Moody Blooms

Pale Pink Perfection

It’s Groundhog Day and if Punxsutawney Phil decides spring is not on its way, we’ll be feeling a little gloomy…  A condition that will most likely be cured as we unpack the gorgeous stems we bought in Atlanta for our new Fall/Winter 2018 collections.

Designers Guild – Delft Flower Grande

BP – Mini Floral Mini Backpack

Moody blooms have always appealed to us and they’re all we see on Instagram these days.  From window shades to wallpaper, fixtures to fashion, designers are loving this trend.

Kohler – Midnight Floral Sink

Hunter – RHS Wellington Boots

Inky blossoms in dark shades of purple and burgundy have a brooding romantic quality, and we plan to mix the dark hues with pale pinks and soft peaches to lighten the mood.

Ellie Cashman – Dark Floral II Scarf

You don’t have to wallpaper a room or reupholster your couch to bring moody blooms into a room (a bigger commitment than you might want to make!) – you can always just buy one of our bouquets!  But you will have to wait until fall…

flowers / wallpaper / backpack / sink / boots / scarf

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Purple Passion

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.  ~ Alice Walker

P.S.  Speaking of purple, tune in to CT Style at 12:30 pm EST today to see how you can add, Ultraviolet, Pantone’s color of the year to your decor with our blooms…


Fabulous Finds

Ashley Longshore x Bergdorf Goodman

Audrey with Cascading Flowers and Butterflies

Last fall, Bergdorf Goodman launched the new home collection for Gucci Decor with much fanfare and press and this month, they’re pushing the envelope again.  This time with New Orleans pop artist Ashley Longshore who is making history as the first solo female artist to be exhibited on the 7th Floor.

Audrey with Koi Fish Headdress

Audrey with Peacock and Feathers

Her extraordinary pieces have taken over the iconic store’s Fifth Avenue windows and a 945 square foot space that typically showcases more traditional home decor brands like Kim Seybert, John Derian and of course, Diane James.  From paintings featuring Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, to diamond rugs, lipstick sculptures and giant champagne corks, Ashley’s eye-catching work is having a moment and her collectors (including Blake Lively and Penelope Cruz) agree.

Audrey with Purple Kaleidoscope Headdress

When asked to describe her aesthetic, this very funny artist came up with “unapologetic, colorful, celebratory, sparkly, and humorous”…  And we think this is exactly what the world needs: a little more glittery goodness.  We just hope Ashley’s pieces don’t sell out before we get to see them in person.

Bergdorf Goodman Window

Bergdorf Goodman Window

Happy fabulous Friday!

photos 1 – 4, window photos by Rebecca McAlpin

Flower Power

A Visit to Le Jardin Francais

Le Kiosque

A stop at Ponce City Market has become a must for us when we’re in Atlanta and this time we ventured beyond the food hall to discover Le Jardin Francais, a grab-and-go kiosque featuring beautiful blooms and terrific textures.  Marie-Laure, founder and owner of Le Jardin Francais, combines the classic French style that her shop on Howell Mill Road is known for with the rustic industrial style of the market to create a space that is both enchanting and functional.

Hellebores and Tulips

Orchids, Roses and Hydrangeas

As full-fledged flower lovers, we couldn’t resist buying a little posy to keep us company while in Atlanta, though choosing one over another was difficult.  Seasonal anemones, tulips, hyacinths and hellebores spilled out of interesting metal and glass vases as if they had been hand picked in the garden that very morning (which was unlikely given that it was 34 degrees that day!)

Tulips and Calla Lilies

Peonies, Roses and Berries

The company’s philosophy is to respect the cycles of nature and be inspired by the rhythms of the seasons.  And according to Marie-Laure, “The objective is not to take the most perfect flower grown in the green house and arrange it with another perfect flower or foliage, but to recognize the most beautiful specimens of what is provided naturally, and to create something beautiful.”

Roses, Orchids and Viburnum

We completely agree, even if we do work with faux fleurs.


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

A Boy and His Tree

Be your own self – you are the only you there is.  ~ Unknown
Here’s to you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!


The Latest Buzz

Popping Up at Presenteur in Miami!

Presenting Presenteur

Despite her best efforts and a “bomb cyclone” (i.e. a monster snow storm), Mother Nature won’t keep us from traveling down to Miami today to meet with Presenteur and see their new lifestyle pop-up store at Brickell City Center’s Saks Fifth Avenue.  We’re so excited to be part of this new adventure in retail and can’t wait to see our designs and some of our favorite gifts in the store.

Fab Flowers and Gifts

Founder and CEO Rita MacDonald-Korth handpicked a number of brands based on their bespoke and handmade nature to join Presenteur and we couldn’t be in better company.  From Hong Kong design firm La La Curio

Lovely Lacquer

to the iconic French tabletop firm, Daum

Gorgeous Glass

and Pepa & Co, a London based children clothing company, each brand has a unique story and we’re ready to tell ours!

Charming Children’s Wear

We’ll be at Saks at Brickell City Center this Saturday (January 6) from 10 am to 12 pm so come by if you’re in the area.

Vintage Cheers

And our designs will be at Presenteur through the end of February!

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The Wabi-Sabi Way

Happy Hellebore

Perhaps it’s because we grew up in an old Belgian chateau and were raised by an Axel Vervoordt superfan that we’ve come to admire the wabi-sabi way…  Or maybe it’s because we’re just on the other side of fifty and are finally embracing our own perfectly imperfect selves.  Regardless of the reason, we’ve decided to adopt a more wabi-sabi approach to life this year.  That means we won’t replace the set of dishes we received as wedding gifts even if some of them are chipped…

Kitchen Calm

and we’ll celebrate the single blossoming branch rather than the opulent bouquet.

Branching Out

We’ll admire the perfectly painted patina of the armoire our father bought in Provence so many years ago and ignore the trail of fingerprints our boys have blessed our white walls with.

Perfect Patina

Perhaps we’ll hit some flea markets in search of vintage bottles (and you might see some in our new spring collection)…

Antique Chic

And maybe we’ll even let the weeds grow between the flowers and plant in calm, monochromatic hues.

Green Gardens

In this sleek, tech-obsessed, mass-produced world, a little wabi-sabi can go a long way – don’t you agree?

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Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Hello January

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A resolution we plan to keep…  Happy 2018!