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Pastel “Radiant Orchid” Spring Celebration Cake

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Kate Landers here to share with you a perfect cake for your next spring celebration! A hot trend in cakes right now (that looks like it is here to stay) is “naked cakes.” What is normally covered by layers of buttercream and fondant is completely exposed on a “naked cake.” That’s right: these cakes allow the actual layers of cake and filling to take center stage. Often these cakes are topped with gorgeous fruit, flowers or other natural elements.

Here are a few suggestions to create your own beautiful “naked cake” sure to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from your guests!

The Cake: Natural-colored cakes like vanilla, lemon or carrot are very popular for “naked cakes”. As long as you stack even layers of cake, it really is not hard to create one on your own! I chose vanilla cake for ours. A special note: Because the cake is exposed to air and not protected by a layer of frosting, it will dry out much faster. I suggest serving within 24 hours (at most) of completing your cake.

The Filling: Natural-colored buttercream (such as vanilla or chocolate) is highly popular, as well as lemon curd, raspberry and other fruits. While you can certainly create beading or rosettes with buttercream, a messier look often seems preferred. It is part of the appeal of these “perfectly imperfect” cakes. It also makes the cakes easier for you to make on your own.

The Decorations: From herbs and flowers to berries and tree fruits, there is so much variation to make your “naked cake” unique. You can incorporate flavors, colors and flowers to match the theme of your event.

We selected the Pantone Color of the Year “Radiant Orchid” as inspiration for our cake’s decoration. Toned down to pastel hues, it seemed perfect for a lovely spring celebration like Easter, Mother’s Day or a special graduation. From sweet peas and hyacinth to lilacs and peonies, blooms of the moment made it ideal for this time of year.


Ultimate Gabby Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Gabby Giveaway by Layla Grayce
Shop Gabby

We partnered with Gabby and blogger Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street on one of our biggest Pinterest giveaways ever! Create a Dream Living Room Pinterest board for a chance to win a $2,500, $1,250, or $625 Gabby shopping spree! Boards will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the rules. Happy pinning!

To Enter:

  • Create a Pinterest board and name it “Layla Grayce Pin to Win.”
  • Follow Gabby and Layla Grayce on Pinterest
  • Fill your board with 15 pins.
    –  8 pins must be re-pinned from Sacramento Street’s Gabby Pinterest board (click here).
    –  Remainder of pins may be inspirational pins to complete your design.
    –  All pins must have the hashtag “lgpintowin”
  • When finished, click here to submit your board and be entered!

Giveaway closes Thursday, May 1, 2014. Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Winners will receive up to $2,500, $1,250, or $625 credit towards Gabby on Layla Grayce, in the form of a one-time use promo code. If product winner selects totals less than the winning amount, the remaining winning dollar amount will be forfeited. If product exceeds the winning amount, winner agrees to pay the difference. Only one entry per person. Individuals with multiple entries will not be considered or judged. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Top 10: Personalized Jewelry

Top 10 Personalized Jewelry1. Mali Beads Amelia Monogram Necklace 2. Mali Beads Zoey Gold Initial Cuff 3. Ariel Bracelet 4. Carrie Bracelet 5. Waxing Poetic Personalized Charm Heart 6. Daphne Gold Script Medium Personalized Necklace 7. Mali Beads Zoey Silver Initial Cuff 8. Calliope Aqua Personalized Bracelet 9. Drops of Calliope Pink Personalized Bracelet 10. Waxing Poetic Personalized Charm Voyager Insignia

Let’s get personal! Whether for yourself or as a gift for a friend, a personalized jewelry accessory instantly transforms any look into one that’s unique and unforgettable. Ready to find yours? Shop our customized collection of bracelets, cuffs, charms, necklaces and more to uncover the perfect piece to express your style!

Get The Look: Feminine, Glam Home

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

Something old, something new! Combining fabulous vintage and modern details, Bijou & Boheme blogger Christine Dovey has found the sweet spot when it comes to fusing a variety of decor styles. We absolutely adore the inspiring combination of unexpected materials and glamorous accents. Elements like blush pink Murano glass, sheepskin fur and shimmering gold finishes create a unique statement in every room of the home. We’ve assembled our favorite images of this stunning abode to give you design inspiration!

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

A main focal point captures attention in each room, tying together a one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Eye-catching items like this retro-inspired chair or striking marble table captivate while also complementing each space’s neutral palette.

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

Playful prints and rich textures lend dimensional depth to the home’s subtle color scheme. The nursery’s chic shag rug offers a cool, funky contrast to the room’s molded wall panels, while a black ostrich wallpaper pattern makes a show-stopping statement in the foyer.

Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
Photos by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty

To get this eclectic yet elegant look in your own home, we’ve hand-picked a collection of vintage and modern furniture, lighting and decor. Shop our favorites below!

Get the Look: Feminine, Glam Home from Layla Grayce
1. Barbara Cosgrove X-Mirror Elegant 2. Bella Vetro Blush Small Chandelier 3. Jennifer Paganelli Hotel Soho Black Embroidered Linen Pillow 4. Flute White Dining Table 5. DwellStudio Decor Gold Giraffe 6. Worlds Away Shadow White Etagere  7. Noir Isabelle Gray Wash Day Bed 8. Capel Rugs Fortress-Trellis Pale Beige Hand Knotted Wool Rug 9. Oly Studio Sophie Lounge Chair

Designers We Love: Leta Austin Foster & Associates

Leta Austin Foster & Associates Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Leta Austin Foster & Associates

A team of lauded designers, Leta Austin Foster & Associates creates classic, livable interiors with a focus on personality and architectural history. They have captured our attention with soft colors, rich textures and an inspired use of natural light. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite images from their portfolio to give you an insider’s look!

Leta Austin Foster & Associates Room Featured on Layla GrayceLeta Austin Foster & Associates

This Palm Beach villa’s living room and dining room exude eclectic elegance with ornate overhead lighting, graceful chinoiserie wallpaper and stately furnishings. To balance the formality of these elements, the designers complemented it with a coastal-inspired blue and white color scheme, which offers a light, approachable foundation.

Leta Austin Foster & Associates Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Leta Austin Foster & Associates

Family gathering areas like living rooms and kitchens demand comfort and flexibility, yet Leta Austin Foster’s team proves that these spaces can also be beautiful and well-designed. Grounded by inviting furniture and soothing upholstery hues, these rooms receive a sophisticated boost with beaded chandeliers and mirrored lamps, boldly textured walls and unexpected patterns.

Designers We Love: Bear-Hill Interiors

Bear-Hill Interiors Dining Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Bear-Hill Interiors

Based in Little Rock, Bear-Hill Interiors has captured our attention with their stunning home designs. We love the elegant lighting, soft colors and variety of rich textures and mirrored surfaces in their homes. To give you a glimpse into their beautiful work, we’ve created a collection of our favorite photos from their portfolio.

Bear-Hill Interiors Office Featured on Layla Grayce
Bear-Hill Interiors

We’re captivated by their use of a room’s existing natural light and architecture, like the large windows and striking marble fireplace in these spaces. The charming and peaceful nooks are dressed with glamorous mirrored surfaces for added light, while pastel wall colors, throw pillows and curtain panels invite a soothing and feminine aesthetic.

Bear-Hill Interiors Classic Living Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Bear-Hill Interiors

Bear-Hill Interiors often beautifully combines classic and modern design inspiration. In this living room, green walls, a sunburst mirror and contemporary throw pillows balance the formality of the room’s stately mantel and traditional furniture arrangement.

Bear-Hill Interiors French Living Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Bear-Hill Interiors

At first glance, this living room exudes traditional style with antique-inspired furniture and formal architecture. Yet the designers took this muted, classic look and gave it an eclectic update with abstract artwork, light-reflecting modern mirrors and bright blue upholstery and accessories.

Bear-Hill Interiors Traditional Living Room Featured on Layla Grayce
Bear-Hill Interiors

A monotone palette runs the risk of feeling either staid or even overwhelming if its a strong shade, but this striking gold sitting room is neither. Perfectly balanced in a variety of golden hues, the formal living area is inviting and sophisticated versus off-putting.

Bear-Hill Interiors Featured on Layla Grayce
Bear-Hill Interiors

In this bedroom, the designers fused minimalism with bright, graphic prints. The headboard’s simple geometric design and the room’s overall neutral color palette are given a bold facelift with vibrant throw accessories and a shimmering mirrored nightstand.

Design 101: Bar Carts

Vintage Bar Cart
Featured on: Pinterest

Today we’re excited to continue our “Design 101″ series! Once a month, we dive into the backstory behind specific furniture styles and show you the best way to use the pieces in your home. Thanks to the influence of Mad Men, we’re seeing a resurgence in home bars for cocktail hour and dinner parties. A throwback to this classic 1950s and 1960s aesthetic, bar carts conveniently add a touch of vintage appeal to the home.

Beach House Bar Cart
Featured on: Better Homes & Gardens, Lonny

With versatile and open constructions, today’s bar carts range from contemporary industrial metal to glamorous gold designs. Often featuring glass shelves with raised sides, these pieces are the perfect way to display collections of glassware, bar tools and bottles.

Mid-Century Bar Cart
Featured on: Lonny

Set on wheels for ease of movement, these metal carts create a fully-stocked bar for entertaining anywhere in the home. We recommend placing this must-have party furnishing in a living room or dining room and styling it with colored cocktail tumblers, sophisticated ice buckets and glass decanters.

Traditional Bar Cart
Featured on: Coastal Style

Inspired to create your own retro-inspired home bar with a classic cart? Whether you’re all about sleek metallic styles or vintage gold is your fave, we’ve assembled a collection of our best below!

The Design History of Bar Carts from Layla Grayce
Row 1: Gabby Furniture Lacy Bar Cart, Worlds Away Lenox Nickel Bar Cart, Worlds Away Vince Gold Leaf Bar Cart
Row 2: Arteriors Wade Vintage Brass Bar Cart, Worlds Away Ladner Nickel Bar Cart
Row 3: Worlds Away Palm White Bar Cart, Worlds Away Emery Gold Bar Cart, Worlds Away Gerard Stainless Steel Bar Cart

Get The Look: Elegant Coastal Style

White Victorian Living Room
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Alec Hemer

This Northern California home captures the essence of elegant coastal style. The owners of the Marin County weekend retreat embraced the natural aesthetic of an ocean setting while also incorporating antique-inspired pieces.

White and Burlap Living Room
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Alec Hemer

Each room of the home combines the rustic look of the Pacific coast with sophisticated French-influenced furnishings, fabrics and decor. If not complemented correctly, the living room’s high ceilings and paneled, white wood walls may have felt stark, but linen-upholstered chairs and a plush Berber rug create warmth through rich texture and inviting comfort.

Refined Nautical Bathroom
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Alec Hemer

With views of the ocean from every window, each room offers the chance to re-imagine traditional nautical style. The guest bathroom’s brass porthole, blue and white striped towels and metallic lockers offer a glamorous take on a ship’s design.

Natural Table Linens
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Alec Hemer

Every aspect of the coastal home embraces its striking surroundings. Perched on a hill amid wildflowers, the patio is the ideal spot for entertaining guests at a beautiful table setting. The combination of a natural linen tablecloth and vintage metallic chairs keeps this outdoor area simple while still mimicking the home’s indoor elegance.

Chic California Beach House Dining Room
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Alec Hemer

We love the lived-in, comfortable approach the owners took with the kitchen’s design. Vintage-inspired metallic pendant lights, a plush banquette and a trestle table create a cozy breakfast nook replete with rustic charm.

White Living Room with Vintage Signs
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Alec Hemer

The home’s coastal vibe is anything but over-the-top. Vintage wood signs and soft linen accents provide the necessary touches of beach decor. Yet, the home’s design retains its sophistication with hand-carved wooden bookcases, fireplace mantels and Victorian furniture.

All White Bedding
Featured On: House Beautiful Photographed by: Amy Neunsinger

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

Chic Coastal House

1. Rosanna Farmhouse Hobnail Pitcher 2. DL Rhein Sea Grass Embroidered Pillow 3. DL Rhein Octopus Embroidered Pillow 4. Harmon Pendant 5. Sugarboo Designs Love You Madly Art Print 6. Aidan Gray Furniture Diggs Lounge 7. Aidan Gray Decor French Industrial Number Crate Set 8. Aidan Gray Furniture Dining Chair

5 Unexpected Uses for Wallpaper

Wallpapered Ceilings
Featured on: Annsley Interiors Get the Look: Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis Citrine Wallpaper

Let’s put it out there. We’re obsessed with wallpaper! Just a touch of the right pattern can instantly lift the look of a space, lending it texture, drama, color and more. If you’re on the hunt for new prints or inspiring ways to utilize wallpaper in your home, you’ve come to the right place: we’re here to share our favorite and unexpected uses (hello you gorgeous ceiling!) for wallpaper:

Wallpapered Closet
Featured on: Who What Where Get the Look: Lace Champagne Wallpaper

If you have scraps of leftover wallpaper, don’t let them go to waste! Instead, use it along the surrounding walls or against the backboard of a neutral cabinet or shelving unit. We love how the Lace Champagne Wallpaper‘s sweet feminine design peeks out behind the cabinet’s display of apparel and accessories.

Wallpapered cabinets
Featured on: Driven By Decor Get the Look: Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis Charcoal Wallpaper

Here’s another example of sprucing up an everyday shelving unit by applying an intoxicating wallpaper pattern along the backboard. Not only does it warm the piece with texture, but it supplies a sophisticated backdrop for displayed decor. Versatile for both classic and contemporary interiors, the Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis Charcoal Wallpaper‘s stunning geometric design is a modern day must-have.

Wallpapered Dining Room Panels
Featured on: Apartment Therapy Image via: House Beautiful Get the Look: Monsoon Isabelle Blue Wallpaper

Want to give a room a hint of romance without breaking the bank? Frame panels of floral wallpaper and hang them like art. Showcasing a blooming garden of pinks, plums and greens, the Monsoon Isabella Blue Wallpaper is the perfect find with its enchanting 18th century-inspired feel.

Wallpapered Dressing Room
Featured on: At Home Arkansas Get the Look: Go Baroque Mirror Wallpaper

Whether on ceilings, cabinets or closets, we’re absolutely inspired by the endless design uses of wallpaper! It’s amazing to see what just a dash of wallcovering can do to makeover a space. Shop now to find the right print for boosting your look!

You’re Invited To a Dress-Up Party – and it’s all on sale!

Princess Dress Up Party @LaylaGrayce
1. Ooh La La Couture Pink & Lady Gold Dream Dress 2. Heart Tiara 3. BabyLegs Cheshire Baby Socks 4. BabyLegs Love Spots Baby Socks 5. Ooh La La Couture Pink Bow Headband 6. Ooh La La Couture Leopard Dream Dress

Fun and fabulous, we can’t get enough of these gorgeous looks for young fashionistas! Whether your darling diva loves to get gussied up as fairy tale royalty or go glam as an actress straight from the red carpet, we’ve got fresh show-stopping apparel and accessories to fit her style! This precious collection of princess tiaras, pettiskirts, headbands, dresses and accessories gives little girls creative feminine fashion for the perfect dress up party. Ready to give your little lady the right wardrobe to let her imagination run wild? Shop our dress up favorites on sale!

Pettiskirts on Sale @LaylaGrayce
Row 1: White with Light Pink Ruffle
Pettiskirt and Tank, Turquoise with Hot Pink Pettiskirt and Tank, Red, White & Blue Pettiskirt Row 2: Zebra Pettiskit, Ooh La La Couture Hot Pink Dress, Raspberry & Black Pettiskit