Archive for August, 2012

Trends We Love: Emerald Green

Emerald Green Trends We Love
DwellStudio Home Green Pillow Deco Border, Zebra

Emerald Green Trends We Love
Clockwise from top left: Capel Rugs Serpentine Dark Green Wool Rug, Currey & Company Green Goddess Chandelier, Rosanna Olive Pressed Glass Pitcher and Set of 4 Double Old-Fashioned, Kirra Tate Green & Gold Bracelet, Jonathan Adler Watergate iPhone 4 Case, Green Clover Notecards, DwellStudio Home Magnus Kelly Green Duvet

We’re not in Kansas anymore! Take Dorothy’s word for it and follow the yellow brick road to The Emerald City, because green, green, green is going to be big this fall. We love it in all its variations and applications, whether it’s a colorful twist on a traditional chandelier or a boldly saturated wool rug that evokes the look of fresh green grass. And while the hue does make a statement, it’s never overbearing or gaudy. It’s a fall must for your home and your wardrobe. Shop the trend >>

Top 10 Cell Phone Cases

Top 10 Bestselling Cell Phone Cases at Layla Grayce
Personalized Cell Phone Cases, Clockwise from top left: Boatman Geller Cameron Raspberry , Clairebella Links, Dabney Lee Holepunch, Clairebella Hoopla, Clairebella Diamond, Boatman Geller Kate Raspberry & Tangerine, Clairebella Damask, Boatman Geller Kate Red & Teal, Dabney Lee Ollie, Clairebella Zebra

Go around the color wheel with our collection of personalized cell phone covers! Customers can’t get enough of these bright and pretty styles–ranging from Dabney Lee‘s Chevron print “Ollie,” to Boatman Geller‘s Moroccan-inspired “Kate,” to Clairebella‘s jazzy geometric “Diamond.” Simply choose your favorite style (with all the options, it’s easier said than done!) and personalize with your name, monogram or initials for a statement that’s all your own. Find your signature style >>

Trends We Love: Gold

Trends Layla Grayce Loves: Gold
Rosanna Set of 4 Kings Road Redux Mugs

Trends Layla Grayce Loves: Gold
Clockwise from top left: Worlds Away Shelby Gold Leaf Round Mirror, Worlds Away Leona Gold Leaf Pendant, Rose Taper Gold Candleholder, Set of 3 Hand Pounded Gold Vermeil Stacking Rings, Worlds Away Clayborn Gold Reverse Mirror Chest, DL Rhein Cross Hatch Citron Embroidered Pillow, DL Rhein Honeycomb Marigold Embroidered Pillow

Home design is forecasted to trend golden this fall, mimicking the dazzling gilded looks seen strutting down the fashion runways. Glitzy, glamorous and forever timeless, the season’s hottest metallic is striking rich on everything from gold leaf mirrors and glowing pendant lights to metallic furnishings and accessories. This season, deliver rich good looks for your home and bask in the warm glow of gorgeous gold. Shop the trend >>

Designers We Love: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

Interior Design by: Suzanne Rheinstein

A New Orleans native, interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein is internationally known for her elegant, sophisticated aesthetic. Her motto? Fewer things but better things, focusing on a mixture of beautiful objects, furniture styles, personal art, painted surfaces, and great attention to comfort, textures, details and light. In homage, we rounded up a few of our favorite spaces from Rheinstein’s vast portfolio, all of which illustrate her powerful belief that “living well every day is much more important than getting your house together only for special occasions.”

Kendra Scott + Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway

Petunia Pickle Bottom and Kendra Scott Giveaway at Layla Grayce

Petunia Pickle Bottom and Kendra Scott Giveaway at Layla Grayce

Win a pair of Kendra Scott Earrings courtesy of Layla Grayce + a Cross Town Clutch in Mystic Mykonos courtesy of Petunia Pickle Bottom!

To enter, all you have to do is hop on over to the Petunia Pickle Bottom Facebook Page, leave a comment, and you’ll be entered to win. Our friends at Petunia Pickle Bottom will choose a winner at random on Friday, 8/17. One entry per person, please.

Inslee By Design

Inslee Haynes Custom Illustration for Layla Grayce
Inslee By Design

Hello friends of Layla Grayce! I’m Inslee Haynes, a fashion illustrator at Inslee By Design and a new contributor to the Layla Grayce blog. I have the pleasure of sharing my monthly inspirations with you in the form of a watercolor sketch. I hope you will enjoy!

For the month of August, I chose to stick with a palate of soft blues and neutral tones inspired by the beach. I opted to pose this girl relaxed with a book because, for me, summer seems to be the only time in the year that I can actually find a moment to sit down and read. And what better place to curl up than the AFK Eloise Patina Sofa. Not only is it gorgeous, but Eloise is my dachshund’s name. (Don’t worry, I’ll illustrate her for you next month.) 

The dress I’ve illustrated here is the Tracy Reese Diamond Ocean maxi dress. Maxi dresses and skirts are my go-to look for casual summer dressing. I paired it with Kirra Tate Green Graduate Earrings. Big earrings and maxi dresses? You can’t go wrong. And drinks are always better and colder served in a Mint Julep cup on a hot August afternoon. I imagine she’s drinking mint-basil lemonade…

Also featured in this illustration: The Phoebe Pillow and the DL Rhein Double Conch Pillow. I am a sucker for admiring throw pillows, but weirdly enough I’ve never bought one. These two would be a good place to start! The rug is the Capel Walkover Stripe in Oatmeal. Love a good stripe. And the only thing I love more than mint basil lemonade and maxi dresses… garden stools. So obviously I had to pop one into the sketch. 

All of these lovely items are available right now so you can bring my sketch to life in your home. Happy shopping!

California al Fresco Summer Dinner Party

Crostini Recipe from Alfresco Dining Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

California Alfresco Dining Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Grilling Vegetables at California Alfresco Dining Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

California Avocado Salad for Summer Alfresco Dinner Party

Event styling and photography: Marina of Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Marina, a food blogger in California, is here with a guest post today to tell you all about hosting a summer al fresco party! We are so excited for her first post on the Layla Grayce blog – enjoy!

A few weeks ago, two of my girlfriends and I hosted a backyard dinner party for our dear friends who were moving to the Netherlands. We wanted to send them off with a beautiful table, flowers, delicious California style food and wine, and 12 of their closest friends. We all have young kids, so we arranged babysitters for the evening so we could spend some rare adult time together.

I was in charge of the table setting. For our 13 guests, we set two 6-foot long tables together in the backyard. I chose a simple white tablecloth, homemade burlap runner, and beautiful Pom Pom at Home White Linen Napkins tied with twine and lavender flowers. Our guests loved these super soft linen napkins. I also love the matching Pom Pom at Home White Table Runners, which have a rustic, elegant and cozy feel. For the centerpiece, I used a gorgeous Aidan Gray Decor Metal Plate Stand and filled it with jars and roses from my garden. Its patina is stunning and reminds me of something that could only be found in Europe.

My friend Holley was in charge of appetizers. Her crostini station was a huge hit with our guests, who nibbled on baguette toast, cheeses, spreads and nuts. Holley, another friend, Ronda, and I divided up the cooking and chose make-ahead recipes that could be served at room temperature. We served dinner family style, which was easy and created a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Grilled summer vegetables were served using this Eclectic Hostess Serving Set, which has a beautiful patina and vintage flair. I’ll definitely be ordering another few sets of these to give out as hostess gifts. I love that no two sets are identical.

Crostini Station

Ingredients:

  • ~ 1-2 baguettes, toasted and sliced
  • ~ 3 soft cheeses
  • ~ 3 spreads or soft toppings, such as hot pepper jelly, apricot jam, roasted tomatoes or tomato bruschette
  • ~ 3 hard toppings, such as various types of nuts

Directions:

Arrange bread and all toppings in small bowls for self-serving

Grilled Summer Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • ~ 2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • ~ 2 yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
  • ~1 Japanese eggplant, sliced lengthwise
  • ~ 1 large red onion, quartered
  • ~ 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed off
  • ~1 bunch small carrots, tops trimmed off
  • ~ 1 each red and yellow bell pepper, halved and seeded
  • ~¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ~ 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ~ 3 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped
  • ~2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ~ ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat vegetables with oil, garlic, herbs and salt Cover and refrigerate 4-8 hours..

Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Lightly coat the grill with cooking spray.  

Place vegetable pieces on hot grill and cook, turning once, until tender crisp, about 2 minutes per side.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

  • ~ 5 cups mixed heirloom tomatoes wedges
  • ~ 2 small English hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • ~2 avocadoes, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • ~ 1 bunch fresh basil, sliced or torn
  • ~ 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ~2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ~ Sea salt
  • ~ Freshly cracked pepper

Directions:

Place tomatoes, cucumber, avocadoes and basil in a large serving bowl or platter.

Drizzle with oil and vinegar and gently toss to coat.  

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

*Can be made several hours in advance, covered and refrigerated.

Bella Notte Linens

Bella Notte Lace Table Linens
Bella Notte Tabletop Olivia Tablecloth over Set of 6 Silk Velvet Quilted Placemats, Set of 6 Linen Napkins, Linen Whisper Curtain Panel with Ruffle

Bella Notte Eloquent Neutral Bedding
Bella Notte Vivianne Pillow Sham, Colette Stain Jacquard Decorative Boudoir Pillow, Vivianne Duvet Cover, Colette Satin Jacquard Duvet Cover, Gathered Linen Dust Ruffle

Bella Notte Romantic Bedding
Bella Notte Olivia Pillow Sham, Olivia Decorative Boudoir Pillow Sham, Silk Velvet Embroidered Euro Pillow Sham, Cotton Velvet Throw Blanket with Satin Ruffle, Cotton Velvet Duvet Cover with Satin

Bella Notte Crushed Velvet and Lace Pillows
Bella Notte Linen Duvet Cover with Crochet Lace, Flat Linen Sheet with Crochet Lace Trim, Silk Velvet Embroidered Euro Pillow Sham, Olivia Decorative Bolser Pillow, Cotton Velvet Throw Blanket with Satin Ruffle, Cotton Velvet Duvet Cover with Satin

Bella Notte Lace and Crushed Velvet Table Linens
Bella Notte Tabletop Olivia Tablecloth over Linen Whisper Tablecloth, Set of 6 Silk Velvet Quilted Placemats

Bella Notte Lace and Crushed Velvet Bedding
Bella Notte Satin Pillowcase, Olivia Coverlet

Bella Notte Luxurious Bedding
Bella Notte Homespun Euro Sham Pillow, Velvet Quilted Silk Pillow Sham, Standard Homespun Pillow Sham

Bella Notte Eloquent White Bedding
Bella Notte Linen Duvet Cover with Crochet Lace, Decorative Linen Bolster Pillow, Whisper Linen Bed Scarf, Linen Pillow Sham with Crochet Lace Trim

Bella Notte Crushed Velvet Bedding
Bella Notte Cotton Velvet Throw Blanket with Satin Ruffle

Bella Notte Romantic Bedding
Bella Notte Velvet Cotton Quilted Coverlet, Satin Pillowcase, New Primrose Pillow Shame, Cotton Velvet Throw Blanket with Satin Ruffle, Satin Dust Ruffle

We simply cannot resist the sumptuous beauty of Bella Notte Linens, and the new selection of tabletop and bedding is sending us over the moon! Dine in delicious style with napkins, placemats and tablecloths crafted in harmonious custom-dyed colors and irresistibly soft textures that become softer with each use. Dream in serene comfort while wrapped in layers of luxurious, easy care bedding fit for a princess. Browse what’s new… and let the look of Bella Notte inspire you to find beauty and comfort in your everyday life. Shop the Collection.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2012 Giveaway!

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2012 Line
Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Sashay Satchel in Blooming Begonia


Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Sashay Satchel in Adoring Autumn


Petunia Pickle Bottom Cross Town Clutch in Mystic Mykonos, Kendra Scott Blue Agate Caroline Earrings

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2012 Line
Petunia Pickle Bottom Touring Tote in Spiced Crimson Roll

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2012 Line
Petunia Pickle Bottom Wanderlust Wallet in Classically Crete

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2012 Line
Petunia Pickle Bottom Abundance Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag in Strolling in Saint Germain

Calling all stylish moms on the go! Petunia Pickle Bottom’s Fall 2012 Collection is finally here, and to celebrate we’re giving away one of our new fall favorites: the Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag in Strolling in Saint Germain! 

Beauty and function combine in this gorgeous new design, with a crimson, navy and persimmon floral mosaic pattern and features that include: a whisper-quiet magnetic closure, ability to convert to a messenger bag, water-resistant lining, plenty of pockets and a zip-out changing station with detachable pad for easy cleaning – just to name a few!

To enter, just vote on your favorite new print (you can even select several) and leave a comment below to be entered to win. Enter by Tuesday, 8/21/12 midnight EST – we’ll announce the winner the following Wednesday! Limit one comment per entry, per day. View official contest rules. UPDATE: Congratulations to our lucky winner, Nicole U from Anaheim, CA!