Personalities

Jeanne’s a Genius!

Jeanne Paints in Paris

Jeanne Paints in Paris

Last year we introduced you to blogging bestie, Jeanne, the creative genius behind I Dream Of, when she launched her own Instagram challenge to paint a sketch every day.  Since then, this artist, illustrator and dreamer has been very busy, working with a super talented team including brand guru Fiona Humberstone (we actually introduced her to Fiona via this post!), website designer Rachelle Saevil and photographer Katie Mitchell to re-brand herself and launch her online gallery and shop, Jeanne McKay Hartmann.

Ready to Paint

Ready to Paint

Parisian Sketches

Parisian Sketches

Having been through the process ourselves last year, we know how much time and energy goes into creating a new brand and website and we couldn’t be more happy for Jeanne.  Her new online home embodies the dreamy and whimsical quality of her paintings and captures the happy essence of her work.

Pink Zinnias

Pink Zinnias

Happy Hour!

Happy Hour!

Best of all, Jeanne will be adding some original work and prints that can be purchased through the site…  perhaps just in time for the holidays (hint, hint!)  In the meantime, you can buy Jeanne’s watercolors at her two favorite stores, Seattle’s Watson Kennedy and Nest Inspired Home in Rye, and she’ll be taking on a few new custom commissions at the beginning of 2017.   Want more loveliness?  Check out her Instagram page!

All We Need

All We Need

Congratulations, Jeanne, and thank you for making our world more beautiful!

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Fabulous Finds

Summer Blues… and Whites

Delft Makes a Comeback!

Delft Makes a Comeback!

Nothing says summer like blue and white…  and it wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t write a blue and white post!  Over the years, we’ve blogged about Bergdorf’s blue and white hall, taking blue and white at the beach, and finding blue and white at the trade shows.  So it’s no surprise that we’ve been collecting blue and white goodies for yet another post on one of our favorite color palettes.  From Erin Gates’ new collection with Jill Rosenwald, to Madeleine Weinrib’s new take on ikat, blue and white works beautifully in home decor…

Collins Ikat Pillow

Collins Ikat Pillow

and it’s always in fashion.

Embroidered Linen Dress

Embroidered Linen Dress

Canvas Bucket Bag

Canvas Bucket Bag

So here’s to blue and white done right!

Holly Stuart Home Blossom Placemat

Holly Stuart Home Blossom Placemat

Amapola in Cornflower by kate spade new york for Kravet

Amapola in Cornflower by kate spade new york for Kravet

vignette / pillow / dress / bag / placemat / fabric

Fabulous Finds

A Visit to Jayson Home in Sag Harbor

Welcome to Jayson Home!

Welcome to Jayson Home!

During our weekend in the Hamptons, we had the chance to stop by the new Jayson Home store in Sag Harbor.  For those of you who are loyal readers, you know how much we love this place!  Tucked away off of Main Street in an 18th century building that used to be a whaling and shipping supply store, this destination of urban sophistication occupies three distinct rooms, each with a unique style.

Hostess Gifts Galore

Hostess Gifts Galore

Vintage Paprika Jars and More

Vintage Paprika Jars and More

The front room is filled with sunlight and gifts for entertaining, both vintage and modern.  Aren’t those Parma serving boardscoffered inlay boxes and vintage jars fabulous?  Diane, of course, had to have the topiaries!

Surf's Up

Surf’s Up

A second room has a more of a bohemian-surf vibe which stands in contrast to the typical white-on-white Hamptons style one would see in these parts.  Here you will find soap stonesAfrican beaded necklaces and exotic textiles.

Haute Living

Haute Living

The last room, anchored by a marble fireplace filled with selenite logs, is the most dramatic…  Think Belgian manor house or Brooklyn brownstone, both of which can be effortlessly chic.  We absolutely loved the vintage flower sconces which reminded us of our own childhood home in Brussels.  Not to mention this Aalto amber chandelier!

Have a Seat

Have a Seat

If you happen to be in the Hamptons this summer, we definitely recommend a visit to Jayson Home.  And if you’re not in the neighborhood, you can shop online!

Photos courtesy of Cynthia

 

Events

Monday Mix #Beautifaux

Mix this…

Summer Whites

Summer Whites

with this…

Meet Ruger, Our First Winner!

Meet Ruger, Our First Winner!

and get this!

$100 Off Your Next Order

$100 Off Your Next Order

We’re hosting an Instagram contest all summer long so now’s your chance to show off your Diane James design!  Post a picture of a Diane James Home bouquet, plant or gift item in your home on your Instagram account and enter to win a $100 Diane James Home gift certificate!  Here’s what you need to do to:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @diane_james_home
  2. Take a picture of your Diane James Home bouquet, plant or gift and share it on Instagram using #beautifaux in your post between June 21 and September 21, 2016
  3. Make sure your profile is public so we don’t miss your entry

One winner will be selected each month (on July 21, August 21 and September 21) so you’ve got two more chances!  Click here for contest rules.  Good luck to all!

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home in Southampton, NY

A Home with a View

A Home with a View

Since one of us is headed to the Hamptons today, we thought we’d profile this beautiful waterfront home on Peconic Bay designed by John David Rose and Jon Bjørnen.  Owned by top real estate broker Tim Davis, the house was built in the early 2000’s and has been updated over the years to make it more gracious and stately yet still family friendly.  Off the front hall is a lovely living room whose neutral palette is offset by Friedel Dzubas‘ colorful abstract painting prominently displayed over the fireplace.

Relaxed Elegance

Relaxed Elegance

Inspired by coastal corals, the sitting room feels warm and intimate with fabrics from Robert Allen and Brunschwig & Fils.

A Room to Love

A Room to Love

We love the Provençal-style kitchen and especially the French doors which we can only assume opens up to a sloping lawn and a fabulous pool.

Delightful Dining

Delightful Dining

The lovely master suite has his and her baths, and her bath is to die for.  Don’t you just want to pour yourself a glass of champagne and soak in that tub!

Masterful

Masterful

Sip and Soak

Sip and Soak

With its panoramic views (imagine the sunsets!) and vast stone terrace, this home is perfect for outdoor entertaining.  Now all we need is an invitation…  hint, hint.  Happy Friday all and enjoy this last weekend of July.  Where is the summer going??

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Fabulous Finds

Crazy for Cactus!

Cacti on a Sill

Cacti on a Sill

The joke in our family is that our thumbs are so black, we can’t even keep a cactus alive…  which is pretty much true.  The sad thing is we love cacti and succulents so instead of torturing live plants, we found some not-so-thorny alternatives that will do the trick.  We think this watercolor wallpaper would be great in a little boy’s room with a western theme (think cowboys and Indians…)

Watercolor Cactus

Watercolor Cactus

and this delicious macaron would be great for dessert!

Ayako Kurokawa

Ayako Kurokawa

Outdoor entertaining is in full swing so we’d use this pillow and festive mobile on our terrace…

Abby Galloway Cactus Pillow

Abby Galloway Cactus Pillow

Jikits Mobile

Jikits Mobile

and this bright and cheerful organizer could hold files in our office.

Oasis Acrylic File Holder

Oasis Acrylic File Holder

Are we crazy to think that cacti are making a comeback?

window sill / mural / macaron / pillow / mobile / file holder

Inspirations

How Sam Allen Does Summer!

Summer's Here!

Summer’s Here!

Wunderkind designer, Sam Allen, knows how to live it up in style so, of course, we had to share his Summer Guide with you!  For those of you who don’t know Sam, he has been honing his interior design skills since the age of 12 and once he was featured in The New York Times at the ripe old age of 19, his career took off.  These days, when he’s not helping his chic clients with their homes in CT or the Hamptons, he can be seen on NBC Open House and CBS This Morning sharing his views on design trends.

Blue and White

Blue and White

Go Bold!

Go Bold!

Inside Outside

Inside Outside

Summer is underway so it’s not too late to incorporate some of Sam’s tips into your indoor and outdoor style.  We especially like his advice to be bold and select colors that make our heart sing!

Mix Patterns

Mix Patterns

Fresh Greens

Fresh Greens

Do you have any favorite ways to soak up summer?

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Flower Power

Fall/Winter 2016 Inspiration #2: First Frost

First Frost

First Frost

Oh, the weather outside is…  hot and muggy here in Atlanta so we’re staying cool knowing that Christmas is just five short months away!  Thank goodness we’re showing our new Fall/Winter 2016 collections so our retail stores can stock up before the holidays.  In addition to the Wanderlust collection, we’re also showing our more wintry designs at the show in a collection we’re calling First Frost.

Camellia and Ranunculus Bouquet in Smoky Vase

Camellia and Ranunculus Bouquet in Smoky Vase

First Frost Bouquet

First Frost Bouquet

There’s something magical about the first frost of winter when all that is outdoors is kissed with glistening crystals.  In the First Frost collection, we designed winter white bouquets of amaryllis, lilies, gardenias and roses accented by touches of greenery accents in a variety of glass vases that celebrate the season.  We also added some festive reds and greens for those of you who need a bit of color to brighten up a cold day.

Frosty Leaves

Frosty Leaves

Red Holiday Bouquet

Red Holiday Bouquet

Large Magnolia Leaves

Large Magnolia Leaves

Come celebrate the changing seasons with us if you happen to be shopping the Atlanta Gift Show.  You can find us in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 until next Monday.  And we’ll be there all day long!

first frost / bouquet / bouquet / frosted leaves / bouquet / leaves

 

Flower Power, The Latest Buzz

Fall/Winter 2016 Inspiration #1: Wanderlust

Oh, Yeah!

Oh, Yeah!

Wanderlust, a word meaning a strong and innate desire to roam, captures the essence of our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection.  Inspired by the global traveler who wants to experience adventures and be immersed in local culture, this collection includes flowers found in exotic climates and containers that embody tribal communities.  From orchids, protea and bougainvillea in sunset hues to glass vases with tortoiseshell patterns and planters with rustic glazes, our Wanderlust designs will take you places around the world.

Roses and Calla Lilies in Glass Tortoiseshell Vase

Roses and Calla Lilies in Glass Tortoiseshell Vase

Large Succulent Planting

Large Succulent Planting

It’s only fitting that our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection is called Wanderlust – we don’t travel as much as we’d like and the only trip we can actually count on semi-annually is for the Atlanta Gift Show which starts this week.  We’re actually looking forward to showing our new designs and having the chance to see our retail customers face-to-face.  This summer, we’re also teaming up with Steve McKenzie for the Vignette Design Exhibition – Where Retail Meets Design.

Floral Window - Portugal

Floral Window – Portugal

Purple Orchid in Antiqued Mercury Bowl

Purple Orchid in Antiqued Mercury Bowl

Agapanthus, Orchid and Hydrangea Bouquet

Agapanthus, Orchid and Hydrangea Bouquet

If you’re heading to the show, please drop by and say “Hi!”  We’ll be in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 from Thursday, July 14 through Monday, July 18th.

P.S.  And while you’re there, you might want to catch our great friend, Marisa Marcantonio from StyleBeat moderating a discussion on Friday on putting your wanderlust to work…  Great minds think alike, don’t they?

wanderlust / bouquet / succulents / window / orchid / bouquet