˈlejənˌderē/

Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known…  Our friend and designer, Young Huh, is on her way to becoming a legend and she’s making a name for herself with her stunning window at the La Cienega Design Center.

Photo: window

 

In the Garden with Jane Ellsworth

May 15th, 2015
Monogrammed Garden Gate

Monogrammed Garden Gate

Having been raised in the Belgian countryside by a mother who worshiped Constance Fry and the untamed yet still elegant she designed, we naturally gravitate toward the “tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders” barely contained by a clipped boxwood hedges.  This is why we had to share this beautiful garden lovingly cultivated by interior designer Jane Ellsworth which we spied in the pages of one of our favorite local magazines, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

Boxwood Parterre

Boxwood Parterre

Peek-a-boo Pool House

Peek-a-boo Pool House

Set on seven acres in Darien, Jane’s 1940′s brick Georgian house has the feel of an English country home and the garden is filled with colorful exuberance and blossoms for every season.  “In my opinion, the garden is an outdoor room whose components should be handled in the same way as the corresponding decorative elements in an interior space, to create a specific mood or style that is functional and pleasing,” says Jane.  You may call this garden functional and pleasing, but we’ll call it sheer bliss.

Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle

Brick Walls

Brick Walls

Apple Orchard

Apple Orchard

We’d love to spend the weekend under that apple tree but we’re off to our final regatta of season!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend of whiling away the hours…

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Let Them Eat Cake!

May 13th, 2015
Sweet Blossoms

Sweet Blossoms

How did we get to the middle of May already?  It seems that we’ve been celebrating our birthdays for weeks now and our lovely administrative assistant kept the party going yesterday with a creative confection from Made in Heaven Cakes in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Oprah's Favorite

Oprah’s Favorite

Having seen a mention of these fresh baked from the garden blooms, Lauren had to order one for us and it came beautifully packaged with dry ice and assembly instructions.

Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

Yes, there is some assembly required (you need to add the chocolate cake dirt and plant the orchid stem) but you won’t have to don gardening gloves and wield a spade – a knife and cake server will do just fine.  We had a hard time cutting into such a treat but we were glad we did.  Each bit of the light and airy cake was pure pleasure and well… heavenly.

Orchid Cake

Orchid Cake

Made in Heaven Cakes also creates one tier cakes, wedding cakes and cupcakes, all decorated with beautiful blooms made of sugar.

One Tier Cake

One Tier Cake

Daisy Cupcakes

Daisy Cupcakes

You can’t go wrong with one of these decadent delights and your guests will be seeing stars!

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Gifts for the Queen Bee

May 8th, 2015
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

Celebrating Dear Carolina Day

May 6th, 2015
Dear Carolina

Dear Carolina

While many were celebrating yesterday’s date with magaritas and Mexican fare, we were celebrating the launch of Dear Carolina, the first novel by North Carolina native and beautiful blogger, Kristy Woodson Harvey.  Having had a regatta-free weekend (woohoo!), we spent two days reveling in the Southern charm of this story – two strong but very real women who come together for the sake of a baby girl.  Kristy’s writing career began at UNC where she studied journalism and mass communications and was perfected through her blog, Design Chic, a family affair with her mother, Beth.

The Lovely Kristy

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Dear Carolina‘s richly developed characters (à la Steel Magnolias) live in a world where family comes first and colorful Southern idioms are as abundant as crepe myrtle.  You can’t help but be transported by the two female narrators and the tale they weave for baby Carolina.  So grab a copy, hop on a porch swing with a glass of sweet tea sangria, and prepare to be enchanted…

Porch Swing

Porch Swing

Sweet Tea Sangria

Sweet Tea Sangria

Should you wish to join the celebration and add a little Southern style and comfort to your home and kitchen, Kristy is offering a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree to one lucky winner.  The Design Chic shop is chock full of divine home accessories and furniture, curated with a designer’s expert eye.

Halie Pillow

Halie Pillow

Shopping Spree

Shopping Spree

To enter the shopping spree, send proof of purchase of Dear Carolina (photos are fine!) to readdearcarolina@gmail.com.  And just for entering, you’ll also receive a free e-copy of the Dear Carolina Companion Cookbook, full of Southern recipes from renowned bloggers and family members, and Dear Carolina printable quotes.  Everyone’s a winner in this giveaway!

Photos: book, author, porch, drink, pillow and giveaway

Monday Mood

May 4th, 2015

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

Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken

Dawning

Pronunciation: /ˈdôniNG/

The beginning of something…  May the dawning of each new day be celebrated in the same manner it is being presented to you.

P.S. The winner of our Gardens at First Light book giveaway is Rosalie Rempel!

Photo: garden

Feliz Primero de Mayo!

May 1st, 2015
Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca

It’s Friday, the first of May and you know what that means?  You’ll either be celebrating the Kentucky Derby or an early Cinco de Mayo over the weekend.  While we love the glamour surrounding the “Run for the Roses”, we’re more likely to choose margaritas over mint juleps.  And with a regatta-free weekend about to start and our birthdays to celebrate, we think a little fiesta is in order.  We’ll begin our evening with mouthwatering watermelon agua fresca paired with a savory/sweet salsa…

Smoky Mango Avocado Salsa

Smoky Mango Avocado Salsa

and move on to a make-your-own taco spread.  How about a roasted cauliflower and chick peas filling as a vegetarian option?  Grilled shrimp would be a delicious addition!

Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Pea Tacos

Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Pea Tacos

Dessert is non-negotiable our age so we’ll indulge in margarita cupcakes while cheering on a favorite horse – our money is on a local 2 year Ridgling named Upstart, who was bred at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, NY.

Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes

Festive Flowers

Festive Flowers

Finally, a hat is a must on Derby Day so we’re replacing the traditional sombrero with a crown of paper flowers!

Paper Flower Crown

Paper Flower Crown

Happy fiesta Friday and let us know what you’re celebrating this weekend.

Photo: drink, salsa, taco, cupcake, flowers and crown

Giveaway: Gardens at First Light

April 29th, 2015
Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm.  On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light.  That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader!  We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.

Orb

Orb

The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!)  Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast.  The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!

Pool

Pool

Astilbe and Hydrangea

Astilbe and Hydrangea

Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work.  Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Garden Table

Garden Table

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom!  All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at thebuzz.giveaway@gmail.com with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.

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Monday Mood

April 27th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Amy Morris in Atlanta

Amy Morris in Atlanta

Fortunate

Pronunciation: /ˈfôrCH(ə)nət/

Auspicious or favorable…  We had a weekend filled with good juju – how about you?

Photo: study

 

Fashion Friday (on a Thursday): April Showers Bring…

April 23rd, 2015
Look #1

Look #1

May flowers and Luisa Beccaria knows how to pick them!  Her Spring 2015 collection is filled with intricate botanical embroideries, appliqués and flowery prints.  Sweet but not precious, her dresses capture a youthful, bohemian spirit that is so perfect for spring.  While Luisa says she wanted to reference “the atmosphere of a boudoir, the sensuality of exquisite antique lingerie, yet in a modern and sophisticated way”, we think her clothes should be worn at garden parties for all to see.  Then again, we don’t have a boudoir in our homes…  If God is in the details, then we’re in heaven with this collection!

Look #2

Look #2

Look #3

Look #3

Look #4

Look #4

Look #5

Look #5

Look #6

Look #6

We’re off to the races in Saratoga (crew, that is) this weekend and wish you all a winning one!

P.S.  Yes, regatta season is in full swing and we’ve been traveling a bit so please forgive the lack of posts.  We’ll be back and blogging next week!

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