May 8th, 2013 |

BOXWOOD & ROSE CENTERPIECE

boxwood and rose centerpieceMy pink Mother’s Day tablesetting from the Spring 2103 issue of The Party Dress Magazine included this darling boxwood and rose centerpiece project that was so simple to create, I just had to share it with you.

You can create this using silk or real flowers.  The supplies are simple: a footed vessel, a boxwood ball (sized to fit), roses (real or silk), and long sewing pins.

Once your ball is placed in your footed vessel, prep your flowers.  Trim the stems so there is only about 1/2 inch past the bottom of the bud.  Insert a long pin thru the center of the flower bud and then attach to the boxwood ball.  You can scatter your roses about in either a symmetrical pattern or, in this case, a more abstract design.  Voila!  It’s a simple, DIY project that will have Mom smiling this Mother’s Day!

DIY boxwood and rose centerpiece project for mother's dayResources: footed bowl (juliska.com), pink tunic (sailtosable.com)

April 30th, 2013 |

MAY DAY BASKET

may day basket

Start a new tradition this year by giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps on May 1st.  I found this charming basket (with the perfect handle for a door knob) at Hobby Lobby.  It holds a small amount of flowers, so if you purchase 3 different bunches, you can make a few baskets to delight your friends & neighbors.

may day flowers in a basketorder a copy of the Spring 2013 The Party Dress Magazine

April 9th, 2013 |

INTERVIEW | MADISON DALLAS

madison dallas home and gift store

Last Spring, I had the pleasure of visiting the charming home decor and gift store, Madison in the Highland Park Village of Dallas, Texas. Owned by sisters and interior designers, Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons, the colorful store showcases unique gifts in every corner. Their broad selection of linens that can be embroidered and monogrammed are what really stood out to me. I very quickly fell in love with the modern spin they were able to put on classic items, such as linen napkins, bedding and accessories using new technology for embroidery. Raised, oversized initals and monograms, multi- colored threads and patterns….so many amazing options that I have not seen elsewhere.

raised embroidery linen napkins from madison dallas

I was so fortunate to use these gorgeous napkins (personalized with my initials) for my ladies Spring luncheon.  While discussing the modern monogram with Madison co-owner, Kelli Ford, she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about using monograms for entertaining:

In what ways have you seen the classic monogram updated in recent years?

I have seen the classic monogram updated in recent years with the style becoming more contemporary, with the use of new tools we are able to do more with size, color, thickness and even patterns.

madison dallas store

Are there new “trends” we should be aware of?

New trends I have noticed are people becoming more liberal with monogramming. Instead of just shirts and linens it has become part of establishing identity with putting your mark on literally everything. Book bags, lunch boxes, makeup cases, socks, dog beds, ipad cases, carseats, you name it! Sense of ownership is very important to the modern day client.

How can the modern hostess incorporate monograms into entertaining and their home?

The modern hostess can incorporate monograms into entertaining and their home by having fun! Guests feel very special when you pull out your “best”with napkins, hand towels, robes, etc. They also can add an expected element of surprise with hostess gifts, shower gifts, or even children’s goodie bags.

books at madison dallas

How has technology changed over the years for embroidery?

Technology has definitely changed, as it use to be done all by hand. You can achieve a really beautiful detailed result with multihead machines with a skilled operator and designer at an amazing speed. One amazing new part of technology is you can basically scan in any image to be then converted with thread. It is pretty remarkable!

cocktail books at madison dallas

If you are in the Dallas area, I encourage you to stop by Madison to shop their gorgeous store and the broad selection of items you can have customized with embroidery.  You can visit their website at www.madisondallas.com.

order a copy of the Spring 2013 The Party Dress Magazine

 

April 3rd, 2013 |

OMBRE TULIP CENTERPIECE

pink ombre tulip centerpieceTulips are the perfect Spring flower – very accessible, you can buy them at the grocery store for less than $10 a bunch.  This time of the year, they add a great pop of color to my kitchen table. If you are looking for an update, perhaps for a special Spring dinner party, or a lovely bunch to give to a friend, put aside the traditional monochromatic arrangement, and opt for an ombre affect by using tulips in three shades of one color.

For this arrangement, I used white, pale pink and raspberry pink tulips.  Instead of mixing the colors together, I kept the colors clustered together and paired them from light to dark (left to right).  Fun and different, it plays into the ombre trend that we have seen so much in the fashion and home textiles industries recently.

shades of pink tulips floral arrangement ombre affectorder a copy of the Spring 2013 The Party Dress Magazine

March 20th, 2013 |

CREATIVE EASTER EGG CENTERPIECE

easter egg centerpiece By the time Easter rolls around each year, I’m looking for unique ways to decorate my home and table with color.  This year, I decided I wanted to come up with a unique way of displaying my Easter eggs, and this centerpiece is just the ticket!  I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I have a surplus of cake stands around my house (hence my product line, Cake Plate Clings).  I gathered up a few to play with, including a new bunny cake stand from Pottery Barn, and came up with this project.

easter egg centerpiece Supplies:

Cake Stand (s)  |  Glass Dome (s)  |  Dyed Easter Eggs  |  Ribbon (I used Midori gingham ribbon)  |  Glue Dots

Instructions:

Holding your glass dome upside down, fill it carefully with an assortment of colors of dyed Easter eggs.  My large dome took about 4 dozen eggs to fill up, the small one below held about 8 eggs.  Once it is full, place your upside down cake stand on top of the dome opening and together, carefully flip right-side-up.  Wrap ribbon around the base of the glass dome, securing it with glue dots.

easter egg centerpiece on bunny cake standorder a copy of the Spring 2013 The Party Dress Magazine

January 23rd, 2013 |

THE MODERN PLATE WALL

I have an odd obsession with wall displays of beautiful plates.  I honestly don’t know where it comes from.  I think I like the dimension it gives to a flat wall, the ability to create a piece of art using items unique to your home.  Since our home renovation is basically done now (6 months after the fatel appliance flood of 2012), I’m left to focus on getting things back up on the walls.  New paint colors have caused us to rearrange some artwork and I’m left with a blank focal wall behind my dining room table (also faces my gorgeous new white kitchen).

I am LOVING this plate wall I found on Apartment Therapy.  I like the shape and spanse of it, but also how they mixed a few pattern plates in neutral colors in.  This may just be a place for me to incorporate the Country Estate plates from Juliska that I have been drooling over.

What do you think?  Do you love or hate a good plate wall?

January 15th, 2013 |

VALENTINE’S DAY | CAKE PLATE CLINGS

valentines day headerWe love Valentine’s Day around here.  What’s not to love, really?  It’s a day full of candy, chocolate, flowers, parties and telling people you LOVE them!  Our Cake Plate Clings are the perfect party accessory, so of course we had to create a collection of clings for your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Whether you are planning a full party with multiple serving pieces on display, or are just looking for one darling cling to dress up your cake stand of Valentine’s Day cupcakes for your family….we have you covered!  We have two different color options to choose from: pink & grey, and red & black.

valentines day collectionsShop the Pink & Grey Collection:

Pink Scalloped Monogram Cling  |  Pink & Grey Hearts Cling  |  Pink Diagonal Stripe Cling  |  Grey Diagonal Stripe Cling

Shop the Red & Black Collection:

Red Gingham Cling  |  Black & Red Clover Dot Cling  |  Red Diagonal Stripe Cling  |  Black Greek Key Cling

 

January 8th, 2013 |

WINTER BLUES

My home is looking sparse these days.  Now that the Christmas decorations are down, it’s time to go “shopping” in my home and redo some displays. I have been collecting blue and white china pieces – plates, jars, vases – for years now. Do you remember this party I styled centered around them that graced the cover of our first Spring Magazine? I cherish this collection and am always looking for new ways to style the pieces.

I’m really drawn to the large clusters of different-sized jars lately, like the photo below.  Mixed with some white hydrangeas or boxwood plants, it could be just the fresh look I am craving.

Images: 1, 2, 3

January 3rd, 2013 |

Winter White Florals

As I begin the process of taking down our Christmas decorations, I am taking a quick peek around to see if there is anything that I can re-interpret into “winter” decor vs “holiday” decor.  Paper whites and white amaryllis plants are a great option.  I love having fresh flowers in our home all of the time, but especially once the Christmas decor comes down and everything looks bare.

I love the modern interpretation of these typically classic arrangements – the amaryllis mixed with boxwood and pinecones, and the cluster of small paper whites arrangements.  Which is your favorite?

Images: amaryllis (link no longer available, found via pinterest), paperwhites (stylemepretty.com)

November 28th, 2012 |

DIY Advent Calendar

Started in Germany in the 19th Century, the Advent Calendar has been used for more than 150 years and becomes increasingly popular every year. From a traditional calendar to calendars that feature chocolate hidden behind every door, to the more elaborate versions that have risen in popularity over the last few years.

I love a good do-it-yourself project around here, so I decided to craft a hanging wall calendar that could serve as a statement piece in my home for the season. It was very simple to do, here are my tips:

Supplies

(2) old, wood frames  |  white spray paint  |  wire picture hanging kit  |  mini striped paper bags  |  mini wood clothespins  |  numbers  |  1.5” craft punch  |  candy or treats

Instructions

1. Spray paint two old, wood picture frames (depending on the original color, you may need a coat of primer first.

2. Once the frames have dried, measure out where your wires will hang (I spaced them out by 5.5”) and mark with a pencil on both sides of the frame.

3. Screw the picture hanging hooks into the inside edge of the picture frame, attach the wire and pull taught between screws.

4. Print out our FREE DOWNLOAD numbered tags, and punch them out with a 1.5” circle punch.  Glue these to the top of the mini clothespins,

5. Fill bags with goodies and use the clothespins to attach to wire.

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