Monday Mood

May 25th, 2015

It’s Memorial Day – what mood are you in?

Foley and Cox

Foley and Cox

Sun-kissed

Pronunciation:  /ˈsʌn ˌkɪst/

Sunny…  Happy Memorial Day everyone!  May your week be sun-kissed…

Photo: living room

 

Fabulous Finds: Missoni Home for Amara

May 22nd, 2015
Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

What was once an interior design business based in Essex, England, Amara has grown into a stylish online store offering over 30,000 products (some of them exclusive) from over 300 luxury brands, all stocked and ready to ship worldwide at the click of a mouse.  So imagine our excitement when we were contacted by one of their buyers to see if they could sell our designs!  Our fingers are crossed that the samples we sent across the pond meet their exquisite level of taste…

Passiflora Pouf

Passiflora Pouf

In the meantime, we’ve learned that Amara will be launching a range of exclusive designs by Missoni Home to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.  Each fabric has been selected by Missoni Home from their extensive archives to reflect Amara’s ethos for stylish luxury living.  Taking inspiration from natural surroundings such as the varied landscapes and gardens of Italy, these designs will add a bit of Missoni magic to any room.  Also included is a limited edition pillow, Roxas, a refined print with the spirit of Missoni designed especially for Amara.

Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

Roxas

Roxas Pillow

And just in time for summer, the collection will also include three beach bags made from Missoni Home’s towelling fabric in their iconic zigzag print.  Perfect for all beach essentials, these lined bags are large enough to fit everything you need for a fun filled summer day!

Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

Rufus Beach Bag

Rufus Beach Bag

This new collection is launching online at Amara on June 1st so mark your calendars…  And have a fabulous Friday!

Photos: 1 – 6

Farewell Mad Men

May 20th, 2015
Marni Dress for Peggy

Marni Dress for Peggy

As the curtain dropped on Mad Men Sunday night, we couldn’t help but feel a bit sad…  But we’re also very grateful we had the chance to watch a show that will go down in history as being one of the most fashionable.  From the swanky offices of SC&P to Don’s luxuriously hip New York pad, the interiors have never disappointed, nor have the fab fashions.  We’ve been watching for seven years though it feels like a lot less and think parting gifts are in order for some of the show’s leading characters.  [Spoiler alert!] And while Don would like to “buy the world a Coke” while meditating at a retreat, we’ll be buying these…  A Marni dress for Peggy – while we applaud the advent of pant suits, we so love a fun frock.

Nine Iron Studios Decanter

Nine Iron Studios Decanter

A decanter for Don in hopes that he’ll cut down on the heavy stuff and turn to fine wines now that he’s found Nirvana…

Hermes Scarf

Hermes Scarf

A silk scarf for Joan – Hermes, of course.  Have you ever noticed that in times of crisis, the women of Mad Men wear scarves (read all about it in this post!)

Nouvel Studios Glass

Nouvel Studios Glass

A twisted shot glass for Roger – need we say more?

Valentino Rockstud Sandals

Valentino Rockstud Sandals

A pair of “Zou Bisou Bisou” sandals for Megan to go with her insanely short skirts…

David Yurman Petrvs Lion Ring

David Yurman Petrvs Lion Ring

and a signet ring for Peter to remind him of his Upper East Side roots while settling down in Wichita.

Farewell Mad Men, and thanks for the memories!

P.S. If you’re a fan, what did you think of the series finale?

Photos: dress, decanter, scarf, glass, sandals and ring

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…

Photos: 1 – 6

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