As many of our loyal readers know, we’re not big into the color orange. You won’t find much of it in our homes or even in our closets… yes, even those Hermes boxes don’t entice us! But that doesn’t mean we don’t admire the beautiful fall foliage that abounds in our neck of the woods. It’s just that you wouldn’t necessarily find it decorating our dining tables or in our foyer.
Thankfully, coral and blush pink, mellow yellow and chocolate brown flowers are on trend this fall, especially when paired with fruit, branches and berries à la Constance Spry. And why not add persimmons, pomegranates, ornamental kale or seeded eucalyptus to a bouquet to give it that wild, natural look?
As for shape, the looser and more organic the arrangement, the better. We love how these designs evoke the fancy free days of fall.
Wishing you all a fabulous Friday!
opulence / sunset / tulipina / blush / dahlias / forest
HD Walls – Burl by Emily Van Genderen
According to several shelter magazines, burl is back and in a more modern way. Wikipedia describes a burl as an outgrowth on a tree that disfigures it and it’s true, trees with burls aren’t that pretty. But what’s interesting is that burl wood is prized for its beauty and rarity, and sought after by artists and furniture makers.
Worlds Away – Hudson Chest of Drawers
Williams Sonoma – Exotic Gallery Frames
A hallmark the Biedermeier period, burl wood veneers made a comeback in the Art Deco movement and their retro look is still in fashion today. The only difference is that the wood is brighter and lighter, and not as glossy.
Palecek – Olive Ash Burl Tray
Chairish – Lacquered Burl Wood Lamps
From wallpaper and furniture to a broad range of home accessories, we’re giving burl a whirl…
Aerin – Chess Set
How about you?
wallcovering / chest / frames / tray / lamps / chess set
Chivasso – Fancy Flowers
Essie – Need A Vacation
and get this!
Suellen Gregory in Virginia
P.S. Did you know that we’re donating 10% of all online sales (not just pink!) from now through October 31st, 2016 to Breast Cancer Alliance? Help us help this worthy cause!
fabric / nail polish / living room
We took our friend Elizabeth from Petty Pink Tulips‘ advice this week and treated ourselves to lunch and a day of
window shopping at Terrain. The day was sunny and warm, the pumpkins were bountiful and we took the opportunity to pick up some things to set a fall table. As soon as the weather cools, we’ll be bringing the outdoors in and capturing these beautiful fall days in our accessories. We’re big fans of placemats since they’re so versatile and these remind us of our weekend hikes in the local nature preserves.
Pairing oak branch plates with green and white pumpkins will give the table autumnal flair…
Oak Branch Plates
Fresh Pumpkin Crates
while these pinecone votive holders add a vintage touch.
Pinecone Votive Holder
And we never let a guest leave empty handed so mulling spices is our go-to gift this season.
Little Apple Rose Mulling Spices
After all, who doesn’t love a warm cup of wine on a chilly fall day! Thanks, Elizabeth, for inspiring us to get out of the office and have some retail fun.
terrain / placemats / plates / pumpkins / votives / spices
Philip Johnson’s Glass House
We played hooky from work on Monday – a perfect Indian summer day – to finally tour Philip Johnson’s Glass House. And yes, we’re embarrassed to say that we haven’t had the chance to visit this iconic home since it opened as a museum in 2007. For anyone who’s seen the house first hand knows that it sits on a beautiful piece of property in New Canaan and is accompanied by 13 other Modernist structures so we highly recommend the extended tour which takes you into some of these. But the Glass House is the most famous and the one we enjoyed viewing the most. It’s stark, almost monastic, decor was enhanced by the stunning views of the landscaped 47-acre property. Johnson believed in minimalism so you won’t see much furniture cluttering the loft-like spaces. The kitchen was sparse (no Sub-Zero fridges or Viking stoves) and even the bathroom was built into the circular chimney so you wouldn’t know it was there unless you opened a custom curved door.
In addition to several pieces of Mies van der Rohe furniture, the only decorative accessories we saw were two lamps, two works of art, a couple of vases with orchids, a malachite cigarette holder and a circular ashtray. Naturally, we thought Johnson could have added a bit more to the decor so once we got back to the visitor’s center, we picked out some of our favorite things to spruce up the place!
Baccarat Mosaique Tumblers
Iitala Aalto Vase
Skultuna Tulip Candlesticks
J&L Lobmeyr Lily Espresso Cup and Saucer
The good news is that these items are for sale online so you, too, can tap into your inner mid-century modern soul and help support the Glass House.
P.S. Have you seen The Glass House? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Photo of house by yours truly, the others can be found here.
Butcher Block Boards
and get this!
demijohns / boards / kitchen
250 days until summer but who’s counting? We are… kind of. Loyal readers of this little blog know that as the temps get cooler and the days shorter, we start to get blue. Even as we’re surrounded by fall fabulousness (the pumpkin lattes, the cable knit sweaters, the turning leaves), we still look forward to easy, breezy summer days.
So when we come across homes like these, we have to share. Created to be enjoyed by family and friends, this waterfront property on Shelter Island decorated by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company exudes laid back chic and is beautifully captured by the lens of Zach DeSart.
Fab Family Room
Shades of blue abound (and you know we love blue) whether they’re in large statement pieces like the handblown bubble chandelier by Liza Sherman Studio in the dining room or smaller accents like our blue hydrangea bouquet (yes, ours!) in the living room.
The subway tile by Waterworks in the kitchen is a heavenly shade of sky blue…
and there’s a Robert Hogan painting in turquoise hues over the freestanding tub in the master bath.
So as not to detract from the water views seen from the bed, the master bedroom has light touches of gray blue in the quilt, shams and walls to complement the floor-to-ceiling Christopher Martin painting.
Wishing you all a happy (not blue!) weekend and may you all enjoy the colors of fall.
Hermès – Equilibre d’Hermès
A wicker and leather basket… We flipped over this uber chic magazine holder and wastebasket from Hermès’ new Equilibre d’Hermès collection until we saw their prices ($6,900 for the former and $8,200 for the latter.) While we love their simple yet luxurious shapes, there must be other stylish baskets out there that could do the trick (like hold something!) and not break the bank.
Serena & Lily – Seagrass Basket
A perennial fall favorite, baskets seem to fulfill their purpose this time of year as we transition from hot summer days to cooler fall temps and start to organize ourselves for the holiday season. Expecting family for Thanksgiving? Use baskets for extra pillows and towels in the guest bedroom or bath.
Ralph Lauren – Leon Low Baskets
Love cozy throws? How about this rustic rattan beauty next to the couch filled with warm blankets.
Terrain – Rattan Circle Basket
And let’s not forget the firewood. A handsome wicker log basket with wheels goes easily from wood pile to hearth without strain.
Terrain – Rolling Wicker Log Basket
Baskets also make great holders for baskets – just in case you were wondering where to store those!
Garnet Hill – Natural Hyacinth Basket
P.S. Are basket lovers, basket cases? We sure hope not.
magazine / seagrass / leon low / rattan / log / hyacinth
Yves Klein Table D’Or
and get that!
P.S. We hope you’re enjoying the golden days of fall…
tray / table / room
Natalie as Jackie
Hollywood is abuzz this week about Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in the new biopic hitting theaters in December. The official trailer was released on Wednesday and it’s haunting atmosphere is goosebump worthy. With rave reviews from critics who saw the movie at the Venice Film Festival last month, some are saying that Natalie’s performance is Oscar-worthy.
In Pink, With Pearls
Relaxed in Hyannis
Like many of you, we have a special place in our hearts when it comes to Jackie. Not only does our mother look like her (and we’re often reminded of this!) but one of us actually worked as Jackie’s intern one summer at Doubleday. As a rising college sophomore, there wasn’t much to do at this famous publishing house except read a lot of manuscripts and proofread galleys. And, of course, help Jackie with finalizing the plans for Caroline’s wedding which was held that July.
With Ted at Caroline’s Wedding
It was a summer to remember and Jackie was a wonderful, and glamorous, boss. Her quick wit and incredible work ethic made assisting her a true pleasure, and she was adored by the authors she edited. It’s no surprise she ended up first at Viking, then at Doubleday, given her passion for books and she published so many well regarded works during her 20 year career.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see Natalie’s Jackie and compare her to the “real deal”!
natalie / look-alikes / in pink / relaxed / wedding / book