Pastel “Radiant Orchid” Spring Celebration Cake

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Kate Landers here to share with you a perfect cake for your next spring celebration! A hot trend in cakes right now (that looks like it is here to stay) is “naked cakes.” What is normally covered by layers of buttercream and fondant is completely exposed on a “naked cake.” That’s right: these cakes allow the actual layers of cake and filling to take center stage. Often these cakes are topped with gorgeous fruit, flowers or other natural elements.

Here are a few suggestions to create your own beautiful “naked cake” sure to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from your guests!

The Cake: Natural-colored cakes like vanilla, lemon or carrot are very popular for “naked cakes”. As long as you stack even layers of cake, it really is not hard to create one on your own! I chose vanilla cake for ours. A special note: Because the cake is exposed to air and not protected by a layer of frosting, it will dry out much faster. I suggest serving within 24 hours (at most) of completing your cake.

The Filling: Natural-colored buttercream (such as vanilla or chocolate) is highly popular, as well as lemon curd, raspberry and other fruits. While you can certainly create beading or rosettes with buttercream, a messier look often seems preferred. It is part of the appeal of these “perfectly imperfect” cakes. It also makes the cakes easier for you to make on your own.

The Decorations: From herbs and flowers to berries and tree fruits, there is so much variation to make your “naked cake” unique. You can incorporate flavors, colors and flowers to match the theme of your event.

We selected the Pantone Color of the Year “Radiant Orchid” as inspiration for our cake’s decoration. Toned down to pastel hues, it seemed perfect for a lovely spring celebration like Easter, Mother’s Day or a special graduation. From sweet peas and hyacinth to lilacs and peonies, blooms of the moment made it ideal for this time of year.

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Ultimate Gabby Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Gabby Giveaway by Layla Grayce
Shop Gabby

We partnered with Gabby and blogger Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street on one of our biggest Pinterest giveaways ever! Create a Dream Living Room Pinterest board for a chance to win a $2,500, $1,250, or $625 Gabby shopping spree! Boards will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the rules. Happy pinning!

To Enter:

  • Create a Pinterest board and name it “Layla Grayce Pin to Win.”
  • Fill your board with 15 pins.
    –  8 pins must be re-pinned from Sacramento Street’s Gabby Pinterest board (click here).
    –  Remainder of pins may be inspirational pins to complete your design.
    –  All pins must have the hashtag “lgpintowin”
  • When finished, click here to submit your board and be entered!

Giveaway closes Thursday, May 1, 2014. Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Winners will receive up to $2,500, $1,250, or $625 credit towards Gabby on Layla Grayce, in the form of a one-time use promo code. If product winner selects totals less than the winning amount, the remaining winning dollar amount will be forfeited. If product exceeds the winning amount, winner agrees to pay the difference. Only one entry per person. Individuals with multiple entries will not be considered or judged. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Top 10: Personalized Jewelry

Top 10 Personalized Jewelry1. Mali Beads Amelia Monogram Necklace 2. Mali Beads Zoey Gold Initial Cuff 3. Ariel Bracelet 4. Carrie Bracelet 5. Waxing Poetic Personalized Charm Heart 6. Daphne Gold Script Medium Personalized Necklace 7. Mali Beads Zoey Silver Initial Cuff 8. Calliope Aqua Personalized Bracelet 9. Drops of Calliope Pink Personalized Bracelet 10. Waxing Poetic Personalized Charm Voyager Insignia

Let’s get personal! Whether for yourself or as a gift for a friend, a personalized jewelry accessory instantly transforms any look into one that’s unique and unforgettable. Ready to find yours? Shop our customized collection of bracelets, cuffs, charms, necklaces and more to uncover the perfect piece to express your style!

Get The Look: Feminine, Glam Home

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

Something old, something new! Combining fabulous vintage and modern details, Bijou & Boheme blogger Christine Dovey has found the sweet spot when it comes to fusing a variety of decor styles. We absolutely adore the inspiring combination of unexpected materials and glamorous accents. Elements like blush pink Murano glass, sheepskin fur and shimmering gold finishes create a unique statement in every room of the home. We’ve assembled our favorite images of this stunning abode to give you design inspiration!

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

A main focal point captures attention in each room, tying together a one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Eye-catching items like this retro-inspired chair or striking marble table captivate while also complementing each space’s neutral palette.

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

Playful prints and rich textures lend dimensional depth to the home’s subtle color scheme. The nursery’s chic shag rug offers a cool, funky contrast to the room’s molded wall panels, while a black ostrich wallpaper pattern makes a show-stopping statement in the foyer.

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

To get this eclectic yet elegant look in your own home, we’ve hand-picked a collection of vintage and modern furniture, lighting and decor. Shop our favorites below!

Get the Look: Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
1. Barbara Cosgrove X-Mirror Elegant 2. Bella Vetro Blush Small Chandelier 3. Jennifer Paganelli Hotel Soho Black Embroidered Linen Pillow 4. Flute White Dining Table 5. DwellStudio Decor Gold Giraffe 6. Worlds Away Shadow White Etagere  7. Noir Isabelle Gray Wash Day Bed 8. Capel Rugs Fortress-Trellis Pale Beige Hand Knotted Wool Rug 9. Oly Studio Sophie Lounge Chair

celebrate with kate: noah’s ark themed birthday party

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

Noah's Ark Themed Birthday Party from Layla Grayce
Styling: Kate Landers, Photography: Liza Voll

This is Kate Landers, thrilled to share with you my son Noah’s second birthday party! Having a son named Noah who is turning two and is fascinated by animals, I thought a Noah’s Ark-themed birthday party would be perfect for him.

Here are a few special details from the party, plus helpful hints I learned along the way:

My dear friend and paperie designer Loralee Lewis created the most spectacular “Noah’s Ark” collection for our celebration, including a set of six animal prints we hung in his room. I love using printed items from my parties in a nursery, bedroom, or playroom to enjoy long after the party.

The cake topper, an amazing gift from one of the most extraordinary fondant artists in the world (Brenda of Sugar High, Inc.), absolutely took my breath away. You can keep an edible work of art like this one for many years; we store our ark under a bell jar for easy admiration.

Cupcakes are one of Noah’s favorite sweet treats, so we had the most adorable fondant animal cupcake toppers created by my incredibly talented friend Brittany of Edible Details. I love using desserts as a centerpiece for children’s parties, so in this case I stacked two graduated cake stands from Layla Grayce, creating a “tower” to display the darling cupcakes.

We kept party favors simple and age-appropriate, including a precious ark favor box filled with animal finger puppets and bottles of bubbles. To get the look, spray paint plastic animal figurines and attach to the top of the lids of jars or bottles full of your party favor.

Noah loves building blocks, so we surprised him with wood grain-printed cardboard blocks for the party. He and his fellow party-goers were able to help “build the ark”, a PERFECT activity for toddlers. I suggest incorporating your child’s favorite type of toy into the party as we did for a fun surprise!

It was an absolute joy celebrating Noah’s second birthday. As a mom, I love each stage of his life more than the last, even when I didn’t think that would ever be possible. As an event stylist, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to design such a special event for my own son. I cannot wait for his next party, when he can become involved in the planning process!

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Pine Cone Hill Spring 2014 Giveaway and Q&A!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sarah Z.!

Pine Cone Hill Giveaway and Q&A from Layla Grayce

It may still be chilly outside, but we see sunshine in the forecast with Pine Cone Hill’s Spring 2014 Collection! This fabulous new line pops with a variety of playful pastels, floral prints, seashell textures and bold patterns. To celebrate the arrival of the latest bedding sets, bathroom accessories and more, we’re giving away two Chadna French Blue decorative pillows! Lending a fresh aesthetic to a sofa or bed, these plush accents channel a coastal vibe with a white rope applique. For a chance to win, simply follow the instructions below and enter!

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday , February 26, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Q&A with Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert’s founder Annie Selke

LG: Describe your aesthetic, especially as it relates to spring.
AS: I love textiles, I love color and I love comfort, so when I was conceiving the Pine Cone Hill Spring 2014 collection, I thought about all of those things. This season I wanted the fabrics to be totally touchable, feeling like you had washed them many times already. We pre-washed the majority of the collection in pursuit of the perfect hand. I also wanted all of the pieces to transport you to an unnamed but fabulous island, where the only questions you need to answer are: when do I want to eat, sleep, read and swim today?

LG: What was the main inspiration behind your new collection for Spring 2014?  
AS: Light and effortless layers in tantalizing-to-the-touch textures and a fresh and contemporary palette – French blue, coral, platinum and indigo – all punctuated with a dash of hot green.

LG: What three words would you use to describe this collection? 
AS: Crisp, comforting & calming.

LG: What are your favorite patterns from this collection and why? 
AS: Well, of course I love all of my patterns, but I love the go-with-everything quality of Varana, Varkala and Ramala. And everything coral feels really wonderful and, go figure, on trend!

LG: What patterns/products from PCH (Spring 2014 collection or otherwise) can be found in your office or home? 
AS: We ship to our customers first, kind of a family hold-back situation if you will, but on my wish list are the Marina sky quilt, Laundered Linen coral throw and Varana sky duvet cover and shams.

 LG: Everyone’s design process is different. Walk us through yours. Once you have an idea for a new pattern or product, what steps do you take before the final product is produced?   
AS: I wanted to expand on our Cape Calm collection and envisioned spicing up the predominantly blue palette with coral and acid green. I wanted a grouping that included quilts, duvet covers and accessories that would be effortlessly livable and easy to layer in a single or mixed combination of colors.

LG: If you could raid anyone’s linen closet, whose would it be and why?  
AS: Hmmm, having gotten a peek at two of Bunny Williams’ linen closets , I would have to grab those. And I am already blessed to have the benefit of my mother’s expertly curated collection of linens.

Pine Cone Hill Giveaway and Q&A from Layla Grayce

Looking for a seasonal escape? Transport your bedroom’s style with the Cape Calm collection! Mixing spring hues with coastal-inspired graphic patterns, this soothing line exudes tranquil, seaside style.

Pine Cone Hill Giveaway and Q&A from Layla Grayce

Gorgeous graphic prints lend an eye-catching twist to this season’s pastel palette. Beautiful Indian-inspired bedding mesmerizes with stunning diamond patterns, while plush throw pillows add make an instant statement on a sofa or bed. Shop the entire collection here (and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!)

pin to win a $1,000 bunny williams home shopping spree!

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Alexandria G.!

Bunny Williams Home Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Pin your Dream Living Room for a chance to win $1,000 towards Bunny Williams Home.

We’re excited to announce the arrival of our exclusive online collection of Bunny Williams Home furnishings! To celebrate this new line of settees, chairs, mirrors, table lamps, side tables and more, we’re offering one winner a $1,000 shopping spree towards ANY Bunny Williams Home furnishings! Plus, the winner will receive a free and personalized room design consultation with a member of the Bunny Williams design team!*

*Limited to a consultation on one room conducted via up to three emails with the Bunny Williams team, including advice on selecting furnishings for your $1,000 shopping spree, plus tips on color palettes and choosing accessories to complete a single space in your home.

To enter, simply follow the steps below. Boards will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the rules. Good luck and happy pinning!

To Enter:

  • Join Pinterest.com, and follow Layla Grayce and Bunny Williams Home’s Pinterest boards
  • Create a new Pinterest board and name it “Layla Grayce/Bunny Williams Home Living Room.”
  • Fill this board with at least 10 pins featuring Layla Grayce products and inspiration images for your dream living room – a minimum of 5 must be pinned from our Bunny Williams Home Pinboard
  • Tag all pins on the board #laylagrayce and #bunnywilliamshome
  • When you’re finished, click here to submit the URL from a pin on your board and be entered to win!

*Giveaway closes Friday, February 21, 2014. Winner will be announced Monday, February 24, 2014. Winner will receive up to $1,000 credit towards Bunny Williams Home on Layla Grayce, in the form of a one-time use promo code. If product winner selects totals less than $1,000, the remaining winning dollar amount will be forfeited. If product exceeds $1,000, winner agrees to pay the difference. Design consultation is limited to three emails exchanged with the Bunny Williams team, including advice on selecting furnishings for your $1,000 shopping spree, plus tips on color palettes and choosing accessories to complete a single space in your home. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Bunny Williams Home Giveaway from Layla GrayceBunny Williams Home

 

Just in! Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2014 Collection + A Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Mayra J.!

Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway from Layla Grayce

We’re excited to announce the arrival of the new Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2014 collection! From bold brocade patterns to rich embossed textures, these sophisticated accessories deliver fresh looks we can’t help but love. To share our excitement, we’re giving away one gorgeous bag from the Spring 2014 Collection! Simply follow the instructions below to enter. At the end of the giveaway, we’ll send the winner the Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2014 Collection diaper bag of your choice (*excludes the Cake collection). Good luck!

To Enter:

  • Like Layla Grayce on Facebook
  • Sign up for our Newsletter for more Layla Grayce giveaways!* Plus, when you click the link and sign up for our newsletter, you can refer a friend for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Layla Grayce.

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes Monday, February 17, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Petunia Pickle Bottom blooms this season with beautiful, retro-inspired prints. Functional and effortlessly fabulous, the must-have Sashay Satchel keeps a fashionista’s essentials secure and organized. Sweet and discreet, the Haven nursing cover offers the perfect sanctuary for little ones.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Modern moms can express their style with diaper bags that combine practicality and polished sophistication. The Boxy Backpack’s versatile design offers parents a variety of carrying options, while the City Carryall provides ample space for wipes, diapers and more!

Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Ready to put a little spring style in your step? Our new collection is sure to provide your signature look this season! Shop the entire Petunia Pickle Bottom line here and don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

Top Ten: Valentine’s Day Gifts

1. Waxing Poetic Boutique Collection Scribbler Necklace 2. Waxing Poetic Charm Camp Love 3. Lollia Relax Bubble Bath 4. Macaron Soaps Gift Box 5. Jessie Steele Apron June Cross Stitch Hearts 6. Tocca Beauty Eau De Parfum Viaggio #1 7. Waxing Poetic Charm Lucky Chances Heart 8. Kendra Scott Victoria Ivory Earrings 9. Drops of Jupiter Guava Pink Gold Earrings 10. Kendra Scott Mara Bright Red Necklace

Love is in the air at Layla Grayce! Ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a fabulous collection of our favorite gifts to make your special someone smile. Shop our Valentine’s Day collection here.

Golden Globes Inspired Home Decor

The best starlets in entertainment delivered show-stopping style last Sunday at the 71st Annual Golden Globes! Although we absolutely loved every leading lady’s look, we managed to narrow it down to our six favorites. Just like the fashion from the red carpet, our new pillow collection captures eclectic style with modern designs and eye-catching details. Channel your inner Hollywood prima donna and update your decor with these plush accessories!

Golden Globes Inspired Home Decor from Layla Grayce

Featured On: The Huffington Post

Pompano Silver,Asha White,Maala Magenta,Lili Silver,Samir Gold,Kaori Purple

 

Looking to refresh your sofa or bed? Sometimes adding a new accessory will do the trick! Rich with unexpected textures, this fabulous pillow line shines with globally-inspired influences. Stunning jewel tones mix with metallic accents for designs that can’t help but steal the spotlight! Shop the entire collection here.