Archive for June, 2011

Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}

Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}
Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}
Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}
Celebrate With Kate {Baby Landers Gender Reveal Party}

Make Way For Our Little Duckling
Kate Landers here again, this time to share with you a personal event–the baby gender reveal party my husband and I hosted for our first little one arriving this fall! I find gender reveal parties to be an excellent creative outlet for all those mamas-to-be who want to design and plan an event to celebrate their very special upcoming arrival. Whether you choose to keep it intimate with just immediate family or large with everyone you know, it is a wonderful time to share your joy with others.

We had a most memorable celebration, revealing to our families that we will be welcoming a little BOY into our lives! Despite a no-show photographer and our pup Henry eating the custom cake less than 2 hours before the party started, we managed to take what came our way and made the best of it–and looking back, I couldn’t imagine it any more perfect. Here are some hints for planning your own baby gender-reveal party:

  • Selecting A Theme & Color Scheme A wonderful source of inspiration for your baby gender reveal party is your favorite children’s book. Being in Boston and having a passion for classic storybooks, we selected a “Make Way For Ducklings” based on the beloved book by Robert McClosky. The book made an appearance on the party table with a custom printed bookplate inside and encouragement for the guests to sign a note to build Baby Landers’ library.

    The color-scheme was kept gender neutral, based on duckling colors of soft yellow, white and hints of brown. Fresh flowers such as pussy willows, peonies, summer stock and hydrangea add a nice touch to bring acolor-scheme to life.

  • Incorporate Your Theme With Custom Printed Details From darling mini ice cream carton labels to a custom bookplate, invitations to a charming rosette banner, designer Loralee Lewis custom created spectacular duckling-themed treasures. She even sent a larger print of the artwork for us to frame and put in the nursery (a great idea to remember this special celebration). Each item provides style and a function, sure to wow your guests.
  • Decorate Your Space, Ceiling to Floor You can create a festive environment and transform your space by using your vertical and horizontal hot spots. We hung fabric bunting from the ceiling (we had over 90 feet of custom yellow & white bunting that really “wow”ed everyone).

    We also used those popular tissue poms (we used wide double-faced satin ribbon instead of clear line for a fresh take) in colors called french vanilla and banana custard. We also made sure table linens went down to the floor, using a custom white gathered tablecloth, so guests felt surrounded by decorations.

  • Use Classic White As Your Base I can’t stress enough the value of investing in classic white fabric table linens and tableware. I took a charming white floor length gathered tablecloth topped it with a darling custom-made thick gathered white fabric table topper (6″ drop trimmed in white pom poms). I customized the table to the event with a simple ruffle-trimmed soft yellow table runner.

    Cake was served on white plates from Pottery Barn, and home made ice cream served in classic white cartons (with lids to take home) we dressed up with custom labels on the carton and lid.

  • Keep It Simple & Sweet We held the event for 90 minutes, perfect for an afternoon gathering with small children. The menu was simple and entirely sweet: home made old fashioned vanilla ice cream, a classic cake with a custom fondant duckling cake topper, mini banana parfaits, and darling duckling cookies as well as divine buttercream-filled shortbread and sugar cookie eggs. No candy jars here, as we didn’t want to overdo it with the kids.

    Guests took home berry baskets of the cookies, so they doubled as a dessert and party favor. Beverages (served in baby bottles with striped straws) were old fashioned lemonade, iced tea, bottled water and milk.

  • Involve Your Guests We included an insert with the invitation asking guests to wear pink or blue representing their best guess of whether we were having a boy or a girl (making for wonderful photos). We also had a chart for everyone to take their best “quack” at it to write down their guesss–perfect to add to the baby book later! Children enjoyed games of “Duck, Duck, Goose!” as well as an egg hunt in the backyard.

A couple “lessons learned”: Don’t hire a new photographer last minute–be prepared with a back up plan. Having to take my own event photos served to be quite a challenge and did not capture the event as I had envisioned. For the baby shower, we already have a spectacular photographer (and a back up!) who has been lined up for months.

Also: mistakes happen, even to those of us who do this for a career–allow for them. Our pup Henry ate the cake, so my husband quickly went to the store, got a box of cake mix and can of frosting (gasp!) and created a quick fix. These little “oops” moments add character to the event and will become part of the treasured story for later.

Trend Watch: Industrial Chic

Industrial Chic
Gabby Decor Barlow Numbered Crates, Arteriors Reeves Antique Brass and Glass Pendant, Sizzer Coffee Table, Aidan Gray Giovanna Day Sofa,

Industrial Chic
Regina Andrew Antique Mercury Glass Saucer Pendant, 115 Bookcase, Aidan Gray Small Boule Accent Table

While the term “Industrial Chic” may at first conjure up visions of something mass made and sterile, this trend is anything but, instead focused on items that have a sense of history dating back to the early 1900’s when the industrial age first began. Metal plays a big part of the style with machined iron and steel paired with unfinished wood for a look that is delightfully nostalgic. We’re loving the look of adding one or two key pieces to transitional interiors, giving rooms an injection of the unexpected. Think accent tables or storage shelving that have a functional, chic “old factory” look, or the simple shapes of metal pendant lighting. These cool vintage inspired finds accent interiors with rustic, utilitarian style. Ready to add some personality to your rooms? Check out the latest in Industrial Chic

Get To Know: Lindsey Gladstone, Daily Candy Kids Editor

Lindsey Gladstone, Daily Candy Kids Editor
Clockwise from top right: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Harvey the Child Mime by Loryn Brantz, Hudson Gwen Wide Leg Jean, Jennifer Delonge poufs, Prabal Gurung colorblock dresses, Jamie Young canvas tote

For the next several Mondays, we’re meeting up with editors from some of our favorite online and print publications to talk shop in The Backroom. Their “picks” always inspire, so we’re thrilled to get a peek at what drives their personal style.

As DailyCandy.com’s Kids editor, Lindsey Gladstone oversees all of the Kids editions from NYC to Los Angeles and Everywhere in between. Joining DailyCandy in 2004, she helped launch the Chicago edition serving as its local editor until 2006. Next up for Lindsey was hosting “The Shopping Detective, a half-hour show airing nationally on the Fine Living Network, that showed viewers how to shop for everything from barbecues to hostess gifts. In addition, Lindsey has reported for The New York Times “T: Style” Magazine, Allure, Chicago Magazine, and filed trend reports on local NBC and CBS TV programs and the Today Show. She lives in Chicago with her husband Ben and daughters Nora and Lila.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and guilty pleasures!

  • My signature colors: To wear: navy and white. To decorate: Accents of orange and yellow against a backdrop of white walls.
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: A Camelbak sippy, my iPhone (if I can find it), a moleskin notebook, a Laurent Olivier leaf barrette, and multiple tubes, pots, and wands of random clear lip gloss.
  • Trends I have my eye on: Wide leg jeans, color blocking and stripes.
  • The superpower I would love to have: The ability to snap my fingers and turn the inside of my empty fridge into Whole Foods.
  • I can’t live without: Redfin.com, a real estate site. It’s like porn for parents. Oooh, a yard. Wow, an attached garage. Did you see that eat-in kitchen?
  • My favorite place on Earth is: The inside of a Bikram yoga studio just after the last pose.
  • Books I’m reading right now: Me: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan; My Kids: Harvey the Child Mime by Loryn Brantz
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: A trio of Jennifer Delonge poufs for the playroom, a Jamie Young canvas tote and Serena & Lily Marni bedding.

Get The Look: Sensational Cyan Blue Accents

Sensational Cyan Blue
Credits: Interior Design by Bear-Hill Interiors as featured in: At Home in Arkansas Photos: Nancy Nolan

Sensational Cyan Blue
Credits: Interior Design by Bear-Hill Interiors as featured in: At Home in Arkansas Photos: Nancy Nolan

Sensational Cyan Blue
Credits: Interior Design by Bear-Hill Interiors as featured in: At Home in Arkansas Photos: Nancy Nolan

Sensational Cyan Blue
Credits: Interior Design by Bear-Hill Interiors as featured in: At Home in Arkansas Photos: Nancy Nolan

Sensational Cyan Blue
Clockwise from upper left: Currey and Company Serena Chandelier, Big Sur Limed Oak Media Cabinet, Arteriors Aqua Cased Glass Paulette Lamp, DL Rhein Circle Link Embroidered Pillow, Layla Grayce Colorado Chair slipcovered in custom fabric, Thomas Paul Damask Powder Cream Wool Rug, Oly Studio Yves Cocktail Table, Layla Grayce Berkshire Chair customized with blue twill tape and nailhead trim

Sensational Cyan Blue
Clockwise from upper left: Imperial Trellis Soft Aqua Wallpaper, Oly Studio Klemm Mirror, Oly Studio Pipa Bowl Chandelier, Bungalow 5 Valentina Console, Thomas Paul Aqua Orinthology Pillow, Oly Studio Jacob Sofa in enamel white with bronze leather upholstery, Arteriors Naomi Aqua Fluted Glass/Acrylic Lamp

Sensational Cyan Blue accents
Clockwise from upper left: Wall color shown in photo, Sherwin Williams SW6765 Spa, Venus Pendant Light in Natural, Venus Pendant Light in Turquoise, Sky Blue Ceramic Stools (coming soon), Flora Turquoise Embroidered Pillow, DL Rhein Stained Glass Embroidered Pillow, DL Rhein Cross Hatch Chocolate Embroidered Pillow, Tara Shaw Maison Shelter Sofa in Belgian Linen with Pillows

Sometimes a color is so captivating it takes your breath away. Cyan is like that – gorgeous and bold, but also a little intimidating. How to work it into interiors in a way that looks sophisticated and not comic book bright? We were inspired by the way this Arkansas house comes across as light, bright and traditional, but with an artistic touch of blue woven throughout the design scheme. Accents of cyan are the perfect touch, elevating the rooms with a dash of show stopping color. Time to breath in now – and get the look with a few strategically placed accessories!

Camille Spies {Sea Glass}

Camille Spies {Sea Glass}
{1} Amy Butler Lily Ocean Wallpaper from Layla Grayce {2}Kendra Scott Jeanine Earrings {3} Perfect Pieces Blue Plate {4} Flowers {5} Chair {6}Ruffled Cake Stand

Is there any color combination more soothing than seafoam green & turquoise? Camille Styles here with this week’s trend in interiors, fashion and entertaining, and today today I’m sharing some of my favorite decor pieces in cool shades of blue & green. Nothing brings life to a room like a chic printed wallpaper, and I’m loving the Passion Lily pattern from Amy Butler. Throw in a stunning teal accent chair and a blue vase to tranquilize your home, while a pair of Jeanine earrings in Kiwi keep you stylishly serene around the clock. You may not be collecting sea glass along the shore, but who says you can’t still have a zen summer?

Get To Know: Tara Shaw (And Enter Our Giveaway)

Tara Shaw
Clockwise from top: Tara Shaw Maison French Biblioteque, pearls, Tara Shaw Maison Venetian Mirror, Tara Shaw Maison Swedish Rococo Bench, Tara Shaw Maison Italian Fauteuil

Tara Shaw Collection of antique reproductions
Tara Shaw Maison Italian Fauteuil Chair, Tara Shaw Maison Italian Table with Mirrored Top, Tara Shaw Maison Gilded Iron Cachepot on table, Tara Shaw Maison French Biblioteque, Tara Shaw Maison Vellum Books (on shelves)

Tara Shaw Collection of antique reproductions
Tara Shaw Maison pieces: Swedish Side Chairs, Swedish Formal Dining Table, on table: French Grande Polished Cloche, Italian Four Light Candelabras and French Grande Polished Platter, Large 12 Arm Italian Chandelier, Swedish Corner Cabinet shown with Shell Jute Tassle on upper cabinet door, 2 French Petite Matte Cloches and French Moyen Polished Cloche

Tara Shaw Collection of antique reproductions
Tara Shaw Maison French Jardiniere displayed on French Wooden Pedestal flanking the Tara Shaw Maison Shelter Sofa in Belgian Linen with Pillows and Tara Shaw Maison Swedish Rococo Coffee Table


Tara Shaw Maison Italian Four Light Candelabras (2), Tara Shaw Maison French Grande Polished Cloche on French Grande Polished Platter, Tara Shaw Maison French Polished Compote with Tara Shaw Maison Gilded Italian Lantern suspended overhead

Tara Shaw is the epitome of New Orleans charm, from her southern accent to the French flair of her designs. As both an interior designer and importer of antiquities, she’s long been bringing the best of her European finds back for her clients. Now with the introduction of her gorgeous collection of antique reproductions, Tara Shaw Maison, it’s almost like hiring Tara for your own home! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the fabulous woman behind the collection and give you a chance to win one of her amazing pieces.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves, inspirations and guilty pleasures!

  • Signature colors: Typically, I work in neutrals for interiors and wear black or cream (I travel a lot and it takes the planning out of packing!) But I think each space calls for a fresh idea; never cookie cutter. Right now I am working on a showcase house in LA (House of Windsor) where I used orange and taupe accented with black and my sepia art pieces.
  • My 5 favorite Tara Shaw Maison designs: I always list the Maison Biblioteque as my favorite (it was the piece that made me start my reproduction line). I have the Rococo bench in the front foyer of my home and a pair of Maison black lanterns over the bar in my contemporary kitchen. The Silverleaf Venetian Mirror hangs over a vanity in my powder room, juxtaposed with contemporary German chrome fixtures, and last but definitely not least, the tall back Italian Fauteuil is in my living room, a favorite chair for my husband!
  • Coffee table book I love: Style by John Saladino
  • My favorite place on Earth is: Lucca, Italy.
  • Cause I care deeply about: The inner city of New Orleans. We work with a program that helps men and women get a new start. We have used the participants in their addiction recovery program as our workforce for many years.
  • In my handbag right now: Burt’s Bees for lips, dog treats for the 2 whippets that travel with me, a Maison Pearson hairbrush, my iPhone and vitamins.
  • My guilty pleasure is: Shopping for antique jewelry.
  • The superpower I would love to have: Being able to time travel.
  • You’d be surprised to know: I cook for my husband almost every night I am home.
  • My signature go-to fashion item: Pearls, pearls, pearls! I don’t care if I am in flip flops or a long gown, I have my pearls on.

Tara Shaw giveawayIT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!
Tara’s bringing her southern hospitality along. One lucky winner will receive her French Petite Cloche and Platter (retail value $134) in matte finish. Comment below or on Facebook, telling us what your favorite Tara Shaw Maison piece is and why and you’re entered to win. Contest closes at end of the day, Wednesday, June 22nd.

Congrats to Christine Ash Perry!

Celebrate With Kate {Outdoor Entertaining Ideas}

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Summer grants most of us the longest days of the year. I find the extra hours of daylight and warmth perfect for lazy afternoons or late evenings spent outdoors with family and friends. It’s Kate Landers again, here to share a few tips for outdoor summer entertaining with style and ease.

  • Take Advantage Of The Fruits Of The Season. I absolutely adore serving fresh fruit during the summer, purchased from local farmers markets and produce stands when possible to support my community. While I enjoy serving mini fruit pies throughout the summer (topped with homemade ice cream of course), many guests prefer to enjoy the fruit as a dessert on its own. Therefore I recommend setting out a food-safe bucket or bushel full of ready-to-eat berries, peaches, cherries or your favorite fruit in addition to the sweets you bake them in, for all guests to enjoy!
  • Bring What’s Indoors Outside During Summer Months. It’s becoming more common to bring weather-proof pieces of furniture (such as an armoire or hutch) to a protected area outside to provide a stylish and practical surface to serve guests. Where you use it for a serve-yourself beverage station or to set up a casual breakfast buffet stocked with pastries and jam, you will likely wonder how you went all these years not using it for your outdoor soirees.
  • Create A Casual Atmosphere With Your Tableware. Set the mood for a comfortable and relaxed outdoor celebration using casual tableware, such as mason jars for beverage glasses. These work great for ice cold drinks, and double as lightening bug catchers for the kids!
  • Use Products From Nature For Tables and Seating. Bales of Hay can be used as both a table and seating for children and adults for your backyard bash. Cover with a seasonal fabric to create a theme for a BBQ or afternoon picnic.
  • Keep Supplies Handy. I like to stock a bucket filled with sunscreen, wide-brimmed straw hats, bugspray, flashlights, a few decks of playing cards, hand-held fans, beach towels and blankets to provide guests protection and comfort.

Keep outdoor entertaining relaxed and simple. Enjoy yourself. Remember, nature has an incredible calming effect to help melt away those hostess-nerves–so enjoy every moment you can outdoors!

Kalon To The Modern Nursery Rescue!

Kalon Studios Caravan Collection

Kalon Studios Ioline Collection

Kalon Studios Echo Collection

Kalon Studios Hut Hut

Kalon Studios

With a super hero-like name, Kalon bursts into the kid’s furnishing scene with the power to innovate, delight both young and old alike and shake up nursery décor with its hip, modern look. Fantastically simple silhouettes teem with quality details, complementing the beauty of natural hardwood with bold pops of color. But the hidden power behind this line is how far the company has gone to create a collection that takes sustainability to a whole new, eco-friendly level. Every piece is hand crafted here in the US with finishes so non-toxic they’re practically food safe, and techniques so efficient that even the sawdust is repurposed. These clever products even morph into other forms as your child grows! Cribs convert to toddler beds, the changer trunk transitions from dresser top utility to an on-the-floor storage bench for toddlers and colorful Hut Huts are rockin’ kids chairs or fab footstools for parents. Pretty "super" stuff, huh? Shop Kalon Studios >

Layla Grayce at Plush

Plush: the posh little urbanites show

founders of Layla Grayce and Plush
Layla Grayce co-founder Tiffany Harris with Jina Park, founder of PLUSH: the posh little urbanites show and the Ultimately Plush blog

Bella Notte Linens crib bedding and AFK Art For Kids Crib
Clockwise from top: {1} Bella Notte Linens Olivia Lace 12″x16″ pillow in flax, Allysa boudoir pillow in petal, Square Homespun pillow in flax, Linen Quilted Bumper in petal, Linen crib sheet in flax
{2} AFK Art for Kids Cherubini Crib in Versailles Creme, Bella Notte Linens Allysa baby blanket in flax, Gwen Patchwork baby blanket in petal, Whisper Linen dust ruffle in flax, Linen dust ruffle in petal, Reesa Pink Swirls Step Stool, House Inc. Marche Pink Cotton Flannel Hook Rug {3} AFK Art for Kids Cherubini Crib detail

AFK Art for Kids RockerAFK Art for Kids Personalized Rocker

Brasdshaw Kirchofer furniture and Annette Tatum bedding
Bradshaw Kirchofer furniture: Harry’s Changing Dresser, and Dollhouse Bed. On bed: Annette Tatum Euro Shams in Grande Stripe Orchid and Brocade Orchid, Standard Sham with Ruffle in Charm Pearl, Neckroll Pillow with Ruffle in Grande Stripe Orchid, Ruffled Boudoir Pillow in Bloom, Duvet in Brocade Orchid, Bedskirt in Grande Stripe Orchid

Tiffany Harris from Layla Grayce with Project Nursery
Left to right: Pamela Ginocchio from Project Nursery, Tiffany Harris from Layla Grayce and Melisa Fluhr from Project Nursery

Art for Kids Furniture Upholstered Cradle with Bella Notte Linens
AFK Art for Kids Furniture Cradle upholstered in Rosetta, Bella Notte Melissa Floral Linen Baby Blanket in white and Melissa Floral Linen 18″ Decorative Pillow in petal

Lollia bath and beauty products
Lollia bath and beauty products

Catt Sandler and Jason Kennedy from E! News interview Tiffany Harris
Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy from E! News interview Layla Grayce co-founder Tiffany Harris

Layla Grayce at Plush
From left to right: Leopard Ivory Denim Petite Pettiskirt and coordinating Ivory Tank with Bow and Rosette, Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Towel (hanging from AFK Art for Kids Eloise Clothes Tree), Precious Pink Booties, Blabla Doll Clochette Mini Fairy Doll, Birthday Girl Pettiskirt dress

Layla Grayce at Plush
A last look at our space and our Layla Grayce gals that helped out the day of the event. From left to right: Kristine, Yvonne, Karine, Tiffany Harris, Luanna, Michele, Tristan, Natalie

It was a crazy, chaotic day, but what a fabulous time we had at the Plush show last weekend! We met up with longtime Layla Grayce fans, showcased our products to a lovely group of expectant moms and chatted with the gals from Project Nursery. Planning the space was a blast, and we highlighted our product collections with vintage lighting, floating parasol accents and a colorful candy bar for the kids. Special thanks to AFK Art for Kids, Annette Tatum, Blabla, Bradshaw Kirchofer Home Furnishings, Eloquence, Little Giraffe, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Rug Market and especially to the incredible ladies of Layla Grayce for making this a success!

Mix ‘N Match Perfection: Serena & Lily Bedding

Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily Ventura Duvet Set, Embroidered Sheet Set in Gobi Berry, Jaipur Plum Putty Decorative Pillow, Berry Border Frame Standard Sham, Berry Border Frame Euro Sham, Ventura Euro Sham

Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily Marni Duvet Set, Embroidered Sheet Set in Gobi Berry, Marni Euro Sham, Berry Border Frame Euro Sham

Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily Navy Border Frame Duvet Cover, Navy Border Frame Euro Sham, Embroidered Gobi Navy Sheet Set, Serena & Lily Fillmore Bed in White/Putty Jaipur

Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily Persimmon Knot Sheet Set, Mandara Euro Shams, Mandara Duvet Cover

Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily Berry Border Frame Duvet Cover, Embroidered Sheet Set in Gobi Berry, Marni Euro Sham, Berry Border Frame Standard Sham

Ah summer… full of the colors of warm sunshine and soft sand, crisp white sails accented by navy and the vibrant hue of berries ripened in the sun. Serena & Lily brings the elements of the season inside, artfully combining the sunny yellow medallion patterned Marni print with not-so-basic whites accented with berry. And as zesty and fresh as this combination is, we love how the berry border frame sheets and shams also work back to the soft neutrals of seasons past. We think you’ll find endless ways to be inspired by the new collection, colors and prints, bringing new life to your existing bedding. Shop new Serena & Lily collections.