Mendelson Group – Hamptons Showhouse 2016
Move over fiddle leaf ficus, there’s a new tree in town! We couldn’t help but notice that more and more decorators, including Mark Sikes, Phoebe Howard and Gideon Mendelson, are adding the beautiful ficus maclellandii “Alii” to their rooms. Though its common name is banana leaf fig, we think that this elegant tree deserves the name royal ficus. Lush and chic, this ornamental tree has long slender leaves that fall gracefully from its branches and is the perfect complement to a blue and white planter or a rush basket.
Country Living – Lake House of The Year
Mark D. Sikes – Greystone Show House 2015
From the front hall to the living room and even on a covered porch, a royal ficus adds a natural touch to any room. And best of all, we have a faux version of the tree that is so lifelike, you can’t tell the difference (which means you never have to worry about watering it again!) While we don’t feature it on our site, you can see it on Instagram.
Phoebe Howard – Southeastern Showhouse 2016
Jackie Lanham – Buckhead
Mark D. Sikes – Hollywood Hills
All hail the royal ficus!
dining room / bedroom / entry / master suite / terrace / living room
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Pleased; delighted; grateful…
“The more you strive and search for happiness, the more you overlook the possibility that it is here already.” ~ Robert Holden
P.S. Wouldn’t you be glad to while the day away in that room?
Photo via Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper and quote via Because It’s Awesome
A Pure Joy
Once you meet Phoebe Howard (or Mrs. Howard as she is affectionately known) in person, you’ll know why her name epitomizes the grace and elegance of Southern interior design. She’s as lovely and warm as her comfortable yet stylish interiors, and we’ve been so lucky to have worked with her over the years.
House Beautiful Show House
Whether she’s designing a penthouse pied-a-terre in New York or a family-friendly beach house in Florida (“the decor is sand and potato chip proof!”), Phoebe’s sense of color and texture creates an oasis of calm sophistication.
Phoebe's Atlanta Bath
Needless to say, seeing some of our floral designs in the pages of her first book, The Joy of Decorating, is a thrill and we’re honored to share this tremendous talent with you. Phoebe has graciously autographed a copy of her beautiful book for us to giveaway so here’s a chance for you to own a bit of Southern history!
Coastal Living Idea House - 2011
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at TheBuzz.Giveaway@gmail.com with “The Joy of Decorating” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, April 16. Additional entries will be given if you “like” us on Facebook or tweet about the giveaway!
P.S. We could share so many more beautiful pictures here but didn’t want to ruin the surprise… Click here to see a guided tour by Phoebe of the Coastal Living Idea House (and guess which florals are from Diane James Home!)
Photos via Mrs. Howard
Easy Living on East Beach
Today, we’re shipping an order of flowers down to the fabulous Phoebe Howard to be used at the Coastal Living Idea House, scheduled to open later this summer in Norfolk, VA. While we’ve worked with Phoebe in the past, we’re beyond thrilled to be considered for such an exciting project. Not only is Phoebe a divine designer… she really “gets” beach houses! Which is a plus since she’ll be decorating this one – from bed to bath, living room to library… and more.
Beach House Dining Room
East Hampton Kitchen
San Marco Living Room
John's Island Bedroom
Sea Captain's Bath
Looks like we might be taking a trip to East Beach this summer! Do you have any terrific travel to look forward to?
Photos from Coastal Living and Phoebe Howard
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Blue Beach House by Phoebe Howard
Bordering the water
P.S. We’re going coastal next week for a little fun in the sun and family beach time – see you next Monday!
Photo from Phoebe Howard