Archive for February, 2012

2012 Cribsie Awards – Vote For Us!

Layla Grayce Nominated for a Cribsie Award

It’s award season, and we’ve been nominated for a Cribsie Award! Layla Grayce is in the running for “Greatest Baby Gifts” and we’re hoping you’ll vote for us. Voting is simple but you will need to register as a Cribsie user to vote. Here’s what you’ll need to do to vote:

  1. Go to: The Cribsie Website. Register as a Cribsie user by entering your information.
  2. Validate your registration by clicking on the link in the confirmation email. It will take you to the site and you can start voting.
  3. Go to the WEB category, scroll down and click on the lavender bar for “Greatest Baby Gifts”. Make your selection by clicking on the name and then cast your vote. You can vote for as many awards as you like.

Voting ends March 16th and Cribsie winners will be announced April 2nd. Thanks for taking the time to vote!


get the look: glamorous lilac

Glamorous Dining Room with a Punch of Color
Interior design by: Ingrid Fretheim As featured in: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Photos: Emily Minton Redfield

Glamorous Dining Room with a Punch of Color
Interior design by: Ingrid Fretheim As featured in: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Photos: Emily Minton Redfield

Glamorous Dining Sunroom with a Punch of Color
Interior design by: Ingrid Fretheim As featured in: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Photos: Emily Minton Redfield

Glamorous Living Room with Pop of Lilac
Interior design by: Ingrid Fretheim As featured in: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Photos: Emily Minton Redfield

Glamorous Bedroom with a Punch of Color
Interior design by: Ingrid Fretheim As featured in: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Photos: Emily Minton Redfield

Glamorous Bedroom with a Punch of Color
Interior design by: Ingrid Fretheim As featured in: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Photos: Emily Minton Redfield

get the look: glamorous lilac
Clockwise from top left: Delilah Collection Etruscan Gold Sconce, Illusion Urbane Plum Pillow, Worlds Away Treillage Gold Leaf Mirror, Currey and Company Bromley Amethyst Table Lamp, Worlds Away Oval Wastebasket Garden in Lavender and Cream, Worlds Away Grace Gold Leaf and Marble Coffee Table, Oly Studio Belle Armchair shown in plum mohair

We’re in love with lilac! This glamorous home featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles perfectly combines European inspired elegance with an artful blend of chic, feminine color. Pretty variations of soft lavender and soft plum weave through each room, unified throughout with accents of glinting gold. Get the look by pairing neutral furniture and walls with a gorgeous dash of color and just the right amount of gold accessories.

From Annie To You: New Bella Blue (And A Free Book Too!)

Annie Selke Pine Cone Hill Bella Blue Interview

Bella Blue by Annie Selke of Pine Cone Hill

It’s new, it’s gorgeous and it’s ours exclusively! We are thrilled to be the first to offer you the new Bella Blue Collection from renowned Pine Cone Hill designer and author, Annie Selke. Annie has graciously offered us exclusive rights to introduce Bella Blue and also is including a free gift, her book, Fresh American Spaces to the first to order! She joins us today to talk about the inspiration for Bella Blue and tell us a bit about herself.

Tell us how you came to be a textile designer.
You know, I don’t really think of myself as a textile designer. Isn’t that odd? I consider myself someone with a good eye and a passion for product. That said, I was drawn to all things textile from a very early age (like, four years old) and stayed close to that love throughout college, where I majored in textile science, but not design.

Selke Interview for Bella Blue PCHWhat inspired the new Bella Blue Collection?
Bella Blue is a reinterpretation of our longtime favorite pattern named Caroline. It was time for Caroline to retire, but her devoted fans—and there are many—demanded, in the nicest way, that we fill her shoes. Thus, Bella was born.

In your book, you showcase 5 Fresh American decorating styles. Where do you think the Bella Blue collection fits into those styles?
Good question. For me, she’s a hybrid of Refined Romantic and Everyday Exuberance.

What elements combine to create that look?
Pine Cone Hill Bella BlueFrom Refined Romantic, Bella has the elements of flowers and provenance (the pattern itself, which was adapted from a vintage document print), and detail (in the lovely ruffled detailing). From Everyday Exuberance, she has the element of color—a fresh and pretty palette on a lovely shade of blue, perked up with white polka dots.

How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t designing?
I love to travel, I love to cook, I love to spend time with my dogs, and I love riding the range at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, AZ!

Tell us something that most people might not know about you.
I love team cattle penning, also at the White Stallion Ranch! It is the most fun 17 seconds ever!

Annie Selke Fresh American Spaces Book

Curl up on your new bedding with a great book – Annie Selke’s Fresh American Spaces! This free gift is available with the purchase of any Bella Blue duvet cover or sheet set (supplies limited). Enter code: BELLABOOK in the promotion/coupon box at checkout to get your copy of Fresh American Spaces.

Celebrate With Kate {Vintage Train Party}

Kate Landers Choo Choo Train Themed Birthday Party
Photography by Katie Futrell

Vintage Train Party Designed By Kate Landers
Photography by Katie Futrell

Navy and Green Vintage Train Birthday Party Designed By Kate Landers
Photography by Katie Futrell

Kate Landers Designed Choo Choo Train Boys Birthday Party
Photography by Katie Futrell

Kate Landers here, thrilled to be back after maternity leave to share more celebration inspiration! I designed this Vintage Train Party for a dear client, Marti Mashburn. I came up with design and styling elements, menu/activity/favor suggestions and vendor recommendations, but it was Marti herself who pulled it all together, executing it perfectly (while seven months pregnant!). Here are some hints from Hudson’s second birthday party which I hope will inspire you to design your own next event:

  • A Fresh Color Scheme Can Personalize A Popular Theme:  Have you been dreaming of a party theme that suddenly seems to be popping up everywhere? Fear not, you can still use that theme, making it your own by incorporating a unique color scheme. The “vintage train” theme has been popular for younger boy parties, but Marti wanted Hudson’s event to be something extra special. I brainstormed some less common color schemes, and Marti chose a combination of navy, light blue, kelly green and gray–my favorite!
  • Reinforce Your Theme With Printed Paper Elements:
    The highly talented and brilliant Loralee Lewis created the fabulous printed elements for Marti’s party (she also did the custom printed work for my gender reveal party, and baby shower). I am smitten with how Loralee integrated the color story, creating so many darling elements that reinforced the theme. The straw flags are a personal favorite, adding a strong pop of kelly green.
  • Birthday Cakes Are Always A Classic:  I adore cupcakes, but have been thrilled to see the popularity of a traditional birthday cake at many children’s parties these days. Keep it simple and still make a stunning statement! Marti knew she wanted a tiered cake with a three-dimensional train. I knew JUST the person to create this for her: Brittany of Edible Details! Brittany was able to create a spectacular vintage train cake topper, matching the style and colors from the printed party goods from Loralee.
  • Classic Patterns And Table Linens Give Your Party Sweet Style:  Navy and white ticking stripe fabric was one of the first patterns that popped into my mind; it is an old fashioned design that never goes out of style. Marti and I both love the practicality and look of fabric table linens, and how you can use them over and over again. Reusing a floor-length table cloth from Hudson’s first birthday party, Marti created a new look by making her own ticking stripe fabric table runner.
  • Costume Pieces Make Great Party Experiences & Party Favors: Marti and I found some darling and inexpensive train conductor hats from Oriental Trading Company for the party guests. They coordinated perfectly with bandanas Marti gave as favors, and the children wore both on the party train ride. Simple costumes can add such a magical touch to a child’s experience at a party, and this is a perfect example that they don’t have to be elaborate or even custom made to be fabulous.

Many thanks to Marti for allowing me to share her charming son Hudson’s second birthday celebration! There were some things that didn’t turn out just as Marti would have liked (you can’t even tell, right?). I hope you can take her experience as an example that no party will be absolutely perfect, some things don’t go as planned, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a stylish party and the happiest birthday boy or girl on earth! 

Serving Up Love, Valentine Style

Heart Shaped Food Ideas for Valentine's Day
Spice Cake Doughnuts with Cinnamon Glaze via My Baking Heart, Heart-Shaped Pancakes via Shopping Nanny,
Cherry Tomatoes & Cocktail Sauce via Eye Candy

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Food
Heart-Shaped Appetizers via Martha Stewart, Four Cheese Ravioli via Annie’s Eats,
Heart-Shaped Pizza via Chef Mom

Show Valentine’s Day love for the sweeties in your house by surprising them with meals that will delight them (and earn you points for creativity). Start the day with heart shaped spice cake doughnuts or pancakes, snack on cleverly skewered cherry tomatoes or figs and sup on heart shaped ravioli or pizza for the kids. Get creative! Have some fun food ideas you’d like to share? Let us know about them in the comments below!

We Like It Hot (Pink!)

Hot Pink Trends from Layla Grayce
Clockwise from top left: Currey and Company Maharani Chandelier, Kendra Scott Pink Agate Valencia Necklace, Fuchsia Floral Echo Print Embroidered Pillow, Raspberry Pink Newborn Pettiskirt,
Trina Turk Pink Zig Zag Needlepoint Pillow

Layla Grayce Favorite Hot Pink For Home
Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Adler Flame Pink Duvet Cover, Palm Beach Hot Pink Photo Album, Jonathan Adler Nixon Hot Pink Throw Blanket, Scalloped Monogram Wall Decal, Worlds Away Nickel Pink Table Lamp

We adore the sweet romanticism of soft pink, but hot pink REALLY gets us going. It’s sassy and fun, bold and captivating. Wear hot pink and you’ll get noticed for all the right reasons. Accent interiors with a splash of hot pink and voila, instant impact – a feminine touch that is chic, a little bit daring and pleasantly unexpected. Want to see more? Shop all hot pink >

Our Heart Belongs To Soft Pink

Soft Pink Items from Layla Grayce for Valentine's Day
Clockwise from top left: Photo Album with Pink Pin Stripes and Ballerina Shoes, Oopsy Daisy Pink Giraffe Growth Chart, BabyLegs Organic Caterpillar Leg Warmers, BlaBla Hold Me Tight Smile Pillow, Pink and Green Princess 3 Section Personalized 8″ Plate

Layla Grayce Favorite Soft Pink Items for Kids Rooms
Clockwise from top left: Oopsy Daisy Chocolate Vintage Nightlight, Obrien Schridde Petite Pink Floral Frame, Dash and Albert Yacht Stripe Pink Woven Cotton Rug, Villa Bella Angelina Mirror, Oly Studio Petite Bird Armchair for Kids

It’s the time of year to gush about your true love, right? While we may have a crush on orange, our heart will always, forever belong to pink. Soft pink, hot pink, you name it, we love it. Since Valentine’s Day is next week, we’re taking a moment to spotlight our love of this perfectly pretty color, starting with soft pink. Want to see more?
Shop all soft pink >

Market Trends 2012: Atlanta

Atlanta Market Trends 2012: Scale
SCALE: Dramatic extremes of scale in both furnishings and accessories were a hot trend at the 2012 Atlanta Market. Furniture is getting upsized, along with everything from enormous pendant lighting and mirrors to oversize accessories. We also noticed more petite furnishings than ever before, most evident in itsy bitsy chairs. It’s creating quite a contrast look in interiors, a “sizeable difference” if you will.

Atlanta Market Trends 2012: Brights
BRIGHTS: Brights were everywhere; definitely the strongest trend we noted, with the home decor world catching up to what’s happening in the fashion world. From vibrant brights to neons to colorblocking, we’re seeing rugs, pillows and other accessories bringing a jolt of color back to interiors.

Atlanta Market Trends 2012: Paris
PARIS: Who doesn’t love Paris? This season it’s going more literal with lamps crafted to look like the Eiffel Tower in styles ranging from rustic European to eclectic and industrial. The Parisian trend continues onto rugs and textiles that feature French phrases and images of the iconic towers, buildings and arches.

Atlanta Market Trends 2012: Baskets
BASKETS: Used as accessories on the walls, turned upside down and made into lampshades and of course used for traditional storage, there were more baskets introduced this year than we’ve seen before.

Atlanta Market Trends 2012: Tabletop
TABLETOP: Granted, tabletop linens are nothing new, but so many of our favorite brands and vendors are branching out to include tabletop linen collections. Pine Cone Hill is introducing indoor/outdoor placemats that coordinate with their Dash and Albert rugs, and Bella Notte’s new line of antique chic tabletop linens are drop dead gorgeous.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Giveaway

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Collection
Petunia Pickle Bottom Coated Canvas: Holiday in the Hague Change it up Clutch and Holiday in the Hague Shopper Tote Bag

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Collection
Petunia Pickle Bottom Stroll Stroller Cover in Santiago Sunset, Touring Tote Diaper Bag in Santiago Sunset, Powder Room Case in Santiago Sunset, Travel Train Case in Santiago Sunset and Adorn iPhone 4 Case in Santiago Sunset

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Collection
Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Sashay Satchel Classic Cornflower

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Collection
Petunia Pickle Bottom Lemon Ginger Chenille Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag, Stroll Stroller Cover in Lemon Ginger Chenille, Receiving Blanket with Lemon Ginger Chenille Trim, Touring Tote Diaper Bag in Lemon Ginger Chenille

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Collection
Petunia Pickle Bottom Cross Town Clutch Diaper Bag in Passport to Prague, Wanderlust Wallet in Passport to Prague, Travel Train Case in Passport to Prague, Touring Tote Diaper Bag in Passport to Prague

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Collection
Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Wistful Weekender Bag in Delightful Dahlia

Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Collection
Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Nomad Knapsack, Scout Satellite Sling, Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Walkabout Carrier in Heathered Grey with black liner

Wistful Weekender
Events we look forward to each year: Christmas, our birthday and the day our new Petunia Pickle Bottom collections arrive! Spring 2012 will knock your socks off with their colorful new patterns offered in their always popular bags and accessories. Shop the new arrivals here. To kick off Spring 2012, we’re giving away one sweet Petunia bag to a lucky winner. The Wistful Weekender Bag shown could be yours – just vote on your favorite new print (you can even select several) and leave a comment below to be entered to win. Enter by Friday, 2/3/12 midnight EST – we’ll announce the winner on Monday!
Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2012 Prints

We have a winner – congrats to Keira K. from Franklin,TN! Thanks to all who voted and shared your fave prints with us!