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31.5.11

{places: at the gallery}

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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
~ Thomas Merton


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. . . a very favourite thing to do while travelling {or anytime, really}, is to while away endless beautiful hours wandering the echoing halls of museums and art galleries, breathing in the history and marveling at each brush stoke -- monet, renoir, pissaro and degas -- so much so, that once even braved the crowds of tourists at the louvre in paris one winter's day, even catching a mesmerising glimpse of mona lisa's mysterious smile . . . there is just something so magical about being enveloped in such stunning creativity . . .

{p.s.} a favourite is the musée d'orsay

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{images: le portillon via the inspiration board; art institute of chicago, photography by thomas struth via flickr; lazareva valeria via julia}

{eco chic: transglass}

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. . . if you have been reading for a while, you will remember the wonderfully dramatic and startlingly lovely table center-piece of clear wine bottles flickering with candlelight, utterly perfect for lingering dinner parties that last long into the night . . . and here, along the very same elegantly eco-chic lines, hand-cut carafes & matching tumblers, fashioned and polished from wine bottles into wonderful works of art . . .

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{design w/conscience: tran­Sglass®, designed by studio tord boontje and emma woffenden & available at artecnica}

{summertime & little luxuries}

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. . . the way the early morning light glimmers off the faceted crystals of a chandelier, the warm slant of sunlight on a perfect reading corner and a bouquet of coral-coloured roses, fresh baguettes for brunch and an early evening glass of rosé -- the days are much longer now and the bright mornings are filled with the music of a million birds -- it's summertime, summertime, and every moment feels like a luxury . . .


{images: 1 - sara's scrapbook; 2 - design by michael penney, photography by angus fergusson via michael penny style; 3 - maryke; 4 - bon; 5 - insotel prestige hotels & resorts}

{favourite five: floral stylist denise porcaro, part 2}

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Summer is in full bloom, and that means being whisked away in flowing chiffon dresses to park picnics that have been long-awaited, basking in the glowing sunshine. Summer means long leisurely walks in the city, it means holding hands watching the sunset over the lush poppy fields of the countryside, it is the time when we can slow down to savor every moment and connect with the outdoors again.

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And of course we couldn't help but to notice it all being more beautified with flowers, flowers everywhere. Whether in lush park gardens flooded with sunlight, in the bright floral prints worn poolside, afternoon dinner party tables adorned with peony arrangements, or in the crowns of daisies in our hair, flowers remind us that planting a seed and putting in the hard work has the most alluring and divine results, and that the warmth of summer is finally here to delight in.

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This week, in a special follow-up interview, we called on the expert of glamorous bouquets and blossoms, Denise Porcaro of Flower Girl New York, to share with us her:

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{top five favourite flowers}

1. Lily of the Valley
"This blossom reminds me of my childhood, as it was always blooming in the spring on my block in my hometown of Jackson Heights, Queens; my grandmother’s home was on that same block and this flower always reminds me of her."

2. Honeysuckle

"This is another flower that takes me back to my childhood summers -- my aunt and uncle had the most beautiful honeysuckle vines behind their house; my mother showed me how to suck the honeysuckle out, and I was fascinated by that as a child. Their scent is intoxicating."

3. Grass

". . . reminds me of weekends in Long Island, taking in the summer sun and putting my toes in the grass."

4. Orchids
"There are so many different types of orchids, each unique and beautiful in their own way. Orchids remind me of going to the flower market when I first started my business -- I was just in awe of how amazing these flowers are and how many varieties of orchids there are. The vibrant colors they come in really struck me -- realizing that these vibrant colors actually grow in nature was such an "aha" moment for me!"

5. Garden Rose
"I just love the simplicity of this delicate flower. We take roses for granted because they are everywhere, but if you see a true garden rose, it is just so stunning when it is not processed.
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{p.s.} Roséline adores all flowers, but especially roses & stargazer lilies; I love ranunculus, lilacs and peonies -- what are your favourite flowers?

~ laily


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p r e v i o u s
f a v o u r i t e f i v e s :


* actress & writer: shiva rose
* jeweler: camille eddera
* artist: kimia kline
* actress & fashion muse: chloë sevigny
* floral stylist, part 1: denise porcaro
* fashion photographer & illustrator: garance doré

* interior designer & architect: nina freudenberger
* entrepreneurs: rent the runway
* designer: rachel ashwell
* interior designer: tricia foley
* photographer: romina shama
* food editor & author: donna hay



{images: 1 - fleur; 2 - the cherry blossom girl via pinterest; 3 - wyck garden; 3 - portrait of denise porcaro by garance doré}

{style inspiration: color theory}

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. . . stripes and bows and bits of gold, pearls and florals and little white dresses and it's nearly summertime . . .


{images: photography by wilkosz & way; model, samantha ypma from mode models; makeup by alicja wilkosz; styling by leah van loon; via i like nice things}

30.5.11

{décor inspiration: a work of art}

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. . . scalloped hand-towels and gilded sconces, patterned in leopard print and shades of midnight, and best of all, an exquisite chinoiserie fresco for perfect elegance . . .

{p.s.} the powder room was designed by thomas beeton & the chinoiserie fresco is the work of dana westring


{images: photography by tim street-porter for Walls: The Best of Decorative Treatments by Florence de Dampierre, © Rizzoli Publishers, 2011 via the peak of chic}

{have a romantic [long] weekend + links}

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. . . this weekend has been filled with such lovely things -- strong coffee and frothy lattes, chocolate & banana crêpes at sunday brunch, and dinner at a favourite restaurant {for dessert: a warm chocolate brownie with peanut butter mousse and banana ice cream, sprinkled with peanuts, and drizzled with the most decadent caramel sauce}, conversations from oceans away and taxis in the rain, time at the shops {a new shimmery gold top} and long walks in the late-may sun, the strains of opera music in the background and just the two of us . . .

hope you're having a perfectly romantic {long} weekend & that it's beautiful where you are, roséline xo


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a f e w l o v e l y l i n k s
* travel: notes on italy
* sundrenched mornings: but first, coffee
* pretty, pretty: rose gold
* décor: summery kitchen shelves
* at home with: erin fetherston one & two
* at the shops: summer scarves in mauve & cloud
* packaging: takeaway
* perfectly ornate: the stadtpalais, liechtenstein
* diy: wallpapered bathroom cabinet
* pattern inspiration: ziz zag
* at home: light & bright
* recipe: beet cake {via poppytalk}
* colour inspiration: spring greens & preppy stripes
* style inspiration: dazzled by denim
* travel: wörthersee, austria
* still searching for: the perfect ipad case
* party planning: monograms & lace

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{as always, a few things you may have missed}
* a new week & notes from the weekend
* two lovely things: secret gardens & on the terrace
* at the shops: nallik, new york
* colour inspiration: golden coral & morning sky
* looking forward to: summer whites
* favourite five: interior designer & architect nina freudenberger

a n d n e w f o r t h e w e e k e n d :
* décor inspiration: perfect elegance
* office inspiration: everything in its place


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model: natassia lindes from vision los angeles, photography & art direction by stephanie williams for the ruche unending love 2011 lookbook; via greedy girl}

28.5.11

{office inspiration: everything in its place}

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. . . always searching for office inspiration, as it seems like mere moments before things are in a state of disarray and before long, a pile of fountain pens, photographs, letters, scented candles, handcreme, lipstick and file folders have made a beautiful mess on the desk . . . and while aerin lauder's gold & white office will always be a favourite, there is something quite captivating about this busy, yet organized arrangement, especially the elegant silver tray holding pens, paperclips, a tortoise shell box, magnifying glass and everything so perfectly in its place . . .

{p.s.} more ways to organize at the office


{images: topit.me via this-is-glamorous tumblr; melanie acevedo via pinterest}

27.5.11

{colour inspiration: golden coral & morning sky}

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. . . a softer, subtler, more romantic version of the classic combination of red and turquoise -- golden coral and morning sky -- and whether a bouquet of peonies at an afternoon dinner party or a delicate silk blouse against luxurious bed linens -- the intermingling of the two feels like a rush of spring air, billowing past curtains and fluttery skirts and bright petals in carved vases, ushering in long-awaited days of summer . . .

{p.s.} just happened upon another variation of this colour combination, here {via destined to design}

{images: style me pretty; katie fogarty by nicolas moore for flair, june 2011 via fgr}