Sweet SugaPlump

I must tell you, Jocelyn of Sugaplump Pastries may be the sweetest chef you’ll ever meet. Her creations are scrumptious and delicious. Nothing less of course from an honors graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. I helped Jocelyn with styling some of her photo shoots and styling her dessert table for events such as the debut of Austin Culture Map and La Dolce Vita. Her infused cake balls are the bomb, seriously you must try them!

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Donuts and Cupcakes

Donuts and cupcakes, did anybody say sugar overload? I’m a total sucker for sweet events and what could be sweeter than a wedding? When Martha Lynn, hair stylist extraordinaire {yes, she is Rare magazine‘s best hairstylist & People’s Choice best hairstylist as well for Austin Fashion Week and she’s a mean colorist too!}, asked me to help decorate her tables and the sweets area for her wedding, I was more than happy to do it. The beautiful bride wanted pink and green with a Southern charm. Here’s what I did! Thanks of course to the great team at Caplan Miller Events and amazing photography by Cory Ryan. The wedding was featured at Style Me Pretty here.

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Amazing Arches

So, amidst our house hunting, I’m slowly realizing how there are just some things that are a must for a house for me. Little architectural details which really are not so *little.* So, maybe crown moldings can be installed, trims can be added to doorways & windows, but to have arched hallways is another thing…they should be in the structure of the house already. I guess that’s also why I adore old homes more as some have an abundance of these arches. Here are some of my inspiration:

The arched hallway leads to double daybeds | lounge or reading areas.

Columns + Arches = a pairing made in architectural heaven!

Even in distress and decay, the arched doorway exudes beauty.

Stone floor & arches jive so seamlessly.
What’s better than just an arched doorway? Arched doorways plus symmetrical bookcases on either side.
 So, when it comes to hallways & doorways, are you an arch lover or you go for straight ones?

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Twinkle

Have the merriest of Christmas everyone!


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Event with the Austin Eavesdropper & Furnish123

Last week I celebrated a Back to School event with Furnish123 and the lovable, Tolly. The scoop: Furnish123 invited us to design spaces for them in their showroom then they threw a party for us. The designing was exciting but not as enthralling as the event itself. Friends, customers and supporters {yup, I think we have supporters} came and partied the night away. Well til 9:30 at least. Here are some pics:

Me & Tolly in my designed space
Vignettes from the space and the inspiration board I made
Above, cutie pies Andrea & Cathy. Below, an intriguing conversation going on after a champagne glass toast at Tolly’s Hemingway inspired space.
Gorgeous ladies Julie & Marian
Two beautiful ladies Sara & Jette
Ansa and her posse
A meeting of the minds between Teresa & Jane
Bowtie is definitely in!
With the owner, Kyle
Above, piece de resistance, sweets from SugaPlump {which I couldn’t resist of course!}. Below, with Chef Jocelyn.
A totally fun event with such wonderful people! Jette, me, Tolly & Jennifer

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T + M Collab

T stands for Tolly & M stands for moi! Here in Austin, Tolly is the gal about town, amazingly adorable and lovable.  I talked about her here. I’m a big fan of hers. She tells me she likes my work. I’m flabbergasted and super-psyched! In short, it’s a mutual admiration club. She wrote about the shop whenever it first started. I introduced her to Amy who wrote about her home at the Statesman. Now, she’s returning the favor again. I say, a collaboration between her and me is meant to be.

Tolly’s write up on the left, mine on the right. Thanks again Amy!
This time, she introduced me to Furnish123 here in Austin. And they had some questions for both of us. “Can you decorate spaces in our showroom then we’ll throw a party for you? ” Hmmm, we say, what?! We’re definitely in! So, this is how the stars aligned and got this project or collaboration for us. Sweet, right? I hope only the first of more collabs to come. And the person to get all of this together? The talented Jette Momant. Stay tuned for more details!

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Green

I must admit, sometimes I get green with envy. And, it’s not pretty. Not like the beautiful chandelier featured above. Not bad or pathological of course and it’s not very often, I’m still normal {or so I think}. C’mon, please tell me I’m not the only one. Anybody?

They say, the first step to recovery is recognition. And before this feeling ate me up and start getting seriously depressed. I looked at it, I wrote about it, I pondered. I told my husband who of course, straightened me up right away and lovingly told me, it’s a bunch of crock. We started laughing, joked that I plan to join a support group for people who gets green with envy. It’s not a good feeling and it’s not right, I guess it’s why it’s one of the seven deadly sins. For a few hours or so, I felt sinful. So, I meditated and prayed. It’s fascinating how quieting the mind can make everything so clear.

We’re all unique with our own extraordinary journeys. As long as we know we’re doing our best, there’s no sense in comparing ourselves to others. It starts with being grateful. No need to join that support group…I’m just grateful for my own unique journey.


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Calico | Revamped

About a year ago, I set foot at Calico Corners for the first time. Hmmm, I would tell you I was thoroughly disappointed. The fabrics look like Grandma ones to me. Help…get them a new Creative Director please! Well, I’d like to think, they actually listened. Ha!ha! I visited Calico again despite lack of inspiration on my first visit and whoa…boy, I was floored this time. I took on some space styling projects just recently {they literally just landed on my lap…sweet, right?} and one was needing some fabric for a curvy headboard we’re envisioning. This place is now fabric heaven with inspiration & ideas left and right. The associates are so helpful and knowledgeable and Laurie {the one who was helping me} told me that yes, Calico Corners now have a new Creative Director. So, lo & behold, they have these magnificent designers on board.
Iman. I think everything she touches turns into gold. Her fabrics are a little pricey but they’re flocked. You really have to see her fabrics in person to truly appreciate it. Hers look 3D without even wearing 3D glasses.
Dwell Studio, I mean need I say more? Fun, playful, creative.
Thom Filicia. Most of his are very masculine, muted, sophisticated colors with subtle patterns. Well, except these ones, they’re the lively bunch of his collection.
Adore right? Any favorite fabric sources?

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Donuts and Cupcakes

Donuts and cupcakes, did anybody say sugar overload? I’m a total sucker for sweet events and what could be sweeter than a wedding? When Martha Lynn, hair stylist extraordinaire {yes, she is Rare magazine‘s best hairstylist & People’s Choice best hairstylist as well for Austin Fashion Week and she’s a mean colorist too! Lookie here :)}, asked me to help decorate her tables and the sweets area for her wedding, I was more than happy to do it. The beautiful bride wanted pink and green with a Southern charm. Here’s what we did:

Reception tables: 
Victorian-Inspired forms Decor Bon Bon Compotes
Laced Votive Holders {Ours}
Gorgeous flowers by Petal Pushers
Sweets Table:
Hobnail Milkglass  {ours}
Silhouette Scalloped Frames {ours}
Labels {ours but inspired by Loralee Lewis’ creations}

 

Donuts Table:
Vintage trunk, decoupaged and painted drawers {ours}
Vintage apothecary bottles {ours}
Doilies & laced votive holders {ours}
Scalloped Milkglass Compotes {ours}
Donuts {Krispy Kreme}

The donuts table maybe the most important table for us to make. The bride wanted to do a Krispy Kreme table as a tribute to her Grandma. Her most vivid memories of her were their trips to Krispy Kreme and seeing those donuts coming out of their conveyor belts. She made a sweet letter for her.

Doesn’t that just melt your heart? Thanks so much Martha Lynn for allowing me to be a part of your day. Congratulations!
The awesome photos is by Cory Ryan! Event coordination by Caplan Miller.


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Aftermath


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