Archive for May, 2011

Dapper Dads On The Go

Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Journey Pack in Heathered Black
Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Journey Pack in Heathered Black

Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Walkabout Carrier in Heathered Grey
Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Walkabout Carrier in Heathered Grey

Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Journey Pack in Heathered Gray
Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout Journey Pack

Skip Hop Central Park Blanket & Cooler Bag
Skip Hop Central Park Blanket & Cooler Bag

Don’t let pink florals or modern glam get in the way of that alone time you’ve been needing. He’s happy to take the kids but not with YOUR bag, so we’ve got great ways to get Dad on the go with kids in tow while still earning dapper style points. Our Petunia Pickle Bottom Scout collection might as well be his brief case as diapering contents are stealthily housed in masculine color ways and a sleek messenger style. And Skip Hop earns accolades for its high functionality without all the flair as park blankets include insulated cooler bags to keep those snacks you pack fresh. A perfect way to welcome a new father to Dad-hood, find these and other Father’s Day gift ideas here.

Celebrate With Kate {Bake Sale + Lemonade Stand}

Kate Landers Lemonade Stand
Photo credits clockwise from top: Lemonade stand via One Love Photo, Katie Brown Orchard beverage dispenser via Meijer, lemon image via Getty Images

Kate Landers Lemonade Stand
Photo credits clockwise from top left: Lemon Truffles by Sue Sparks, TomKat Studio imprintables, Pink Lemonade Cupcakes image courtesy of Neural 9 for The Cupcake Bar, TomKat Studio imprintables

With summer just around the corner, lemonade stands are popping up on grassy front lawns everywhere, often accompanied by baked goodies and darling smiles you can’t refuse! It’s Kate Landers again, here to share tips for creating the perfect bake sale or lemonade stand, styled to offer customers thirst-quenching lemonade and melt-in-your-mouth goodies. It’s a terrific opportunity to raise money for your school or charity and help children to learn entrepreneurial business skills and community leadership. And presentation can go a long way!

  • Dress The Part. Put on your favorite designer apron (one for you and your child!) not only to look fashionable, but also to protect your clothing from unexpected spills and splatters. One of my favorites is the Jessie Steele aqua and white polka dot apron.
  • Styling Your Sips. Use a plastic beverage dispenser for your lemonade {garnish with lemon slices and lots of ice} so customers can serve themselves, and you conserve table space. Next to the dispenser fill a jar or vase with striped paper straws–it is amazing how much punch a simple straw can add! Frost flex plastic are my cups of choice, as they chill even on a hot day. I love the monogram Clairebella trays to carry goods in and out of the house.
  • Trendy Baked Goodies. Home made treats are always a hit. In addition to the standard chocolate chip cookies and home made fruit pies, I recommend offering some trendy delights sure to “wow”: petite whoopie pies, cake truffles and pink lemonade-flavored cupcakes!
  • A Perfect Presentation. Other than keeping a tidy table, decorate your space with a striped fabric awning, a bowl of lemons and a charming printable banner. Kim of The TomKat Studio created an exclusive banner, dessert tags and cupcake toppers for Layla Grayce readers to enjoy for your next summer lemonade stand or bake sale! {see printable files below}. The dessert tags help guests identify items and cost, and the cupcake toppers add instant style to your home baked treats.
  • Pretty AND Practical Packaging. When it comes to wrapping up baked treats for your guests, get creative using colorful baker’s twine (available in almost every color you can think of) and paper doilies or treat sacks. Consider offering a stack of treats or mason jar of cookies for those who are in a hurry and don’t have time to hand select their sweets.

Enjoy this delightful opportunity to spend time with your child, raise money for your community or favorite charity and sweeten your summer!

TomKat Studio printable package

Get The Look Of A Glamour Babe Nursery With Layla Grayce

glamour babe nursery

glamour babe nursery
Interior design and photography: Amy Lambert Lee/House of Wentworth

glamour babe nursery
Clockwise from top left: Brentwood Collection Crystal Chandelier, Pine Cone Hill White Gauze Savannah Linen Window Panels, Cary Silver Mirrored 3-Drawer Chest, Serena and Lily Ruched White Sham, Pine Cone Hill White Classic Ruffle Boudoir Pillow, Aidan Gray Mullins Tufted Side Chair, Bratt Decor White Chelsea Sleigh Crib

glamour babe nursery
Clockwise from top left: Capel Beige Stoneridge Wool Rug, Arteriors White Lola Table Lamp and Shade, Oly Studio Lily Mirror, Double Link Picture Frame, Argington White Eiffel Bookcase, Jolie Silver Mirror Tissue Box, Jolie Silver Mirror Wastebasket

“What color is your nursery?” is a common question heard by expectant mothers. House of Wentworth design blogger Amy Lambert Lee steered clear of color and created a sassy yet classy space to welcome her newborn daughter. Mirror adds a touch of glam to the room in the form of a changer/dresser and used as wall décor hung over the crib, while a romantic crib and button-tufted chair ooze traditional femininity. It’s a look we couldn’t resist building from our favorites in design, playing up the hint of linen against soothing white and matching the glam with our own mirrored pieces and chandelier.

Get to Know: Gabby Furniture (And Enter To Win $500 Gabby Giveaway)

Get the Look

Get the Look

Despite being just a year old, home furnishings company Gabby is well versed in exceptional furniture design. Creating decor with a story, unexpected details hallmark the line of antique reproductions, charming us with the use of reclaimed wood, distressed finishes and nailhead trim. We’re thrilled to be the first online retailer with the opportunity to share this collection. Let’s meet the inspirational force behind it, William Bew White IV!

Give us a taste of Gabby’s beginnings, your faves & inspirations

  • Gabby began when: About 3 years ago, I felt unfulfilled in my career. I had a great job but didn’t have a passion for my work. My father’s business Summer Classics (an outdoor furniture company) began importing a variety of case goods from Asia and Europe as complementary accessories to their furniture. I brought together my desire to build my own business and my desire to work with my father, and decided to quit my current job to create Gabby under the umbrella of Summer Classics. I studied the market, developed design, traveled all over Asia visiting factories and despite the difficulties of the recession, launched Gabby in Atlanta.
  • Gabby got its name from: Gabriella is a family name belonging to my late grandmother, my sister and my niece. The Gabby name has all of the elements of a good brand. It is short, simple, easy to remember, and it is a family business. We also hope that our customers and prospects always “gab” about our products in a positive way. We want every piece to make a statement and to be talked about.
  • My signature colors are: I’m big on neutral colors with some gilded and silver-leafed finishes. I usually dress casual and comfortable. I guess this translates into our casual style of our furniture. The relaxed look is trending.
  • Favorite coffee table book: The New Eighteenth-Century Style: Rediscovering a French Décor, by Michele Lalande. I find myself looking through this book all of the time. It’s French and eclectic, just my style.
  • I can’t live without: My beautiful wife, my beautiful baby girl, chocolate, beer.
  • Cause I care deeply about: I’ve been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost 8 years now. Being a mentor to an underprivileged child is quite rewarding.
  • A superpower I would love to have: The ability to have any superpower. Why not? If I had to choose one it would be time travel.


  • Athena Chandelier – Quatrefoils are showing up in a lot of designs right now and we have worked on incorporating them into several pieces. I really like how our new Athena Chandelier turned out. It has a modern feel but with a rusty black finish. I think I’ll take one.
  • The Caroline Chest – We had the idea of pressing painted burlap fabric to this beautifully beaded wood chest. The fabric adds a touch of sophistication and texture and really works well with the French provincial hardware and natural limed top. I liked it so much I named it after my daughter!
  • The Kate Linen Table – The original idea came from one of my mother’s antique tables. The combination of the reclaimed pine base, the linen top with nailhead trim, and the glass top make it one of my favorites. Thanks for the idea, Mom!
  • The Martel Chair – You might not think it from looking at it, but in my opinion, this metal chair is the most comfortable in the collection. The simple lines mixed with a soft linen make the Martel an instant classic. It’s the perfect pitch!

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME: Giveaway for those with the “gift of the gab!” William is graciously offering one lucky reader $500 of Gabby furnishings. Tell us below or on Facebook your favorite Gabby item and then “gab” about it on your blog, Facebook page or Twitter tagging Layla Grayce @laylagrayce and Gabby @gabbydecor, and you’re automatically entered to win. Contest closes at end of day, Wednesday, May 25.

Our lucky winner is Amy Regnier who gets $500 toward her Gabby purchase for “gabbing” that her favorite is this versatile Nathalie table as a stylish solution to her home’s space issues. Congrats Amy!

Get The Look Of Swedish Vintage With Layla Grayce

Swedish Vintage (get the look)"
Swedish Vintage (get the look)
Swedish Vintage (get the look)

Swedish Vintage (get the look)
Clockwise from top left: Aidan Gray Bookcase Chase in Recycled Wood, Aidan Gray Le Jardin Pillow, Aidan Gray Bree Candelabra in Distressed Gold, Alexandria Box Back 3 Seat Slipcovered Sofa, Tritter Feefer Directoire Six Leg Cocktail Table in aspen,

Swedish Vintage (Get the look)
Clockwise from top left: Solid Off White Pillow Pair, Bella Fiore Brillante Collection in Silver, Large Carved Candelabrum, Waterfront Bench in Blue Stone, Artifacts Rattan Side Table in Euro Market Grey, Obrien Schridde Poetic Frame

Swedish Vintage (get the look)
Clockwise from top left: Aidan Gray Esme Wall Sconce, Rosanna Dauphine Candlesticks in white, Swedish Looking Glass Mirror, Gabby Home Large Oliver Console (available at Layla Grayce soon), Aidan Gray Decor Voler Box Wide, Pair of Doves

A passion for vintage knows no borders. A continent away, Swedish decorator and designer Nina Hartmann-Sundgren shares her home in Angelholm where neutral hues of white, beige and gray bridge the gap between old and current. Catching our eye is her use of benches, both as a coffee table in the sitting area and in the entry way paired with family treasures. While Nina’s pieces come from arduous scouring of antique and flea markets across Europe, we’ve pulled together some of our favorites to get the look in your own home. Soft white upholstery mixes with burnished and weathered finishes in wood and lighting to create rooms that practically say “Valkömmen.”

Photography by: Sköna hem


Nurseryworks: Clearly Modern, Chic Nursery Furniture

Nurseryworks Vetro CollectionNurseryworks Vetro Changer with clear acrylic drawer pulls and circular door cutouts and the Vetro crib in clear acrylic

Nurseryworks Uptown furniture collection
Nurseryworks New Uptown Collection: Crib and Changer/Dresser

Nurseryworks Aerial Crib
Nurseryworks Aerial Crib with dark pine rails and circle panel ends

Nurseryworks furniture
Nurseryworks Two Wide Changing Table with circle panel dooor and Sleepytime Rocker in mocha ultra-suede

Nurseryworks Storytime Rocker
Nurseryworks Storytime Rocker
in ecru micro-suede is extra wide for side by side cuddling while reading

Nurseryworks furniture
Nurseryworks Canterbury Changing Table and Empire Rocker in ecru micro-suede

Nurseryworks furniture
Nurseryworks Dresser shown configured with all drawers and the Studio Crib in Zebra Mozambique with hideaway changing table and under crib storage

They’ve always been a step ahead in bringing modern design to the nursery, but Nurseryworks proves themselves a true pioneer with their new Vetro crib. We see strong design possibilities in its clear, non-toxic and recycleable lucite construction, particularly when used with just the mattress against a patterned wall. Its statement-making style is aptly named for Charles Hollis Jones, an artist who paved the way for use of lucite and acrylic in upscale furniture. Should your modern taste lean a little more traditional, we love how Nurseryworks unique designs in bookcases, rockers and dressers work outside of the nursery, clearly adding a modern cool vibe to other rooms in your home. See the entire collection here.


What’s hot in furniture trends?

From top to bottom: Hamilton Side Chair, Wrigley Cocktail Ottoman, Marion Sofa, Union Drum Ottoman

Clockwise from top left: Hastings Sofa, Garfias Chair, Garfias Bench

Taking hold of the latest trends in home décor, our new Layla Grayce custom upholstery puts a 21st century spin on traditional tufting and nailhead trim. Spring finds silhouettes streamlined for modern appeal, as button tufting dresses the furniture with a hint of glam. Naihead trim has made its way from functionality to flair with statement-making patterns that define the contemporary lines. We’ve made it easy to see the way these and other noteworthy trends are interpreted in our newly organized Shop by Trends categories where you’ll find Nailheads, Tufted, Moroccan Spice and Weathered Beach.

> See what’s new for Layla Grayce Furniture    > Shop entire collection

Camille Spies {Sea + Sky}

Camille spies {Sea and Sky}
images: {1} turquoise room {2} sky umbrella {3} lucie carafe {4} arteriors newman lamp from layla grayce {5} tinge appetizer plate {6} kimono dip dye dress

I’m always drawn to colors and patterns that play off elements from nature, and this season’s trend towards sea & sky imagery has me particularly enamored. Camille Styles here with this week’s trend in interiors, fashion and entertaining, and today’s style board has me dreaming of the Mediterranean. Last summer, I spent a week in Santorini, and I’ll never forget the deep azure blue of the sea against the white stucco-covered hillsides and cerulean sky. These pieces definitely channel that carefree vibe: don a dress that’s fitting for a Greek goddess, and bring a little island life into your living room with this stunning Arteriors lamp. Stay-cation, anyone?


3 Berry Delicious Strawberry Shortcake Variations

Healthy Strawberry Shortcake
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake recipe: Laura Deen via Hostess with the Mostess
Photo: Evan Sung

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake recipe and photo: The Supreme Plate

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles
Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles recipe and photo: Brooklyn Supper via The Family Kitchen

Blue skies and sun drenched days signal that summer will soon be here, and opening the season this month are fresh strawberries. The sweet, heart–shaped bite finds its way into any meal, paired with everything from morning cereal to evening champagne, but the fruit takes its most iconic form in strawberry shortcake. To get us ready for upcoming roadside stands of berries, we’ve got three “fresh” takes on the traditional treat. Go guilt free with a healthy rendition by Laura Deen seen on Hostess with the Mostess, indulge in a chocolate sensation with The Supreme Plate’s version,or cool off from the heat with a frozen variation by Brooklyn Supper on The Family Kitchen. How do you take your shortcake?

Get The Look Of Coastal Cottage Decor With Layla Grayce and Olioboard

Coastal Cottage Decor
Coastal Cottage Decor
Coastal Cottage Decor
Coastal Cottage Decor

Coastal Cottage Decor
Clockwise from top left: Waterfront Bench in Blue Stone, Pine Cone Hill Ivory Savannah Linen Gauze Window Panels,n Layla Grayce California Slipcovered Chair, Rosanna French Country Small Footed Bowls, Arabesque Lamp with Jamie Young Medium Salt Sea Linen Drum Shade, Tritter Feefer Richard Joseph Dining Table

Coastal Cottage Decor
Clockwise for top left:Layla Grayce Lombardy Slipcovered Sofa, Aidan Gray Kason Wooden Side Table, Easton Chair, Pine Cone Hill Trellis Slate Pillows, Silver Leaf Architectural Mirror, Arabesque Lamp with Jamie Young Medium Salt Sea Linen Drum Shade, Oly Studio Pipa Cocktail Table

Coastal Cottage Decor
Clockwise from top left: British Traditions Provence 3 Panel Screen, Aidan Gray Charlemagne Chandelier, Layla Grayce Normandy Slipcovered Chair, Sonoma Settee, Capel Rugs Mumtaz Meshed Celadon Cocoa Wool Rug, Zentique Cabries Table

Coastal Cottage Decor
Clockwise from top left: Matteo DUE Quatrefoil Quilt, Aidan Gray Croix Framed Mirror, Cottage Style Furniture Collection Swedish Bed, Oly Studio Jonathan Bench, Tritter Feefer Michelangelo Demilune Table, Arteriors Tortoise Silver Bottle Neck Glass Table Lamp

The saying goes, “if you’re lucky enough to be at the beach, you’re lucky enough.” The breezy calm of coastal decor freshens our homes so we can almost smell the salty air and hear the rolling of the waves. Inspired by these rooms in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, we’ve shopped the site to bring you pieces to get the look in your home. But don’t let us have all the fun, join our contest at Olioboard to design your own coastal inspiration. Our products are already on their site along with other elements to complete your look, a room makeover has never been so easy! And with 3 prizes totaling $500 in Layla Grayce gift certificates, your virtual room could get you started on an actual room makeover! Start designing here.

Interior Designer: Tracery Interiors, Photography by: Erica George Dines/Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles