As the winter kicked in, so did the framing on Blackberry … nearly a year ago today. The framing moved along quickly, thankfully, despite some very cold and blustery months on Nantucket. My sons enjoyed the make-shift playground on our weekend visits to see the progress! We saved all the old […]
The project to restore and renovate Blackberry began earlier this year with a bang! Loud dump trucks and excavators took the first (painful) steps of removing the old kitchen which wasn’t in the best of shape. Little did we know at the time that the foundation underneath it was even worse off and required a complete overhaul. […]
Introducing “Blackberry” … our (new?!) century-and-a-half old home in the Historic District of Nantucket! We fell in love with this exceedingly tall yet perfectly hidden sleeper a year ago for lots of reasons, not least because it sits quietly at the end of a long and narrow driveway that has its own address: One Blackberry […]
I love all the beautiful new products we’ve created for the 2012 Wooster & Prince line … but my favorite by far is our gorgeous new line of Cuff Bracelets that will debut at the shows this month! Joli dubbed them “Arm Candy” at some point along the way and the name stuck as the […]
Our creative energy here in the studio could hardly be contained as we eagerly awaited this month’s release of our new “Good Life” collection of fabrics for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. So many new fabrics to play with, and so many great projects to undertake! The vivid red of the “Good Life” chinoiserie breathed new life into […]
If you haven’t seen the incredibly beautiful porcelain and stoneware by dbO Home, let me be the first to introduce you to these most wonderful works of art. Delicate, thin slabs of naturally colored clay, impressed with the ridges and folds of leaves, honeycomb, birch bark and flowers … giving off an almost ephemeral, light […]
There are many, many things about being a Southerner that stay with you, even after having lived in New York for 18+ years. One of them is the inexplicable need to monogram your favorite things and another is enjoying the simple pleasure of a cold sugary drink on a hot summer day. I recently combined […]
While visiting the New York Botanical Garden to see the “Emily Dickinson’s Garden - The Poetry of Flowers” exhibition my friend and I also stopped in to see the Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale that was being held there simultaneously. Though I was drawn in with just the promise of antique fountains, birdbaths, statues, and urns, I […]
The genesis for the restoration of our farmhouse that we just recently completed can absolutely be tracked back to one particular moment when the following thought crossed my mind … “Boy, wouldn’t it be great if that old wisteria vine had something to grow on?” Somehow, the next thing we knew we we were restoring the […]
This weekend, I finally had an opportunity to visit, Rezidenzia, a beautiful new jewelbox-sized home decor shop in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Amongst the antiques and contemporary art and accessories that have been amassed there, I was struck by the gorgeous glass urns that the proprietress had artfully filled with plants and placed in the […]
As any homeowner knows, renovations are never ever “finished”. There’s always just one more thing to spruce up, re-vamp, or add as you work towards making your home complete. This is certainly true of the restoration work we began last year. Though 90% of the work was complete before the real winter weather set in, […]
The tradition of monogramming is centuries old, but it seems it was during the Victorian era that the concept of monogramming your belongings became a statement of personal opulence or an elegant display of a family’s crest. Until then, monogramming items was simply a way to identify your possessions, lest you mistake someone else’s dinner […]
As you may or may not know, we’ve been restoring our New York farmhouse over the past couple years. Built in the 1850′s some of the original details seem to have come in and out of style – at least according to the previous owners who removed some of the more ornate details of the home at one point or another.
We really adore the vergeboard that was hand carved and restored this past year – as a result I always have an eye for gingerbread and architectural detail.
With Valentine’s Day just a couple days away, we can’t help thinking about setting the stage for a romantic evening. A favorite restaurant can be wonderful – but sometimes they can also be a little bit of a madhouse. How perfect then is a gorgeous fireside table right in your own home? (That’s if you have a fireplace – if not, set the stage with a candles). If you don’t want to cook, most grocery stores, delis and gourmet takeout places have wonderful dishes to pick up. Just make your favorite dessert, add a bottle of wine or sparkling cider and the night couldn’t be more delightful!
When it comes to home renovation, I am an unapologetic addict. My two boys have grown so accustomed to the sound of banging hammers in every home they’ve ever lived, that I wonder if I might be subconsciously turning them into the architect and carpenter I’ve always longed to be. To paraphrase Carl Jung, nothing so affects the child as the unlived life of the parent!