Fall 2015 Inspirations – Part I

July 1st, 2015
A Marrakech Souk

A Marrakech Souk

We are off to Atlanta next week  to shop for stems, set up our booth and sell our new Fall/Winter 2015 collections!  Which means we’ll be taking a little time off from blogging but you can follow us on Instagram here and read all about our adventures.  In the meantime, let us whet your appetite with our new Spice Market designs, inspired by one of the most pinned pictures on Pinterest last year!

Spice Market Bouquet

Spice Market Bouquet

Whether displayed in heaping towers, in bronze bowls or on a floating barge, spices are used around the world to add flavor or color to many dishes.  A touch of cinnamon, ginger, cumin or saffron can turn a bland meal into something special and we wouldn’t think of cooking without them.

Bronze Bowls

Bronze Bowls

Moth Orchids in Bronze Bowl

Moth Orchids in Bronze Bowl

The same could be said about our flowers – they add a bit of spice to any room.  The designs in our Spice Market collection pop with color and the containers capture the exotic feel of markets the world over.

Thai Floating Market

Thai Floating Market

Yummy Yellow and Green Bouquet

Yummy Yellow and Green Bouquet

How do you like to spice up your life?

Photos: souk, bouquet, bowls, orchids, barges and bouquet

Monday Mood

June 29th, 2015

It’s the Monday before the 4th of July – what mood are you in?

Summer on the Vineyard

Summer on the Vineyard

Independent

Free and individualistic…  We’re getting ready for the holiday weekend – are you?

P.S.  We apologize for the inconsistent postings – while one of us is sunny herself in Portugal, the other is juggling too much!

Photo: breakfast room

Summertime…

June 24th, 2015
Garden Fiesta Plates

Garden Fiesta Plates

and the living is easy!  It’s time to take the party outside and investing in some great paper goods, unbreakable glasses and pretty trays is a must.  We like having our cocktails dinners on our terrace surrounded by blooms, with the bees buzzing and the dragonflies flitting.  Setting the table with disposable ware makes things even easier so we make sure we have plenty of these favorites on hand…

Fleur Glassware

Fleur Glassware

Dahlia Tray

Dahlia Tray

Endless Summer Napkins

Endless Summer Napkins

Tidbit Plates

Tidbit Plates

Pom Pom Picks

Pom Pom Picks

Are you taking the party outside these days?

Photos: paper plate, wine glass, tray, napkin, serving plates and picks

Monday Mood

June 22nd, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

A Colorful Back Bay Condo

A Colorful Back Bay Condo

Mighty

Pronunciation: /ˈmīdē/

Possessing great and impressive power or strength…  After a gray and rainy weekend, a pop of purple and pink can really brighten one’s day.  After all, “color is a power which directly influences the soul” (according to painter Wassily Kandinsky!)

Photo: living room

Friday Favorite: Floral Cocktails

June 12th, 2015
White Wine Spritzer

White Wine Spritzer

What’s not to love about a Friday in June?  Summer is on the way, the end of school is near, and we’ll be sipping cocktails on a terrace or on a beach to celebrate the weekend.  We’ve been experimenting with cocktails and have come across some that will definitely be part of our summer party planning.  And thanks to Elle Decor, we can sip a drink and get our flower power on!

Greyhound

Greyhound

Borage and Pansy

Borage and Pansy

Lemon Jello Shot

Lemon Jello Shot

Rose Martini

Rose Martini

Aviation

Aviation

Happy fabulous floral Friday!

P.S. If you want to try your hand at making one of these, click on the image to get the recipe.

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Random Raves – Carmel, CA

June 10th, 2015
Cantera Court

Cantera Court

Carmel, California, is one of our favorite places in the world and each time we visit, we come home with a list of new raves.  We flew out west to celebrate a best friend’s birthday so instead of staying at one of the fabulous resorts lining the coast, we rented a house in the hills of Pebble Beach through Elite Carmel.  When they say they are the “vacation home experts”, they’re not kidding!  When you rent through Elite, you get concierge service, an app with all the information about the home and surrounding area and a luxurious home filled with every possible amenity.

Oh, Danny Boy

Oh, Danny Boy

Our first evening was spent toasting the birthday boy on the terrace at the Inn at Spanish Bay.  If you go at sunset, make sure to grab seats around one of the lively fire pits and get serenaded by the lone bagpiper who magically appears through the mist.

Dinner with a View

Dinner with a View

Even though our house came with an amazing chef’s kitchen, we took advantage of the fine dining available in the Carmel area and enjoyed some classic California cuisine.  A dinner at the restaurant at Mission Ranch is always a treat, made even more memorable by a large wedding party who decided that singing songs with the piano player at the bar was a fun way to end the night.  This 1800′s ranch was preserved and restored by none other than former Carmel mayor, Clint Eastwood.  He also owns the Hog’s Breath Inn in town if you’re up for a late night drink.

Botanical Abundance

Botanical Abundance

Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

Shopping on Ocean Avenue is a must and once you stop oohing and ahhing over the beautifully planted window boxes, pop into Paloosh, a store filled with chic European and American fashion brands (Joie, Equipment, DVF and the like) all displayed by color.

Ahoy, Matey!

Ahoy, Matey!

Finally, a trip to the California coast would be missing something if you didn’t hop on a sail boat and cruise the waters looking for whales and dolphins.  We didn’t see any on our trip on the Bella on the Bay though our super friendly captain did steam up a bucket of fresh crab which made our day.

We hope you enjoyed this little tour of Carmel and if you need more travel tips, you know who to call!

Photos: house, bagpiper, restaurant, flowers, store, and ship

Monday Mood

June 8th, 2015

It’s Monday (and we’re back!) – what mood are you in?

Ahhh...

Ahhh…

Rested

Pronunciation:  /ˈrestəd/

Feeling healthy, strong or full of energy…  There’s nothing like taking a little time off from the everyday to recharge!  Isn’t that what summer is all about?

Photo: bed

Our Happy Place

May 27th, 2015
Lone Cypress

Lone Cypress

With a couple of very busy weeks ahead, we’re taking Jeanne’s (from the blog I Dream Of) advice and spending some time in one of our happy places…  That is, after we see Jeanne for lunch on Thursday!  Can you guess where we’re going?

Photo: tree

Monday Mood

May 25th, 2015

It’s Memorial Day – what mood are you in?

Foley and Cox

Foley and Cox

Sun-kissed

Pronunciation:  /ˈsʌn ˌkɪst/

Sunny…  Happy Memorial Day everyone!  May your week be sun-kissed…

Photo: living room

 

Fabulous Finds: Missoni Home for Amara

May 22nd, 2015
Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

What was once an interior design business based in Essex, England, Amara has grown into a stylish online store offering over 30,000 products (some of them exclusive) from over 300 luxury brands, all stocked and ready to ship worldwide at the click of a mouse.  So imagine our excitement when we were contacted by one of their buyers to see if they could sell our designs!  Our fingers are crossed that the samples we sent across the pond meet their exquisite level of taste…

Passiflora Pouf

Passiflora Pouf

In the meantime, we’ve learned that Amara will be launching a range of exclusive designs by Missoni Home to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.  Each fabric has been selected by Missoni Home from their extensive archives to reflect Amara’s ethos for stylish luxury living.  Taking inspiration from natural surroundings such as the varied landscapes and gardens of Italy, these designs will add a bit of Missoni magic to any room.  Also included is a limited edition pillow, Roxas, a refined print with the spirit of Missoni designed especially for Amara.

Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

Roxas

Roxas Pillow

And just in time for summer, the collection will also include three beach bags made from Missoni Home’s towelling fabric in their iconic zigzag print.  Perfect for all beach essentials, these lined bags are large enough to fit everything you need for a fun filled summer day!

Missoni Home for Amara

Missoni Home for Amara

Rufus Beach Bag

Rufus Beach Bag

This new collection is launching online at Amara on June 1st so mark your calendars…  And have a fabulous Friday!

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