Monday Mood

August 25th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

John Demsey's Home Office

John Demsey’s Home Office

Studious

Pronunciation: / stóodee əss /

With considerable attention to detail…  It’s back to school for many a student and back to being the homework police for many a mom.  Where did the summer go?  Enjoy the last week of August!

Photo: study

A Lesson in Layering

August 22nd, 2014
Vignette

Vignette

The weather this week has been absolutely delightful – cooler than usual August days and perfect sleeping weather at night.  Normally the A/C is running at full arctic blast but not this year.  With the boys preparing to go back to school and September on our doorstep, it’s time for a lesson in layering brought to you by Vogue Living Australia and interior designer Pamela Makin.  The client, a mother who lives with her three sons, wanted to refresh her Balmoral, Sydney home with a neutral palette and a mix of traditional and modern elements so she called on Pamela and her firm, Les Interieurs, for help.

Comfy Couch

Comfy Couch

We can just imagine the boys relaxing on the comfy couch wrapped up in the faux fur throw, their feet on the Corinthian-style coffee table…

Wheel Mirror

Wheel Mirror

and guests lounging in the “winter” living room in front of this 19th-century French mirror.

Dining Table

Dining Table

The dining room with its weathered oak dining table lit by Bocci pendant lights is perfect for family gatherings…

Serene Bedroom

Serene Bedroom

while the master bedroom is the epitome of calm repose.

Perfect Pool

Perfect Pool

And last but not least, the pool where layers of lush greenery provide some privacy and create a natural backdrop for the custom outdoor daybed by Les Interieurs.  Though we’re heading into fall, the Aussies are heading into spring so this gorgeous outdoor space will soon be getting lots of use!

Photos: vignette, couch, mirror, table, bed and pool

Fabulous Find: Rachel Rogers Design

August 20th, 2014
Crest Painting

Crest Painting

When the words “playful” and “bespoke heraldry” are used in the description of an artist’s work, you know you’re in for a treat…  After all, who doesn’t love a whimsical monogram?!  New York-based Rachel Rogers takes customization to a whole new intimate level by interweaving her clients interests into beautifully drawn insignias and crests, stationery and wedding designs, and special event collateral.  A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Rachel worked under the uber talented Rodrigo Corral (the artist behind 500 plus book covers including The Fault in Our Stars) before launching her own venture.  We gravitate toward the designs with floral themes (naturally!) but even her animals have a charm all their own.  Rachel’s fun, colorful ink and water-color creations are a Fabulous Find and special occasions deserve special gifts like these.  Don’t you agree?

Save the Date

Save the Date

Birthday Card

Birthday Card

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Nautical Crest

Nautical Crest

Wedding Collateral

Wedding Collateral

Photos: crests, stationery and paintings

Monday Mood

August 18th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Benjamin Dhong - Woodside, CA

Benjamin Dhong – Woodside, CA

Divine

Pronunciation: /diˈvīn/

Supremely good; heavenly…  Divan + faux-rock console + touches of gold = divine design

Photo: master bedroom

 

Henley Gold

August 15th, 2014
Oh Canada!

O Canada!

We’re back from our adventures in St. Catharine’s, Canada and have to give a shout out to one of our boys who competed at the 132nd Canadian Henley and won in the under 17 mens’ double!  Henley gold is hard to come by and this is the first medal ever for our rowing club.  Given that he and his double partner had already won in the same category at the USRowing Club Nationals in Tennessee last month, this win makes them possibly the fastest double (two rowers with two oars) in their age group in North America.  We marvel at the mental discipline, physical dedication and mastery of technique this sport demands and would like to honor the boys with this golden post.

Leaf Candle Holder

Leaf Candle Holder

Rosette

Rosette

Alice Shoe

Alice Shoe

Sequined Mini Dress

Sequined Mini Dress

Hair Slides

Hair Slides

Happy Friday and may the rest of your summer be filled with golden moments!

Photos: maple leaf, candle holder, rosette, pumps, dress and hair clips

 

Monday Mood

August 4th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Bookish Beauty

Bookish Beauty

Booked

Pronunciation:

Engaged and full…  We’re off in separate directions this week – one to Canada and the other to California so we’ll see you next Monday!

Is your summer booked solid like ours?

Photo: bookcase

Friday Favorite: Sugar & Cloth

August 1st, 2014
Floral Workshop

Floral Workshop

A favorite = a thing that is especially well liked by someone.  Today we’re launching a series on some of our favorite things (other than brown paper packages tied up with string…)  First up, Sugar & Cloth, a blog we recently stumbled upon which captured our imagination with its fun content and actually made us want to “do it ourselves!”

Fall Finds

Fall Finds

Ashley, the author and creative mind behind this blog, tackles DIY home decor, fashion and cooking projects with humor and many, many coffee and macaron breaks and her posts are always pretty.  You know we love pretty!  So even if we never invest in confetti, pompoms and glue, we’re always happy to read Sugar & Cloth and applaud Ashley along the way.

DYI Fruit Macarons

DYI Fruit Macarons

Marbled Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

Marbled Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

Do you have a Friday Favorite you’d like to share?

DYI Pompom Placemat

DYI Pompom Placemat

DYI Confetti Vase

DYI Confetti Vase

P.S. Ashley is hosting her first floral workshop ever in her new Houston-based studio in September – we so wish we could attend!

Photos: flowers, finds, macarons, popsicles, placemat and vase

Behind the Lens of Claire Grummon

July 30th, 2014
Les Fleurs

Les Fleurs

If you’re a long time reader of The Buzz, you might remember an intrepid twelve-year-old fashionista named Claire who wrote a couple of guest posts for us (you can read them here and here.)  Four years later, Claire is a budding photographer and has recently launched a website featuring her collections.  Not only is Claire very good with a camera, she’s equally talented with a pen; her artist statement is the perfect complement to her pictures.

Circle Flowers

Circle Flowers

“Life happens quickly.  Any given moment begins, changes and ends, sometimes before it’s even noticed.  Light shifts, shadows move, dimensions reveal.  And in today’s hyper-digital world, so many opportunities to notice these moments are completely lost as our attention is pulled from one “source” to another.”

Alice

Alice

“As an artist, I use photography to stop time – to capture moments – and to prolong the opportunity to see, explore and immerse oneself in what would otherwise be a transient moment or one altogether unseen.  These moments can be serene, jolting, perplexing, funny and beautiful.”

Barnard

Barnard

Gravity Doesn't Apply Here

Gravity Doesn’t Apply Here

Float

Float

We couldn’t have described Claire’s work better ourselves and we hope you take some time to immerse yourselves in the moments captured by her lens…

Photos: 1 – 6

Monday Mood

July 28th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Sheila Bridges in Harlem

Sheila Bridges in Harlem

Basking

Pronunciation: /baskiNG/

Luxuriating in warmth and light; making the most of something…  Halfway through summer and no time to loll about!  Are you taking time to bask?

Photo: bedroom

Random Raves – Knoxville

July 25th, 2014
Melton Lake Park

Melton Lake Park

A recent rowing competition took one of us to Oak Ridge, TN, a city nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains built in secrecy during World War II as part of the “Manhattan Project.”  Since there wasn’t much to do or see in Oak Ridge besides the races and the American Museum of Science & Energy, we decided to stay in Knoxville just steps away from Market Square where we could shop and dine to our hearts’ content.  And boy, did we ever!  Here are some of our favorite spots in case you have a chance to visit.

Fresh Market Flowers

Fresh Market Flowers

Market Square Farmers’ Market: Every Wednesday and Saturday, Market Square fills up with vendors selling products made or grown in the East Tennessee region.  Every booth had something wonderful to offer, from seasonal produce to baked good and artisan crafts including the most beautiful mouth blown glass.  And of course, bunches of fresh flowers for less than $10!

Sheer Bliss

Sheer Bliss

Bliss Home: Voted “Best Store in Knoxville”, this little gem of a store is true bliss (makes sense, doesn’t it?)  As the website says, “Some describe it as glee, and some as joy, wonder, or delight. Whatever you call it, if you have not experienced this breath of fresh air known as Bliss” then you need to add this to your travel plans.

Mixed Grill

Mixed Grill

Chesapeake’s: When you think of the Southern food, you think of BBQ and perhaps cheese grits (which we had plenty of on our trip) yet we had one of our favorite dinners at Chesapeake’s where the food was amazing and the decor reminiscent of a traditional Chesapeake Bay seafood restaurant (replete with hanging nets and colorful fish filled aquariums.)

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

Cafe 4 cupcakes:  It’s no secret we have a sweet tooth so a stop at Cafe 4 on Market Square is a great way to end the evening (unless you need a nightcap – see below!)  Made fresh daily with only the finest ingredients, these delicacies include cupcakes with a twist and marvelous macarons.

Mix Master

Mix Master

Peter Kern Library: Just in case you thought we had adventures of the intellectual kind, this place is no ordinary library.  In fact, it’s a speakeasy which you enter through a secret door on an alley.  Yes, there are books lining the shelves along with other interesting oddities (we think we saw a stuffed fox!) but the ones scattered on the coffee tables hold three pages of custom cocktails named after famous literary characters.  We indulged in an Atticus Finch (gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, cucumber, ginger and mint) and a Matilda (some kind of Old Fashioned with muddled blueberries.)   Needless to say, it was a Saturday night and by 10 pm the bar filled up a younger crowd (the characters of Bravo’s Southern Charm would feel very much at home) and the music got very loud so our advice for the over 40 crowd is to go early on a weeknight.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour of Knoxville’s finest and let us know if you have plans to visit…  We have lots more to share.  Have a great weekend, y’all!

Photos: Melton Lake, flowers, table, mixed grill, cupcake and mix master