All I want for Christmas | Laduree

 Yes, I have been dreaming of Laduree macarons and profiteroles lately! Seriously, any day is a holiday with a Laduree pastry I think. From their awe-inspiring exteriors and interiors, Laduree’s sweet creations is a work of art. Let’s enjoy the eye candy sweetness, shall we?

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Have an absolutely sweet Wednesday everyone! I have officially joined the hustle and bustle of the holidays that’s why I haven’t been posting much lately. Hope you are enjoying this Season despite the *craziness.*

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Setting the Table : Feasting in Style

Hello friends! Today, we have a special guest post from the lovely Nycia of Inspired Events here in Austin. We’ve connected a while back but we only met each other a couple of weeks ago and totally hit it off. Could it be because we love design and event styling? Ummm, no brainer, right? Today, she is sharing with us some of her design ideas for the Holiday table and gatherings.

If you are like me the excitement of setting the table for the Holidays makes you a little giddy. With holiday soirees already starting,  I am narrowing down my table display ideas. Although my family is pretty large and we normally set our table buffet style, I still have to give our setup a little thought. Of course you want to feast in style no matter what; sit down or buffet.

When thinking of your table scape, first narrow it down by color, then build your table from there.  It’s always nice to find a picture or decor piece to inspire you with your color palette. Also remember to get creative, with what you already have on hand, as well as your surroundings with nature is also a great way to build your table, by bringing in those natural elements. Here’s two table styles built off the same floral inspiration and colors.  What’s your feasting style?

1. Simply Traditional


2. Touch of Modern


Whether Traditional, Modern or anything in between, all the little details count. Your holiday table is the first place to start in making gatherings festive! Thanks so, so much Nycia!

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Whimsy & Glitz

When I receive catalogs, I instinctively look at the photo shoot styling more than the offerings. I think that’s good so I don’t get sucked in to shopping! Anyway, I think I’m way too old for the clothes at Free People {or not} but I’m totally in love with the feel of their layout. It’s like the more whimsical side of Anthropologie. Their newest catalog is all about fairy tales with their modern heroines with whimsy and glitz.The models look dainty and innocent, the clothes are flowy and ethereal. Though the models are the focus on the pages of the catalogs, the scene will not be whimsical without the *props.* Lanterns, candlesticks and even a decked out banister in Scene 1; Pillows, ladder and fringe fabrics in Scene 2 and Branches, paper lanterns and fake snow in Scene 3.

Have a whimsical weekend everyone!

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A Peek at our Thanksgiving Table

It’s been a week since Thanksgiving. I didn’t overdose on Turkey and all the trimmings this time as we went pretty low key. I wasn’t going to decorate the table but later decided I should. I thought making it look festive will give the feel of the holidays!

I decoupaged our table the week before {it was looking pretty shabby…it’s probably 10 years old} with this marbled paper. Plates and silverware are vintage from The Vintage Laundry, votive holders from the shop, this festive branch that gets used over and over again and the Venetian coasters are from the Philippines from my trip last year and winter berries from the trees in the yard.

Did you decorate your Thanksgiving table this year? I wanna see….

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The Holiday Table with French Linen

1. French Linen Plates at The Inglenook Decor

2.Cranberry Floral Placemats at Sur La Table

3. French Linen Mugs

4. Striped Red Flatware via Delish

5. French Linen Tray

6. Santa’s Coasters at Mr. Boddington

7. Pepperberry Wreath at Sur La Table

When I think of the holidays including Christmas, traditional hues always comes to mind. They are of course the joyous colors of reds and greens. The colors of poinsettia blooms and hollies, pine trees and peppermints. I love, love this French Linen collection in a red hue…reminds me of red ticking and red toile. I’m thinking a holiday table with the round-up above will just be the right amount of classic and traditional with a twist. What do you think? How are you decorating your Christmas table this year?

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Ireland in Montesino

So, I must say the title sounds like a book or a travel blog, don’t you think? Me and a few creative friends got together for a photo shoot at a farm about an hour away from Austin. The drive to Wimberley, Texas was heavenly and the location serene. Our model have the longest legs ever and I’m always honored to work with such amazing people. Cristina, the wardrobe stylist extraordinaire for Austin Monthly [among other publications] and Wynn, who recently shot “The Makers” Project for Tribeza Magazine.

Here’s a few behind the scenes…

The beautiful skyline at Montesino Farms.

Our gorgeous model, Ireland with our other prop, Max, the dog.

Prepping the props for the shoot.


Here’s a peek at the gorgeous photos….


Photographer: Wynn Myers

Wardrobe Stylist: Cristina Facundo

Make-Up & Hair: Makenzie Mahan

Model: Ireland for Wallflower Management

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5 Unique Thanksgiving Tables

1. A white canvas with splashes of plum/mulberry/oxblood and antiqued silver candle holders [via Cooking Channel TV]

Hello friends! I still can’t believe it is Thanksgiving tomorrow…Can you believe it? Some of you may be quite the hostess and have the big meal all planned out {gosh, the cooking probably already started!}, there’s a scent of Fall in the air in your home and yes, your Thanksgiving tablescape is ready to go. Whatever plans you have, I’m sure it will be gorgeous! I’ve never made a Thanksgiving tablescape before, partly because we have a small family and mostly, because I don’t cook {a serious tragedy}. Maybe next year somebody can cook and I’ll decorate the table? Oh, I’ll do the eating too! Well, even though I won’t decorate the table this year, I’m taking cues from these non-traditional, unique Thanksgiving tables.

2. Modern and bold colors of hot pink and blues with an eclectic mix of patterns [via Furbish Studio]

3. Golden Giving Table [via Confetti Pop]

4. Sleek and modern with lucite, chrome and yes, gold branches! [via]

5. A bold pattern, bayberry leaves, gold mirror and an antler makes a statement! [via Modern House]

So, I’m guessing you have to go back to cooking or just preparing for guests to come. Have an amazing day, an amazing night…tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

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5 Thanksgiving Ideas by Sweet Paul

I am incredibly smitten with this guy, Paul. He is Norwegian with a flair for cooking, crafting and decorating. And yes, even though I haven’t met him yet [someday, someday the stars will align for us to meet]. He is a styling maven with press work that’s too many to mention. I say he is a genius! If Martha Stewart have craft & DIY how-tos that takes about 10-20 steps, well his is 1-2. In 2009, the online mag Sweet Paul was launched and in Spring 2012, the first print edition was issued. I’m very excited as Anthro [one of the locations where you can find it] is only two blocks away.

Today, let’s peruse at some of his Thanksgiving ideas….[easyrotator]erc_29_1352056078[/easyrotator]

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Halloween Is For The Birds

By now you’ve probably caught the gist of our enthusiasm for shabby chic or urban cottagedecor. But we can get festive too!  While visiting the lovely Mrs. Stevens’ new abode, I snapped a few shots of her Hitchcock-inspired Halloween vignette.  It’s a lovely mix of spooky and chic, don’t you agree?

The overall layout of things…branches filled with ravens circled by never-blinking owl statues, and naturally, lots and lots of black.
They’re watching you…in a creepy, but kinda cute way.
Somewhere out there, Hitchcock is smiling.
 Is it just me or the ravens seem to come more alive at dusk?
Just a quick peek into some of our personal decor choices, let us know how your seasonal decor is shaping up!
Have a creepy crawly lovely Monday 🙂

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The Great Gatsby | Table Round-Up

I just can’t wait until the opening of The Great Gatsby movie. Have you seen the previews? The wardrobe, to die for; the decor & props, stunning! Glamorous hues, art deco lines in a background that’s all about glitter, shimmer and shine…yes, all in one era. Here’s a table setting inspiration for all of you modern glamour fans out there. From slick napkin rings to faceted decanters, dinnerware with geometric inklings & more than gorgeous highballs. Enjoy!

What do you think? Swoon, right? P.S. Those napkin rings are in my Christmas wish list!Visit my shop at

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