Fall Preview: Folklore Fantasy

September 3rd, 2014
Mario Testino's Alta Moda

Mario Testino’s Alta Moda

Our new Fall/Winter 2014 collection (coming soon to Diane James Home!) is inspired by Folklore Fantasy, a trend in fashion and home décor which honors the often colorful, hand-stitched patterns found on native costumes and textiles.  To capture the fun-filled essence of folkloric frocks, we paired traditional flowers in a range of autumnal hues with interesting containers so that whimsical tulips spill out of a vintage green bottle and garden roses in many shades of peach and salmon are gathered in a luster turquoise bowl.  This collection’s bright and happy palette would put a smile on anyone’s face and a dance in their step, especially with the cooler months ahead…

Hydrangea, Rose and Orchid Bouquet

Hydrangea, Rose and Orchid Bouquet

Pillow Caravan

Pillow Caravan

Rose Bouquet in Glazed Turquoise Vase

Garden Rose Bouquet in Turquoise Vase

Bedroom Fantasy

Bedroom Fantasy

Magenta Peonies and Roses

Magenta Peonies and Roses

Photos: Peruvian costume, hydrangeas and roses bouquet, pillows, rose bouquet, bedroom, and magenta peonies and roses

 

Monday Mood

September 1st, 2014

It’s Labor Day – what mood are you in?

Sunny Setting

Sunny Setting

Simple

Pronunciation: /ˈsimpəl/

Easy and uncomplicated…  “Life is like art.  You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.”  ~ Charles De Lint

Happy Labor Day and here’s to September!

Photo: tablesetting

Fashion Friday: Fall Florals

August 29th, 2014
Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

If you read last Friday’s post, you know we’re looking forward to some fall layering (in time!) so why not continue the trend and look at some fashionable frocks that made a big impression on the runway this spring.  Pretty floral prints aren’t just for summer – these beautiful designs are a great way to make a botanical statement as the weather cools.  The dress and coat above would put a smile on our faces even in the dead of winter and the printed shearling below looks so cozy, doesn’t it?

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Geometric floral shapes gives this pastel coat a modern feel…

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

while an embroidered muff is a must for an opulent outfit.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Even darker shades get a lift from floral patterns…

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

so why not go floral from head to toe!

Valentino

Valentino

Photos: D & G, Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Tory, Dior and Valentino

 

Thinking Outside the Basket

August 27th, 2014
Lunch in a Box

Lunch in a Box

This last week in August makes us want to fully enjoy the precious moments of a fleeting summer so we’re hoping to squeeze in a picnic or two.  In the yard or on the beach, this meal eaten en plein air or al fresco typically involves a basket filled with goodies and the menu does not have to consist of sandwiches, potato salad and brownies.  Here’s a sampling of some picnics with international flair that have us thinking outside the basket…

Swedish Smorgasbord

Swedish Smorgasbord

Italian Panini

Italian Panini

Icelandic Spread

Icelandic Spread

"Pique Nique" de Provence

“Pique Nique” de Provence

Jamon y Queso

Jamon y Queso

How are you celebrating the last days of August?

Photos: boxed lunch, smorgasbord, baguette panini, Icelandic spread, pique nique, and Spanish sandwich

Monday Mood

August 25th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

John Demsey's Home Office

John Demsey’s Home Office

Studious

Pronunciation: / stóodee əss /

With considerable attention to detail…  It’s back to school for many a student and back to being the homework police for many a mom.  Where did the summer go?  Enjoy the last week of August!

Photo: study

A Lesson in Layering

August 22nd, 2014
Vignette

Vignette

The weather this week has been absolutely delightful – cooler than usual August days and perfect sleeping weather at night.  Normally the A/C is running at full arctic blast but not this year.  With the boys preparing to go back to school and September on our doorstep, it’s time for a lesson in layering brought to you by Vogue Living Australia and interior designer Pamela Makin.  The client, a mother who lives with her three sons, wanted to refresh her Balmoral, Sydney home with a neutral palette and a mix of traditional and modern elements so she called on Pamela and her firm, Les Interieurs, for help.

Comfy Couch

Comfy Couch

We can just imagine the boys relaxing on the comfy couch wrapped up in the faux fur throw, their feet on the Corinthian-style coffee table…

Wheel Mirror

Wheel Mirror

and guests lounging in the “winter” living room in front of this 19th-century French mirror.

Dining Table

Dining Table

The dining room with its weathered oak dining table lit by Bocci pendant lights is perfect for family gatherings…

Serene Bedroom

Serene Bedroom

while the master bedroom is the epitome of calm repose.

Perfect Pool

Perfect Pool

And last but not least, the pool where layers of lush greenery provide some privacy and create a natural backdrop for the custom outdoor daybed by Les Interieurs.  Though we’re heading into fall, the Aussies are heading into spring so this gorgeous outdoor space will soon be getting lots of use!

Photos: vignette, couch, mirror, table, bed and pool

Fabulous Find: Rachel Rogers Design

August 20th, 2014
Crest Painting

Crest Painting

When the words “playful” and “bespoke heraldry” are used in the description of an artist’s work, you know you’re in for a treat…  After all, who doesn’t love a whimsical monogram?!  New York-based Rachel Rogers takes customization to a whole new intimate level by interweaving her clients interests into beautifully drawn insignias and crests, stationery and wedding designs, and special event collateral.  A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Rachel worked under the uber talented Rodrigo Corral (the artist behind 500 plus book covers including The Fault in Our Stars) before launching her own venture.  We gravitate toward the designs with floral themes (naturally!) but even her animals have a charm all their own.  Rachel’s fun, colorful ink and water-color creations are a Fabulous Find and special occasions deserve special gifts like these.  Don’t you agree?

Save the Date

Save the Date

Birthday Card

Birthday Card

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Nautical Crest

Nautical Crest

Wedding Collateral

Wedding Collateral

Photos: crests, stationery and paintings

Monday Mood

August 18th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Benjamin Dhong - Woodside, CA

Benjamin Dhong – Woodside, CA

Divine

Pronunciation: /diˈvīn/

Supremely good; heavenly…  Divan + faux-rock console + touches of gold = divine design

Photo: master bedroom

 

Henley Gold

August 15th, 2014
Oh Canada!

O Canada!

We’re back from our adventures in St. Catharine’s, Canada and have to give a shout out to one of our boys who competed at the 132nd Canadian Henley and won in the under 17 mens’ double!  Henley gold is hard to come by and this is the first medal ever for our rowing club.  Given that he and his double partner had already won in the same category at the USRowing Club Nationals in Tennessee last month, this win makes them possibly the fastest double (two rowers with two oars) in their age group in North America.  We marvel at the mental discipline, physical dedication and mastery of technique this sport demands and would like to honor the boys with this golden post.

Leaf Candle Holder

Leaf Candle Holder

Rosette

Rosette

Alice Shoe

Alice Shoe

Sequined Mini Dress

Sequined Mini Dress

Hair Slides

Hair Slides

Happy Friday and may the rest of your summer be filled with golden moments!

Photos: maple leaf, candle holder, rosette, pumps, dress and hair clips

 

Monday Mood

August 4th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Bookish Beauty

Bookish Beauty

Booked

Pronunciation:

Engaged and full…  We’re off in separate directions this week – one to Canada and the other to California so we’ll see you next Monday!

Is your summer booked solid like ours?

Photo: bookcase