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Red & Indigo Color Crush

Red & Indigo Color Crush

The Studio was abuzz all summer with all kinds of new projects from product and print design to interior design for two Nantucket properties.  For one of the properties, I started with a clean palette of whites, creams and grays, then added deep reds and indigos for a rich, global feeling. Using pillows, throws, footstools […]


Bright Blue & Naturals

Bright Blue & Naturals

As mentioned in this week’s post “Living in Morocco”, we recently picked up a beautiful new book of photography for the studio. Full of rich and unusal color combinations, Amy decided to use Living in Morroco by Barbara & René Stoeltie as a visual focal point for one of the bedrooms at her new interiors project. […]


A New Color Crush and New Venture

A New Color Crush and New Venture

The past year has been an incredible one for our Design Studio.  With dozens of new clients and hundreds of new projects and opportunities, we’ve been gratefully overwhelmed with how well our approach to design and color has been welcomed in the industry. Of all the amazing opportunities that have come our way this year, […]


Baby Lulu Comes to Visit

Baby Lulu Comes to Visit

When we saw our new fabrics designed for Robert Kaufman, our minds immediately went to “baby” … and all the adorable things we might create using these pink and pretty fabrics. Luckily for us, we had the perfect muse in beautiful Baby Lulu, my dear friend Lisa’s adorable little girl. We take our work here in […]


A Palm Tree Tale

A Palm Tree Tale

I love tropical plants like palms and ferns. But, sadly, I’ve never been terribly successful with them in my home. When I buy them, I tend to stick to smaller varieties of tropical houseplants … the ones that can be easily replaced when they inevitably turn brown and die.  It seems the commitment it takes […]


In the Herb Garden

In the Herb Garden

Amongst the flowering annuals and perennials in my garden, I’ve also planted an array of herbs that I’m really enjoying this summer. The basil, sage, tarragon, rosemary, dill and oregano are all thriving and producing nicely … challenging me daily to think of new ways and recipes to use them all up! This is not […]


Peace Garden Gift Of Lettuce

Peace Garden Gift Of Lettuce

Is there anything more satisfying than growing a plant from a seed?  I’m hard pressed to think of much that has filled me with more pride than seeing the first sprouts emerge from the lettuces I planted 6 weeks ago. Following the advice of a gardener friend, I was careful to plant one row in […]


Emily Dickinson’s Gardens & Poetry

Emily Dickinson’s Gardens & Poetry

I recently visited the new Emily Dickinson’s Garden exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens and was completely captivated by how she wove her love of gardening into her poetry. Each of these talents — gardening and writing — clearly inspired the other and the New York Botanical Garden did a beautiful job of making […]


Emily Dickinson at the New York Botanical Garden

Emily Dickinson at the New York Botanical Garden

Whether you live nearby or are traveling from afar, the New York Botanical Garden is always worth a visit. From now until June 13th however, there are even more reasons to stop by this New York City landmark. Together with the Poetry Society of America, the New York Botanical Garden is hosting the exhibition “Emily […]


What’s Growing in the Garden

What’s Growing in the Garden

The past week has seen so much beautiful new growth in my garden and yard.  The sprouts from everything from ferns to cherry  blossoms are beginning to emerge and its as if the party is just about to begin.  I’ve been photographing everything possible to capture these springtime  lovelies as they come alive.


Azaleas Abloom

Azaleas Abloom

Aaahh…. it’s official!   Springtime has arrived when the azaleas bloom! Despite being a New York transplant for many years now, deep down I am southerner and my biological clock that measures the seasons doesn’t kick in until the hill behind my home literally glows from the showy azaleas planted there.  Hot pink. Red. Coral. White. […]


Early Spring Cut Flowers

Early Spring Cut Flowers

Nothing heralds springtime quite like the early flowering bulbs that peak through the earth even before the blades of grass do.  Masses of dafodils and muscari are lavishing my garden with color right now along with a few Azaleas and Bleeding Hearts.  I’m clipping furiously to bring some of their abundant goodness and color inside […]


Creating New Earth

Creating New Earth

There’s no secret in the fact that it’s the simplest things in life that provide the most happiness. And this week I discovered that little lesson once more when my 8-year old son and I opened the lid of the compost bin we started last summer.  Amazingly …miraculously … in the span of a few […]


Garden Decor

Garden Decor

Just as your home decor speaks to your personal design sensibility, the garden “decor” you choose speaks of your ability to integrate man-made structures into nature.


Garden Dreaming

Garden Dreaming

With lists of flowers, bulbs and herbs swirling around my mind, I decided today is the day to make the first draft of where these goodies will be planted. Being an entirely visual person, it all begins with a hand-drawn sketch (my “sloppy copy”, as my boys call it) that I then re-draw in Illustrator. Just as with my design work, beginning with a sketch helps me organize my thoughts and gives me time to find a direction that feels right. Moving the idea into Illustrator allows me to create a garden framework that I can re-arrange to my heart’s content. So much easier than moving the plants themselves!


Mark Your Calendar ~ Cuba in Flower is Coming to NYBG

Mark Your Calendar ~ Cuba in Flower is Coming to NYBG

Dreaming of warm and wonderful vacation for March? If you happen to be stuck in the city rather than lying on a beach next month you might want to check out the Cuba in Flower Orchid Show coming to the New York Botanical Gardens later this month.


Sometimes A Rose Is More Than Just A Rose

Sometimes A Rose Is More Than Just A Rose

In the middle of winter it can be a little difficult to imagine a garden full of summery blooms – yet in just a few weeks, once the snow melts and the temperatures soften, we’ll be planning and planting again! Can’t wait. In the meantime Tessesq’s photo stream on flickr is endlessly inspiring. Loaded with macro shots of roses, buds, bugs, and more the vivid colors alone will brighten the day. Here are a few favorites!


My four-square garden

My four-square garden

Of all the many parts of our recent farmhouse restoration, I am the most excited about the small but tidy little garden just outside my kitchen door. For this North Carolina farm girl who has found herself just outside New York City, my ambitions are perhaps a bit larger than the garden itself! But this […]