Don’t agonize. Organize. ~ Florynce Kennedy
P.S. Love this image from Jillian Kupferberg and wish we could be so organized!
It’s really hard to say goodbye to Madrid once you’ve lived for almost four years so when it came time to move out of the US embassy’s official residence, Ambassador James Costos and his partner, interior designer Michael Smith, decided to relocate their possessions to an elegant apartment in the city’s Barrio Salamanca.
Michael took on the task of redecorating the stately home by reshuffling the couple’s art and antiques, and he said seeing pedigreed pieces in a new, more relaxed context, was both illuminating and fun. An 18th century Coromandel screen takes on new life as the centerpiece in the living room, while the Chinese painted panels in the dining room once graced the walls of a guest bedroom in the former residence. Talk about recycling!
The couple is still buying art for their new home and it’s decidedly more Spanish in provenance – works from disciples of Goya grace the walls of the library while a banner embroidered with the crest of a noble Spanish family hangs over the headboard in the master bedroom.
It’s hard not to love the bright and comfortable aura that is created by the use of colors and patterns and of course, flowers! We just wonder if our flowers (seen here!) made the move… ¡Que tengas un buen fin de semana!
When you’re the editor of The New York Times Home section, you get to see a lot of homes… From small apartments and studios that make creative use of compact spaces to cottages and cabins that connect with their often remote surroundings, and everything in between. So it makes complete sense that these editors would come together and create a book chock full of beautiful photographs and compelling stories from the newspaper’s vast home-design archive.
Edited by Noel Millea and published by Rizzoli New York, this gorgeous tome offers a look at how today’s homeowners make the most of their living spaces and do it with style. Unique and inviting, these homes are exemplary studies of living at its most seductive and creative… And each one is appealing in its own way.
As huge fans of the NYT Home section, we were thrilled when our talented friend Jane Beiles (one of the photographers featured in this book) reached out to us and offered it up as a giveaway. Better yet, she will inscribe it for the lucky winner!
So if you’d like to enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Home: The Way We Live Now” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 15, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!
Note: Photographs may not be reproduced in any way without written permission from the publisher. For information, please contact Pam Sommers at 212-387-3465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.
P.S. In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue and probably had lots of stories to tell!
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~ Maya Angelou
New York Fashion Week has come to a close and we never fail to be wowed by all the pretty things we see coming down the runway. One show that caught our attention (and no, not because we’re My Little Pony fans!) was Moschino where Jeremy Scott took spring florals to a whole new level and not in a subtle way.
The finale was blooming with beautiful evening gowns shaped like orchids, lilies and dahlias…
and Kaia Gerber (yes, Cindy Crawford’s daughter) wrapped up like a bouquet of flowers.
We think the best part of this outfit was the can of fragrance made to look like a purse. Now we know what to do with our spare stems next spring… Happy Friday and may your weekend be fashion-filled and fun!
Fall weather is finally coming our way after a beautiful couple of weeks of Indian summer. That means bringing the party indoors and sprucing up the house with some cozy fall accents. From Vietnam, a country known for centuries-old gold leaf and lacquer tradition, this luxurious gold tray was inspired by the doorways of India’s Rambagh Palace and is perfect for serving cocktails or hors d’oeuvres.
Speaking of serving, we love Blue Pheasant’s Halette spoons… Made of gorgeously striated horn and cream-colored bone they are a hostess’s best friend.
You can walk on the wild side and add a bit of luxe lodge decor to you coffee table with these Tanner coasters. Not only are they extremely chic, they’re practical, too!
Every powder room needs a beautiful candle and this one comes with its own quartz coaster. Imagine a light wood scent mixed with notes of rosewood, cardamom, amber, and vetiver to create a sultry combination of sweet and spicy.
What goes best with a cool fall evening and a roaring bonfire? Hot cocoa, of course! Flying Bird’s Chocolate Lover’s Gift Box comes with four charming tins of organic heirloom cacao blends – a great gift for your favorite chocolate lover or just for yourself!
Now that it’s really fall, what are you doing to get party ready?
To have ideas is to gather flowers, to think is to weave them into garlands. ~Anne Sophie Swetchine
People say pictures are worth a thousand words so we finally decided to book our favorite photographer, Jane Beiles, to shoot lifestyle images of our Fall 2017 collection. The house we scouted belongs to the wonderful artist and founder of Jack and Lulu, Julie Bowers Murphy, who was kind enough to let us take it over for a day.
Before the shoot we had spent some time in the house deciding which spaces would work for our new designs. Since the collection was called Alpine Attitude (where rustic earthy elements mix with modern flair) we wanted to incorporate Julie’s whimsical, yet contemporary, taste as much as possible. Thank goodness she had so many decorative items to play with and her paintings made a wonderful backdrop!
Needless to say, Jane is a total pro and knew exactly how to make our flowers come alive. Not to mention Pretzel, Julie’s adorable pup, who decided he wanted to be part of the action.
We love how the pictures turned out and we hope you do, too… Here’s to a happy fall season full of beauty and of course, flowers!
There’s a huge demand for mid-century modern design these days but most of the original furniture is way to pricey for our budget. That’s why we love France & Son where you can buy a Sputnik chandelier or a Barcelona-inspired chair for an affordable price. With a showroom in lower Chelsea and a full online site, France & Son offers a wide range of furniture and accessories designed by the likes of Sean Dix and Thomas Bina.
We’ve been fans of the store for a while so when they placed an order last month for our flowers, we were beyond thrilled. So we’d like to give a warm Wednesday welcome to France & Son!