Archive for April, 2011

“Present”ing the Class of 2011

graduation gifts
The embossed announcements are arriving and it’s soon time to reward those hard working students with graduation gifts. Find something they’ll both love and need as they head off to college:

  • Decorate the dorm: aspirational art from Drooz Studio will remind them of their courage and adventure as it adds an eclectic flair to the room, while removable wall decals offer a chalkboard to leave messages with roommates or whiteboard frames for temporarily hanging photo memories.
  • Stay in touch: Clairbella cellphone cases bring “smart” to a smart phone with stylish and personalized hard cover protecting the investment so grads stay connected to their friends around the globe. Remind them that mom would like a call every once in a while too!
  • Stamp school spirit: any grad can make personalized stationery or tags with the fun collegiate or sorority self-inking stamps. Get the ball rolling on thank-you cards by adding in notecards as well.
  • Wax Poetic with jewelry: as the new grad heads out on her own, a special arrow necklace reminds her to “write her own way” while a winged heart bracelet symbolizes navigating life with risk and hope. The inscribed bangles each have messages of bravery, love and life or find a charm with special meaning.
  • Bring them home, but only for a visit: Petunia Pickle Bottom weekender lets them pack just enough for a visit home, but not enough to bring their laundry for the entire semester. And the train travel cases let her tote her primping must-haves when bathroom storage is at a minimum.

Celebrate With Kate {Baby Shower Trends}

Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers baby shower trends
Kate Landers here, with the latest in sweet celebrations, focusing this week on baby shower trends (the perfect opportunity to shower the mom-to-be in style). Whether it’s an elegant high tea, rustic backyard luncheon or an afternoon of spa treatments at a resort, these days there is plenty of room for creativity and design. Vintage decorations and home made desserts are just as popular as contemporary table settings and custom-catered brunches. 5 Current Trends For Stylish Baby Showers:

  • Fresh color-schemes: Out are the days of just pink or blue. Current favorites are yellow & gray, peach & silver, tangerine & lime.
  • Vintage Milkglass Vases: Pull out your grandmother’s finest hobnail pieces, or start a new collection. Milkglass vases are making a big comeback, shown here as the perfect baby shower centerpiece.
  • Striped Paper Straws: Popular for many social occasions, striped paper straws are making their appearance at baby showers, adding a bit of whimsy and reinforcing color-schemes. Allowing guests to sip from these straws from classic jars, glasses or out of baby bottles is just darling!
  • Pampered Guests: Popular baby shower activities include poolside spa treatments, or mixing their own favorite new scent as seen above at a “Coco Chanel”-inspired baby shower.
  • Household Decorations: Beloved household items are now serving double-duty as celebration decor, and is an ever-popular trend for baby showers. Whether it is repurposing a vintage-style frame, chandelier, cake stand or decorative bird cages, these items are reinforcing themes and breathing new life into what you had stashed in the cupboard.

Fresh Color Schemes: top photo, styling by Blair Britt Events, photo by Alice Hu Photography, bottom image styling by Hanna of Lollacup, photos by Caroline Tran Photography.
Vintage Milkglasss Vases: styling by Sweet Emilia Jane, photos by Captured by Aimee.
Striped Paper Straws: top and lower left image styling & photography by Bellini Portraits, lower right image styling by Sweet Emilia Jane, photo by Captured by Aimee.
Pampered Guests: styling by Blair Britt Events, photo by Alice Hu Photography.
Household Decorations: styling & photography by Frog Prince Paperie

Get To Know: O’Brien Schridde Designs (And Enter To Win Giveaway)

O'Brien Schridde Frame Designs
O'Brien Schridde Frame Designs
O'Brien Schridde Frame Designs
O'Brien Shridde Frame Designs
Lured by the siren call of cottage décor, Louise and Daniel Schridde left careers as commercial photographers to instead work with their hands, creating frames that are the perfect surround for precious photographic memories. Their collection of hand crafted table and wall frames draws inspiration from their life together, their cozy cottage home and the charm and simplicity of vintage inspired designs. Gently distressed finishes give each piece a one of a kind look while decorative details like carved floral trim and soft hues add to the romantic nostalgia. Mixed and matched, clustered in a wall or mantle display, the timeless look of O’Brien Schridde Designs strike a perfect balance between past and present, bringing warmth to your home. Shop the collection here.

SMILE, SAY “GIVEAWAY”! Daniel and Louise have generously offered our winner their choice any two (2) small frames from the cottage, nostalgic, poetic or petite collections. Comment below or on our Facebook page telling us what makes you smile and you’re entered to win. Contest closes at end of day Friday, April 29th.

Parents To Be: Join Us At Plush, Enter to Win Free Tickets

Plush: The posh little urbanites showCalling all hip, luxury loving expectant moms & dads, parents, babies & toddlers – join us at Plush, the posh little urbanites show! This is L.A.’s premier luxury family event and Layla Grayce will be setting up shop with our favorite products for this exclusive event, showcasing the latest from Petunia Pickle Bottom, Baby Legs, Little Giraffe, Art for Kids and more. The date is Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 11-4pm at the beautiful Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. Find out more about the show at the Plush website and purchase tickets here. But be sure to enter the discount code: laylagrayce10 and you’ll get 10% off the price off each ticket. What can you expect to find at the show?

  • SHOP and get great deals on some of the top luxurious products in the industry
  • MEET amazing party planning services and ensure that your child’s next birthday will be the talk of the town. Family and maternity photographers, caterers, party planners, entertainers and more will be on hand
  • LEARN from top industry professionals like nursery designers, doulas and more
  • EVERYONE gets a SWAG BAG and a luxury DESSERT bag to take home
  • GIVEAWAYS – LOTS of unbelievable luxury giveaways planned throughout the day
  • SPA SERVICES: massages, mini-facials, manis & pedis for moms, dads & their little ones
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS for parents and toddlers including Oopsy Daisy’s Nightlight Art Studio
  • Sample yummy desserts & food
  • Valet and stroller parking available, lounge area & SO MUCH MORE!!!!!

win 2 free tickets to Plush!
But wait, how about a chance for 2 free tickets? Enter to win by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page telling us what your favorite luxury item for baby is. No need to be practical – we’re talking ultimate luxury! Enter by end of day Thursday, 4/28/11 and we’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Dreaming Up Inspirational Nurseries For Girls And Boys

Mommy's little girl dream nursery
Clockwise from top left: Oopsy Daisy Drooz Studio Personalized Special Delivery 14″ Square Canvas, Clear Star Chandelier (2), Benjamin Moore Paint: Powder Blush 1338 and White Zinfandel 880, Newport Cottages Samantha Changer with Garland, DwellStudio Paper Dolls Crib Bedding Set, Oopsy Daisy Chocolate Vintage Nightlight, Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Hampton Holdall in Berry Chiffon, DwellStudio Savoy Glider in Ice Blue Linen, DwellStudio Dots Petal Tufted Wool Rug, Newport Cottages Cape Cod Roses Crib

Daddy's Little Boy Dream Nursery
Clockwise from top left: Oopsy Daisy Vintage Basketball, Vintage Football, and Vintage Baseball Canvas Wall Art, Benjamin Moore Paint: Cocoa Butter 1023, Wedding Veil 2125-70, Violet Mist 1437, Newport Cottages Cody Crib, DwellStudio Kids Sky Dots Wool Tufted Wool Rug, Jamie Young Luna Chocolate Floor Lamp Base with Large Drum Shade in sky silk, Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker in slate micro-suede, Thomas Paul Antique Toy Puppy Cotton Pillow, Blabla Kids Lemonade Giant Doll, DwellStudio Skyline Crib Bedding Set,Barefoot Dreams Blue Puppy Buddie Security Blanket,Newport Cottages Cody Changer shown with DwellStudio Skyline Changing Pad Cover

The perfect place for Mommy’s little sweetie or Daddy’s little sport star-to-be, what are your nursery dreams made of? It’s the final week to enter to win our $5000 Dream Nursery Giveaway and we’re serving up some inspirational designs for boys and girls alike that showcase some of the items that you could select as our winner. Which nursery gets your fave vote? Sugar and spice modern cottage look for girls, or vintage sports and man’s best friend contemporary look for boys? While we love us some pink at Layla Grayce, we’re thinking that with the addition of a TV and remote control beside the rocker, Dad may be more motivated to volunteer to handle late night wake ups and feedings in his little jock’s room. Which can never be a bad thing, right? Comment below to let us know which design rocks your nursery world and be sure to enter our giveaway before the end of the month!

Shop Green In Style (The Earth Will Love You For It)

Earth Day
1. Itzy Ritzy snack bags 2. Clairebella personalized aluminum water bottles 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom shopper tote bags 4. Layla Grayce upholstered furniture collection

When Kermit the frog said “it’s not easy being green” he wasn’t talking about shopping! Manufacturers are producing eco-friendly products that don’t scrimp on style so you can make peace with both your outer diva and your inner Earth mama. Our top 10 ideas for smart shopping:

  • Reduce: Toxins and lead are so last century. Look for items that are PVC-free, utilize low-impact dyes, water-based finishes and organic fabrics.
  • Reuse: From grocery bags to snack packs to aluminum water bottles, chic reusable options tame the crinkle of plastic in your life.
  • Repurpose: Going beyond grandma’s patchwork quilt, repurposing remnants has become an artform adding eclectic charm to everyday items. Felted wool from yesterday’s sweaters makes its way to children’s apparel and décor. Yarn samples prove an artful touch to blankets and throw pillows. And the list goes on…
  • Replant: Watch for vendors who take care in using renewable wood from certifiably sustainable forests and who offer 1 for 1 planting programs.
  • Restore: Nostalgic treasures from yesterday are being uncovered and refurbished for the modern home.
  • Recycle: Packaging counts too and many vendors are using up to 100% recycled products in packaging or are offering heirloom gift packaging for storing your purchase when not being used.
  • Responsible: Social and environmental responsibility go hand in hand in companies that seek to be world-friendly. Look for companies that care by giving back to the communities that make their product.
  • Rethink: Nothing fills up landfills faster than items purchased because they were a “great deal.” Buy fewer but better, investing in well-made pieces you love that will stand the test of time.
  • Reward: Let your dollar speak by finding environmentally responsible companies who consider the global impact of their business.

We left #10 blank for you. What changes have you made to become more eco-friendly?

Congrats to our winner Jenny D, the winner of the Bella Notte Peony organic cotton/linen duvet.


Bella Notte Earth Day Giveaway

Bella Notte Linens
Bella Notte Linens

It may as well be Earth Week as planet-swooning is in full effect for tomorrow’s big day. What better way to celebrate than to highlight one of our many vendors who work all year long to bring us the best in style using eco-conscious methods? A Bella Notte made bed is always dive-in ready, where textures layer in irresistible luxury and harmonious hues come together in soothing tranquility. But Bella Notte is also an eco-friendly pioneer using low impact fabric and dyes. From planting and harvesting the material for the fabrics to the custom dye procedure utilized in making each piece, water usage and harmful toxins are significantly reduced at every level compared to traditional practices. And their products are made in the USA by local community craftspeople. So we’re resting a little easier knowing our own safety and that of the planet is in good hands.

Bella Notte is offering a special giveaway to celebrate Earth Day. One lucky winner will win the Peony Queen Size Duvet Cover in Flax, valued at $495. Tell us below or on our Facebook page which little part of our planet you most treasure and why and you’re entered to win. Contest ends with the day tomorrow, 4/22.


Get To Know: Event Planner Kate Landers

Kate Landers
Clockwise from top: Kate’s photo: Open Shade Studios, Rosanna Decor Bon Bon Pink Round Cake Stand, Kate’s signature colors of Blush Pink, Honeysuckle and White, Ruffled White Laundry Bag, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 70, Santa Barbara Vintage Sign, Barefoot Dreams BambooChic Throw in Pink, Cultured Pearl Necklace

Kate Landers party
Pink Ladybug Birthday Party photo credit: Open Shade Studios

Kate Landers is the go-to gal for translating the magic of childhood into some of the most imaginative and memorable parties. With her knack for whimsical details and party planning, she delights little mermaids and pink ladybugs alike with fantasy creations that never lack style or charm. We’re thrilled to invite you to “party time” on our blog every 2nd and 4th Thursday where Kate will join us as a contributor on inspirational our entertaining. Let’s get to know Kate’s signature style:

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves, inspirations and guilty pleasures!

  • My signature touch on my styling: Creating an “experience” using unusual, imaginative props and decorations.
  • The party or event I’ve planned that I’m most proud Of: The 2010 Princess Party Fundraiser for The Ellie Fund.
  • Signature colors: Blush Pink, Honeysuckle and White.
  • Favorite Layla Grayce items: Rosanna Decor Bon Bon Pink Round Cake Stand, Barefoot Dreams BambooChic Throw Blanket in pink and the Ruffled Laundry Bag in White.
  • Beauty product I use everyday: Sunscreen.
  • Signature fashion items: Twinset and pearls.
  • 5 things that are in my handbag right now: My phone, wallet, saltine cracker short stack (great on the go!), hand sanitizer and my Kate Spade planner.
  • Cause I care deeply about: Kidneeds.
  • My favorite guilty pleasures: Cheesecake Factory’s carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
  • You’d be surprised to know I love: Ancient history of Egypt.
  • If I could have a super power it would be: To eliminate fear & suffering.

Camille Spies {Surfer Girl Style}

Camille Spies {Surfer Girl Style}"
images: {1} trina turk pillow {2} berry lemonade {3} sunglasses {4} hibiscus {5} bikini {6} surfer sign

Who’s ready for a bit of sand & surf to brighten up this Tuesday morning?! Camille Styles here, and I couldn’t be more excited for the first edition of our “Camille Spies” series, where I’ll be sharing the latest trends in home, fashion and entertaining. First up: sun-drenched surfer girl style, in popsicle shades of raspberry and orange crush. Don a sporty bikini and can’t-miss-’em shades, and dress the sofa with psychedelic throw pillows that scream Cali cool. Adorn the table with single hibiscus blossoms to be instantly transported to Maui…especially when accompanied by a cool glass of berry lemonade in hand.


The Shape Of Things To Come

Personalized  Melamine Silhouette Plates for Boys and Girls
Silhouette Locket Small

Silhouette Locket Large

From wisps of a ponytail to the outline of a little chin, the classic silhouette has long endeared us by capturing the sweet and simple moments of childhood. We’re giving a nod to nostalgia as we take the tradition down from the wall to bring you the silhouette in its most modern form. Colorful plates create a fun tablescape with children’s names and silhouettes or make a unique personalized gift for a special birthday boy or girl. Keep little ones close to your heart with the playful images of these antique double lockets. Whether you choose from our gallery of imaginative silhouettes or have your own custom made, we think you’ll be dropping some hints for Mother’s Day when you see this collection.