Archive for September, 2010

Expressions of Color: Soft Pink

soft pinkThe color of baby cheeks, spring blossoms and all things girly, we adore seeing soft pink worked into interior decor for both home and kids including bedding, rugs accessories and walls. Pristine when paired with white and vintage inspired with creams, pink is also the perfect accent to soft sage green, aqua and natural linen. And of course girls of all ages can’t help but look sweetly romantic dressed in this darling hue – a Layla Grayce favorite! Shop all soft pink items here.

White Halloween Compliments of Sweet Paul (Brilliant!)

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It’s Party-time with a Giveaway and Tips From Kate Landers

Kate Landers Mermaid Party for Kids
Kate Landers Mermaid Party for Kids
Kate Landers Mermaid Party for Kids
Kate Landers Mermaid Party for Kids
Kate Landers Mermaid Party for Kids

Kate Landers Mermaid Party for Kids

We’re enchanted with another party by Kate Landers Events where she brings to life childhood imaginations – this time in mermaid form. From recreating the ocean floor with pounds of play sand to a dessert table filled with clever concoctions mimicking the creatures of the sea, Kate captures the look and feel of being a mermaid. Kate is back to share some of her best party tips – ideas for repurposing your favorite pieces into amazing party decor:

Repurposing is my favorite party tip because it utilizes the pieces you love the most. Nothing is purchased only for a party, and everything you love gets used over and over again. Think of it in these two ways.

  1. Use what you have already invested in for the event design:
    You would be surprised with the amazing items you already have in your home that can make your next party stylish and sophisticated. Purchasing less-expensive items that fit in your current budget but don’t give the look of your original taste and vision in can be wasteful in the end.

    Consider using these items for your next event: Table linens, china, candlesticks, chandeliers, picture frames, mirrors, cake stands, vases and wall art.

  2. Invest in those new fabulous home decor items for your party and repurpose them later:
    When you plan a special occasion, you want the memories of the event to be lasting. Focus your decor budget on key items you can reuse later. Not only will you be able to showcase your new home decor for all your friends and family to see, but the piece will become a reminder of that special time in your life.

    For a “shabby chic” themed baby shower, you can purchase that spectacular vintage-inspired white and crystal chandelier that makes your dessert table go from ordinary to utterly divine knowing it will be a family heirloom when you bring it to the nursery after the event.

Layla Grayce Items I repurposed for the Mermaid Party:

  1. 1. White Ruffled Shower Curtain: I love the way the tiered ruffles dress up my all white bathroom with some shabby chic style. With ruffles as a central part of the mermaid party design (representing waves and a romantic mermaid gathering), it was fitting to incorporate it as the backdrop for the ocean-inspired dessert table.
  2. 2. White Ruffle Trimmed Napkins: I wanted each place setting to have something special to mimic a mermaid tail: these fabulous white ruffle-trimmed napkins did exactly that. Having pressed then folded them, tucked under vintage white milkglass ruffled plates and bubbled bowls, each napkin looked like a “mermaid tail” hanging over the edge of the table at each place setting. And these will become a seasonal celebration table linen staple when used for a Christmas celebration, an Easter brunch, a Mother’s Day lunch, etc.
  3. 3. White Candlesticks: I wanted something beautiful that would grab the eye of a mermaid–something that could have been found on a lavish ship and appeared timeless–these gorgeous candlesticks were exactly what I was looking for. Not only did I use them to add height and whimsy to the dessert table display, but I also used them on the girls’ dining table to create a fine dining experience (as mermaids may do in the deep waters of the ocean!) And outside of the party, they can be topped with an appetizer plate to add height on a buffet or with a candle on the table or mantle.

It’s giveaway time: Kate has generously offered one lucky winner a $500 custom party (must be at least 4 months away)! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below or on our Facebook page telling us about an event you’d like Kate to plan. Contest ends Friday, October 1st at 5pm EDT.

Kate is also offering items from this party for giveaway on her own site. Find more details on her blog or her Facebook page.

Photographs by Open Shade Studios

Event expert Kate Landers Events, LLC will be creating a chic Vintage Silhouette party for Ms. Cristen Schone so….congrats Cristen, we know you’ll love your party! Thanks to everyone who entered – we appreciate each of you tremendously, especially Kate for sharing your party with us!

Dwell Studio 40% off sale – new markdowns for kids

DwellStudio sale - 40% off
Over 50 new DwellStudio markdowns for kids including bibs, bedding, accessories and rugs. Shop the sale soon before they all sell out!

A Savory Taste of France: Herbs de Provence Roast Chicken

Herbs de Provence Roast Chicken
An early Fall chill in the air has us craving something warm, hearty and richly satisfying. Head to your local farmer’s market for inspiration and stock up on fresh produce, herbs and meats to create this divinely basic but delicious recipe compliments of chef and food stylist Molly Shuster with luscious photography from Jamie Beck. For more recipes from Molly, visit her website Molly From The Cape, and be sure to check out Jamie’s fantastic From Me To You photography blog that also features more of their collaborations.

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Trend Watch: Peacock

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It’s Party-time with a Giveaway and Tips From The TomKat Studio

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Halloween Spook-tacular Artwork

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Introducing Rue Magazine

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway!

Petunia Pickle Bottom Sightseer Baby Carrier
One lucky winner will receive a Petunia Pickle Bottom Sightseer Baby Carrier in the Tour in Yoshino pattern. To enter, leave a comment below or on our Facebook page telling us about where you would MOST like to be carried away to! Contest ends Friday, Sept 17th at 6pm EST.

We have a a winner – congrats to Ms. Erin Ferguson! Thanks to all of you for contributing!