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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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This week’s favorites include more pre-fall 2016 fashion, still lifes, handcrafted furniture and the shops that spotlight them (Brad Ford’s FAIR), and my favorite of the favorites, the January issue of Architectural Digest, featuring projects by Rose Uniacke, and Jeffrey Bilhuber.  The home by Bilhuber is one I’ve been hoping would be published, since I got to spy on it when I was living in Seattle.  These things and so much more to love this week!

Jeffrey Bilhuber, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Jeffrey Bilhuber, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Jeffrey Bilhuber, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Jeffrey Bilhuber, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Jeffrey Bilhuber, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Jeffrey Bilhuber, Architectural Digest, January 2016

via Gardenista

via Gardenista

Maiyet pre-fall 2016

Maiyet pre-fall 2016

Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016

Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

Tome pre-fall 2016

Tome pre-fall 2016

Rose Uniacke, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Rose Uniacke, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Rose Uniacke, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Rose Uniacke, Architectural Digest, January 2016

Adam Lippes pre-fall 2016

Adam Lippes pre-fall 2016

Sasa Works bench

Sasa Works bench

Brad Ford's Fair showroom

Brad Ford’s Fair showroom 

Ladyslipper: The Wardian Case Collection from www.fair-design.com

Ladyslipper: The Wardian Case Collection from www.fair-design.com

texture

texture

dream bath

dream bath

still life

still life

flowers and fruit

flowers and fruit

via My Domaine

via My Domaine

Alexander Wang pre-fall 2016

Alexander Wang pre-fall 2016

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This week of favorites was almost all about beautiful rooms with a warm modern feel.  Among them is the New York home of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent (now on the market).  I’m especially obsessed with a Connecticut home by Jeffrey Bilhuber, once featured in House & Garden, and again in Bilhuber’s new book American Master.  Besides other amazing rooms in the homes of Charlie Ferrer, Bruno Frisoni, and Caroline Sieber, I also love the new neo marble collection by Apparatus Studio, ceramics by Bjarni Sigurdsson, art by Anny Wang, winter blooms, and the beginning of the pre-fall 2016 collections.  I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving, and survived Black Friday! 

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2016

Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2016

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

Apparatus Studio

Apparatus Studio

Apparatus Studio

Apparatus Studio

Bjarni Sigurdsson

Anny Wang

hellebores

hellebores

Vogue, December 2015

Caroline Sieber, Vogue, December 2015

Bjarni Sigurdsson

Bjarni Sigurdsson

Charlie Ferrer

Charlie Ferrer

Charlie Ferrer

Charlie Ferrer

Bruno Frisoni

Bruno Frisoni

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What a busy last couple of weeks!  I hope everyone is having a great 2015 so far!  I’m terribly behind with things, but I figure, better late than never…so with that said, here’s what I loved this week on Pinterest!

terrazzo stairway

terrazzo stairway

textile by Elise Djo-Bourgeois

textile by Elise Djo-Bourgeois

cactus garden room

cactus garden room

white on white

white on white

Sturges House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Sturges House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Bottega Romana, Paris, 2014 by Isabelle Stanislas Architecture

Bottega Romana, Paris, 2014 by Isabelle Stanislas Architecture

via SF Girl by Bay

via SF Girl by Bay

 

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Flowers, fashion, art, vertical gardens, and more…just a few of my favorite things on Pinterest and beyond this week!  It’s the last Saturday before Christmas, so I must make this short and sweet.  Have an inspiring, and productive weekend!

hexagon oak floor

hexagon oak floor

Thakoon pre-fall 2015

Thakoon pre-fall 2015

image from style.com

chaise lounge by Muller van Severen

chaise lounge by Muller van Severen

Scalamandre 'Downton'

Scalamandre ‘Downton’

Patrick Blanc living wall

Patrick Blanc living wall

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

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Thank god for beautiful things to get me through a tricky week, pun not intended considering it was just Halloween!  As usual, Pinterest and the places it takes me has proven to have endless inspiration.  What was on this weeks menu?  Well, let’s start with the Céline resort 2015 collection, and campaign by Juergen Teller FINALLY being released just as stores and online shops are starting to get in resort pieces.  Lighting was also a bright spot this week, with pieces by Bec Brittain and Apparatus Studio making the list.  In fact Apparatus made it twice!  Also, chairs by Gerrit Rietveld, and a beautiful unknown shearling-covered chair, as well as Budri marble pieces by architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, and the tallest vertical garden in the world by Patrick Blanc in Sydney.  Some street style and a past shoot by photographer Mario Testino for Vogue round out the ten things I loved this week!

light by Bec Brittain

light by Bec Brittain

Vertical gardens at One Central Park, Sydney, by Jean Nouvel & Patrick Blanc

vertical gardens at One Central Park, Sydney, by Patrick Blanc

Steltman chair by Rietveld

Steltman chair by Gerrit Rietveld

chic street style

chic street style

Apparatus Studio

Apparatus Studio

shearling chair

shearling chair

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It’s August people, and I hate to say it, but summer will most likely be over in a month or so.  I can’t tell personally though by the over 50% humidity and high 80s temps here, but it’s inevitable.  These next few weeks are a perfect time to get ready for the cooler seasons while still enjoying the outdoors.  What a great idea then to create an outdoor space that shelters you from the sun and heat, yet has all the luxuries of the indoor spaces you’ve so carefully decorated!  There are two such spaces by decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber that are everything!  So chic!!  These outdoor rooms are in two different locations, but they share a lot in common other than Bilhuber.  Iron and brass vintage furniture with white cushions, an exclusively neutral palette, natural elements like plants and woven tables and stools, and exotic pieces from Turkey, Morocco, and New Mexico.  These rooms could easily be transported inside, and steal ideas like mirrors, lamps, pillows, and more from the living room.  Make sure to throw down a natural fiber rug, set up a console table as a bar, and add stacks of books, throws and towels, and candlelight, and you should be good to go!  I’ve curated some pieces from our favorite stores to get the look!

Woven tables and stools float about this tiled space by Bilhuber, and make for a versatile spot to entertain and lounge in.  Get the look with rope or carved Moroccan-like tables that are lightweight to move where you need them.

table from Crate & Barrel

table from Crate & Barrel

outdoor furniture from RH

outdoor furniture from RH

Look for metal furniture that has a classic vibe, sometimes called Campaign-style.  You might find the vintage kind at consignment shops and flea markets, or get it new at Restoration Hardware.  Keep the cushions neutral, and add textural and tone-on-tone patterned pillows (Bilhuber went for animal print).

silk pillow cover from West Elm

silk pillow cover from West Elm

rugs from West Elm

rugs from West Elm

Layer a rug over concrete or tile and keep it natural for best durability.  West Elm has some that even have metallic threading for some glamour!

table from West Elm

table from West Elm

outdoor curtains from West Elm

outdoor curtains from West Elm

Curtains are what will really make it feel like an enclosed space when desired.

copper lanterns from Crate & Barrel

copper lanterns from Crate & Barrel

Don’t forget lanterns on the floor and hurricanes and votives on any surface that can hold them for maximum candlelight.

towels from Anthropologie

towels from Anthropologie

I love Turkish towels, and make sure to keep a stack on a table or in a basket if there’s a pool nearby, or use as lightweight throws for chilly summer nights.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

This tented space kills me!  Drop an oversized light from the center for the full effect.  The mix of pieces ranging from a Taos drum to low Moroccan chair add interest, and pieces like a folding screen and torchiere lamp bring the indoor feel out.

capiz globe pendant from West Elm

capiz globe pendant from West Elm

bench from CB2

bench from CB2

Bilhuber used a very large woven rope and wood ottoman that he probably had made, but you can get the look by putting two or more rope benches from CB2 together.  Add a tray, books and magazines, towels, and voila!  Layer in more natural texture with a jute rug below.

rug from West Elm

rug from West Elm

outdoor pillows from West Elm

outdoor pillows from West Elm

These pillows are meant for outdoors, but don’t be afraid to bring textiles from inside out, especially if it’s a covered space and only for a month or so.

towels from Anthropologie

towels from Anthropologie

table from Crate & Barrel

table from Crate & Barrel

Bring in those world-traveled touches in a modern way, like with this metal Moroccan-inspired table.

outdoor furniture from RH

outdoor furniture from RH

console from Made Goods

console from Made Goods

Set up a pretty console with a bar, or style with objects you’d use indoors, even a lamp, and a mirror above.  This particular table is made from concrete and metal, so it could live happily outside year-round, but feel free to haul out a pretty wood or glass-topped table too.

trays from West Elm

trays from West Elm

Great trays in different sizes come in handy for entertaining, and are great on ottomans, coffee tables, or for a bar.  Roll out a bar cart too if you have the space!

bar cart from Crate & Barrel

bar cart from Crate & Barrel

Finally…eat, drink, and be VERY merry!

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