Our second collection, Modern Barn, was inspired by the “farm-to-table” movement that’s taken over many of our local restaurants and we’ve elevated rustic to a chic new level.
Modern Barn Bouquet
We’ve combined fun farmstand flowers like dahlias, zinnias, allium and poppies with interesting containers made of wood, wire and aged terra cotta.
Orange Cymbidium with Fern
Some of our designs even incorporate realistic fruits and vegetables for an extra touch of whimsy. What a great way to get your greens and not have to cook them!
Mixed Greens in Wire Vase
Have a fun and fresh Friday and see you in Atlanta – High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308.
Photos: veggies, bouquet, place setting, orchid, table and bouquet
A Marrakech Souk
We are off to Atlanta next week to shop for stems, set up our booth and sell our new Fall/Winter 2015 collections! Which means we’ll be taking a little time off from blogging but you can follow us on Instagram here and read all about our adventures. In the meantime, let us whet your appetite with our new Spice Market designs, inspired by one of the most pinned pictures on Pinterest last year!
Spice Market Bouquet
Whether displayed in heaping towers, in bronze bowls or on a floating barge, spices are used around the world to add flavor or color to many dishes. A touch of cinnamon, ginger, cumin or saffron can turn a bland meal into something special and we wouldn’t think of cooking without them.
Moth Orchids in Bronze Bowl
The same could be said about our flowers – they add a bit of spice to any room. The designs in our Spice Market collection pop with color and the containers capture the exotic feel of markets the world over.
Thai Floating Market
Yummy Yellow and Green Bouquet
How do you like to spice up your life?
Photos: souk, bouquet, bowls, orchids, barges and bouquet
Splendid Spring Bouquet
Spring is finally springing in these parts though it will be a while before we see any sign of crocus or snowdrops. Perhaps the snow is melting a bit faster down south but not for us so we’ll have to get our spring on in other ways.
Lilac Moth Orchid
The first day of spring (tomorrow!) is always an exciting time at Diane James Home as we finally unveil our new designs online for all to see and buy. This year, not only have we added 25 new bouquets, plants and orchids from our “couture” collection, but we’re launching our new “ready-to-wear” line called BLOOMS… Just as pretty, a little less pricey! Bloomingdales.com still has the exclusive rights some pieces until summer but you’ll be able to purchase the other 14 designs under the BLOOMS category in our store.
BLOOMS Yellow Calla Lily and Rose Bouquet
Moth Orchid in White Ring Pot
And while you’re decorating your house with flowers, why not stock up on some spring gifts? We couldn’t resist the lovely Spring Meadow Tray from Fringe and the bold, colorful bangles from Spartina449…
Spring Meadow Guest Tray
Who’s up for a little retail therapy to chase away the winter blues?
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We’ve made it to the end of January and spring is only 47 days away (yeah!) Still, it’s hard not to let the constant cold and lack of daytime hours get us down so why not make the most of it – set a pretty table and invite your friends over for a cozy dinner. A delicious winter stew and a
glass bottle of good red wine will go a long way to chase away our winter blues…
Diane James Home – Moody Blues Bouquet
Deborah Rhodes – Braided Placemat
Kim Seybert – Bouquet Napkin Ring
Sur La Table – Chinoiserie Napkins
Wisteria – Floral Platter
Are you cooking up something special for Super Bowl Sunday? Go Team!
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Our New Booth!
Since we’re down in Atlanta showing our new collections, we thought it fitting to counter this week of cold weather with a bit of spring! Ever since Dior’s famous 1953 “Tulip” collection, floral themes have always played an important role in fashion. Spring runways are often filled with botanical beauties, celebrating the end of winter and the start of a new growing season.
Dolce & Gabbana – Spring 2014
Burberry – Spring 2014
We saw a range of flowery designs for Spring 2014, from lacy bejeweled pastels at Burberry to Dolce & Gabbana’s romantic garden styles. One of our new spring collections was inspired by these Fashion Flowers where pretty pinks are paired with corals, creams and greens, and bright oranges and golds are harbingers for sunny days to come.
Modern Gardens seems to be popping up everywhere in urban settings and these inspired our second collection this spring. The softening use of plants, flowers and trees can be seen in the High Line Park on New York’s West Side or the contemporary interpretation of Babylonian hanging gardens at the Parkroyal Hotel in Singapore.
The Parkroyal Hotel
Natural elements can thrive in a concrete jungle and we captured this juxtaposition by using organically shaped containers and crisp, clean, vibrant flowers for a collection that’s at home, both in the city or in the country.
Now… who’s ready for spring?
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Amethyst – AERIN Ring
This fall, we introduced two collections, one inspired by the super popular show Downton Abbey (we called it Upton Manor – read about it here) and one from an article we read in Martha Stewart Living Magazine about our country’s vast deposits of gemstones.
Medium Amethyst Bouquet
Not only did we love the luscious colors photographed in the article but we were drawn to this specific quote: “In their natural state, gemstones often have a rough but luminous quality that’s amplified when they are cut and faceted.”
Pink Tourmaline – Drop Earrings
Pink Rose Trio
Artificial flowers are similar – it’s only when we expertly cut and arrange them in our designs that they take on the natural beauty of live flowers. And like gems which are the perfect accessory to complete an outfit, our flowers finish a room…
Garnet – Amore Rose Necklace
Red Amaryllis Bouquet
Who says only diamonds last forever?
P.S. Diane James Home is turning five this weekend so we’re giving you the gift of 20% off your entire order! Just enter the coupon code HAPPY5 in your shopping cart through Sunday, October 20th, to enjoy the savings.
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Chic and Classy
Back to school and back to the office… We often approach September like many approach the New Year – a time to set goals and focus on getting things done before the holiday season is upon us. Since we spend more time at our desks than we do in any other space in our home, it makes sense to have our office be as pretty as possible. It’s not fair that the kids get to do all the back to school shopping so we’ve pulled together some desktop accessories to make your work week chic!
Secret Garden Calendar
Downton Ivy Belly Bowl
Pink Peony Blossom Gift
Thank you all for your patience and for allowing us to enjoy the last unofficial week of summer with our families… We so appreciated the time to disconnect and reconnect.
Photos via Pinterest, Rifle Paper, Zhush, Jill Rosenwald, RabLabs and Diane James Home
Many eons ago we spent August toodling around the Tuscan countryside in our Aunt Carole’s “station car”, a tiny Fiat 127 on its last
legs wheels… The passenger side window wouldn’t roll up once it was rolled down, the tape deck (yes, you read that right… we did say it was eons ago!) ate our Human League and Pet Shop Boys cassettes, and we lost the key to the gas tank and had to open the cover with a knife (much to the displeasure of the Italian gas attendants!)
Oriental Poppy Tray
In any event, one of the highlights of our trip, and there were many (after all, we were in Tuscany!) was the scenery – fields upon fields of poppies. In those days, we didn’t have Instagram, or smart phones for that matter, so we had to rely on our trusty non-digital camera to take pictures and wait until we returned to the States to see what we had captured on film. While the photo albums we made have been stored away who knows where, the memories are still fresh, even in our forty-something minds…
Poppy Freesia Blossom Perfume
In the language of flowers, poppies mean pleasure and fantastic exuberance, words that definitely describe our Tuscan adventures. So in honor of the pretty poppy, we say chin chin!
Do you have summer memories that stay with you? We hope you make some this weekend.
Photos via Pinterest, Anthropologie, Diane James Home, Coach, Matches and John Lewis
Pretty and Practical
Well, clearly our Wonder Woman powers haven’t kicked in yet given that we’re badly behind in our blogging. What with our buying trip to Atlanta, a national regatta over the weekend, friends visiting from California and losing our admin assistant on Tuesday, we’ve had too much on our plates. And speaking of plates… We’re so excited about a new addition to Diane James Home – Kitchen Papers!
Summer Setting Paper Placemats
We’ve been eyeing these beautiful, functional paper goods since last year and we finally placed an order. Coming soon to our site will be stylish yet convenient placemat pads, pretty notepads and the most adorable cards with birds decked out in flower party hats.
Black and White Beauties
All of these beauties are designed and produced in the USA (we love that!) and a portion of sales benefits the Wonderful Life Foundation, an organization established by the company’s owners, Robbie and Angie Cook, to fight childhood cancer (even better!)
Perfect for Parties
Now we can’t wait for things to settle down so we can throw a backyard party featuring some of these fab finds!
Backyard Party Note Pads
Are you having a fun summer so far? We sure hope so!
Photos via Hester & Cook and Style Me Pretty
Pretty Purples in Lantern Vase
Who says country and couture can’t come together to create a floral collection that is on the one hand elegant and pretty yet on the other, relaxed and comfortable? This sense of approachable luxury is what we tried to capture in our new Spring/Summer 2013 collection, where rustic vases like antiqued lanterns or hobnail glass jars are paired with luscious hydrangea and peonies.
Dahlias, Ranunculus and Roses
The present trend toward a more casual lifestyle allows us to design looser compositions to mirror what you would do with your own garden cuttings, effortless bouquets that can finish any room of the house. Sprigs of deep purple clematis, vibrant pink geranium and pale green apple blossoms add a whimsical country touch.
Pops of PInk
And our lovely orchids, whether they are oncidium or phalaenopsis, are always “planted” in naturally mossed hand-thrown terra cotta pots for that fresh from the nursery touch.
Pink Patterned Phalaenopsis
We’re heading into the city on this frigid day to finish our booth at Pier 94 and counting the days until spring! Will you be walking the New York Gift Show this year?
P.S. Since we’re stuck selling at the show, we’ll be back next Friday so please stay tuned!
Photos via Diane James Home, Sanderson and Thibaut