Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

How "Deer"!

How “Deer”!

Dear

Pronunciation: /dir/

Beloved, cherished…  Oh, dear!  Three and half weeks until Christmas.  Time to pull out our favorite decorations and get started!

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Fêtes

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Blessed

Pronunciation: \ˈble-səd\

Feeling extremely lucky…  We’re taking this week off to count our many blessings.  Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

table

Set The Table

Party Prep!

Jill at Her Wheel

Jill at Her Wheel

Now that we’ve shared our source for Thanksgiving flowers, it’s time to talk trays…  You can’t have enough serving trays and bowls on the Big Day.  Especially if you have as many side dishes as we do!

Jill Rosenwald Olive Tray

Jill Rosenwald Olive Tray

Jill Rosenwald Sake Tray

Jill Rosenwald Sake Tray

Candy Bowl

Jill Rosenwald Candy Bowl

Jill Rosenwald Orchid Pot

Jill Rosenwald Orchid Pot

We first met “the Myth, the Legend, the Fabulous Jill Rosenwald” (her words, not ours – though she is quite fabulous!) at NY NOW two years ago having drooled over her whimsical handmade ceramics for quite a while.  Her tiny 10 foot by 10 foot booth was overflowing with colorful designs and could hardly contain Jill’s happy energy.  Fast forward two years and we’re thrilled and honored to be one of the only online stores to carry her pottery.

Jill in Her Studio

Jill in Her Studio

Our selection includes olive and sake trays, candy and dip bowls and of course, orchid pots (which can be used for chips in a pinch!) – all trimmed in 14 karat gold and dishwasher safe.  So if you need to add to your collection of party pieces, you know where to shop!

jill / olive tray / sake tray / candy bowl / orchid pot / studio

Floral Decor

Thanksgiving Flowers with Petal Design Studio

Holiday Mix

Holiday Mix

Thanksgiving is just a week away and we know some of you have already planned your table settings down to the flowers…  Well, not us!  You would think that with the kind of business we’re in, that we’d be color coordinating our china to our centerpieces but we’re more concerned with the menu right now than we are with the decorations.  That’s why we’ll most likely order our flowers from a local boutique and not try to do the arrangements ourselves.  Then again, we can just borrow one of our faux designs from the studio and call it a day!

Thistle and Berries

Thistle and Berries

Dahlias and Roses

Dahlias and Roses

Truth be told, we love fresh flowers on our dining room table and our local Trader Joe’s does a decent job with their seasonal mixes.  But, if we lived in Manhattan, we’d be shopping at Petal Design Studio in the heart of the flower market.  Corrente’s combinations of blooms are so refreshing and her use of unexpected textures such as thistles and berries make these bouquets the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table.  Even her color palettes are unusual yet pretty.  It’s only too bad they won’t last through Christmas…

Hellebore and Roses

Hellebore and Roses

Aubergine and Green

Aubergine and Green

Green and White

Green and White

Are you in full Thanksgiving mode yet?

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Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Light and Bright

Light and Bright

Dynamic

Pronunciation: /dīˈnamik/

Energetic; alive…  This living room designed by Kristin from Hunted Interior for her one her best friends and fellow blogger, Cassie, is so full of color and life.  What a great way to start the week, don’t you think?!

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Finds

Muses by Ethan Allen

Muses

Muses

“A muse is someone who awakens creativity.  Someone who influences another in such a way that he or she becomes the driving force behind that person’s body of work.  Someone who helps you to see things through fresh eyes.  Again and again.” ~ Forooq Kathwari, CEO of Ethan Allen.

Poetry

Poetry

Dance

Dance

Have you seen the new Ethan Allen catalogs or visited a design center lately?  Thanks to the creative talents of Norah Murphy, former Executive Vice President of Style, the Ethan Allen brand has become more fashion-forward and in tune with what younger, hipper home owners are looking for.  This fusion of traditional taste and contemporary flair is beautifully presented not only in the company’s products but also in a new 328-page “magalog” (magazine-catalog) called Muses.

Laughter

Laughter

The gorgeous images in this tome are divided into different subjects that have inspired us for generations – dance, laughter, drama, history, poetry, architecture, love, music, spirit and art.  So what does this have to do with interior decor?  Everything…  Inspired design comes from the soul and each one of these muses feeds our creative spirit.

Music

Music

Drama

Drama

Best of all, this book is free at any Ethan Allen store and online, so we urge you to take a fresh look at this iconic brand and let us know what you think!

muses / poetry / dance / laughter / music / drama

Fashion

Scarf = Cuddle

Tory Burch - Dapper Paisley

Tory Burch – Dapper Paisley

Where did the week go?  Between three photo shoots, two trips to JFK, an impromptu visit to the Boutique Design New York and finishing a large project for five restaurants, we’ve barely had time to gather our thoughts let alone write our blog.  On one of our drives, we were thoroughly entertained with an interview with Donna Karan, who has just written a memoir called My Journey.

Burberry Prorsum - Printed Cashmere

Burberry Prorsum – Printed Cashmere

Etro - Wool and Silk Blend

Etro – Wool and Silk Blend

When asked what every woman should own in their wardrobe, Donna said the following.  “I believe a scarf is the most important thing that women have to own.  It covers up what you want to cover and it shows what you want to show.  And it’s sort of like a cuddle that you use forever.  So, I love scarves.”

Diane von Furstenberg - Hanovar Floral

Diane von Furstenberg – Hanovar Floral

H & M - Floral Tube

H & M – Floral Tube

Well, we love scarves, too, especially in the colder months.  Our weather has been unseasonably warm but we know winter is coming so why not cuddle ourselves with some pretty scarves!

Gucci - Floral Print Silk Georgette

Gucci – Floral Print Silk Georgette

Do you have a favorite?

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Personalities

Divine Design: Nina Helms

Brises de Printemps at the Loews Regency - New York

Brise de Printemps at the Loews Regency – New York

It would be hard not to feel joy when coming across one of Nina Helms’ works of art – she captures the beauty of nature so perfectly in plaster that her blooms almost seem real.  When our friend, Julia, shared some of Nina’s recent works with us, we were truly in awe.  While European wall relief sculptures have existed for centuries, Nina took this traditional art form and added her own a modern twist.

Fleurs Blanches Triptych

Fleurs Blanches Triptych

Kips Bay Showhouse 2010

Kips Bay Showhouse 2010

Nina’s imaginative designs are filled with the little subtle details that can really only be seen up close – the curve of a petal, the bark on a stem.  While flowers seem to be her forte, Nina’s animals are just as graceful and enchanting.  Who wouldn’t want to wake up with lovely, delicate butterflies floating above your head?

Farfalinas

Farfalinas

Since many of Nina’s commissions are private, you won’t see them in a lot of public places…  yet!  But we have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of Nina’s work on walls and overhead – she’s come out with a collection of light fixtures that is just gorgeous.

Brises de Printemps - Detail

Brise de Printemps – Detail

Flower Detail

Flower Detail

How do you spell relief?  N-I-N-A, that’s how!

brise / fleurs / kips bay / hallway / farfalinas / brise detail

 

 

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Playful Seating

Playful Seating

Game

Pronunciation: /ɡām/

Eager and willing to do something new or challenging…  We’re looking forward to upping our game this holiday season – aren’t you?

game room

Floral Decor

Spooky “Boo”quets

Bare Bones Boo-quet

Bare Bones Boo-quet

On this eve of Halloween, we think it’s a treat to pair some dark and moody blooms with the words of Edgar Allan Poe…  “O craving heart, for the lost flowers and sunshine of my summer hours!

Basket "Boo"quet

Basket “Boo”quet

The undying voice of that dead time,

Blooming "Boo"quet

Blooming “Boo”quet

With its interminable chime,

Still Life "Boo"quet

Still Life “Boo”quet

Rings in the spirit of a spell,

Bridal "Boo"quet

Bridal “Boo”quet

Upon thy emptiness – a knell.  I have not always been as now.”

Beautiful "Boo"quet

Beautiful “Boo”quet

What will you be on the morrow?  Happy Halloween!

skull / pumpkin / blooms / still life / bride / beauty