10 Tips for a Beautiful Holiday Table

Are some of you on vacation for Thanksgiving already? Woop! Woop! I’m getting my baggy pants ready for turkey, pies and such for the festivities tomorrow. Aside from that, I hope to help get the Thanksgiving table ready at my in-laws. It’s true… I’m a #TablescapeAddict. The lovely people at Wayfair asked me to dish out my Top 10 Tips for a Beautiful Holiday Table. Read on and grab ideas from some of my tablescape projects.

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See all of the tips here. Today, I may do two sessions of my Brazilian Butt video {yes, I succumbed to Leandro!} to prepare for all the gobble tomorrow.

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Single Graphic Art

Happy, absolutely beautiful Fall Monday all!

Stumbled across this image from a photo shoot we did last year. I haven’t had enough of wall collages yet but sometimes a single graphic art is all that’s needed. I asked my friend Kaleigh to make this YOU + ME graphic art which now graces our living room.

modern bedroom Shot at Kimber Modern; pillows by Stone Textile

Have an amazing week everyone!

Austin’s DIFFA Urban Picnic by Design Wrap-Up

A couple of weeks ago, I was so honored to be one of the designers to design a table for the first DIFFA’s {Design Industries Foundation for AIDS} Urban Picnic by Design in Austin. For us designers, we’ve swooned over & over again to magnificent tablescapes styled by amazing designers & brands for DIFFA’s Dining by Design in metropolitan cities like New York & Dallas to name a few. If you’re not familiar with DIFFA, it is an organization that launches unique events showcasing innovation and creativity of design communities and has granted over $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide. The first one in Austin was held on September 11 benefitting the AIDS Services of Austin.

I collaborated with a good friend of mine, the talented Jeannie Vianney {who by the way won Texas Top Designer of the Year in 2011}. I was hanged up on doing an all white, really delicate table but she convinced me on giving it a twist and we went with a Modern Wedgewood theme. This is such a departure from what I usually do as we went with a minimalist theme. Here’s what it’s about …

“Taking cues from the opulence of stoneware & the most famous work of British potter, Josiah Wedgewood in the 1770’s. We were inspired by the muted palette of pale blues, matte whites, the occasional gold embellishments and Greek motifs of Jasperware. Juxtaposing this vision with modern elements like acrylic, deconstructed materials, simple china and quartz creates the perfect mix of two eras.”

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With the leadership of the amazing Kelly La Plante {who by the way is the calmest lady under pressure}, me & designers Sarah Stacey and Elizabeth Mollen of Stone Textile helped to make the event happen along with Kelly of the Crush List and Kristen of POMPR.

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Kristen and me via Austin Social Planner | With Kelly via The Statesman

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See the wonderful pictures at Culture Map. Me & Jeannie can’t thank the following people enough!

Carrie Beamer of Flora Fetish | Florals: who is by the way the most helpful & sweetest florist ever!

Rachel Meyer | Tablecloth: who slaved for hours making our one-of-a-kind tablecloth

Kaleigh Wiese of Meldeen | Stationery: who is a creative genius & made stunning place & menu cards on acrylic!

The event was amazing and on top of that, it was for a good cause as all proceeds went to the AIDS Services of Austin. It was exactly a week after the event and I had my baby, Simon Sebastian. Whew! I did wear some heels that night & boy I paid for it!

Thanks to these wonderful images by Jake Holt Photography.

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A Pink, Blue and Gold Easter Table

Easter is this weekend everyone, are you ready? Easter egg hunting is on everybody’s mind and everything pastel-hued. For us grown-ups, how about something more elegant? Art de Fete shared with me this gorgeous Easter table filled with Spring’s glorious pink branches, luxurious gold and silver and the mystic of cobalt blues — all amazingly put and styled together. You know I adore styling so I’m sure you can get an inspiration or two {or lots} from these images.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers in Style

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A few weeks ago, I did a post on a rustic fall elements which transitions easily from a Halloween dinner party to a Thanksgiving feast! But if you really want to outdo yourself this year, why not have a stylish “Thanksgiving leftover station” to match your dinner setting aesthetic? Yes, of course we have enough on our plates when hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, but a stylish leftover station is actually much easier than it seems, and fun for the guests too! Some colorful twine and washi tape can turn a regular to-go box into a fun “gift-like” presentation. So go ahead you, hostess with the mostest. Set up a small station of boxes, washi tape and twine. Who knew gobbling up left-overs can look so good?!

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Image sources: Cutlery//Pie boxes//Twine//Washi

Happy Halloween!

It’s finally here! An excuse for all us grown ups to dress up and be kids again. Or just an excuse to eat lots of yummy candy…but really, who needs an excuse for that??

We thought we’d do a round up of some of our favorite looks inspired by today’s lovely holiday. Try not to get too terrified of how amazing these rooms look!

 

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A great collage of frames paired with pretty white pumpkins looks just lovely.

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Simple and effective cut outs and moody accessories.

 

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We are in love with this wall art!

 

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A little understated was never a bad thing in our book.

 

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And we leave you with the most beautiful Halloween mirror ever *swoon*

So there are just a few of our favorites.  We almost wish Halloween would come again next week, we’ve got some new ideas we’re dying to try out now!

Happy Halloween!

 

Tips for a Stylish Home Library

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This drop in temperature has me craving quiet time with a cup of a coffee and a good book. As you might already know, I not only have a weakness for good design books, but also for arranging them, and re-arranging them some more. Books on the shelf, on the coffee table, and on the office armoire, you can find them in almost every room of my house. I always like to think that you can get a good sense of who someone is by the books they keep. I find myself daydreaming up home libraries for me and my clients. From traditional home office libraries for some inspiration or mid-day distraction (great for creative blocks!), to non-traditional home libraries under staircases or in patio areas. In this day and age where almost everything is digital, I can’t help but fall in love with the tangible charm found in books. They are ideal for big and small spaces, creating an organized, yet spontaneous focal point in a room.  Interested in dreaming up a home library for your home? Let’s chat over coffee!

Designer tips for styling a bookshelf:

1. Mix it up: A mix of vertical and horizontal books can add an unexpected element creating a more visually interesting bookshelf.

2. Personalize it: Books can tell someone a lot about you, but it’s even better when it’s combined with photos or personal art work.

3. Play with color: Try color coding your books, painting the inside of your bookshelf, or adding simple touches of color that ties in the contents of your bookshelf. (Ex. A blue trinket box to highlight all the beautiful details of blue throughout your bookshelf.)

4. Decorate with shapes: Books for the most part are rectangular, so adding decorative items of different shapes can add a playful flair to your arrangement.

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Rustic Fall Elements

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Fall is in full swing! Which means switching from summer barbeques to gatherings around the table for some spiced apple cider and a taste of Autumn harvest. When I think of Autumn, I immediately gravitate towards rustic elements with an organic touch. I love creating a table scape with items of form and function, as well as items that easily transition into the next season. Here are some ideas:

1. Neutral colored pumpkins translate the aesthetic of fall without being “too” focused on Halloween.

2. Leafy herbs are aromatic and make for beautiful centerpieces that never go to waste. The beauty of such tasty and organic centerpieces not only bring life to a table, but also brings flavor to our plates. I like it when decor can later end up potted in a garden versus stashed in my storage closet.

3. Wooden blocks add a great rustic element and can be used for anything, from staging a beautiful cheese plate to being used as a cutting board. Lastly, re-cycling wine bottles into candle holders creates an intimate ambiance while bringing out the beautiful, rich colors of fall.

So whether you’re gathering ideas for a pumpkin carving party or a Thanksgiving dinner, consider the rustic elements of what we love so much about this time of year.

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Image sources: Top/pumpkins/herbs/wood/wine bottles

 

 

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Accessory Cues | Color by Amber

In interior design, inspiration is truly everywhere. sometimes the hard part is zoning in which inspiration will direct you to a home or space that truly reflects you. One cue that I tell my clients sometimes is to think about what they like in their accessories, fashion accessories that is.  Are they all about jewel tones and geometric patterns? Me? I’m all about curves in big pieces of furniture and totally in love with the Lexi Headboard from My Chic Nest  {above} but the hues and lines is such a nice complement to these Angles jewelry collection at Color by Amber. 

And let’s talk about facets a bit, there’s faceted studs {how cute are these studs below and the bow & arrow necklaces!} calls for something softer, something plush, like a velvet connection. Ahhh, the Bella sofa is just divine!

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How adorable are these jewelry pieces? So, I know I rarely talk about fashion here but I recently got introduced to this jewelry line, Color by Amber. With design forward styles and an ethos that’s all about sustainability, I am hooked! I have the honeycomb gold cuff, swoon!

So, a few notes for this Monday, check out Color by Amber and get interior design inspiration from the outfits you wear.

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Photo Shoot Outtakes

Oh , hello blog! Whew, it has been a while since I regularly posted. I’ve been out for three weeks, two weeks for work & one week for a little R & R at the beach. So, it’s been work, work, work then play for me this Summer. How about you?

There’s something about my present routine that’s making me rethink how I should go about achieving my goals. Must be the new books I’m reading, or the countless long drives or that in a couple of months; another year will be added to my life…this one is a milestone! Anywho, sorry for boring you a bit; just thinking aloud. For today, I thought of showing some outtakes from one of the photo shoots I did last year. No, they’re not goofy but just looking at them makes me think of how I love doing shoots, styling and productions. And that even something as simple as a photo shoot can give you insight and ideas and thoughts to ponder about.

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Details matter. {The reason why I hoard vintage and non-vintage stuff … props styling is definitely one of my passions!}

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Planning ahead is important but the finished project changes and flows as it goes.

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And yes, it does take a lot of concentration and focus. {Allen Otto on video}

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You have to surround yourself with great people. Here, a great photographer {Jenny Fu} is crucial as well as an amazing wardrobe stylist {Rose Tran} & make-up artist {Laura Martinez}.

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behind the scenes

 It takes a village to get it all together.

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And some things, sometimes don’t go the way you want them to go. {The crystal beads were falling off like crazy in this lamp and it just won’t stand right!}

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Thankfully, I have an amazing set of extra hands. Help and support is always out there, sometime you have to look for it fervently and sometimes, it’s right there staring you in the face. {Do you see Rachel’s hand holding the lamp still?}

There sure are things to learn in the little {and big} things we do; a little bit of reflection and introspection can do so much to keep us focused and just enjoy the journey. Happy Monday everyone!

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