Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else. ~ Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead
Last month, we headed down to the Greenwich Design District – Day of Design to meet interior designer Marshall Watson and were so enchanted with his stories, we had to get his book. In The Art of Elegance, Marshall shares his finest work, from a family compound in Sweden to a refined Gramercy Park apartment and a cozy Newport Beach cottage.
Cultivating the art of elegance is no easy task but Marshall certainly has this art down to a tee. Known for his meticulously researched, European inspired style, he combines texture, detail, and simple luxuries to create homes that are as unique as their owners.
There are so many words we could use to describe Marshall’s work – livable, peaceful, warm, light – and of course, elegant. And the same could be said about the designer behind the beautiful images in this book.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Diane’s birthday than to give away a signed copy of The Art of Elegance. To enter, just leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “The Art of Elegance” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!
The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ~ W.B. Yeats
P.S. Who knew some paper, paint and wire could create such beauties? So realistic, they fool the eye!
Even though July 4th falls in the middle of the work week, we’re still going to celebrate in style! We have all the makings for a party. Confetti balloons…
and red, white and blue decor.
Kim Seybert‘s festive table settings…
and a patriotic party dress.
A delicious tequila cobbler…
and an even more decadent berry pavlova. How are you spending the day? Wherever you and and whatever you’re doing , we wish you all a Happy 4th!
It goes without saying that we looooove the beach and we’d pretty much live anywhere (a shack or hut will do!) as long as there was a water view and sand to sink our toes in. And we’d be even more delighted if this house happened to be on Nantucket and designed by Markham Roberts!
While the rough shores of this Massachusetts island are known more for their dunes and grasses, a garden of flowering blooms is brought indoors with the prevalent use of botanical fabrics and artwork.
Don’t let the wood walls and chalky painted finishes fool you – this house was newly built by the owner after she realized that the older home she purchased was not perfect. To get that lived-in look, she delivered a lifetime of belongings complemented by fabulous auction finds into Roberts’ eager hands and together they created a warm and welcoming home.
Needless to say, our inspiration board is now covered with images from this project in hopes that some day we’ll have a home on the beach to call our own!
Sunny days have us planning a number of outdoor parties this month and we’re seriously digging the tropical leaves that are all over Instagram! The above image from Terrain got us collecting vintage bottles and seeing if we can keep monstera and palm fronds alive.
Paper place mats like these monstera leaves add the perfect tropical touch and they’re disposable making clean up easy peasy.
And of course, you can’t go wrong with palm leaf coasters!
If indoor entertaining is more your style and you can’t keep your greenery alive, we have just the thing – our very own Jungle Love (which really does look like the real deal!)
Now that Memorial Day is behind us, summer has unofficially begun and so have our Friday Fun days. That means we’ll be leaving the office early (or not even showing up at all!) to explore local, and not so local, finds. On our list this year is the newly-renovated Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island which is once again open to the public. DiLeonardo, an award-winning design firm based in Providence, took on the massive remodeling project which included not only the oceanfront beach cottages and the Turret Suite, but also the addition of beautiful outdoor relaxation areas near The Retreat by Farmaesthetics, the Inn’s luxurious wellness sanctuary.
From Grace Kelly to Thorton Wilder and many more, the Castle Hill Inn has captured the imagination of guests from near and far with its authentic Newport vibe, enchanting setting and panoramic views. Commissioned in 1874 by marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University, this beautiful mansion has stood the test of time and carries on its storied legacy while ever elevating its guest experience.
We can’t wait to see the beach cottages with their charming, light-filled rooms (not to mention the whirlpool tub and heated floor in the bathrooms!) and the mansion’s bi-level Turret Suite with its gorgeous wood paneling, spiral staircase and 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
And we think there’s no better place to truly connect with Mother Nature and all of the beauty and serenity she has to offer. Don’t you agree?
P.S. Read more about the Inn in Boston Design Center’s ID Boston Magazine!
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. ~ Kahlil Gibran