Loi Sets a Table
From what we’ve seen on the covers of magazines and on blogs lately, the neutral home is still quite popular. While we tend to shy away from muted shades (not a great look for flowers!), we do like a calm and quiet space – a perfect backdrop in which colors pop. The best part about a neutral home is that you can always change things up on a seasonal basis and bring in those colors that make you happy.
Bonnie and Neil – Hakea Shadow Box
Juliska – Le Panier Tableware
The vibrant hues of fall can be quite an eyeful so we thought we’d tone it down a bit today and share some of our favorite neutral knick knacks for the home…
Diane James Home – Moth Orchid
Jayson Home – Kent Marble Bowls
Harrods – Gingerlily Beaded Cushion
Tell us – is neutral nice or not?
Photos: table setting, shadow box, dishes, orchid, bowls, and cushion
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Dahlias and Mirabelles
Visually attractive, especially in a pretty style… Isn’t this late summer table setting designed by Anke Illner picture-perfect? It brings to mind a wonderful saying, “A picture is a poem without words.”
An Ornate Entry
The Fall Tabletop Show is just weeks away so we’re madly working at completing our new Spring/Summer 2016 collection while our designers are busy elves putting the finishing touches on 52 wreaths for Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. If there really is such thing as seasonal adjustment disorder, we have it! So we’re taking today to escape to more a exotic place, like this gorgeous apartment in Manila. The reason this home caught our eye is that it embodies the trend that inspired our new designs – a twist on tradition (and that’s in fact what the new collection will be called when it’s launched early next year!)
Glam to the Max
Simply Divine Dining
Blue Carreon has achieved the impossible by taking a modern blank box of a condo and creating a sense of history by adding crown molding, hand painted murals and blue and white porcelains. Mixing traditional furnishings with pieces from his own collection (like that stunning stone and brass coffee table in the living room or the shell and brass table in the dining room), Blue seamlessly combines the old with the new to create glamorous rooms that feel quite au courant.
Where the Magic Happens
“A space succeeds when it’s a collection of things you love and the layers of stories behind them,” says this designer and we couldn’t agree more! Blue’s office is filled with personal objects while a set of closet doors serves as mood boards…
and his shelves are so artfully styled one could paint a still life from them! What a wonderful way to end the work week, don’t you think? Happy weekend!
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Moser – Arctic Vase
Happy first day of fall! The air’s a bit crisper and the leaves are starting to change… Soon we’ll be arranging branches of golden yellow oak and deep red maple to celebrate all the goodness of this season. And you know, when it comes to designing a beautiful bouquet, it’s all about that vase!
Venini – Happy Pills Vase
So sing along with us…
Lazy Susan – Field Bubble Vaes
Yeah, our momma told us don’t worry about the size…
Dartington – Bottle Vase
She says, branches they like a little more base to hold them right…
Chairish – Modern Striped Vase
So we’re all ’bout that vase, ’bout that vase…
Lalique – Mossi Vase
Photos: moser, venini, lazy susan, dartington, chairish and lalique
in Oakland, CA to see our sister-in-law get married so we’ll be back next week!
Wishing all a wonderful weekend – the last one of summer…
Lela Rose and Celerie Kemble
When you take two super elegant Manhattan-based designers, one in fashion and one in interior decor, and have them throw a “tea-quila” party on a rooftop garden, you know you’re in for lively afternoon. This dynamic duo had fun rooting around their cabinets and closets for traditional items which they put to use in fresh and new ways – antique teapots became vases and shot glasses held individual servings of ceviche.
Witty Place Cards
A Shot of Ceviche
Known for getting around on two wheels, we can only imagine Lela showing up with bundles of pretty pink petals with which to decorate the table. “Everything I did was about infusing unexpected fun into the clichés of formal entertaining,” she says. This includes assigning each guest a special “tipsy name” on place cards and making napkin ties with leftover floral fabric from her spring fashion collection.
Lela and Her Cargo Bike
Lela Sets the Table
All these unique touches are wrapped up in Lela’s new entertaining book, Prêt-a-Party, which showcases nine celebrations, each with a different theme, menu ideas and stunning table decorations. With the fall party season underway (and the holiday season not too far off!), it’s time to start planning…
Lela’s New Book
Photos: setting the table, place cards, ceviche, riding a bike, table setting and book
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
J + G Design
Stylish and elegant… Isn’t this downtown New York loft to die for? While we had nothing to do with the decorating (that’s all Jennifer’s doing), it’s hard not to toot our own horn – that’s our large peony bouquet on the coffee table!
Photo: living room
Diane and Daughters, c. 1971
When people meet our mother, the first thing they say is how much she resembles a certain Jacqueline… The one who is most known here in the States, of course! But given our mother’s passion for Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, we think she would be all the more flattered if she were to be compared to “the last queen of Paris”, the very elegant and fashionable Jacqueline, Comtesse de Ribes.
Jacqueline in Her Own Design, c. 1983
Mother could hardly contain herself when she found out that the Costume Institute at the Met will be exhibiting 60 or so of this Jacqueline’s gorgeous gowns and we’re looking forward to sharing the experience with her. In reading more about Jacqueline de Ribes, we learned that she was much more than an “it girl” – she always worked in a creative field even though she really didn’t have to. From her family’s hotel particulier (where they’ve lived since the 1860’s), she launched careers in fashion, theater, television, philanthropy and even architecture.
Jacqueline in the “Ibis” Dress, c. 1959
Jacqueline at Home
While not much has been written about Jacqueline’s own home, we did uncover some pictures that were published in Vogue in 1984. By the looks of it, she also had an eye for interior design and a love for flowers… just like our mother.
Who’s up for a field trip in November? We’re going to “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” the day it opens!
Photos: Diane and daughters, Jacqueline in pink, Jacqueline in Dior, Jacqueline at home, living room and sitting room
Style Me Mossy
If you’re looking to add a pop of green to a tablescape or centerpiece, may we suggest mixing in some moss? With over 12,000 species to choose from, floral designers are using these flowerless plants in centerpieces and terrariums, to line vases and to tie orchid stems to branches and stakes. We’ve even seen moss used down the center of a table paired with elegant blooms at a country wedding – rustic but still very chic.
One of the most inventive ways designers are using moss is in vertical gardens or on a wall as graffiti. It’s actually not hard to grow moss and Terrain makes it even easier with their moss milkshake. Just add water, spread the mix on almost anything and keep moist… In a couple of weeks, you’ll have your very own moss garden.
Moss Art We Heart
And for those of you who with black thumbs craving the fresh scent of a forest after the rain, there always a candle. We might just go that route!
Who knows, you might be seeing more moss in one of our collections one day…
Photos: tablescape, bouquet, terrarium, art, milkshake and candle
It’s Labor Day – what mood are you in?
Mix Master Eddie Ross
Performing in a very skillful and accomplished way… We’re ready to roll our sleeves up and get down to work this fall – many projects are being planned and some fun events, too.
P.S. First up – joining Pretty Pink Tulips in celebrating Eddie Ross’ new book, Modern Mix!
Photo: inspiration board