Summer Blues and Greens

Balearic Islands


Is it our imagination or is there just so much blue and green on Instagram these days?

Montecito home


California-based designer Mark Sikes is certainly inspired by this palette, the perfect combination of green grass and blue sky…

limes on a vintage blue table


as is British stylist Hannah Wilkinson.

beds of blue hydrangeas in Nantucket


Newlywed Mackenzie Horan‘s feed is full of Nantucket blues and greens…

Navy and Laurel wallpaper for Hygge West


while the new wallpapers from the talented duo, Suysel and Anne, at Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West beautifully capture these summery hues.

outdoor tablesetting with blues and greens


Last but not least, we could not resist this gorgeous table setting by Serena Fresson and love how she used basil as the perfect touch of green to complement the blues.  Can you believe summer’s halfway over?

isle / room / limes / hydrangeas / wallpaper / table setting






Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

London Doorway

Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.  ~ Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead



Giveaway: The Art of Elegance

Marshall and The Twins

Last month, we headed down to the Greenwich Design District – Day of Design to meet interior designer Marshall Watson and were so enchanted with his stories, we had to get his book.  In The Art of Elegance, Marshall shares his finest work, from a family compound in Sweden to a refined Gramercy Park apartment and a cozy Newport Beach cottage.

Palm Beach Living Room

St. Louis Dining Room

Cultivating the art of elegance is no easy task but Marshall certainly has this art down to a tee.  Known for his meticulously researched, European inspired style, he combines texture, detail, and simple luxuries to create homes that are as unique as their owners.

St. Louis Sun Room

There are so many words we could use to describe Marshall’s work – livable, peaceful, warm, light – and of course, elegant.  And the same could be said about the designer behind the beautiful images in this book.

California Living Room

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Diane’s birthday than to give away a signed copy of The Art of Elegance.  To enter, just leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at with “The Art of Elegance” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Good luck!


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Fabulous Fleurs

The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.  ~ W.B. Yeats

P.S.  Who knew some paper, paint and wire could create such beauties?  So realistic, they fool the eye!


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Lovely Landscape

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.  ~ Marcel Proust

We’re off to Atlanta to discover new stems and will make sure we view them with new eyes!  Follow our stories on Instagram to see what we’re up to and we’ll see you next week.



Happy Birthday, America!

Happy 4th!

Even though July 4th falls in the middle of the work week, we’re still going to celebrate in style!  We have all the makings for a party.  Confetti balloons…

Andrew Howard

and red, white and blue decor.

Kim Seybert

Kim Seybert‘s festive table settings…

Elle Apparel by Leanne Barlow

and a patriotic party dress.

Tequila Cobbler Cocktail

A delicious tequila cobbler…

Berry Pavlova

and an even more decadent berry pavlova.  How are you spending the day?  Wherever you and and whatever you’re doing , we wish you all a Happy 4th!

balloons / room / place setting / dress / drink / dessert

Monday Mantra

Monday Mood

Chelsea in Bloom

You want love?  Be love.  You want light?  Be light.  ~ Cleo Wade

P.S.  Cleo’s new book, Heart Talk, is a true gem and should be on everyone’s summer reading list!


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home on Nantucket

Blue and White Entry

Blue and White Entry

It goes without saying that we looooove the beach and we’d pretty much live anywhere (a shack or hut will do!) as long as there was a water view and sand to sink our toes in.  And we’d be even more delighted if this house happened to be on Nantucket and designed by Markham Roberts!

Botanical Beauty

Botanical Beauty

Kitchen Oasis

Kitchen Oasis

While the rough shores of this Massachusetts island are known more for their dunes and grasses, a garden of flowering blooms is brought indoors with the prevalent use of botanical fabrics and artwork.

Floral Fun

Floral Fun

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Don’t let the wood walls and chalky painted finishes fool you – this house was newly built by the owner after she realized that the older home she purchased was not perfect.  To get that lived-in look, she delivered a lifetime of belongings complemented by fabulous auction finds into Roberts’ eager hands and together they created a warm and welcoming home.

Marsh Bound

Marsh Bound

Needless to say, our inspiration board is now covered with images from this project in hopes that some day we’ll have a home on the beach to call our own!


The Latest Buzz

Leaf It Be

Summer Greens

Sunny days have us planning a number of outdoor parties this month and we’re seriously digging the tropical leaves that are all over Instagram!  The above image from Terrain got us collecting vintage bottles and seeing if we can keep monstera and palm fronds alive.

Monstera Leaf Place Mat

Paper place mats like these monstera leaves add the perfect tropical touch and they’re disposable making clean up easy peasy.

Tropical Leaves Napkins

Monstera Leaf Napkin Ring

If you want to really make a leafy statement, may we suggest these napkins and napkin rings?

Palm Coasters

And of course, you can’t go wrong with palm leaf coasters!

Diane Jame Home Greenery

If indoor entertaining is more your style and you can’t keep your greenery alive, we have just the thing – our very own Jungle Love (which really does look like the real deal!)

leaves / place mat / napkins / rings / coasters / greenery

Friday Fun

Friday Fun: Castle Hill Inn

Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI

Now that Memorial Day is behind us, summer has unofficially begun and so have our Friday Fun days.  That means we’ll be leaving the office early (or not even showing up at all!) to explore local, and not so local, finds.  On our list this year is the newly-renovated Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island which is once again open to the public.  DiLeonardo, an award-winning design firm based in Providence, took on the massive remodeling project which included not only the oceanfront beach cottages and the Turret Suite, but also the addition of beautiful outdoor relaxation areas near The Retreat by Farmaesthetics, the Inn’s luxurious wellness sanctuary.

The Retreat


From Grace Kelly to Thorton Wilder and many more, the Castle Hill Inn has captured the imagination of guests from near and far with its authentic Newport vibe, enchanting setting and panoramic views.  Commissioned in 1874 by marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University, this beautiful mansion has stood the test of time and carries on its storied legacy while ever elevating its guest experience.

Beach House

We can’t wait to see the beach cottages with their charming, light-filled rooms (not to mention the whirlpool tub and heated floor in the bathrooms!) and the mansion’s bi-level Turret Suite with its gorgeous wood paneling, spiral staircase and 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

The Turret Suite

Turret Suite Bath

And we think there’s no better place to truly connect with Mother Nature and all of the beauty and serenity she has to offer.  Don’t you agree?

P.S. Read more about the Inn in Boston Design Center’s ID Boston Magazine!