RIP Lilly Pulitzer.

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Mrs. Pulitzer is someone who loved what she did and never wavered from her aesthetic. It’s easy to let naysayers drive creative decisions – what’s hard is sticking with a vision.  We will miss the woman who brought a whole lot of color and life to many since 1959.  Here are some of our favorite Lilly Pulitzer prints.

Also, let’s just pretend that I didn’t take 3 months off of blogging…I’m back and that’s all that should really matter, right?!

Jen.

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A Noble fir (and other classics).

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When Patti and I were picking a Christmas tree with our cousin who was visiting over the weekend, we decided that out of all of the evergreen options for a tree, the Noble fir is the most classic.  It’s a little black dress, red lipstick, a trench coat – no matter what the trends are at the time, a Noble fir will never go out of style.  It’s an interesting concept that an item (clothing, furniture or tannenbaum) can become so ingrained in style culture that it completely transcends whatever Vogue and Elle Decor are telling us we have to have now.  At Two Kellys, we take classic choices very seriously. Below are some of our favorites.

Jen.

White house, picket fence.

Lemonade.

L.L. Bean boots.

Tortoise wayfarers.

Blue and white ceramic.

Layering rugs (not to mention the wingback chair, coolie lamp shades and sheers.)

Green Hunter boots.

Round entry tables and eagle anything.

Blood Marys with celery.

Paris.

Tuxedo sofas and slipper chairs (thanks to Billy Baldwin, pictured above in his apartment).

White linens.

Oysters.

Cable knit anything.

Diamond studs.

Adirondack chairs.

Striped boatneck shirt.

Cast iron skillet.

Barbour waxed cotton.

Black and white kitchen floors.

Jay Gatsby.

Apple pie.

Lumber jack plaid.

Black front doors.

Herringbone jacket with suede elbow patches.

Champagne.

Aviator sunglasses (and Paul Newman).

Split rail fence.

Tom Ford tuxedos.

Copper pots.

Fashion Friday.

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from Harper's Bazaar.

from Harper’s Bazaar.

Inspired by my own choice to wear cobalt blue today (a wool swing coat), I thought this image was a perfect fit for this week’s Fashion Friday, not to mention it is painfully stylish.  This is truly a fabulous early winter look.  Here at Two Kellys, we are BIG fans of blue – the more saturated the better.  Cobalt blue is one such hue, along with navy.  When paired with grey, this can come off a little harsh in interiors, which is why we don’t see it too often.  Just like this stylish lady did with her belt, most designers warm it up with rich brown tones.  Cobalt blue is such a fashion color and it really adds some oomph to interiors by way of accessories, such as blue and white jars, a vase, or flowers.  Although some people are enamored enough to really commit to the color and go for it!  This is a selection of successful use of blue, be it in an accessory, a wall color, or the whole shebang.  So I give you Fashion Friday, the blue period.

They went for it.  And it's amazing.

They went for it. And it’s amazing.

A little more subtly, but just as effective.

A little more subtle, but just as effective.

The streets of Mykonos, famous for it's use of cobalt blue.

The streets of Mykonos, famous for it’s use of cobalt blue.

Carolyne Roehm dedicated an entire book to blue.  She has warmed the rich color up with gold - a more glamorous look.

Carolyne Roehm dedicated an entire book to blue. She has warmed the rich color up with gold – a more glamorous look.

Another Carolyne Roehm blue room.  The high gloss paint makes the cobalt take on a liquid quality, as well as being highly reflective, so the room doesn't feel like a cave.

Another Carolyne Roehm blue room. The high gloss paint makes the cobalt take on a liquid quality, as well as being highly reflective, so the room doesn’t feel like a cave.

Cobalt accessories liven this room up significantly.

Cobalt accessories liven this room up significantly.

Mark Rothko's

Mark Rothko’s “Blue and Grey”.

Just enough blue.

Just enough blue.

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My favorite image of the lot.

On a side note – while looking for images for this post, I came across an amazing Tumblr, Bees Like Honey, and would highly recommend giving it a glance.  She has a really great eye for beautiful images of beautiful things.  Have a great weekend!

Jen.

Fashion Friday.

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via The Sartorialist

I love everything about men’s clothing.  There is something about the weight of the fabrics that I find so much more enticing – give me wool over silk and chiffon any day!  I was going back through The Sartorialist to see what I missed over the past couple of weeks and the second I saw this picture, I knew it was perfect for Fashion Friday.  Could he be any chicer?  Khaki and olive green are such a classic combination in fashion – I was intrigued to see how it translated in interiors.  Surprise, surprise it’s amazing and typically used in rooms designed by men.  If I weren’t capable of doing my own interior, I would hire a man.  They are very much attuned with the Two Kellys style.  So I give you Fashion Friday, the MAN edition.

Jen.

Nate Berkus.

S.R. Gambrel.

Thomas O’Brien.

Thad Hayes.

Francisco Costa’s NYC apartment.

A table setting to be thankful for.

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Well, we did it.  And it is fabulous!  Somehow we managed to use gold rimmed plates that are over 100 hundred years old, Amari, silver, a Kuba cloth from Africa, rattan chargers, tortoise glasses, feathers, and an antler, yet it still looks tasteful and totally Two Kellys.  Enjoy these pictures and a description of our design process.  Wishing you a wonderful day with your family and friends.

Jen & Patti.

We started with two pairs of Oly gilt candlesticks, a small arrangement, bittersweet, an antler and some feathers all on top of an African Kuba cloth layered with a striped runner.

An arrangement of magnolia, evergreen clippings, and what was left of Patti’s hydrangea in a mango bark container (there is a small vase inside the container holding the arrangement with water).

An antler with bittersweet and feathers.

Only one antler would fit.  Because of this, the centerpiece is slightly asymmetrical adding interest to the whole ensemble.

Now it’s time to add the essentials to the table – plates, napkins, flatware and glasses.

Antique gold rimmed plates that have been passed down through our family for four generations are placed on rattan chargers. The rattan adds more texture while maintaining the casual elegant feel we are hoping to achieve.

We know we are very lucky to have these plates to use for table settings. They can go very formal, though, so the rattan chargers are a must to make them work with the Kuba cloth.

We couldn’t decide which direction to go on the napkins – a plain napkin with a decorative bowl or a patterned napkin?  The bowl and plain linen napkin worked better for both of us, even though it is a more formal combination.  (This was honestly decided after a 10 minute conversation.)

Then it was time to finish out the centerpiece with some votives.

Mercury glass….

Or blue glass votives?

The blue votives really pulled it all together.  The mercury glass would have been a good choice, too, but the blue votives added an unexpected element that took the entire table setting to the next level.  On to the finished product!

It’s all in the details!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Table Ideas.

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The best day of the year for entertaining is upon us – Thanksgiving! Patti and I both agree that we love this holiday so much more than Christmas. It’s all about giving thanks for family and friends, without the added pressure of gifts. Instead it’s a day of cooking, eating and in the case of Two Kellys, intricately planned table setting. Yesterday afternoon we decided on a direction and it’s a little unconventional, even for us, but we can’t wait to share it with you tomorrow. Here are some images from which we are drawing inspiration – hopefully we will get a thumbs up from Ann, since she is our guru when it comes to style and taste!

Carolyne Roehm’s blog was drool worthy:

Usually we go very elegant, but this year we are thinking of it being a little more casual and natural. Instead of a tablecloth, we are going to use a brown and white stripe runner with a Kuba cloth over it. Patti’s Kuba cloth is much more interesting than this one, but it gives you an idea of the direction we are headed:

Somehow we are going to work gourds in, but I am fine with skipping them. I think they can be a little cliche and we wouldn’t want that! I’m absolutely loving this less traditional combination of blue and brown – it helps that the tablecloth is my favorite Raoul Textiles print. I hope we can find a way to sneak a little blue in, perhaps in a votive:

We will add a few other casual touches, including rattan chargers, linen napkins and a wood vase for the centerpiece arrangement. It is a holiday, though so we will definitely up the ante with silver, crystal glassware, and gold rimmed plates.

The colors in this centerpiece are beautiful for anyone’s Thanksgiving table scheme. Get out there and cut some magnolia!

Also, I just checked the stats on WordPress and our little blog has over 10,000 views for 2012 – I really had no idea! I feel like this is just the beginning. We have so much to be thankful for…

Jen.