Designers We Love: Suellen Gregory

Suellen Gregory Dining Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Suellen Gregory

Richmond-based interior designer Suellen Gregory has caught our eye with her fresh style! Known for her creative use of color, she uses a playful and vibrant palette to make classic interiors pop. Looking to brighten your home? Take a look at our favorite images from Suellen Gregory’s stunning portfolio for inspiration!

Suellen Gregory Bedroom Featured on Layla Grayce
Suellen Gregory

Gregory’s brilliant color themes make a bold statement in any room. This beautiful bedroom uses blue and white hues throughout for a soft and sophisticated look, while bright green creates a contemporary aesthetic in this work space.

Suellen Gregory Living Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Suellen Gregory

We love how prints bring this otherwise neutral living room to life! Juxtaposing a classic striped rug and dazzling geometric patterned furniture, Gregory infuses this space with modern character.

Suellen Gregory Rooms Featured on Layla Grayce
Suellen Gregory

Adding colorful accents to a neutral palette can offer the same stylish effect as a full room makeover. Touches of pink say it all in these white spaces; fuchsia candles and a deep pink settee offer a hint of glam, while soft pink throw pillows and floral wallpaper offer fresh, inviting accents.

Suellen Gregory Living Dining Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Suellen Gregory

Gregory often combines elements of different time periods to give spaces a unique personality. Traditional brass hurricanes delightfully complement this dining room banquette’s contemporary gold detailing, while a retro yellow sofa provides an unexpected juxtaposition to the living room’s classic desk and elegant drapery.

Suellen Gregory Bedroom Featured on Layla Grayce
Suellen Gregory

Graphic wallpaper can go one of two ways: create a fantastic impact, or be entirely too overwhelming. It all depends on the execution of the entire space. In this bedroom, Gregory succeeded in making the wallpaper a fantastic focal point by furnishing the gorgeous space with soft, neutral colors that blend instead of compete. The result: an irresistible space as cozy as it is effortlessly sophisticated.

Swaddle Designs + Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to our winner, Amy W.!

We’ve been on the edge of our seats all week waiting to announce the arrival of Layla Grayce’s newest addition! Created by a nurse with new parents in mind, Swaddle Designs’ blankets, sleep sacks and crib bedding offer newborns and toddlers secure and cozy comfort. (Plus, we’re giving away a few of our favorite new styles!)

Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Chevron Turquoise Yellow from Layla Grayce Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Chevron Yellow, Marquisette Receiving Blanket Chevron Turquoise

A fun and functional gift, Swaddle Designs’ lightweight receiving blankets pop in vibrant colors and eye-catching patterns. New moms and dads will adore the versatility of these oversized and cozy accessories, which features easy-to-follow swaddling instructions sewn on the inside. Plus, they’re the perfect companion for outings in the park, play time on the floor and a nursing cover in a pinch!

Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Safari Fun Yellow from Layla Grayce Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Safari Fun Yellow

Whether you’re looking for the perfect warm weather blanket, sweet crib sheets, soft burp cloths or comfy sleep sacks for colder winter months, we’ve got you covered with the latest from Swaddle Designs!

Top 15 Swaddle Designs picks 1. Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Chevron Pink 2. Marquisette Receiving Blanket Safari Fun Bright Blue 3. Marquisette Receiving Blanket Stripes Pure Green 4. Flannel Crib Sheet Elephant & Chicks Blushing Rose 5. Flannel Crib Sheet Mod Circles Pastel Blue with Brown 6. Flannel Crib Sheet Little Chickies Pure Green 7. zzZipMe Sack Cotton Flannel Little Chickies Very Berry 8. zzZipMe Sack Cotton Flannel Little Chickies True Blue 9. zzZipMe Sack Cotton Flannel Little Chickies Pure Green 10. SwaddleLite Set Safari Fun, Lush and Medallion Pink 11. Swaddle Duo Circus Fun Blue 12. SwaddleLite Set Jewel Tone Pure Green 13. Ultimate Receiving Blanket Mod Circles Pastel Pink with Brown 14. Ultimate Receiving Blanket Elephant & Morning Sky Chickies 15. Ultimate Receiving Blanket Mod Circles Lime with Brown

Click here to shop the entire Swaddle Designs collection (orders over $35 ship FREE!)

Are you as in love with Swaddle Designs as we are? To celebrate these new arrivals, we’re offering a three-piece blanket, swaddle and burp cloth giveaway! Simply follow the instructions below, and you’ll be entered to win an Ultimate receiving blanket, Baby Burpies set and a Swaddle Duo set in your choice of pink, blue or green. Good luck!

Swaddle Designs Giveaway

Set One: Swaddle Designs Swaddle Duo Circus Fun Blue, Baby Burpies Set Chevron Blue, Ultimate Receiving Blanket Mod Circles Pastel Blue with Brown Set Two: Swaddle Designs Swaddle Duo Circus Fun Pink, Baby Burpies Set Chevron Pink, Ultimate Receiving Blanket Mod Circles Pastel Pink with Brown Set Three: Swaddle Designs Swaddle Duo Circus Fun Yellow, Baby Burpies Set Sparklers Sterling & Dark Gray, Ultimate Receiving Blanket Mod Circles Lime with Brown

To Enter:

1. Follow Layla Grayce on Facebook

2. Share this Swaddle Designs giveaway Facebook post

3. Click here to enter in your email info so we can contact you!

Contest closes Friday, October 11, 2013, at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, October 14, 2013. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Emmy Fashion for the Home!

Last Sunday we tuned into the 65th annual Emmy Awards and as we expected, the small-screen sirens brought some serious style this year! Although there were several stunners, we managed to narrow it down to three leading ladies. Here we show you how to translate their winning looks into award-winning decor!

Kerry Washington Emmy Fashion from LaylaGrayce
Kerry Washington 1. Aidan Gray Pillow O No. 2 Flax 2. Aidan Gray Pillow French Scroll No. 4 Ballet Pink 3. Southport Sage Green Wrought Iron Chandelier 4. Zentique Furniture Medallion Dining Chair Natural Linen 5. Demilune Buffet in Mushroom

Kerry Washington was recently named “World’s Most Stylish Woman” and for good reason! She looked positively radiant in her blush-toned Grecian gown from Marchesa. The breezy chiffon was sprinkled with rose blooms for a look of pure romance. This is a perfect palette to emulate in a boudoir. Think French vintage, a la Zentique Furniture’s Medallion Dining Chair in Natural Linen, and soft hues like ballet pink and washed sage. We love the elegant charm of all things Aiden Gray, and their French Scroll No. 4 Ballet Pink Pillow is key to nailing this look. What would a romantic retreat be without a gorgeous chandelier? Our Southport Sage Green Wrought Iron Chandelier perfectly mimics the floral motif of Kerry’s dress and will be a simply sweet finishing tough in your space.

Julianna Margulies Emmy Fashion from LaylaGrayce
Julianna Margulies 1. Barbara Cosgrove Laurel Wreath Table Lamp 2. Thomas Paul Zinnia Ebony Cream Tufted Wool Pile Rug 3. Bungalow 5 Jacqui Three Drawer Side Table Black 4. COCOCOZY Oxford Black Embroidered Pillow 5. COCOCOZY Loop Black Embroidered Pillow

Black and white will always be a classic combination in both fashion and interiors. So it’s no surprise Julianna Margulies turned to this fool-proof pairing for her big night out. With clean lines and a graphic floral, her dress has given this combo a modern lift! To bring this look home, try furnishings in sleek black lacquered finishes. We love the lines of the Bungalow 5 Jacqui Three Drawer Side Table and the gold pulls pack an extra punch of style. To tie in a graphic element, we recommend the Thomas Paul Zinnia Ebony Cream Tufted Wool Pile Rug. The over-sized print is a polished take on mod 60′s style, which we can never get enough of! Complete your look with a classic geometric print like our COCOCOZY Oxford Black Embroidered Pillow. Remember, whenever in doubt, stick to the basics and give them a little make-over for a fresh, updated look.

Julianna Margulies Emmy Fashion from LaylaGrayce
Allison Williams 1. Worlds Away Wesley Gold Floor Lamp 2. Lili Alessandra Onasis Linen White & Navy Decorative Pillow 3. Lili Alessandra Lili Linen Navy Decorative Pillow 4. Barclay Butera for Mirror Image Home Madison Mirror 5. Worlds Away Emma Navy Dresser

Newcomer Allison Williams has been turning heads wherever she goes and the red carpet is no exception. The brunette beauty wow’ed in a royal blue strapless gown from Ralph Lauren. She balanced the radiant hue with vintage gold cuffs and kept the rest simple. Take a cue from Allison and try our Worlds Away Emma Navy Dresser. The color is bold enough to make a statement, yet versatile enough to withstand the test of time. Like our muse, there is something regal about the design of Lili Alessandra Onasis Linen Navy Decorative Pillow. Complement your royal space with gold-leafed accents. We are especially taken by the Barclay Butera for Mirror Image Home Madison Mirror who’s Greek key design is the ultimate finishing touch to your design fit for a queen.

Our Top 10 Blankets

Top 10 Blankets From Layla Grayce
1. Aden & Anais Daydream Blanket Circle Dance 2. Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket CozyChic Pink 3. Kashwere Damask Throw Malt and Creme 4. Company C Throw Blanket Park Sky 5. Jonathan Adler Throw Blanket Nixon Charcoal 6. Kashwere Diamond Throw Pink and White 7. Pine Cone Hill Candlewick Pale Rose Throw Blanket 8. Sefte Kimsa Throw Blanket 9. Little Giraffe Exclusive Bella Silver Throw 10. Pine Cone Hill Ibiza French Blue Throw Blanket

Eager to cozy up this fall? Good news: you’re at the right place. Our wide selection of blankets is sure to offer the right combination of style and softness to suit your bedroom or living room. Light that fire and snuggle in sophistication!

Employee Spotlight: Sarah, Copywriter

Layla Grayce Copywriter Sarah
Dream Dining Room, Rosanna Ikat Handbag, Eloquence Eloquence Pyrenees Bleached Oak Cabinet

Sarah’s sense of style is rivaled only by her amazing copywriting skills! She’s one of many here at LG who are totally obsessed with the bestselling Rosanna Handbags. As she said, they’re perfect for the beach or anywhere else you need to go!

Get The Look: Antique Victorian Style


Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Bjorn Wallander

Can’t get enough of vintage decor? Neither can we! That’s why we absolutely adore this Jacksonville house. Playing up her home’s beautiful neutral creamy tones, homeowner Annie Brahler indulges each room with rich antique furnishings. We love how she combines old world influences and contemporary colors for a fresh take on classic Victorian style. Looking to add a royal touch to your decor? We’ve assembled our favorite images of this elegant home to help you get started!


Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Bjorn Wallander

Showcasing European influences throughout the home, each room exudes a refined yet classic aesthetic. The exquisite parlor captures vintage French character with a grand chandelier, gilt tables and an antique daybed, while beige fauteuil chairs complete the library’s stately look.


Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Bjorn Wallander

Each room in the house highlights a different aspect of old world sophistication. The perfect setting for entertaining guests, the Dutch-inspired dining area delights with a 19th century table and lovely slipcovered armchairs. Staying true to Netherlands traditions, this space opts for light pastel curtains in lieu of interior doors for a truly authentic feel.


Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Bjorn Wallander

Juxtaposing different styles in each room works beautifully when enhancing a color scheme. The living room effortlessly ties together original Beaux-Arts plasterwork, Belgian bergere chairs and Dutch footstools through its distinctive purple and white theme. Mastering a fresh, inviting aesthetic with a neutral palette, the breakfast room mixes gray Belgian cane chairs and a tan wooden china cabinet against white walls.

White Living Room with Vintage Signs
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Bjorn Wallander

A sharp color contrast modernizes the antique Victorian style with sophisticated drama. This bedroom’s dark panel headboard creates a stunning statement with a gray frame accented by intricate carvings.


Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Bjorn Wallander

To get this comfortable yet sophisticated antique victorian look in your own home, we’ve created a curated collection of our favorite furniture, lighting and accessories. Shop the products below!

Antique Victorian Style

1. Aidan Gray Crown V Zinc Pillow 2. Aidan Gray Finial Ballet Pillow 3. Tritter Feefer Aegean Side Table 4. Aidan Gray Chelsea Bowden Dining Chair 5. Aidan Gray Castle Howard Chandelier 6. Barbara Cosgrove X-Mirror Elegant 7. Aidan Gray Hand Carved Wood Urn 8. Aidan Gray Painted Light Gray Mini Candlestick 9. Aidan Gray Diggs Lounge

We Love The Aidan Gray Carew Court Chandelier

The Aidan Gray Carew Court Chandelier from Layla Grayce

Graceful and distinctive, this delicate Aidan Gray chandelier introduces compelling and timeworn design to your home’s entryway, living room or hallway. Click here to shop this sophisticated fixture!

Winter Wonderland: Cozy knit hats for little ones!

Sabrina Bow and Giraffe Hats from Layla Grayce Sophie Giraffe Hat

We love nothing more than a perfectly cuddly newborn or toddler, but add a hand-knit hat, and we’re head over heels! This fall and winter, keep little ones warm and cozy with this playful accessory line. Each soft and comfy design is melt-your-heart adorable with darling details, like the Sophie Giraffe hat’s animal-inspired ears.

Hattie Grey & Citron Hat from Layla Grayce Hattie Grey & Citron Hat

Perfect for little fashionistas, we can’t get enough of the Hattie beanie. This ultra-feminine accessory dresses up a toddler’s outfit with classic gray and ivory stripes and a precious citron yellow bow.

Sabrina Cream & Pink Bow Hat from Layla Grayce Sabrina Cream & Pink Bow Hat

Newborn photo shoots are made so much sweeter with the addition of an adorable knit yarn hat. Accented with a large pastel pink bow, the Sabrina cream beanie helps babies stay comfy, cute and camera-ready.

Bella Cupcake and Mohawk Hat from Layla Grayce Bella Cupcake Hat, Ben Mohawk Gray Hat

Whether worn on special occasions or for everyday errands, each hat offers delightful style and charming accents. To find the perfect look for your little one, to shop the entire collection!

Introducing exclusive pigeon & poodle home accessories

Pigeon and Poodle Salerno Bath from Layla Grayce Pigeon & Poodle Salerno Soap Pump, Tray Set

Just in time for hosting out-of-town guests and holiday parties, we’ve exclusively released the Pigeon & Poodle home accessory collection! Rooted in a belief that it’s the little things that make the biggest impact in your home, Pigeon & Poodle created a captivating collection of handmade seagrass baskets, canvas bar tools, hair-on-hide picture frames and capiz shell bathroom necessities. We can’t get enough of this line, so we’re giving you a sneak peek of their must-have styles!

Pigeon & Poodle Lindon Yellow Basket Set from Layla Grayce Pigeon & Poodle Sedona Medium Handle Basket

Fashioned like a classic medicine bag, the Sedona basket leaves us dreaming of a seaside vacation. While you may not be able to skip town for time on the coast, you can at least capture that lush resort-esque aesthetic in your own bedroom or bath with this sophisticated woven seagrass container.

Pigeon & Poodle Lambeth Chambray Coaster Set from Layla Grayce Pigeon & Poodle Lambeth Chambray Coaster Set, Cocktail Shaker, Ice Bucket, Tray

Since retro bar carts are popping up everywhere in contemporary home design, it’s essential to have cocktail-mixing tools on hand! Pigeon & Poodle’s Lambeth canvas and stainless steel coasters, trays, shakers and ice buckets offer the perfectly practical and effortlessly stylish solutions for entertaining guests.

Pigeon & Poodle Lindon Yellow Basket Set from Layla Grayce Pigeon & Poodle Yuma Basket

If you love when everything in the home is in its proper place (or dream of that kind of organization!), you’ll swoon for Pigeon & Poodle’s extensive line of handwoven seagrass and abaca fiber baskets. Whether you favor the colorful array of the Middleton nesting baskets or the classic rectangular Yuma container, each bin stows everyday essentials while offering a charming decorative touch.

Click here to shop the entire Pigeon & Poodle collection!

Celebrate with Kate: Event Photography Tips With Expert Lee of Lee Bird Photography

Children's Birthday Party Photography Tips at Layla GrayceStyling: Avie & Lulu Photography: Lee Bird Photography

Tips for Candid Photography at Kids Birthday Parties by Layla GrayceStyling: Boutique Affairs Photography: Lee Bird Photography

Photography Tips for Kids Birthday Parties at Layla GrayceStyling: Avie & Lulu Photography: Lee Bird Photography

Event Photography Tips at Layla GrayceStyling: Avie & Lulu Photography: Lee Bird Photography

Photography Tips for Theme Birthday Parties at Layla GrayceStyling: Boutique Affairs Photography: Lee Bird Photography

Candid Birthday Party Photography Tips at Layla GrayceStyling: Boutique Affairs Photography: Lee Bird Photography

Gorgeous Event Photography Tips at Layla GrayceStyling: Boutique Affairs Photography: Lee Bird Photography

Tips for Photographing a Child's Birthday Party at Layla GrayceStyling: Avie & Lulu Photography: Lee Bird Photography

It’s Kate here again, thrilled to share with you fabulous tips on photographing your celebrations! I had the privilege of chatting with one of the most talented event photographers in the business, Lee Bird of Lee Bird Photography, and she had plenty of great advice to share with you. Plus, we have included plenty of her photos to give you lots of inspiration and a little eye candy.

First, a lovely introduction to Lee Bird. Lee is mother to two beautiful young girls, Mia and Zoe, whom she refers to as her inspirations and muses. An editor of a travel magazine, Lee has allowed her passion for photography to flourish.

After the birth of her first daughter Mia, she began photographing her constantly. She continually practiced, learned much and soon realized she needed more variety, inspiration and different subjects. She then began taking photographs for friends, and from there her new business blossomed. Lee turned to mentor Wende Whitfield Trew of Timeless Image Photography, who graciously shared a wealth of information.

Lee absolutely loves her job, and enjoys learning and growing as both a business owner and photographer. She currently focuses on family, newborn, events and food styling photography, all of which she truly savors.

When asked to name a favorite or stand-out party she has photographed, Lee said it is simply too hard to select just one. I am absolutely thrilled she has shared so many images for us to enjoy!

Three Pieces of Advice To Improve Your Event Photography

These questions are geared for non-professionals who aspire to capture better pictures of personal parties using a digital SLR camera.

Q: Is lighting important in event photography? What do you suggest for providing the best light for your event photos?

A: Lighting is important in ANY photography. The ideal set-up for a dessert table is opposite a big window, which allows an even fall of light. Secondly, observe the spot carefully to determine during what time of day it receives the best light, and try schedule your photos around that time. You actually don’t want direct sunlight falling on the table or set-up, but instead a nice, even light that won’t cause harsh shadows.

It’s hard to specify the best shutter speed and aperture as it depends on the amount of light in the area. However, in an ideal situation, try keep your aperture around F/3.5 to f/5.6 and your shutter speed around 1/200 or higher (kids move fast and anything lower may cause a blur).

Q: What is your short list of shots parents should capture to ensure the most memorable moments of the party are caught on camera?

A:

  • Child’s first reaction to seeing their party all set up
  • Child greeting guests and receiving gifts
  • Birthday song and blowing out candles
  • Party games and activities
  • Full shot of the dessert table
  • Close up of cake

Q: What is the best time to take shots of dessert tables, and what lens would you recommend using? Do you have any other simple tools that might make a big impact when trying to capture the details of the cookies, cakes, etc?

A: I would definitely recommend taking all the dessert table and event styling photos before guests arrive. You can even take them really early on and then put all perishables back in the fridge. I use my workhorse lens for the main images of the table – a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Most zoom lenses would work just great. For the close up shots I use a Tamron 90mm Macro lens which gives the most beautiful, crisp macro images. I have used a reflector in the past and it really helps lighten some of the shadows. If you don’t have a reflector, you can use a big piece of white cardboard or styrofoam to bounce some light into the shadows. Another trick I’ve utilized on really sunny days is having someone hold a big white sheet over the table so I don’t have harsh shadows or blown whites.

Five of Lee Bird’s Top Tips In Getting Better Event Photos

1. Capture even the small moments. Looking back, you’ll never regret getting those images of your child’s excitement upon her best friend’s arrival.

2. Try to achieve the best lighting possible. Help yourself out by preparing the light prior to the event so you’re not left floundering.

3. Avoid too many narrow stripes as they can go wonky in photos.

4. Avoid bright reds and yellows. They are difficult to photograph and process.

5. I am a stickler for straight horizontals in photos. I don’t enjoy extreme angles – more often than not it looks like that cookie plate or cupcake tower is sliding off the table and out of the photo. If you can’t fit it into the photo while it’s straight, take a few steps back until it does. You can always crop closer in post processing.

You can find Lee on her blog here, where you can learn more about her new event photography workshops. A tremendous thank you to Lee for sharing your expertise with us all!