Thursday, February 27, 2014

An Invitation to the Garden by Michael Devine

A breath of Springtime arrived this week in the form of Michael Devine's new book, An Invitation to the Garden, Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors. Browsing through the lush and colorful pages has me in the mood for outdoor entertaining as soon as the weather allows.

What is truly a pleasant surprise is that Michael takes us through all of the seasons of the year in his own beautifully landscaped garden, with ideas from casual to party to elegant formal entertaining! He has also generously included many delicious tried and true recipes from his repertoire.

Interior Designer Michael Devine

Michael grew up in Illinois where he was always encouraged to follow his dreams. He studied studied extensively abroad, including  art history at the Ecole du Louvre, French at the Sorbonne and cooking at the Ritz Escoffier. His experiences living in Paris fine tuned his design aesthetic and inspired his work. When he returned to New York, Michael spent over six years as a style and party editor at HFN Magazine covering the fabulous design world on both sides of the Atlantic.

Michael is well known for his bespoke fabric collection of fresh, though traditional hand prints. The textiles have a very chic hand crafted look. 

Garden Folly fabric in Fuschia 

Colorful lanterns line the allee setting the tone for festivities in the bountiful garden

Michael's hand-painted on Limoge porcelain, this Thomas dinnerware and custom fabric adds drama to this tablescape

The Thomas dinnerware in Cyclamen

This  artful book will absolutely delight you! An Invitation to the Garden releases on March 11th, to pre-order go to 

Please be sure to visit Michael's website at Michael Devine Home and his blog The Devine Life!

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The Arts by Karena

An invitation to the Garden received courtesy of Rizzoli New York


Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Karena,
Its à beautiful day over here with you and his amazing book.
I love the refine elegance of garden parties perfectly placed china, and linens to match its appeal and setting.
I am going to go over to his blog and then check out this book closely.
Thank you love for taking the time to visit me, and leaving always a comment that makes me feel I have inspired a space.
See you soon and all the beauty you inspire.


MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Karena,
Once again, another great "expose"--This book rocks, even though, I'm not a garden-person!!

Linda said...

I'm putting this book on my list. It is in the single digits today so the garden pics are a delight.

Paisley Curtain said...

Greetings! Thanks for doing this post, we all need a break from this long winter and it is so pleasant to see colors of spring and gardens. I am going to pre-order Michael's book.
Best wishes

Paisley Curtain said...

On another note some how the link I have of your blog on my blog :) some how is stuck at your 4 mont old post "Last of the blue and gray". It simply does not refresh at a new post. I have tried my best but it will not update. :( DO you have any idea why it is so?

Leslie said...

What an absolutely lovely book and I'll look forward to checking out his website. The timing is perfect for this release as we are all craving spring and gardening is in the forefront of our minds. Hope you are well Karena!! xxleslie

Stacy CUrran said...

Oh boy do those images make me long for spring as it snows here. Again!

Lisa Mende said...

I can't wait to buy this book Karena. Thanks for giving us a taste of it!

Lisa Porter said...

Picking up one for me & a friend! Thanks for the nice insight!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there! You do not know how timely this lovely garden feature soothes my hopes for spring to arrive in minneapolis, mn!! The blues are so welcoming and I thank you karena!!!!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Just in time for Spring! I love everything here, so I know the book is amazing!
Thank you for sharing. This needs to be on my list!

cindy hattersley design said...

Thank you for the introduction to this lovely book. I will have to check it out!

Woodside Park said...

I love entertaining in my garden. This book looks like it is loaded with luscious photos and ideas. Can't wait for spring to come - we had another big snow storm yesterday. Thanks for sharing, Karena.

Marina in Blue said...

Beautiful! Spring is coming soon


Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Michael is such a talented person, and I know that his book is amazing! Thank you for the sneak peek!

Mr Paul said...

Thank you so much for the heads up on this fabulous book Karena. I have been a fan of Michael's fabrics for some time, so I must get my hands on a copy pronto!
Paul X

Entertaining Women said...

On my way to Amazon right now. Thanks for the heads up. Cherry Kay

Jennifer said...

What a beautifully inspiring book. It looks filled with eye candy. I'll need to get myself a copy. Thank you for the heads up.

Karena said...

This book is so wonderful because it actually takes us through all the seasons of outdoor entertaining, love it!

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