Spring is finally here! Not that you would know it with temperatures in the 30’s today and still mounds of snow on the ground. We’re eager to see our bulbs blooming and the bright green of newborn leaves on the trees…
It may take a bit longer for Mother Nature to cooperate so we’ll have to rely on a bevy of new flower books to keep our spirits up. In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers is one of our favorites and we were lucky enough to meet author and photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo last year at a book signing.
This book, much like her first Bringing Flowers Home, is more than just about flowers – it’s as much a decorating tome in which artists, designers and tastemakers celebrate the essence of blooms in unique and inspiring ways.
From the painted blossoms of Claire Bassler, to the graceful gardens of Miranda Brooks and the luxurious textiles of Neisha Crosland, Ngoc’s camera captures the beauty of these flower-filled homes while the text inspires the reader to connect with each of the owners on a personal level.
Lucky for you, we made sure we grabbed an extra autographed copy of In Bloom to give away today along with a paper wild rose stem created by Livia Cetti (who is also featured in the book). To enter, just leave us a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “In Bloom” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday. Happy Spring!
Our week in Atlanta was essentially all work and no play but we did get to slip out of the booth one day to see a wonderful presentation by the delightful husband and wife duo, Cortney and Robert Novogratz, hosted by Rue Magazine. Longtime readers of this little blog might remember a gushing Thursday Thank You we wrote back in 2011 about their Downtown Chic style and their seven beautiful children.
The Novogratz Family
This Way to Fun!
These days, the Novogratz’s split their time between a “castle” in the Hollywood Hills, a country house in the Berkshires and an amazing home in Trancoso, Brazil. Their business has grown to include not only one of a kind homes, but boutique hotels and iconic retail stores. They’ve even designed products for the likes of CB2 and Shutterfly and in fact, were introducing a fun and colorful collection of rugs for Momeni while at the show.
At Home in Trancoso
Dining with a View
After their presentation, Cortney and Bob graciously took the time to meet their fans and sign their new book, Beachside Bohemian, and of course, we had to get two. One for the office, which is already slightly dogeared as we’ve spent quite a bit of time soaking up the practical tips for easy living by the sea. And a second to give away!
Brazilian Bed & Bath
If you’d like to win a signed copy of the book, leave a comment below, like the post on Instagram or Facebook or email us at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Beachside Bohemian” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Gardens at First Light
One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm. On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light. That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader! We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.
The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!) Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast. The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!
Astilbe and Hydrangea
Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work. Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom! All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.
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Those of you who follow us on Instagram know that we took advantage of a beautiful almost spring day to stop by one of our favorite stores, Terrain, for a cooking class and a bite of lunch. On the menu were sumptuous salads, just in time for our coming-out-of-hibernation diets (yes, contrary to what you learned in school, female mammals who hibernate in the winter months
and drink lots of wine tend gain weight, not lose it!) Using award winning chef Caroline Hofberg’s book, Substantial Salads, as a guide, our charming chef walked us through the techniques of poaching salmon, smoking hazelnuts, roasting chicken and making a creamy dressing.
Chicken with Tuna Sauce
Bulgur Wheat with Chanterelles and Lingonberries
While most of us think of salads as a lunchtime staple or summertime dish, the recipes found in this book are filled with rich and hearty ingredients and would be perfectly satisfying meals any time of year. We dined on three that were as lovely to look at as they were tasty to eat: Beet Quinoa with Chicken, Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon and Cauliflower with Blue Cheese and Turkey. We were so happy with our class that we bought several copies of the book – two for ourselves and one to give away today!
Goat Cheese with Berries and Candied Nuts
Beet Quinoa with Chicken
Are you salivating yet? If so, you need the recipes and you can enter to win a copy of Substantial Salads by leaving a comment below letting us know your favorite salad combination or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Substantial Salads” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2015 (first day of spring!) to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon
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