Thankful for Cocktails!

November 19th, 2014
Paul's Pass The Turkey

Paul’s Pass The Turkey

In keeping with our Thanksgiving theme this week, we thought we might share with you something that we’re grateful for…  Family and friends who invite us into their homes and to their tables for a festive Thanksgiving meal!  While we love to cook and entertain during the holidays, we actually prefer not having to tackle this huge meal on our own.  We’re really good at lending a hand in someone else’s kitchen and even cleaning up, if need be.  That’s where the cocktails come in!  The more you have, the less onerous the job is of clearing the table and doing the dishes.  Not to mention, Uncle Bob’s stories (which you’ve heard a thousand times) may be more bearable if you have one or two three of these concoctions.  So in the spirit of a happy holiday, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving drinks (recipes you may want to perfect before the actual day rolls around!)

Ina's Cranberry Cosmopolitan

Ina’s Cranberry Cosmopolitan

Martha's Pear Rosemary Cocktail

Martha’s Pear Rosemary Cocktail

Ryan's Mojo Royale

Ryan’s Mojo Royale

Alaina's Apple Cider Margarita

Alaina’s Apple Cider Margarita

Kimberly's Pumpkin Pie Shooters

Kimberly’s Pumpkin Pie Shooters

P.S. Click on the image above or photo credit below to get the recipes and cheers!

Photos: turkey, cosmo, pear rosemary, mojo, cider and shooters

Monday Mood

November 17th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Crazy for Coco

Crazy for Coco

Charming

Pronunciation: /ˈCHärmiNG/

“Let us be grateful for people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~ Marcel Proust

P.S. The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun – a time to be grateful for our blessings…

Photo: charms

California Dreamin’

November 5th, 2014
Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

We’ve got California on our mind as we pack our bags and escape to the West Coast for a couple of days to visit some stores and perhaps a college or two.  Given that our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by coastal California decor, we’ve been collecting images of some of our favorite homes – many of which have that eclectic bohemian vibe mixed with modern flair that make these settings so fresh and fun.  Going to school in California may be a dream for our boys but we need to let them explore all the opportunities available to them…  and there are worse places to retire to (just case they never move back!)

Eclectic Dining

Eclectic Dining

Modern Family Mix

Modern Family Mix

Sunny Dan Francisco

Sunny San Francisco

Lush Gardens

Lush Gardens

Manly Malibu

Manly Malibu

Have a dreamy rest of the week and see you all next Monday.

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Monday Mood

November 3rd, 2014

It’s the first Monday in November – what mood are you in?

A Bar With A View

A Bar With A View

Sky-high

Pronunciation: /skh/

Exuberant and exorbitant…  You, too, can own a piece of the Manhattan skyline for a cool $95 million!  If you’re not afraid of heights, check out this penthouse apartment at 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere and let us know what you think.

Photo: breakfast bar

Where The Wild Things Hang…

October 31st, 2014
Ma Biche

Ma Biche

Meetings with our top retailers during Tabletop is always a great way to find out what’s “hot” in home decor and we were surprised to hear that “tapestry taxidermy” is flying off the shelves walls at Bergdorf Goodman these days.  Perhaps their popularity stems from autumn bringing out the hunter in the all those Upper East Side socialites who are snapping up these “passe-murailles” by the dozens, or perhaps these whimsical creatures remind us to enjoy the season and all the natural beauty it has to offer, in and out of the woods.

Heroine

Heroine

Venus de Mylo

Venus de Mylo

Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of Frédérique Morrel’s art.  The horns and fur are real; the rest is a mix of taxidermy molds and vintage needlework.  While amusing and perhaps a bit shocking, the trophies that adorn the Seventh Floor are “tame” compared to some of Frédérique’s other work which include life size horses, deer, wild boar and even humans (which they call “ghosts”.)  If the artists’ goal is to “re-enchant” our world, then we think they’ve succeeded!

Chocolate Moose

Chocolate Moose

Billy Jean

Billy Jean

Beetlemania

Beetlemania

What do you think?  Would you hang out with one of these?  Happy Halloween!

Photos: deer, horse, bull, moose, goat and bugs

Monday Mood

October 27th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

French Beauty

French Beauty

Y-urning

Pronunciation: /ˈyərniNG/

Longing and craving…  With last week’s rain and colder weather, is it too early to hanker for spring?

Photo: urn

Fashion Friday: General Knot & Co.

October 24th, 2014
"Knot" Your Typical Tie

“Knot” Your Typical Tie

With the month of October almost over (where did the time go?!), it’s not too early to think about the holidays and what the men in your life should wear to all those family gatherings and office parties.  We know we have a hard enough time getting our teenage boys out of their sweats and into something somewhat presentable… let alone get them to wear a jacket and tie.  That’s why we’re investing in these limited edition designs from General Knot & Co.

Japanese Indigo Mums

Japanese Indigo Mums

Vintage Florentine Leaf and Heather Plaid

Vintage Florentine Leaf and Heather Plaid

Made from vintage fabrics sourced the world over by collectors, these products are created in New England and even better, designed in Bedford, NY, just up the road from where we live.  In fact, founders Ann and Andrew Payne – both of whom cut their teeth in fashion at Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s – are the parents of one of our sons’ best buddies, a funny and adorable kid named Oliver.

Vintage Delft Botanical Diamond Point Bow

Vintage Delft Botanical Diamond Point Bow

Butter Rose Pocket Square

Butter Rose Pocket Square

What we love most about these designs, besides the American craftsmanship, is that each collection is made in very limited quantities, uniquely finite and never to be repeated – sounds a bit like what we do.  When you order something from General Knot & Co., you know you’re getting exquisite accessories that stand the test of time.  Not to mention that they make great holiday gifts if you’re already making a list and checking it twice!

1970's Trompe L'Oeuil Print Belt

1970′s Trompe L’Oeuil Print Belt

Check out the website and let us know what you would choose for the man in your life… and have a fashionable Friday.

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An Ode to Oscar

October 22nd, 2014
Oscar de la Renta, 1932 - 2014

Oscar de la Renta, 1932 – 2014

“But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean.  You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns.” ~ Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

Lapis - Spring 2014

Lapis – Spring 2014

We’re feeling quite blue with the passing of an incredible style icon, a designer often described as the “sultan of suave”, an avid gardener, and a lover of all that is feminine and pretty.  Oscar de la Renta was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word and he created clothes that made women look and feel beautiful.  His native Dominican sun shown through in his work which was always filled with light, color and luminosity…  and the Caribbean waters were captured in his love of something blue.

Baby - Fall 2012

Baby – Fall 2012

Wedgewood - Spring 2015

Wedgewood – Spring 2015

You will be missed by all, Mr. de la Renta.

Aqua - Spring 2014

Aqua – Spring 2014

Cerulean - Resort 2013

Cerulean – Resort 2013

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Monday Mood

October 20th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Oh Joy!

Oh Joy!

Heady

Pronunciation: /ˈhedē/

Exhilarating and thrilling…  Back from the Head of the Charles and filled with excitement (and a lot of pride for our little rowing club!)

Photo: busts

Acorns, Pumpkins and Flowers

October 17th, 2014
Fall Fantasy

Fall Fantasy

What happened to this week?  It flew by to say the least.  Between an adventurous long weekend in Montreal (thanks to Sandy from You May Be Wandering), an amazing bloggers’ luncheon at the gorgeous home of Tina from The Enchanted Home, putting our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection to bed and preparing for Tabletop next week (not to mention a trip to Boston this weekend to cheer on one of our sons at the Head of the Charles regatta), we’ve barely had any time to think about writing a blog, let alone posting one.  So we leave you on this Friday in the middle of October with these lovely bouquets which capture the essence of fall – flowers, acorns and pumpkins.  From autumn hues of coral, orange and gold…

October Wedding

October Wedding

Orange Crush

Orange Crush

to pretty pinks and pastels, we think fall flowers are fabulous!

Pink and White

Pink and White

Rosy Gourds

Rosy Gourds

Pastels in a Pumpkin

Pastels in a Pumpkin

Wishing you all a fun-filled Friday and a wonderful weekend.

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