Random Raves

Random Raves: Edinburgh and Dublin

Rosslyn Chapel

We’re back from a busy week of travel to Edinburgh and Dublin where we took in the sites, visited some colleges and indulged in the local cuisine.  Here are some of the things we’re still raving about now that we’re home.  A couple of days in Edinburgh gave us the chance to travel down to Hadrian’s Wall by way of Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.  Built in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, the chapel had fallen into disrepair, largely ignored by tourists until the book and movie brought it fame in 2003.  Now, over 150,000 people visit this beautiful example of Gothic craftsmanship annually after major conservation work was completed in 2007.

Angels with Bagpipes

Not only is Edinburgh perfect for history buffs, it’s also a great place for foodies.  Locally sourced ingredients abound and the meals we had at Angels with Bagpipes and The Outsider were beyond delicious.  Both restaurants are located in the Old Town and well worth the visit.

Windows on the World

A trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without spending some time in the National Museum of Scotland.  Even after three days of intensive sightseeing, we couldn’t pass up the chance to view the collections that trace the history of Scotland – its land, its people and their achievements.  We could have spent an entire day there, but for our tired legs and lack of time.

A Rainbow in Malahide

Dublin is an entirely different kind of city than Edinburgh, with a faster pace and a decidedly more modern feel.  Instead of staying in town, we picked an elegant apartment up the coast in Malahide, once a sleepy fishing village, now an upscale town that is an easy 20 minute commute by train (stay tuned for more on the apartment!)

Guinness Storehouse

When in Dublin, do as the natives do…  Drink Guinness and spend a morning at the Storehouse, an interactive museum that will teach you anything and everything you wanted to learn about Ireland’s top brew.

The Book of Kells

And finally, one of our most favorite tours was a private viewing of a national treasure and some say, miracle – The Book of Kells – which is on exhibit in the library at Trinity College.  This 1,200 year old illustrated manuscript has survived Viking raids, the English Reformation, and two months in a ditch and it’s still breathtakingly beautiful.  The visit is well worth the extra expense of booking an early access tour to beat the crowds (over 600,000 visitors yearly) and learn about this magnificent work of art!

P.S.  If any of you are planning to visit these cities, please do send us an email; we have so much more to share.

chapel / restaurant / museum / marina / storehouse / manuscript

The Latest Buzz

Market Loft at Bergdorf Goodman

Hand Tied Bouquet

We received a lot of Insta-love for this picture of a hand tied bouquet we created for Bergdorf Goodman last month so we thought you’d enjoy some pictures of the newly launched Market Loft on the 7th Floor.  With dappled light pouring through the tiered bamboo ceilings and eclectic carpets lining the path under foot, this space has taken a decidedly exotic feel.

Market Loft Stalls

Our Flowers

Mannequins in festive dresses carry armfuls of flowers while their Vespas are precariously piled high with baskets.  Shelves ladened with pottery by Amanda Moffat, ceramics by Astier de Villatte, vases by Elyse Graham and Mariage Freres teas sit under custom awnings.    Our hand tied bouquets spill out wooden buckets adding to the floor’s charm as street music swims in and around the stalls.

Chic Lady on a Vespa

To Market, To Market

These pictures don’t do the floor justice so if you’re in New York, stop by Bergdorfs and travel to a faraway place, even for a couple of minutes.

Balancing Act

P.S.  Speaking of travel, we’re taking a little break to spend some time with the younger boys visiting colleges – in the States and abroad!  See you back here in 10 days.

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Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Antique Silver Birds

with this…

Beautiful Blossoms

and get this!

White Living Room by Solis Betancourt

Winter whites at their best…

birds / blossoms / living room

 

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home on Winstowe Island

Welcome to Wistowe Island

What better way to cope with ten inches of newly fallen snow on the ground than to think about making plans for summer!  We have friends who have just renovated a lake house in Canada so we’re hoping we’ll get an invitation this year.  Whiling away a summer’s day in a hammock on the shore would be right up our alley.  In the meantime, we came across this fabulous home in the Muskoka Lakes region which has us dreaming of warmer days ahead.

A Multicolor Space

A Fun Family Room

Designed by once-Connecticut resident Ann Hepfer, this cheerful summer home is filled with pops of color and comfortable spaces…  and some unexpected accents like a hot pink JuJu headdress and a chandelier made of porcupine quills.

A Divine Dining Room

A Marvelous Master Bedroom

Ann describes the home’s aesthetic as “preppy boho” where layers and textures abound.  Vintage wicker furniture gets a modern touch with ikat and geometric patterns while the unexpected palette of brights hues creates a sense of fun and whimsy.

A Perfect Porch

The entire home is designed to bring the outdoors in with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the serene lake, and a screened-in porch for watching the sunset.  They say summer months are short in Canada but in a home like this one, the memories would last throughout the year.  Happy Friday!

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Friday Favorite

Friday Favorite: Canopy Designs

Branches Globe Pendant

It’s always fun to stroll the aisles in High Design during the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Show and even more fun to see new vendors in the vicinity of our booth.  One such company was Canopy Designs; while new to High Design, we’ve know Merrie Shinder, the owner and lead designer since our days at the NY Gift Show on Pier 94.

Dandelion

Branches Chandelier

Merrie’s been in business longer than we, launching her beautifully handcrafted lighting, home accessories and jewelry in 1993.  Inspired by nature, Canopy’s lighting collection is exquisite and a number of pieces literally took our breath away.  Her newest designs are inspired by the delicate workmanship, intricate details and elegant color palettes of kimonos and capture their essence perfectly.

Lacy Drum

Kimono with Koi

Willow Sconce

Canopy Designs are available at ABC Home in Manhattan, at fine home decor and lighting retailers and through interior designers.  Best of all, Merrie can create custom designs in case you’re looking for that special piece to light up your life!

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What's in Store

Meet Heather Scott Home & Design

Austin Parade Home

We’re celebrating a big birthday this year and will be spending it somewhere special.  Not that we know exactly where that place will be yet as we’re still in the idea gathering phase.  Charleston is definitely on our list, and so is Austin.  We hear both are hopping when it comes to hip hotels, fabulous food and window shopping.  If we end up in Austin, we’ll make sure to stop by Heather Scott Home & Design, a beautiful store north of the city filled with an ever changing selection of furniture and home decor.

Fort Worth Georgian

Fort Worth Georgian

Heather’s signature style is described as classic, serene and chic and there’s not one room in her portfolio we wouldn’t want to live in.  Even her store is filled with artfully created vignettes, leading her to win the ARTS award for Best Home Accents Store in the mid-west/south-west.  Best of all, she decided our designs would complement her elegant aesthetic so you can now find our faux florals in Austin!

Southern Living Custom Showcase Home

Found Retail Store

Greenery Accents

SO if you’re in Austin, please stop by and tell them we sent you!

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Fabulous Finds

Romancing The Stone

Tempaper – Travertine Wallpaper

The use of real stones in home decor is nothing new, ask designer Kelly Wearstler, who made the trend popular years ago.  Her collections include everything from marble lips and dog bowls to bejeweled bottle openers and trinket boxes.  But what would she think of these replicas?

Wisteria – Agate Wall Art

We’re loving how the look of stone is being captured in so many ways and can now be displayed not only on the walls, but on the floor.  Can you believe this is a rug?

Kimberly McDonald – Laguna Agate Rug

This tile would be amazing on the floor of a luxurious bathroom…

Artistic Tile – Amethyst

while these coasters add the right splash of color to a coffee table.

Leah Flores – Aquamarine Coasters

And this serving board (ceramic, not marble!) elevates the lowly cheese plate to a stylish meal.

Ebru – Marble Ceramic Serving Board

All we can say is…  These are faux real!

wallpaper / art / rug / tile / coasters / board

Inspirations

Getting Hygge With It

Hygge Home

What the heck is hygge?  No, it’s not a Will Smith song or the name of one of Lisa Vanderpump’s many Pomeranians…  Pronounced (hoo-guh), hygge is the Danish quality of living a cozy, comfortable and convivial life, especially throughout the winter months.  It’s no wonder Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world since embracing hygge leads to feelings of deeper contentment and a more joyful outlook.  If you’ve watched Caroline Fleming on Bravo’s Ladies of London, you’ll understand the concept.  One of our New Year’s resolutions is to add hygge to our lives so here are some ways we’re doing just that:

Hot Cocoa

Make cocoa from scratch and add marshmallows – the more, the yummier.

Candles

Light candles in every room of the house.

Back to Nature

Decorate with nature…  That’s an easy one and our plants don’t die!

Books

Read books, preferably curled up on a couch in front of the fire with a cozy throw.

Cozy Up Outdoors

Spend time outdoors – yes, even in the winter!  We bundle up with hats, scarves and gloves and go for walks with the dogs.  That way we can burn off the homemade hot cocoa and earn some downtime in front of the fire.  So what do you think…  to hygge or not to hygge?

home / cocoa / candle / nature / books / patio

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Peter Dunham Fig Leaf

with this…

Vintage Brass Elephant

and get this!

Bailey McCarthy’s Texas Home

P.S. There’s a storm coming so we thought we’d start the week off with a pretty patio…  How may days ’til spring?

pillow / elephant / patio

Giveaway

Giveaway: Beachside Bohemian

Beachside Bohemian

Our week in Atlanta was essentially all work and no play but we did get to slip out of the booth one day to see a wonderful presentation by the delightful husband and wife duo, Cortney and Robert Novogratz, hosted by Rue Magazine.  Longtime readers of this little blog might remember a gushing Thursday Thank You we wrote back in 2011 about their Downtown Chic style and their seven beautiful children.

Novogratz Family Portraits and Lifestyle Photography

The Novogratz Family

This Way to Fun!

These days, the Novogratz’s split their time between a “castle” in the Hollywood Hills, a country house in the Berkshires and an amazing home in Trancoso, Brazil.  Their business has grown to include not only one of a kind homes, but boutique hotels and iconic retail stores.  They’ve even designed products for the likes of CB2 and Shutterfly and in fact, were introducing a fun and colorful collection of rugs for Momeni while at the show.

At Home in Trancoso

Dining with a View

After their presentation, Cortney and Bob graciously took the time to meet their fans and sign their new book, Beachside Bohemian, and of course, we had to get two.  One for the office, which is already slightly dogeared as we’ve spent quite a bit of time soaking up the practical tips for easy living by the sea.  And a second to give away!

Brazilian Bed & Bath

If you’d like to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Beachside Bohemian” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

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