“If you don’t go, you won’t know!” has been our motto ever since we took over the helm of our mother’s business yet as busy mom-preneurs with teenage sons, getting out from behind the computer or stove is a feat. That’s why we try to hit as many places and parties when we do get out and today we’re joining blogging buddy Sue from The Zhush for some adventures in the big city.
It’s Spring Market at the D & D Building so our first stop will be Schumacher where the dynamic duo, Mary McDonald and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard of Million Dollar Decorators, will be sharing their inspirations and creative insights in a discussion moderated by Jason Chen, home furnishings editor at Departures Magazine.
Since we’re still shopping for furniture and light fixtures for the new living room, we’ll drag Sue to several other showrooms to get her thoughts on some of our top picks, and end up to 200 Lexington to celebrate the release of the TRADhome spring issue with Ann Maine at Desiron.
Then, if we still have energy and a skip in our step, we’ll head uptown to Gracious Home to celebrate the launch of Scalamandre’s new Maison collection… Whew – we better bring some comfy shoes!
Join the Party!
Do you pack it all in when you get a day “off” from the office?
Photos via Schumacher, Desiron and Eastern Accents
A "Big Girl" Bedroom (for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne)
How we love thee – let us count the ways!
A "Little Girl" Bedroom (for Araminta Mellon)
You first charmed us with your sensational sense of color and passion for fashion in the pages of Architectural Digest and Harper’s Bazaar.
Designing with Daisy
Loving Chocolate - One Box at a Time
You then made our summer memorable by appearing on Million Dollar Decorators, where we delighted in your design process and shared your addiction to chocolate…
Darya Ikat, Raja Embroidery and Sinhala Linen
And now you’ve collaborated with Schumacher and introduced yet more fabulous fabrics to your collection… and we’re beyond thrilled! Thank you, Martyn, for making our spring, summer and fall so much more “delicious.”
Photos via Architectural Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, Bravo and Schumacher
Our dear friend, decorator Mario Buatta, called the other day looking for foxglove plants for clients in Texas and though we haven’t featured these plants in our collection in years, we were more than happy to oblige. Given his love for classic English style and use of floral prints, Mario is the so-called “Prince of Chintz” (a nickname he received twenty-five years ago).
Mario Buatta - Living Room in New York
Mario Buatta - Bedroom in Houston
With its hand-drawn, exotic flowery patterns and beautiful colors, Indian chintz (from Hindi meaning sprinkled or sprayed) was introduced to the English by the British East India Company in the 1600’s. The fabric’s soft texture and easy maintenance (compared to the wools and linens that were de rigueur in those days) made it an instant success and its popularity has never faded.
Lee Jofa - Smithfield Parnham
Some may think of chintz as fussy and old-fashioned, but we think that the new patterns being introduced by the likes of Celerie Kemble and Cath Kidston are fresh and fun. Mario couldn’t agree more – “Every decade has had its chintz. It’s like having a garden in your house year-round, and it’s cheaper!”
Hazelton House - Anne Dorothea Fabric
Celerie Kemble - Hot House Flowers
Photos from Architectural Digest, Lee Jofa, Hazelton House and Schumacher
We do… especially when mixed with cream! So inspired were we by the fabulous fashions displayed at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris last week and our memories of our favorite Chocolat Africain at Angelina (melted chocolate bliss with a side of whipped cream) that we wanted to share some of our favorite chocolate designs. Tell us… what do you like with your chocolate?
Aurelie Cherell for Barry Callebaut
Tozai - Inlayed Flower Bone Mirror
Anthropologie - Astrid Chair
Gracious Home - Tisa Pillow
Schumacher - Griffin Flower Print Fabric
Photos from Salon du Chocolat, Tozai, Anthropologie, Gracious Home, and Schumacher