Inspirations

Dreaming of a White (House) Christmas!

The Grand Foyer

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

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

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 (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

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

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

Inspirations

Christmas Chandeliers

Branches and Baubles

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

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

Red Berries and Balls

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver

Vintage Vibe

Vintage Vibe

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

Let It Snow

We’d love to hear how you’re decorating your home this year!

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Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

with this…

Gold Mini Planters

Gold Mini Planters

and get this!

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table

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

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Stroheim Santa Barbara - Pacifica

Stroheim Santa Barbara – Pacifica

with this…

Uttermost - Cyrus Mirror

Uttermost – Cyrus Mirror

and get this!

Ken Fulk - Leo's Oyster Bar

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

Fabulous Finds

Bunking at the Yotel

Yotel New York

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.

Lobby

Lobby

Yobot

Yobot

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

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

Green Fig Restaurant

Rooftop Terrace

Rooftop Terrace

Happy Friday to all and have a great weekend.

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Flower Power

Mixed Materials

Small Green Leaf Urn with Leucadendron

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

Geometric Vase with Datura and Greenbriar

Thorn Vase with Okra and Chestnuts

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

Blue Small Vase with Chestnuts

Palm Urn with Chestnuts and Greenbriar

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

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.

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Events

Studio Sale!

Flowers!

Flowers!

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

112 Main Street
Norwalk, CT  06851
(back left corner of Broward Plaza parking lot)

203-846-0303

flowers

Floral Decor

Fall Floral Finery

Autumn Opulence

Autumn Opulence

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.

Sunset

Sunset

Tulipina Centerpiece

Tulipina Centerpiece

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?

Woodland Blush

Woodland Blush

As for shape, the looser and more organic the arrangement, the better.  We love how these designs evoke the fancy free days of fall.

Divine Dahlias

Divine Dahlias

Forest Walk

Forest Walk

Wishing you all a fabulous Friday!

opulence / sunset / tulipina / blush / dahlias / forest

Inspirations

Giving Burl A Whirl

HD Walls - Burl by Emily Van Genderen

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

Worlds Away – Hudson Chest of Drawers

Williams Sonoma - Exotic Gallery Frames

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

Palecek – Olive Ash Burl Tray

Chairish - Lacquered Burl Wood Lamps

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

Aerin – Chess Set

How about you?

wallcovering / chest / frames / tray / lamps / chess set