Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Starting The Day Off Right

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll

P.S.  Let’s believe in the impossible this week…  Ok?


Insta Find

Second Bloom

Cathy at Work

Whew, it’s been a busy week!  Not only are we working on our new Spring/Summer 2018 collection to be previewed next month by top buyers, we also put the finishing touches on 220 floral ornaments, 15 bouquets and two scotty topiaries for a presidential library installation…  Needless to say, we escaped to Instagram for some floral therapy.  And as always, we fell down the internet rabbit hole and ended up in Cathy Graham’s Wonderland.

Sensational Centerpiece

Sunday Brunch

Plate Designs


Second Bloom

Known for her pretty parties and fab flowers, Cathy published a book this week on the art of setting a terrific table, just in time to inspire us for our new designs.  So we leave you with her wonderful work and wish you all a weekend full of beauty!



Mixed Media Flowers

Livia Cetti Paper Flowers

A rose is a rose is a rose…  and depending on who created it (Clare Potter? Livia Cetti? Tommy Mitchell?), a faux rose can be made of paper, porcelain or even metal.  After Avi Steinberg wrote a letter of recommendation for fake flowers in The New York Times Magazine (yeah, Avi!), we’ve seen more and more press on the variety of faux flowers out there.

Livia Cetti Orange Tree

Vladimir Kanevsky Loose Stems

Tommy Mitchell Wall Flowers

From the versions that we use made of high end poly-cottons that mimick the shape and feel of a petal or leaf to perfection (we call them “nature’s twins”) to the ones Livia Cetti makes out of paper, there’s a material to fit all tastes.

Clare Potter Ceramic Bouquet

Diane James Home In Full Bloom (coming soon!)

For those who still need convincing that faux flowers can be exquisite, take a look at these!

paper flowers / orange tree / stems / wall art / ceramic bouquet / faux bouquet

The Latest Buzz

Monday Mantra

Dancing in the Rain

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass it’s about learning how to dance in the rain…

P.S.  It’s the start of a new school year and every Monday we send our boys off with a Monday Mantra to think about during the week.  We thought we’d share them with you, too!


Flower Power

Delighting in Dahlias


And thus the soul – if fortune cast
Its love to live in scenes less bright, –
Should bloom amidst the adverse blast:  –
Nor suffer sorrow’s clouds to blight
Its outward beauty – inward light.




Thus should she live and flourish still,
Though misery’s frost might strive to kill
The germ of hope within her quite: –
Thus should she hold each beauty fast,
And bud and blossom to the last.


We’re delighting in dahlias and are reminded of this Victorian poem praising this bloom’s ability to withstand all kinds of weather.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes…  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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We’ve Been “Interviewed”!

Kim and our Amazing Grace

One early Sunday morning in July we received an email from Mary Howard, set designer extraordinaire, with the subject “Flowers for fashion shoot – Urgent” and despite our “no work email” rule on weekends, we had to respond.  The “huge fashion shoot” for a “high profile September issue” with a “very big celebrity” was happening the following Tuesday and Mary needed several arrangements of all sizes to put on tabletops in a New York City mansion.

Photo Shoot Prep

Needless to say, we jumped at the chance to work with Mary since we had seen her work on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair and the like.  As we made our way up to Litchfield County that Sunday to see hot air balloons, we came up with a list of designs and speculated on who the “celebrity” might be.  Monday morning we packed up the designs and sent them into the city, anxiously hoping that one or two would make the shoot.

Kim and our Gramercy Park

Kim and our Sunset Dreams

And then we waited… and waited, and waited until last week when it was revealed that the celebrity was none other than Kim Kardashian West and the shoot was the first fashion spread she has done with her four-year-old daughter, North.  Interview, the magazine that featured our florals, is one we’ve read since we were teenagers and little did we know that it was founded by Andy Warhol.  Shot by Steven Klein, the images are eye-catching and we love how our designs pop against the muted backgrounds.

Sunset Dreams and Amazing Grace

Perhaps we’ll start bending the “no work emails on weekend” rule more often…

Sit Still and Smile!

P.S.  We couldn’t resist that last image as we remember the days when we tried to get the boys to sit still for photographs.




Canada… Here We Come!

Leaning into Summer

We’re off to Canada to swim in a lake, toast some marshmellows and stargaze…  Happy August and see you in a couple of weeks!



Giveaway: Surf Shack || Laid Back Living by The Water

Surf Shack Stack

It’s mid-summer and we have beaches on our mind so what better way to share our love of sand and surf than with a giveaway!  We had the pleasure of meeting Nina, author of Surf Shack: Laid Back Living by The Water, last month at Serena & Lily in Westport and loved everything about her vibe.

Ojai, California

Living in Venice, California would turn even the most die hard city girl into a laid back, flip-flop wearing beach explorer and that’s what happened to Nina when she moved there from New York City.  She met a lot of surfers in the neighborhood and as an interior designer, became endlessly intrigued by their way of life.

Malibu, California

Malibu, California

After traveling to eighteen cities in four countries and hanging out with a lot of surfers, Nina wrote Surf Shack and gets to the heart of what makes this way of life so charming.  “A surf shack is not built around what you think you need, so much as it is about understanding all the things you don’t.”

Montauk, New York

Filled with beautiful images shot by Brittany Ambridge, this book urges us to find magic in life’s little imperfections and create a home around something you love doing.  A perfect sentiment for all of us to aspire to!

Sayulita, Mexico

If you’d like to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at with “Surf Shack” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 30, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

photos and yours truly

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

We mixed up some fresh with some faux and look what we got…

That butterfly’s no fool!


Fabulous Finds

Fabulous Finds: Gucci Decor

Gucci Decor

Here’s something new for Kanye West to sing about…  Gucci’s launching a home decor collection this fall partly inspired by last summer’s Westminster Abbey Cruise show.  Now this Gucci uber fan can decorate his home(s) in floor to ceiling Gucci – from cushions and candles to wallpaper and chairs.

Floral Tray

Gucci Decor Cushions

Red Velvet Bee Cushion

Featuring prints, patterns and graphics from creative director Alessandro Michele’s previous collections, the new line is “intended to allow for a flexible and personal approach to decoration, bringing an accent of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism into the home.”

Gucci Decor Mugs

Toile and Chicken Mug

While we wouldn’t recommend replacing all of your decor with this colorful accessories, a chair here or a candle there would add pizzazz to any room.  How about a red velvet throw pillow with a bright bee (you know we’re partial to bees and these are embroidered and then hand applied, rumored to be a 10-hour process) or a toile covered mug topped with a rooster?  Gucci Decor hits stores in September so keep an eye out for these fabulous finds.

Happy Friday all and may your weekend be filled with color!

drawings / products