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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The newest mason jars

Have you seen the newest Ball mason jar color? In 1913, the Ball brothers launched their first perfect mason jar. In 2013, to celebrate their 100th anniversary, the makers of the Ball mason jars created a limited edition Heritage collection. The first color they released was the blue jar and it was the perfect color to use for a couple of weddings I recently styled.

A few weeks ago, I noticed they had come out with a new color (apparently they have been out since Spring). 

I am seriously in love with these pretty green jars

I purchased mine here and they arrived yesterday.

I am working out of my office all day today - trying to stay hydrated in this miserable heat we are having. And watching out the window while a film crew sets up for a Kia commercial that is being filmed in front of my house this evening. They will be setting up lighting in my front yard and inside my house ... fun! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bar carts, a great lunch and my latest obsession

My youngest daughter, the one who is a farmer, is in town and yesterday we took a little trip up to Venice to check out some vintage stores and to have lunch. 

 I am not normally that into vintage, but since I have been doing the weddings I have been scouting the vintage stores more and more. It is amazing what you can find!

We started in The Mart Collective on Lincoln Blvd. The Mart Collective is 16,000 sq. ft. of vintage and antique objects, furniture and art in 120 dealer spaces. It opened last year and is owned by the former managers of Wertz Brothers Antique Mart in Santa Monica which also closed last year. We spent an hour browsing around ... we could have easily spent two. It was packed with so many fun things and a lot of bar carts. I have a thing for bar carts. Have you seen my Pinterest page devoted to them?

I found this one first. I kind of liked it. In fact, I thought about it the entire time I was walking through the store. It was not in the best condition but it was only $60. Or so I thought. I went back to look at it just before we left thinking it would come home with me ...

I really need to get better glasses! 

This one was a much better deal at $225.

This 1960's Danish cart was selling for $495.

And they were asking $745 for this 1970's brass plated cart. 

The Mart Collective is just across the street from the Hardware store. I couldn't resist shooting the sign - remember my sign obsession during our Route 66 road trip last summer? After we left the vintage store we headed over to Abbott Kinney Blvd. to walk around and have lunch. We ended up at Lemonade a fresh and colorful cafeteria. 

I loved the colorful pots ... and they even had a gluten free cookie I could eat!

It was a really fun morning! My favorite salad was the beet salad. Funny thing ... right after lunch I had an appointment with my kidney doctor who told me that I need to avoid certain foods from now on so I won't get another kidney stone. Guess what was first on the list ... beets! And then he went on to say that citrus will help balance the bad foods so I should drink plenty of ... lemonade!  It made me smile anyway (until I saw that chocolate was also on the bad list). Oy vey!

Oh ... I was going to show you my latest obsession ...

Have you tried this gelato? It is delicious! (#helpmeIcan'tstop) Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

3 great things

I see a lot of great things while I am shopping for clients. Some I can resist and some I can't. Here are a few that caught my eye today:

A teal zipper ... just for fun:

Color your storage:

Wake up your walls:

3 great things. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturdays, creating a wedding and new beginnings

There is something about Saturdays that just because it is Saturday, it feels different. If I am meeting with a client on a Saturday, it just feels more casual, even if it is not. During the week I would never do this, but on a Saturday if I am meeting a client, I do not feel the need to dress up as much. And I might not even shower (shhh!). I love Saturdays. I don't feel guilty to watch television during the day ... or take a nap. It is a day to refresh. And not matter how hard the week was ... you get to start over on Sunday. Kind of like a new year. Or a new season.


Wedding images via 100 Layer Cake

I spent this Saturday with my latest wedding client - a darling girl whose wedding is going to be spectacular. Oh, how I love working with my brides :)

Engagement photos by Duane Peck

This is going to be a barn wedding and it will be filled with vintage furniture, gold candelabras and naked cakes on peach pedestals. We planned and made some changes and worked on specific details. And these will be used:

There is something very magical and exciting about planning and creating a wedding. They are new beginnings. It is not just about this one day. It is about a the fresh new start as a couple beginning their life together; a coming together of two ... joined as one. A new season of their lives. I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday! 

“[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air ... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”
― Wallace StegnerAngle of Repose

"Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it? 
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert."
-Isaiah 43:18-19

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Colorful pillows and painted furniture

I spent part of the day working on a couple of new projects ... 

This was a quick inspiration board for a darling young family that needs some color added to their family room. I like to give a client a general idea (and a good visual) of the direction I am going before I spend to much time specifying individual pieces. For this room we will be adding a media cabinet, ottoman coffee table, side table, a large area rug and lamps and pillows.  I am using the charcoal rug to tie in with their new kitchen's subway tile. 

I also shopped Etsy for some pillows for another young family that I am helping long distance ...

I love this Chiang Mai Dragon fabric by Schumacher. I found it in a couple of shops ...

For $40 this pillow in Celerie Kemble's Bleecker (Peacock) is a better price than I could do myself if I picked up the fabric and had the pillow made. One thing you want to make sure when ordering a pillow cover on Etsy though, is to check to see if the fabric is on both the front and the back of the pillow. Often they put a plain white fabric on the back. I don't mind that look sometimes, but for the pillow above, I would want the fabric to be the same on both sides. Some shops will give you a choice. You can also change the size of the pillow. I generally use a 20" pillow. You will want to get a down insert that is 2" larger than the cover. 

The colorful pillows will go in a family room with a plain brown sofa that needs some livening up. We are going to add some Ikea Ribba frames in white (like I used in the pediatric clinic) behind the sofa to add some lightness and tie in their white mantle across the room. 

John and Sherry from Young House Love put the Ikea frames over their sofa too. My client will put photographs of her young children in the frames. They are on a tight budget and these few pieces will make a big difference in the room for a small amount of money. 

And speaking of color ... have you been to HomeGoods lately?

They had two of these orange cabinets. Please someone call me and let me design a room around those!

It took everything I had to resist these barstools. Well, it helped that I had no place to put them. 

They reminded me of these from Crate and Barrel and honestly, I like the $79 HomeGoods stools better.

And this Blue and White umbrella stand is a beauty. I can see it in Mary Ann's new San Francisco home, can't you?