I scored these peonies at the Union Square Farmers Market on Sunday…for two dollars and fifty cents a bunch! Yup, you heard right! I got to the market at the very end of the day, just as all of the vendors were packing up and clamoring to get rid of their leftover product, hence the steep discount. They were going for $10 a bunch that morning! It’s true the early bird may catch the worm but it’s the patient shopper that scores the best deal! I bought four bunches and made 2 beautiful arrangements…this one and another smaller one for my coffee table. When I got them they were a little wilted but I have a great florists tip for reviving wilted cut flowers which I used to perk up my peony blossoms. Here’s a close-up of the beautiful blooms and just below are my tips on how to revive fresh flowers.
Sorry for the lack of posts! Been insanely busy with work and have been traveling a ton. I’ve also been making lots of updates to my apartment and on top of that helping my best friend prepare for her wedding which was this past Saturday! It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony here in New York with just 50 people in attendance (Congrats Lizzy & Isa!). The bride and I have known each other sine we were six and have been inseparable best friends since freshman year in high school. I helped the her with much of her planning and also hosted 5 of my closest friends including the bride and my sister at my apartment this weekend which is also where everyone got ready the morning of the wedding. I forgot to mention that I designed all of her floral arrangements for the wedding including her bouquet too! Below are a few photos so you can see everything I’ve been working on!
Here’s the latest incarnation of my living room area. You can see my new lamps (still have to change the shades), my end tables from Craigslist and my new vintage brass and beveled glass coffee table which was an ebay find. On top sits a beautiful bunch of bright pink peonies that I picked up in the flower district when I was hunting for wedding flowers. To soften up the space I added draperies – the result of a little DIY project which I will share tomorrow. Above the sofa is my Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton photo which I purchased at Design on a Dime. I have 2 more photographs that I may add to the wall (What do you think? Fine as is or no?) Although it’s not quite finished, I love how my living room is shaping up and I feel like it has much more character than it did before. Another project I tackled recently was refinishing a set of old beat up Duncan Phyfe lyre back chairs that I scored on craigslist for a steal. I painted them in a Benjamin Moore color called Boothbay Gray that I LOVE and am currently in the process of selecting fabric for the seats. I’m toying with the idea of Peter Dunham’s Mattress Ticking or Rajmata in Swedish blue. (Any other suggestions?) I also finally hung artwork in my bedroom and installed a pretty bronze and crystal chandelier…another ebay find! I know I’ve been talking about my bedroom forever but I promise I’ll show photos soon!
Saturday before the wedding all of the girls got ready at my place so I fixed a simple continental breakfast for everyone to enjoy. I made homemade blueberry muffins and also served croissants, English muffins, bagels and lox, granola and yogurt, lots of fresh fruit and berries and of course, mimosas! It’s been a fun, exhausting couple of weeks!
Carlos Mota, interior stylist and Special Projects editor for Elle Decor is a man of impeccable taste. His shoots for Elle Decor are always perfectly styled and I espcially love all of the beautiful floral arrangements he uses to dress up each of his projects. Starting this month, you can bring a bit of Carlos Mota style into your home with his new collection of silk flower arrangements exclusively for HSN. These artificial arrangements offer the look of fresh flowers without the fuss and at a great price. Who knew artificial fowers could be so chic?! Don’t miss Carlos live on HSN April 20th and you can shop CASA Carlos Mota here.