Monday Mood

June 22nd, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

A Colorful Back Bay Condo

A Colorful Back Bay Condo

Mighty

Pronunciation: /ˈmīdē/

Possessing great and impressive power or strength…  After a gray and rainy weekend, a pop of purple and pink can really brighten one’s day.  After all, “color is a power which directly influences the soul” (according to painter Wassily Kandinsky!)

Photo: living room

Friday Favorite: Floral Cocktails

June 12th, 2015
White Wine Spritzer

White Wine Spritzer

What’s not to love about a Friday in June?  Summer is on the way, the end of school is near, and we’ll be sipping cocktails on a terrace or on a beach to celebrate the weekend.  We’ve been experimenting with cocktails and have come across some that will definitely be part of our summer party planning.  And thanks to Elle Decor, we can sip a drink and get our flower power on!

Greyhound

Greyhound

Borage and Pansy

Borage and Pansy

Lemon Jello Shot

Lemon Jello Shot

Rose Martini

Rose Martini

Aviation

Aviation

Happy fabulous floral Friday!

P.S. If you want to try your hand at making one of these, click on the image to get the recipe.

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Random Raves – Carmel, CA

June 10th, 2015
Cantera Court

Cantera Court

Carmel, California, is one of our favorite places in the world and each time we visit, we come home with a list of new raves.  We flew out west to celebrate a best friend’s birthday so instead of staying at one of the fabulous resorts lining the coast, we rented a house in the hills of Pebble Beach through Elite Carmel.  When they say they are the “vacation home experts”, they’re not kidding!  When you rent through Elite, you get concierge service, an app with all the information about the home and surrounding area and a luxurious home filled with every possible amenity.

Oh, Danny Boy

Oh, Danny Boy

Our first evening was spent toasting the birthday boy on the terrace at the Inn at Spanish Bay.  If you go at sunset, make sure to grab seats around one of the lively fire pits and get serenaded by the lone bagpiper who magically appears through the mist.

Dinner with a View

Dinner with a View

Even though our house came with an amazing chef’s kitchen, we took advantage of the fine dining available in the Carmel area and enjoyed some classic California cuisine.  A dinner at the restaurant at Mission Ranch is always a treat, made even more memorable by a large wedding party who decided that singing songs with the piano player at the bar was a fun way to end the night.  This 1800′s ranch was preserved and restored by none other than former Carmel mayor, Clint Eastwood.  He also owns the Hog’s Breath Inn in town if you’re up for a late night drink.

Botanical Abundance

Botanical Abundance

Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

Shopping on Ocean Avenue is a must and once you stop oohing and ahhing over the beautifully planted window boxes, pop into Paloosh, a store filled with chic European and American fashion brands (Joie, Equipment, DVF and the like) all displayed by color.

Ahoy, Matey!

Ahoy, Matey!

Finally, a trip to the California coast would be missing something if you didn’t hop on a sail boat and cruise the waters looking for whales and dolphins.  We didn’t see any on our trip on the Bella on the Bay though our super friendly captain did steam up a bucket of fresh crab which made our day.

We hope you enjoyed this little tour of Carmel and if you need more travel tips, you know who to call!

Photos: house, bagpiper, restaurant, flowers, store, and ship

Monday Mood

June 8th, 2015

It’s Monday (and we’re back!) – what mood are you in?

Ahhh...

Ahhh…

Rested

Pronunciation:  /ˈrestəd/

Feeling healthy, strong or full of energy…  There’s nothing like taking a little time off from the everyday to recharge!  Isn’t that what summer is all about?

Photo: bed

Our Happy Place

May 27th, 2015
Lone Cypress

Lone Cypress

With a couple of very busy weeks ahead, we’re taking Jeanne’s (from the blog I Dream Of) advice and spending some time in one of our happy places…  That is, after we see Jeanne for lunch on Thursday!  Can you guess where we’re going?

Photo: tree

Monday Mood

May 25th, 2015

It’s Memorial Day – what mood are you in?

Foley and Cox

Foley and Cox

Sun-kissed

Pronunciation:  /ˈsʌn ˌkɪst/

Sunny…  Happy Memorial Day everyone!  May your week be sun-kissed…

Photo: living room

 

Fabulous Finds: Missoni Home for Amara

May 22nd, 2015
Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

What was once an interior design business based in Essex, England, Amara has grown into a stylish online store offering over 30,000 products (some of them exclusive) from over 300 luxury brands, all stocked and ready to ship worldwide at the click of a mouse.  So imagine our excitement when we were contacted by one of their buyers to see if they could sell our designs!  Our fingers are crossed that the samples we sent across the pond meet their exquisite level of taste…

Passiflora Pouf

Passiflora Pouf

In the meantime, we’ve learned that Amara will be launching a range of exclusive designs by Missoni Home to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.  Each fabric has been selected by Missoni Home from their extensive archives to reflect Amara’s ethos for stylish luxury living.  Taking inspiration from natural surroundings such as the varied landscapes and gardens of Italy, these designs will add a bit of Missoni magic to any room.  Also included is a limited edition pillow, Roxas, a refined print with the spirit of Missoni designed especially for Amara.

Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

Roxas

Roxas Pillow

And just in time for summer, the collection will also include three beach bags made from Missoni Home’s towelling fabric in their iconic zigzag print.  Perfect for all beach essentials, these lined bags are large enough to fit everything you need for a fun filled summer day!

Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

Rufus Beach Bag

Rufus Beach Bag

This new collection is launching online at Amara on June 1st so mark your calendars…  And have a fabulous Friday!

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Farewell Mad Men

May 20th, 2015
Marni Dress for Peggy

Marni Dress for Peggy

As the curtain dropped on Mad Men Sunday night, we couldn’t help but feel a bit sad…  But we’re also very grateful we had the chance to watch a show that will go down in history as being one of the most fashionable.  From the swanky offices of SC&P to Don’s luxuriously hip New York pad, the interiors have never disappointed, nor have the fab fashions.  We’ve been watching for seven years though it feels like a lot less and think parting gifts are in order for some of the show’s leading characters.  [Spoiler alert!] And while Don would like to “buy the world a Coke” while meditating at a retreat, we’ll be buying these…  A Marni dress for Peggy – while we applaud the advent of pant suits, we so love a fun frock.

Nine Iron Studios Decanter

Nine Iron Studios Decanter

A decanter for Don in hopes that he’ll cut down on the heavy stuff and turn to fine wines now that he’s found Nirvana…

Hermes Scarf

Hermes Scarf

A silk scarf for Joan – Hermes, of course.  Have you ever noticed that in times of crisis, the women of Mad Men wear scarves (read all about it in this post!)

Nouvel Studios Glass

Nouvel Studios Glass

A twisted shot glass for Roger – need we say more?

Valentino Rockstud Sandals

Valentino Rockstud Sandals

A pair of “Zou Bisou Bisou” sandals for Megan to go with her insanely short skirts…

David Yurman Petrvs Lion Ring

David Yurman Petrvs Lion Ring

and a signet ring for Peter to remind him of his Upper East Side roots while settling down in Wichita.

Farewell Mad Men, and thanks for the memories!

P.S. If you’re a fan, what did you think of the series finale?

Photos: dress, decanter, scarf, glass, sandals and ring

Monday Mood

May 18th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Window Shopping

Window Shopping

Legendary

Pronunciation: /ˈlejənˌderē/

Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known…  Our friend and designer, Young Huh, is on her way to becoming a legend and she’s making a name for herself with her stunning window at the La Cienega Design Center.

Photo: window

 

In the Garden with Jane Ellsworth

May 15th, 2015
Monogrammed Garden Gate

Monogrammed Garden Gate

Having been raised in the Belgian countryside by a mother who worshiped Constance Fry and the untamed yet still elegant she designed, we naturally gravitate toward the “tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders” barely contained by a clipped boxwood hedges.  This is why we had to share this beautiful garden lovingly cultivated by interior designer Jane Ellsworth which we spied in the pages of one of our favorite local magazines, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

Boxwood Parterre

Boxwood Parterre

Peek-a-boo Pool House

Peek-a-boo Pool House

Set on seven acres in Darien, Jane’s 1940′s brick Georgian house has the feel of an English country home and the garden is filled with colorful exuberance and blossoms for every season.  “In my opinion, the garden is an outdoor room whose components should be handled in the same way as the corresponding decorative elements in an interior space, to create a specific mood or style that is functional and pleasing,” says Jane.  You may call this garden functional and pleasing, but we’ll call it sheer bliss.

Globe Thistle

Globe Thistle

Brick Walls

Brick Walls

Apple Orchard

Apple Orchard

We’d love to spend the weekend under that apple tree but we’re off to our final regatta of season!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend of whiling away the hours…

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