Inspirations

Thanks, Mom!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to revisit one of our posts and thank our beautiful mother for her love and support over all these years!

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Throughout our childhood, our father was all about the A’s in school, while our mother helped us mind our B’s…

Bee Yourself *

Bee Lovely *

Bee Happy

Bee Charming

Bee Bubbly

Bee Bubbly

Bee Gracious

Bee Gracious

Bee Sweet

Bee Sweet

Bee Thoughtful

Bee Thoughtful

And above all, “bee” all that you can “bee”!

P.S.  Yes, we know – there’s no bee in the first image but Audrey is sporting a mighty fine beehive…  Happy Mother’s Day!

Audrey / ring / soap / plates / cookies / card

Flower Power

LMD x NYC

The Flower Bandit

Fabulous floral designer Lewis Miller (a.k.a.the flower bandit) strikes when you least expect it and in the most unusual places…  Washington Square, the East Village, and Central Park have all been recipients of Miller’s flower bombs.  And most recently, he and his merry band of florists added a bright purple Mohawk to Botero’s famous cat sculpture outside the Crosby Street Hotel in honor of the Met Ball.

Crosby Street Hotel

Washington Square

Alice in Wonderland in Central Park

Whether in the shape of a gorgeous garland draped over a statue, a floral explosion coming out of a trash can or even a Thanksgiving cornucopia nestled between the Whitney and the Highline, Miller’s random acts of botanical beauty are bringing joy to New Yorkers and tourists alike.  And who doesn’t love flowers by the dozens?!

Village East Cinema

Bowery and East Houston

We’ll be spending some time in the city next week and we’ll be sure to be on the lookout for one of LMD’s Flower Flashes.  Stay tuned…

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Set The Table

Some Enchanted Evening

Sam Allen Interiors

The theme was All That Glitters, the place was New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street and the cause was the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House…  And dozens of designers moved heaven and earth to create magical table settings in a matter of hours.  While we didn’t attend the gala in person, we did provide the flowers for Sam Allen‘s springtime setting.  Cherry and apple blossoms spilled out of a Christopher Spitzmiller vase and each place setting was decorated with one of our White Rose Gifts topped off by a Joanna Buchanan Lady Bug Swizzle Stick.

Diane James Home + Joanna Buchanan

We were thrilled to hear that the evening was a success and to see our flowers on ArchitecturalDigest.com.

Michael Wainwright

Paloma Contreras

Janus & Cie.

Selina Van Der Veest

From understated to over the top, we hope these images inspire your next party!

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Book Report

Slightly South of Simple

A Classic In The Making

When bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand says blogging bestie Kristy Woodson Harvey is “a major new voice in Southern fiction”, she wasn’t kidding…  This voice is roaring back onto the scene with a new book (the first in a series we hear!) about the lives and loves of a mother and her three daughters.  In Slightly South of Simple Kristy explores the complex bonds between these women and weaves a tale that is filled with Southern charm and heart.

Barbara Cosgrove – Mythic Llama Lamp

Pine Cone Hill – Brooklyn Matelasse

Mr. Solomon’s Blue Hydrangeas

One can’t help but be enchanted by the small coastal town of Peachtree Bluffs, Georgia, and fall in love with its inhabitants.  Kristy’s love of beautiful settings shines through in her descriptive prose and if Ansley, the mother with an interior design business, were a real person, we’d hire her on the spot!  Who wouldn’t want a home decorated with Barbara Cosgrove lamps and Pine Cone Hill textiles and a garden full of blue hydrangeas?

Green Smoothies Anyone?

Porch Swing

Whether you’re heading to the beach this summer, or whiling away the day on a swing with a green smoothie in hand, you need to spend some time Slightly South of Simple.  We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

P.S.  After many years of reading Kristy’s blog, Design Chic, and following her on social media, we’re finally getting to meet her in person and toast her success today!

book / lamp / textiles / hydrangeas / smoothie / swing

Set The Table

Not A Bunny In Sight!

Blooms in Bud Vases

It wouldn’t be Easter with a pretty post about easy do-it-yourself centerpieces and since our kids are all grown (and some flown) we’re keeping our inspiration this year bunny-free.  Not that we have anything against Peter Cottontail (except for the fact that we think he’s guilty of beheading the pansies on the front porch!)  Since we’re mostly adults for Easter lunch, we’re liking the combination of blossoms and eggs – either the dyed or chocolate variety.

Blooms in Eggs

Blooms and Egg Bouquet

Golden Tulips and Eggs

Bird’s Nest Fern and Eggs

This last idea is right up our alley – make a centerpiece out of the eggs (which the kids have dyed) and just cut some flowering branches.  Note the glasses of white wine… Easter made easy!

Just Eggs!

Wishing you all a happy and fun-filled Easter weekend.

bud vases / eggs and flowers / pastels / tulips / fern / eggs

Inspirations

Mark Your Calendars: Southeastern Designer Showhouse

Upstairs Sitting Room – Rivers Spencer

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles second annual spring showcase of the region’s design industry talents opens next week and if the showhouse is anything like last year’s, it won’t disappoint!  Returning designers Phoebe Howard and Lauren DeLoach will be joined by the likes of Huff Harrington Home, Stan Topol, Sarah Bartholomew and more.

Dining Room – Suzanne Kasler

Al Fresco Dining Room – Beth Webb

For those of you who didn’t see the 2016 showhouse in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park neighborhood, we thought it might be fun to revisit some of our favorite rooms.  While the house included over 25,000 square feet of living space, the designers did a beautiful job creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Soaring ceilings were painted a traditional blue or accented with fabulous light fixtures and lush carpets softened the bare floors.  A neutral palette was preferred by many but not by Lisa Mende and Parker Kennedy Living whose rooms were filled with whimsical pops of color.

Master Suite – Phoebe Howard

A house in the south is not a home until it’s decorated with flowers and plants and many of the rooms featured lovely arrangements and greenery (including a custom Diane James design!)

Bedroom – Parker Kennedy Living

Covered Terrace – Lisa Mende

For more information about the 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, click here!  May we’ll see you there…

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