Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Roses Galore

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.  ~ Kahlil Gibran


Book Report

Book Report: Barefoot Luxury

Barefoot Luxury by Sandra Espinet

Summer’s just around the corner and we’re looking forward to some downtime at the beach with our toes in the sand…  While our trips will be more local in nature, we can’t help but dream of more luxurious places like the ones photographed for Sandra Espinet’s beautiful new coffee table book, Barefoot Luxury: Mexican Resort Living.

Sleek and Modern

Open Floor Living

Travel with Sandra to this Latin American country know for it’s grand resorts perfect for warm-weather relaxation as she delves into the history of how Mexico became the playground for the rich and famous.  Rumor has it, the filming of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana and the scandalous Burton/Taylor affair had something to do with it…

Bright and Beautiful

As a designer, Sandra developed a signature style that combines the laid back vibe of a Mexican vacation with the luxurious touches expected from her clients.  From calm and collected in Cabo to a reinvented retreat, her rooms with exotic touches and local vintage finds and will transport you to another world.

Swing Time

Sunset Scene

Filled with anecdotes and design tips, Barefoot Luxury urges the reader to leave the workaday world behind and escape to the warm weather, glorious sunsets, and grandeur of Mexican luxury living.  What’s not to love about that?



Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Sunny Setting

When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.  ~ Unknown

Happy Memorial Day and we hope the sun is shining wherever you are!



The Neo-Trad Gets a Makeover

Katie’s New Look

Back in 2009 when we were blogging newbies, we came across an enchanting blog called The Neo-Trad and knew that Katie Armour Taylor had something special.  Her fresh sense of style and classic American vibe captured the essence of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly to a tee.  Then along came her online magazine, Matchbook, which we loved (who wouldn’t want to be a Matchbook Girl?) and was so sad to see close in 2015.

Katie Travels

Katie Entertains

Katie has been blogging all along and we still read every one of her posts when they show up in our inbox.  We’re also not ashamed to say that we stalk her on Instagram and her move to Copenhagen with her eccentric English husband and their plump pug, Alfred, has added a decidedly international flair to her feed.

Katie Decorates

Katie Lives

We don’t know how Katie found time to makeover her site between trips to India, Turkey and the like, but she did and she just launched Katie Considers last week.  From travel (city guides are being finalized!) and fashion (you can’t miss her Daily Hunt) to interior design and art, you’ll love what Katie has to offer.  And she has even expanded her shop to include a library so you can explore all of her favorite books by category!

Katie Packs

Even her newsletter has been given a major upgrade and if you subscribe to it, you’ll receive “25 Classics Every Woman Needs in her Closet” style guide.  What better way to get your wardrobe summer ready!


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

spring ranunculus in pinks and orange

Ravishing Ranunculus

Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

P.S.  We’ve been patient enough with this rainy weather and would love the sun to shine this week!



Be a Royal Guest

mr and mrs wedding chairs

Sitting Pretty

We so love a British royal wedding and haven’t missed one since Diana and Charles walked down the very long aisle at Westminster in 1981.  After Andrew’s, Anne’s and Edward’s, a new generation is upon us and we sat glued to the screen when William and Catherine took the plunge 7 years ago.  And yes, we’ll be up early Saturday morning with our cups of tea and scones to see how Harry and Meghan make their special day…  well, special.

Barnard & Westwood Invitation

Barnard & Westwood Invitation

The invitations printed in black and gold with American ink on British stock by Barnard & Westwood were just like the ones Will and Kate had and we’re still waiting for ours!

Elderlower, Lemon and Mascarpone Cake

Elderlower, Lemon and Mascarpone Cake

Violet Cake‘s Claire Ptak is baking the lemon elderflower cake to capture the bright flavors of spring…

Philippa Craddock Rosetti Bouquet

Philippa Craddock Rosetti Bouquet

while the flowers (branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves) will be picked from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Park and arranged by Philippa Craddock.

George and Charlotte

We know George and Charlotte will be adorable and might even steal the show, as they did at their Aunt Pippa’s wedding last year.

St George's Hall, Windsor Castle

St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle

Bucking tradition, the couple will wed at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and will have their reception at St George’s Hall once they ride through town in a carriage.  Rumor has it the bride will wear a Ralph & Russo dress and will change into something looser after the ceremony.  We, of course, will attend in our pj’s…  Let us know if you’re watching, too!

chairs / invitation / cake / flowers / george / hall

Fabulous Finds

Designer Furniture With A Vintage Vibe

James Bond Redux

James Bond Redux

When the set designer for Netflix’s Mindhunter came calling for a number of plants and trees with a certain vintage vibe, we knew exactly where to find design inspiration that fit the style…  As it happens, we’d just read a blog post about designer Jeff Lincoln channeling the 1980’s for a client’s multi-million dollar yacht.  Armed with images of the interiors, we went looking for all things 80’s that would fit the aesthetic (think Golden Girls meets Terence Conran).

Hammered Brass Planter

Hammered Brass Planter

Vintage Rattan and Wood Basket

Vintage Rattan and Wood Basket

Since Mindhunter is a series based on the early days of the FBI’s criminal profiling unit, we found vintage brass and rattan planters for our aloe plants and traveler palms.  These will pair well with all types of designer furniture, but especially the desks and chairs with chrome accents that we know will be used on set.

1970's Chromed Steel Armchairs

1970’s Chromed Steel Armchairs

Peter Portzman Chrome and Zebrawood Desk

Peter Portzman Chrome and Zebrawood Desk

The harder challenge was sourcing faux house plants that were popular in this era as many of these haven’t made a come back.  The good news is they still make a very good fiddle leaf fig tree and split leaf philo bush!  Wouldn’t it be amazing if they put all of our designs in one room?

Terence Conran - Decorating With Plants

Terence Conran – Decorating With Plants

Stay tuned…  Season 2 of Mindhunter is dropping sometime this fall and if it’s as binge-worthy as Season 1, we’re in for a treat.

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sponsored post written in collaboration with Nakturnal

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Flower Buttercream Cake

All the world is birthday cake so take a piece, but not too much.  ~ George Harrison

P.S.  We’re heading off to Charleston to celebrate our birthdays so we’ll see you next week!


Fun with Food

Foodie Friday: Charleston, SC

Pickled Royal Red Shrimp

All work and no food makes us quite “hangry” so we’ve spent the better part of this week making sure we have lunch and dinner reservations for our upcoming trip to Charleston.  Thanks to our blogging bestie and super duper travel advisor, Sandy, we had a great list of places fit for foodies to start with.  While Husk, created by James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock, couldn’t take us until mid-May (and we called weeks ago!), we’re going to hang out at the Husk Bar next door and take our chances on a table.


A trip to Charleston isn’t complete without some fresh seafood so we’ll be heading to 167 Raw on East Bay Street known for their oysters and lobster rolls.

Thunder and Friendship

Brunch at The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday, especially with a signature cocktail or two…

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steak

Lunches will be casual affairs and perhaps healthier as we head to Butcher & Bee for their lovingly crafted farm-to-table fare.

Bacon and Black Pepper Biscuits

Matcha Latte

And we’ll be sure to leave some room for Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit(s) and matcha lattes at Upstairs @ 345, Skinny Dip‘s upstairs terrace!

husk / 167 / obstinate / butcher / biscuit / upstairs


High Point Highlights

Meg Braff

We’re back from a very busy 10 days in High Point where we showed our floral collections for the first time.  While we didn’t get to see many showrooms (being stuck in our booth for eleven hours a day!) we did get to see some of our favorite designers who stopped by to say “Hi”.  From Meg Braff who loves our fiddle leaf fig trees…

to Robert Passal for whom we created custom peony bouquets, we can’t help but admire the talented clients we have who use our designs in their projects.

Libby Langdon

Libby Langdon paid us a visit with the news that the bouquets we lent her for the Hampton Designer Showhouse last year will be featured in Traditional Home this June and was kind enough to pose with us in our booth.

Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar

And since we’re name dropping, why not mention our wonderful chat with the divine design duo, Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar – we loved hearing about their new venture, Maximalist Studios, and seeing pictures of their Pennsylvania digs!

Celerie Kemble

Long-time client Celerie Kemble was kind enough to place our flowers with her bedding at the Eastern Accents showroom…

Phoebe Howard

and we even got an order from Phoebe Howard for her store, Max & Co!  All in all, our High Point show was a huge success, thanks to the old friends we connected with and to the new ones we made.

P.S.  Our High Point highlights would be not be complete if we didn’t mention the fabulous Robin Baron and thank her for adding us to her Suite Spot Tour – it was a blast!

meg / robert / libby / eddie / celerie / phoebe