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Don’t Cry Because It’s Over…

Carolyne Roehm's Green Goddess

Carolyne Roehm’s Green Goddess

Labor Day, for most, is the unofficial end of summer…  which means it’s time to party and say farewell in style!  There’s a wistful feeling in the air – did we do everything we could to capture the effervescence of a bright, sunny day?  Did we swim enough, read enough, lounge around enough, spend enough time with our family?  Summer is a time to let go, be real, drink a lot, enjoy the fruits of nature and the warmth of the rays.  And sadly, the weeks fly by, unlike the gray months of winter which seem to just drag on and on…

Country Green and White

Country Green and White

Rustic Romantic

Rustic Romantic

Backyard barbecues and beach picnics are being planned so we thought we’d share some of our favorite end of summer table settings.  We’re inspired by the rainbow hued zinnias and dahlias that abound at our local farmer’s market so you know those will take center stage on our weekend table.

Breezy Blue and White

Breezy Blue and White

Pink Petals

Pink Petals

While we’re saying goodbye to summer, we’re also saying hello to fall and we love this Dr. Seuss quote which pretty much sums up how we feel to perfection: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Pastels on the Beach

Pastels on the Beach

Wishing you all a fun and festive weekend.  Let us know what you’re up to!

Photo: green table, green and white table, rustic romantic table, blue and white table, pink table, and pastel table

Inspirations

Set The Table, Please!

A Traditional Home Table

A Traditional Table

Now that we have the side dishes covered, let’s talk about the table.  When it came to celebrating Thanksgiving in Europe, our mother always set a fairly traditional one and we could always count on a beautiful centerpiece of flowers, fruits, berries and nuts to take center stage.

A Fruitful Table

A Fruitful Table

Now that we have our own tables to think about, we like to think we can create something different – perhaps a bit more rustic or unexpected, like this amazing creation of pumpkins, gourds and winter kale (last year we put mum blossoms on toothpicks and stuck them on a stalk of Brussels sprouts – not quite as pretty!)

A Fall Garden Table

A Fall Garden Table

Why not step out of the autumnal realm altogether and set a colorful table with exotic orchids?  We’d give away the fresh ones as party favors since our black thumbs wouldn’t keep them alive through the holidays.

The Exotic Table

The Exotic Table

We love this tablescape from House of Brinson, urban chic at its best, and the terrariums are a great, organic touch.

The Urban Table

The Urban Table

And while many in warmer climes can celebrate the holiday outdoors, we would need heaters to pull that off!  But we could pretend with this pretty garden bouquet and natural touches.

The Outdoors Table

The Outdoors Table

But no matter what you put on the table next week, it’s the people around it that makes this holiday so special!  Don’t you agree?

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

The Latest Buzz

The Welcomed Guest

Bedside Beauty

Bedside Beauty

One of us gets to be a guest this Thanksgiving while the other is the “hostess with the mostest” with six family members descending upon her home for the holiday.  So when we were asked to provide our tips for making visitors feel welcome for athome in Fairfield County, we knew exactly what we’d recommend (come late and leave early?!)  Actually, a bedside bouquet and a winter-scented candle are all you need to make a guestroom comfy and warm; your guests will feel so at home, they may never leave!

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

Carolyne Roehm likes to keep holiday munchies on hand in a small pantry and refrigerator on the guestroom’s floor…

Drink and Be Merry!

Drink and Be Merry!

while Cindy Rinfret wants her guests to get the party started with a mini bottle of Patrón Silver on a tray in the guestroom (his and her bottles – what a hoot!)

May We Have Some More?

May We Have Some More?

Local architect Dinyar Wadia is lucky to have married the “best chef around” but he doesn’t let his guests take any turkey home (though she sneaks them some anyway)…

The Perfect Bath

The Perfect Bath

and Barbara Sallick, Co-Founder and SVP of Design of Waterworks, stocks towels and a fragrant bar of soap in baskets for friends and family who spend the night (and makes sure a real clock on the nightstand is set to the right time.)

Lovely Lavender

Lovely Lavender

A spritz of lavender linen spray gives the guestroom a fresh soft scent and New York designer Sara Gilbane swears by scented oval discs in the closet and drawers.

How about you, what do you do to make a guest feel welcomed?

P.S.  Thank you, Ann, for including us among such talented tastemakers!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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Q & A with Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm at Home

We’ve been wondering if the fabulous Carolyne Roehm needs a lengthy introduction, given the number of fans she must have all over the world, yours truly included…

Flowers

If you haven’t seen her books about flowers, lifestyle, decorating and entertaining (eleven in all), or followed her career as a top fashion designer resulting in her election as President of the CFDA, or been enchanted by her newly revamped website and blog filled with wonderful ideas and pictures, then you haven’t experienced Carolyne’s passion for beauty and her world of gracious style.

Fall at Weatherstone

Needless to say, we were thrilled to be able to interview Carolyne as her new book, Flowers, has just been published.  Better yet…  she’s coming to Stamford, CT this weekend to join notable interior and entertaining designers including Vincente Wolf, Amanda Nisbet, Lulu Powers and Annie Falk at Designing Greenwich sponsored by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens at The Loading Dock.  We can’t wait to visit this first-ever show of its kind in Fairfield County, featuring curated collections of fine art, modern antiques, couture jewelry and more from over 35 galleries worldwide.  What a perfect venue for Carolyne to share her style secrets and introduce her new book!  So, without further ado…

1.  What did you want to be when you were a child?
I really wanted to be a fairy princess and only wear “formals” as they were called back in the 50’s and a tiara of real diamonds – I had a rhinestone one that I wanted to wear to school every day but my mother dissuaded me.  I was not sure how to become a princess so I thought I should have a backup plan.  So, at a very early age, I wanted to be a fashion designer.  No tiara but lots of pretty clothes was second best.

2.  What is your necessary luxury?
My necessary luxuries are lots of cut flowers.

3.  What is your favorite decorating accessory?
My favorite decorating accessory is a mass of cut flowers.

4.  Where do you window shop?
Every place…  But my favorite place is Paris, I suppose, but I look wherever I am.

Setting a Fall Table

5.  What makes a house a home?
The individuality of the owner, the more intimate personal possessions that reflect the interests and the personality of the owner.  A house needs to feel alive in order to be a home – dogs, plants, flowers, scents emanating from something cooking in the kitchen, music playing, the movement of people in the house.

6.  What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
I love the early morning when the house is quiet, the dogs are gathered around me and I have a cup of coffee in my hand.  I also love the end of the day when the shadows are golden and long… with my dogs around me, sitting next to a cozy fire and a good glass of red wine in my hand .

Carolyne’s New Gardners

7.  What is your favorite flower?
That is just too hard – I love them all.  But I shall be traditional and say garden roses and tree peonies.

8.  If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
I am not a big lover of cocktails.  I would prefer to be a great glass of French red wine, either a Burgundy or Bordeaux, because a great glass of wine is memorable and stands the test of time.

9.  If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play a part?
Calamity Jane Part II.  Lord knows, maybe Robin Williams…  I would like for it to be a comedy.

Last Dahlia Dinner

10.  Name one thing from your “Bucket List.”
I want to swim with dolphins in clear, warm and safe waters.

A big thank you to Carolyne for entertaining us with her answers and inspiring us daily!  If you’d like to see her in person this Saturday, click here for more information and tickets.

P.S. And if you’d like to see us participate in the “Secrets of Design Blogger” panel moderated by DJ Carey, we’re on today at 1 pm!

Photos via Carolyne Roehm and House Beautiful

 

Inspirations

Carnation Creations

With Thanksgiving come and gone, it’s not too soon to think of holiday decorating (for those of you who, like us, wait until the very last minute to get your tree up!)  Each year, we try to choose a theme that we carry from the front door throughout the house… whether it be a color (silver, apple green, purple, why not pink!) or a trend (rustic, Hollywood or The Nutcracker).

Our Red Period

Our Red Period

We recently read in The Wall Street Journal that the inexpensive carnation is back in style (after all, even if the recession is officially over, we’ve implemented austerity measures) and our creative juices started flowing.

What in Carnation?

What in Carnation?

When last week we heard from Eddie Ross, lifestyle expert extraordinaire, that he actually loves these humble flowers, especially when massed, “their ruffled edges form[ing] a beautiful texture that looks lush and rich,” we knew we had to explore a carnation Christmas.

Lush and Lovely by Eddie Ross

Lush and Lovely by Eddie Ross

We’re in good company.  Carolyne Roehm celebrates carnations in centerpieces…

Carolyne's Carnation Centerpiece

Carolyne's Carnation Centerpiece

and Martha Stewart makes wonderful wreaths.

A Beautiful Carnation Creation

A Beautiful Carnation Creation

We think they would make pretty garlands and kissing balls, too.

Garlands Galore!

Garlands Galore!

Pretty Pink Pomanders

Pretty Pink Pomanders

Just a thought…

Photos from yours truly, The Wall Street Journal, Eddie Ross, Carolyne Roehm, Martha Stewart, Heavenly Blooms and Wedding Flowers

Inspirations

Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Many years ago, Diane had the pleasure of decorating a 13-foot fresh balsam Christmas tree for Guy Trebay of The New York Times, about which he wrote in a wonderful Sunday Styles cover story.  Guy described her talent for decking the halls as “lavish yet somehow restrained.”  Using Guy’s “oddball ornaments” (which he has gathered over a lifetime of exotic travel), 20 strands of white electric lights, 12 dozen ornamental fruits and many yards of orange silk taffeta, Diane turned the tree into a Yuletide work of art.

Diane James Trims a Tree for The New York Times

Diane James Trims a Tree for The New York Times

The tradition of decorating evergreen trees and using boughs or evergreen shrubs is rooted in pagan ritual – holly, mistletoe, laurel and boxwood were often brought inside to promote good cheer and hope.  But as natural as it seems today, tree decorating to celebrate Christmas has been a controversial custom throughout history.

Carolyne Roehm's Colorful Tree

Carolyne Roehm's Colorful Tree

The association between decorating with evergreens and the pagan celebration of Saturnalia (celebrated at the same time of year) led to the Church banning such practices in the third century.  John Calvin, in the sixteenth century, sought to remove Christmas from the Christian calendar altogether as he thought such celebrations promoted “irreligious frivolity.”

Mary McDonald Tree in Veranda

Mary McDonald Tree in Veranda

The Puritans in England followed suit and it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century, thanks to Prince Albert, that Christmas tree decorating achieved its present status in England.  Now it seems that Christmas trees are an integral part of Holiday decorating, even in cultures that don’t celebrate the Christian faith.

Red and Gold Tree in Southern Accents

Red and Gold Tree in Southern Accents

As for us, we love thematic trees and each year we try something different – ribbons and bows one year, floral pins and branches the next.  This year, we want to highlight a single color with balls, ornaments and garlands but with all this beautiful inspiration, which one to choose?

Pretty Pink Tree in Country Living

Pretty Pink Tree in Country Living

Photos from The New York Times, Veranda, Southern Accents, and Country Living