Setting the Table for an Autumn Gathering
Last month I gathered together with some girlfriends to celebrate the arrival of Autumn with a beautiful brunch. We made flower crowns, enjoyed a nourishing meal and just took a minute to pause and catch-up. Create a beautiful soiree of your own this season using this guide below! Though I've linked where you can purchase items I encourage you to take a look at what you already own and see if you can't re-imagine it. Don't have a table cloth or runner? No worries. Simply use a large fabric remnant or a scarf. Running low on time? Walk out back and trim off some stems or slender branches from your tree and use them as your floral centerpiece. I don't believe that in order for a home (or party) to be beautiful it must be expensive. While I did purchase a few items prior to the gathering such as this woven runner and the table linens, most of the items were ones that were scattered around my home. This combination of old and new is what makes great design great!
Fresh Flowers & Greenery
Nothing brings a space to life like fresh flowers and greenery. I tend to pick up an assortment from my Trader Joes that I then take home and arrange however think outside the box! See what you have around in your yard or invest in the services of your local florist.
Make a statement with your serving bowl of choice.
Mercury Glass Votives
Nothing beats the way candlelight flickers in mercury glass votives. Having a combination of sizes and shades adds interest and depth to your table. Weave them in among your arrangements just beware of items that may catch on fire!
Both husband and wife coming from metropolitan backgrounds (Chicago, Norfolk and Northern Virginia) their desired look was Urban Modern with a dash of Scandinavian and Fixer Upper. The spaciousness and contemporary finishes of their home provided us with the perfect launch pad for pulling off this look.
One of my favorite things to do is to create a gallery wall. I think that they’re great as an accent wall, down a hallway or in a home office. So many of you have reached out asking how we put together our gallery wall in our home office, so today I wanted to walk you through how.
While we are by now means looking for a sprawling lawn or land to farm on, we do dream of having a space where we can entertain our friends and family, have a raised bed or two, and maybe even indulge in a hammock.
This fervor has continued over the years resulting in spontaneous gallery walls and painting of furniture (as well as many holes in the wall much to my husbands dismay); all the while teaching me many valuable lessons, one of them being that not every one is going to be as enthusiastic about the design choices that you make, and that’s okay.
We are still jumping up and down over here after learning that our home has been featured on Apartment Therapy!
Have you ever felt blessed by simply being in someone’s presence? That’s exactly how I felt working with the Rivera family on the styling of their home this past winter.
While the bones of the room are neutral, we added in pops of color via hanging plants, caned furniture, and the colorful vintage area rug. A sleek mid-century modern table is centered in the room, beckoning for a game of monopoly or for a cocktail, which can be concocted within the discreet bar-set up we made in the pie-safe.
Over the past couple of years, we have methodically worked together on styling the Hurt’s home, infusing their love of vintage and travel finds with the more traditional bones of the space. It has been such a pleasure getting to know Rebecca not only as a client but as a friend. Today, Rebecca shares with us a little bit about herself and how she is currently making room for peace.
After reading through my friend’s core family values, listening as they shared their dreams for their home and walking through their space, my heart overflowed with gratitude. I could clearly envision a design for their home that would capture warm hospitable vibe that they were going for; creating a space that would be enjoyed by family, friends and neighbors alike.
When you first walk into the Hurt’s home one of the first rooms that you see is straight ahead, the den. A small room, right off the kitchen and the sun-room the den is the gathering space for the family. Between the deep leather sofa and the cozy swivel chairs, there is truly a place for everyone (including their 60 lb. puppy, Bacon!) to rest and to recline.
Why not elevate your gift wrapping this holiday season by using some sustainable alternatives to all of the wrapping paper, bubble wrap, or cello sheets out there? Not only will you show your loved ones how much you care about them but also how much you care about the environment!
When I would think of thrift stores and consignment shops I would envision dirty, poorly lit spaces with clothing that couldn’t possibly be stylish or in good condition. Years later, through some humbling and personal experience, I’ve found that this image that I had had in my mind couldn’t be farther from the truth. While shopping second-hand can be hit or miss, for the most part it is really an enjoyable experience.
Our homes are supposed to be our refuge but did you know that they could also be making us sick? Asthma, headaches, coughing, and allergies are just a few of the signs that you may need to make some changes to your home. Lucky for you, we've outlined some of the problem areas and what you can do to create a healthier environment for you and your family!
Wife, mother of four, and owner of Abundant Life Partner’s, Meghan is one busy woman! I wanted to sit down with her to learn her secrets to having such a positive attitude, energy and how she makes room for peace in her life.
When discussing the design of her office, Meghan was looking for something that was professional while also being fresh and serene. We selected a soothing color palette of grays, blues, and warm woods with pops of brass and greenery.
Our home hasn't always looked as styled and decluttered as it does now. In fact, it used to be overflowing with stuff! Stuff that we loved mixed in with things that we no longer used or valued.
We all feel this pressure, whether we are comparing ourselves with others or we are competing with an idealized version of ourselves. It is healthy to have goals and to use our gifts as long as you don’t let those desires distract you from the beauty of the present.
What we create then is often a true reflection of how we are feeling, a reflection of what's going on in our heart. In our "Design Your Own Table Linens" workshop, we were able to leave not only with a set of new skills but also with a sense of feeling valued and refreshed.
Rebeca Howe is one of those people who when you first meet, you immediately feel at home with. Her warm, bubbly personality lights up every room that she walks into; and her words of affirmation leave you feeling loved and valued.
With the amount of visuals that we consume online and in magazines, we often experience the urge to mix up the look of our home. The entry way is the perfect space to do that! In this article, we're illustrating 3 ways in which you can change up the look of your entryway while maintaining your general sense of style and using pieces that you already own.
Most of y'all know by now that I love shopping second hand. Consignment stores, thrift shops, antique stores... You'd be amazed at what you can find. Whether your looking for furniture, home decor, clothing, books, or appliances - these places have it all and more; gently used and at great prices. Not only that, but as these pieces are "gently used" your automatically taking your style and sustainability game up a level.
Crystal Seay is one of those people that you don’t have to meet in person to feel like you already know. Her encouraging, spirited personality is contagious and can be felt on her and her husband's Instagram page. Wife and mother of 2, Crystal along with her husband Paul just completed the process of downsizing from a 1,300 sq. ft. home to a 400 sq. ft. RV in Jupiter, Florida.
Giving every item in your kitchen a home from your wine stopper to your Kitchen Aid mixer is the key to maintaining an organized kitchen. There is no question about where something goes after your done using.
Last month I gathered together with some girlfriends to celebrate the arrival of Autumn with a beautiful brunch. We made flower crowns, enjoyed a nourishing meal and just took a minute to pause and catch-up. Create a beautiful soiree of your own this season using this guide below!
To celebrate this turn of tides I recently partnered with my friends Anna Hubbard of Hip Innovative Studio Boutique and Diane Fulton of Front Porch Flower Co. to host a brunch for some girlfriends. It was a wonderful excuse to play with seasonal flowers, eat some wholesome food, and catch-up with the girls.
I've never been a fan of a perfectly precise bouquet much preferring something organic and wild. Local florist, Diane Fulton of Front Porch Flower Co. is the same way.