Thursday, June 30, 2011

Peonies and stock make a great flower arrangement for a baby shower.

My daughter Beth created the flower arrangements for her sister Meg's baby shower. The subtle color works so well with our Sunbrella Deville/Cameo. The flowers are very fragrant and they speak of the love between these two sisters. Thanks Beth for the beautiful work.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

120 Joe Ruggiero/Sunbrella Fabrics Ready For Delivery

For those who keep asking to see the complete line of Joe Ruggiero Sunbrella fabrics, here they are. You can order 1 yard or 40 yards, they are stocked and ready to ship from Miles Talbott. Just click the link to peruse the patterns. (If you are not a design professional you can find a store near you.)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Creating the JR/Sunbrella Collection for Spring 2012.

Putting it all together is no easy task but when you have two wonderful designers from Sunbrella (Greg Voorhis and Emily Cosgrove) to help, the task becomes a pleasure and exciting. We are now working on the Spring, 2012 Joe Ruggiero Collection for Sunbrella. This collection will be introduced at the December Fabric Market called Showtime. New constructions, new colors and some very bold new patterns await.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hydrangea for Espalier

The hydrangea make a perfect espalier on my back patio lattice. The flowers are now in full bloom.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Versatile Sunbrella Pattern Goes Anywhere.

Our Sunbrella pattern Deville/Parfait is bright enough for many applications: upholstery, drapery and top of bed, as well as totes for the beach and even shoes. We just love the many uses of our Sunbrella fabrics.
All available immediately at Miles Talbott. 336-885-7500.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The New Herb Gardens at the Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai California

The New Herb Garden at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is delightful. Meandering paths through fragrant lavender and various herbs, such as mint and rosemary and a new pool, cafe and spa area. The peace and serenity at the Ojai Inn make it a very special place to "get away."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Succulents of Pelican Hill. A Treasure Trove of 35 different species and hybrids.

The Resort at Pelican Hill spans more than 100 acres of hillside above the Pacific Ocean. The display of succulents in containers and baskets throughout the property is an impressive collection of some very rare varieties and colors. As a big "fan" of succulents, I delighted in this display and wanted to share.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Stork Club Brings Back The Golden Years Of Manhattan.

Do you recognize many of these familiar faces? Liz Taylor with her parents, Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas and also a shot in the crowd of Orson Wells. This was the center of Cafe Society and what a "hot spot" it was in my memory bank.

Where the Stork Club once stood on East 52nd is now Paley Park. William S. Paley Chairman of CBS took the spot of the former Stork Club to create Paley Park. A beautiful "vest pocket" park in the center of New York City. Delightful.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunbrella Tie Dye Linden The Perfect Garden Color.

So easy to bring new color to the garden with decorative pillows. Here I have used our Sunbrella pattern Tie Dye in the color Linden (a bright acid green with flecs of orange.) This is set off by the Trax/Persimmon on the chaise covers. These pillows will be changed out to create differenc color schemes throughout the summer.

Tie Dye is available at Miles Talbott. For more information:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I Honor My Father With His Words of Wisdom

I honor my father today with his words of wisdom that have carried me through life in my career and as a father myself and now a grandfather:
"Where there's a will there's a way."

"The Power of Positive Thinking."

"Any creative idea needs to be sold first."

He was a dynamic visionary with tremendous drive and faith. I cherish his example every day of my life.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

von Hemert Interiors A Very Special Place to Decorate Homes.

We are extremely pleased to be a part of von Hemert Interiors. This family run business is famous for 90 years of Home Furnishings and Interior Design wisdom. Today the company is managed by Mickey von Hemert and his beautiful sisters Carrie and Kelly. What an honor to see the way they have displayed our Sunbrella fabrics and Miles Talbott upholstery. We were so impressed by the care they give their customers and the family business that began with Anna von Hemert and her husband Fred in the 1920s.
Locations: 345 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach,(949-494-6551)
1595 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa,(949-642-2050) and 23649 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance (310-373-0442.)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Laguna Design Center Benefit Fashion Show for Working Wardrobes

I was sponsored by Sunbrella to judge this delightful Fashion Show for the benefit of Working Wardrobes, an organization that helps women get jobs. The event was sponsored by Luxe Magazine (here I am with Kelly Persellin, Regional Publisher) and Kravet (left with Sid Goldberg of Kravet) among many other companies who sponsored this great annual event with ASID. This was a wonderful event for the Home Furnishings Industry. Thank you all who participated.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sevres Plates in Plastic. Perfect for Poolside Entertaining.

I am not a plastic kind of guy but living here in California with grand children and entertaining a lot outside, I was charmed by these plates being sold in the Museum Shop at the Getty Museum. They are so real and yet no chance of breakage. I think they are a great idea for Summer Entertaining. No worries.