Personalities

An Ode to Margaret

Margaret Russell and Jamie Drake

Margaret Russell and Jamie Drake

We’re back!  Thank you, dear readers, for giving us this time off to spend with our families and recharge our blogging batteries!  We’ve had a busy two months of parties, graduations, regattas and travel and boy, did the magazines pile up.  So we spent the holiday weekend on the terrace reading each and every one of them…

A House in Greece - May 2016 Issue

A House in Greece – May 2016 Issue

Versace Wallpaper

Versace Wallpaper

The last issue of Architectural Digest edited by the amazingly talented Margaret Russell is out and we’re not the only ones who are very sad to see her leave.  We’ve come to know Margaret over the years through many of the projects we’ve done with designer Michael Smith and were honored to have our designs featured in the pages of AD (most recently in the March 2016 issue.)  Her move from Elle Decor almost six years ago was welcomed by all and we love what she did with the redesign of this iconic magazine and website.

The East Room at The White House

The East Room at The White House

Needless to say, we’ll miss Margaret’s exquisite style and look forward to following her on Instagram.  Whether she’s capturing her travels, her friends or her flowers, we know that we can still live her life vicariously through her pretty pictures.

Peonies from L. Becker Flowers

Peonies from L. Becker Flowers

Sweet Peas from L. Becker Flowers

Sweet Peas from L. Becker Flowers

Thank you, Margaret, for six years of beautiful inspiration at Architectural Digest!

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Flower Power, The Latest Buzz

Flower Power: Bastille

Pantone Colors of the Year

Pantone Colors of the Year

As we head into a season of celebrations (birthdays! graduations! weddings!), we thought you might like to meet Emily Pinon, founder and CEO of Bastille flowers & events, and perhaps be inspired by her bespoke, one-of-a-kind floral creations.  We came across Emily’s Instagram page and of course, spent the next several hours minutes admiring her work.  Whether it’s a corporate event where she hung hundreds of white calla lilies from the ceiling or a more intimate affair celebrating Pantone’s colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity if you haven’t heard), Emily translates her clients desires into memories that last a lifetime.

Spring Wedding

Spring Wedding

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

DIFFA Table

DIFFA Table

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Wedding Table

Wedding Table

Speaking of memories that last a lifetime, we’re taking a little break from blogging so that we can attend some races (both on the water and at the track), plan some spring sports banquets and graduation parties and focus on our high school seniors who will, all too soon, be off to college…  See you soon!

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Fun with Food

Food Romance… Not Porn!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Filmmaker David Gelb will be the first to say that his critically acclaimed show, Chef’s Table, is NOT food porn… it’s food romance.  The dishes presented in the documentaries are not just sexy (and trust us, they are very sexy!), they actually have an emotional connection to the chef and often represent a pivotal life moment for them.

Atelier Crenn - San Francisco

Atelier Crenn – San Francisco

Inspired by BBC’s Planet Earth, Gelb’s series about chefs across the globe have true cinematic quality.  The film is shot with prime versus zoom lenses which takes more time and is more expensive but gives the images their unique and very intimate feel.

Alinea

Alinea – Chicago

After weeks of research, the crew spends time with each chef featured, filming the ins and outs of their daily lives, whether it be in their restaurant, in the streets of India or in the middle of the Amazon jungle.  It’s not all “glamorous days in sunny kitchens and Michelin-starred tasting menus” and they’ve even eaten their fare share of insects.

Gaggan - Bangkok, Thailand

Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand

We think the best part is the discovery… of new chefs, who may not necessarily get a lot of American press yet are celebrities in their own countries, and of new culinary techniques which we would never be able to emulate but admire just the same.

Pujol - Mexico City, Mexico

Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico

If you haven’t yet drunk the Chef’s Table Kool Aid champagne, you absolutely should and soon since Season 2 premieres Friday, May 27 on Netflix.  For more insight on the show, we recommend this week’s episode on Food 52’s Burnt Toast podcast – click here to hear Kenzi Wilbur’s interview with Gelb.

D.O.M. -

D.O.M. – Sao Paulo, Brazil

If you’ve seen the show, let us know what you think.  Happy foodie Friday!

chef’s table / atelier crenn / alinea / gaggan / pujol / D.O.M

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home in La Jolla

Pool Bridge

Pool Bridge

TGIF!  Not only are we toasting the end of a busy work week, but we’re also celebrating the fact that we’ve made our deposits for our sons’ college registrations.  One of our seniors is heading to Massachusetts while the other to sunny California.  Which got us thinking about a West Coast office for Diane James Home.  We could easily become bi-coastal, especially if we could call La Jolla home.  And this stunning beachfront contemporary has our name all over it…

Open Spaces

Open Spaces

From the terraced pool with connecting bridge, to the open floor plan where one can glimpse at the custom back-painted plate glass backsplash and the Studio Italia Design pendant fixture…

Outdoor Views

Outdoor Views

this home beautifully marries the indoors with it’s natural setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Sweet Master Suite

Sweet Master Suite

Once the word gets out that we have a West Coast pad, we’ll need more than just a master bedroom to accommodate guests…

Bright Balcony

Bright Balcony

unless we put them in our home office, which has a balcony with a view, of course!

Floating Fire

Floating Fire

And after a hard day’s work, we can all gather around the floating fire pit and be grateful that one of our boys chose to go to UCSD.  Let us know if you have any San Diego hot spots to share since we’ll be visiting often.

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Inspirations

Colorful Cuba

Victor Minca - Trinidad Cuba

Victor Minca – Trinidad Cuba

With diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba warming up and travel restrictions easing, we predict that this exotic island will soon become the destination of choice once the twelve official reasons for travel are lifted.  We know we’d like to add some Havana nights to our bucket list and can’t wait to see the rainbow-hued houses and Art Nouveau influences.  We also know that we’d indulge in some tropical fashions and a variety of fruit flavored mojitos to celebrate our trip.

Pompom Gladiators

Pompom Gladiators

Harper's Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar

Raspberry Mojitos

Raspberry Mojitos

Relaxing in Havana

Relaxing in Havana

Old Havana Dinnerware

Old Havana Dinnerware

So, who would like to join us?

poster / sandals / model / mojitos / model / dinnerware

 

 

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Purple Rain

Ishigaki Drops

Ishigaki Drops

We were shocked and saddened to hear yesterday that Prince died in his Minnesota home at the young age of 57.  For those of you who, like us, were teenagers in the 1980’s humming along to this unique and prolific artist’s songs, here’s our tribute to the “Purple One”…  No Raspberry Berets but lots of pretty plums, violets, lavenders and lilacs.

Neeva Pump

Neeva Pump

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

Lara Backlit Clutch

Lara Backlit Clutch

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

The world has lost a true musical prodigy.  R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson…  We’ll think of you Under the Cherry Moon this weekend.

earrings / pumps / polish / clutch / dress / t-shirt

Fabulous Finds

Just in Time for Mother’s Day!

Blue Hydrangea Note Card

Blue Hydrangea Note Card

Why write your mother a just note when you can send her one of the many lovely gifts we’ve just added to our website!  Tell her your love is everlasting with a hydrangea

Blue Hydrangea Blossom

Blue Hydrangea Blossom

or treat her to a bag she can use at the beach.

Isabella Blue Bucket Bag

Isabella Blue Bucket Bag

If she entertains, she’ll love Holly Stuart’s placemats which take table dressing from everyday to elegant…

Dot Fan Placemat

Dot Fan Placemat

And our bangles are the perfect accessory for a springtime outfit.

Martinangel Bangle

Martinangel Bangle

Finally, who wouldn’t want this lovely porcelain tray, perhaps paired with a scented soap.

Wanderlust Tray

Wanderlust Tray

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

cards / blossom / bag / placemat / bangle / tray