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Thanks, Mom!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to revisit one of our posts and thank our beautiful mother for her love and support over all these years!

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Throughout our childhood, our father was all about the A’s in school, while our mother helped us mind our B’s…

Bee Yourself *

Bee Lovely *

Bee Happy

Bee Charming

Bee Bubbly

Bee Bubbly

Bee Gracious

Bee Gracious

Bee Sweet

Bee Sweet

Bee Thoughtful

Bee Thoughtful

And above all, “bee” all that you can “bee”!

P.S.  Yes, we know – there’s no bee in the first image but Audrey is sporting a mighty fine beehive…  Happy Mother’s Day!

Audrey / ring / soap / plates / cookies / card

The Latest Buzz

Perfect Peonies

This month’s issue of Real Simple has a fun visual quiz which will help you determine your decorating personality.  What you do is look at the images, choose those which speak to you and your decor preferences will be unveiled.

Diane James Home - Large Peony Bouquet

Diane James - Large Peony Bouquet

One of the images used in the quiz is none other than our large mixed peony bouquet which we will be adding to Diane James Home later this month.  According to Real Simple, if these peonies appeal to you, you are “vintage eclectic” and not the other three decor styles listed in the article.

Lars Bolander - "Vintage Eclectic"

Lars Bolander - "Vintage Eclectic"

While we agree that delicate pink and cream peonies would please the Grey Gardens in all of us, we also think peonies are perfect for every decor.

White Peonies for “Sophisticated Classic”…

Diane James Home - White Peonies

Diane James - Classic White Peonies

Barbara Barry - "Sophisticated Classic"

Barbara Barry - "Sophisticated Classic"

 Blush Peonies for “Cozy Casual”…

Diane James Home - Blush Peonies

Diane James - Blush Peonies

Pottery Barn - "Cozy Casual"

Pottery Barn - "Cozy Casual"

 and Pink Champagne Peonies for “Modern Graphic”…

Diane James - Pink Champagne Peonies

Diane James - Pink Champagne Peonies

Jonathan Adler - "Modern Graphic"

Jonathan Adler - "Modern Graphic"

So whether you’re “sophisticated classic” or “modern graphic” with a little “cozy casual” mixed in, a pretty peony bouquet is a perfect way to finish a room.

You can take the quiz online here and read more about your personal decorating style in Real Simple!

Photos from Diane James Home, Lars Bolander, Barbara Barry, Pottery Barn and Jonathan Adler

Fabulous Finds, Inspirations

Pillow Talk

When we visited Winterthur, Henry Francis du Pont’s Museum and Country Estate in Wilmington, DE, last spring, we noticed how beautifully the decor of some rooms coordinated with the flowers blooming in the gardens.  The azaleas and rhododendrons were peaking while the Spanish bluebells were fading and all the pinks, whites and blues were reflected in the gorgeous floral patterns of the 18th-century painted Indian palampore covering the bed and the 16th-century Ottoman rug.

Winterthur in Bloom

Winterthur in Bloom

The Cecil Room - 18th c. Indian Palampore

The Cecil Room - 18th c. Indian Palampore

We were told that, from the start, Henry truly understood the delicate balance between the natural world outside his home and the decorative accents inside and would have his staff change the rugs, curtains, upholstery and bedcovers in certain rooms to fit the season.  And while impractical that would be for us to do in our lives today (given our lack of staff!), we think accent pillows are a great way to celebrate the beginning of spring and to bring the garden into your home.

John Robshaw - Earth Pillow

John Robshaw - Earth Pillow

Pottery Barn - Mill Valley Pillow

Pottery Barn - Mill Valley Pillow

Yves Delorme - Mary Rose Pillow

Yves Delorme - Mary Rose Pillow

Dransfield & Ross - Helsinki Collection

Dransfield & Ross - Helsinki Collection

So tell us, dear readers, how do you celebrate spring?

Photos from Garden Visit, The Peak of Chic, John Robshaw, Pottery Barn, Yves Delorme and Dransfield & Ross

Inspirations, Personalities

Real People, Real Design: Nicole (Pt 1)

Since we often work with clients on custom commissions, we have the opportunity to see many different styles of interiors, some completely designed by a professional while others seemingly so but not.  Nicole Shumpert’s charming home in Bloomfield, New Jersey is just one example of how an enterprising design aficianado can find amazing resources with a little time and lots of patience.  Today, we are launching a new series about real people with a passion for design and how they have transformed everyday spaces into beautiful rooms.  A big thanks to Nicole for sharing her home, her insights and her words for our very first “Real People, Real Design” post!

coffee-table

“A lot of people are intimidated by decorating and aren’t sure where to begin.  I think it’s important to find a design style that appeals to you (Traditional, Contemporary, or in my case, Hollywood Regency) and then use that as a guide when figuring out what to do in the space.  Our house was built in 1938 and that was my inspiration for the decor.  I love the idea of transforming this 70 year old house into my vision of the era in which it was built.

old-stairs

old-living-room

The prints that flank the fireplace are vintage posters that I had custom framed in antique silver leaf.  On the left side, an advertisement for the 1939 Cannes Film Festival and on the right, iconic actress Grace Kelly in an ad for Tattinger Champagne.  I kept the wall colors fairly neutral because I wanted the furniture and accessories to be the focal point.  It was crucial to me to have a color story in each room and make sure that it was complementary with the color stories in any of the adjoining rooms.  In the case of the living room, the large elements are either white, ivory or chocolate brown, which allowed me to introduce color in such a way that if I ever get bored with the orange accents, I don’t have to buy lots of new things, just change up some accessories.  Seating is alway an issue in any living room and I was able to maximize the space at hand by adding the settee.  Aesthetic aside, comfort and function are equally important to us because we utilize every square foot of our house and I wanted the decor to reflect that.

living-room-new

The cabinets on either side of the fireplace are from Home Decorators Collection and were incredibly inexpensive.  We use them to house the electronics equipment, remotes, DVDs and photo albums.  I would have loved to do built-ins but our current budget wouldn’t allow it.  This is a great example of modifying what you want/need to suit the budget at hand.  The fireplace was an absolute eyesore – it was old red brick with a boring chestnut mantel.  Instead of demolishing the fireplace and starting from scratch, we found a company called Mantels Direct that constructed a custom shell that fit over our existing fireplace, as well as marble facing for the fireplace and hearth.  We picked the style and colors we wanted and sent them the measurements.  Our contractor glued the perfectly cut marble facade to the existing brick, popped the new mantel right over it and voila – brand new fireplace without the huge price tag!

stairs-new

For the sofa pillows, I originally wanted to use the fabric that is on the settee but Pottery Barn wouldn’t sell it to me in fabric or pillow form (even after several phone calls to their corporate offices in San Francisco.)  Since my hopes were dashed, I labored over finding the right throw pillows.  I bought and returned several versions before I ultimately decided to make my own (sort of!)  I found the fabric online, ordered 1 1/8 yards for every two pillows, bought inserts at a craft store and headed off to my dry cleaner for assembly.  $10 per pillow in labor later, I had the perfect accessories for my sofa.  And if I ever want to change them, I can simply unzip the covers and zip on new ones.

console

In this economy, creating the luxe look for less is key.  My friend’s mother was over at my house this summer and asked if most of my furniture was from William Sonoma Home.  “Actually none of it is,” I told her.  “My sofas and rug are from Pottery Barn (people have no idea how fashion forward PB has become in the last few years!), tables are from Crate and Barrel and the lead crystal lamp on the end table is from Restoration Hardware.”  The buffet lamps on the console are from Target but you would never know unless you tried to pick them up!”

foyer-table

Check in again soon for more from Nicole!

Resources
Sofa, chairs, settee, rug, floor lamp and drapes: Pottery Barn
Fireplace: mantelsdirect.com
Prints: art.com
Cabinets: Home Decorators Collection
Console: Thomasville
Mirror and foyer table: Ballard Designs
Mother of pearl lamp and floral panels: Horchow

Inspirations / Muses: Kelly Wearstler, Dorothy Draper, Billy Haines, Candice Olson and Jonathan Adler
Favorite Magazines: Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, Architectural Digest and Traditional Home
Favorite Pastime: watching anything one HGTV
Favorite Stores: Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Neiman Marcus, Target
Favorite Online Stores: Horchow.com, zgallerie.com, wellappointehouse.com, insideavenue.com, moodfabrics.com, gracehomefurnishings.com, ballarddesigns.com, wshome.com and frontgate.com

All photos from Nicole Shumpert

Inspirations

Pretty Poppies

Anyone who drives from Florence to Siena on a beautiful late spring day will encounter a beautiful landscape not soon forgotten – fields upon lush fields of bright red poppies dancing under a bright blue sky.  This memory is one of our fondest having often visited family in Tuscany while living in Brussels for fifteen years.

Jennifer Vranes - Poppy Paradise

Jennifer Vranes - Poppy Paradise

Poppies come in many colors from softer whites and pinks to vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, and are lovely additions to any garden, in a mixed herbaceous border or tucked among rocks.  While poppies often symbolize sleep (because of the opium extracted from their seeds) or death (because of their blood-red color), we much prefer the Persian perspective where poppies are called the flower of eternal love.  We hope you’ll love these pretty poppies!

Anthropologie - Verdant Acres Plate

Anthropologie - Verdant Acres Plate

Floral Art - Orange Poppy Chair

Floral Art - Orange Poppy Chair

Jonathan Adler - Poppy Bath Accessories

Jonathan Adler - Poppy Bath Accessories

Pottery Barn - Poppy Outdoor Pillow

Pottery Barn - Poppy Outdoor Pillow

The Met Museum Store - Red Poppies Tote

The Met Museum Store - Red Poppies Tote

Photos from Jennifer Vranes, Anthropologie, Floral Art, Wrapables.com, Pottery Barn and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store