Hello, spring! After two weeks of unseasonably freezing temps, it’s beginning to warm up again. The weather has us in the mood to entertain, so we’re sharing our spring party essentials today. Because who’s not in the mood to throw a little party at home?
Ice down beer and wine in a blue and white planter. Mine is on loan (permanently? eek) from my mother-in-law, but this one is super similar.
Display glassware and cocktail napkins (these and these from H&M are adorable and stupid cheap) on a pewter tray. I received this one as a wedding gift almost twelve years ago – it’s still available on Wayfair! – and we also like this simple one. A reptile tray would add sophisticated texture to a lacquered table, and this cute little pineapple tray is perfect for a cheeseball and crackers.
J: Hi. Busy life happening over here. We’ve missed you. Let’s catch up, shall we?
As you know, Jay and I are expecting a little boy in May and we are officially in FULL nursery planning/baby shopping mode. We will do a nursery reveal once we have the furniture installed, but here are a few items I’ve scooped so far:
Curtains: Had. To. Have. These. They’re pretty perfect for basically any room in your home.
Accent Table: A table very similar to this was one of the first purchases I made for the nursery to go next to the glider. Super cute. Great price. Target wins AGAIN.
Animal Heads: I obsessed over finding wall decor for the nursery that wasn’t cheesy. Really difficult task. BEHOLD the most precious white animal heads we came across at Z Gallerie and purchased on the spot.
And now for a few pregnancy must haves…
My girlfriend, Annie turned me on to Mama Mio products and they are nothing short of amazing.
This top. In every color. Perfect for the layering I’ve been doing in the chilly weather. Perfect fit. Super soft.
Still sporting heels on the daily, but these slippers are sweet relief when I get home. And in gold. Naturally.
Promise we won’t stay gone long this time! We have Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day on the horizon after all!
From L: Last week I had the fun opportunity to speak to a floral design class hosted by our sweet friends at Colonial House of Flowers (you’ve seen their work here, here and here – to say that we are obsessed with them is an understatement). I was super excited to be included, but…what to talk about? Because while I admire (and purchase!) their work on the reg, I’m a total dunce when it comes to floral design. I *do* know a little about creating outfits, however, and the more I thought about it the more I realized that arranging flowers in a beautiful way and creating an amazing outfit share the same principles.
After I finished drooling over these double doors, I got to work translating the floral design into a fall outfit (below). You can use floral design to inspire your fashion, too. Just follow these four principles…
First, build a basic structure or line using classic shapes. Monica of Lavin Label started with circular wreaths of classic greenery, which provide a great canvas for creativity. Of course, it helps that they’re hanging in front of gorgeous double doors! Similarly, I created the foundation of the outfit using three classic styles that work for a variety of ages and body types: a chambray button-down shirt, a corduroy A-line skirt and a cotton crewneck sweater.
Second, use rich, in-season neutrals. Fall provides the most amazing range of colors. Monica’s palette included navy, green, burgundy, gold, cream (floral examples include rose hips, amaranthus, bittersweet, olive branches and David Austin garden rose). I used the same palette for our outfit: the camel skirt references the matte gold stool, the cream scarf stands in for the cream roses. The olive anorak provides the “greenery,” and tan riding boots mimic the dark wooden doors and bronze lanterns. Originally I used a rich merlot HOBO clutch for the purple trailing flowers, but it sold at Sole right before the class, so I subbed in a ruby one. #improvise
Third, add texture. In both floral arranging and fashion, the more texture the better! Monica used natural branches and berries to create texture both on the wreaths and on the steps. I used skinny-waled corduroy, wool, and cotton cable-knit to create textural layers in our outfit. Cool-weather fabric offerings provide a wealth of texture – try tweed and cashmere, too.
Fourth, add points of focus. Light is essential in all design, whether home, floral or fashion. Monica added flameless candles in recycled glass lanterns, which plays off the subtle shine on the accent stool. The cream roses provide a point of light in the wreaths. We used a plaid scarf (any print creates interest) and added sparkly earrings to draw the eye upward. A note about sparkle: we absolutely believe in bright jewelry for day, no matter what the season…but it looks especially rich in the fall and winter when the rest of our palette gets darker. Other ways to add sparkle include a sequin top (ground it with a navy wool blazer or tweed jacket and jeans), a metallic leather clutch, and a pretty brooch pinned on a blanket scarf.
Key points to remember when creating your own masterpiece, whether floral or fashion:
Layer, layer layer textures and colors
Always include a point of focus or levity in your designs – Colonial House tucks tiny plastic animals into terrariums and other arrangements, and they make us so happy!
More is more this time of year – colors can be richer, go for more texture, add plenty of sparkle.
Fashion Credits: Sole Statesboro (@solestatesboro) and The Glitter Life (@glitterblogxo)
Double Door Styling and Photo Credits: the creative geniuses at Lavin Label, Camp Makery, The Vine, Kelli Boyd Photography and Colonial House of Flowers. Be sure to follow all our awesome friends @lavinlabel, @campmakery, @colonialhouseofflowers, @vinegardenmarket @kelliboydphotography and @colonialhouseofflowers on Insta!
L says: The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming! And with them the opportunity to entertain. I’ve had the same white dishes for twelve years now, and they’re looking pretty tired. I’ve been shopping around for a new table-top wardrobe. Here are my favorite combinations:
White after Labor Day? Yassss, especially when it’s in the form of an adorable animal objet d’art. Any of these would look amazing atop a stack of books on your shelves, or incorporate one or two into a winter-white tablescape for your next dinner party (what, it could happen).
You guys. I swoon every time I see Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper. I fantasize about using it in every room of my house: dining room, powder room, bedroom…CLOSET. But I have one problem: it’s kinda spency. I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger.
So imagine how excited I was to see this DIY on Simple Details blog for a look-alike. With just a few tweaks to a cheetah print stencil, you can paint your walls to look ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE the wallpaper of my dreams.
PSA: My husband, who owns a mold mitigation business, really likes this idea because – as a lot of folks will tell you – wallpaper can trap moisture, hide leaks, and create all manner of chaos in your home. Much better to stencil on paint walls!
View the real thing in these amazing rooms, then try your hand at the DIY!
Maybe it’s because I’ve been home for the last few days with a new baby. Or maybe it’s because fall always makes me think of a fresh start with new stuff (new school clothes! new school supplies!). IDK. Whatever it is, I have a bad case of the gimmes. Here’s what I’m craving for my house right now…
Gold Etagere // I’ve got the perfect place for – and plenty of objets to fill – this Ballard Designs etagere in my upstairs hallway. I would just use the center, pagoda-topped piece…but you could do all three components if you had the room.
Whew, we made it through another week! J’s been jetting around the South for work and L’s been getting used to having an infant in the house again…so we’re feeling especially grateful for the next 48-ish hours. Here’s hoping your weekend will be a mix of fancy cheese, champagne and DIY design!
5 // Perfect Sunday Afternoon Project // After a weekend of football (and possibly struggling to re-wire that Sunburst Light Fixture), indulge your creative side and re-style your coffee table. Use this handy tutorial from Domino as a guide. As if we needed another excuse to purchase pink peonies! Happy Friday, yall.
True confessions: we’ve both been nesting lately (J’s a newlywed, and L’s expecting any day now!). Since a whole-house overhaul isn’t an option for either one of us, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve/enhance our abodes with found objects and a little (or a lot!) creative styling. One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to re-style a bookshelf or cabinet. Read on for our tips on styling your shelves.
First, a little inspiration from one of our favorite designers Windsor Smith:
Next, assess your books. Start by dividing them by spine color. Remember to peek under dust jackets – sometimes the actual book spine works better with your scheme than the shiny jacket. Give yourself options! If that doesn’t produce compelling results, try sorting by size. This process is trial and error – just keep rearranging your piles until you get several groupings you like. Don’t be scared to venture outside your living room – sometimes you can find the perfect size/color book in your kitchen, child’s room, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!
Now, experiment with placement. Switch up your stacks on the shelves – place some books vertically, some horizontally. You can vary the arrangements within the same shelf, or do one shelf horizontally, the next vertically, etc.
Finally, incorporate non-books into your arrangements. Plants, textiles, pretty boxes, ceramic animals or bowls, etc are what give your shelves personality! Don’t run out and buy stuff – just go on a treasure hunt around your house. This cheat sheet from Domaine home is a great starting point.
To get you started, here are two shelfie looks using some of our favorite objects.
TRADITIONAL trappings like a chinoiserie ginger jar and gold loving cup get punched up with leopard-bound books and malachite boxes.
GLAMOROUS black and white accessories are the perfect partner to pink and gold accents.
Now, start styling! And share your pics with us on instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!