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Oh To Dream Bedding

Oh To Dream Bedding

I am not into quilt bedding. I am aware that quilts are experiencing a revival thanks to more modern designs, but quilt bedding is not me. Having said that, I was seduced by the charms of this styled picture for the Anthropologie catalogue. It must be the nostalgia of seeing the last warm days summer; we just had Indian summer in Montreal.

Oh To Dream quilt Bedding

Rebecca Rebouche, a native Louisianan working in New Orleans, designed the “Oh To Dream” line of hand-quilted voile and poplin bedding. You could reproduce her “sleep under the tent” vignette for an indoor camping pajama party. I am sure that the kids would love that idea.

SOURCING:
Oh To Dream Quilt Bedding $118.00–$448.00 USD at Anthropologie

 

ENTERTAINING PAPER goods

Three Rustic, Organic Wedding Invitations

organic rustic custom made wedding invitation

organic rustic custom made wedding invitation

It has been a while since I featured wedding invitations on the site. I feel inspired by these three. Wedding invitations are so much more fun than when I got married. I envy today’s brides for the vast amount of options that are available to them.

wedding invitation

Designer Yvonne Pingue created for Ryan and Leslie a wedding invitation kit that incorporates their love of music and where the wedding celebrations would take place. I adore this tailored touches. If I had a nice, personnel wedding invitation like that, I might even frame it.

save this date card ryan and leslie wedding

Kate and Steve wanted to incor­po­rate kraft card­stock and twine. A cute mini bunting come out of a mini envelope for the save the date. It is nice to include unique details like this.

laser-cut rustic organic wedding invitation

DIY wedding invitations are big. If you are willing to invest the time and money (since you may need equipment and some external help to implement your visions), you can produce extraordinary pieces. Chris­tine and Ian used a laser cut­ting machine to make a pop-up for­est that surrounds the head­line mes­sage on their invites. The laser cut cover stock was then sewn to laser cut kraft paper for an impressive mul­ti­di­men­sional effect. Great work!

laser cut forest wedding invitation

You can find more inspirations by exploring the real life galleries of wedding invitations and save the date cards on Oh So Beautiful Paper.

SOURCING:
Leslie and Ryan’s Modern Woodland Big Sur Wedding Invitations – photos: Scott MacDonald
Kate and Steve’s Organic Modern Wedding Invitations – photo: Ruby & Willow
+ Christine and Ian’s Woodland Wedding Invitations – photo:

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Old-Fashioned Treats for the Holidays

roasting chestnut pan at cox and cox

Let’s face it, most holiday parties can be resumed in two actions: eating and talking. there old-fashioned treats provides the perfect setting to do both. They are like by adults and kids. I am talking about roasting chestnuts. Here are a few tools that you need if you plan to roast your chestnuts over an open flame.

paderno roasting chestnut pan at amazon

+ Chestnut Roasting Pan £15
+ Paderno Black Carbon Steel 11 Inch Chestnut Pan $19.99 USD
+ Paderno Chestnut Roasting Pan with extra long handle $24.95 USD
+ LamsonSharp Pro 32425 Chestnut Knife $11.99 USD

Another good treat are serving whole walnut or for the kids toasting crumpets, marshmallows or toast over an open fire. At that price, they make unique affordable hostess gifts.

old-fashioned food around the fireplace

+ Walnut Key £6
+ Extended Toasting Fork £6

ENTERTAINING TABLETOP

Farmyard Tabletop for Thanksgiving

modern rustic theme for thanksgiving

My goal was to create a Thanksgiving mood board that will not include gourds, pumpkins or a roasted turkey. I wanted a theme that mixed the old with the new. When I saw this adorable farmyard animal trays by Simrin, I found my starting point. Life after the harvest at the farm influenced my theme.

farmyard kitchen and tableware accessories

Think about the elements of a modern rustic home. You can introduce the old through your home accessories in the room, not simply the tableware. Show off items made with reclaimed wood and finds from the flea market. Plus, it should not be too hard to find the right tableware since many reedited old style tableware are available in stores this season.

orange fall tabletop

Do not be afraid to make it your own. For example, you can coordinate modern white tableware with vintage French country flatware and a contemporary fall foliage tablecloth. For the colors, take clues from the harvest season, the fall foliage, and life at the farm. Go for orange and natural linen table linens.

Click here if you need the step by step instructions to fold your napkins into a diagonal pocket.

SOURCING:
+ Rattan Handled Pitcher $49 USD at Wisteria
+ Feed Sack with blue Table Runner $399 USD at Wisteria
+ side wood table by Roost
+ Black Laguiole flatware at Williams-Sonoma on the Web 20-piece $289, in store $79 per 5-piece setting
+ Farmyard Medium Rectangular Pig Tray by Simrin $76 USD
+ photo by Jodi Pudge for Style at Home
+ Etienne Rust Table Runner $46.95 USD
+ Lustre Rust Napkin $4.95 USD
+ Kava Saucer $12 USD
+ Wood-handle horn flatware $15 CAD per three-piece set At Design Group

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Farmhouse Style Tableware at UK retailer Toast

terracotta plates, bowls and mug :: bistro cultery :: casale dinnerware at toast

Our quest for simpler living spaces triggers an appeal for contrasting textures in decoration. This technique enables us to recycle a part of our current décor instead of replacing everything.

This year, you can elevate the farmhouse style by adding a crystal chandelier over an old wood dining table. You can mix and match raw materials with stylish accessories or you can favor organic irregular dinnerware displayed on a traditional dining room.

Terracotta Dinnerware Collection

I fall in love with the tableware at Toast. The Terracotta collection is simply divine. It comes in 5 colors: olive, pumice, taupe, coral and charcoal. The muted glaze colors create a harmonious, relaxing feeling. The glossy glaze adds elegance to this handmade, irregular dinnerware series.

Bistro and Casale Tableware

The Bistro cutlery is timeless. I prefer the biscuit color. The limestone white Casale collection feels richer than pure white. I love them all!

If you want any of those, no need to plan a trip to the United Kingdom since they deliver worldwide. If you buy 7 items or more, it costs £45.00 for delivery in the United States and £65.00 for delivery in Canada.

SOURCING:
+ terracotta large round bowl – £75
+ terracotta small bowl – £22
+ terracotta large mug – £25
+ terracotta large dinner plate at Toast– £34
+ bistro cutlery at Toast – £32 per 4-piece place setting
+ casale jug at Toast – £35

HOME + GARDEN KITCHEN design

3 blogs and a mood board – 2007.09.15 edition

purple area : design to inspire : The Kitchen Designer

This week’s spotlight is about modernized versions of rustic country charms. Fall is the best time of the year to visit antique shops. My mood board mixed antiques, modern style and a Scandinavian connection.

1 | Purple Area for Oväntade kombinationer

With Oväntade kombinationer, the Swedish blog Purple Area shows us a perfect example of the coexistence of old and new.

The rustic island table steals the stage of this modern kitchen. The white washed old wood floor adds characters. Finally, remark what look like a reclaimed wood butcher block on the left side of the picture. Mix it together with an all stainless steel kitchen and you got the recipe for an impressive kitchen decor.

2 | Design to inspire for Sightseeing with Susan

The kitchen designer and blogger Susan Serra just came back from a trip to Denmark. She took pictures for Design to inspire and a few bloggers while on vacation. Sightseeing with Susan displays the treasures at Fil de Fer, an antique shop in Copenhagen. Most of Fil de Fer’s inventory originated from France.

Old bottles are popular. If you can put your hand on beautiful old bottles, do not hesitate and grab them. Serve water, lemonade, ice tea and even punch in those. Vintage bottles will made a statement when you throw a party.

3 | The Kitchen Designer for Beautiful Kitchen Cabinetry – A Preview!

I was digging for a kitchen done with old craftsmanship qualities but produced today. After all, antiques are great but we do not always find what we need. Antique furniture can be unpractical for our lifestyle. That is why that most of times, people only accessorize with antiques.

The cliché What goes around, comes around certainly holds some truths. I found what I am looking for with Beautiful Kitchen Cabinetry – A Preview!. This post is a sneak preview of a new kitchen collection to be distributed by Susan Serra. I cannot wait to see the whole collection. In the meantime, you can read Susan’s blog, The Kitchen Designer for great advices and inspirations.

The rules of my weekly column: 3 blogs and a mood board

Each Saturday, I selected three blog posts. The challenge for me is that I must create a mood board with pictures that other bloggers have posted in the last 7 days. The mood board must stay true to the scope of my blog.

Sourcing:
Learn more: Web site of Fil de Fer in Copenhagen, Denmark