Oct. 18

 

TUESDAY IS EXQUISITE: Dahlias and Gladioli (Plus Vita Sackville-West’s White Garden)

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  Author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins writes that some find dahlias and gladioli too gaudy and almost vulgar.

Not me.  I love ‘em, especially dahlias. 

And if nature wasn’t beautiful enough, these gladioli are made from coffee filters!. Here is how to do it. 

Presumably as an antidote to all of the color from dahlias and gladioli, Kerwin also writes  of Bloomsbury Group’s Vita Sackville -West iconic “white garden”.  You can visit it in Sissinghurst, England.  It is at it’s best in June.  Take a peek:

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Oct. 17

 

Designer Nina Campbell’s Inspiration

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  When famous interior designer Nina Campbell talks, I listen.  Hard.

Well recognized as one of the most prominent interior designers in the world, Nina gave a very funny but informative presentation last week at the D&D Building’s Fall Market on her recent projects and new collections.  When the image of her entryway above flashed across the screen, she slipped in that her entry’s new wall color was inspired by the inside of a pot created by ceramicist Kate Malone.

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Oct. 15

 

J.Crew Translated Into A Room

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  A quick sartorial side note for Saturday:  Have you seen this adorable mood board posted on the blog Knight Moves?   I think it captures the spirit of J.Crew perfectly! Such a charming job.With that in mind, I am calling out to all my female readers.  Here is what I would like to know:

If you don’t have any (yes, any) J.Crew in your wardrobe, please comment and tell us all where you shop.

If you are like me, and find yourself drawn to the stuff,  please comment and tell us how you mix it up, so you don’t end up looking like the catalog!

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Oct. 14

 

A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing: Photography By Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  Noted photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe (wife of tennis player Arthur Ashe) was inspired by the title of the Billy Strayhorn tune, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing  to create a beautiful anthology  of flower images, now showing at the Leica Gallery in NYC.

She says  (and I agree) that flowers have an “indelible ability to bring harmony, energy, love, memory and joy to humankind.”   I hope these few images from the exhibition catalog bring peace to you this weekend.  And if you are in NYC, you are  inspired to visit the Leica Gallery for a harmonious interlude in your busy day.  Of course, there are many more photographs and they look much better in person.

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Oct. 12

 

STORE TOUR: The New Marimekko Flagship In NYC

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Bright and cheerful it is. Cheap it is not. An average size melamine tray will set you back $50 and a mug $20. Clothes were pricey too—a poly fill/ faux down coat was over $600.

Still all of that color and pattern is a mood enhancer for sure. Take a look. I got these pics, before I was told to put away my camera. Unbeknownst to me, the store has a no photo policy, so enjoy this sneak peek. You may not see coverage of the store elsewhere.

The beanbag chair is alive and well, as seen above and below. Pillows too of course.

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