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For The Birds

Last winter I did a series of posts entitled Bringing The Garden Indoors that focused on botanical prints. Inspired by my favorite fabric Bird & Thistle by Brunschwig & Fils, this winter I’m collecting Audubon prints and Richard Ginori Voliere plates. A few years ago I considered reupholstering the loveseat in my bedroom in the green version of Bird & Thistle, but ended up having a bedcover made out of the fabric, instead. The bedcover is sensational and a bit unexpected. However, I still need to recover that couch…

If you live in a snow covered area, please don’t forget to feed the birds!

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VALENTINO

The rockstud leather point-toe flats

ISABEL MARANT

Lace-up cotton-blend waist belt

LOEWE

Hammock leather and raffia tote

ISABEL MARANT

Lace-up cotton-blend waist belt

BALENCIAGA

Small textured-leather tote

Mother Of Pearl

Cotton-blend tweed hooded top

The Row

Strapless smocked stretch cotton-blend poplin midi dress

TOMAS MAIER

Silk crepe de chine and ribbed-knit dress

BURBERRY

Stretch-knit boots

THE ROW

Cotton-blend poplin trench coat

THE ROW

Cropped cotton-blend straight-leg pants

MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION

Poplin midi dress

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Going Green

Top of my 2017 home improvement list is to wallpaper or paint my bathroom green. These three images are my inspiration.

Top left © Newport R.I. home in Town & Country, top right Pinterest, lower Instagram.

On My Mind

Hygge

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Danish for getting cozy, hygge is my post-holidays goal. According to a piece in The New York Times, hygge is for Danes “a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people.”

After a month of Christmas prep, holiday dances, parties, two birthdays, trips, and visits with family, hygge-ing is how I want to recover. A few days in my PJs eating my husband’s homemade granola by the fire sounds amazing–bring it on!

Image © British Vogue

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Karl’s Library

Even though I love the ease of a Kindle, my house is stuffed with books and indie magazines. Every time I’m inclined to edit and toss, I think of this picture of Karl Lagerfeld’s library and just can’t do it.  Three of my favorite novels this year were: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and Modern Lovers by Emma Staub.

Image © Vogue Paris

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Happy Times

The wind is blowing off the Sound with a fury. When stuck inside during the cold months, I start thinking about how to make my home cozier. These pictures of Lee Radziwill’s Park Avenue apartment circa 1982, from her gem of a book Happy Times, are always a good place to start.

Books

Slim Aarons: Women

Slim Aarons: Women, written by Laura Hawk (who worked with the photographer for nearly a decade), features 200 color and black-and-white photographs by Aarons, some of which are published for the first time. A Slim Aarons buff, I need to add this book to my collection.

Quintessence

A Beautiful Table

My friend Stacey Bewkes, editor of the fab design and lifestyle blog Quintessence, attended a dinner to celebrate the launch of British architect and designer Ben Pentreath’s new book English Housesthe table setting was truly inspirational and would be divine for Thanksgiving.

Image © Quintessence

Elle Decor

Botanicals Envy

Covering the panes of these cupboard doors with pressed botanicals is very clever—I may have to try this.

 Image © Elle Decor

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Modern Arrangements

Earlier this month I attended a GCA event (I’m a proud member) where floral designer Dorothy Pfeiffer demonstrated her impressive arranging techniques. When she was done, I was just as taken with Ms. Pfeiffer’s choice of unusual plant material as with the final product itself. Instead of a predictable bouquet of “pretty” blooms, the famed floral designer created a loose arrangement of black dahlias, oregano, chestnuts, and other unexpected stems—it was spectacular. It got me thinking about using plants in a modern way and here are a few stories I’ve collected that talk to this trend.

This piece in Architectural Digest on the new Moda Operandi Store mentions that Lauren Santo Domingo instructed Brooklyn florist Saipua to not use cut flowers in the arrangements for the Madison Avenue shop, just foliage, and bonsai trees.

Images © Architectural Digest

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Hostess Gifts

La Garconne

I was noodling around on La Garconne last evening and discovered that, besides the wide selection of cutting edge clothes, the site has books, ceramics, linens, and candles—all sorts of cool stuff that would make equally cool hostess gifts.

Running Out For Bread
Loafer Love
The Perfect Uniform