2013 Style Guide
Finally… After a full day photo shoot at the Zhush’s beautiful home with styling by Ashlina from The Decorista (and Michelle behind the camera)…
Behind the Scenes with Ashlina
and a couple of hours learning the ins and outs of Glossi (yes, even these old dogs can learn new tricks!) we have a Style Guide with pictures of our designs in settings and links to where to find them on Diane James Home. Despite the fact that we’re not art directors nor do we have lots of experience in graphic design, we think it came out pretty well!
We’re hoping the pictures will inspire our clients to combine our flowers with our decorative gifts, or to create new looks of their own. And now that we’ve got Glossi, we’ll be sure to publish more guides! To see our 2013 Style Guide, click here… And a big thank you to Sue, Ashlina and Michelle who helped us make it happen.
The Twins at Work!
Styling by The Decorista and photos by Michelle James Photography via the Diane James Home 2013 Style Guide
Styling a look book with the super talented team of Ashlina from The Decorista and photographer Michelle James on Monday was such fun and the fact that our friend, Sue, from The Zhush graciously lent us her gorgeous home was the icing on the cake.
Elegant End Table
We’ve been dying to do a look book with Ashlina and it’s been a year in the making. In preparation for the shoot, Ashlina had us pull our favorite vignettes for inspiration and create coordinated looks to fit the settings.
Pretty Pop of Color
Once we unloaded two car loads of flowers and botanically inspired gifts, Ashlina went to work creating vignettes all over the house. From the powder room, to the bar, to the front hall table and the living room coffee table, she created looks that brought our designs to life.
Watching Ashlina work was a real treat and she shared so much about her creative process… Ever mindful of color and pattern, she likes to use odd numbers in her settings and loves putting unexpected objects in her shots.
We even overheard Ashlina discuss with Michelle the type of girl who would live in the environments she created – the blue powder room shot was definitely a single girl in the city while the pink powder room shot belonged to a married lady in the country.
Blossoms in the Bath
After a busy day of primping and posing, we called it a wrap in Sue’s beautiful garden with the sun shining and bees buzzing in the bushes… All in all, a very productive and wonderful day!
Photos via Pinterest and Pretty Pink Tulips
P.S. Catch a sneak peek of our day on Instagram here, here, here and here!
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
At Home with Sue (The Zhush)
Highly interesting; enjoyable (and here’s to a delectable week!)
P.S. Congratulations to Karen Ruzicka, the winner of our Joy of Decorating giveaway!
Photo via Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Loving These Luxuries
to Sue from The Zhush for including our Hummingbird Soap in her Holiday Gift Guide for Women for the latest edition of House of Fifty and…
Orchids for Sandra Morgan's Room
to Stacey at Quintessence for her mention of Diane James Home in her post on the People’s Project.
Let There Be Light!
Last but not least, a big thank you to NYSEG for finally restoring one of life’s little necessities… we’ve had dark, chilly days without it!
Photos via House of Fifty, Quintessence and Pinterest
Everyone Could Use a Little Zhush
… to The Zhush and The Decorista for including our flowers in some lovely lifestyle shots for Sue’s online store, zhush. Soon to come is her “lookbook” feature which will show you how to use her fabulously fun accessories to “zhush” up your own home. Once you see how Sue pairs Jonathan Adler coasters with Kim Seybert‘s beaded burst napkin rings or Rab Lab‘s agate coasters with a Two’s Company python tray, you’ll want one or more of everything!
Pale Roses And Pretty Things
Summer Sunflower Fun
Photos by Jacob Kriese via Made By Girl
Everyone's Life Could Use a Little...
… to Sue from The Zhush for mentioning Diane James Home a year ago last Thursday in a fabulous post on wallpapered furniture. Who knew that we would end up not only being neighbors in the same small town but becoming great friends – and when she told two friends…
The BUzz, The Zhush and Pretty Pink Tulips
they told two friends…
Pretty Pink Tulips, Hamptontoes, The Buzz and The Zhush
and our little group of local bloggers grew.
Too Many Friends to Mention!
Now, all we need is a contract from Bravo to create a new reality show – The Blogging Housewives of Westchester County!
Photos via Pretty Pink Tulips and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Aren’t these wreaths and garlands fabulous? In the words of Rachel Zoe, we die! In the midst of trees and tabletops, the front door sometimes gets second billing… but not with these seasonal beauties. Can you guess the blogger behind each door?
She’s makes the most of wherever she is and celebrates every moment she can…
Divine Magnolia and Pine
She knows how to “primp and fluff” with fabulous flair and divine design…
Dreaming of a Designer Christmas
With a Bunny Williams pedigree, she has an elegant aesthetic and a talent for beautifully balanced interiors…
Fancy and Fruitful
She lives life well with quintessence style and substance…
He taught Martha everything she knows and then some…
We're Mad for These Swags
If you want a perfect party, she’s the one to ask…
DIY Done Right
Photos from Pretty Pink Tulips, The Zhush, Hamptontoes, Quintessence, Eddie Ross and Party Resources
Signature Scent Candle
A very big thank you to Sue at The Zhush for hosting our holiday giveaway and for allowing us to join in on the fun! While you can still enter to win one of our beautiful orchids on The Zhush, we’ve already randomly picked a winner for our first signature scent candle and the winner is…
Traci Zeller from Traci Zeller Design
P.S. Stay tuned for another opportunity to get your hands on a free candle this Friday on The Buzz!
Photo from Diane James Home
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Feeling Thankful for The Bounty in Our Lives
Liberal in bestowing gifts or favors
P.S. We’re feeling bountiful today so visit The Zhush for a special giveaway – just in time for the holidays…
P.P.S. and supporting our friends Aspiring Kennedy, Pretty Pink Tulips and PVE in a job Well Done to help a young student raise $5,000 for charity:water. If every reader of our blogs would donate just $5, he could reach his goal by the end of the week. So if you’re feeling bountiful, too, just click here to help!
Photo from Country Living
The lovely Sue from The Zhush invited us over last week to see her beautiful home and we were thrilled to come across a design from our very first collection at Bergdorf Goodman. And while we begged her to take the orchid back and freshen it up a bit, she didn’t want to hear of it since the piece not only has sentimental value, but it’s a “vintage” Diane James (circa September 1997)!
7th Floor at Bergdorf Goodman
As Sue explained, when she was a young(er) lawyer in Manhattan, she used to browse the 7th Floor of Bergdorf’s, loving everything she saw but not having the means to splurge. She finally made up her mind to buy something and it happened to be a single stem phalaenopsis by Diane James!
Single Phalaenopsis - Diane James c. 1997
This orchid has moved with Sue from apartment to apartment, then out to the suburbs where it now resides on a lovely table under a fabulous Italian print in the hall off the kitchen. We love the fact that the orchid has a place of honor, not only in Sue’s heart but in her home!
Sue's Hall Table With Orchid and Budda Boards
Over the years, Sue has worked with several designers who are clients of ours and she was surprised to hear that we also designed the two boxwood topiaries which sit under the hall table, as well as the tea leaf plants on her family room mantle.
Tea Leaf Plants on Mantle
Thank you, Sue, for being such a fan of Diane James (and we’re such big fans of yours)!
Photos by Home Accents Today and yours truly