As the colors in our gardens begin to fade, we know we can turn to Instagram to get an eyeful of beautiful blooms. One of our favorite “grammers” is the lovely Stacy Bass, garden photographer extraordinaire, and her #floweroftheday #365dayproject gives us a daily dose of pretty petals. Fortunately, Stacy’s on day 75 of 365 so we know we’ll have enough colorful corollas to last us through the winter.
Eremerus (Foxtail Lily)
They say that if you take a picture a day, not only do you become a better photographer, but you also see the world in a different light and pay more attention to the details. If you’re not necessarily the creative type, taking a picture every day may even take you out of your comfort zone with surprising results.
While we’re not ready to tackle a 365 Project ourselves, we’re glad that others have (including our blogging bestie Jeanne from I Dream Of who is painting a daily sketch) and are posting their pictures for all of us to enjoy.
Who wouldn’t want to spend time
procrastinating looking at these lovelies?
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Having a discerning palate… What could be easier than using gourds and kale for a beautiful autumn centerpiece? We think it’s “gourd”geous!
Mr. Doheny’s Suite
In case you missed it on her Instagram feed and in our blog post Monday, the fabulous Nina Campbell is putting the finishing touches on Mr. Doheny’s suite at the Maison de Luxe Designer Show House and we’re thrilled that our plants are part of the decor! Since the room has a more masculine feel, Nina chose succulents and orchids to complement the Leontine linens, Collier Webb sconces and Nina’s own patterns – Penglai on the blinds and chair and Khitan on the walls.
Guest Room by Philip Gorrivan (2012)
Sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design, Maison de Luxe will transform the historic, 55-room Baronial-style Donehy residence, known as Greystone Mansion, which sits above the famed Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. More than twenty of the best known interior designers from across the States and abroad will infuse the 46,000-square-foot estate “with a fresh sense of style and enchantment while honoring its architecture and history,” according to Editor in Chief Pamela Jaccarino.
Grand Hallway by Mary McDonald (2012)
Living Room by Jamie Drake (2012)
Along with Nina, this year’s participants include some of our favorite designers including Timothy Corrigan (another client of ours!), Benjamin Dhong, Mark D. Sikes, Sara Story and Summer Thornton. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us and judging by what the participants did in 2012, we won’t be disappointed.
Mrs. Doheny’s Suite by Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfeld (2012)
The Designer Show House will be unveiled on November 5th and will be open to the public for a limited time. Needless to say, we’re so jealous of those of you who live in the Los Angeles area and have a chance to see the rooms in person; most of us have to wait for Luxe’s January/February 2016 issue.
Sitting Room by Kendall Wilkinson (2012)
P.S. This isn’t our first appearance at Maison de Luxe – Kendall Wilkinson used our cherry blossoms in her infinity wall in 2012! How cool is that? Happy Friday, all.
Nina / Philip / Mary / Jamie / Ron and Jaime / Kendall
New England Home – Connecticut
We’re so thrilled to be featured in the Fall 2015 issue of New England Home Magazine and share with you “What We’re Looking At” this season…
Falling for Fall Foliage
Autumn is a beautiful time of year in New England, and we’re so lucky to live in an area filled with walking trails and scenic parks. Mother Nature graces us with fabulous fall foliage, and there’s no better place to see the range of reds, oranges, and yellows than in our own Connecticut backyard.
The Twins in Belgium
During more than a decade spent in the Belgian countryside, our weekend outings always included a Sunday visit to the outdoor market. There, we chose from a vast array of seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and breads to create a family dinner worthy of Julia Child, served at a table decorated with fresh flowers.
Our new Modern Barn collection this fall was inspired by the increasingly popular “farm to table” movement and no one does this better than Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant, The Inn at Pound Ridge. The restaurant serves locally sourced ingredients in a modern barn setting, capturing everything we envisioned for these designs.
The Inn at Pound Ridge
Fall Hydrangea Bouquet
For more, pick up this month’s New England Home and see us on page 118!
magazine / foliage / twins / table / inn / bouquet
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
A London Country House
Expensive and of high quality… We’re so excited to be collaborating with Nina Campbell on Mr. Donehy’s Suite at the Maison de Luxe Designer Show House this year! We know her room will be filled with luxury and light. For more information and tickets, click here.
With the launch of our new website last week and trying to get our Spring/Summer 2015 collection ready for tabletop this week, it seems that fall is passing us by. We’ve barely had time to gather some pumpkins, indulge in a fire (it’s been too warm for one!) and enjoy changing of the leaves… Thank goodness for Instagram and one of our favorite sources for inspiration, Terrain!
You never know, we might have the energy this coming weekend to decorate our front steps,
Fall’ish Front Door
carve some pumpkins,
Green and White Gourds
add some lights to our display,
and build a fire.
Fab Fire Pit
Then again, maybe we’ll just curl up with a cozy throw with
a glass of wine a pumpkin latte and pretend that we did!
leaves / pumpkins / entry / gourds / lights / fire
It’s Columbus Day – what mood are you in?
At Home in Spain
Fearless; adventurous… Have you seen Michael Smith’s beautiful, art-filled renovation of the US embassy in Spain? With an intrepid mix of old, vintage modern and contemporary pieces, every room embodies American patriotism with a Spanish flair.
Diane James Home 2.0
and a very creative team to re-brand an 18-year-old company like ours and we’re happy to say, we’re done (for now!) Diane James Home version 2.0 is alive and well and we couldn’t have done it without the super talented Fiona Humberstone (a.k.a The Brand Stylist – read about her here) in the U.K. and the amazing design team at Stitch in Charleston, SC.
Fiona helped us look outside the green box of our old logo and made us think hard about who we are and where we’d like to go with this botanical business of ours. She started with the big picture and held our hand throughout the design phase.
Getting it Right!
The team at Stitch then translated Fiona’s brand brief and began the reinvention process by designing new logos – 33 of them which we whittled down to six – three for our couture collection and three for our “luxury for less” line. That was perhaps the hardest part of this adventure; saying goodbye to the old green logo in a box and accepting the new black and white ones was a huge leap for us!
Once the new logos were approved, we moved on to stationery and we thrilled with our new note cards which are letterpressed with a hellebore and bee and edged with our new spring green. The envelopes are sealed with a golden bee, a favorite insect of ours (quelle surprise…)
Photography is so important to bring our designs to life and our village wouldn’t be complete without local photographers Jane Beiles and Sally Green. Through their lens, our faux fleurs almost look real.
Jane and Sally
Building a website is a bit like building a house – you need an architect with the big picture in mind (Fiona) and an interior designer to take care of the details (Stitch). Last but not least, you need a builder who has the patience to read the blueprints, communicate with the designer and make sure the house comes well within budget and construction time frame. Justin is our builder and we’d like to make him the Mayor of our village.
We won’t be posting again this week as we’re celebrating our accomplishments and making sure there aren’t any glitches. See you on Monday!
P.S. Join the celebration by shopping Diane James Home and getting 20% off your order through this Sunday. Just use coupon code ALLNEW2015 in your cart.
website / mood board /vignette / logos / stationery / flowers
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Susan Glick Interiors
Revived… After seven years of version 1.0 of our online store, we’re launching version 2.0 – new logo, new fonts, new colors, new everything! Visit Diane James Home and let us know what you think…
Help a Great Cause
Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude and for the month of October, we’re feeling very proud to support a great cause – Breast Cancer Alliance of Greenwich. We all know someone who’s been touched by this disease so it’s vital to give to those organizations that can make a difference. We’re a (mostly) female owned and operated business so we’re drawn by BCA’s mission – to improve the survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure.
Small Pink Rose Bouquet
Pai Ikat Cotton Scarf
Help us help BCA by shopping online at Diane James Home this month and we’ll donate 10% of all sales of pink designs (bouquets, plants and gifts!) to the cause…
BLOOMS Pink and Green Bouquet
And stay tuned for some exciting changes coming early next week! Happy first weekend of October everyone.
Hot Pink Vanda Orchid
Photos: BCA, rose bouquet, scarf, blooms, bag and orchid