Be a Royal Guest

mr and mrs wedding chairs

Sitting Pretty

We so love a British royal wedding and haven’t missed one since Diana and Charles walked down the very long aisle at Westminster in 1981.  After Andrew’s, Anne’s and Edward’s, a new generation is upon us and we sat glued to the screen when William and Catherine took the plunge 7 years ago.  And yes, we’ll be up early Saturday morning with our cups of tea and scones to see how Harry and Meghan make their special day…  well, special.

Barnard & Westwood Invitation

Barnard & Westwood Invitation

The invitations printed in black and gold with American ink on British stock by Barnard & Westwood were just like the ones Will and Kate had and we’re still waiting for ours!

Elderlower, Lemon and Mascarpone Cake

Elderlower, Lemon and Mascarpone Cake

Violet Cake‘s Claire Ptak is baking the lemon elderflower cake to capture the bright flavors of spring…

Philippa Craddock Rosetti Bouquet

Philippa Craddock Rosetti Bouquet

while the flowers (branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves) will be picked from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Park and arranged by Philippa Craddock.

George and Charlotte

We know George and Charlotte will be adorable and might even steal the show, as they did at their Aunt Pippa’s wedding last year.

St George's Hall, Windsor Castle

St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle

Bucking tradition, the couple will wed at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and will have their reception at St George’s Hall once they ride through town in a carriage.  Rumor has it the bride will wear a Ralph & Russo dress and will change into something looser after the ceremony.  We, of course, will attend in our pj’s…  Let us know if you’re watching, too!

chairs / invitation / cake / flowers / george / hall

Fabulous Finds

Designer Furniture With A Vintage Vibe

James Bond Redux

James Bond Redux

When the set designer for Netflix’s Mindhunter came calling for a number of plants and trees with a certain vintage vibe, we knew exactly where to find design inspiration that fit the style…  As it happens, we’d just read a blog post about designer Jeff Lincoln channeling the 1980’s for a client’s multi-million dollar yacht.  Armed with images of the interiors, we went looking for all things 80’s that would fit the aesthetic (think Golden Girls meets Terence Conran).

Hammered Brass Planter

Hammered Brass Planter

Vintage Rattan and Wood Basket

Vintage Rattan and Wood Basket

Since Mindhunter is a series based on the early days of the FBI’s criminal profiling unit, we found vintage brass and rattan planters for our aloe plants and traveler palms.  These will pair well with all types of designer furniture, but especially the desks and chairs with chrome accents that we know will be used on set.

1970's Chromed Steel Armchairs

1970’s Chromed Steel Armchairs

Peter Portzman Chrome and Zebrawood Desk

Peter Portzman Chrome and Zebrawood Desk

The harder challenge was sourcing faux house plants that were popular in this era as many of these haven’t made a come back.  The good news is they still make a very good fiddle leaf fig tree and split leaf philo bush!  Wouldn’t it be amazing if they put all of our designs in one room?

Terence Conran - Decorating With Plants

Terence Conran – Decorating With Plants

Stay tuned…  Season 2 of Mindhunter is dropping sometime this fall and if it’s as binge-worthy as Season 1, we’re in for a treat.

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sponsored post written in collaboration with Nakturnal

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Flower Buttercream Cake

All the world is birthday cake so take a piece, but not too much.  ~ George Harrison

P.S.  We’re heading off to Charleston to celebrate our birthdays so we’ll see you next week!


Fun with Food

Foodie Friday: Charleston, SC

Pickled Royal Red Shrimp

All work and no food makes us quite “hangry” so we’ve spent the better part of this week making sure we have lunch and dinner reservations for our upcoming trip to Charleston.  Thanks to our blogging bestie and super duper travel advisor, Sandy, we had a great list of places fit for foodies to start with.  While Husk, created by James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock, couldn’t take us until mid-May (and we called weeks ago!), we’re going to hang out at the Husk Bar next door and take our chances on a table.


A trip to Charleston isn’t complete without some fresh seafood so we’ll be heading to 167 Raw on East Bay Street known for their oysters and lobster rolls.

Thunder and Friendship

Brunch at The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday, especially with a signature cocktail or two…

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steak

Lunches will be casual affairs and perhaps healthier as we head to Butcher & Bee for their lovingly crafted farm-to-table fare.

Bacon and Black Pepper Biscuits

Matcha Latte

And we’ll be sure to leave some room for Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit(s) and matcha lattes at Upstairs @ 345, Skinny Dip‘s upstairs terrace!

husk / 167 / obstinate / butcher / biscuit / upstairs


High Point Highlights

Meg Braff

We’re back from a very busy 10 days in High Point where we showed our floral collections for the first time.  While we didn’t get to see many showrooms (being stuck in our booth for eleven hours a day!) we did get to see some of our favorite designers who stopped by to say “Hi”.  From Meg Braff who loves our fiddle leaf fig trees…

to Robert Passal for whom we created custom peony bouquets, we can’t help but admire the talented clients we have who use our designs in their projects.

Libby Langdon

Libby Langdon paid us a visit with the news that the bouquets we lent her for the Hampton Designer Showhouse last year will be featured in Traditional Home this June and was kind enough to pose with us in our booth.

Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar

And since we’re name dropping, why not mention our wonderful chat with the divine design duo, Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar – we loved hearing about their new venture, Maximalist Studios, and seeing pictures of their Pennsylvania digs!

Celerie Kemble

Long-time client Celerie Kemble was kind enough to place our flowers with her bedding at the Eastern Accents showroom…

Phoebe Howard

and we even got an order from Phoebe Howard for her store, Max & Co!  All in all, our High Point show was a huge success, thanks to the old friends we connected with and to the new ones we made.

P.S.  Our High Point highlights would be not be complete if we didn’t mention the fabulous Robin Baron and thank her for adding us to her Suite Spot Tour – it was a blast!

meg / robert / libby / eddie / celerie / phoebe

Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Pearls of Wisdom

Believe in something larger than yourself…  get involved in the big ideas of your time.  ~ Barbara Bush


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Joyful & Unstoppable by Carla Coulson

She believed she could, so she did.  ~ R.S. Grey

P.S.  After a year of planning, we’re off to show at High Point for the first time…  feeling very much like this joyful and unstoppable gal!  Join us on Instagram and follow our adventures while we’re there.


Monday Mantra

Monday Mantra

Wisteria Way

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Harold R. McAlindon


Giveaway, Q & A

Q & A and Giveaway with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy At Work

When we started our little blog nine years ago, we never knew that we’d make so many friends – some are still virtual while others we see in person as often as we can.  One such blogging bestie is Kristy Woodson Harvey from the delightful blog, Design Chic, and the new “it girl” of Southern fiction.  Kristy’s fourth novel, The Secret to Southern Charm (Book 2 of The Peachtree Bluff Series) is being released next week so we’re thrilled to share this interview and giveaway with you today.

Don’t Keep it A Secret!

Hi Carolyn, Cynthia and The Buzz readers – Thank you so, so much for having me here today.  The Buzz is one of my long-time favorite blogs, and I am so thrilled to be here today to share with all of you!

1.  What did you want to be when you were a child?  A teacher and a mom.

2.  What is your necessary luxury?  Bubble baths.  I like really great bath products and a cup of tea or glass of wine and a good book.  I try to take one three times a week if at all possible.  I get so much reading done in there.  I really have to do it.  It’s research, after all.

Books, Books, Books

3.  What is your favorite decorating accessory?  Books, books, books!  I can;t get enough of them.  I have to rotate out my coffee table books and continuously edit my bookshelves so everything still looks crisp and clean, not cluttered.  I’ve seen pictures on Pinterest of stacks of design books that serve as nightstands.  I’m nearly there…  (and so are we, Kristy!)

4.  Where do you window shop?  On Fifth Avenue when I go to New York to meet my editor.  (Depending on how well the meeting went, sometimes I “real” shop, too.)

Kristy, Will and Will Jr.

5.  What makes a house a home?  The people inside it and the memories you make there.  Plus, being surrounded by thing you love that make you feel happy.

6.  What is the most enjoyable part of your day?  Snuggling up and reading with my son before bed.

Our Pink Peonies

7.  What is your favorite flower?  It’s a hard call between hydrangeas and peonies – and ANYTHING from Diane James Home! (Aww, thanks Kristy!)

8.  If you were a cocktail, what would you be and why?  I think I’d have to say champagne since it’s my absolute favorite drink.  It’s a little bit bubbly, a little bit sweet and low carb.

Sweet Bubbles

9.  If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?  Well, I definitely want Blake Lively to play me, so that’s squared away.  I’m so bad a titles…  Slightly South of Simple is the only book title I’ve come up with that’s ever actually been used so that’s kind of sad.  Maybe I can let Blake help me with a title!

10.  Name one thing from your “Bucket List”.  I really want to see the pyramids of Egypt.  I’m fortunate to have been able to travel a lot, but that’s something that I think is totally unique.

The Best Beach Read!

Thank you, Kristy, for stopping by and for your terrific work.  We’ve read The Secret to Southern Charm and loved it!  Best of all, Kristy has generously offered to sign a copy of her new book for one of our followers.  If you’d like to enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, like today’s post on Instagram or Facebook or send us an email at with “The Secret to Southern Charm” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2018 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  Good luck!