Posy Palette: Tulips

February 25th, 2015
Terrific Tulips

Terrific Tulips

It’s hard to image that in just three and a half weeks spring will have sprung and that tulips will try bloom…  With all the snow we’ve had, it will be May before we see their colorful blossoms!  So today we’d like to honor this harbinger of spring and tiptoe through a tulip inspired palette of purples and pinks.

Luke Irwin - Arcadia Rug

Luke Irwin – Arcadia Rug

NEST - Violet Jasper Necklace

NEST – Violet Jasper Necklace

Dolce & Gabbana - Ametista

Dolce & Gabbana – Ametista

Givenchy - Paradise Flower Scarf

Givenchy – Paradise Flower Scarf

Moser - Eternity Bud Vase

Moser – Eternity Bud Vase

P.S. Did you know that the tulip is part of the lily family and while it is native to central Asia, the Netherlands is the world’s largest producer of bulbs (to the tune of 3 billion a year?)

Photos: tulips, rug, necklace, nail polish, scarf and bud vase

Monday Mood

February 23rd, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Life's a Party!

Life’s a Party!

Appreciative

Pronunciation: / əˈprēSH(ē)ədiv/

Feeling grateful…  In the words of our favorite Oscar (de la Renta, that is), “Luxury to me is not about buying expensive things; it’s about living in a way where you appreciate things.”

P.S. Speaking of Oscar(s), did you watch last night?

Photo: party

Winter Blues… and Whites

February 20th, 2015
Giambatista Valli

Giambatista Valli

Those of you who are in the Northeast (and especially in the Boston area) must get how we feel about winter this time of year…  The seasonal adjustment disorder has set in and we’re definitely feeling SAD.  As we mentioned on Wednesday, pinning is a good cure for the cold weather blues but so is shopping.  And we don’t have to put down our wine glass hot cocoa and leave the house to do either!  So why not banish the wind chill with some chic blue (for our mood) and white (for the snow), a favorite color combination for many bloggers we know, and end the week with a smile.

Ivanka Trump - Geava Pump

Ivanka Trump – Geava Pump

Tory Burch - Sierra Surf Shirt

Tory Burch – Sierra Surf Shirt

Furbish - Blue and White Bowls

Furbish – Blue and White Bowls

Wisteria - Orchid Wall Art

Wisteria – Orchid Wall Art

Layla Grace - Batik Rug

Layla Grace – Batik Rug

Happy bluesy Friday and stay warm this weekend!

Photos: dress, shoes, surf shirt, bowls, art and rug

 

Pin(n)ing for Spring

February 18th, 2015
How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

It’s official: we’re so over winter, and the snow, and the icy temps.  No amount of red wine hibernating or chocolate is making us feel better!  So we turn to Pinterest as a cure for the winter blahs and count down the days ’til spring.  With less than five weeks to go, here’s what we’re pinning and pining for…

Pretty Pastels

Pretty Pastels

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

Buds and Blooms

Buds and Blooms

Beautiful Blossoms

Beautiful Blossoms

Ahhh, Spring!

Ahhh, Spring!

Do you have any cures you’d like to share?

Photos: flowers

Friday Favorite: The Oliver Gal Artist Co.

February 13th, 2015
Bouquet

Bouquet

Love, like art, comes in every shape and size…  so this Valentine’s Day, we want to quench your desire to transform your blank wall into something that dazzles the senses (and yes, we think a great piece of art can be romantic!)  We spent four days at NY NOW in our booth drooling over this wall candy by The Oliver Gal Artist Co., just steps away from our booth.  This company, based in South Florida and spearheaded by sisters Lola and Ana (even their names are sexy), is a collective of artists whose passion is to “capture life’s most haute moments, avant-garde objects and splendid lifestyles.”  With their mix of fashion and pop culture with modern botanicals and a sense of glamorous whimsy, it was love at first sight.  And if you’re not looking for art, you can always check out their collection of home accessories which translates their pieces into bedding, pillows, clutches and more…

Library of a Fashionista

Library of a Fashionista

Orchid Gold

Orchid Gold

Your Way

Your Way

Never Enough Love

Never Enough Love

Berry Kisses

Berry Kisses

Sending you all Berry Kisses on this Valentine’s Day weekend!

Photos: The Oliver Gal

Building the Dream Team

February 11th, 2015
Creative Direction

Fiona Humberstone – Creative Direction

Building a website is a bit like building a house – you need an architect (someone who will create the elevations or the site map), you need a contractor (someone who will build the walls or write the code) and you need a designer (someone who will bring the rooms or pages to life once they’re built.)  We’re in the process of redesigning our website (as if we didn’t have enough to do!) and while we love our contractor who’s been by our virtual side since the day we launched Diane James Home, we wanted a whole new look and feel.  Hence our search for the perfect architect and designer.

Fiona Humberstone - Color Psychology

Fiona Humberstone – Color Psychology

The first time we saw Fiona Humberstone’s website, we fell hard and and we only dreamed that we could work with such a “creative catalyst” from across the pond.  Well, dreams do sometimes come true and after a lengthy questionnaire and a three hour Skype call, we convinced her to join our team.

Stitch - Canon Green Printed Media

Stitch – Canon Green Printed Media

The final step was to find a designer who could work with Fiona’s ideas and create a new brand and website for us.  As easy as this sounds, there are so many uber creative firms out there so we had to trust Fiona to reach out to the ones that made the most sense for us.  And we weren’t disappointed…  All of the proposals we received were unique and each had a specific voice but the one that spoke loudest to us was Stitch Design Co. in historic Charleston.

Stitch - Schermer Pecans Logo

Stitch – Schermer Pecans Logo

Another lengthy brand questionnaire later (if your brand were an object/car/person, what/who would it be?  who would be the ultimate endorser of your brand? you get the gist…) and we’re on our way to re-branding ourselves.  And we can’t wait to see what our dream team comes up with!  Stay tuned…

Stitch - Poppies and Peonies Website

Stitch – Poppies and Peonies Website

P.S.  Fiona has just put the finishing touches on her second book, How to Style Your Brand, due out this May.

Fiona's New Book

Fiona’s New Book

Photo:  Fiona Humberstone and Stitch & Co.

Monday Mood

February 9th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Naturally Green

Naturally Green

Good-natured

Pronunciation: /go͝od′nā′chərd/

Easygoing and gracious…  Mother Nature is not being very friendly these days as we’re getting more snow today!  But this lovely living room by Ann Lowengart reminds us that spring is on the way.

P.S.  And the winner of our I Dream Of watercolor giveaway is Karena from The Arts by Karena blog – congratulations!

Photo: living room

Registry Redo with Anthropologie

February 6th, 2015
Bellina Blooms Mug

Bellina Blooms Mugs

It’s no big secret that we’re obsessed with everything that is Anthropologie and Terrain and we’re so excited to read that BHLDN has just launched a registry with its two sister companies.  This news is somewhat bittersweet, though.  On the one hand, how lucky are new brides today to have access to the whimsical style of these stores for their bridal registry, yet how sad are we that we had to register over twenty years ago and that our china and bedding is looking… well, a little tired.  It’s too bad that we can’t just throw ourselves an anniversary party and have guest shop off a new registry instead of bringing gifts.  We know we could fill each room of the house with something wonderful, colorful and sublime… “things that come in handy and conjure a smile.”  From the kitchen…

Hidden Atoll Bakeware

Hidden Atoll Bakeware

Springtime Harvest Dish Towel

Springtime Harvest Dish Towel

to the bedroom…

Brushed Orchid Duvet

Brushed Orchid Duvet

to the living room and beyond.

Pirra Pillows

Pirra Pillows

Queen Anne's Lace Mirror

Queen Anne’s Lace Mirror

Whether you register online or at select stores, you can’t go wrong with Anthropologie and Terrain.  Would you re-register if you could?  Happy Friday and have a blissful weekend!

P.S.  It’s not too late to enter our giveaway of a wonderful watercolor – for details, click here.

Photos: mugs / bakeware / dish towel / bedding / pillows / mirror

Monday Mood

February 2nd, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Springtime Table

Springtime Table

Springy

Pronunciation: /ˈspriNGē/

Having a lively and energetic movement…  We have a spring in our step as we show our new Spring/Summer 2015 collections at NY NOW this week.  Stop by and visit us – Javits Center, Floor 3, Booth #1848 – we’ll be there through Wednesday!

P.S.  And thank you for your patience regarding our sporadic posts – snow and work and life sometimes get in the way.  Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a beautiful watercolor of a spring bouquet here!

A Sketch a Day Giveaway from I Dream Of!

January 30th, 2015
Day 5 - Our Bouquet (Original)

Day 5 – Our Bouquet (Original)

Jeanne, from the beautiful and creative blog, I Dream Of, started off the year giving herself a challenge – to paint on a daily basis – and using pictures she finds on Instagram, she’s doing just that (you can see her daily sketches here!)  Her goals are to be spontaneous and fast (her paintings take less than 30 minutes) and to not be afraid of making mistakes.  Five days into her challenge, a pretty posy popped up on her Instagram and it was the Blush Hydrangea and Ranunculus bouquet from our new Spring/Summer 2015 collection!  She said that the soft pinks and greens reminded her of bright spring days ahead…

Day 18 - @zhush

Day 18 – @zhush

Day 6 - @prettypetals

Day 6 – @prettypetals

With snow on the ground and frigid temps in the air, we thought we’d bring a bit of spring your way in the form of a giveaway!  While Jeanne is holding on to her original pieces, she did paint a copy of her day 5 sketch for us to give to one of our wonderful readers.  All you have to do is visit Jeanne’s Instagram page and let us know which is your favorite sketch with either a comment below or an email to thebuzz.giveaway@gmail.com!  She’s painted 30 so far and they’re all so lovely.  We’re partial to her florals but we also love her sketches of Paris…  Did we mention that Jeanne is also a world traveler?

Day 15 - @watsonkennedy

Day 15 – @watsonkennedy

Day 7 - @blossom_en_vogue

Day 7 – @blossom_en_vogue

Day 5 - Giveaway

Day 5 – Giveaway

You have until 11:59 pm eastern time on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 to enter and the lucky winner will receive Jeanne’s sketch in time for Valentine’s Day!  Happy Friday and may your weekend be dreamy.

Photos: sketches