Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BE OUR GUEST . . . EASTER INVITATIONS

Hosting an Easter brunch or dinner?  What better and nicer way to invite your guests, than with a personalized invitation that can be emailed (and/or mailed).

Online company, Celebrations offers an array of invitations from premium to free invites.  You can check out their full line here.

I decided to go with a free invitation.  The process is pretty simple and such a sweet gesture to send to your guests.

This is the design I chose:

Template via Celebrations.com
No fuss, no worry.  Invitations get sent immediately and you can track responses received from your guests.

xo,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL


Images at left (top to bottom): (my image: Bunny w/basket Williams Sonoma); Ceramic Lace Standing Bunny - Jo Ann's Fabric; Bunny Ears Down and Bunny Ears Up - Crate and Barrel.  Images at right (top to bottom):  Terrarium Bunny - Etsy; White Cottontail bunny - Etsy; White Sleepy Bunny - Etsy; Vintage White Ceramic Bunny - Etsy

One of my favorite holidays is Easter.  I respect the symbolism from a religious standpoint.  From a decorating standpoint, I adore all the pastel colors, together with the crisp look of white.   It's been a while since I decorated; the last holiday being Christmas.  So, I'm super excited to create a tablescape for Easter!

Last Easter I went with a nature inspired theme with realistic bunnies and animals with soft greens and blues.   Here's the look from last year:



I was able to purchase some white ceramic bunnies from Williams Sonoma, during their after Easter sale, last year.  I knew what look I wanted to create, going into 2014.  The look would be classic white, soft pastels and beautiful blooms.  Stay tuned to see how I put this whole look together.

xo,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TABLE LINENS INSPIRED FOR YOUR EASTER TABLE

One of the focal points in creating a look for my tablescape starts with the tablecloth or runner.  I love how a simple fabric, whether a solid color or pattern, can help create the look of any table. Nine times out of ten, that's my jumping off point. 

Let's talk table linens for Easter.  There are many types of patterns and colors you can create for your Easter table.  And, it doesn't have to scream bunnies. 

Take a look at some table linens that caught my eye. . .

I adore this tablecloth. It's such a soft color palette.  Williams Sonoma Easter Bunny Jacquard Tablecloth


Blue Seersucker tablecloth is a classic look for Easter. (Crate and Barrel)


Pottery Barn Hilltop Garden Table Runner

Love this yellow table runner with ivory lace trim; perfect for an Easter look (Etsy)


This would make a lovely tablecloth for an Easter theme table  (Zara Home)



Polka dots is another creative look for your Easter table (Etsy)


Lilac Cotton Table Cloth (Zara Home)

What look are you creating for your Easter table this year?

xo,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

EASTER EGG DECORATING

With Easter right around the corner, I'll be sharing some great ideas for all things Easter.  I love surfing the web, getting ideas and inspiring me to create some of my own looks. 

Today, we're talking egg decorating for Easter.  While I probably won't have time to decorate eggs this year (as I'll be baking Easter cookies); I wanted to share some incredible looks you can create yourself with your kids or anyone!


How to via Martha Stewart here

How to via Martha Stewart


Add glitter to your eggs with simple glittered stickers or cover the egg completed in glitter (Image 1 and Image 2)


Image 1 / Image 2

For more inspiration, be sure to check out my sister's post on Easter Egg Decorating (No Fuss, No Mess . . . )  http://designbyoccasion.com/blog/.

What are some of your favorite egg decorating looks?

xo,

Monday, April 7, 2014

WILLIAMS SONOMA HOME . . . ALL THINGS GREEN

 
 
 

Have you seen the new Spring 2014, Williams Sonoma Home catalog?  You know, the big 10 1/2 x 13 x 1/2 one, with all the beautiful photos for your viewing pleasure.  I was drawn to their different shades of green collection.  Lovely patterns, textures in shades of green, ranging from teals, seafoam, aqua and mist.  These fresh colors, along with contrasting neutral tones complement each other.  Each space is refreshing, with a calm and serene feel to them.  Definitely a space to just relax.

Here's more from their collection:


Love the old look of this distressed chest and the marbleized green accessories.


Adding the same marbleized vases to this room with a mirrored console piece creates a more glamorous look




Love the green cabinets in this kitchen






Want to see more?  Check out Williams Sonoma Home's website here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

AMONG MY PEERS . . . GIVING IS THE GREATEST GIFT

So I've been MIA this week.  And, with good reason.  I was busy all weekend and this week baking cookies for my co-workers.  Why do you ask?  Here's the reason behind the madness:

Without getting into too much detail, I work at a highly recognized law firm in NYC.  I support Partners and Associates.  I was recently asked to be part of a project for a new system the firm implemented (welcome to Corporate America). 

While being grateful for the recognition of my hard work; given this opportunity was something out of my comfort zone.  But, I stepped up to the challenge and began this project.  While some of my peers were not embracing this new system with open arms, I had to do my best to show them what I learned and how, in time, they will learn to adjust.  I, myself, have to use this very same system, so I empathize with them.

The project, over time, has bloomed into more responsibilities.  Trying to juggle this extra work, in addition to my existing work was, and is a challenge.  But, I make it work.  I am so grateful I was given this opportunity because I've met people that I've never had contact with before (we're a large firm) and heard they voices (good and bad).  You learn to deal with different personalities . . . embracing the good with the bad.  When I do something, I'm in it all the way!

So, this week I scheduled a series of classes and taught the class (with the help of my amazing co-trainer, Carolyn).  I prepped and planned my presentation to present among my peers.  I know change is never easy and I wanted to give back to them, to show my appreciation.  I know sometimes we don't feel recognized the way we want or don't feel appreciated.  Even though I was on the other side (teaching the class), I am still part of this group.  So this is where the cookies come into play (lol).

I thought it would be a great gesture to bake sugar cookies for those that attended class.  I know it takes away from their already busy workload, so I wanted to show some love.  Needless to say, when this thought popped in my head, I didn't realize I would be baking and decorating cookies all week (lol).  That's because the creative side in me couldn't just bake cookies.  I had to bedazzle them, sprinkle them, decorate with pearls and sanding sugar. I finished the look by inscribing them with the letters, "SN" (short for the system we are using).  Finishing them over with individual packaging, complete with a ribbon.

It's been a long week and am soooo looking forward to the weekend.  My cookies are famous (more than me)!  My classes have been well received (so far) and they really appreciated the gesture.  It feels good to give back.  I'm a happy lady!

Here are some pictures of the sugar cookies.  I used Martha Stewart's recipe.  If you are interested, you can find it here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

xo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

IN BLOOM . . . FASHION FLORAL PATTERNS


Now that Spring has sprung, nature has inspired designers to create some beautiful floral apparel.  I love the different design patterns and how lovely and feminine they look.  From dresses and skirts to blouses, they are sure to make a hit in my closet!

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xo,