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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}


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,

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}