At Home: Warming Up With Gold

January 26, 2012

Yes, I'm pretty much obsessed and in love with gold. It's always been my personal metal of choice in terms of jewelry, and I love it as an accent in home decor. I have a decent collection of golden accessories throughout my home, and they really add a lot of interest to a space. Gold is warm, rich, and has an earthiness to it that cannot compare to silver. Gold is back, and it's more modern, chic,  elegant, and classy than ever. With gold, a little goes a long way. It pairs wonderfully with any color scheme or decorating style and adds that hint of glamour. If you think your home is looking a bit dull, try incorporating a few gold accents here and there. It will easily brighten up  any space. Little things like replacing cabinet knobs with gold-tone hardware will make a huge difference. Display a gold vase or trinket on your coffee table or bookshelf, mix some bronze picture frames in with wood and other metals - gold, used sparingly makes a statement without overpowering. 

 Here are my latest gilt obsessions:

1. Gold Flatware set from West Elm :  This will be my new set of formal flatware! I love the modern, clean lines and how they can work for almost any occasion. (Plus, you can't beat that price!)
2. David Stark Wood Slices dinnerware set from West Elm:  Faux bois + gold? YES please.
3. Cleo Table Lamp from Crate and Barrel: I love the organic look. Gold just makes it look so decadent.
4. Ball vase by Kelly Wearstler: This has a modern vintage look that will stand the test of time.
5. Athena tray from Jayson Home: Another chic yet simple shape. I'd use this as a jewelry tray.
6. Moreno Nesting tables from Crate and Barrel: So functional as a bedside table or accent in a living room.
7. Duluth pull from Restoration Hardware, and Mother of Pearl knob from Anthropologie: Subtly add some gold tones into your space by changing out your cabinet knobs and pulls. I just purchased the Duluth pull from Restoration Hardware in antiqued brass, and it looks phenomenal on our new cabinets (stay tuned for a feature on this).
8. Wallpaper from Hygge and West - use this to line the walls of a small space like a powder room, or line the back of a shelving unit for a hint of texture and contrast.

via: kelly wearstler

Stay tuned - I'll be showcasing some snippets of our own home soon, and there will be more blog posts featuring decor, design, and some simple DIY projects!

Some Thoughts, Thank You's, and a Feature in Style Me Pretty

January 23, 2012

We ended 2011 determined to make 2012 even better. Well the year has taken off with not one, but two sweet surprises - I really couldn't ask for more! Two lovely features within a span of a week - Smitten and Style Me Pretty nonetheless! Oh my! Now brace yourselves for a little sappy out pour of emotions...

I'm floored and honored that we've been getting so much love from these wonderful wedding blogs and magazines. These are my first features in highly celebrated online publications, and I cannot express how it makes me feel. I started this business only two years ago, with nothing more than a dream and a desire to put my creative juices to good use. It was not easy, I cannot lie. I basically dove in with no clue, no money (no joke), no staff, and not one contact in the industry. All I had were ideas, my education, and the most supportive and loving family and set of friends anyone could ever ask for. I was (still am) a very new stay-at-home mom (to the sweetest and most adorable baby girl), so alongside learning how to get a business started, I was also learning how to be a parent. My days were filled with diapers and deadlines. More often than not, each day was/is a struggle and involved a lot of poop (more from dealing with people and situations than from actual diapers).  Can't tell you how much blood, sweat, and tears goes into each of my projects. I'm still a one-woman show with occasional "hired" help, so you can understand how even the littlest things mean so much to me. Anyhow, my point is - I'm pretty sure that's how it's going to be from time to time. And while I will grunt and groan when times are difficult, I'll have the little things like a thank you from a past client, or my baby's hugs for cookies I made her from scratch that make it all worthwhile. I see the recognition from the likes of Style Me Pretty as little milestones in the growth of this business. It sure has come a long way, but there's definitely more room to grow and improve. I have tons more to learn and experience, and I'm looking forward to it!  

A wise man once told me: Do something with all your heart, focus on doing it right, and help people along the way. You'll never fail and you'll eventually get the pat on the back you deserve.

Before anything else, I just want to say thank you so much for all the love, support, and appreciation! 

Now for the feature! Check out Christina and James' blush oceanside wedding featured on Style Me Pretty here:

Be sure to check out the SMP gallery for more amazing photos of this wedding by Michael L'Heureux.

And for more of my personal photos,  click here .

Featured in Smitten Magazine

January 13, 2012

Total pinch me moment! One of the weddings I designed is featured in Smitten Magazine's January/February '12 Issue! I did the event design, print goods, and florals for Griselda and Chris' vintage black tie affair. This was such a fun and elegant wedding for a super sweet couple. I'm so honored to have worked alongside top wedding pros. Kevin Chin's photos are absolutely gorgeous! Check out the entire spread on page 48-59 here, and my previous post with more photos here.