Summer’s here and you know what that means! Serious pressure to enjoy every single minute of the season and create memories to last a lifetime… right? We love summer and this year we’re going to make a huge effort to step away from our office and try new things. Fridays will be dedicated to fun (#fridayfun) so you know there’ll be some sightseeing, shopping and sipping involved!
Rosemary, Grapefruit and Gin Cocktails
We have several getaways planned and many of them will include lazy days by a lake…
with lots of summer reading (but not the kind required by middle school.)
Our terraces are all abloom so we’ll be taking full advantage of sunny days and warm nights to dine alfresco…
Al Fresco Dining
and hydrangeas of all kinds will be part of our tabletop decor!
Every summer has its own story… what will be yours?
print / cocktails / living room / books / terrace / hydrangeas
Squirrel + Flowers
Dreamlike, thought-provoking, magical, wow… These are some of the words that came to mind when we stumbled upon Luisa Azevedo‘s work on Instagram and we’ve been mesmerized ever since. This young and talented teen (yes, she’s the same age as our older boys – 19!) has captured our hearts with her imaginary world of flora and fauna. A native of Portugal, Luisa sets her subjects in the landscapes she loves most – the ocean and the hills of her country – and her photography allows us to escape, even for just a minute. Luisa is currently studying at the University of Lisbon where she’s majoring in Multimedia Art and applying the Photoshop skills she learned through Youtube. But enough words, how about some more images?
Hot Air Balloon
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
The Planning Stage
It’s time to spruce up the terrace for summertime fun and there’s no better place to pick up some fashionable finds at a reasonable price than Zara Home. What started out as a casual browsing of the “Picnic” category for colorful melamine plates and acrylic glasses ended up as a jaw dropping exploration of La Grande Illusione, the company’s ephemeral installation for the 56th edition of The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
This collaboration tapped the British set designer and art director Simon Costin to bring the brand closer to the world of design using the Spring/Summer 2017 collection as fashion accessories. Costume designer Spencer Horne fashioned the frocks while Thierry Boutemy took care of the flowers.
Under The Sea
Under The Sea Details
“Folktales and fairy stories have always been the bedrock that I work from,” states Costin in a video about his work and you can’t help but be enchanted by the photographs shot by Tim Walker that bring the magical creations to life.
Linens and Quilts
Needless to say, while we loved the distraction, we still haven’t shopped for the terrace!
William Yeoward – Saphia Steel
and get this!
Happy Memorial Day!
hydrangeas / fabric / vignette
A Rooftop Plunge Pool
For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer so why not kick off the season with some coastal chic brought to you by the ever fabulous Beth Webb. This beachfront retreat on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Peninsula strikes the perfect balance of family friendly style and gracious living.
Living Room with Layers
Cool and Collected Kitchen
If we had our way, we’d spend the entire summer in a home decorated with nautical blues and easy, breezy whites and this house ticks all the boxes. We especially love the addition of textured layers from woven chairs and rugs and the local vibe created by handcrafted accessories.
Master Bedroom with A View
Room for All
Since spending time outdoors is so important to us, we’d make full use of the beautiful pool and cabana!
Pool Cabana Living
Can you just imagine many lazy days with glasses of rosé… Happy Friday, all!
The Woodman House
The title of this post should be “Insta Love” since it was love at first sight when we learned about The Farmhouse Project through one of the “two boys” (the designer/artist, a.k.a. the perfectionist) and set eyes on their fabulous feed. Over the past year we’ve watched (i.e. stalked) this creative duo as they renovate their 1800’s farmhouse in the Catskills and celebrate the seasons in style.
New Guest Room
From flowers, food and cocktails, to home decor and table settings, you can count on a daily dose of deliciousness. While the online store is yet to be launched, the website does have a lovely blog with beautiful images and thoughtful posts. We almost want to pack our bags and move to their neck of the woods…
Art by PVE
And best of all, blogging bestie and artist Patricia Van Essche did all the artwork… Click on over to The Farmhouse Project – you won’t be disappointed!
Take a very British style and add a dash of Italian flair and you get the essence of Hobbs London. We discovered this brand for the first time at Women in Business, a Moffly Media event held at the Greenwich Country Club last Tuesday.
Magnolia Print Dress
The company’s in-house design team has been whipping up creations and spearheading affordable luxury in its central London atelier since the very beginning. Many of the patterns are hand drawn by artists and come to life in the hands of expert pattern-cutters, designers and craftsmen. Fabrics are sourced all over the world, from pure Asian silks to fine European linen.
Palace Collection – Caroline Coat
And the result? Beautifully crafted pieces, brimming with effortless style… Elegant armor for the modern woman (including Princess Kate!) We loved everything we saw during the fashion show so it was incredibly hard to pick just five so head on over to Hobbs’ website to see more!
New from The Brand Stylist
Who wants to elevate their brand and enchant their audience? We do! And we’re sure there are some of you out there who would love to get to the next level when it comes to your blog or your business. For those who have known us for quite a while remember when we embarked on a rebranding journey several years ago (read about it here) and the result was a new logo, a new website and a new Buzz… Needless to say, the trip was as exciting as it was a bit daunting.
Diane James Home Wireframes
Luckily, we entrusted our project to Fiona Humberstone, “The Brand Stylist”, to hold our hand through the process. As Creative Director, she pushed us out of our comfort zones and made us look at our brand in a whole new light. And we love the end result!
Now you, too, can embark on a brilliant brand journey since Fiona has just published a “how to” book. Brand Brilliance is packed with insider insights, tried and tested processes and inspirational examples from more than 50 businesses, including ours. From using the psychology of color to design a new logo to creating a website with flair and finding your voice in social media, this book will ignite your energy and help you create a clear vision for your brand through inspirational text and beautiful images.
We highly recommend this wonderful book, as well as Fiona’s first called “How to Style Your Brand“!
In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to revisit one of our posts and thank our beautiful mother for her love and support over all these years!
Throughout our childhood, our father was all about the A’s in school, while our mother helped us mind our B’s…
Bee Lovely *
And above all, “bee” all that you can “bee”!
P.S. Yes, we know – there’s no bee in the first image but Audrey is sporting a mighty fine beehive… Happy Mother’s Day!
Audrey / ring / soap / plates / cookies / card