Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu
Love is when the soul starts to sing and the flowers in your life bloom on their own. ~ Rabindranath Tagore
First, our apologies for the lack of posts… We’ve been hit with two major storms in the past week – a nor’easter that took out our power for a couple of days and Winter Storm Quinn that dumped more than a foot of snow yesterday. It’s hard to believe that spring is less than two weeks away and who knows when we’ll see flowers bloom again in the garden. That’s why we’re seriously considering a mural by Kate Schelter for our studio!
Ever since the publication of her book Classic Style last year, we’ve been huge fans of Kate’s. While we knew about her charming illustrations, we were recently reminded that her scope of work also includes murals. Just look at what she painted for Lara Connor (Vogue contributing editor Marina Rust’s daughter).
With a degree from RISD and internships at W and Christian Lacroix, Kate’s love of fashion led her to a career as a stylist, but she always kept her watercolors at the ready. Her first illustrations appeared in Assouline’s Gypset Travel in 2012 and in 2014, John Derian curated Kate’s first painting exhibit. Her portfolio has grown over the years to include collaborations with The San Vincente Bungalows (opening Summer 2018), Chateau Marmont and Greydon House.
Kate’s murals are as fun and fresh as their subjects – whimsical geraniums and poppies look as if they’re growing right out of the floor and beautiful blue hydrangeas brighten a bedside. Colorful and elegant, these flowers are exactly what we need in these last days of winter. Who’s ready for spring?
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~ Flora Whittemore
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. ~ Pablo Picasso
Spring is mere weeks away and we’re looking forward to shedding our winter clothes and our winter skin! It’s no secret that blooms are good for your mood, but they’re also good for your face and while we won’t go as far as sticking flowers to our forehead, we will shake up our beauty routine with these botanically based potions.
Hibiscus flowers contain alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate and give the skin a youthful glow so use this hydrating face mist after you cleanse and before you moisturize.
For those of you of a certain age who need a little plumping and firming, why not turn to the flower power of kangaroo paw in this day cream that has the added benefit of smoothing out fine lines.
We knew that echinacea flowers help cure colds but didn’t realize that they also contain anti-oxidants that protect the skin from inflammation. Dior’s micellar water removes makeup with one swipe while delivering the soothing benefits of this versatile bloom.
Known for its ability to protect even the most sensitive skin from dryness, calendula is mixed with aloe vera in this gel masque which will instantly refresh winter-stressed skin and give your complexion that fresh spring glow.
And finally, what better way to scrub away the winter than with a body scrub with the invigorating power of geranium leaves – this botanical beauty not only helps purify and calm the skin, its scent may just cure the winter blues. What’s your spring beauty routine? We’d love to hear!
Every moment is a fresh beginning. ~ T.S. Eliot
On a windy, gray day last fall, we headed to a gorgeous waterfront home in Rowayton to shoot lifestyle images of our new Spring 2018 collections. Needless to say, the home was fabulous, not to mention the views… and absolutely perfect to showcase our Urban Oasis designs.
Our friend and super talented photographer, Jane Beiles, showed up camera in hand and we spent the next four hours shooting away. Many hands made light work and with the help of another friend, we were able to fluff and photograph over 20 different designs in different rooms of the house.
We’ve just added the Urban Oasis collection to our website and it’s already proven to be a best seller! Inspired by all the greenery we’re seeing in floral design, this collection is as fresh as it is unexpected. We’ve paired anthurium leaves with vintage bottles, succulents with white clay bowls and boxwood topiaries with hand-thrown terra cotta pots.
Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.
Be your own muse, the subject you know best. ~ Frida Kahlo
P.S. Thank you to all who entered our Style Secrets giveaway! The winner will be contacted via Instagram.
According to House Beautiful‘s Editor in Chief, Sophie Donelson, every room needs a splash of unexpected color, glitter and glam, a “wow” moment or even something that says “touch me”… And in her new book filled with the best and most beautiful rooms featured in the magazine, you’ll get simple and elegant advice from some of the biggest names in interior design to achieve the home of your dreams.
For instance, in the chapter Every Room Needs a Grand Gesture, you will learn that “overscale is not the same as overdone” and that a “majestic” mirror can make a world of difference in creating space.
How about a lipstick red dining room to make an impact on your guests…
or adding a bit of Chinoiserie as a nod to the past?
Nature and flowers play a big role in bringing a room to life and this can be as easy as a large vase of spring blossoms in your living room or opening the French doors to incorporate an outdoor terrace.
One of the highlights of our visit to NY NOW yesterday was meeting Sophie in person and having her sign her book. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, this beauty can be yours in this Giveaway! If you’d like to win this signed book, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “House Beautiful Style Secrets” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!