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Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Rosy Posy

Mary McDonald’s Rosy Posy

Rosy

Pronunciation: \ˈrō-zē\

Producing hope for success or happiness in the future…  We’re thrilled by the rosy response we’ve received on our new line, BLOOMS, and the lucky winner of our giveaway is Jen from New Milford, CT, who is expecting a little girl in July and the Pink Peonies and Roses would be perfect in her nursery!

P.S.  And don’t forget to enter The Ultimate iDesign Giveaway sponsored by Garrison Hullinger – you have until March 1st!

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The Latest Buzz

Guilty Pleasure: Property Envy

Brandie, Jeff and Mary

What do you get when you combine a panel featuring the fabulous Mary McDonald with the hilarious Jeff Lewis and sprinkle in the insights of real estate maven Brandie Malay?  A new show hosted by the very British Stephen Collins on Bravo where over the top homes are critiqued and appraised, often with catty asides and ideas on what the designer would do to the decor (i.e. tear the house down and rebuild it!)

Jeff’s House

Mary’s House

Some would say that there are way too much real estate shows on TV, but somehow we’re hooked (thus the reference to guilty pleasure.)  Perhaps it’s the humorous bantering between Jeff, Mary and Brandie (do they even like each other?), or the ridiculous listing prices for these estates…  Regardless, we think touring three eye popping, jaw dropping homes in thirty minutes is well worth our time, if only to see how the 0.01% live.

Eagle’s Landing

Casbah Cove

Do you have a guilty pleasure you’d like to share with us?  Hope your weekend is filled with them!

The Farm

Photos via Bravo and the Huffington Post

Giveaway, Inspirations

Giveaway: The Allure of Style

Best Friends Forever

It’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of Bravo’s show Million Dollar Decorators so imagine our excitement when we got to meet two of the devine designers, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner, in Atlanta last week.  Needless to say, these best friends are as stylish and funny in person as they were on the show.

Mary's Loves Glamour

After a wonderful slideshow which compared each designer’s version of Beach Chic, Luxe and Bohemian, Mary rolled up her fashionable zebra-print sleeves and signed her book for her fans.

Mary Loves Zig Zags

Mary Loves Painted Floors

What better way to start the new year than with a little design inspiration from this “decorating daredevil!” so we’re giving away a signed copy of Mary’s book The Allure of Style to a lucky reader.

Mary Loves Eye Candy

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “Allure of Style” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, January 30, 2012.  Here’s to a glamorous year!

P.S.  How cool that we’re able to give this book on away on this, our 500th post!

Photos via Veranda, Mary McDonald, The Wall Street Journal and Amazon

Inspirations

Pinecone Possibilities

A Plethora of Pinecones

A Plethora of Pinecones

As you can tell from our Monday Mood, we’re still thinking about how to decorate our home this holiday season.  While the kids are clamoring for something fun and festive (i.e. big colorful lights, tinsel and a snow globe on the lawn!), we’re somehow feeling more cozy and rustic.  Eddie Ross‘ and Mary McDonald‘s take on the not-so-homey pinecone had us thinking about these backyard beauties.  From the front door…

A Pinecone Party!

A Pinecone Party!

to the stairway…

Amazing Pinecone Swags

Amazing Pinecone Swags

and the top of the tree…

Terrific Tree Topper

Terrific Tree Topper

(or as a tree!)…

Who Needs the Pine Tree?

Who Needs the Pine Tree?

to the tabletop…

Eddie's Pinecone Centerpiece

Eddie's Pinecone Centerpiece

pinecones are pretty.  Just another thought…  Are you done decorating?

Photos from Country Living, Veranda, Good Housekeeping, Country Living via Gretchen Opgenorth and Eddie Ross

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