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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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It’s been a great week or so for home furnishings, with Salone del Mobile in Milan, and High Point Market in North Carolina wrapping up, with tons of beautiful things to look forward to in the coming months.  One standout for me at High Point, other than new collections by Thomas O’Brien and Kelly Wearstler, was the debut range of furniture, lighting, and accessories by French interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker.  I love everything, and I’m maybe even more inspired by the very Parisian pink rooms all the pieces were styled in, with all those pretty flowers.  Très chic!

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker

 

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Another wonderful Salone del Mobile, also known as Milan Design Week, just ended.  I wasn’t there in person, but I always stalk all the goods via social media, especially Instagram.  My favorite show to watch out for is Apparatus, debuting their newest designs.  This year was a treat as always, with new lighting being the main star, including the “Tassel” and “Circuit” collections, as well as marble versions of their “Portal” tables they debuted last year.  I never know what to expect each year, other than absolute design perfection!

Apparatus

Apparatus

marble Portal coffee tables by Apparatus

marble Portal coffee tables by Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus “Circuit” light over a marble “Portal” dining table

Apparatus

Apparatus “Tassel” sconce

Apparatus

Apparatus

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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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I was so excited this last week to discover more photos of my favorite interior designer’s most recently published project.  Both Architectural Digest and the builder involved, Schuchart/Dow, shared more beautiful photos of the Seattle home Jeffrey Bilhuber completed a awhile back.  I was already in love with this home, but these new photos sealed that feeling even more.  This home seems particularly appropriate for spring to me too.  I had the privilege of seeing the outside of this home in person while it was being remodeled, but I’d be a happier boy seeing that gorgeous interior!

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

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I’ll be the first to admit, this post would’ve been so perfect at Easter time, but I just got super inspired the other day when Vogue.com shared photos of style icon Gloria Vanderbilt’s beautiful and exuberantly patterned interiors.  The woman has no fear when it comes to color, print, and the mix of it all.  Among that mix is the classically American pattern, gingham.  Gingham on gingham, and even a quilted combination of gingham and checks brighten up her homes, and scream spring.  Looking at Gloria’s rooms, more gingham popped into my head, this time spring fashion from the quintessentially American clothing brand J. Crew, one of my all-time favorites.  Between the two I’m ready to cover all my rooms (and me) with gingham.  It’s both classic and fun!

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt and her family

Gloria Vanderbilt and her family

J. Crew

J. Crew

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

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One of my favorite things of all time are blue and white ceramics.  Classic Chinese porcelain is among the best, but even that starts to get a little old to me.  A fresh take on that idea are the ceramics created by Tyler Hays for BDDW.  I’ve loved their ceramics for quite some time, but I’m especially loving them this spring, with vessels filled with blooms and branches.  There’s a piece to add to any space.  Fill a crock with wooden spoons in the kitchen, or drink your morning coffee from one of the handcrafted mugs.  Whatever the piece, they’re all a must have!

via Instagram @bddw_etc

via Instagram @bddw_etc

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

via Instagram @bddw_etc

via Instagram @bddw_etc

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

BDDW ceramics

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