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!)

Oopsy Daisy Sale + Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sandy D.!

Oopsy Daisy Sale + Giveaway from Layla GrayceOopsy Daisy Ballerina Ensemble Canvas Wall ArtOopsy Daisy Chugga Chugga Train Canvas Wall Art

Our latest Oopsy Daisy products are here! Expressing fresh, contemporary style with a touch of whimsy, Oopsy Daisy’s canvas wall art, personalized lamps, growth charts, nightlights and more create playful statements in nurseries, bedrooms and playrooms. To show our excitement for this adorable brand, we’re offering 20% off the entire Oopsy Daisy collection through June 29 with the promo code OOPSY.

To top it off, we’re giving away either the Chugga Chugga Train or Ballet Ensemble wall art (above) to one lucky winner! Simply follow the directions below for your chance to win!

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. One winner will receive a choice of either the Chugga Chugga Train or Ballet Ensemble wall art. Giveaway closes June 29, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on July 1, 2014.Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Playful and imaginative for kids, Oopsy Daisy’s products capture attention with creative scenes ranging from animals at play to twirling ballerinas.

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Engaging children both artistically and creatively, this adorable line’s eye-catching wall art, lamps and nightlights offer kid-friendly themes, like vintage sports, in a range of bright colors.

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Using quality canvas, premium archival paper, soft vinyl and more, Oopsy Daisy’s products ensure lasting use and durability (plus enduring style!). Shop the entire collection here and don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Exclusive Q&A with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler + Signed Book Giveaway!

This giveaway had ended. Congratulations to Ashley M. (winner of the Instagram sheet set giveaway) and Kay B. and Natalie S. (winners of Mary Ella’s book).

Exclusive Q&A with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler from Layla Grayce

Peacock Alley’s bedding and bath collection combines sumptuously soft materials and effortlessly elegant home style. To show our love for this line, we’re giving away two signed copies of Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler’s biography, Uncommon Thread. Taking readers on a journey from her beginnings as a representative on Wall Street to the start of Peacock Alley, this inspiring book is on our must-read list. For a chance to win Gabler’s book, simply follow the instructions below!

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. Two winners will each receive one signed copy of Uncommon Thread. Giveaway closes July 2, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on July 3, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

To top it all off, via Instagram we’re also giving away one Peacock Alley Adagio sheet set (including 1 fitted, 1 flat, and 2 pillow cases) in the size and color of the winner’s choice! For a chance to win this sheet set, follow us on Instagram @laylagrayce for details.

Q&A with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler

We recently sat down with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler to learn about the start of her company, her style inspirations and more! Read below for Mary Ella Gabler’s insight! To shop the entire collection, click here.

Layla Grayce: You founded Peacock Alley in 1973. What’s the backstory?
Mary Ella Gabler: I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City in the 1960s where I became a stockbroker on Wall Street. I spent five years in NYC before relocating to Dallas, TX and having my two sons (who are now the CEO and VP of Sales & Marketing for Peacock Alley). While visiting NYC, my former roommate and I found a beautiful boudoir pillow in a shop on Madison Avenue, inspiring us to make our own pillows as gifts. Our designs were so well received that we began to consider making it a business. Over a glass of wine at the Waldorf Hotel’s Peacock Alley restaurant, we officially founded Peacock Alley. Since then, the company has grown from pillows to bedding and so much more. I never imagined it would become what it is today.

LG: What is Peacock Alley known for?
MEG: We’re known for basic bedding in whites and neutrals, with a focus on interesting textures and details. We do try to incorporate colors and patterns that coordinate with the neutrals already in our collections. I call it the black dress theory: building on a classic wardrobe with a modern look that’s appropriate for today.

LG: Where do you find inspiration for your new colors and patterns?
MEG: Generally, I draw inspiration from antique linens and fabrics, and certainly books, shows and travel. But I gather most of my inspiration from interacting with customers and retailers, whether it’s about thread counts or how items are laundered.

LG: In your opinion, what are a few of the standout pieces from Peacock Alley currently available on Layla Grayce and why?
MEG: The Emma print was originally intended to coordinate with the Eloise collection, but its small pattern was also designed to blend with bedding customers already own. It also appeals to customers whether they have a king size bed or twin beds for children. With the Penelope, another favorite, we took classic white/ivory bedding and modernized it with texture and trim. The Penelope collection is also versatile and looks great with a quilt or more contemporary linens.

LG: What is the design process like at Peacock Alley?
MEG: It’s a team effort here at Peacock Alley. It’s about relationships within our team, and also with suppliers and customers, to determine what’s best for both Peacock Alley and our customers. We have experts specializing in everything from color and dyes to patterns. From concept to development, it takes about 1.5 to 2 years of back and forth to create the best product possible.

LG: How do you define “luxury”?
MEG: To me, luxury means comfort and enduring, classic beauty. We’re not “fancy” per se, but instead choose to focus on comfort and making our customers’ bedrooms look and feel inviting.

Peacock Alley Bedding from Layla Grayce

Sometimes a striking print is all you need to tie a room together. Playing up soft, neutral colorways, this Peacock Alley bedding offers an alluring yet timeless damask pattern.

Peacock Alley Bedding from Layla Grayce

It’s all in the details! Beyond featuring beautiful prints, much of Peacock Alley’s collection showcases quilted textures with fresh, touchable patterns. We love how this bedding’s stitched design adds unexpected visual interest. Love the classic style of Peacock Alley? Explore the entire collection here, and don’t forget to enter our giveaways!

Peacock Alley Bedding from Layla Grayce

Giveaway and q&a with Nook Sleep

This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Corrin M.!

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from Layla Grayce

With plush, eco-friendly style, Nook Sleep’s sophisticated nursery collection lends the perfect support for a little one’s dreamy slumber. To show our love for this innovative brand, we’re giving away the Nook Niche Misty feeding pillow! Follow the instructions below to enter for a chance to win!

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from 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 one Nook Sleep Niche Misty Feeding Pillow. Giveaway closes June 20, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on June 23, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Q&A with Nook Sleep

We recently sat down with the team at Nook Sleep to learn more about their safe, healthy and modern collection of nursery products. Focusing on all-natural materials like organic cotton and eucalyptus, this fabulous line offers a variety of stain and water-resistant mattresses, play mats, crib sheets, feeding pillows, lounge chairs and more for nurseries, playrooms and bedrooms. Read our Q&A with Nook Sleep below! To shop the entire collection, click here. All orders over $99 ship free!

LG: What sets Nook mattresses apart from other brands?  
Nook: Nook is more than just a mattress company, and our mattresses reflect that. Visually what sets us apart is our look; we are the only mattress available that looks just as good with or without bedding. The Pebble fabric not only looks great but is also super soft, which makes it comfortable for kids to sleep on directly. Our Pebble Wrap is completely removable and machine washable as well as water and stain-resistant. This means there is no need for a mattress cover or protector. On the inside, the core of the mattress and all materials are completely breathable and encourage air flow throughout the nursery, which helps keep babies safe. We use all non-toxic materials, offer an organic and natural option, and do not use any chemical fire retardants on any of our products!

LG: What basic principles guide the design and production of Nook products?
Nook: All Nook products are designed with breathability, safety and ease of use in mind. We spend lots of time researching and searching for the best non-toxic materials for our products.  It is also very important to us to take the Earth into consideration, so we try to use renewable, sustainable and recyclable materials as much as possible. Lastly, we know parents are busy and kids are messy, so we make all of our products easy to clean. If it doesn’t have a removable and machine washable cover, then you can throw the whole item in the washer!

LG: Are your fabrics stain and water-resistant?
Nook: Anything with the Pebble fabric is bathed in nanosphere, which makes it stain and water-resistant. When creating our products, it’s always important to us that they be easy to clean.

LG: Does your fabric maintain its look and feel throughout time and many, many washes?
Nook: Yes! Every time you wash and dry our fabric, all of the benefits like the zinc and nanosphere are recharged.

LG: What are the benefits of the Pebble fabric?
Nook: Besides being really cool looking, the peaks and valleys in the Pebbles allow for increased airflow and circulation, which is very important in a nursery. Additionally, lots of children like the way it feels and enjoy rubbing their hands on the pebble texture to soothe themselves to sleep.

LG: What are the benefits of your new Pebble Lounger?
Nook: Our Pebble Lounger is a really fun and different type of product for Nook. We created it as an item for our growing Nook customers who are not babies anymore. The Lounger is great because when we say 18 months and up, we mean it. It really works for the whole family. Kids love it because it’s their own little spot that’s perfectly sized and super comfortable. Moms like it because it allows them back support when they sit on the floor with their children. And we’ve had lots of dads buy Loungers as gaming chairs for their family rooms!  The cover of the Lounger is removable, machine washable and waterproof, so it’s a great place to let kids have snack time without worrying too much about the mess. It really is the ultimate portable family chair.

LG: What organic materials are your fabrics made from?
Nook: Our Pebble fabric is made from organic cotton and eucalyptus fiber. Our sheets and blankets are made from 100% organic cotton.

LG: Is your changer compatible with the majority of dressers/changing tables?
Nook: Yes, our ChangePad is made to fit the most popular changing tray size.

LG: Are your mattresses and ChangePad compatible with other sheets and covers?
Nook: Yes, our mattresses and ChangePad can be used with any standard size crib sheet or changing pad cover. For sheets, we do recommend a fabric like cotton to maintain the breathability of the mattress.

LG: If you were to select one Nook item as a “must-have” for Layla Grayce customers, what would it be and why?
Nook: The one “must-have” Nook item is our LilyPad because it is so versatile. We created it for baby tummy time, but we were quick to discover it is great for so much more. You can attach stroller toys to the clips to create an activity mat, take it with you as a travel mattress instead of a portable crib, and use it as a soft play space for little ones on hardwood and tile floors. Since the LilyPad is completely machine washable, it’s also great for use outdoors! You can take it to the park or beach (just shake out the sand), use it as a comfy seating area at soccer games, or even use it as a dog bed. All of our dogs at Nook use LilyPads as dog beds and love them!  When it gets dirty, just throw it in the washing machine and let it air dry. Then fold it back up, and you are good to go again!

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from Layla Grayce

Sumptuously soft, Nook Sleep’s collection of mattresses, pillows and loungers transform any space into the perfect spot for relaxation! This cozy line offers plush comfort for babies, kids and parents. Shop the entire collection here.

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from Layla Grayce

Get the Look: Chic Converted Barn

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Nothing expresses the comforts of home more than a cozy, rustic getaway. Take a former dairy barn, a playful punch of color and a keen sense of style, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect retreat! We absolutely adore S.R. Gambrel’s redesign of this Virginian equestrian estate’s barn, featured on Domaine Home.  Looking to liven up a room in your abode? We’ve assembled our favorite images of this space to get you inspired!

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Play up a room’s neutral hues by using a mix of contrasting patterns and textures.  Juxtaposing handsome leather and wood with mesmerizing geometric prints, every element in this lounging area sparks eye-catching interest.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Go bold! Adding a contemporary touch to the barn’s original construction, striking neon blue and pink shades on the doors and stairwell stand out against the space’s soft, neutral decor.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Making a stunning statement, this room offers a wall gallery display to catch the eye of visitors. Create a one-of-a-kind look in your space with fun frames in different sizes and shapes.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Update a rustic room with boldly modern decor! Vibrant frames, lamps and doors deliver instant excitement to this converted barn’s shabby chic table and chairs.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

To get this unique look in your own home, we’ve hand-picked a collection of our favorite furniture, lighting and accessories. Shop the products below!

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn

1. Dash & Albert Rhapsody Wool Woven Pillow 2. Ro Sham Beaux Nicholas Book End 3. Noir Lighting Sid Pendant 4. Gabby Furniture Marie Sofa 5. Jaipur Naturals Tobago Zavier Jute Rug 6. Zentique Furniture Arley Rack 7. Oly Studio Louis Dining Arm Chair 8. Layla Grayce Hammond Leather Cocktail Ottoman 9. Benchmade by Brownstone Ellington Coffee Table

Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Rug Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Carol J.!


Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Giveaway from Layla Grayce

We can’t get enough of designer Bunny Williams’ new collaboration with Dash & Albert founder Annie Selke! This stylish duo has created fabulous rugs for bedrooms, living rooms and outdoor spaces. From eye-catching geometric prints to classic stripes, this contemporary collection of rugs brings a fresh aesthetic to the home. To show our love for this line, we’re giving away one Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert rug to a lucky winner! Follow the instructions below to enter for a chance to win!

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 is limited to one Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Rug under $1,000. Giveaway closes Thursday, June 12, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday, June 13, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Photographed at Bunny Williams’ home in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, each rug exhibits her elegant, globally influenced style. Channeling a relaxed vibe, these outdoor rugs soothe with earthy tones and woven jute textures, showcasing a variety of sophisticated patterns.

Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Giveaway from Layla Grayce

An exciting print offers a living room or bedroom an instant makeover! Mixing contemporary patterns with bright colors, these Bunny Williams rugs make a lived-in and comfy statement in any room. Shop the entire collection here and be sure to enter our giveaway!

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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Q&A With Loloi Rugs (feat. Cyrus Loloi)

Q&A with Loloi Rugs from Layla Grayce

We just love how Loloi rugs transform a room! From bold chevron prints and floral patterns to blended neutral tones and solid hues, this versatile collection establishes a unique vibe in any space with hand-knotted, tufted and looped textures. Looking to revamp your bedroom or living room? We interviewed Cyrus Loloi, principal for Loloi, to get the inside scoop on the best tricks for choosing the perfect floor covering to suit your style. Shop the Loloi rug collection here (and enjoy free shipping on the entire line!).

Q&A with Cyrus Loloi of Loloi Rugs

LG: When deciding on the size of a rug for a room, how large should the border of flooring around the rug be? Does it vary from room to room (bedroom, living room, dining room)?
CL: Keeping at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed by the rug’s edges is the classic rule, but it can vary depending on the area. If you have a smaller room feel free to bend this rule a bit, but allow for at least a few inches of space at the rug’s edge. Rugs right up against the wall end up looking like carpet, and that’s not what you want.

LG: I’m looking for a rug for a high-traffic area. What are some tips for choosing the correct rug for my lifestyle?
CL: In this scenario, you have to consider two things: construction and fiber. The most durable construction is hand-knotted, but flat weaves and hand-tufted rugs last fairly well and are considerably less expensive. For fiber, I recommend either wool, polypropylene, or polyester. Many people think that synthetic rugs wear out quickly, but polypropylene and polyester are actually extremely durable and stain resistant.

LG: What are the top 3 things I should consider when selecting my new area rug?
CL: In the rug world, it all comes down to color, design, and texture. First, you have to consider how the colors in the rug are going to coordinate with the room’s existing colors. The colors don’t have to match perfectly, but you do want to pick complementary tones. When in doubt, a natural fiber rug like sisal or undyed wool offers a very versatile look. Trust me, when you get color right, it makes all the difference.

For design, pick a pattern that fits your style and personality. Don’t be afraid to pick a traditional rug in a contemporary room, or a modern rug in a traditional room. As a word of caution, if you have elaborate wallpaper or patterned upholstery, a solid design like the Anzio Denim Hand Woven Wool Rug works best.

Texture plays an important role too. Textured rugs like the Sahara Ivory Hand Knotted Wool Rug offset the solid surface of your floor and draw your eyes to the dimension of the rug.

LG What are the biggest trends in rugs right now?
CL: I’m enjoying the wave of blues that designers seem to be using everywhere this year. Aqua, indigo, and navy are really on-trend right now, especially paired with white, like this rug.

Q&A with Loloi Rugs from Layla Grayce