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July 25th, 2014

Brooklyn-based graphic designer and custom chalk letterer, Dana Tanamachi has a unique talent. She starts with an ordinary wall and transforms it with chalk lettering and designs—highly detailed and beautiful work. Her magical touch has acquired her clients such as Google and West Elm, to name a few. We are particularly drawn to her project FLOURISH in which she collaborated with Andrew Ryan Shepherd—an ordinary wall turned into a “flourishing wall.” Enjoy, and happy Friday!

FLOURISH from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.

ADAC in Bloom 2014

July 21st, 2014

The flower girls have just settled back into the office after last week’s smashingly successful 3rd annual ADAC in Bloom at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Kicked off by a shimmering pre-party at the elegant new Peacock Alley showroom, the event continued to dazzle the next day with people descending on Atlanta from all points in the Southeast to join the die-hard local fan base for a stellar panel discussion and breakout presentations featuring: interior designer Alexa Hampton, landscape architect Ben Page, floral and event designer Matthew Robbins, and The Peak of Chic blogger, Jennifer Boles, as moderator. Books were signed and sold throughout the day, and lunch, popsicles, and prosecco were on offer in various showrooms.

Many thanks to the participating showrooms: Ainsworth-Noah & Associates, Ernest Gaspard & Associates, Holland & Company, Travis & Company, Stark Carpet, as well as King of Pops, Cut Flower Wholesale, and of course, the wonderful ADAC staff!

ADAC in Bloom Pre-party


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An exquisite arrangement greeted guests at the door in the Peacock Alley showroom. The vase is from the neighboring Janus et Cie showroom.

ADAC in Bloom 2014


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Coca-Colas greeted attendees at the panel discussion.


Dining outdoors in style

July 11th, 2014

Summer is the season to gather friends and family around an outdoor table for a festive evening under the stars. Whether you enjoy whipping up a meal in the kitchen or prefer grabbing something effortless from your favorite deli, set the table with a few stylish accessories, light the candles, and get your party glow on. A good time will be had by all! Here are a few of our favorite things for outdoor entertaining:



1. Club Woven Slipper Chair | Summer Classics // 2. Woven Bamboo Lantern with Glass | Treillage NY // 3. Fantasia Orange Dinner Plate | Vietri  // 4. Garnier-Thiebaut Flanerie Onde Napkin | L.V. Harkness // 5. Suzani Throw in Pomegranate (can be used as a tablecloth) | Ibu

Summer Solstice in the Bluegrass

July 8th, 2014

Though it’s sometimes true that familiarity breeds contempt, in the case of Kentucky and my numerous recent visits there, it has proven to be quite the opposite.

From a behind-the-scenes tour of the storied racetrack and barns of Keeneland, to flower sponsoring Renny Reynolds’ presentation at the Blue Grass Trust Antiques Show, to speaking at a luncheon at the governor’s mansion, to an intimate dinner party where I was made an honorary “Colonel” (be sure and salute when you see me), I have found residents of the Bluegrass to be welcoming, gifted, cultured, and sophisticated heralds of tradition and history, without being bound by it. So, it was with great glee that flower partnered with Proven Winners to sponsor the Summer Solstice Garden Celebration at the beautiful beaux arts governor’s mansion in Frankfort.

The list of hosts and presenters included: brilliant garden designer and native son Jon Carloftis of Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens and partner Dale Fisher; Pat Siebel of Proven Winners and Four Star Greenhouses; designer John Morris of L.V. Harkness; James Beard Award–winning chefs Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer of Canal House; Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant; Roiann Ridley of MacKenzie’s Floral; Charlotte and Daniel Ward of Longshadow Classic Garden Ornaments; Katy Moss Warner of America in Bloom; Stacey Hirvela, author of Edible Spots and Pots (Rodale, 2014); governor’s mansion in-house floral designer Beth Sebastian; governor’s mansion landscape and garden director Sandy Perkins; and, planning the perfect light summer menu for the day, the incomparable Executive Director of the mansion, Ann Evans. What a day of inspiration, education, and beauty in the Bluegrass! Check out the gallery below. I can’t wait for my next visit.



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Kentucky governor’s mansion and Proven Winners signature garden

Red, white, and blue

July 4th, 2014


Hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Photo by Tria Giovan