and get this!
P.S. We’re off to Atlanta to shop for the next collection so we’ll see you in a week!
If you can’t tell from our Instagram feed, we looooove hydrangeas and our gardens are overflowing with these beautiful blooms right now. There’s nothing like going out to the yard in the early morning and delighting in their exuberance and even though we’ve made a number of bouquets, the blossoms just keep coming. Not that we’re complaining…
Pinks, blues and purples play a big role in our wardrobe so we’re hoping to capture the feeling of heavenly hydrangeas throughout the summer with some fun outfits and accessories. If we had our way, we’d invest in all of the Dolce & Gabbana hydrangea pieces but perhaps that would be too much.
Happy Friday and may your weekend be filled with flowers!
Our #fridayfun brought us to Greenwich last week where we took the opportunity to visit some new (at least to us!) home decor stores in the area. Our first stop was The Perfect Provenance since we heard the restaurant there, Cafe 47, was amazing… and it was lunchtime!
Founded by Lisa Lori who has an extensive background in PR and fashion, this local gem features four to five curated “exhibitions” a year which inspire the whole retail experience. For each theme (St. Bart’s is the current one), Lori picks products with a story, whether it’s art, books, fashion, home decor or beauty. These little luxuries are artfully displayed in separate rooms on two floors of the 1912 house and each vignette takes you away to another world.
And let’s not forget the food which truly showcases Chef Arik Bensimon’s heritage (or provenance), having honed his craft at some of New York’s most iconic restaurants. We highly recommend lunch or dinner on the porch but make sure to reserve ahead since there are only five or six tables!
Move over fiddle leaf ficus, there’s a new tree in town! We couldn’t help but notice that more and more decorators, including Mark Sikes, Phoebe Howard and Gideon Mendelson, are adding the beautiful ficus maclellandii “Alii” to their rooms. Though its common name is banana leaf fig, we think that this elegant tree deserves the name royal ficus. Lush and chic, this ornamental tree has long slender leaves that fall gracefully from its branches and is the perfect complement to a blue and white planter or a rush basket.
From the front hall to the living room and even on a covered porch, a royal ficus adds a natural touch to any room. And best of all, we have a faux version of the tree that is so lifelike, you can’t tell the difference (which means you never have to worry about watering it again!) While we don’t feature it on our site, you can see it on Instagram.
All hail the royal ficus!
If you suffer from travel envy as we do at times, Instagram is definitely NOT the cure, especially when summer comes around. It seems that everyone is either on a fabulous trip or planning one and we still have weeks to go before we get away. A European beach is not in the cards for us this summer so we’re donning our caftans and lacing up our sandals to fly to Ibiza with Assouline’s new gorgeous tome, Ibiza Bohemia, by Renu Kashyap. This virtual trip is just what we need to be inspired for the summer ahead…
This colorful tribute to the Spanish island that has served as a retreat for all types of creatives has us wanting to tap into our bohemian beach loving side and reinvent ourselves.
From its scenic cliffs and deep blue seas, to its white washed walls and peaceful beaches, Ibiza is a place like no other so why not snap up this book and dive right in?
If you want to thank the hostess with the mostest or be the best guest ever, then arrive with a special gift that will make her love you even more… A small token of appreciation is always a good thing, no matter the size or cost. Summer is meant for party hopping and weekend getaways so it’s best to plan ahead. We’ve just added these lovelies and a lot more to our gift selection on Diane James Home so you’re welcome!
Happy Friday and may your weekend be as wonderful as you are!
P.S. Select gifts are up to 40% off so now’s the time to stock up.
Summer’s here and you know what that means! Serious pressure to enjoy every single minute of the season and create memories to last a lifetime… right? We love summer and this year we’re going to make a huge effort to step away from our office and try new things. Fridays will be dedicated to fun (#fridayfun) so you know there’ll be some sightseeing, shopping and sipping involved!
We have several getaways planned and many of them will include lazy days by a lake…
with lots of summer reading (but not the kind required by middle school.)
Our terraces are all abloom so we’ll be taking full advantage of sunny days and warm nights to dine alfresco…
and hydrangeas of all kinds will be part of our tabletop decor!
Every summer has its own story… what will be yours?
Dreamlike, thought-provoking, magical, wow… These are some of the words that came to mind when we stumbled upon Luisa Azevedo‘s work on Instagram and we’ve been mesmerized ever since. This young and talented teen (yes, she’s the same age as our older boys – 19!) has captured our hearts with her imaginary world of flora and fauna. A native of Portugal, Luisa sets her subjects in the landscapes she loves most – the ocean and the hills of her country – and her photography allows us to escape, even for just a minute. Luisa is currently studying at the University of Lisbon where she’s majoring in Multimedia Art and applying the Photoshop skills she learned through Youtube. But enough words, how about some more images?
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
It’s time to spruce up the terrace for summertime fun and there’s no better place to pick up some fashionable finds at a reasonable price than Zara Home. What started out as a casual browsing of the “Picnic” category for colorful melamine plates and acrylic glasses ended up as a jaw dropping exploration of La Grande Illusione, the company’s ephemeral installation for the 56th edition of The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
This collaboration tapped the British set designer and art director Simon Costin to bring the brand closer to the world of design using the Spring/Summer 2017 collection as fashion accessories. Costume designer Spencer Horne fashioned the frocks while Thierry Boutemy took care of the flowers.
“Folktales and fairy stories have always been the bedrock that I work from,” states Costin in a video about his work and you can’t help but be enchanted by the photographs shot by Tim Walker that bring the magical creations to life.
Needless to say, while we loved the distraction, we still haven’t shopped for the terrace!