From Blog to Book

May 16th, 2014
S is for Style & Simplicity

S is for Style & Simplicity

What do you get when you cross an acclaimed stylist and merchandiser turned store owner, a camera and a daily blog?  Style & Simplicity, An A to Z Guide to Living a More Beautiful Life by Ted Watson Kennedy, of course!

Parrot Tulips

Parrot Tulips

We’ve been longtime fans of Ted’s ever since our fabulous friend, Elizabeth, from Pretty Pink Tulips introduced us to him via her blog and have been reading his daily musings ever since.  Filled with “real stuff and real-life situations” and pictures he takes himself, Ted’s blog reads like an ode to all things he holds dear and through his posts, you get a true sense of what makes his life joyful and complete (like tulips, his pup Bailey, his home in the Hudson Valley and farm stand tomatoes to name a few!)

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Inspired by the blog, Style & Simplicity promises to “be the starting point for discovering things you love and integrating them into your beautiful life.”  And since Ted did all the photography, you know that the book will capture the life “well lived”!

John Derian

John Derian

All this to say that we were truly surprised and thrilled to receive an invitation to a party in honor of Ted, and we’re so excited to finally meet this talented finder/shop keeper/curator/photographer and now author.

Store Vignette

Store Vignette

We’ll be sure to get a copy of Ted’s book and write a thank you note on his new line of stationery with Dempsey & Carroll – cards and envelopes with sayings which remind us to share elegance and grace with the world around us.

Hawthorne Valley

Hawthorne Valley

Do you have any plans to live the well lived life this weekend?  We hope so…  Happy Friday!

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“Kendra’s Night Out” Challenge

May 14th, 2014
Maje -Sequin Mini Dress

Maje – Sequin Mini Dress

Travel expert Kendra Thornton is well versed in the art of getting great vacation deals and how to entertain kids on a trip (she has three of her own so she knows a thing or two!)  And while Kendra can dole out the advice on where to go, she sometimes needs help with the “what to wear.”  That’s why she’s launched Kendra’s Fashion Challenge and asked us to come up with an outfit for her upcoming trip to the Big Apple where she’ll spend an evening wining and dining.

J. Crew - Lillian Glitter Sandals

J. Crew – Lillian Glitter Sandals

Mary Katrantzou - Printed Pouch

Mary Katrantzou – Printed Pouch

On her special evening, she’ll be going to the famous Jelsomino club (at the Dream Hotel) for one or two of their signature drinks (like the Champagne Aloe Vera or the Jasmine Lemon Vodka) and possibly try some caviar.  We can just imagine Kendra settled on one of the tufted leather sofas enjoying a live music (or karaoke) performance in the company of a sophisticated and beautiful crowd.  We thought this combination of glitter and gold would be the perfect combination of sexy and chic for Kendra and she could dance all night in those shoes.  The printed pouch (it holds more than just a lipstick!) adds a bit of fun and color as do the baubles below.

Judy Geib - Kaleidoscope Drop Earrings

Judy Geib – Kaleidoscope Drop Earrings

Ippolita - Lollipop Ring

Ippolita – Lollipop Ring

With so many possibilities available in New York City, Kendra needed help deciding what was worth seeing and doing so she turned to her trusted source, gogobot.com.  This online community provides honest reviews by like minded travelers – you chose a travel style or tribe (foodie, luxury, backpackers, etc.) and they’ll highlight the places you’ll love best.  We’d definitely go the foodie route and leave our backpacks at home!

Butter - Her Majesty Duo

Butter – Her Majesty Nail Lacquer Duo

But from shops and shows to restaurants and clubs, Kendra knows having the right outfits will make her trip that much more enjoyable.  And we know we like to play dress up even when we don’t have a destination in mind so we hope Kendra likes what we’ve chosen for her big night out.

Have a great time in the Big Apple, Kendra!

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Monday Mood

May 12th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Bold and Beautiful

The Bold and The Beautiful

Clear-cut

Pronunciation: \ˈklir-ˈkət\

Free from doubt or uncertainty…  What’s black and white and Redd all over?  This glamorous powder room designed for Erika Bearman, of course!

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Planting Seeds From Dusk Till Dawn

May 9th, 2014
Early Shades Colors

Early Shades Colors

It’s no surprise that we have black thumbs so these boxed beauties would be a bit of a challenge for us but for all the green thumbs out there, they might be just the thing for you or make the perfect gift for Mom.  Coloni, a Swedish gardening company founded in 2010, creates plant seed mixes according to a theme, much like a fashion designer would for a runway collection (and like we do for our own seasonal lines.)

Early Shades Seed Mix

Early Shades Seed Mix

Coloni’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, From Dusk Till Dawn, includes three mixes capturing different times of day.  Early Shades has flowers that open to the morning sun like apple blossom bush and poppies, while Harvest Noon has meadow grasses…

Harvest Noon Colors

Harvest Noon Colors

Harvest Noon Seeds

Harvest Noon Seeds

and Into the Night consists of exotic, shade-loving blooms such nemopila and collinsia (also known as Purple Chinese Houses.)

Into The Night Colors

Into the Night Colors

We can just imagine a garden planted with these blooms and watch as the flowers open and close throughout the day…  That is, if we ever got the seeds to grow.  Perhaps next year we can even give our mother a real bouquet…

Into the Night Seeds

Into the Night Seeds

Are you “digging” these seed mixes?  Hope your weekend is filled with garden fun and wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Table Mates

May 7th, 2014
Gorgeous in Green

Gorgeous in Green

May seems to be a month for many gatherings – the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and no less than six birthdays.  So we’re brushing off the china, crystal and silver and coming up with creative ways to set the table (yet again!)

Refined Rattan

Refined Rattan

Modern Plaid

Modern Plaid

Thankfully, Barney’s new lookbook, Table Mates, pairs beautiful table settings with baubles, jewels and gems – everyone knows bit of bling is just the thing that makes a party memorable!  The best part is that there’s something for everyone in these pages, from a stylish black and white look (very Rachel Zoe) to a modern rustic mix perfect for a chic country home.

Rustic Chic

Rustic Chic

Black and White

Black and White

As far as we know, there’s no rule against matching your jewelry to your plates so we’ll give it a spin the next time we entertain!

Silver Hues

Silver Hues

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Monday Mood

May 5th, 2014

Es lunes - ¿qué estado de ánimo se encuentra?

Fiesta Time!

Fiesta Time!

Festivo

Pronunciation: /fesˈtivo/

Don’t you just love Google Translate?!  Feliz Cinco de Mayo everyone…

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Happy Birthday to Us!

May 2nd, 2014
Fabulous Fruit

Fancy Fruit Cake

It’s our birthday today and since our age doesn’t end with a big ’0″, we see no need to make a big fuss…  We’d rather plan a dinner out with our families at a fabulous restaurant (hint to our husbands) where we can eat and drink what we want (and not count calories!)  And that includes dessert.  The hardest part will be deciding between something fruity,

Fabulous Fruit Tarts

Fabulous Fruit Tarts

something cup-cakey,

Scrumptious Cupcakes

Scrumptious Cupcakes

Gorgeous Grapefruit Cupcakes

Gorgeous Grapefruit Cupcakes

or something unexpected.

Charming Cake Pops

Charming Cake Pops

Marvelous Macarons

Marvelous Macarons

Regardless of what we choose, we know it will be delightful and delicious…

Happy Friday and have a yummy weekend!

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Garden Follies

April 30th, 2014
Peter Marino's Back Yard

Peter Marino’s Back Yard

Spring has really finally sprung (despite the chilly day we’re having today!) and there’s nothing so beautiful as a New England garden beginning to bloom.  It’s much easier to bear the brunt of our winters knowing that a profusion of blossoms is the light at the end of our cold, snowy tunnel.  We’re making plans to spruce up our yards so we were thrilled to be introduced to Lynn Hamlen and her store, Folly Design Elements, in Darien, CT.

Birdhouse with a Bone

Man’s Best Friend’s Birdhouse

Armed with a Sphere

Armed with a Sphere

Folly features vintage garden and interior design accents found by Lynn (a former director of Darien’s Nature Center) on her many trips to flea markets here and abroad.  Nestled among birdhouses and fountains, you’ll find armillary spheres and whimsical garden sculptures, clay pots and terrariums.  We dare you to visit and not leave with something special!

Plenty of Pots

Plenty of Pots

Which is why it’s going to be very hard for us to spend two days at Folly this Friday and Saturday selling at a Spring Truck Show (with good friend Elaine who is launching Kirby and Company, an eclectic curated collection of vintage costume jewelry) and not be swayed by a purchase or two.

Wonderful Water Feature

Wonderful Water Feature

A Springtime Urn

A Springtime Urn

We hope you can join us if you’re nearby!  Please see our Facebook Event page for more information.

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Monday Mood

April 28th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Beep, Beep!

Beep, Beep!

Driven

Pronunciation: /ˈdrivən/

Motivated and determined…  You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C. S. Lewis

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Rethinking Raffia

April 25th, 2014
Stuart Weitzman - Hoopla Wedge and Oncross Wedge

Stuart Weitzman – Hoopla Wedge and Oncross Wedge

When we saw these great Stuart Weitzman shoes, we decided to rethink raffia…  Not only is it the material we use to secure the moss around our orchid stems when we tie them to bamboo stakes (a little detail which really does make our orchids look real), raffia’s played a role in fashion and home decor for centuries.

Deborah Rhodes - Raffia Flower Placemat

Deborah Rhodes – Raffia Flower Placemat

Raffia comes from the underside of raffia palm fronds and the long fibers can be dyed and woven into textiles or kept natural and used as string.  In celebration of Earth Day this week, we thought we’d round up some of our favorite raffia finds for you.  We especially love this Tory Burch satchel with raffia sides…

Tory Burch - Madura Attersee Satchel

Tory Burch – Madura Attersee Satchel

and of course, anything raffia covered from Oomph!

Oomph - Harbour Island Side Table

Oomph – Harbour Island Side Table

And if wearing raffia isn’t your thing…

Elaine Turner - Raffia Hat

Elaine Turner – Raffia Hat in Cornflower Blue

you could always opt for a playsuit with a raffia print.

Sea - Lace Trimmed Faux Raffia Playsuit

Sea – Lace Trimmed Faux Raffia Playsuit

Now, back to tying up some orchids!  Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

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