Anniversary Week Celebrations: Jamie Young


Jamie Young Giveaway and Q&A from Layla Grayce

It’s no secret—we covet Jamie Young’s designs! For nearly a decade, Layla Grayce has been enchanted by the extraordinary vision, artisan flair, and couture customization comprising this eco-friendly company. Inspired by international influences, the travel-obsessed gurus at Jamie Young combine artistry and eclectic elements to form striking, swoon-worthy collections from unique lighting to craftsman furniture. Read on to learn about Jamie Young’s vision for the future and favorite moments with Layla Grayce in our exclusive Q&A!

There’s no better way to celebrate Layla Grayce’s 10 year anniversary than with a $1,000 Jamie Young shopping spree! Light up any room with stunning lamps, create depth and intrigue with a wide selection of captivating shades, or gorgeously accent with global-inspired furniture and décor.

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce and Jamie Young on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes October 28, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on October 30, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Q&A with Jamie Young; President

Layla Grayce: What is your name, title, and how long have you been with Jamie Young?
Jamie Young: I’m Jamie Young, the President of the company. My husband, David Jeter, and I started the company in 1997.

LG: When and why did you decide to showcase your brand on Layla Grayce?
JY: We began working with Layla Grayce in 2007. The Layla Grayce founders were very persistent with us. At the time, online was just starting out, and we were cautious about that area of business. They really sold us on the idea and have done a fabulous job ever since. We love being associated with them because they have a great online presence with a strong personality and brand. Layla Grayce offers a curated collection of beautiful things for the home that they present gorgeously online and we are proud to be a part of it!

LG: How has your brand and its style/offerings changed over the years?
JY: Jamie Young Co. has really grown its categories. We are still a core lighting line, but now, we have so many great additions to the home including mirrors, accessories, pillows, and occasional furniture. Our look continues to evolve and so do the materials we work in. We stay current and meaningful to today’s design aesthetic while maintaining an eclectic mix and a wide variety of looks to offer our customers. We also continue to have the best lampshades in the business!

LG:  Where do you see your brand 10 years from now?
JY: Jamie Young Co. will continue to be a full lifestyle line where customers will be able to have a larger selection of every category for the home! We see our brand having greater depth in lighting, accessories, and furniture, and we can’t wait!

LG: What is your favorite memory working with Layla Grayce over the past 10 years?
JY: Every time we get together with the owners and collaborate on what will work for them each season from our collection, we feel inspired. Over the years we have had great collaborations with Layla Grayce! One of our favorites was a “Giveaway and Q&A with Jamie Young!” The campaign gave customers a little peek behind the scenes into the Jamie Young brand, which we love!

Anniversary Week Celebrations: Currey & Company


Currey & Company Giveaway and Q&A from Layla Grayce

Celebrating nearly a decade with Layla Grayce, Currey & Company has redefined the classics with a vibrant selection of home furnishings. Combining rich materials and iridescent embellishments, the wide assortment of lighting and vintage glam furniture pieces exude sophisticated grandeur and unique design. Inspired by historic elements, each signature look ignites a space with natural elegance—a perfect addition to the Layla Grayce collection. In the Q&A below, learn about the defining moments and vision behind one of our personal favorite brands from their VP of Sales, Bob Ulrich.

Now celebrating 10 years of gorgeous style, Layla Grayce will surprise one lucky customer with the stunning Chanteuse Chandelier as an anniversary gift! With draped glass beads and a wrought iron base, you’ll love this stylish chandelier!

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce and Currey & Company on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes October 27, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on October 29, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Q&A with Bob Ulrich; VP Sales

Layla Grayce: What is your name, title, and how long have you been with Currey & Co?
Bob Ulrich: I’m Bob Ulrich, VP of Sales. I’ve been with Currey & Company for 20 years.

LG: When and why did you decide to showcase your brand on Layla Grayce?
BU: I believe we began around 2005 with Layla Grayce. Unlike most internet retailers, Layla Grayce was interested in having a “point of view.” I really liked their concept of “merchandising” our product on their site.

LG: How have your brand and its style/offerings changed over the years?
BU: We are always changing. Outdoor furniture is at the root of our business 25 years ago (under the name GardenSource). Our initial designs were part of a significant licensing program (Bob Timberlake, Historic Charleston, Smithsonian, Winterthur). While these licensing programs were successful, they were also limiting in terms of design and product categories. Robert and Suzy Currey decided to expand the offering and create what is now Currey & Company. We quickly began to develop our “own” designs and expanded our product categories to include lighting and furniture. We continue today to evolve and expand our product offering to include lighting, furniture, upholstery, mirrors, and rugs. Within those categories, we continually strive to be on trends in style and color.

LG:  Where do you see your brand 10 years from now?
BU: Tough to answer, but I believe we are on the right path to grow our product offerings, people, and remain relevant to our industry.

LG: What is your favorite memory working with Layla Grayce over the past 10 years?
BU: I would say the people that run Layla Grayce have been truly wonderful partners and couldn’t be more professional and easy to do business with over the years!

Insider Faves: Easy Fall Decor

Each month, we choose Insider Faves – our staff’s hand-selected list of items from a particular product category – to share with you! As we make our way into a new season, we asked our team to choose their favorite easy fall decor items for the home! From comfy blankets to plush throw pillows, this collection is perfect for creating a cozy autumn space. Click here to shop all Insider Faves.
Insider Faves: Easy Fall Decor from Layla Grayce

Rustic Chic Luncheon

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Rustic Chic Luncheon from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kara Allen

Kate Landers here to share with you some fabulous celebration inspiration from a fellow party designer and stylist, Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas. While the party was a luncheon celebrating her son’s baptism, I find it provides terrific ideas for bridal and baby showers, anniversary and birthday parties, as well as any special holiday family gatherings!

First, a brief introduction to Kara. She is a well-known event planner and stylist, author, crafter and online party supply shop owner. Kara is most recognized for her leading party showcase blog, Kara’s Party Ideas, which offers recipes, tutorials and of course party inspiration!

I recently interviewed Kara about her son’s beautiful baptism celebration. I am thrilled to share some great ideas from her party that you can incorporate into your upcoming event.

  1. How to get a “rustic chic” look for your event:
  2. It’s all about textures and colors. Kara shares that she used a variety of textures at her party like ruffled burlap, linen, wood, wire, milk glass and galvanized metal. She opted for a tan, brown, chalky black and soft white color scheme to keep it both masculine and delicate at once.

  3. Party details to note:
  4. Kara is all about details. One of her favorite elements from the party were the wooden tags she hand-stamped with her son’s name. Use of twine, tags, dried flowers, mini burlap sacks and ribbon added a lot of style to the celebration. She also used photos of the guest of honor as décor throughout the party and displayed each in a rustic-style frame.

  5. Simplified dessert table:
  6. This is one of my favorite elements of this event. Kara points out that large dessert tables can be overwhelming, and a simple milk and cookies table is equally darling and much simpler to create.

    She used a large, vintage wooden spool as the tabletop (I love that) and filled rustic glass jars with a variety of cookies. Kraft favor boxes and bags were displayed on shelves to serve as decoration and to provide easy access. Mini milk bottles were placed on ice in a large galvanized bucket next to the table for guests to grab on their way home.

  7. Chalkboard elements keep it very on-trend:
  8. Kara used a chalkboard-style invitation and printed goods throughout her party. This is a very hot trend in events at the moment, and matches the rustic chic style perfectly. Note she also used chalkboard-inspired signs, banners, subway prints and numbers, which showcase the many ways to incorporate this trend into your event.

  9. Kara’s Party Tip:
  10. I asked Kara for her party tips based on this event, and she shared this fabulous one that I cannot wait to incorporate in my next event:

    Store and display food (such as salads) in large, clear glass lidded jars. This makes for a clean look, keeps food fresh and helps protect it from any pesky bugs! You can tie chalkboard tags around the neck of the jars with twine, labeling what is in each jar and making them that much more stylish.

A tremendous thank you to Kara for allowing us to debut her beautiful event here on Layla Grayce!

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Win the Mid-Century Crib from DwellStudio!

This giveaway has now ended. Congrats to Irina B.!

DwellStudio Crib Giveaway from Layla Grayce

A modern update on a vintage classic, DwellStudio’s Mid-Century crib offers a stylish addition to a baby’s nursery. With elegant, minimalist details like dovetail joinery, metal sabots and cone-shaped legs, this piece is sure to become an heirloom for your family.

To share our love for the design, we’re offering one lucky winner this French white crib! See entry details below and don’t forget to shop the entire DwellStudio collection! 

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. Winner will receive the DwellStudio Mid-Century Crib. Giveaway closes October 2, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced by October 6, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Dreaming up the perfect nursery design? DwellStudio’s Mid-Century crib offers limitless options for inspirational baby room styles! To get your ideas flowing, we’ve curated two distinct nursery designs that achieve modern romantic and traditional looks.

DwellStudio Crib Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Baby Spire Transparent Childrens Chair  |  DwellStudio Kids Crib Sheet Treetops  |  Love Words Stretched Wall Art  |  DwellStudio Decor Gold Elephant  |   Currey & Company Jean-Louis Small Chandelier  |  DwellStudio Furniture Mid-Century Dresser French White | DwellStudio Furniture Mid-Century Crib French White  |  Jaipur Riad Sagar Hand Tufted Wool Rug

In this nursery, we love the way alluring metallic accents put an unexpected twist on the romantic white and light pink furniture and bedding. Simple and sweet, this space offers both classic charm and modern flair.

DwellStudio Crib Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Oilo Furniture Glider Gus  |  Stray Dog Designs Allen Clark Table Lamp  |  Jonathan Adler Junior Lion Nightlight|  AFK Vintage Changer |  Surya Polka Dot Gray Pouf |  Blabla Dream Ring Lion | Jaipur Birch Field Aqua Indoor/Outdoor Rug  |  DwellStudio Furniture Mid-Century Crib French White

Pure white furnishings and soft pastel accents make this nursery a tranquil and calm space for baby. Plush seating and whimsical accessories blend with soft lighting for comforting appeal.

Newport Cottages Hilary Collection + $1000 Giveaway!

This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Brittany S.!

Newport Cottages Hilary Collection + $1000 Giveaway from Layla Grayce

This week, we are excited to launch Newport Cottages’ Hilary furniture collection exclusively on Layla Grayce! With more than 10 new styles, including USA-made cribs, beds and dressers, this children’s furniture line showcases handcarved hardwood, cane detailing and lightly distressed finishes for heirloom-quality appeal.

To celebrate the new Hilary collection, we are giving one customer a $1,000 Newport Cottages shopping spree on Layla Grayce!

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. Winner will receive $1,000 in the form of a one-time use promo code applicable only toward Newport Cottages on Layla Grayce. 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. Giveaway closes September 17, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on September 18, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Newport Cottages Hilary Collection + $1000 Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Inspired by rustic French provincial cottage style, Newport Cottages’ Hilary collection graces children’s bedrooms, playrooms and nurseries with stunning beauty. The Hilary bed’s caned detailing and lightly distressed finishes emphasize the classic design.

Newport Cottages Hilary Collection + $1000 Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Whether your child’s bedroom or nursery radiates a calm and neutral vibe or a bright and cheery aura, Newport Cottages’ Hilary furniture features a variety of finish and stain options. From a bold orchid daybed to a natural cream nightstand, the line allows one-of-a-kind customization.

Newport Cottages Hilary Collection + $1000 Giveaway from Layla Grayce

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect custom upholstered crib or beautifully handcarved bookcase, you will fall for the new Hilary collection. Shop the entire line on Layla Grayce and don’t forget to enter to win a $1,000 Newport Cottages shopping spree!

Michael S. Smith for Mirror Image Home + Giveaway

This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Meg H.!

Michael S. Smith for Mirror Image Home + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

In collaboration with Mirror Image Home, we’re excited to be your exclusive online source for renowned designer Michael S. Smith’s mirror collection! One of the industry’s top talents, Michael S. Smith’s compelling style blends European classicism and American modernism. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce his signature wall mirror line  to our site. To top it off, we’re also offering one lucky winner a Michael S. Smith for Mirror Image Home mirror!

Follow the instructions below to enter our giveaway! Then, scroll down to learn more about this collection.

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. Winner will select one (1) mirror from the three mirrors being offered as a prize. Giveaway closes September 5, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on September 8, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Michael S. Smith for Mirror Image Home + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Lauded by Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and more, Michael S. Smith is one of the most respected talents in the interior design industry. His new wall mirror line for Mirror Image Home combines his reverence for the past with a modern eye for style. Inspired by his personal collection of historic decor, each one-of-a-kind mirror features accents like solid hardwood frames, shimmering silver leaf finishes and intricately forged iron silhouettes.

Michael S. Smith for Mirror Image Home + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Michael S. Smith’s collection delivers the perfect finishing touch to elegant living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and foyers. Whether you’re searching for a hint of glamour or an alluring vintage-inspired accent, his new line of wall mirrors creates your ideal signature look. Shop the entire collection now.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Signature Collection + Giveaway

This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Libby K.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Signature Collection + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Iconic and sophisticated, Petunia Pickle Bottom’s new Signature diaper bag and accessory collection offers moms the perfect complement to any outfit or outing. To celebrate this launch, we’re offering one lucky winner a Signature Hideaway Hobo diaper bag! With a softly structured jacquard textile, vegan leather detailing, custom gunmetal hardware and hidden pockets, you’ll love this chic tote!

Follow the instructions below to enter our giveaway! Then, scroll down to learn more about the Petunia Pickle Bottom Signature line.

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. Winner will receive the Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo. Giveaway closes September 8, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced by September 10, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Signature Collection + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

We can’t get enough of the sophisticated new Signature collection from Petunia Pickle Bottom! Perfect for fashion-forward moms, the line’s Paris Noir and London Mist medallion patterns allure in onyx and light gray hues with a subtle luster. Whether you love the practicality of the Boxy Backpack, can’t get enough of the Wanderlust Wallet or have your eye on the City Carryall, the Signature collection offers a classic and subtle statement while you’re on-the-go.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Signature Collection + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Click here to shop the entire Petunia Pickle Bottom Signature collection, and don’t forget to enter our Hideaway Hobo diaper bag giveaway!

Insider Faves: Bedding Items Under $300

Each month, we choose Insider Faves – our staff’s hand-selected list of items from a particular product category – to share with you! To celebrate the start of a new school year, we asked our team to choose their favorite bedding items under $300! From pillow shams to duvet covers to sheet sets, this collection is perfect for creating a cozy bedroom retreat. Click here to shop all Insider Faves collections.

Insider Faves: Bedding Items Under $300 from Layla Grayce

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Pink & Gray Bridal Shower

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Working in the high-end stationery industry together, the bride Jessica and I often helped brides and their families design extraordinary invitations for their weddings and the surrounding festivities. Jess and I would dream of what we envisioned for our events when the time came for us to say our “I Do’s”. I always told Jess that I wanted to throw her one darling bridal shower. Fast-forward a decade, and I finally had my chance to make good on my promise! I could not have been more delighted to do so.

She was going for an overall “rustic” feel, so I incorporated a whitewashed wood backdrop and large wooden crate with rope handles as the centerpiece of the dining table. A simple pink heart served as the symbol of love, keeping a romantic feel at the event.

It thrills me to share a few shower details with you. Please use these notes as inspiration for your bridal shower, engagement party or day-after-wedding brunch!

  1. Color Scheme: Using the color scheme of the wedding is a great way to tie in pre and post-wedding events to the Big Day. This is certainly not a requirement, but in my case, I loved Jess’ pink and gray color-scheme, and decided to use it for the bridal shower as well. Feel free to throw in an additional color, like a pop of gold or mint green, to make the colors of your event unique and current, all while honoring the bride and groom’s chosen colors.
  2. Theme: Bridal shower themes do not need to be highly detailed and elaborate. Knowing Jess wanted a rustic yet romantic look for her wedding, I chose a simple pink heart for the romantic element and whitewashed wood (for backdrop and centerpiece) for something rustic. Thematic elements can be incorporated through the invitation and printed designs, as well as in the desserts and hanging decor.
  3. Menu: A bridal tea was my initial plan, but Jess doesn’t like tea or traditional cake, so I decided I needed to come up with something unique that Jess would love. I opted for an afternoon of “Sips and Sweets”, which turned out to be just perfect. A mid-afternoon shower does not call for a large meal, and so I served fresh fruit kabobs, lots of iced summer beverages and several desserts (including the bride’s favorite, cupcakes!) for guests to nibble on while doting on the bride.
  4. Activities: We had a very small, intimate lingerie shower, which kept the gift-opening portion of the shower short and sweet. I had all of the guests hold up their lingerie gifts and pose in a group photo at the end. It was just hysterical, and I highly recommend it. My grandmother threw me a lingerie shower (yes, it’s true!), and when we had her and her “golden girls” hold up their lacy and racy gifts, it was a photo to always remember. We also played a “How Well Do You Know Jess?” game, which is lots of fun for the bride and guests alike, and Bridal Shower Bingo. Having a couple simple, optional activities can be surprisingly fun and create an afternoon full of laughs.
  5. Party Favors: Guests enjoyed fresh cotton candy (made and shipped just 24 hours before the shower!) as their take-home treat and little gable boxes to fill with sweet treats from the dessert table. I always recommend edible favors because they are often greatly appreciated by the guests. And if your guests are headed to a night on the town for a bachelorette party after the shower (as mine were), these sweets are much-appreciated treats throughout the night!

 

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