The Grand Foyer
What do you get when you mix 92
volunteers elves from 33 states with 7,500 strands of colored ribbon, 150 pounds of gingerbread, 200,000 Lego pieces, 70,000 ornaments and a 19 foot spruce? A White House Christmas, of course! This year’s theme, “The Gift of the Holidays” highlights Michelle’s core initiatives as first lady – education, health and military service.
The Blue Room
The Blue Room tree is trimmed to honor the U.S. military and their families with mirrored ornaments and a garland with the preamble to the Constitution …
The Green Room
while the Green Room is decked out with garlands of lemons and limes symbolizing Michelle’s love of healthy eating and the “Let’s Move” program.
Gingerbread (White) House
Gingerbread houses are a favorite this time of year and the 300-pound one that graces the State Dining Room is an exact replica of the White House including models of Bo and Sunny, the first dogs. Also in the dining room are two trees decorated with Lego houses, each representing a state.
Bows and Balls
Last but not least, the halls and colonnades are dressed up for the holidays with glass balls, ribbons and bows to enchant even the Grinchiest of visitors.
The East Colonnade
Now if only we could get those elves to start decorating for us!
foyer / blue room / green room / gingerbread house / hall / colonnade
Branches and Baubles
Now that Thanksgiving is but a memory of delicious food and fun family gatherings, it’s time to get out the lights, garlands and holiday decorations. Most people deck the halls… and doors, mantles and tables but what about the chandeliers? This fixture, often a focal point in a dining room or entry, is easy to decorate, even if all you have the energy for is hanging a couple of vintage ornaments.
Greens and Reds
We love the look of fresh winter greens mixed with ribbon and flowers but these tend to wilt and dry out before the celebrations are done.
Red Berries and Balls
Gold and Silver
So this year we’re thinking of something with a bit more sparkle, like glass balls hung on velvet ribbons or perhaps crystal snowflakes and icicles. Wouldn’t it be magical to dine at this table?
Let It Snow
We’d love to hear how you’re decorating your home this year!
Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Gold Mini Planters
and get this!
We’re taking some time off to spend with our boys home from college so Happy Thanksgiving to all and see you next week!
card / pots / table
Stroheim Santa Barbara – Pacifica
Uttermost – Cyrus Mirror
and get this!
Ken Fulk – Leo’s Oyster Bar
P.S. We’re mixing it up at BDNY today and showcasing our designs to the hotel and hospitality industry so stop by if you’re here – Javits Center, Booth #378.
wallpaper / mirror / restaurant
Yotel New York
We’re heading into the city this weekend to show our designs at Boutique Design New York, the leading trade fair for the hospitality design industry and we can’t wait to spend the night at the Yotel nearby. Just around the corner from the Javits Center, this hotel is a western interpretation of the Japanese capsule hotels combined with luxury aircraft design.
Tapping into the latest technologies, this modern hotel has electronic self-check in, a handy mobile concierge app and even a luggage storage robot. The cabin-like rooms are smartly designed and rumored to be super comfortable, though we’ll have to flip a coin to see who gets the bunk bed.
Premium Queen with Bunk Cabin
Sadly, we won’t have time to wine and dine so we’ll miss out on the Northern African dishes served at Green Fig but we’ll definitely take a peek at the fourth floor, home of the largest hotel terrace in Manhattan. From what we’ve seen online, it’s not to be missed!
Green Fig Restaurant
Happy Friday to all and have a great weekend.
Small Green Leaf Urn with Leucadendron
When it comes to fresh flowers, Emily Thompson is one of our favorite designers. Her use of unconventional materials like real butterflies, wild smilax, fruits and berries, make her classical arrangements more organic in style. Each of her designs is like a work of art so it’s no surprise she often collaborates with sculptor and painter Mark Gagnon.
Geometric Vase with Datura and Greenbriar
Thorn Vase with Okra and Chestnuts
If you visited the 7th floor at Bergdorf Goodman this fall, perhaps you came upon a new collection which looked more like something from Alice in Wonderland than The Secret Garden. Among the crystal and and china were bouquets of dried flowers and plants painted vibrant shades of purple, yellow, orange and green spilling out of paper mache vases and urns.
Blue Small Vase with Chestnuts
Palm Urn with Chestnuts and Greenbriar
This collection, as Emily writes in her “journal”, play[ed] the line of naturalism and artifice for greatest effect, to draw the eye to the wonders of the natural world, and to do it with great material integrity and panache.”
Burst Vase with Thistle
We love how these artists mixed materials to fool the eye and created designs that are both artificial and natural at the same time.
Green and White Blossoms
Moattar – Hide Rug
and get this!
Amy Morris – Southeastern Designer Showhouse
blossoms / rug / living room
Please forgive the lack of posts… We’re getting ready for a huge studio sale which starts tomorrow! If you’re in the area, please stop by to shop well priced stems, vases and more.
Thursday, November 3rd – 10 am to 4 pm
Friday, November 4th – 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday, November 5th – 10 am to 3 pm
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Norwalk, CT 06851
(back left corner of Broward Plaza parking lot)
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