Monday, April 27, 2015

Be Jeweled

I'm always on the look out for new items that are worth sharing, like the jewel encrusted line by Addison Weeks. It feels so fresh and vibrant. From jewelry, to clutches, candles to tabletop, Addison Weeks has bejeweled them all.
 I love any of these items for a special Mother's Day gift, a birthday gift or even graduation. 

Hoping this is a jewel of week for you all!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Party Means Piñata!

As the weather begins to warm up and we all want to be outside more….I can't help but think of outdoor parties. That leads me to one of the all time great party components. The piñata!!!!

And, they don't just have to be for Cinco de Mayo anymore. You can spell out names, have a table runner, a number or a character. Katie Franklin has made a business out of it….check out her site here.

What is more fun than letting your guests take a swing at a festive piñata and having candy or small gifts spill out everywhere?!
Did you take a swing at a piñata as a kid? Super fun! 

Think like a kid when you plan your next party! Order a piñata!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung…and not a moment too soon!! I have long time friends arriving this week for a visit and I want everything to look its best. Inside and out! But, first impressions start at the curb, so I am particularly excited about how our Spring pots have turned out.

For years, I've worked with Cindy Mills of Gardens. She and her team of trained gardeners have helped me lovingly care for our landscaping so that it compliments our house to its fullest potential. 

Pots are essential for creating color and drama when Mother Nature hasn't provided it. My tulips won't bloom for a few more weeks and my pear trees are on the verge of exploding….but not yet. 

So, we crafted a plan that would work on it's on, provide a nice backdrop for the tulips and then stand alone once they have wilted.
Yellow forsythias, pansies and ivy were the plan. Cindy thought the red lacquered wreath we used for holiday looked so great that I should consider a Spring/Summer color. We settled on Key Lime from the Magnolia Wreath Company and I love it!
Another element that was new this year, was incorporating the metal orbs that my mother-in-law had sent me. I first broke them out for holiday and loved the structure they provided. Post-holiday, when I didn't have any greens, I put the lanterns inside and loved that effect. With the ivy wound around, they feel very organic and storybook.
These smaller orbs are on the back patio, flanking our back door. Super simple, but impactful, I think.
Each season gives us an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start anew. Spring really made us wait this year, but I think it was worth it!

Do you decorate with outdoor pots? What's your plan for Spring?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello, Sunshine

Yesterday, I took a bike ride with my son. 

I made him stop when we got to this saturated stretch of daffodils. It's amazing what a little pop of yellow can do to an otherwise bleak landscape. It brings it to life. Makes you stop and smile and take it all in.
And,  it got me thinking about how a little pop of yellow can brighten our interiors as well. Sometimes in unexpected places. Which, of course, is what makes you stop and smile and take it all in.

Here's to finding a little sunshine in unexpected places...and I hope it makes you stop, smile and take it all in!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wrap Party

What a week it's been! I almost let my 5 year milestone slip by unannounced, but then I would have missed out on so much fun, sharing it with friends and reflecting on the relationships that have resulted. Today's guests include artists, magazine editors, writers, bloggers and shop owners. All of them wearing multiple hats.

I was touched beyond measure when my wonderful, long time blog (and real life) friend, Patricia van Essche, aka PvE, illustrated her vision of what my shop would look like, should I ever take the plunge! She incorporated elements of my home, the pink tulips (of course), a little animal print, a bar cart loaded with champagne and pink petals leading the way. A dream of a shop!!! I think it's so fun seeing what others envision for you. I might keep my eyes open for the perfect storefront!

Patricia also shared this perfect-in-pink table setting, from The Pink Pagoda, that she could imagine for my "party". I might just have to copy this one!
Patricia came into my life, unexpectedly, when she illustrated my home which had been featured on the blog of my next two guests. 
It was complete serendipity. This illustration hangs by my desk so that I see it every day. It also marked a moment that drew me into the world of blogs. So, you could say, Patricia is a huge part of why I jumped into this world. Thank you, my dear friend!

Next up is a pretty pink tea party setting by my long time friends, muses and now authors, Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar. These are the kind of friends that you say, "I knew them when...." They have been an overnight success in the making for as long as I've known them. They compliment one another perfectly and their talent is only dwarfed by the size and generosity of their hearts. 
I'm not sure if there is anyone more excited about their debut book, Modern Mix, than me! Having watched these two up close for the past 5 years, I know I'm not overselling when I say this is going to be your new favorite book. Their style is instantly recognizable so with their first book they are going to break things down for you, de-mystify how to spot something worthwhile and then how to incorporate it into your own home and style. 
Also at the party today, is another long time friend, Carolyn McDonough, who along with her twin sister, Cynthia, are at the helm of a faux flower empire, Diane James Home. The business was started by their mom, Diane, whose designs were so lifelike that they became in instant sensation with Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, numerous specialty shops and the darling of both television and magazine editorial work.
For today's soiree, Carolyn sent me a photo of real tulips that she picked up just for the celebration! Thank you, Carolyn!!!
Some people come into you life and you know it was just meant to be. That's the case with Sue De Chiara, known broadly as The Zhush! Sue and I were introduced shortly after we started our blogs by mutual friends. Sue and I have attended blog conferences, cocktail parties, Blogshop and numerous other blog related events. She taught me why and how to use Twitter and Instagram and I remember when she first had the idea for her online shop. Along the way, I gained an amazing real life friend, who I would enjoy whether we were talking about parenting, art or vacations. 
These are the tulips Sue picked up for the occasion! Love the pink combined with the blue and white!
So, there you have it. Why blogging has been so much fun and so rewarding. I've learned it's not about the number of comments, the number of followers or your google analytics. Sure, those things are a nice window into how you are translating into a broader audience, but it has been the relationships and friendships that I look back on and appreciate the most. 

There are many others….and I hope you all know who you are…that have enriched my life and welcomed me into this ever-changing worlds of blogs. I have no idea what the next 5 years holds….but for now, I'm savoring the moment and excited about what the future might hold.

Thank you to every one of you who has stopped by regularly or just now and then. I know you're out there and I appreciate it more than you'll ever now!

And, that my friends, is a wrap! What does your weekend hold?
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