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iconic ikat

29 Jun

We’re loving one of this summer’s trends: ikat {pronounced “ee-kot”) . I had no idea what ikat actually meant, but it didn’t really matter because it looks good and I like it!

However, after wanting to learn something new today, I learned ikat is a fabric in which the yarns have been tie-dyed before weaving.

We found some home and fashion finds so you, too, can have a little ikat in your life.


1. Marisa Wide Leg Pants in Ikat, Ann Taylor LOFT {$65}
2. Bright Ikat Butterfly Cover-Up, Echo {$48}
3. Poketo Ikat Scarf, Poketo {$24}
4. Soludos Pico Flat Espadrille, Shopbop {$42}
5. Toms Cenna Sandal, Nordstrom {$68.95}
6. Kushcush Bali Bikini, Shopbop {$75 and $71}
7. Ella Moss Ikat Maxi Dress, Shopbop {$188}
8. Sequin Ikat Medium Enamel Bangle, Nordstrom {$30}
9. Ikat Print Sunglasses, Topshop {$32}
10. Wild Ikat Chino Short, J. Crew {$59.50}
11. Boni Beach bag by Roberta Roller Rabbit, Piperlime {$67.99}
12. Haute Hippie Silk Peasant Dress, Nordstrom {$395}


1. Ikat Table Runner, Pinterest
{I don’t know where to find these runners, so if anyone knows, please fill me in. I love the way they are used at each place setting, rather than 1 long runner down the length of the table}
2. Armless Upholstered Slipper Accent Chair, Target
3. Iman Ikat Pillow Cover, Stitched Nestings on Etsy {$45}
4. Ikat Ogee Linen Window Panel, West Elm {$69-$84}
5. Ikat Placemats and Napkins, Neiman Marcus {$45-$60}
6. Ikat Nesting Bowls Set of 3, C. Wonder {$58}
7. Ikat Dot Organic Sheet Set, Pottery Barn Teen {$32.50-$119.00}
8. Ipanema Ikat Slanted Party Tub, World Market {$13.99}
9. Ikat Picture Frames, Dana Gibson {$55-$65}
10. Ikat Medallion Drum Lampshade, StudioJOTA on Etsy {$99.95}

{images via Nordstrom, LOFT, Echo, Poketo, Shopbop, Topshop, Piperlime, PinterestTargetNeiman Marcus, World Market, C. Wonder, West ElmPottery Barn Teen, Studio Jota, Stitched Nestings, Dana Gibson}

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mr. and mrs.

12 Apr

his and hers.

Let’s face it, when we get married we become a Mr. or Mrs and things become his and hers. Why not celebrate it with fabulous gifts to give the newly engaged couple, or the newly married couple?

Jonathan Adler ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ Reversible Mug, Nordstrom {$24}

Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail Glass Set, Furbish {$18}

Mr. & Mrs. Burlap Pillows, Simply French Market on Etsy {$58}

His and Hers Pillowcases, Faceplant Dreams
{available for purchase at Fleur de Lis, a paperie}

DIY His and Hers Lampshades, Vintage Revivals
{visit here for how-to instructions}

{images via Furbish, Nordstrom, Vintage Revivals, Simply French Market and Faceplant Dreams}

before and after

28 Mar

We have a seriously gorgeous feature for you of before and after wedding decor photos {we have more in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more eye candy}. You will see the “before and after” images of a ballroom or tent before Denver-based Rodd Metcalf and his premier event team at LMD Productions Inc. arrive to make an ordinary space extraordinary.

I’ve had the privilege of working with Rodd on several events, and he and his staff are phenomenal and a joy to work with.

Today’s tent before & after feature are WOW photos, so be ready to be amazed.

Here’s a little background for you: The bride originally wanted a Hunt Club Design. It morphed beautifully into an old English style décor with warm hues of light. This event took 7 days to set up and 3 days to teardown…and it took 4 generators to power this event. 

In Rodd’s words: ” This was a very challenging event.  It was very successful with a great response from the client and guests.  Overall I enjoyed it and would welcome an event of this magnitude again.  Let’s hear it for lighting, fabric and flowers!”



Event Design: LMD Productions Inc.
Florist: A Design Resource
Planner: Kathy Vaughan, A Beautiful Memory

{images via Rodd Metcalf at LMD Productions and Moments of Expression, cjsphotos@comcast.net

taste the rainbow

6 Mar

Well, we’ve taken the melting candy project to another level since our peppermint DIY serving tray back in December.
This time around, we used Jolly Ranchers … and we are loving the results!
How cute is this rainbow tray for St. Patty’s Day?!

All you need is:
Jolly Ranchers {I used about half of the large bag}
A cookie sheet
Wax {or parchment} paper
{or other decorative items – I think marshmallows would be adorable to use as clouds in place of pennies!}

How to:
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
Line the cookie sheet with wax paper
Decorate Jolly Ranchers in a rainbow shape
Bake for approximately 12 minutes
{time may vary depending on altitude, thickness of cookie sheet, ect – keep an eye on it!}

Take Note:
The wax paper may get a little smoky while baking in the oven… just keep an eye on it!
{check every two minutes or so}
The center candies may not melt as quickly as the outside. I took it out when the outside candies were properly melted and left the candy on the cookie sheet – the inside candies slowly melted from the heat of the cookie sheet.
If you have imperfections, don’t sweat it. Carefully glaze the outside of your shape with a sharp knife.
Wait until your tray cools to peel wax paper off of the bottom. I kept mine on at the bottom to avoid stickiness while carrying.
Feel free to experiment with a sealant to solve the sticky issues. (I have not tried a sealant before}

May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold—
And at the end of all your rainbows
may you find a pot of gold!

{images via Tutto Bella}

time to tango

12 Jan

Exciting news in the world of color…The Pantone 2012 Color of the Year is Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango.

So, what’s our take on Tangerine Tango…it’s bold, but we like it and after creating these inspiration boards, we are on the verge of loving it. Though orange is not our favorite color, splashes of it are bold and dramatic, and beautiful. And, this spirited reddish-orange can inspire and uplift all areas of your life – home, fashion and your walk down the aisle.

Just like Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® said, “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Tangerine Tango in the HOME

Vibrant Painted Wall: The Green Tree | Bedding: The Green Tree | Anthropologie Howell Wingback Chair: Washingtonian | Maren Orange Candlesticks: Washingtonian | Jamie Young Coral Lamp Shade: Washingtonian | DL Rhein Zigzag Pillow: Washingtonian | Orange/Pink Room: Houzz |  Orange Accent Study: Houzz | Orange Lacquer Doors: Ascot Friday | Vera Wang Stationery: sold at Fleur de Lis, a paperie

Tangerine Tango FASHION

Christian Siriano dress: Simply Smitten | Ray Ban Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Vince Camuto Loafers: Amazon | Vince Camuto Belt: Nordstrom | Carole Enameled Diamond Chandeliers: Nordstrom |  Tory Burch Purse: Bergdorf Goodman |  Tangerine Dress with Leather Jacket: Pinterest |  Bobbi Brown Lip Color: Nordstrom | Bright Orange/Red Earrings: Bluebirdss on Etsy | Orange/White Striped Tie: The Perfect Palette | Runway Models: Glamour | OPI Tangerine Nail Polish: Pinterest

Tangerine Tango DOWN THE AISLE

Orange Floral Cake: Accidental Chic | Custom Rubber Stamps: Martha Stewart | Pillows in Lounge Area: Bridal Bliss | Moroccan Style Wedding with Umbrella: Style Me Pretty | Orange Chiavari Chairs and Table Setting: Snippet and Ink | Orange Bouquet with Teal Base: Bella Grace Floral | Protea Centerpiece: Bella Grace Floral | Spiky Protea Orange and Green Table Setting: Weddingdress Online Shop | Orange and White Menu: Simply Posh Design | Orange Drinks: Jet Fete | Orange Flower Balls: Bliss and That…

Do you plan to tango in 2012? Hope so.

For more information on this bold color choice, visit Pantone.

{images via Canadian Home Trends}

oh the places you’ll go

10 Jan

Maybe you’re a world traveler. Maybe you want to log the locations you’ve visited in a creative way. Maybe you have an entire list of places to visit and explore. Maybe you hold a special place in your heart for a particular spot in this great big world. Maybe you and your fiance want to incorporate the places you’ve traveled together on your wedding day. Or maybe you just love maps, or have some lying around that need a new purpose.

Whatever the reason, with these map/globe projects you can feel like a world traveler…without the jet lag.

Globe Bowl, Better Homes and Gardens

Chalkboard Globe, Design Sponge {I love this project for kids too}

Large Map of Italy, A Cup of Joe

Centerpiece, Green Wedding Shoes

Map Envelope Liners,  iDiY

Vintage Map Necklace, dlkdesigns on Etsy

Map Decoupage Furniture, Flea Market Trixie

Map Art, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Playroom Map Decor, A Perfect Playroom

Decoupage Map Tray, Martha Stewart

{images via Better Home and GardensDesign SpongeA Cup of JoeGreen Wedding Shoes iDiYdlkdesigns Flea Market TrixieWhimsical Wonderland WeddingsA Perfect PlayroomMartha Stewart}

nye place to be

9 Jan

Talented designer and a bestie of mine, Kimi Hansen, Sales, Marketing & Design Specialist for Après Party and Tent Rental, and her wonderful boyfriend Tim, hosted a gorgeous soiree for 30 of their closest friends to ring in 2012.

This couple is the best host and hostess – their level of taste is exquisite and they plan nothing but the best for their loved ones. Plus, with both of them being in the event industry {Tim Geisler, General Manager of EMI Audio, a lighting, sound and video company in Minnesota}, they have a party planner’s dream access to decor pieces.

The pink and purple lighting blended perfectly with their white and silver decor and table setting. The party was potluck style. The signature drink of the evening was made with vodka, champagne and Kinky {blood orange liqueur}. And guests were treated with ALL homemade desserts including 2012 cookies, drizzled pretzels, puff corn, cake balls and adorable melted snowmen cookies. Kimi and Tim even used a couple of Tutto Bella NYE party tips – a shiny 2012 display on the wall, along with “bubbly” balloons and countdown numbers on their cocktail glasses. They added snowflake sticks to each drink so people could personalize…very cute! And we love the bling and candlelight on the table!

Thanks for sharing your party with us Kimi and Tim! We wish you all the best in 2012.

We love to receive party submissions…so if  you or someone you know have hosted a fabulous party, please send photos our way…we would love to feature it.

{images via Kimi Hansen}

simple elegance

12 Oct

Gorgeous couple. Adorable ring bearer. Serious Etsy love. Chevron. Succulents. Mountain setting. Oh my goodness, you are going to love this wedding! I instantly loved their color scheme, the billy balls and chevron napkins and pillows. The simplistic yet elegant details of this wedding mesh beautifully with the natural Colorado setting. 

Lauri Davis and Jeff O’Brien were married on September 3, 2011 during Labor Day weekend. It’s a beautiful time of year in Colorado with warm days and cool nights, and the couple wanted to celebrate it during a holiday weekend so 48  of their family and close friends could stay longer to celebrate with them. They said “I do” in a picturesque mountain setting on a manicured driving range at Red Sky Ranch {Jeff is a hang glider pilot on the US team, and his local launch was in direct view across the canyon}. Dinner and dancing followed on a covered patio at Summer Thyme Restaurant at Red Sky Ranch Guest Clubhouse in Wolcott, Colorado.

Lauri’s inspiration: Jeff and I love mid-century modern everything…we love the architecture of that time, we love the furniture styling and we love funky artwork that’s graffiti-like. When it came time to plan our wedding, we knew we would want to incorporate our style of modernism, simplicity and elegance.

We had both been married before and since we’re in our mid-30’s we knew we did not need a huge wedding. We wanted it to be a tight affair with family, the closest childhood friends, and our local crew. A manageable group we could spend focused time with and enjoy personal interaction. Jeff’s best friend married Lauri and Jeff, and her brother stood as her man of honor and Jeff’s sister as his best woman. Unconventional, yet meaningful.

When it came time to find a dress, I knew I wanted a Nicole Miller dress. Nicole Miller dresses flow simply, fit perfectly and can be used for outdoor or indoor weddings. They also don’t break the bank! Since Jeff and I are non-traditional, he wanted to enjoy the dress shopping process with me. Jeff had a blast and the first dress I tried on we ended up loving the most! It had art-deco styling / slimming with great texture pleats and a simple short train. I accessorized my dress with diamond stud earrings and three jeweled pins for my hair. Since we live two hours from Denver, we would go together to dress fittings and make it a date night while in the city. Jeff enjoyed seeing me in my dress multiple times and was even the one who learned how to bustle it on the wedding day. It was hilarious!

The ceremony in Lauri’s words…Keeping with an intimate sentiment, we positioned our guest’s chairs closely in a half circle around us. The center aisle was tight, allowing us to reach out and grab the hands of friends during the procession. We had ambient acoustic guitar music before and after the ceremony. We wrote our ceremony and vows and incorporated our memorized “mantra” or “prayer” we say to one another spontaneously at bed time some evenings.

It was important to incorporate my three and a half year old son into the ceremony. He wore a suit that matched Jeff’s and walked me down the aisle with my Father. It was ineffably cute and meant the world to me.

Red Sky Ranch displays gorgeous flowers during the summertime so I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about dressing up the venue with more flowers. It’s a high desert climate therefore succulents grow wild and plenty. I thought it would be awesome to do succulents in my centerpieces and bridal bouquet to pick up on the natural setting that surrounded us. I searched to find a wedding motif on the internet with the same color sequence I had in mind along with incorporating modernism, a mid-century location and succulents! I thought it was perfect. I took a few borrowed ideas and incorporated them into my big day.

I loved the simple centerpieces with grey colored concrete vessels and incorporating the succulents and yellow billy balls into the displays. I found grey vessels on Etsy.com and the white vases from Ikea. The florist fabricated beautiful replicas of what I’d found and the floral details were stunning. Pink Monkey made yellow chevron patterned dinner napkins to make the floral accents pop! The yellow chevron was also in my invitation suite. We continued the yellow chevron theme with pillows that were placed on the lounge couches. It was eye-catching to have matching elements around the room.

Pink Monkey brought in white couches with ottomans, candles, lights, white high top tables, custom-made pillows and cool accents to make their space reception cool and relaxed.

Continuing with the non-traditional, Lauri and Jeff had a local cupcake creationist deliver dozens of different flavored custom cupcakes. Lauri said she struggled to find the right way to display the desserts, then found vintage raised cake plates on Etsy and ordered about ten different size plates all different heights which added a lot of dimension and a bit of vintage flair to the presentation.

The food was exceptionally savory…for dinner guests were served a candied walnut blue cheese salad and had a choice of seared halibut over lobster hash or a sirloin steak with potatoes for their entrée. The Food and Beverage team surprised us with late night mini burgers to keep the dancing fueled, and the DJ kept the floor filled by playing a detailed list of a couple hundred of our favorite songs. Music was a key component for us, so we made sure the DJ had intimate knowledge of our taste in tunes.

Our first dance was to a Latin salsa song that is sultry and romantic. We decided a few months prior that we’d take salsa lessons and surprise our guests with a close, choreographed dance to a passionate, untraditional song. We practiced often and every night for the last week up until the wedding day! When it came time for the first dance, we just laughed and had fun. Our parents said this was the highlight of the wedding night.

The couple chartered voluntary van rides for their guests on their way home, which encouraged a festive reception without the danger of driving home after one too many.

Transportation: Colorado Mountain Express, Vail, CO
Invitations & Menus: Pink Lily Press on Etsy
Succulent Favors: Succulent Designs on Etsy
Grey Vessels for the centerpieces: Atstuart on Etsy
White bud vases: Ikea
Table Numbers: Tough and Twisted on Etsy
Vintage Cake Plates: Modern Homes, Etsy & E.Isabella Designs, Etsy
Cupcakes: Batter, Vail, CO
Cookies: Vail Gourmet Cookie Company, Vail, CO
DJ: Pure Energy Events, Denver, CO
Ceremony Music: Kaitlyn Dawn & Bob Masters,Vail, CO
Day of Coordinator/Planner: Realize Planning, Deana Mitchell
Flowers: Vintage Magnolia
Photographer: Stephen Sanderson Photography
Catering: Red Sky Ranch, Wolcott, CO
Linens & Votive Candles: Alpine Party Rentals, Vail, CO
Lighting, Couches, High Top tables, custom pillows and napkins:  Pink Monkey, Vail, CO
Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller from Anna Be, Denver, CO
Make-Up: Laura Anzalone, Glo Makeup
Hair: Inga Cox, Vail, CO
Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss / Son’s attire: Cookies Kids

{images via Stephen Sanderson Photography and Kerry Roach}

window display

10 Oct

Look at these gorgeous hanging antique window panes at weddings…omg! 

I am a Mrs. now, so I can just daydream about wedding decor. But, I can incorporate an antique window pane in my home. I have one I bought years ago at an antique market that we just hung on our wall. It has great potential and I’m so excited about it. The dilemma is what exactly I should do with it. Here are the projects I’m contemplating.

One large photo behind the window pane. I just love this idea…

Individual pictures in window pane. I really like the look of all black and white photos.

Wallpaper window pane

Leave it as is and just hang on the wall.

What’s your vote? Leave a comment for me, or send me a new idea.
a. One large photo in the window pane
b. Individual photos in the window pane
c. Decorative wallpaper in the window pane 
d. Leave the antique window pane as is 

If you’re really crafty {I think these projects are above my DIY ability level right now}, these two window pane pieces are beautiful and unique…a coffee table and window pane wall divider. 

{images via Milk and Honey Design, My Painted Porch, Pinterest, and Style Me Pretty}

o is for orange

25 Jul

It’s wedding week here at Tutto Bella. We love weddings and we’re in the midst of wedding season {personally and professionally}, so this week is dedicated to all-things weddings.

Cheers to Happily Ever After…

First, the bold and beautiful ORANGE at weddings. If you’re a citrus gal {or guy}, you can find ways to incorporate it in everything for your wedding day.

This unique sculptural grid at this reception table displayed orange ‘Milva’ Equadorian roses, bleached Mitsumata branches, white hydrangea and fresh oranges, along with a logo with the couple’s monogram and a horseshoe mounted on tangerine fabric. This is one gorgeous contemporary piece.

Place cards
These are such fun place cards and the color combination of the orange and blue and white stripes is so striking together.

I love these modern bouquets and the different shades of orange in contract with the grey dresses, and the orange fruit is perfectly placed.

The gorgeous arrangements below greeted guests at The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado for the wedding of Andrea and Robert Callagy. This gorgeous, mountain wedding, coordinated by Meg Stepanek of Gemini Event Planning and photographed by the talented Liz Banfield, was featured in Town and Country Weddings magazine, 2004. 

Floral designer Judy Stevenson used flowers to reflect the hues of the Rockies with blossoms in rich reds, oranges and browns set off by crisp white orchids. I love the eye-catching tall cylinder and coordinating small vase filled with clementines topped with flowers. 

Food & Drink
Incorporate a little orange zest into your cocktails and dessert for that extra special taste of refreshing citrus.

{images via Hostess with the Mostess, Ruffled Blog, Liz Banfield, The Knot, Polyvore }


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