The Flower Workshop
Have you heard? Spring showed up two weeks early here in New England – guess that Pennsylvanian groundhog had it right this year! Today’s temps are supposed to break some records so spring flowers will soon be blooming in just time for Easter. And just time for Easter, some of our favorite floral designers are out with new books filled with sumptuous bouquets.
Free and Fabulous
We’re inspired by Ariella Chezar’s step-by-step instructions in The Flower Workshop and think she might even be able to teach us a thing or two. Lewis Miller’s exquisite new book, Styling Nature, is filled with gorgeous photographs shot by Don Freeman making this tome worthy of a collector’s bookshelf.
And former Wall Street broker and compliance officer, DeJuan Stroud, took a big leaf of faith when he quit finance to turn his hobby of floral design into a business (we know what that’s like!) Now he’s one of the most sought-after event planners in New York and his new book, Designing Life’s Celebrations, is sure to please. This fresh guide to entertaining will show you how to conquer “stem fear” and create beautiful bouquets to go along with your tablesettings. Every meal should be a celebration, shouldn’t it?
Designing Life’s Celebrations
Hurrah…Spring has nearly sprung!
ariella / fabulous / lewis / marvelous / dejuan / perfection
and get this!
Katie Martinez for Lulu Frost
succulents / lunch bags / studio
Spring 2016 – White Floral
A quick glance at our weather forecast next week tells us that spring is on its way (even as it threatens to snow today)… Temps will be climbing into the high 50’s so we’re hoping to break out some pretty florals to celebrate the sunny days. One designer we’ll definitely be investing in this season is Marissa Webb. With an FIT education and over a decade at J. Crew in various design roles including Head of Womenswear and Accessories Design, this Korean born and American raised designer knows how to blend elements of nature and architecture by mixing highly structured pieces with soft and feminine accents.
Spring 2016 – Blue Floral
Spring 2016 – Yellow Silk
The new Spring 2016 collection marries leather, lace, cotton and silk for a modern mash-up that looks both effortless and elegant. We love the floral prints (of course!) as well as the bright colors and sophisticated textures.
Spring 2016 – Orange Lace
Juxtaposing high fashion with everyday wearability is not new but we think Marissa takes the concept to a new level by pairing grungy plaids with feminine silhouettes and black leather jackets with long lace skirts.
Spring 2016 – Leather and Lace
We’re counting the days ’til spring and wishing you a fashionable Friday!
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Gucci – Spring 2016
While some say that bamboo is back, we’re wondering if it ever went out of style. Even Gucci has revived it’s iconic curved bamboo handles in the company’s Spring 2016 collection of handbags and totes.
Arme de L’Amour – Ring
Juliska – Classic Bamboo Dinnerware
This signature handle design first appeared just after World War II in 1947 when the world was still rationing resources. Bamboo cane could still be imported from Japan so the artisans at Gucci developed a patented method to heat and bend the material and ta-da, the Gucci Bamboo Handbag was born.
Seda France – Malaysian Bamboo Candle
Wisteria – Bamboo Pagoda Mirror
The bamboo handle was so interesting and innovative that it became an instant hit and was carried through the 1960′ and 70’s as an integral part of the brand. And now it’s back gracing a range of bags printed with pretty petals. Bamboo is not only showing up in fashion accessories but also in home decor and here are some of our favorites!
Jonathan Adler – Bamboo Wallpaper
Not that we’re trying to bamboozle you…
bag / ring / plates / candle / mirror / wallpaper
Duck Feet Lamp
and get this!
Petra Richards Interiors
lamp / decanters / bedroom
Pure Joy Paperie
Our Friday Favorite comes just in time for all your spring party planning! We’ve known Liz Joy for quite some time and have followed her transformation from newlywed blogger (she was Shorely Chic when we first met) to mother of two and designer of pretty paper goods. She’s also a neighbor of ours and it seems that the only time we have to catch up with her these days is in the aisles of Trader Joe’s.
California State Print
Her Beauty Will Follow Print
So we were thrilled to learn through her new blog, Pure Joy Home, that she just launched a new website for her joy-filled paper products, Pure Joy Paperie. Her collection includes stationery and invitations, art prints, and address stamps; each charming design is filled with color and life. Liz has also added fabulous lucite trays to her line with custom inserts you can mix and match. Our favorite is her flamingo print – perfect for summer entertaining.
Peace Love Joy Stamp
We have a couple of graduation parties to plan, along with a grandparent’s milestone 80th birthday celebration so Liz, you’ll be hearing from us soon!
Happy joyful Friday to all and let us know what you think of Liz’s designs. Oh, and her blog is worth a read, too.
state print / art print / invitation / stamp / tray
Fall in Love with BHG!
Leave it to Stephen Orr, flower fanatic and garden guru, to brighten our gray February days with a beautiful March issue of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s easy to fall in love with color and we’re especially fond of springtime hues like pinks, yellows, purples and blues. And nothing gets our spring fever going than flowering bulbs that we can grow inside while Old Man Winter overstays his welcome.
Hyacinths, Tulips and Pansies
Stores like Terrain and Trader Joe’s are bursting with potted bulbs which you can transplant into pretty vases and vessels. Line them up on a windowsill or down the middle of your dining room table and dream of spring days to come.
Tulips and Muscari
And while you’re getting your hands dirty, why not try a craft project? We think these DIY marbleized terracotta pots are charming when paired with daffodils and would make great Easter presents for family and friends.
DYI Marbleized Pots
How are you counting down the days ’til spring?
George and Michael
What do you do when Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest calls late on a Friday afternoon in December asking for designs for a photo shoot the following Monday? You say, “Yes, of course! What can we send you?” And then, when you hear that the designs are actually for Michael Smith’s makeover of George Stephanopoulos’ office at Good Morning America, you jump up and down and clap! At least, that’s what we did…
George’s Office – Before
George’s Office – Before
Last Friday, the office makeover was revealed on GMA (see the video here) and for once, we got to see the show live thanks to a snow day. The “before” pictures reminded us a college dorm room gone very bad…
George’s Office – After
George’s Office – After
Mini Tea Leaf Topiary
With a bit of Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, a patterned Stanton rug and rich mahogany Ralph Lauren furniture, Michael magically transformed the dank 10 by 16 foot hovel into a serene space befitting a news anchor and former White House Communications Director. We think our lifelike designs add the perfect natural touch and George won’t even need to water them!
P.S. We’re taking a little break from blogging this week as we spend some quality time with our boys – two of whom will be off to college in no time.
Red Ranunculus by Alice Gao
and get this!
Entry by Ashley Whittacker
wallpaper / flowers / entry
Faux Bois Vase
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We Have Chemistry Terrarium
Along with the faux bois vase and “we have chemistry” terrarium above, here are some of our favorites, guaranteed to make your loved ones smile… A cutting board for the foodie who cooks up a storm…
Personalized Cutting Board
and a molecular mixology kit for the life of every party…
Molecular Mixology Kit _ Mojito
Chakra bath salts for the pampered diva…
Chakra Bath Salts
and a four season necklace for the stylish fashionista – these gifts will let your Valentine know they’re special!
Four Seasons Necklace
Head on over to this wonderful site and let us know what you think!
P.S. This post was written in partnership with UncommonGoods.
vase / terrarium / cutting board / mixology kit / bath salts / necklace