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A Farm House Update


We spent most of last month in New York on a buying trip and I was commuting from our Farm House in the Hudson Valley into the city. As spring turns into summer in the Hudson Valley, the place has really come alive. From blossoming buds and green pastures to sweet baby goats and afternoon rain storms. Jeffrey and I split our time between restoration projects, interior updates and slowing way down for magic hour.

By far one of the most exciting parts of our trip was being interviewed and photographed by The New York Times. On Sunday they published a feature on our 1752 Dutch Colonial Farm House, detailing the journey that led us to find our historical Hudson Valley home. See the full article online here.

I took a few pics of how its looking this summer. Follow along on Insta @hudsonvalleyfarm for more!


Vintage Pillows and Throws

We are in the process of sourcing brick and stone tile for our dining room floor. After that we’ll be moving on to restoring the walls and heating system in the living room.


Flower arrangements by Athabold Flowers


Sundown means tequila on the rocks in our house.


Vintage Wood Bench and Linen Bedding, call to order


Shop similar Grain Sack Pillows here


From left to right, Greta and Gertrude on duty to clear poison ivy around the house and to snuggle with, of course.


The best area of the house in the summer is outside. Just walking around the garden is so inspiring.


We inherited a beautiful country garden, and many flowers. Snow drops, daffodils, bleeding hearts, peonies, iris, lilac bushes, spirea bushes, magnolia and this clematis vine growing up the side of our smokehouse.


Shop the pillows, throws, bedding and wooden benches that you see in this story in-store or online at dianliving.com. If you have any questions, our customer care team would be happy to help! Call 877.342.6474 or email customercare@dianiliving.com.


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Vintage Blue Floral + Linen Pillow, Poms

Vintage Blue Floral + Linen Pillow with Poms, $295

Vintage Linen Pillow

Vintage Linen Pillow, $175

Dakhla Throw Blanket

Dakhla Throw Blanket, $375

Vintage Wood Bench

Vintage Wood Bench, starting at $265

Grain Sack Pillow, Triple Blue Stripe

Grain Sack Pillow, Triple Blue Stripe, $160

Flocca Duvet Cover, Floss

Flocca Duvet Cover in Floss, starting at $449, Call to Order

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Paris Fashion Week Wrap Up

A picture’s worth a thousand words and no more so than pictures of Paris. Fashion Week in Paris is like nowhere else in the world. The city is fashion and fashion is the city. It all works seamlessly together. So, whether you’re there to visit the museums, or to plow through the showrooms, it all seems like walking through poetry. Here are some highlights from my trip earlier this month.

All images Caroline Diani except image 10. Credit Maja Wyh

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New York Fashion Week Wrap Up

Travel Essentials

This is the time of year where I am bouncing around between NYC, Paris and LA scouring the showrooms and runways looking for the best of the best to bring into DIANI for fall 2014. It has it’s glamorous moments, but if any of you have been to NYC in February (brrr!), you’ll know that it can be close to impossible to 1. wear warm enough clothes and still feel chic and, 2. get anywhere on time when there’s snow on the ground. With up to seven appointments a day, it can sometimes feel like I’m on one of those Amazing Race-esque reality shows. However, over Valentine’s weekend, the hubby came out so we could see a play (No Man’s Land with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart – AMAZING!) and also play in Central Park and visit friends in Upstate NY. It was the perfect time to fully embrace the snow and have fun! Here is a synopsis of essentials I travel with, a sneak peek at some designer highlights and the beautiful NYC in all it’s snowy glory.

The aftermath of a buying trip looks a lot like this….stay tuned for a Paris wrap up! For live time updates, follow me on Instagram @dianiliving xo





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Round Up – Paris Fashion Week

Postcards from Paris

I’ve been off the grid for a few weeks traveling and have so much to share! The hubby and I finally found time to take our honeymoon (more on that later) and I had a trip to Paris for Fashion Week and a birthday celebration for a close friend. Paris is always magical, but when you add amazing collections to view for spring and equally amazing friends to share the city with, I really do have a lot to be thankful for.

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Prints gone Wild

I spent yesterday running around NYC in this whispy Prabal Gurung print dress. It was the perfect day to opt for something lightweight and flowy. It was also the perfect dress to try on Helmut Lang’s new leather jackets for spring. An insta fix for all those dresses that you wouldn’t necessarily wear every day – throw on a leather jacket or even a casual, tailored cotton jacket and, Helmut Lang does that look so well, slip your feet into a pair of Repetto ballet flats for day or your favorite heels for night and you’re set!

Prabal Gurung dress

Prabal Gurung dress (old). Zara heels (old) new version here.

Prabal Gurung dress

Prabal Gurung dress

Hanii Y cape (old) similar here.

Zara heels

Zara heels (old) similar here and here.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Table details at the Helmut Lang showroom.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Beautiful floral arrangement at the Helmut Lang showroom.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Making my selections for spring. I love how wearable their muted color palette is and that they work so well with a wild print like the one I’m wearing.

Helmut Lang Showroom

A favorite leather jacket that I’m coveting for spring. Especially love the cropped sleeve.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Helmut Lang Showroom


Photos Rebecca Dale

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Black and Blue in NYC

I’ve been having so much fun jumping from showroom to showroom, seeing what’s new for spring. Although fall has definitely arrived in NYC and my color palette for the day was black and blue, my mind is firmly set on picking the best of the best for next spring from designer collections, denim, shoes and accessories. Oh, I love my life!

Black and Blue

Helmut Lang jacket (old) similar here. Lanvin dress (old) similar here. Chloe shoes (old) similar here. Anya Hindmarch Pimlico bag. Oliver Peoples Braverman sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474.

MiH Showroom

MiH Showroom

A spicey Moroccan color palette for spring from MiH jeans, one of my favorite British designers.

MiH Showroom

Making my picks at the MiH Showroom.

MiH Showroom

Love this vintage flag framed in the showroom.

MiH Showroom

Repetto Showroom

Color, color everywhere at the Repetto Showroom.

Repetto Showroom


Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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Highlights from NYC – Day 1

You can always expect colorful and luxurious bags from British designer, Anya Hindmarch and her Fall ’13 collection was no exception. She’s been designing bags and clutches for the red carpet and chic-on-the-street for many years and her witty touches make her my go-to bag every season. Here are the highlights from the collection.

Jewel tones and ombre are huge for fall.

Tassels can’t be too big.

I’m dying over this bag!

Our best seller for several seasons, this cross body has all the signature Anya Hindmarch interior compartments. And this red is the perfect red.

Our youngest assistant, Dylan knows his bags.

Another personal favorite. This oversized clutch is perfect for the holiday season.

Anya loves her color smudging. This ombre grey is so chic!

This metallic clutch has an engraved sign on the clasp that says, “Break incase of an emergency”. Love!

We love you too, Anya.

Assistant, Victoria’s personal favorite in beautiful bordeaux.

Dylan swooning on the fainting chair after handbag overload.

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The Buying Begins

I just touched down in NYC for a week of buying for DIANI. It may be cold, but there’s so many hot-off-the-runways looks to pick through, that I’m excited to get outside and hit the city. Over the next two weeks, you’ll get to see behind-the-scenes of all the hottest designers F/W ’13 collections as I spend time in NYC, London and Paris. Stay tuned and Happy Monday!


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Helmut Lang comes Clean

Designer Helmut Lang has expanded with a collection of super clean and easy-to-wear pieces that still embody minimalist elegance. The collection called Helmut, has some of the best casual jackets on the market and I’m excited to bring them to DIANI for spring 2013.

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Trend Alert from Paris!

From animal prints to stripes, winkle picker toes to chunky ankle straps and buckles, Paris Fashion Week showed us that your feet never take a back seat. These shoes are made to be the star of the show. Chloe and Marc Jacobs led the pack and here are some of my favorites, including some sites that can only be Paris.

Top row, Chloe shoes. Middle row, Marc Jacobs shoes and I’m wearing a Commes des Garcons cape trench, Velvet harem pants, Rag & Bone suede boots and Jerome Dreyfuss Albert bag. Second middle row, Chloe shoes. Bottom row, Chloe shoes.




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Leaving on a Jet Plane (again)

I’m heading up to San Francisco this weekend for a wedding and then off to catch Paris Fashion Week. I’ll be sending you my updates as usual, so stay tuned! Happy Friday!

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Summarizing the City

Since some of you asked, here is a summary of my looks from NYFW.


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The Golden Goose Steps Out!

I”ve been so excited to see what Golden Goose has for spring and they didn’t disappoint. If you try to relegate these sneakers to the back of your “Sports Closet”, they’ll strut their way front and center of your couture closet! But, unlike your 4 inch heels, they’ll provide the comfort you expect from sneakers without compromising the effortless chic we all strive for when running around town. On top of that: 1. They’re individually hand-distressed, so you won’t have that first-day-of-school feel when you wear them. 2. They have a hidden wedge to give you a lift and, I think, make them more comfortable than flats. 3. They come in the hippest color combos.

And, they make off-the-charts-cool boots with the same distressed concept as the sneakers. The detailing makes these boots at home on the ranch, and top shelf in a rock star’s wardrobe.



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Jerome Dreyfuss…Shhhh…Sneak Peek – Spring/Summer ’13

Jerome Dreyfuss is available year round at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

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