March 20th, 2015
Flower Pot Bag
Technically, spring starts today at 6:45 pm on the East Coast and yes, it’s snowing again! But that won’t stop us from doing a Friday Fashion and Favorite mash-up and celebrate the spring flowers to come. Kate Spade makes it easy to stop and smell the blossoms… and wear them, too (no wonder since Kate’s last name is Spade!) The Spring 2015 collection is filled with pretty, floral things from purses and clutches,
to fun frocks,
Blooms Peplum Top
Garden Leaves Dress
and accessories with bountiful blooms.
Spring Blooms iPad Case
Pansy Blossom Necklace
So, happy first day of Spring and here’s to springing forward in our gardens soon!
Photos: flower pot / clutch / top / dress / ipad cover / necklace
March 18th, 2015
Shades of Green
Six years ago tomorrow we launched this little blog of ours and never in our wildest imagination did we think it would bring us so much pleasure and so many readers from around the world. And never did we think we’d be blogging for so long… but we’re still at it 920 posts later!
Lettuce Ware Plate
Watering Can Clutch
Our first post was inspired by a room we saw at Manhattan House designed by the king of color, Jamie Drake, so we thought we’d revisit one of our favorite hues: green. Whether it’s the bright yellow green of new spring leaves or the bluer green of Paris’ park benches, we can’t help but love this color. We know we’re a day late for St. Patrick’s Day, but contrary to what Kermit the Frog said, it’s so easy being green.
Green and Gorgeous Bouquet
P.S. Did you celebrate yesterday and in what green fashion?
P.P.S. Speaking of greens – don’t forget to enter our Substantial Salads book giveaway! Details can be found here.
Photos: room / plate / clutch / drinkware / flowers / wallpaper
March 16th, 2015
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Of extraordinaire quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse… Doesn’t this setting just make you want to be creative? We’re working on our new Fall/Winter 2015 collection and it’s not even spring yet! What inspires you?
March 13th, 2015
Those of you who follow us on Instagram know that we took advantage of a beautiful almost spring day to stop by one of our favorite stores, Terrain, for a cooking class and a bite of lunch. On the menu were sumptuous salads, just in time for our coming-out-of-hibernation diets (yes, contrary to what you learned in school, female mammals who hibernate in the winter months
and drink lots of wine tend gain weight, not lose it!) Using award winning chef Caroline Hofberg’s book, Substantial Salads, as a guide, our charming chef walked us through the techniques of poaching salmon, smoking hazelnuts, roasting chicken and making a creamy dressing.
Chicken with Tuna Sauce
Bulgur Wheat with Chanterelles and Lingonberries
While most of us think of salads as a lunchtime staple or summertime dish, the recipes found in this book are filled with rich and hearty ingredients and would be perfectly satisfying meals any time of year. We dined on three that were as lovely to look at as they were tasty to eat: Beet Quinoa with Chicken, Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon and Cauliflower with Blue Cheese and Turkey. We were so happy with our class that we bought several copies of the book – two for ourselves and one to give away today!
Goat Cheese with Berries and Candied Nuts
Beet Quinoa with Chicken
Are you salivating yet? If so, you need the recipes and you can enter to win a copy of Substantial Salads by leaving a comment below letting us know your favorite salad combination or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Substantial Salads” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2015 (first day of spring!) to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon
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March 11th, 2015
Words to live by: “I am a perfectionist but I know how to live life. When I’m working, it’s 100%. When I’m with my friends, I put everything away and enjoy life. When I come home to my kids, it’s pure joy and everything’s worth it. Every time, I really focus 100% on one thing. I’ve learned how to juggle my life and I feel like now I have the perfect balance.” ~ Monique Lhuillier
Yup, that pretty much sums up our new mantra for March (if only it were true!)
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March 9th, 2015
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Stranded… Who wouldn’t want to be marooned on a beautiful tropical island in March?
P.S. No, we haven’t hopped a plane south but we did see Maroon 5 in concert last night!
March 6th, 2015
Guess what, everyone? We had more snow yesterday! At this rate, spring will come in May and the kids won’t be out of school until July… With global warming come and gone, it’s the dawn of a new Ice Age. Who knows when we’ll be able to shed our winter wardrobe and wear something as light and airy as these frocks? White was a popular color on the Spring 2015 runways and we’ve rounded up some of favorite fashions in honor of warmer weather to come. White is wonderful when it’s not in the form of snow.
Oscar de la Renta
Happy Friday to all and don’t forget to spring ahead this weekend!
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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