10.30.2013

Fall Decor


My mama's tables are always beautiful, and this one for my brother's birthday lunch was fall inspired. I wanted you all to see how she used feathers, cotton, and pretty mums to make a simply pretty tablescape.


I loved the combo of cotton bolls, grapevine napkin rings, linen napkins, and white china. 


Feathers and mums together are delightful!



I recently attended a cookout where the hostess had such creative ideas for her fall decor as well. Here, she used hollowed out baby pumpkins with votive candles in hurricanes filled with dried peppers.



A mantle shines with a grapevine wreath, wheat, antlers, and fall squash.



A galvanized watering can filled with wildflowers atop a table.


How have you decorated for fall this year?


10.29.2013

Fall Front Door


My mama's front entry looks so festive and I had to share! 





Happy Halloween Week Everyone!


10.28.2013

Monday Mood Board

Looking to do some updating before your family shows up for the holidays? 
Why don't you recover grandma's old chairs in one of the fabulous fabrics on the left? And toss a few of the pillows on the right on your comfy sofa?
Ta-da! 
Insta room makeover! 



10.23.2013

Master Bedroom Reveal

More on this interiors project soon! 
But here's a peek into the master suite! 







10.21.2013

Monday Mood Board

Need some fabric inspiration? 

Consider this fabric combination for fresh upholstery, fluffy new pillows, and dreamy new drapes.
Happy day dreaming!

10.16.2013

Personal Paperie: A personalized crest for the bride and groom

More on Monday's post: The invitation, menu cards, table numbers, and place cards

When planning the rehearsal dinner for my brother and his bride, I had the idea to design a paper suite to fit the soon-to-be Mr.&Mrs., with a nod to my brother's love of hunting and all things outdoors. I began by sketching out a crest of sorts for him, with a center monogram to honor the happy couple. What came of the sketch was a crest that included quail, deer antlers, long leaf pine boughs, and a cross of arms. Next, I got to work on painting the image in watercolor. 

What resulted was a pretty cool hand-painted crest centered on the bride and groom's initials. For the next step, my super talented friend, Lauren Cook of Parkway Press, designed the invitation around this crest and the mood it depicted. What we ended with was a personal, lovely, Southern, hand designed and hand painted invite. 
I absolutely love the way they came together! 

My brother hunts both deer and quail, and my father's favorite tree is the Long Leaf Pine. I incorporated all of these elements into the crest, as well as the bride and groom's new last name.



With the invitations addressed, stamped, and in the mail, it was now time to design the other elements of the party - the place cards, table numbers, and menu cards. Our seating chart directed each guest to a table, where a place card held their name.



The table numbers depicted the same quail, antler, and gun crest from the invitation. The place cards were highlighted with long leaf pine boughs and antlers centered over each name.










The menu cards were simply beautiful too. 
Lauren took the hand painted crest and placed it atop our menu for the evening. I painted a few of our menu items to include on the card...it was a wonderfully personal touch that left our guests salivating for the next course to be served!


 

Be sure and "LIKE" Parkway Press as well as Ashlee Culverhouse Photography on Facebook!!!

10.14.2013

A Blue and White Rehearsal Dinner for my brother and his bride!

Hope you guys didn't miss Friday's post on Style Me Pretty over the weekend! 
My brother and sister in law's rehearsal dinner was featured....and to say this girl is honored is a maja understatement! I am tickled pink! Or in this case, tickled blue and white! ;) 

Click here to view the post over on SMP.

I am so excited that Style Me Pretty featured this event - it was so fun for me to plan and execute! And the wonderful Ashlee Culverhouse never ceases to take the loveliest photos. 

I did, however, want to offer a bit more detail on the night.

When my super-mom and I were planning this party for my darling brother and his fabo fiance, we chose our mutual love for blue and white china as the inspiration. Since the wedding weekend was planned for late August, we gravitated toward anything that subliminally portrayed a cooler temperature...and the crisp color combo of blue and white seemed just the thing. 

With a stroke of luck, we had the most mild weekend - it was lovely and so pleasant...not at all typical for August in South Georgia! 

Here are many of my favorite shots of the night:

As guests arrived, shepherd hooks with hanging lanterns lined the pathway into the air conditioned tent. 

Teak lounge pieces created a conversation spot near the bar. 


Macon Tent Company did an extraordinary job in keeping the event both beautiful and laid back with the pretty white tent, complete with bronze chandeliers to light the evening. 


Long tables set end to end created banquet style seating. Natural wood chiavari chairs marked each guests' seat. 


The table linens were a textured ivory floor length cloth paired with an ivory linen napkin. 


We pulled pieces of blue and white from my house, my mother's house, my aunt's home, and my grandmother's house. Tureens, compotes, tall vases, bowls, and pitchers lined the middle of the tables. A touch of silver was mixed in through silver buckets and julep cups.


Both antique and contemporary pieces of blue and white table ware were used. 


The flowers were mostly white hydrangea, a favorite of the bride. Added to the lush white blooms were white roses, lime bells of Ireland, white lilies, and white daisies. 


I designed the paper suite from the invitation, to the place cards, to the menu cards. But I'll post about that process later this week.


Traditional glass hurricanes and plenty of glass votive candles were sprinkled in with the floral arrangements. 


My friend Linsey designed and created the adorable favors. The deer were a nod to my brother's love of hunting, and the tag reads "The Hunt is Over".


Large lanterns and classic white lilies greeted guests and displayed the seating arrangement.


What's more classic than matches as a party favor?


Blue cocktail napkins were placed on the bar, and coordinated with the colors of the night.














Honeycomb wedding bells on the front door served as a happy greeting to guests during the wedding weekend.



The beautiful couple!


Stay tuned for more on the paper goods later this week!