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Happy Earth Day!  In honor of this day to remember the beauty of this planet we share, and more importantly how to keep it beautiful, I just wanted to share some plantspiration.  My fave florist Putnam & Putnam collaborated with West Elm earlier in the season for a couple of their catalogs, putting Putnam’s expertise in all things flowers and plants to good use, sharing their take on the terrarium.  West Elm is a longtime lover of the terrarium, as seen in various posts on their blog Front + Main.  They’re really so simple to make, and can be as simple as a single lady slipper orchid surrounded by moss, or a cactus planted in layers of varying shades of sand.  Spend your earth day creating terrariums for yourself, or better yet, spread the joy and make some for all your friends and family to keep the earth green and beautiful!

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

Putnam & Putnam for West Elm

via West Elm

via West Elm

via Front + Main

via Front + Main

via Front + Main

via Front + Main

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Happy Friday!  I couldn’t think of any better way to end the week than by book ending it with more amazing ceramics.  A long time favorite of mine, I first heard of ceramicist/florist/gardener Frances Palmer on Martha Stewart Living (back when Martha filmed it at Turkey Hill).  I’ve stayed a fan ever since, and to no surprise I’ve seen her start a collaboration with my favorite florist Putnam & Putnam, and have watched it grow stronger and stronger, most recently with a dinner at the Wythe hotel, featuring her pottery and their flowers.  Both of their Instagrams are among my most looked at.  They’re both so inspiring, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to bring Putnam’s flowers and Palmer’s pieces home.  Search no further than her website, Terrain, or Putnam’s 5th Ave. shop for the total package.

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Putnam & Putnam x Frances Palmer

Putnam & Putnam x Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer vases from Terrain

Frances Palmer vases from Terrain

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer via Instagram @francespalmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer

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It’s always interesting when my inspiration aligns with other creatives, and it makes me feel like I actually know what I’m talking about! Ha.  One of those points of current inspiration making its way through fashion, etc. is the work of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.  I’ve been particularly enthralled with his photos of flowers, but it’s all so good!  From his portraits of musician and former roommate Patti Smith, his photographic dialogue about sex in a beautifully honest way, and of course his contribution to fashion.  I will be inspired by Robert’s work well beyond today, and hope he inspires you indefinitely too.

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith by Robert Mapplethorpe

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Although fall is by far my favorite season for fashion, and design in general, I have been so inspired for this spring!  A big part of that inspiration has been on my mind since last September when I first saw my favorite collection at New York fashion week, Calvin Klein Collection.  Creative Director Francisco Costa sent models down the runway in looks that combined elements of hard and soft.  Silk, leather, sequins, chain details, skater shoes, and my favorite part of all, stunning surrealist floral prints.  I’ve literally been thinking of these looks for six months, and I’ve been imagining how perfect that inspiration flows into the home.  Enter the ever-inspiring floral creations of Putnam & Putnam, a dose of Apparatus studio, and floral Belgian linen from one of my favorite stores, West Elm.  I’ll let the images speak more for themselves, but I’ve been so inspired by the spring Calvin Klein collection that there are more parts to this series.  Stay tuned!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 editorial

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 editorial

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Belgian linen bedding from West Elm

Belgian linen bedding from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam, Brides magazine

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Belgian linen curtains from West Elm

Belgian linen curtains from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus x Putnam & Putnam

Apparatus x Putnam & Putnam via Instagram

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Offset print from West Elm

Offset for West Elm print

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Lonny magazine

via Lonny magazine

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

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I’m a little late with this, but Easter really snuck up on me!  If you’ve been following me, you know I love to set a pretty table whenever possible, but especially for the holidays.  Easter isn’t really a religious holiday for me, but more of a celebration of spring and everything waking up from its winter slumber.  My thoughts for this table would work for really any spring event you have going on, from the end of Passover to Mother’s Day in May.  One thing I’m really inspired by are natural colored eggs, and all the different varieties, so that might be the one thing you can add or subtract depending on the celebration.  For the rest of my table, I’m picturing wrinkled and creased white and pale peachy pink Belgian linens, dinnerware and bud vases by ceramicist Christiane Perrochon, bowls of those eggs in various subtle hues, and a variety of food, some served on big slabs of pink salt.  Simple and modern.  Of course, like always, I’m inspired by flower arrangements by Putnam & Putnam, and you know how blooms are a must for me on any table.  A lot of this post is really just spring inspiration more than anything, like the color palette of ceramics by Knotwork, to artwork by Still (Mary Jo Hoffman).  I’m so excited for spring to finally be here, and hope you are as inspired as me for the season!

egg cloche

egg cloche

palette inspiration

palette inspiration

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Christiane Perrochon dinnerware

Christiane Perrochon dinnerware

via Eyeswoon

via Eyeswoon

Looks Like White dinnerware from Food52

Looks Like White dinnerware from Food52

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Knotwork LA

Knotwork LA

Christiane Perrochon bud vases

Christiane Perrochon bud vases

pink salt plate from Williams-Sonoma

pink salt plate from Williams-Sonoma

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

stone eggs from West Elm

stone eggs from West Elm

Still acrylic wall art from West Elm

Still acrylic wall art from West Elm

egg inspiration

egg inspiration

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

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This week’s favorites involved a lot of Céline, both past and present.  From the clothes, all the way down to the marble floors in the boutiques.  Other things include some romantic elements just in time for Valentine’s Day, like a beautiful tablescape by Eyeswoon, rosey hues via Yvonne Kone’s shop, and the prettiest fitting room around, interiors by Axel Vervoordt, couture details, and more.  The other big elements in my favorites every week it seems, is texture, shades of white, and pretty marble, especially peachy-pink bathrooms.  Have a lovely weekend!

Christian Dior haute couture s/s 2016

Christian Dior haute couture s/s 2016

via Eyeswoon

via Eyeswoon

Josh Vogel through Black Creek Mercantile

Josh Vogel wood bowls through Black Creek Mercantile

Josh Vogel

Josh Vogel

Proenza Schouler s/s 2016

Proenza Schouler s/s 2016

Casa Malaparte

Casa Malaparte

Céline s/s 2011

Céline s/s 2011

Céline s/s 2011

Céline s/s 2011

Céline floors

Céline floors

Altuzarra f/w 2014

Altuzarra f/w 2014

Ashe + Leandro

Ashe + Leandro

Céline s/s 2016

Céline s/s 2016

Tones

Tones

Céline accessories

Céline accessories

Céline shop

Céline shop

Max Lamb

Max Lamb via Remodelista

via Remodelista

via Remodelista

Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

Ashe + Leandro via Architectural Digest

Ashe + Leandro via Architectural Digest

Ashe + Leandro via Architectural Digest

Ashe + Leandro via Architectural Digest

Ashe + Leandro via Architectural Digest

Ashe + Leandro via Architectural Digest

S.D. Evans quilt

S.D. Evans quilt

S.D. Evans quilt

S.D. Evans quilt

Céline pre-fall 2015

Céline pre-fall 2015

Jean Prouvé chairs

Jean Prouvé chairs

Ladies & Gentlemen studio

Ladies & Gentlemen studio

Universal Design Studio

Universal Design Studio

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One of my favorite things in the world is giving gifts, and although I prefer gifts for that special someone being given a little more spontaneous than just on February 14th, I understand the special significance of Valentine’s Day.  It’s the official day of love.  I’m single this year, so I won’t be doing as much gift giving; probably just some fresh flowers for my mom, but I have plenty of gift ideas for you and your boo (or bae).  From flowers, to chocolate, to jewelry, I’ve rounded up 14 perfect gifts!

Putnam & Putnam prints

Putnam & Putnam prints

Byredo candle

Byredo candle

Roar + Rabbit terrariums

Roar + Rabbit terrariums from West Elm

Maison de Vacances linen throw

Maison de Vacances linen throw

Simone Rocha bag

Simone Rocha bag

J. Crew earrings

J. Crew earrings

Rebecca Atwood original artwork

Rebecca Atwood original artwork

Mansur Gavriel accessories

Mansur Gavriel accessories

Ted Muehling vase

Ted Muehling vase

Mast Brothers for Marc Jacobs chocolates

Mast Brothers for Marc Jacobs chocolates

Lindsey Adelman "Heavy Light"

Lindsey Adelman “Heavy Light”

Dries van Noten shirt through Mr. Porter

Dries van Noten shirt through Mr. Porter

Walter Gropius paperweight set

Walter Gropius paperweight set

crystal point light box from The Dreslyn

crystal point light box from The Dreslyn

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