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Get The Look: Elegant and Colorful Manhattan Home

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

Craving bold color? We’ve got just the fix! Styled by designer Lilly Bunn, this gorgeous Manhattan home makes neutral pieces pop with decor and accents in eye-catching hues. We love this home’s combination of eclectic prints and unexpected textures, which creates a look that’s fresh and full of personality. Ready to give your home a color boost? We’ve assembled our favorite images below for decorating inspiration!

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

A pop of fresh color can instantly transform the vibe of any space. This living room’s design juxtaposes modern, neutral furnishings with vibrant green curtains, a glamorous ship-inspired crystal chandelier and magenta pillows to deliver bold statements without going over the top.

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

Looking for an easy way to add color to simple white walls and furnishings? Take a cue from this kid-friendly bedroom! A lovely fuchsia chair, dresser and bedding captivate in this adorable space.

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

To get this colorful yet elegant look in your own home, we’ve hand-selected a collection of our favorite furniture, lighting and accessories inspired by this space. Shop our selections below!

Elegant and Colorful Manhattan Home - Layla Grayce

1. DwellStudio Furniture Mid-Century Crib French White 2. Barbara Cosgrove Chris Table Lamp 3. DwellStudio Chester Sofa 4. Surya Tilda Magenta Throw Blanket 5. Canopy Designs Ship Chandelier 6. Gabby Furniture Monroe Chair 7. Boatman Geller Personalized Ann Tile Raspberry Lucite Square Tray 8. Jonathan Adler Furniture X-Bench Brussels Charcoal 9. Loloi Juliana Ivory Berry Hand Hooked Polyester Rug

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Two of my favorite trends in fashion, graphic and interior design right now are watercolor prints and citrus hues. The fluidity of watercolor fabrics give each piece so much movement. The perfectly imperfect brush strokes in watercolor design gives a casual yet stunning feel, which I adore. Citrus fruit designs are fresh and scream “summer”, while citrus hues cast a warm glow that brightens any room year-round.

It was a delight to design this watercolor citrus dessert table as inspiration for your summer soirees. I love this motif for a bridal or baby shower, housewarming, anniversary or birthday celebration. It was with the tremendous talent of Kori Clark that this vision became a reality.

Here are a few way to incorporate watercolor and citrus details at your next event:

  1. The Invitation: An invitation is one of the best ways to introduce your theme and color scheme to your guests. I love the watercolor citrus fruits and hand-lettered text, giving the guests a hint of what beauty they will behold at the party. Coordinating watercolor mailing labels are a fabulous way to dress up your envelope, too!
  2. Watercolor Details: A watercolor backdrop was designed in a pastel grapefruit hue, which set the tone for the dessert table. A coordinating welcome sign on the table in the entry pulled the two spaces together perfectly. I must be honest–I love these two pieces so much, I am tempted to frame and find a place in our home to keep them permanently! Custom watercolor designs are a perfect way to incorporate the theme for your event.
    I used watercolors to paint white paper lanterns and create a big impact. Food-coloring and pastry brushes helped me create “watercolor” meringues, the perfect favor for guests to take home, which I displayed in darling glass jars. Watercolors are very easy to work with, and you do not have to be an artist to create either of the projects mentioned above!
  3. Citrus Look: A custom-painted citrus fruit wreath greets guests at the front door with a pop of fresh color (a bowl of fruit or fruit topiaries would create a lovely impact as well). Vintage, citrus-hued fabrics make for charming bunting to string along walls, tables and anywhere else you want to dress up! The citrus fruit cookies (watercolor painted by hand and edible, of course!) are by far one of my most favorite desserts. Each cookie is shaped to form a square like a miniature art canvas. Fondant citrus fruit was created using a “watercolor” effect and made stunning cake and cupcake toppers.
  4. Citrus Taste: Citrus flavor gets your theme across by appealing to your guests’ sense of taste! I adored the citrus-flavored gourmet lollipops, swirling several shades of citrus hues together for a watercolor-effect. The lovely French macarons were all citrus flavored. They were created with fondant leaves to look like oranges, cut in the shape of lemons and painted in grapefruit hues to look fresh-picked.
  5. Simple Spritzers: Citrus flavored spritzers are one of the easiest ways to incorporate citrus flavors and colorful beverages at your event. They look beautiful on a dessert table when displayed in square plastic bottles and adorned with baker’s twine and paper straws. Straw flags have a whole new purpose here. Watercolor fruit and text noting the beverage flavors offer a charming touch.

Stay tuned next month for beautiful bridal shower inspiration!

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Featured Brand: Global Views

We’re always in awe of the designs from Global Views when we visit their showroom each year. Drawing from modern, traditional and eclectic influences, this gorgeous collection of decor, casegoods, rugs, seating, tables and more turns heads in any room of the home with dazzling materials and finishes. From the stunning Klismos cabinet’s handsome hardwood and brass construction to the Lille sofa’s plush velvet-cotton upholstery, each piece has a fascinating story behind the design and creation. Shop the entire collection and enjoy free shipping on all Global Views orders!

Global Views from Layla Grayce
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Global Views effortlessly balances high style with timeless decor. Focusing on a neutral gray and white color palette, this living room juxtaposes bold materials. The Arbor cocktail table’s twig-textured brass frame and honed marble shelves make a striking statement when paired with the Lille sofa’s French-inspired, lacquered wood design.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Sit and stay awhile! A contemporary twist on French style, the Lille chair offers a sophisticated seat with carved spade feet and antiqued silver velvet-cotton upholstery.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Make your space pop with a lively print! Drawing from a Mediterranean aesthetic, the Global Views Arabesque wool rug makes a bold, geometric pattern approachable with soft gray and ivory hues.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
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We’re smitten with Global Views’ fusion of Old World style and touches of contemporary glamour. A nod to Chinoiserie architecture, the Williamsburg Fincastle mirror makes an unexpected statement with a dazzling silver leaf finish.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Beyond providing an eye-catching aesthetic, this beautiful line delivers everyday function for the home. Although influenced by Regency style, the Klismos cabinet also provides practical use with four roomy, adjustable interior storage shelves.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Sometimes a simple statement creates the perfect finishing touch in a room. Ideal for entertaining guests, the French-inspired Marilyn chair’s clean, elegant lines allure with subtle nailhead trim detailing.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

We’re always on the lookout for great detail pieces to complete a room’s design. Global Views’ gorgeous Opal vase lends fresh, modern flair with beautifully crafted, Murano-style glass in an abstract, organic shape.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Looking to add a touch of stunning, one-of-a-kind style to your home? Shop the entire collection (and receive free shipping on all Global Views orders!)

Top 10 Backyard Movie Night Essentials

Top 10 Backyard Movie Night Essentials from Layla Grayce
1. Jonathan Adler Throw Blanket Nixon Green 2. Dash & Albert Fresh American Trimaran Stripe Denim and Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Pillow 3. Boatman Geller Personalized Awning Stripe Navy Platter 4. Jonathan Adler Cote d’Azur Large Salad Bowl 5. Dazzler Flickering 3 Light 6″ Flameless Candle 6. Boatman Geller Personalized Awning Stripe Navy Lucite Tray 7. Jonathan Adler Cote d’Azur Salad Server Set 8. Pine Cone Hill Chevron Green Napkin Set of 4 9. Boatman Geller Personalized Awning Stripe Navy Ice Bucket 10. Dash & Albert Fresh American Trimaran Stripe Denim and Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Pouf

Bring on the popcorn! It’s finally summer and there’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a backyard movie night. To make sure yours goes off without a hitch, we’ve picked ten essentials to set the mood for the perfect viewing experience. From soft lighting to stylish serving trays to plush pillows, we’ve got you covered so you can kick back, relax and enjoy the show! Shop the collection here.

Honeycomb “New Hive” Housewarming Party

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla Grayce
Design, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here to share with you a honeycomb-inspired “new hive” housewarming party. One of the big trends in graphic and interior design this year is the honeycomb pattern. I loved having the opportunity to incorporate such a timeless, nature-inspired pattern into a very current look for a styled event.

You can incorporate a honeycomb pattern at your next event by recreating some of the details from our shoot:

1. Honeycomb Event Themes: The honeycomb pattern works beautifully with bees and hives. In addition to a housewarming “new hive” party, it works perfectly for a “What will it bee?” gender reveal party or baby shower, an “I’ll bee yours, you’ll bee mine” engagement party, or a bridal shower.

2. The Honeycomb Pattern: I chose to incorporate the honeycomb pattern in all printable items (from invitations and dessert tags to the labels and the backdrop), the glassware (note the honeycomb design in the glasses of sweet tea) as well as the desserts themselves (the hexagon cookies with a hand-iced honeycomb pattern). Feel free to add honeycomb printed table linens or favor bags for even more of this fabulous design at your event!

3. Hives and Bees: I loved incorporating hives and bees to accompany the honeycomb pattern. You will note edible hives and bees throughout my dessert table. Even the party favors featured a hand-iced hive cookie to match the graphic on the printable party items. I also loved the custom-framed “Welcome to our new hive” sign, which served as a lovely decoration on the mantle.

4. Don’t Forget The Honey! Wooden honey dippers are the perfect adornment for glasses of sweet tea. Honey sticks are beautiful on display and perfectly sweet when added to guests’ tea. A fresh piece of honeycomb looks lovely when displayed on a small dessert pedestal and can be enjoyed by many. It serves as a sweet reminder of the original source of this gorgeous design that we love seeing everywhere, from pillows and rugs to handmade chocolates and soap.

5. Fresh Florals: We all know the important role bees play with pollenating our flowers, and I cannot think of a better nod to their hard work than gorgeous arrangements of your favorite blooms. For our shoot I selected a large arrangement of spring flowers in a soft yellow and white color palette. I even opted for a large, fresh peony as the cake topper, offering a light and natural feeling to the dessert table.

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Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts

Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts from Layla Grayce
1. Drops of Jupiter Aqua Gold Earrings 2. Wimberly Pearl Initial Bracelet 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom Travel Train Case Glazed Breakfast in Berkshire 4. Jessie Steele Apron Carmen Pink Magnolias 5. Kendra Scott the Everyday Teal Jewelry Bag 6. Kashwere Shawl Collar Robe Pink with White Trim 7. Kate Spade Pink Journal 8. Lollia Wish Shea Butter Handcreme 9. Lollia Wish Petite Luminary Candle 10. Stephanie Johnson Geneva Grey Eye Mask

She’s the woman who knows us best! What better way to show Mom some love than with a little something special? Find the perfect gift this Mother’s Day with our hand-picked collection of jewelry, bags, candles and more! Shop the Mother’s Day gift boutique here.

Mothers & More Diaper Drive!

Help Mothers & More celebrate its 14th Annual Mother’s Day Campaign with the “We Could All Use a Little Change” Diaper Drive. Each donation benefits the National Diaper Bank Network (NBDN) and its member diaper banks throughout the country! Nearly one-third of poor and low-income mothers in the U.S. face the daily struggle of not having enough diapers to keep her baby clean, dry and healthy. Layla Grayce is proud to help support these struggling moms and spread the word about the Mothers & More Diaper Drive.

Through May 31, Mothers & More chapters across the country will hold diaper drives at a wide variety of community events. To find a local Mothers & More chapter, please visit www.MothersAndMore.org. You can also donate via Crowdrise

Mothers & More Diaper Drive from Layla Grayce

Pastel “Radiant Orchid” Spring Celebration Cake

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Kate Landers here to share with you a perfect cake for your next spring celebration! A hot trend in cakes right now (that looks like it is here to stay) is “naked cakes.” What is normally covered by layers of buttercream and fondant is completely exposed on a “naked cake.” That’s right: these cakes allow the actual layers of cake and filling to take center stage. Often these cakes are topped with gorgeous fruit, flowers or other natural elements.

Here are a few suggestions to create your own beautiful “naked cake” sure to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from your guests!

The Cake: Natural-colored cakes like vanilla, lemon or carrot are very popular for “naked cakes”. As long as you stack even layers of cake, it really is not hard to create one on your own! I chose vanilla cake for ours. A special note: Because the cake is exposed to air and not protected by a layer of frosting, it will dry out much faster. I suggest serving within 24 hours (at most) of completing your cake.

The Filling: Natural-colored buttercream (such as vanilla or chocolate) is highly popular, as well as lemon curd, raspberry and other fruits. While you can certainly create beading or rosettes with buttercream, a messier look often seems preferred. It is part of the appeal of these “perfectly imperfect” cakes. It also makes the cakes easier for you to make on your own.

The Decorations: From herbs and flowers to berries and tree fruits, there is so much variation to make your “naked cake” unique. You can incorporate flavors, colors and flowers to match the theme of your event.

We selected the Pantone Color of the Year “Radiant Orchid” as inspiration for our cake’s decoration. Toned down to pastel hues, it seemed perfect for a lovely spring celebration like Easter, Mother’s Day or a special graduation. From sweet peas and hyacinth to lilacs and peonies, blooms of the moment made it ideal for this time of year.

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Ultimate Gabby Shopping Spree Giveaway!

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Julie K., Jessica A., and Laura C.!

Gabby Giveaway by Layla Grayce
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We partnered with Gabby and blogger Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street on one of our biggest Pinterest giveaways ever! Create a Dream Living Room Pinterest board for a chance to win a $2,500, $1,250, or $625 Gabby shopping spree! Boards will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the rules. Happy pinning!

To Enter:

  • Create a Pinterest board and name it “Layla Grayce Pin to Win.”
  • Follow Gabby and Layla Grayce on Pinterest
  • Fill your board with 15 pins.
    –  8 pins must be re-pinned from Sacramento Street’s Gabby Pinterest board (click here).
    –  Remainder of pins may be inspirational pins to complete your design.
    –  All pins must have the hashtag “lgpintowin”
  • When finished, click here to submit your board and be entered!

Giveaway closes Thursday, May 1, 2014. Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Winners will receive up to $2,500, $1,250, or $625 credit towards Gabby on Layla Grayce, in the form of a one-time use promo code. 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. Only one entry per person. Individuals with multiple entries will not be considered or judged. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Top 10: Personalized Jewelry

Top 10 Personalized Jewelry1. Mali Beads Amelia Monogram Necklace 2. Mali Beads Zoey Gold Initial Cuff 3. Ariel Bracelet 4. Carrie Bracelet 5. Waxing Poetic Personalized Charm Heart 6. Daphne Gold Script Medium Personalized Necklace 7. Mali Beads Zoey Silver Initial Cuff 8. Calliope Aqua Personalized Bracelet 9. Drops of Calliope Pink Personalized Bracelet 10. Waxing Poetic Personalized Charm Voyager Insignia

Let’s get personal! Whether for yourself or as a gift for a friend, a personalized jewelry accessory instantly transforms any look into one that’s unique and unforgettable. Ready to find yours? Shop our customized collection of bracelets, cuffs, charms, necklaces and more to uncover the perfect piece to express your style!