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Sunday, May 30, 2010

striking color decor

i love color. in design, in fashion, in the home. probably my favorite thing about color is its versatility, and the fun you can have playing just with one palette or shade.

below are some incredible images i came across this week, offering two very different options for two very different color pairings.

yellow and teal — sophisticated and muted vs. bold and vibrant

plum purple — modern and cheerful vs. opulent and dramatic

photo & design credits
yellow and teal — image one • greystone estate; image two • canadian house and home

plum purple — image one • pottery barn; image two • the posh review

Thursday, May 20, 2010

vintage wedding chic

i've been heavily involved in the wedding planning of my dear friend jessica, who is set on a modern vintage affair with lots of rustic touches, antique elements, and rich colors. naturally, i'm now obsessed with all things vintage, and had to share some of our best inspirations.

there's something very personal about an eclectic vintage aesthetic — from the dress, to desserts, to mismatched pillows and antique birdcages, each style choice speaks volumes about the couple. and of course, the look never goes out of style.

favorites? the amazing birdcages handing in the trees and above the tables, lit with candles and bedecked with flowers. and the vintage tins bursting with colorful bouquets are stunning.

its the cleverness of vintage decor that is probably its biggest charm. an old watering can on a distressed wooden chair is suddenly chic when it becomes an unexpected vase. how can you not fall in love?

design & photo credits

first row — {watering can with flowers} • via the knot, kimberly brooke photography and jocelyn filley; {couture wedding gown} • natalia misslin designs; {vintage wooden bird cages} • styled by duet weddings, photo by corbin gurkin

second row — {hanging bird cages} • bonnie tsang via ruffled blog; {vintage chalkboard} • mclellan style via nashville garden weddings; {vintage desserts} • rosie parsons

third row — {vintage flower tins} • martha stewart weddings; {vintage shoes} • haberdashery boutique; {cake on distressed table} • cake by montecito confections, photo by elizabeth messina, styled by carissa jones of jl designs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

the ebell of los angeles — a true vintage gem

i've been blessed to discover several amazing venues this season, and the ebell of los angeles is truly a favorite. the fact that i only discovered it recently makes it all the more appealing.

a little history: the ebell is an educational and philanthropic organization founded by women in 1894 — already it's fabulous. they administer a college scholarship program for women and men, as well as a program assisting women in need. they also maintain and preserve art collections, an historic clubhouse, and the wilshire ebell theatre.

what makes this place additionally special are the exceptional grounds, gardens, ballrooms and grand spaces that are open for wedding and other special events.

there is something so romantic, nostalgic, almost otherworldly about this place. with its vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, lush landscaping, its history... it's so uniquely los angeles.

plus, they can accommodate guests in varying numbers, from an intimate 100 to a bash of 400. so if you're considering tying the knot here in town, or you're traveling in for a vintage hollywood destination wedding, you must put the ebell on your list.

and then, you can invite us. :o)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

silk box invitations — the ultimate luxury

we're seeing quite a few requests these days for all things luxe: dramatic presentations, crystal embellishments, silk boxes. we do adore mixing luxury with our designs — after all, we pride ourselves on being experts in paper couture.

yet while we love luxury invitations, we always strive to keep modern whimsy a part of the mix. nothing transforms a delicate silk box like bold colors, uncommon trimmings and playful design elements.

peacock silk box invitation
poppy silk box invitation
hamptons silk box invitation

above are just a few of our favorite and most popular designs. our lush peacock invitation, floral poppy invitation and beachy hamptons invitation are great examples of classic luxury blending perfectly with fresh, contemporary elements.

for all you couture brides considering silk boxes for your invitations, be sure to also consider a personal touch — a swatch of beloved fabric, an opulent peacock feather, something that makes your invites more than luxurious. make them truly and uniquely you.

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