Giveaway

Giveaway: In Bloom

In Bloom

Spring is finally here!  Not that you would know it with temperatures in the 30’s today and still mounds of snow on the ground.  We’re eager to see our bulbs blooming and the bright green of newborn leaves on the trees…

Carmen Almon

It may take a bit longer for Mother Nature to cooperate so we’ll have to rely on a bevy of new flower books to keep our spirits up.  In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers  is one of our favorites and we were lucky enough to meet author and photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo last year at a book signing.

Oberto Gili

Livia Cetti

This book, much like her first Bringing Flowers Home, is more than just about flowers – it’s as much a decorating tome in which artists, designers and tastemakers celebrate the essence of blooms in unique and inspiring ways.

Claire Bassler

From the painted blossoms of Claire Bassler, to the graceful gardens of Miranda Brooks and the luxurious textiles of Neisha Crosland, Ngoc’s camera captures the beauty of these flower-filled homes while the text inspires the reader to connect with each of the owners on a personal level.

Miranda Brooks

Lucky for you, we made sure we grabbed an extra autographed copy of In Bloom to give away today along with a paper wild rose stem created by Livia Cetti (who is also featured in the book).  To enter, just leave us a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “In Bloom” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Happy Spring!

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Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Anthropologie – Wing and Petal Bowls

with this…

Diane James Home – Pink Lady

and get this!

Bloomsbury Kitchen

P.S.  We’re so excited to be launching our new Untamed Nature collection inspired by the Bloomsbury movement on Diane James Home tomorrow…  Happy first day of Spring!

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Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Michael Kors Spring 2017

Floral Sequined Tulle Dress

Winter storm Stella (a.k.a. the Blizzard of ’17) put the kibosh on thinking that spring was just around the corner and with more snow predicted for the weekend, we’re not even attempting to pull out our floral frocks.  Perhaps in a month or so when the two feet of snow and ice have fully melted can we dream of bright azalea and tangerine hues…

Floral Crepe de Chine Dress

Embroidered Floral Coat and Clutch

One thing’s for sure, we’ll be adding something from Michael Kors’ Spring 2017 collection to our closet.  His mix of flouncy feminine florals with bold tailored silhouettes strike the perfect balance and we’re loving all the tortoise accents.

Blue Contrast Floral Dress

Floral Silk Coat

Tortoise Flower Purse

Do you have a fashion favorite this spring?  Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

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Home Sweet Home

History With A Twist

At Home with Jane Beiles

“You can’t judge a book by its cover” our mother often told us when we were young…  and when we saw Jane Beiles’ home for the first time last winter, we couldn’t help but be reminded of this.  What seems like an antique 1916 home on the outside is definitely not traditional on the inside.  Small, closed off rooms were transformed into light-filled open spaces by architect Louise Brooks and RR Builders, and filled with chic but comfortable modern furnishings by Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico Interiors.  The house was the perfect mix of old meets new and we were instantly charmed.

Family Room

Entry and Dining Room

Kitchen and Mudroom

So it’s no surprise that we are super excited to see Jane’s wonderful home featured in the April issue of HGTV Magazine (and not only because our very own fiddle leaf fig tree makes an appearance on page 110!)  Jane’s sunny personality shines through in the bright and happy interiors captured by photographer Alexandra Rowley and from the moment you enter the front door, you can’t help but feel at home.

Master Bedroom

Back Porch

While every room is a delight, we fell hard for the back porch which was decked out with winter greens and Christmas lights when we visited; we can only imagine how sweet it would be to spend a summer’s eve entertaining friends there.  Perhaps Jane will indulge our fantasies by throwing another party this spring!

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Friday Favorite

Friday Favorite: A Sensible Habit

Tulum Pinch Bowl with Spoon

Bet you thought this post was about eating healthier or getting more sleep…  but it’s not!  A Sensible Habit is the whimsical collection of home goods designed by our friend, Brandy Schuman.  By day, Brandy is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at Blabla Kids and by night, she gets her creative on in her Atlanta home studio.

Pretty Pink Spoon Rest

Rosé Club Enamel Pin

What started out as a blog documenting Brandy’s love of food and entertaining evolved into designing invitations for her friends and creating products that complemented her daily life.  Brandy then listed her collection on Etsy and things took off.

Porcelain Long Balance Earrings

Over the years, this multi-dimensional artist has explored different mediums and her current collections include ceramics, textiles, jewelry and stationery.  From pretty pinch bowls and spoon rests to sassy cards and funky earrings, Brandy’s collection has something for everyone (even all you rosé lovers out there!)

Flora Art

Cactus Gift Tags

We love the clean, colorful aesthetic of Brandy’s work and plan to make A Sensible Habit part of our everyday life…  no kale in sight!

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Posy Palette

Posy Palette: Daffodils

Delightful Daffodils

Less than three weeks until spring and we’re finally seeing signs of life in our gardens…  Little daffodils are poking their green leaves up from the ground in hopes that the weather will start to warm.  Spring truly is our favorite season and about this time every year we begin to crave the greening of the trees and the blossoming of the bulbs.  Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s and the weekly daffodils that grace our tables and windowsills!  In honor of this harbinger of spring, we’ve rounded up some sunny yellow favorites and are counting the days…

Delpozo – Fluted Swing Dress

Balenciaga – Feather Pumps

Dior – Vernis “Early”

All Things Mochi – Spanish Earrings

Hunting Season – Python Bucket Bag

Are you ready for spring?

daffodils / dress / shoes / nail polish / earrings / bag

Inspirations

Born from Silver Spoons…

Bouquets and Butterflies

and forks, and knives, and servers…  Yes, these unbelievable sculptures were composed entirely of old cutlery, clustered, bent and twisted by the creative hands of artist Ann Carrington.  We saw our fill of antique silver on our trip to the British Isles last week but never in such an imaginative way.  Needless to say, these works of art give everyday kitchen utensils a whole new meaning!

Devil’s Trump

Devil’s Trump Detail

Honey Spurge

Honey Spurge Detail

Curate’s Egg Detail

P.S.  A big thank you to Erica at Honestly WTF for the scoop!

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Random Raves

Random Raves: Edinburgh and Dublin

Rosslyn Chapel

We’re back from a busy week of travel to Edinburgh and Dublin where we took in the sites, visited some colleges and indulged in the local cuisine.  Here are some of the things we’re still raving about now that we’re home.  A couple of days in Edinburgh gave us the chance to travel down to Hadrian’s Wall by way of Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.  Built in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, the chapel had fallen into disrepair, largely ignored by tourists until the book and movie brought it fame in 2003.  Now, over 150,000 people visit this beautiful example of Gothic craftsmanship annually after major conservation work was completed in 2007.

Angels with Bagpipes

Not only is Edinburgh perfect for history buffs, it’s also a great place for foodies.  Locally sourced ingredients abound and the meals we had at Angels with Bagpipes and The Outsider were beyond delicious.  Both restaurants are located in the Old Town and well worth the visit.

Windows on the World

A trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without spending some time in the National Museum of Scotland.  Even after three days of intensive sightseeing, we couldn’t pass up the chance to view the collections that trace the history of Scotland – its land, its people and their achievements.  We could have spent an entire day there, but for our tired legs and lack of time.

A Rainbow in Malahide

Dublin is an entirely different kind of city than Edinburgh, with a faster pace and a decidedly more modern feel.  Instead of staying in town, we picked an elegant apartment up the coast in Malahide, once a sleepy fishing village, now an upscale town that is an easy 20 minute commute by train (stay tuned for more on the apartment!)

Guinness Storehouse

When in Dublin, do as the natives do…  Drink Guinness and spend a morning at the Storehouse, an interactive museum that will teach you anything and everything you wanted to learn about Ireland’s top brew.

The Book of Kells

And finally, one of our most favorite tours was a private viewing of a national treasure and some say, miracle – The Book of Kells – which is on exhibit in the library at Trinity College.  This 1,200 year old illustrated manuscript has survived Viking raids, the English Reformation, and two months in a ditch and it’s still breathtakingly beautiful.  The visit is well worth the extra expense of booking an early access tour to beat the crowds (over 600,000 visitors yearly) and learn about this magnificent work of art!

P.S.  If any of you are planning to visit these cities, please do send us an email; we have so much more to share.

chapel / restaurant / museum / marina / storehouse / manuscript