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)

word of the week: fondant

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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Fondant gives cakes a smooth appearance. Although bakers can generally get buttercream pretty smooth, buttercream will never be quite as smooth or as white as fondant. Fondant is also brilliant for another, and often more important reason in Virginia — it protects the integrity of the cake in heat. Fondant is an absolute must if you’re having an outdoor wedding in Virginia and will display your cake during the months of June-September.*

Most people are put off by fondant because they’re worried about the taste or how it’s made. Fondant is a rolled sugar paste that covers cakes after they have been assembled with filling and icing. It is often made from confectioner’s sugar and a binding mixture of gelatin and glucose. It’s completely edible, but it can also be pulled away from the cake when it’s served if you’d prefer.

To see the way a cake is constructed, click over to this diagram.

*Any cake will have trouble standing up to a 90+ degree day, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your event. I’ve seen fondant covered cakes droop on 100 degree days. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding and heat is in the forecast, cut your cake earlier in the evening.


image: cake via martha stewart

A Shower for Bebe Bjornard

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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I spotted this adorable shower for Abigail and Bebe Bjornard over at Oscar & Emma. Karly is such a talented designer.  Just check out the beautiful invitation she designed for Abigail — a screen printed onesie in a box lined with registry details, sealed with a wraparound label. Love the other sweet paper details too — handmade paper rosettes and striped popcorn boxes. Congratulations Abigail, and thanks for sharing, Karly!



images courtesy Oscar & Emma

pretty pink & orange flowers…

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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…designed by Janie Medley and photographed by Adam Barnes for a June client. So lovely! Congrats Megan & Daniel!



16 wedding foods that should be banned courtesy Bon Appetit

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011


Rarely do I feel comfortable getting snarky about people’s choices for their weddings. It’s your wedding after all, and you should have what you want. But, seriously, guys. Seriously. Bon Appetit hits the nail on the head with their slideshow of 16 wedding foods that should be banned. That chocolate fountain. Um, that’s a no. Really. It’s a no. Any other foods you’re oh-so-over that you’d add to the list?

word of the week: sidepole draping

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Unless you’re renting a sperry tent, which has really beautiful wooden poles that support the tent, you’ll likely have metal poles to contend with. Draping is one way to conceal unattractive metal poles. White chiffon-like draping is a classic choice, as in the first image below by Leo Patrone, but you can also go the custom route, matching draping to your tent decor, as in the second and third images.


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1 – Leo Patrone Photography via Snippet & Ink; 2 – Alison Events photographed by Thayer Alyson Gowdy via Snippet & Ink; 3 – Blossoms Events


Darling Sally!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Shipka is just about as darling as they come. Featured here in The Coveteur (old news, I know), the actress who plays Sally on Mad Men talks about her love of organization, design and ballet. {Please, tell me, Kiernan, that you also organize your closet by color! Then I’ll know we’re true BFFs.}

You’ll have to pop over and read the full Coveteur interview with Miss Shipka, where she shares some of her original designs. Yes, she’s a designer too! All by the age of eleven!


Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

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…this dressed up version of s’mores that so smartly employes le petit ecolier cookies.  Nom, nom, nom!


{via Stephmodo via Cafe Zupas}

dreamy flowers…

Friday, August 5th, 2011

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…by Amy Merrick, of Design*Sponge, An Apple a Day and Amy Merrick Flowers and Styling. The story of the design of Amy’s site that just launched this week is fascinating. I’m as much in love with Dutch still life paintings as she is. Love her inspiration and the way it came to life.

vintage Virginia save the date

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

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Loving this vintage style, Virginia-themed save the date that Ashley of Lemon and Lavender designed for her client, Sarah. Their entire wedding suite is inspired by Virginia — can’t wait to see more from this wedding!