perennially pretty party colors

Friday, June 28th, 2013

colorful fun happy table

Pink, orange and yellow are perennially pretty party colors, but the addition of red, in this table designed by Gen Sohr for Southern Living, is incredible! The wallpaper Sohr used as a runner is brilliant as well! To see more, visit Gen’s blog.

image via Gen’s Favorite as published in the June 2013 issue of Southern Living 

a family affair

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

purple wedding inspiration

I recently had the honor to design my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was such a joy to source so many locally-grown flowers and to work with such a pretty color palette. Nicole and Monty were married at home on a beautiful day in May, among an intimate group of family members. They exchanged vows in a service officiated by my mother-in-law, Monty’s mother, in their backyard. Afterward, we enjoyed a buffet of sweets — blackberry-vanilla cupcakes, lavender macarons, lavender and white cookies (a play on the classic black and white cookie), mini coconut cream pies and chocolate truffles topped with sugared pansies. Special thanks to Eleise Theuer for sharing these lovely photographs with us!

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

color palette crush

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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Hope you have a lovely weekend! My mom and grandmother are coming to see the baby, and it will be the first time that Birdie meets her great grandmother — so exciting! Before I dash off from the internet for the weekend, I had to share this color palette that I’m dying over right now. A mixture of cerulean, teal, emerald green, grellow (as young house love would say) and a few shades in between, this combo is bright, fun and totally modern. Hope you have a lovely weekend. xo

 

images: 1- J. Crew Spring 2012 Collection via Everything Fabulous; 2- via Ticklish; 3- from Domino Magazine via Once Upon a Tea Time ; 4-paper twine at BHLDN

pattern play

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I’m adoring the wallpaper story in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, but I’m a total wallpaper junkie. Every surface in my house would be covered in paper if I had my way. Whether you’re interested in adding a bit of pattern to your invitations, creating a backdrop for a photo booth, lining serving trays, creating a unique escort card display, making drink flags or backing programs, vintage and modern wallpapers offer myriad ways to personalize the design elements of your event. There are literally thousands of ways to use patterned paper! And the great thing about wallpaper is that one roll will really go a long way toward all of your paper projects.

If vintage is more your style, Etsy is a treasure trove for vintage wallcoverings. Elements of Style (have you seen the invitation that employed a blue and white pattern from Erin’s shop?) and colleenabean are two of my favorites. Secondhand Rose is also a go-to for vintage papers, while Schumacher is a modern love of mine.

neon!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Since neon is where it’s at these days, I asked my creative friend, Katie Kelley, whose neon finds on pinterest caught my eye, to contribute some of her finds here.

 

neon inspiration

 

1. Quirk Gallery neon tote by Brandon Peck 2. Neon pink geo earrings available at Quirk Gallery 3. Small leather triangle necklace from LEIF 4. Butter London 3 Free polish 5. Vibrant yellow ballet flats from TopShop 6. Neon handpainted vintage earrings

neon inspiration

1. Adams brand “While You Were Out” neon notepads 2. 35mm Fisheye camera 3. Hot pink lace washi tape 4. Neon pink chevron favor bags 5. Field Notes notebook three pack from JCrew 6. Neon pink gift tags 7. Mini Flourescent Pink Sharpie

 

neon inspiration

1. Prickly pink cactus place card via Jessi Haack Design photographed by Gabriel Ryan 2. Absolut Mandrin 3. Cake Knives at LEIF 4. Memento Mori mini skull candle 5. Pink agate trivet at LEIF 6. Dissembled geo II 7. Electric cocktail via Pinterest

 

Craving some more neon inspiration? Visit my collection here!

colorful, playful & fun!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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Adoring this colorful Style at Home booth designed by Margot Austin for the Interior Design Show last January.

 

images via Style at Home and Effortless Style (via poppytalk)

dorothy draper inspired

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

 

Oversize prints, roman stripes, lush florals, chintz, chessboard tiles, and exuberant color — all signature Dorothy Draper moves. Her sense of whimsy and playfulness is infectious; her passion for color + flowers is so inspiring, especially for fetes as joyful and full of fun as weddings.

 

dorothy draper inspired

images: 1 +7 originally featured in Elegant Bride Magazine; 2  invitation designed by Cheree Berry; 3 Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin via Full House; 4 – via Heidi Claire; 5 + 6 Annette and Dan’s NY wedding via Martha Stewart

do you pin?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I’m so super addicted to pinterest. Several months ago, a client encouraged me to join, and I did, having absolutely zero idea what the hype was about, but it’s truly one of the most useful tools that’s been introduced online in a long time. It satiates my need for visual organization in a major kind of way. Gone are the days of organizing + cross referencing thousands of images on my desktop.

I believe my obsession devotion has paid off since merriment has recently been recognized as a tastemaker in weddings + events! I’m pinning handfuls of boards thematically for weddings — from color stories, to paper details, to Richmond focused wedding inspiration. The classic board has to be one of my favorites though.

Classic wedding ideas Phillipa Lepley wedding gown pinned here via Love My Dress; mint juleps photographed by Kate Headley via Calder Clark pinned here; bouquet designed by Matthew Robins via The Bride’s Guide pinned here

 

But, lately, I’ve been obsessing over pinning ideas for baby. From baby shower inspiration to a generalized board with all things bitty.

yellow baby shower inspiration

Do you pin? Would love to see you over at pinterest!

china inspired details

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

blue and white wedding inspiration

Loving these classic blue and white inspired details! Perfect for a classic Richmond wedding.

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For more blue + white inspiration visit my board on pinterest!

 

images: 1 + 3 photographed by Meg Perotti; 2 Carolyne Roehm; 4 + 5 Jose Villa; 6 The Caketress; 7 + 8 The Lettered Olive via Elizabeth Anne Designs

happy first day of summer!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Summer inspiration

 

images: chance; dress via patterson maker; flair via matchbook magazine’s tumblr; sperry tent via kate parker weddings; lobster festival invitation designed by Peter West; just married flag photographed by justin & mary photography via style me pretty