8.30.2013

A new kind of home

Have y'all seen the health-centric homes being built now? What a fabulous idea if only you had a ga-jillion dollars to spend! 

Click here to check them out!

It's really amazing that we've come this far, and as with anything, I am sure it'll be cheaper to build them as demand grows. 


It's like your own little personal Bio-Dome. :)
Anyone remember that little gem of a movie?
Happy Friday!


8.29.2013

Fabric Inspiration

A near and dear commercial project is heading toward creams, black, and taupe...
super chic and maja high end!


8.27.2013

Fabric inspiration

I've been asked to design a boudoir for a 10 year old princess...here's where we're heading!
Her favorite colors are blue and purple.
Isn't it so fresh? I love it! 

8.16.2013

A Blue, Green, and Lime Baby Shower

When one of my best friends announced that a bambino was on the way (a day after our amazing shower featured here), us girls got to plannin' again! This time, the three of us that were expecting at the time would have the chance to be hostesses again - and to think that there would be 3 babies here by the time we gave Kim her shower...well, it was just too much fun!!! 
The minute Kim revealed she'd be expecting a baby boy (that's 5 for our group of college friends, with only one little princess!), we got the ball really rolling. 
We decided the event would be here, at my home - remember this one given for me? 
Our invitation set the tone for colors - shades of green and blue with no real "theme." To all of you party throw-ers out there, be jealous, be very jealous. I have the best friends in the world, and man, do they know how to throw a party! :)

Jill, our DIY'er extraordinaire made the most adorable tassels to hang as garlands. 
Here we are on Friday afternoon getting things ready!


By the time Friday evening rolled around, everything was set for the following morning's party!

My R.Wood pottery, in shades of blue and green, was paired with white Juliska and silver serving pieces to tie in with the colors of the morning.



These delicate sphere cutouts were assembled from a Martha Stewart kit. Silk ribbons were draped through the chandelier too!






Our activity included Mad Libs for the mommy-to-be! So funny!


The limeaid bar allowed guests to mix raspberry lemonade or limeaid with fresh fruit, champagne or vodka. 


Silver Hershey kisses and color coordinated M&M's were our favor!



The colors all worked perfectly together!



Branches and stems along with white hydrangea brought the outdoors in. Green mums and yellow daisies in turquoise vases reiterated the color scheme. 



We planned the most fun menu! 
Here are a few peeks at the delicious food!

There were fruit skewers in the colors of the party


Kettle chips in gray and white individual bags


Green pea and pesto pasta


Popcorn with green and blue M&M's


Sprayberry's chicken salad on croissant


Mini s'more bites


My friend Amanda, who owns Buttermilk Pie Co. here in Gainesville, made the most wonderful lemon tassies for the party - delicately topped with a blueberry and mint sprig!


And homemade Southern cheese straws


Extra large white balloons with trailing ribbons greeted the guests as they arrived. My old fashioned blue pram set the tone for a baby shower!


Fresh fruit was ready for the limeaid bar!


Here's our gorgeous guest of honor! 
So happy to spend the day celebrating this mommy to be and her little one!


8.14.2013

Black and White Rehearsal Dinner

Over the past few months, I have been planning a rehearsal dinner with the mother of the groom. She happens to be my "aunt" Vicky. She's actually David's aunt, but we're pretty tight! I was tickled that she called on me to assist, and can confidently say that we were both so happy with the way the event turned out. 

Earlier in the summer, we met at the chosen venue, Endive, for a tasting and planning session. 
Just the right mix of intimate, modern, and a little industrial - it would be perfect for the rehearsal dinner she and her husband would be hosting for their youngest son and his bride to be. 

We envisioned round tables with black chiavari chairs. Tables covered in crisp black and white table cloths would set the tone for the black and white themed event. Even the guests would be asked to wear the chosen colors! 



On Friday morning before the event, we met there to set up for the evening's festivities. I had scooped up yellow daisies, red anemones, and green mums for the mercury vases to be placed in the cocktail tent. 


Our centerpieces were boxwoods and moss in concrete urns. Tres chic! Ambient lighting was supplied in milk glass, mercury, and turquoise glass votive holders. The table numbers were part of our paper suite designed by my friend Lauren Cook of Parkway Press
Our family crest consists of a Griffin coat of armor, which I hand painted in watercolor and gave to Lauren to design our paper goods - the gorgeous invitation, the menu cards, the stickers, the table numbers, and the place cards. She did a beautiful job! 


The entrance to the venue was lined with shepherd hooks and lanterns. Black and white chevron ribbon hanged from the hooks. 


Pillar candles in glass containers were placed just outside of the venue doors. 


When guests arrived at 7:30pm, the place settings were already laid, the candles lit, and the party under way. 



White hydrangea blooms and greenery were stuffed into large white distressed urns atop the bar.




The mercury vases added color and panache to the pretty white cocktail tent.










A signature drink of white wine sangria was offered to guests.


I made our table assignments in the event's colors with a pop of gold.





'Twas a lovely night! And I had a ball planning this fun event!