Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Outdoor Lighting

I am enamored with this outdoor lighting idea I saw on Once Wed.

Here it is all set up in day light. 


Here it is all lit up to set the mood for the evening.


I love that its a unique spin on candlelight.  I think it would be a great little surprise for your guests.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Manic Monday: Bathroom Armoire

Hi all, sorry for the long absence, sometimes life (and sometimes exhaustion, laziness, or wine and chocolate) get in the way of my blogging.  To help get me started off on the right foot each week I've decided to start a little series I'm going to call Manic Monday.  I so often find myself obsessing over some design element, detail, or idea for hours or days or weeks on end.  I figured given the amount of time I spend examining every aspect of whatever my current obsession may be I should probably be sharing it with all of you here.

This week I'm on the hunt for an armoire for our guest bath in order to store things like towels and toilet paper.  We also want it to serve double duty as a linen cabinet, this will open up space in one of the closets in our bedroom for more shoes and clothes!

Here is some pretty inspiration.


This built in here would be an absolute dream come true!

Here is what mine will look like in real life.  The Ikea Hemnes.  I'm thinking this will be the best fit for our bathroom, I like that it has covered storage on the bottom and glass doors on the top, this gives me room to hide some of the uglies and leaves opportunities for some great styling.


Here is another version of the Hemnes.  This one is all covered storage - no open styling opportunities, but it is much larger - will definitely hold comforters, pillows, sheets, etc., along with the bathroom necessities.  It may be just a tad too large - I'm definitely going to have to do some measuring and tape marking before I head out and actually make any purchases.
Either way, I think I'm definitely going to have to dress it up with some pretty hardware like this guy.

Images via here & here.

Any other ideas for great pieces for bathroom/linen storage?  I am definitely open to other items!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Chevron Cake

We all know that wedding cakes have come a long way from the traditional white frosted, vanilla cake.  You can pretty much have any flavor combination you can dream of and there are such amazing artists out there that your cake can take on any look you'd like.  One of the cake trends I've been loving lately is seeing cakes decorated in a chevron pattern.

This one almost looks like carrara marble!




Any cake or dessert trends you're adoring in weddings?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Poppy

I've been helping my sister out quite a bit over the last few weeks with the planning of her wedding.  One of the things I'm so excited about is her decision to use the color poppy in her wedding.  She is planning on having her bridesmaids in J. Crew's Vivid Poppy.

It is going to be tough to find the right color for certain elements - it really has to be the right mix of red, orange, and pink and it has to uber bright.  Here is some of the inspiration I have collected with this charming color.

Olivia Leigh Photography

Martha Stewart Weddings

Southern Weddings

The Sweetest Occasion



Monday, April 16, 2012

Hello Black Door

I'm currently obsessing over the idea of painting the interior of our front door black.  I love this look and I think with our pale grey walls and white trim it will be a great contrast.  Here's my inspiration.

Thoughts on the contrasting entry door? Have any of you made the leap and painted your door a surprise color?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hello Week

I enjoyed a lovely 4 day weekend for Easter and today is back to reality for me.  Here's a little motivation for any one else out there trying to get back into the swing of things.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hello Dreamy Home

I love our little condo in the city and I love our life here.  We live in a great neighborhood, we have (for the most part) great neighbors, there are delicious restaurants within walking distance, a fantastic farmers market in the summer months and the shopping is abundant.  But sometimes (especially after busy weekends like this past one) I find myself dreaming of what our lives would be like if we lived some place a little quieter in our own space on our own land.  Here is what the dream consists of:

A cozy home with a green front yard

A welcoming front porch to relax on 


A back yard with grass and trees and a little hammock couldn't hurt
Greenery everywhere!

And on my wishlist is one of these dog doors.

No more walking our dogs in the cold, snow, and rain.

What type of dream home or space are you currently dreaming of?