It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
J + G Design
Stylish and elegant… Isn’t this downtown New York loft to die for? While we had nothing to do with the decorating (that’s all Jennifer’s doing), it’s hard not to toot our own horn – that’s our large peony bouquet on the coffee table!
Photo: living room
Diane and Daughters, c. 1971
When people meet our mother, the first thing they say is how much she resembles a certain Jacqueline… The one who is most known here in the States, of course! But given our mother’s passion for Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, we think she would be all the more flattered if she were to be compared to “the last queen of Paris”, the very elegant and fashionable Jacqueline, Comtesse de Ribes.
Jacqueline in Her Own Design, c. 1983
Mother could hardly contain herself when she found out that the Costume Institute at the Met will be exhibiting 60 or so of this Jacqueline’s gorgeous gowns and we’re looking forward to sharing the experience with her. In reading more about Jacqueline de Ribes, we learned that she was much more than an “it girl” – she always worked in a creative field even though she really didn’t have to. From her family’s hotel particulier (where they’ve lived since the 1860’s), she launched careers in fashion, theater, television, philanthropy and even architecture.
Jacqueline in the “Ibis” Dress, c. 1959
Jacqueline at Home
While not much has been written about Jacqueline’s own home, we did uncover some pictures that were published in Vogue in 1984. By the looks of it, she also had an eye for interior design and a love for flowers… just like our mother.
Who’s up for a field trip in November? We’re going to “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” the day it opens!
Photos: Diane and daughters, Jacqueline in pink, Jacqueline in Dior, Jacqueline at home, living room and sitting room
Style Me Mossy
If you’re looking to add a pop of green to a tablescape or centerpiece, may we suggest mixing in some moss? With over 12,000 species to choose from, floral designers are using these flowerless plants in centerpieces and terrariums, to line vases and to tie orchid stems to branches and stakes. We’ve even seen moss used down the center of a table paired with elegant blooms at a country wedding – rustic but still very chic.
One of the most inventive ways designers are using moss is in vertical gardens or on a wall as graffiti. It’s actually not hard to grow moss and Terrain makes it even easier with their moss milkshake. Just add water, spread the mix on almost anything and keep moist… In a couple of weeks, you’ll have your very own moss garden.
Moss Art We Heart
And for those of you who with black thumbs craving the fresh scent of a forest after the rain, there always a candle. We might just go that route!
Who knows, you might be seeing more moss in one of our collections one day…
Photos: tablescape, bouquet, terrarium, art, milkshake and candle
It’s Labor Day – what mood are you in?
Mix Master Eddie Ross
Performing in a very skillful and accomplished way… We’re ready to roll our sleeves up and get down to work this fall – many projects are being planned and some fun events, too.
P.S. First up – joining Pretty Pink Tulips in celebrating Eddie Ross’ new book, Modern Mix!
Photo: inspiration board
Carolyne Roehm’s Green Goddess
Labor Day, for most, is the unofficial end of summer… which means it’s time to party and say farewell in style! There’s a wistful feeling in the air – did we do everything we could to capture the effervescence of a bright, sunny day? Did we swim enough, read enough, lounge around enough, spend enough time with our family? Summer is a time to let go, be real,
drink a lot, enjoy the fruits of nature and the warmth of the rays. And sadly, the weeks fly by, unlike the gray months of winter which seem to just drag on and on…
Country Green and White
Backyard barbecues and beach picnics are being planned so we thought we’d share some of our favorite end of summer table settings. We’re inspired by the rainbow hued zinnias and dahlias that abound at our local farmer’s market so you know those will take center stage on our weekend table.
Breezy Blue and White
While we’re saying goodbye to summer, we’re also saying hello to fall and we love this Dr. Seuss quote which pretty much sums up how we feel to perfection: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Pastels on the Beach
Wishing you all a fun and festive weekend. Let us know what you’re up to!
Photo: green table, green and white table, rustic romantic table, blue and white table, pink table, and pastel table
The Forest Feast
The calendar says September but the weather is still very summer-like (as in hot, hazy and humid!) Technically, summer isn’t over for another two and half weeks but we’re starting to look forward to cooler days, the changing of the leaves and fall feasts… Perhaps it’s because we’re in full production for our Fall/Winter collections and are surrounded by autumn flowers – our studio is overflowing with orange dinner plate dahlias, aubergine ranunculus and the most gorgeous red/gold oncidium orchids.
With fall comes more entertaining indoors so we’ll definitely be investing in some autumnal touches for the table…
Forest Walk Dinner Plate
And there’s nothing like ending the day with a warm floral-scented bath and a cozy throw.
Adrienne Landau Throw
Who’s ready for a fabulous fall? If you still need some inspiration, check out our first video now available on YouTube!
Photos: cookbook, iPhone cover, artichokes, plates, bath tea and throw
It’s the last day of August – what mood are you in?
Devoted to reading and studying… “These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.” ~ Gilbert Hightet
Our boys are so ready to hit the books and we’re so ready to get back to blogging! How was your summer?
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Katie Ridder’s Hudson Valley Home
Inspired and creative… Being huge Police fans in our teens, this Katie Ridder powder room had us thinking of Sting’s album The Dream of The Blue Turtles and one of our favorite songs on it, Love is the Seventh Wave. “In the empire of the senses, you’re the queen of all you survey” – Katie, this one’s for you!
Photo: powder room
Hamptons Home by William Minnear
While we’re setting up our booth for NY NOW, our boys are heading out to see Grandma Diane in the Hamptons for some fun in the sun and at the beach. Homes in the Hamptons come in all shapes and sizes – from cottages built at the turn of the century to uber mega mansions (you know the kind!) and Grandma Diane’s is more the former than the latter. But it still has that laid back summer vibe and that’s what we love about it.
Easy, Breezy Family Room
Vintage and Modern Mix
We also love this home which we spotted online at Luxe and we had to share it’s modern eclectic style with you. Statement lighting plus vintage furniture plus a neutral palette give this summer house the casual sophistication its owners desired. And New York-based interior designer Kevin Dumais made it all happen in less than three months.
Chic and Sleek
Piece de Resistance
This house was made for entertaining and we can just imagine family and friends gathering in the Christopher Peacock-designed kitchen or outdoors around the pool and fireplace. A nice place to while away the summer day, don’t you think?
Pretty Poolside Patio
Happy Friday everyone and if you happen to be at NY NOW, stop by and say “Hi.” We’ll be on the third floor at Javits (#1848) through Wednesday… (and not lounging by this pretty pool!)
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Muscari, Viburnum and Aspidistra
Giorgio Armani once said, “To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” This attention to detail can definitely be seen in the exquisite pleating, gathering, beading and embroidery that adorns his beautifully tailored clothes. Armani is also known for his sophisticated simplicity which now comes to life in Armani/Fiori, his collection of bouquets and containers.
Pink Tulips and Cornus
Purple Vanda Orchid and Nelumbo
With seven boutiques in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Armani/Fiori offers personalized services for private and commercial clients looking for chic florals with clean lines in elegant colors – signature Armani style that is luxurious and not ostentatious.
Ocean Song Roses and T Grass
White Poenies and Tulips
These bouquets are like living works of art; the placement of each blossom and leaf has been carefully studied in relation to the vase and the colors complement a wide range of environments and tastes. Armani/Fiori also designs wedding bouquets which are so fabulous, they might even outshine the bride!
Bouvardia, Vanda Orchid and Leaves
It’s only too bad that there are no boutiques nearby since we’d love to see these beauties in person…
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