collecting

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

blue and white wedding inspiration

I’ve been busy gathering blue and white china floral vases and accent pieces for our clients, Nina and Adam; their wedding is just a few short weeks away. This is always the most fun time for me — seeing everything come together. Of course, the day before and the day of the wedding when we’re installing is the very best, but I love the anticipation that comes with this time in planning. The pieces we’re collecting are destined to become decor in Nina and Adam’s new home, which makes the act of collecting them all that much more special!

 

gaga for geometry

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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I’m loving geometric prints, patterns and designs right now. How amazing is the lighting in that first picture?

 

images: mandarian oriental hotel via the cool hunter; table at bend seating;

dip dyed

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Loving these dip dyed table cloths. Such an easy and affordable way to dress up a basic cotton linen and to have something unique and custom for an event!

 

images: 1 + 3 photographed by Polly Wreford for Red Magazine first spotted here and here at Bright Bazaar; 2 photographed by Emma Lee via House to Home

Shop the look at Revel

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Have you visited Revel yet? It’s a new blog from the girls at 57 Grand, and today I’m contributing a shop the look story based on Katie and Max’s wedding. Shop the look is like an interactive inspiration board. You can click on the images to purchase the item pictured or one that’s very similar. I hope you’ll stop by today to check it out!

 

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mint crush

Friday, February 17th, 2012

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Loving all pastels these days, but especially crushing on this perfect shade of green. It’s just so soft and pretty. Perfect for springtime weddings.

 

images: impossible print; elie saab gowns via small shop; table, invitation and bouquet via martha stewart weddings

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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Adoring these custom silhouette cake toppers crafted from a photograph and made of acrylic.

 

image via silhouette weddings

happy valentines day and a wedding full of heart!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Katie and Max’s May wedding at home last May on the Northern Neck was truly full of heart. From the brightly colored heart confetti that accompanied their letterpress invitations, to the hearts throughout the reception…along the walkway to the ceremony on the waterfront, handmade muslin hearts on each place setting, brightly patterned hearts on escort card tags…so much love was put into this celebration. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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photography by jodi miller; design a collaboration between the bride, groom and merriment; floral + styling by merriment

family style dining, part two

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Gay offered such great insight into what it means to serve dinner “family style.” Here are a few technical things about this dinner style…

*Design your floor plan to match the service style. Nearly 250 guests attended Alex and Paul’s reception. Although that’s a large party, we really wanted the reception to feel intimate and for the focus to be on conversation and feasting! That was the entire point of serving dinner family style, after all. For that reason, we grouped tables end to end and created a u-shape around the dance floor. The table set-up facilitated conversation and passing of platters.

 

*Using escort cards and place cards are a must with this floor plan! Each table seated eight people, but with tables grouped end to end, some table groupings seated as many as 40 guests. When tables are grouped in this fashion, it is really important to number each table in the group (as shown below) and to offer both escort cards and place cards. Even though each table will be numbered, without place cards, it can be difficult for guests to discern where one table ends and another begins.

 

*Vary the look of the tables. To keep things interesting and to make sure the tables weren’t a sea of sameness, which could have easily happened with this many tables, we decided to seat guests at a mix of  linen covered tables and farm tables.

 

*Don’t forget to leave some room for platters! We really labored over how much decor to put on the tables. Because dinner was served on larger platters that were passed from guest to guest, we had to be mindful of leaving space on the table. Unlike a plated dinner service, where you could literally create a “runner” of floral down the center of the table, we had to be sure to leave some breaks. We also had to be mindful of budget — long tables can be more expensive to decorate. Ultimately, we decided to group jars of flowers in threes and spaced the groupings with hurricane candles. To add a little more sparkle to the table, we scattered tea lights.

 

photography by Don Mears

do the dot

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Polka dots are totally making my day. They’re so happy and positively chic in black and white.

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images: dotted rain coat at anthropologie; black and white dot print via plum pretty sugar; dotted henley at j. crew; dotted dress by luca luca via style.com; drake’s pocket square; pillow

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)