Archive for August, 2011

Project Nursery Fabulous Makeover

Project Nursery Fabulous Makeover
Photo Credits: Russ Mezikofsky via HGTV Canada

Project Nursery Fabulous Makeover
Photo Credits: Russ Mezikofsky via HGTV Canada

Project Nursery Fabulous Makeover
The show stopper: Malibu Turquoise Chandelier   Photo Credits: Russ Mezikofsky via HGTV Canada

Project Nursery Fabulous Makeover
Fabric for canopy and pillow from: Mally Skok. Crib bedding: New Arrivals White Pique with Pink Trim, Honeysuckle Grasscloth on walls from Phillip Jeffries Ltd.    Photo Credits: Russ Mezikofsky via HGTV Canada

Project Nursery Fabulous Makeover
Photo Credits: Russ Mezikofsky via HGTV Canada

Project Nursery Fabulous Makeover
Get the look: Bungalow 5 Polo Etagere in White, Malibu 18 Turquoise Chandelier, New Arrivals White Pique with Pink Trim crib bedding, Dash and Albert Leopard Pink Rug    Photo Credits for top image: Russ Mezikofsky via HGTV Canada

From a simple tweet to a nursery complete, Project Nursery Fabulous began with two designers and a twitter conversation and ended with this gorg nursery featured on HGTV Canada. Expecting her first girl after 2 boys, designer Gretchen Aubuchon joined forces with Meredith Heron (whom she met on Twitter) to transform her nursery from baby boy blue to pretty in pink. Turquoise sprinkled throughout the room offered a twist on the traditional while bold honeysuckle grasscloth walls pop with color contrasting the Bungalow 5 bookcases. We added our Layla Grayce touch with crisp white New Arrivals crib bedding and a fun Dash and Albert leopard pink rug that will grow with baby from nursery to tween. Our Malibu chandy proved a showstopper in the room with its turquoise strung beads and hemp detail getting almost as many oohs and ahhs as sweet baby Lucy, the most fabulous part of this project nursery.

Get To Know: Parker Bowie, Elle Decor Market Editor

Get To Know: Parker Bowie, Elle Decor Market Editor
Clockwise from top: Metal Marine Fixture Pendant, Bossypants by Tina Fey, Bowfront Gustavian Commode, Nikon Coolpix S2500 camera, Graphic Image fuchsia snakeskin notebook, Elle Decor

Parker Bowie has been a Market Editor at Elle Decor for three years. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she majored in journalism. In addition to her passion for home design/decor, Parker is a sports fan. She loves tennis and running and is also a huge UNC Basketball fan! Parker also enjoys reading fiction and classical music.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: Blue, green and yellow.
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: My camera – I’m always taking pictures of beautiful product I see or things that inspire me; my Graphic Image fuchsia snakeskin notebook – they gave this to me at the New York Gift Show and I love it because it’s small enough to fit in my purse, but the perfect size for jotting down notes; Laura Mercier lip gloss; a small tape measure- you never know when you’re going to need it!; and my iphone.
  • Trends I have my eye on: Belgian linen, Gustavian and anything French inspired. I also love the more ethnic inspired trends from Turkish ikats and Moroccan inspired items to the bone inlay case-goods from India.
  • The superpower I would love to have: Be able to apparate, a term from Harry Potter where you can basically be anywhere you want in a matter of minutes. This would save me so much time as I’m always running around from place to place!
  • I can’t live without: My hair straightener; my hair is naturally curly so if I ever had to go without a straightener, my hair would be a mess.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: Antigua. I’ve been lucky enough to go twice with one of my best friends from college, and I think it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I could stay there for a month!
  • Book I am enjoying right now: Bossypants by Tina Fey. It is hilarious!
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: The Metal Marine Fixture Pendant – I love industrial looking pendants in kitchens. Three of these would look great over a long island with a marble top. Waterfront Bench in Blue Stone – I love how this has an antique feel to it. This would look beautiful in an entryway or pulled up to a breakfast table as a banquette. Oly Studio Duncan Chair – This chair would look amazing in any room, from a living room, library or even in a bedroom as a reading chair. I love this sleek, but traditional design.

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography

Celebrate With Kate {Double The Fun! Birthday Celebrations For Twins}
Photo Credits: McAllister Photography Invites, thank you notes and printed details: Anders Ruff Custom Designs

Kate Landers here to share with you twin and boy/girl birthday party celebration inspiration! It may seem daunting at first to create a party that works for celebrating the precious lives of twins, let alone a boy and a girl at once, however I am here to share some helpful hints and show you how to create double the fun. A lovely client Megan graciously allowed me to share with you her niece Olivia’s and nephew James’ first and second birthday parties. Megan and I had great fun coming up with themes, color-schemes, decorations and all the custom details to make these celebrations a perfect blend of each child’s personalities. Here are some helpful tips taken from their parties, to show you how fun and enjoyable the challenge of throwing a twins or boy/girl party can be and how to develop your party theme from year to year!

  • Color Scheme: Don’t be afraid to combine each child’s favorite colors. You will be surprised with how fabulous the mix can be! In this case, we used soft bright colors of orange, lime, watermelon pink and aqua for their first birthday. For their second birthday we used light blue, tangerine, raspberry and white.
  • Theme: Patterns make wonderful themes, as do things that fly! For James’ and Olivia’s first birthday we went with stripes and polka dots, incorporating those patterns into everything from printed party details to the cake decorations. It was fun, festive and bright. When coming up with a second birthday party theme, it proved more challenging as the children began developing more likes and dislikes. Megan had it covered: birds for Olivia and planes for James. These tie together beautifully as both fly high in the sky among the clouds. Other suggestions would be a farm theme; picnic: ladybugs & caterpillars; or mermaids & pirates.
  • Two Cakes: Twice as sweet! I love individual cakes for twins’ birthday parties, also providing you the perfect opportunity to mix in the color scheme and theme of the party, all on a pretty pedestal or tray. For Megan’s niece and nephew she went with identical polka dot smash cakes for their first birthday, tying in the theme and color-scheme. For their second birthday, Olivia received a bird themed cake using raspberry from the color scheme. James enjoyed an airplane cake, tying in to the party theme as well as light blue and orange from the color-scheme.
  • Coordinate Elements of the Party Year to Year: String together special details one year to the next, repurposing party decorations and creating new traditions. Twice the number of children does not mean twice the price! I love how the polka dot baking cups and tableware were able to be used at both James’ and Olivia’s first and second birthday parties. The cupcake liners served double-duty across the years as both cupcake adornments as well as snack cups for sticky fingers. Each year these twins get a custom fabric appliqué shirt with their age on it, in the colors and theme of the party. I recommend framing the shirts and soon you will have a wall of precious birthday memories.
  • Incorporate Your Theme Into Your Stationery: Marching thank you notes are a darling reminder to guests of the special day you shared with them. Let that theme linger a little longer by incorporating it into your stationery. Anders Ruff Custom Designs created the most darling matching invitations and thank you notes for James’ and Olivia’s second birthday. The printed signature at the bottom not only added charm, but saved a few moments while writing notes of gratitude.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and sweet party inspiration. Are you a parent of multiples? How did you celebrate your children’s last birthday?

Which Clairebella Pattern Gets Your Vote? Win it!

Clairebella Preppy Pattern

Clairebella Ikat Pattern

We’ve long been fans of Clairebella – what’s not to love with their wide selection of products that you personalize with the pattern, colors and monogram of your choice? But we have to admit, we’re falling hard for the two new patterns they just introduced and can’t decide which we’re more smitten with: The joyful color and snappy, fresh feel of “Preppy” or the more sophisticated look of “Ikat”, inspired by textile design and taking the home decor world by storm this season. Weigh in with your choice and you might just win YOUR favorite! Vote below and to enter the giveaway, leave a comment linking to the Clairebella product that you’d most like for yourself (view the entire collection here). One lucky winner receives a choice of either a large cutting board OR a mouse pad with note cube set personalized just for you in the color and pattern you love. Giveaway ends Friday, 8/26/11 at midnight EDT and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

Congrats to our winner Jessica C!

Get To Know: Rebecca Robertson, Decorating and Home Editor for Martha Stewart Living

Get To Know: Rebecca Robertson, Editor for Martha Stewart Living
From top: Cottage Style Furniture Collection Swedish Mirror, Bungalow 5 Marco Console Table in white, One of a Kind Antique Side Chair Old Oak – Set of 2

Martha Stewart Living Magazine - September 2011
Martha Stewart Living Magazine cover – September 2011

Rebecca Robertson is the Decorating and Home Editor for Martha Stewart Living. Since her start with the company in 2000, she has contributed to many parts of editorial content including the Martha Stewart Living Collecting Department and Blueprint Magazine. Rebecca inspires and teaches the reader by giving them smart and beautiful solutions for the home. Drawn to bold colors and patterns, you can always spot her work. She has a degree in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: Blue and white – they are timeless (and also just happen to cover most of our home). I also adore yellow and find it so warm and welcoming.
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: My ikat day planner by Madeline Weinrib (I am old fashioned that way – I still need to write things down), my iphone with a case that looks like a cassette tape (people are always fooled!), a metallic tape measure from Elizabeth Baue (since there is always some measurement I need to take), my Canon G12 camera (it takes fantastic pictures), and olive leaf and coriander wipes from Motif – they come in pretty packaging and keep your hands clean when you are out running around in the city.
  • Trends I have my eye on: Color blocking!
  • The superpower I would love to have: Duplication – I could make copies of myself and then be able to do all of the things I want to do but don’t have time for.
  • I can’t live without: My ipad!! I do everything on it and it goes everywhere with me. It holds all of my pictures and I even read Martha Stewart Living on it.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: Rome for the amazing food (I love the fried artichokes and stuffed olives), the architecture and the people.
  • Music I am listening to right now: Pizzicato Five – a Japanese pop group.
  • Any big personal or professional plans in the works that you would like to mention? We are going to be launching kids cooking classes this fall at the wine shop my husband I own (Pasanella and son) which is exciting because I have always wanted to teach children.
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: A set of One of a Kind Antique Side Chairs in Old Oak – I love the pale green mohair that they are upholstered in and I love to mix antique items with newer pieces. The elegant shape of the Cottage Style Furniture Collection Swedish Mirror is perfect for many decorating styles and comes in a ton of colors. I also adore the Bungalow 5 Marco Console Table because it is so chic (and not just because it is named after my husband)!

The Always Luxurious Bella Notte Linens Collection

Bella Notte Linens
From back, left to right: Satin Quilted Euro Sham with Venise Lace in Sand, Velvet Deluxe Sham in Petal. 2nd row: Colette Standard Sham in Sand and Colette Euro Sham in Petal, 2 Olivia Standard Shams in Ginger layered over Satin Standard Shams in Petal. On bed: Olivia Coverlet in Sand draped over a Satin Quilted Coverlet with Venise Lace in Sand

Bella Notte Linens
Satin Quilted Body Pillow with Venise Lace in Sand, Linen Fitted Sheet in Champagne, Olivia Coverlet in Sand

Bella Notte Linens
Satin Velvet Quilted Coverlet in Ink, Adagio Deluxe Sham in Fawn, Adagio Kidney Pillow in Fawn and Adagio Throw Pillow in Fawn, Bella Pillowcases and Bella Sheets in White, Headboard Upholstered in Ink Velvet

Bella Notte Linens
Adagio Deluxe Sham in Fawn resting on Satin Velvet Quilted Coverlet in Ink

Bella Notte Linens
On bed: Colette Satin Jacquard Duvet Cover in Seaglass over Satin Velvet Quilted Coverlet in Sand. Pillows from left to right: Adagio Throw Pillow in Sand, Adagio Kidney Pillow in Sand and Silk Velvet Embroidered Decorative Pillowcases in Sand. On floor: Silk Velvet Embroidered Pouf in Sand.

Bella Notte Linens
Colette Satin Jacquard Duvet Cover in Seaglass layered over Satin Velvet Quilted Coverlet in Sand with Adagio Throw Pillow in Sand

Bella Notte Linens
Olivia Yardage in Sand, Linen Crib Sheet in Sable and Adagio Throw Pillow in Sable

 Bella Notte Linens
From back to front: Satin Quilted Euro Shams in Seaglass (2), Olivia Euro Sham in Flax over a Satin Euro Sham in Pebble (2), Whisper Linen Pillowcase in Petal, Adagio Throw Pillow in Flax, Satin Velvet Boudoir in Seaglass, Madera Sheets in Pebble, Madera Duvet Cover in Champagne, Homespun Coverlet in Flax, Olivia Boudoir Sham in Champagne over Satin Boudoir in Pebble

Bella Notte Linens
Left to right: Olivia Euro Sham in Flax layered over a Satin Euro Sham in Pebble, Whisper Linen Pillowcase in Petal, Adagio Throw Pillow in Flax, Satin Velvet Boudoir in Seaglass, Olivia Euro Sham in Flax layered over a Satin Euro Sham in Pebble. In background: Satin Quilted Euro Shams in Seaglass (2).

Bella Notte Linens
Homespun Deluxe Sham in Pebble, Homespun Throw Pillow in Flax, Linen Fitted Sheet in Pebble, Linen with Crochet Lace Sheets in Pebble and Sand, Homespun Coverlet in White

Bella Notte is the unchallenged master of artfully combining colors, textures and luxe fabrics in such gorgeous (and seemingly effortless) ensembles. And just when we thought they’d reached the pinnacle, they went and outdid themselves yet again. On our radar for Fall are the variety of ways Bella Notte interprets lace and rich jacquard. Sheer, gossamer Olivia lace coverlets and shams layer over beds and pillows, decadent Venise lace edges Quilted Satin Velvet, and casual crocheted lace brings a touch of romance to the nubbly texture of Homespun. And the perfect accent for this season? Any of the new Adagio silk floral jacquard pillows (available in your choice of four divine colors) will make your bed a true show stopper. Shop the entire Bella Notte collection

Get to Know: Charles Fernandez, Real Simple Freelance Market Editor

Get to Know: Charles Fernandez, Real Simple Freelance Market Editor
From top: Bauhaus Tall Boy in Mahogany, Real Simple, Cream and Gilt One of a Kind Vintage Bed

Living and working in the Big Apple by way of California, Charles Fernandez enjoys everything New York City has to offer and finds inspiration in the city’s buildings, people, style and design every day. As a Freelance Market Editor for magazines like Real Simple, Charles always finds it a thrill scouring the home and fashion markets looking for what’s fresh, new and exciting. More than a job, it’s all about the joy of helping his readers stay informed on the latest trends, and guiding them towards the best products to purchase that will be worth their time and money.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: Off-white, black, navy, and brown.
  • 5 things in my messenger bag right now: Mr. Emergency Kit, Pocket Mirror, Orbitz peppermint gum, Ray Ban sunglasses and an umbrella.
  • Trends I have my eye on: Camouflage, floral prints, bright colors (coral, purple, royal blue) and tortoise print/pattern.
  • The superpower I would love to have: Invisibility.
  • I can’t live without: A fabulous, utilitarian bag.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: At home in California.
  • Music I am listening to right now: Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Watch The Throne” album.
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: The Lucille White Sofa, Bauhaus Tall Boy in Mahogany and Cream and Gilt One of a Kind Vintage Bed.

Get The Look: Modern Parisian Chic

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get The Look: Modern Parisian Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Credits: Design by Peter Wilds for The Cross Décor & Design as featured in Adore Home Photos: Janis Nicolay

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Clockwise from top left: Oly Studio Hanna Framed Shelving Unit, Chichester Sofa upholstered in custom fabric, Jennifer Paganelli St. Croix Pink Embroidered Pillow, DL Rhein Chrysanthemum Robin’s Egg Embroidered Pillow, Carved Candle Stand in Crossroads Cyan, Oly Studio Yves Cocktail Table shown with pieced agate top and antique gold base, Oly Studio Leo Chair upholstered in custom fabric

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Clockwise from top left: Oly Studio Claire Side Chair in custom leather, Clear Glass Florence Chandelier, Drake Round Dinette Table in white, DwellStudio Fabric by the Yard in Jet Oversize Stripe, Fabric by the Yard in Fuzz Black, Peonies

Get the Look: Modern Parisan Chic
Clockwise from top left: Layla Grayce Rafeal Bed in Jackie White, Jamie Young Lucky White Casted Metal Lamp Base shown with a large thin drum white silk shade, Bungalow 5 Brigitte Side Table in White, Pine Cone Hill Toadstool Peacock Double Boudoir Pillow, Round Acanthus Mirror in Crossroads Rosa

We’ll admit we swoon over well executed French inspired décor, but this modernized take on Parisian glam has us saying “oh la la, c’est magnifique!” With a directive to bring some French spirit to a Vancouver condo project and to just “go for it”, Peter Wilds of The Cross Décor & Design artfully weaves dramatic pops of hot pink throughout the space. Mixing florals and patterns with elegant white furnishings keeps the space open and inviting, but each room has its own dramatic couture moment. Which wows you the most – the flair of the pink chair, the glitter of a chic chandelier or the siren lure of the shimmering aqua wallpaper in the bedroom?

Get To Know: Paloma Contreras of High Gloss Magazine

Paloma Contreras of High Gloss Magazine
From top: One of a Kind Iron Mirror, Bungalow 5 Jacqui Console/Desk in White Lacquer, High Gloss Magazine July/August 2011 edition, Bliss Studio Pillow in Monarch Spice, Serving Buffet

Paloma Contreras, is the founder and editor-in-chief of High Gloss Magazine as well as the creator of the style blog, La Dolce Vita, which has garnered attention from loyal readers around the world and has been featured in multiple publications including The Washington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, 002 Houston, and AOL’s ShelterPop. La Dolce Vita was founded in the summer of 2007 as a summer respite from Paloma’s former career as a high school Spanish teacher. Paloma’s passion for the sweet life is reflected in the topics she explores daily from interior design, fashion and intriguing people to fabulous food and travel destinations. An enduring love of magazines, creative writing and the pursuit of a stylish life prompted her to create High Gloss magazine: an online publication with the mission of providing readers with stylish inspiration for every facet of life. High Gloss has been featured on Curbed National, Casa Sugar, AOL’s ShelterPop, and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com. Paloma lives in Houston with her husband Fabian and their adorable dog, Tate.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: I wear a lot of black, but I love turquoise, pink and orange.
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: A peacock blue business card holder by Abas, black python wallet, iPhone, antibacterial gel, gold Stephanie Johnson make-up bag, a camera.
  • Trends I have my eye on: I am currently loving bold looks like color blocking along with oversized clutches.
  • The superpower I would love to have: I’d love to have: I am pretty intuitive, but I would love to have the ability to read people’s minds. It would also be cool to be able to travel through time, like Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris.
  • I can’t live without: The internet—as a blogger, I am on the internet all the time and may have a bit of an addiction.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: It’s a tie between London and Barcelona. They’re both such amazing cities, but they are vastly different. I guess it would depend on my mood.
  • Books and music I am reading/listening to right now: I just finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. It is a beautifully written, powerful novel. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. I currently have Florence and the Machine, Maroon 5, and Fleetwood Mac on heavy rotation.
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: I love the Regency/Chinoiserie look of this buffet: Serving Buffet in Black. This pillow looks so sumptuous: Bliss Studio Pillow in Monarch Spice. I love Bungalow 5’s chic Jacqui Desk and this absolutely gorgeous, unique mirror: One of a Kind Iron Mirror.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2011 Giveaway

Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Wistful Weekender in Indelible Iris
Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Wistful Weekender in Indelible Iris

Petunia Pickle Bottom Coated Canvas Wanderlust Wallet in Majestic Murano
Petunia Pickle Bottom Coated Canvas Wanderlust Wallet in Majestic Murano

Petunia Pickle Bottom Haven Nursing Cover in Evening in Innsbruck
Petunia Pickle Bottom Haven Nursing Cover in Evening in Innsbruck

Petunia Pickle Bottom Adorn iPhone 4 Case in Lively La Paz
Petunia Pickle Bottom Adorn iPhone 4 Case in Lively La Paz

Petunia Pickle Bottom Braocade Touring Tote Diaper Bag in Toffee Roll
Petunia Pickle Bottom Braocade Touring Tote Diaper Bag in Toffee Roll

Petunia Pickle Bottom Stroll Stroller Cover in Earl Grey
Petunia Pickle Bottom Stroll Stroller Cover in Earl Grey Chenille

Petunia Pickle Bottom Coated Canvas Cross Town Clutch in Travel Through Tivoli
Petunia Pickle Bottom Coated Canvas Cross Town Clutch in Travel Through Tivoli (available in September)

Petunia Pickle Bottom Shoulder Bag in Champagne Roll
Petunia Pickle Bottom Brocade Shoulder Bag in Champagne Roll

Petunia Pickle Bottom Coated Canvas Faraway Fold Out Tote in Lively La Paz
Petunia Pickle Bottom Coated Canvas Faraway Fold Out Tote in Lively La Paz

Petunia Pickle Bottom Wistful WeekenderTime to be entranced by the rich Fall color palette, gorgeous prints and creative ingenuity of Petunia Pickle Bottom! The new collection has arrived with an expanded selection that now includes iPhone covers in coordinating patterns, cozy stroller covers and nursing covers. Are you craving this collection as much as we are? Shop the new arrivals here. To kick off Fall 2011, we’re giving away one Wistful Weekender bag to a lucky winner. The Wistful Weekender shown could be yours – just vote on your favorite new print (you can even select several) and leave a comment below about what YOU are craving from PPB to be entered to win. Enter by Friday, 8/5 midnight EST – we’ll announce the winner on Monday!

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2011 prints