Fun with Food

Let Them Eat Flowers…

Sugared Fall Flowers

and cake!  We know Thanksgiving is all about the pies (pumpkin, apple, pecan – take your pick!) but when we came across Natasja Sadi’s Instagram feed, all we can think about is her gorgeous cakes.  Is it heresy to think that we could replace our traditional pumpkin chiffon pie made from a long standing family recipe with one of these lovelies?

Sugared Poppies

Sugared Anemones

Natasja’s famed sugared flowers seem unfathomably real and we’d settle for those alone.  From poppies and peonies, to ranunculus and roses we are amazed by their detail and beauty.

Spring Flowers Cake

Garden Rose Cake

Yet while the flowers blow us away, the cake flavors make our mouth water.  Natasja has been inventing, testing and refining cake recipes since 2010 and she strikes the right balance between tart and sweet.  The list includes sweet and salty caramel chocolate, strawberry and champagne, lemon lovers dream and blueberry heaven.

Magnolia Cake

So who’s with us?  Let us eat cake instead of pie!


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Sister Golden

Stay as you are… “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Oh, Oui!

Imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy.  Isn’t this the lifestyle you dream of?  ~ Marie Kondo



Sam Allen Redux

Fairfield Beach Modern

If you combined clean, comfortable style and added interesting, organic elements you’d get Sam Allen’s chic aesthetic.  We’ve known Sam for years, ever since he broke out onto the local design scene at the age of 19, and are huge fans of his work.  We’ve even been lucky enough to work with him on a number of projects and love it when he shows up at our studio on a whim.

Glamorous Estate

Compo Beach Guest Room

Between setting beautiful tables for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala and taking on clients all over Fairfield County, Sam has found the time to redesign his website and it is as stylish as he is.

Timeless Beauty

We dare you to spend some time browsing through his residential projects and not want to live in each and every space.  Whether it’s an elegant living room, a luxurious kitchen or a colorful office, Sam’s interiors have a certain pizzazz that’s undeniably his.

Compo Beach Master Bedroom

Pied a Terre Office

It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since Sam launched his eponymous firm (since he still looks like a teen) and we wish him all the best for many years to come!

Happy Friday and may your weekend be fabulous…


Floral Decor

We Dream of Jeanne McKay Hartmann Watercolors

Parisian Peonies

Happy November!  Fall has finally arrived and as the flowers fade in our gardens, we’re reminded that we have to wait until spring for bright blooms to reappear.  That’s why we’re thankful that our blogging bestie Jeanne reached out to us to let us know that her wonderful watercolors are now available for purchase on her website!  What better way to survive the long winter months than with one of her pretty paintings…

Jeanne’s Parisian Peonies

More Parisian Peonies

Pretty Paintings

Flowers are one of Jeanne’s favorite things to paint and this year they took her to Paris where she stalked peonies (no pun intended!) at the outdoor markets then painted them each evening, a brush in one hand and a glass of rosé in the other.  We can just picture her in her Saint Germain des Prés apartment capturing their happiness and elegance to a tee!

Jeanne at Work

Wonderful Watercolors

These Parisian blooms are now available – along with a year’s worth of floral watercolors – on Jeanne’s online store.  Ranging in size from 5″ x 7″ to 11″ x 14″, these paintings make the perfect gift for flower lovers everywhere.  And for those of you in the Seattle area, stop by Watson Kennedy where you can see Jeanne’s collection of exclusive paintings inspired by the owner, Ted.



Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra


I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die.  I will be wild, difficult to find and impossible to forget.  ~Erin Van Vuren


Set The Table

Autumn’s Bountiful Blooms

A Covered Vase

Just when you thought you had weeks and weeks to plan your Thanksgiving table, it will be here before you know it.  Just like Halloween, we feel like the holidays are fast approaching and we’re so not prepared.  Our clients are getting their act together, though, judging by the record breaking week we just had on our online store.

A Pale Palette

While the old saying of the shoemaker’s children have no shoes does apply to us (i.e. the flower girls have no bouquets at home!), we’re going to make a big effort this year to have a beautiful Thanksgiving table.  So we’re already gathering our fall floral favorites (thanks to Southern Lady magazine) in hopes that they will come in handy on the big day.

Orchids and Berries

Succulents in a Painted Box

Why use an every day glass vase when you can use a pumpkin or gourd?  And why not mix in an unexpected element like succulents or orchid blossoms?  We think a holiday centerpiece should wow the crowd and given that we’ll be sitting around the table for hours, it also needs to be pretty.

Pretty Pumpkin Posy

Something decorative at each place setting makes the guests feel special and we’re loving this idea of a persimmon and a place card.  The fruit doubles as an appetizer if the meal is delayed!

Persimmon Place Setting

Happy Friday to all and may your weekend be sweet.




A Peck of Painted Pumpkins

Moody Florals

Who’s ready for Halloween?  We definitely aren’t!  Perhaps it has to do with the Indian summer we’ve been having…  The leaves are barely falling and we haven’t had to pull out our fall jackets.  And when it comes to fall decorating, there’s nary a pumpkin in sight.  Thankfully, the boys are old enough that pumpkin carving is not on the agenda but we’d still like to celebrate the season in style.

Fall Flowers

That’s why we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and getting our paintbrushes out this weekend.  No carve Halloween pumpkins are all the rage (time starved moms like us are making sure they are!) so why not join the ranks and try some of these ideas out.

Falling Leaves

To be honest, our mother is the creative one in the family so these first three designs may be more than we can handle…

Neon and Gold

Just Jade

Marvelously Marbled

But we’re willing to try the more monochromatic styles and who doesn’t love blue and white in any season.  Hmmm…  Maybe we can convince the boys to help!

P.S.  Click on the photo links below to get to the DIY instructions.

moody / floral / foliage / neon / jade / marbled

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Little Sprout

Happiness consists not in having much, but being content with little.  ~ Countess of Blessington

P.S.  What’s making you happy these days?