Friday Favorite: Sugar & Cloth

August 1st, 2014
Floral Workshop

Floral Workshop

A favorite = a thing that is especially well liked by someone.  Today we’re launching a series on some of our favorite things (other than brown paper packages tied up with string…)  First up, Sugar & Cloth, a blog we recently stumbled upon which captured our imagination with its fun content and actually made us want to “do it ourselves!”

Fall Finds

Fall Finds

Ashley, the author and creative mind behind this blog, tackles DIY home decor, fashion and cooking projects with humor and many, many coffee and macaron breaks and her posts are always pretty.  You know we love pretty!  So even if we never invest in confetti, pompoms and glue, we’re always happy to read Sugar & Cloth and applaud Ashley along the way.

DYI Fruit Macarons

DYI Fruit Macarons

Marbled Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

Marbled Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

Do you have a Friday Favorite you’d like to share?

DYI Pompom Placemat

DYI Pompom Placemat

DYI Confetti Vase

DYI Confetti Vase

P.S. Ashley is hosting her first floral workshop ever in her new Houston-based studio in September – we so wish we could attend!

Photos: flowers, finds, macarons, popsicles, placemat and vase

Behind the Lens of Claire Grummon

July 30th, 2014
Les Fleurs

Les Fleurs

If you’re a long time reader of The Buzz, you might remember an intrepid twelve-year-old fashionista named Claire who wrote a couple of guest posts for us (you can read them here and here.)  Four years later, Claire is a budding photographer and has recently launched a website featuring her collections.  Not only is Claire very good with a camera, she’s equally talented with a pen; her artist statement is the perfect complement to her pictures.

Circle Flowers

Circle Flowers

“Life happens quickly.  Any given moment begins, changes and ends, sometimes before it’s even noticed.  Light shifts, shadows move, dimensions reveal.  And in today’s hyper-digital world, so many opportunities to notice these moments are completely lost as our attention is pulled from one “source” to another.”

Alice

Alice

“As an artist, I use photography to stop time – to capture moments – and to prolong the opportunity to see, explore and immerse oneself in what would otherwise be a transient moment or one altogether unseen.  These moments can be serene, jolting, perplexing, funny and beautiful.”

Barnard

Barnard

Gravity Doesn't Apply Here

Gravity Doesn’t Apply Here

Float

Float

We couldn’t have described Claire’s work better ourselves and we hope you take some time to immerse yourselves in the moments captured by her lens…

Photos: 1 – 6

Monday Mood

July 28th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Sheila Bridges in Harlem

Sheila Bridges in Harlem

Basking

Pronunciation: /baskiNG/

Luxuriating in warmth and light; making the most of something…  Halfway through summer and no time to loll about!  Are you taking time to bask?

Photo: bedroom

Random Raves – Knoxville

July 25th, 2014
Melton Lake Park

Melton Lake Park

A recent rowing competition took one of us to Oak Ridge, TN, a city nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains built in secrecy during World War II as part of the “Manhattan Project.”  Since there wasn’t much to do or see in Oak Ridge besides the races and the American Museum of Science & Energy, we decided to stay in Knoxville just steps away from Market Square where we could shop and dine to our hearts’ content.  And boy, did we ever!  Here are some of our favorite spots in case you have a chance to visit.

Fresh Market Flowers

Fresh Market Flowers

Market Square Farmers’ Market: Every Wednesday and Saturday, Market Square fills up with vendors selling products made or grown in the East Tennessee region.  Every booth had something wonderful to offer, from seasonal produce to baked good and artisan crafts including the most beautiful mouth blown glass.  And of course, bunches of fresh flowers for less than $10!

Sheer Bliss

Sheer Bliss

Bliss Home: Voted “Best Store in Knoxville”, this little gem of a store is true bliss (makes sense, doesn’t it?)  As the website says, “Some describe it as glee, and some as joy, wonder, or delight. Whatever you call it, if you have not experienced this breath of fresh air known as Bliss” then you need to add this to your travel plans.

Mixed Grill

Mixed Grill

Chesapeake’s: When you think of the Southern food, you think of BBQ and perhaps cheese grits (which we had plenty of on our trip) yet we had one of our favorite dinners at Chesapeake’s where the food was amazing and the decor reminiscent of a traditional Chesapeake Bay seafood restaurant (replete with hanging nets and colorful fish filled aquariums.)

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

Cafe 4 cupcakes:  It’s no secret we have a sweet tooth so a stop at Cafe 4 on Market Square is a great way to end the evening (unless you need a nightcap – see below!)  Made fresh daily with only the finest ingredients, these delicacies include cupcakes with a twist and marvelous macarons.

Mix Master

Mix Master

Peter Kern Library: Just in case you thought we had adventures of the intellectual kind, this place is no ordinary library.  In fact, it’s a speakeasy which you enter through a secret door on an alley.  Yes, there are books lining the shelves along with other interesting oddities (we think we saw a stuffed fox!) but the ones scattered on the coffee tables hold three pages of custom cocktails named after famous literary characters.  We indulged in an Atticus Finch (gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, cucumber, ginger and mint) and a Matilda (some kind of Old Fashioned with muddled blueberries.)   Needless to say, it was a Saturday night and by 10 pm the bar filled up a younger crowd (the characters of Bravo’s Southern Charm would feel very much at home) and the music got very loud so our advice for the over 40 crowd is to go early on a weeknight.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour of Knoxville’s finest and let us know if you have plans to visit…  We have lots more to share.  Have a great weekend, y’all!

Photos: Melton Lake, flowers, table, mixed grill, cupcake and mix master

A-Lister James Schettino Architects

July 23rd, 2014
Living Room

Living Room

athome in Fairfield County just announced the A-List Awards finalists and we were so excited to find out that one of the projects we worked on in Greenwich is nominated!  You can’t go wrong when you hire some of the best local talent our area has to offer and this home is proof of that.  The architectural details are the brilliant work of James Schetinno Architects and the refined yet crisp and clean interiors are by Lynn Morgan Design.  And you know who created the floral designs…

Dining Room

Dining Room

The primarily blue and white palette is carried throughout the home with splashes of color here and there.  Every room exudes a sense of comfort and calm and we love all the coffered ceilings and elegant millwork.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Having won last year in the Traditional Architecture Less than 7,000 square feet category, the father (James) and son (Jim) team of James Schettino Architects are poised to do it again this year and we’ll be cheering them on in September.

Bedroom

Bedroom

Dressing Room

Dressing Room

Chair

Chair

For more information on the A-List Awards, click here!

P.S.  A big thanks to Jane Beiles for shooting the project so beautifully and sharing some of her pictures with us.

Photo: living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, dressing room and chair

Monday Mood

July 7th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Folklore Fantasy

Folklore Fantasy

Folkloric

Pronunciation: /fohk-lawr-ik/

Whimsical and fabulous…  We’re taking some time off to show our new Fall/Winter 2014 collection “Folklore Fantasy” at the Atlanta Gift Show and will be back in two weeks!

P.S.  Come see us in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 if you’re there.

Photo: bedroom

 

Happy 4th of July!

July 3rd, 2014
Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

After a busy couple of weeks, we’re throwing in the towel…

All Tied Up

All Tied Up

tying up loose ends…

Beach House

Beach House

and kicking back!

Flying Flags

Flying Flags

Here’s to celebrating with family and friends…

Cool Cubes

Cool Cubes

staying cool and…

Yummy Red, White and Blue

Yummy Red, White and Blue

having our cake (and eating it, too!)

Happy 4th of July to all!

Photo: towels, table setting, beach house, flags, ice cubes and cake

 

Monday Mood

June 30th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Foxy Ladies

Fairy Caps and Bells

Foxy

Pronunciation: /ˈfäksē/

Attractive; stylish…  It is said in Ireland that when a foxglove bows its head, a fairy is passing by.  Don’t you just love that image?  We hope your summer is off to a magical start!

Photo: foxgloves

Le Moulin de Mougins Revisited

June 26th, 2014
Mougins, France

Mougins, France

Have you ever had a meal in a restaurant that is so wonderfully delicious that the memory lives on for years or even decades?  We had one such experience in our college days at Le Moulin de Mougins and one of us is about to repeat it – the one who is on vacation, that is!

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

Nestled in the small hilltop village of Mougins, known for its art (Pablo Picasso lived there for twelve years) and for it’s food (an international gastronomic event takes place there annually), this captivating hotel was home to a fabulous restaurant opened by Roger Vergé, one of France’s most illustrious chefs.  Though we knew we couldn’t afford the luxurious accommodations of the hotel during our trip to France, we saved our pennies so that we could dine at the restaurant.

Rubik's Cube

Rubik’s Cube

Our meal, served in an enchanting garden, was beyond fabulous and we relished every sip of wine and every bite of foie gras, lobster and farm fresh produce (Roger was a locavore before it was even a foodie movement!) And the best part of the evening was when Roger Vergé himself appeared at our table with glasses of champagne, having heard he had twenty-something twin fans oohing and aahing over his food.

Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad

Roger has moved on and there’s a new chef in town so we’ll let you know if the meal stands up to the memories!

Shortcake de Fraises

Shortcake de Fraises

P.S.  Please forgive the erratic posting this week – the twin who stayed home has a lot on her plate…  and it’s not even edible!

Poached Perfection

Poached Perfection

Photos: view, restaurant, food

Monday Mood

June 23rd, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Roses Galore

Roses Galore

Ravishing

Pronunciation: /ˈraviSHiNG/

Dazzling and radiant…  Ravishing roses are a wonderful way to start the day, don’t you think!

Photo: entry