Not Our Grandmother’s Lace!

October 10th, 2014
Gold Lace Cuff

Gold Lace Cuff

Our grandmother Ida loved lace and whenever she had the opportunity to visit us in Belgium, one of the lace capitals of the world, she would add pieces to her vast collection of handkerchiefs, tablecloths, placemats and napkins (thankfully, no doilies!)  Lace has been around since the late 15th century and while Ida’s tastes tended more toward the traditional, we’re happy to see that this form of openwork fabric is trendy again and it’s being used in so many different, modern ways.  Whether dipped in gold, stenciled on ceramics or imbedded in plastic, traditional lace patterns are popping up in fashion, accessories, tabletop and home decor.  Grandmother Ida would not have invested in these pieces but we know we would!

Metallic Queen Anne's Lace Vase

Metallic Queen Anne’s Lace Vase

Floral Lace

Floral Lace

Ambria Metallic Lace Sandal

Ambria Metallic Lace Sandal

Lace Tulip Clutch

Lace Tulip Clutch

Lace Sunglasses

Lace Sunglasses

Isn’t lace lovely?  Happy Friday!

Photos: cuff, vase, iPhone case, sandal, clutch and sunnies

Blown Away by Dandelions

October 8th, 2014
Dandelion

Dandelion

As children we wished upon dandelions before we blew the fluff away… and as adults, we have to marvel (actually, we’re blown away!) at the artistic ingenuity of duy anh Nhan Duc, a “plasticien végétal” whose most recent collaboration with photographer Isabelle Chapuis graced the pages of Raise magazine.  We have no idea how something so ethereal and soft as dandelion fluff was captured in these photographs, or how the models could stand so still – one sneeze could have ruined the shot!  Needless to say, we’ll never look at a dandelion in quite the same way again.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion

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Monday Mood

October 6th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Lily Allen in her Cotswold Home

Lily Allen in her Cotswold Home

Fearless

Pronunciation: /ˈfirləs/

Bold or brave…  “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ~ Emma Stone

Photo: living room

Friday Favorite: Mood Boards

October 3rd, 2014
Mood Board Galore

Mood Board Galore

Mood boards are the best!  We create one for each seasonal collection we design and begin gathering our inspirations months in advance.  Now that we’ve put our Spring/Summer 2015 collection to bed, it’s time to think about next year’s Fall/Winter designs – who knows what will capture our imagination and fuel our creative fire?  Mood boards are great for any type of project – whether you’re tackling a home renovation, planning a big event or designing a brand.  As a vehicle to get your creative juices flowing, mood boards can’t be beat.

Rose & Indigo

Rose & Indigo – Camille Styes

So we were excited to discover Fiona Humberstone’s blog, The Brand Stylist, and read this recent post.  According to Fiona, “Creating a mood board for your business is both inspiring and massively empowering” and needless to say, essential if you’re launching a new venture or want to rebrand an existing one.

Feminine Edge

Feminine Edge – Breanna Rose

Sorbet Hues

Sorbet Hues – Two Ellie

This month, our e-commerce site, Diane James Home, turns six and we’re working on version 2.0.  It’s a little daunting (that’s an understatement!) and we really do want to change things up a bit, yet keep the online identity our customers have come to love.  Perhaps this is a good time to follow Fiona’s advice and create a mood board for our brand, one that will give us direction and perhaps have us thinking outside the box… or at least the monitor!

Pastel Prettiness - Breanna Rose

Pastel Prettiness – Breanna Rose

Natural Neutrals - Observant Nomad

Earthy Feminine - Observant Nomad

Are mood boards a favorite of yours?  Do you use them for your projects, too?  Happy, creative Friday!

Photos: office, monochromatic, feminine, sorbet, pastels and earthy

Strike a Pose with Rachel Zoe

October 1st, 2014
Brian Atwood Sigrid Floral Platforms

Brian Atwood Sigrid Floral Platforms

It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Rachel Zoe’s (we have the book, shop the clothes and watch the show) and we look forward to reading her daily post on her blog, The Zoe Report.  Now we can hang out even more with this sensational stylist to the stars on her various social media platforms – the ones we know like Facebook, PinterestTwitter and Instagram, and the one we didn’t called Pose.  This social media and shopping site is a place where fashionistas can be inspired by top fashion influencers from around the world and shop for new, pre-owned and vintage pieces straight from these stylists’ closets.  Co-founders Alisa and Rachel have created this fun site to help even the most fashionably challenged pick the right outfit that is an expression of one’s individuality and uniqueness.  Rachel’s Pose site is filled with sky high shoes…

Brian Atwood Lace Pumps

Brian Atwood Lace Pumps

awesome accessories…

Mandana's Smith and Mara V Ring

Mandana’s Smith and Mara V Ring

Oliver Peoples Sunnies

Oliver Peoples Sunnies

and chic street style.

Sleek and Chic

Sleek and Chic

Kimberly Pesch of Eat Sleep Wear

Kimberly Pesch of Eat Sleep Wear

Check out Pose and take the guesswork out of what you’ll wear today, and tomorrow and the months to come!

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Monday Mood

September 29th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

At Home in North Carolina

At Home in North Carolina

Noble

Pronunciation: \ˈnō-bəl\

Having qualities that people admire…  And so much about this room is admirable – from the Andrew Moore “Four Trees” photograph to the custom made love seat and ottoman and the light, airy palette!

Photo: living room

Thom Browne in Wonderland

September 26th, 2014
Look #1

Look #1

Thom Browne’s fashion show are always over the top spectacles and the Spring 2015 collection did not disappoint.  Not only was the audience treated to models posing in tableaux vivants showcasing the leisurely pursuits of summer – sunbathing, sailing, butterfly collecting – but also to the heady scent of a verdant green lawn being mowed by a male model wearing a mint bowler and suit and fishnet stockings.  Then came the clothes…  a fabulous mix of tailored restraint (Browne is known for his slim suits and “mankles”) and eccentric excess (feathers hovering over a jacket like butterflies and a dress made of woven fishing line trimmed with mink.)

Look #2

Look #2

Look #3

Look #3

We love the sunglasses fashioned out of leaves and flowers and the hats, oh the hats!  Thirty different styles created by the genius milliner Stephen Jones in all shapes and sizes.  Rumor has it that it took Jones and his staff all summer to make the amazing headgear…  We think the Mad Hatter would be in awe of the workmanship and creativity.

Look #4

Look #4

Look #5

Look #5

While most of the outfits seem a little out of this world, there are a couple of individual pieces that caught our eye like a little boy jacket in garden tweed and a pleat front skirt with 3D floral jacquard.  We’d be placing our pre-order on M’oda ‘Operandi which is featuring the collection through next Tuesday if only our budget would allow.  Oh well, at least we can spend time admiring these beautifully made fashions instead of our money!

Look #6

Look #6

Do you have a favorite look? Wishing you all a colorful, fashionable Friday and wonderful weekend.

Photos: 1 – 6

Who’s in the Mood for Fall Food?

September 24th, 2014
Fall Flavors

Fall Flavors

We are!  The air has definitely taken on a chill with evening temperatures now way below 60…  perhaps it’s time to put away the grill and fire up some fabulous fall food.  Sweet Paul makes it very easy for us to plan a cozy candlelit dinner filled with all the yummy goodness fall has to offer – earthy mushrooms, peppery kale, tangy apples and juicy pears.  Soup to start, followed by a fresh salad and a beautiful roast, and, of course, dessert.  While we’re huge fans of a crisp rosé in the summer, this is a meal best paired with a hearty red like a Bordeaux or Barolo.  So pull up a chair and join us for a fall feast…  As Paul would say, “here’s to chasing the sweet things in life” and eating them, too!

Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup

Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup

Black Salad with Wild Rice, Blackberries & Goat Cheese

Black Salad with Wild Rice, Blackberries & Goat Cheese

Candy Pork with Apples & Pears

Candy Pork with Apples & Pears

Roasted Broccolini with Winey Mushrooms

Roasted Broccolini with Winey Mushrooms

Marzipan Baked Apples

Marzipan Baked Apples

P.S.  Is your mouth watering yet?  All the recipes are linked below in the photo credits.

Photo: magazine, soup, salad, roast, vegetables and apples

Monday Mood

September 22nd, 2014

It’s the first day of fall – what mood are you in?

Anemones and Roses

Anemones and Roses

Enchanting

Pronunciation: /enˈCHantiNG/

Delightfully charming and captivating…  This beguiling autumnal setting is brought to you by Nessa and Clementine, the creative minds behind Made in You.  Ravissant, non?

Photo: tablescape

Posy Palette: Fall Jewel Tones

September 19th, 2014
Fall Flowers

Fall Flowers

Fall in New England is always such a colorful time of year as vibrant mums decorate doorsteps and leaves turn crimson, orange and gold.  With cooler days (and sadly, grayer) days ahead, this is the season to invest in lush jewel tones to warm up your wardrobe and interiors.  These colors can instantly add a touch of cozy elegance when layered with neutrals and there’s nothing like a pop of emerald, sapphire or ruby to brighten your day.  Barring covering yourself with real jewels (so wish we could!), we’ve come up with some fun options that won’t break the bank.  We’ve already invested in this beauty (the color is scrumptious and goes with everything)…

Marlow Bag

Marlow Bag

and plan to step out in these pretties soon.

Vanessa Flats

Vanessa Flats

Jewel tones are perfect from head…

Lavender Lust

Amethyst Hues

to toe…

Wrapped in Rubies

Wrapped in Rubies

and let’s not forget the ears!

Adventurine and Topaz Leaf Earrings

Adventurine and Topaz Leaf Earrings

Happy Friday and wishing you all a be-jeweled weekend.

Photo: flowers, bag, shoes, eye shadow, nails and earrings