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Pink and Orange Little Monkey Valentine Party Theme

little monkey cupcakes

little monkey cupcakes

I’m glad that the New York photographer now based in California Djamilla Rosa Cochran told me about the fabulous “Let’s Monkey Around” sock puppet party that she photographed. You might have seen it featured on the blog of Amy Atlas. Let’s discuss why you should consider a pink and orange color scheme for your Valentine’s Day party.

monkey pop cakes

It is OK to refrain your use of red on Valentine’s Day. Here, the typical red is used sparsely or as a support while the orange and pink steal the show. The result is fresh, bold and playful, just like my Jonathan Alder’s Chevron Pink Toilet Roll Cover for Cottonelle. By the way, I was glad when I saw it inside the swag bag that I received at the Canadian Design Bloggers meetup. The cute toilet roll cover now cheers up my powder room.

monkey sock puppet dessert table for valentine's day

Going back to the party colors, I like the childish elements that would be cute even for grown ups. Tell me who can resist to the charm of monkey sock puppets?

This party is a team effort from California-based vendors. Marjenah of Candy Bar Couture created the dessert table. Jazzy Cupcakes modernly decorated the cupcakes while Cake Pop-in did the cake pops. If you do it yourself, do not be afraid to work with several vendors for a party. Communicating well the colors is key to get a cohesive dessert table. To make sure that everyone is on the same track, rely on colors from paint fans or the Pantone colors to communicate your color choices.

+ photos by Djamilla Rosa Cochran of The Rose Weddings



DIY Paper Flowers

martha stewart paper flower bouquet carnation cupcake liners

martha stewart paper flower bouquet carnation cupcake liners

Only if you tried to stop and smell them would you ever guess these flowers were anything but the real deal.

And while there’s certainly no shortage of DIY paper flower tutorials available, this bouquet is something truly special: the variations in paper, colours and flower shapes, plus the addition of faux fern leaves, make it look authentic.

The bouquet, and the coordinating stems in simple vases, are a wonderful option for brides on a budget, or sentimental ones who want to preserve memories of their special day.

And though carnations aren’t as popular a petal pick as, say, roses, there’s something ultra feminine about this ruffled version made from floral wire stems and twisted cupcake liners.

martha stewart paper flower bouquet cupcake liners diy

Check out for complete instructions on how to create this quick and easy DIY.

+ DIY Sticker & Cupcake Paper Flowers from Martha Stewart


2011 Pantone Color of the Year: Honeysuckle

Pantone 2011 Color of the year Mood Board

Pantone 2011 Color of the year Mood Board

Each December, designers from all aspects of the industry await Pantone’s color of the year announcement. As the global color authority and provider of color standards for all areas of the design industry, Pantone’s selection influences product development and design decisions in fashion, home and industrial design.

For 2011, the color of the year is honeysuckle, a warm pink that straddles the line between coral and poppy red. Since pink is one of those shades that you either love or loathe, it’s no surprise that honeysuckle was met with mixed emotions from the design community.

pink accents in a kitchen

When it comes to pink and decor, it can be hard to think beyond nurseries and little girl’s rooms. But honeysuckle is far from a lifeless pastel, adding a contemporary burst of color and a much-needed hit of summer during dreary winter months.

West Chin Room

Just check out this amazing yet otherwise neutral space by New York architect and interior design firm West Chin spotted on Desire to Inspire. Gorgeous as the space may be, my eye was immediately drawn to the simple vase of pink peonies. The tone of the flowers adds life and vibrancy to the room – proof that you don’t need to make a major investment in this trend to update and add impact to your decor.

If you’ve been waiting for the day you can add a major pop of pink to your home, this is the year to do it. You’ll have no problem finding wallpaper, furniture and fabric in this mood-boosting hue. For a less committed approach, consider inexpensive room accessories such as a framed print, cushion cover or area rug. After all, only Pantone knows just what color 2012 will be.

Will you add pink to your decor this year?

+ Learn more about Pantone 2011 Color of the Year
Custom birth announcement by Apple Blossom Print, $28 USD
Malama black/grey/pink wallpaper, Wallpaper from the 70s
Louis Poulsen Pink Collage Pendant Lamp by Louise Campbell, $1,455.40 USD
Nisse folding chair, $18.99 CAD at Ikea
Schumacher Zenyatta Mondatta lumbar pillow in Berry, Woody Liana, $75 USD
Paris Tea Towel £8.50 at Lovelylovely
Pink accent kitchen photo: Freshome
+ Living room designed by West Chin on Desire to Inspire


Ghoul’s Night Out for a Glamorous Halloween Party

Ghoul's Night Out dinner table

Ghoul's Night Out dinner table

Who says Halloween is just for kids? This hot pink and black party theme by Hostess with the Mostess is perfect for your most stylish grown-up ghoul friends. No costumes required – just tell them to wear their favorite little black dress!

A solid black tablecloth and a few sheets of sparkly scrapbook paper create the backdrop for a glittering, spray-painted skull centerpiece and shiny black serving ware.

Ghoul's Night Out decor details

Rhinestones and a roll of ribbon are inexpensive ways to keep the decor glam yet ghoulish. Use them to decorate candles, wine bottles and to create napkin rings. I loved this clever twist on wine glass charms: just add pink rhinestones to plastic skull rings (and be sure to make extras since your ghouls will surely want to wear them too).

+ Ghoul’s Night Halloween Party at Hostess with the Mostess
+ Ghoul’s Night Evite Invitation


Cheerful Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics

cheerful outdoor furniture and fabrics

cheerful outdoor furniture and fabrics

The sunny summer weather of last weekend sent me on a quest for bright and fun outdoor furniture. I tried to look for the unexpected. My first stop was Living etc. After all, all their 2010 issues are a burst of colorful rooms.

punch of orange :: outdoor dining collection at crate & barrel

I like the boldness and warmth when pink, orange and red meet.

atrium lounge chairs with aruba cushion

No need to change your outdoor furniture to bring them to the current home fashion. It can be as simple as updating your cushions. Or you could add a colored metal side table or a bar cart to your outdoor space.

mix patterns with individual outdoor seats

Everything does not have to match. A big lounge outdoor sofa can mix patterns as long as you restrict it to a uniform palette. With individual seats, you can group them to suit your needs. This design reminds me of Ligne Roset.

+ Outdoor fabrics by Jab Anstoetz £60.10 to £100.85 per m
+ Green or Raspberry Bamboo stool £69 by Plumo
+ Garçon Rolling Bar Cart $69.95 USD at CB2
+ Cayenne or Daffodil Cushions for the Alfresco Dining Collection $29.95 – $1,199.00 USD at Crate & Barrel
+ Atrium Chair Lounge in Aruba $899 USD at Crate & Barrel – no longer available


Pastel Marshmallows or Fudge

nathalie jost's pastel fudge squares for Easter

nathalie jost\'s pastel fudge squares for Easter

The pastel fudge caught my attention for its lovely colors. I would recycle the palette for marshmallow lollipops. Simply add food coloring to your recipe. You probably have some bottles left from your Easter egg painting.

If you like the taste of white chocolate, Nathalie Jost shared her pastel fudge recipe. She told her readers to experiment with extracts to get different flavors. You could try it with peppermint or raspberry extract.

+ photo and recipe: Easter Fudge by Nathalie Jost


Inspired by Ink & Peat

ink and peat :: store view

ink and peat\'s floral arrangements for a modern garden

It has been a while since I visited Housemartin, the blog of the owner of Ink & Peat. I admire Pam’s floral arrangements since her beginning. She caught my heart again with her modern garden arrangement that cleverly mixes a variety of orange and green flowers.

ink & peat :: store view

Not every party requires a theme. But it helps to get plan a fabulous event. When you are not inspired, visit design stores that you love for clues to stimulate my creativity. Take the visual merchandising at Ink & Peat. I love their merchandise and how they display everything in the store. It provides all the clues that you need to create a fabulous table. You get the mood and what style to look for.

When you walk to a store and their displays astonished you, take notes on how the colors are distributed. Building a color scheme is not just about putting the right colors together. It is mostly about how much of each and how do you spread the colors. Then, you can adapt the key elements to get a look that you will be proud to share with your guests.

+ Interior views of Ink & Peat
+ Modern garden on Housemartin


3 Looks Inspired by Harlequin’s Patterns

pretty in pink lush wallpaper and lalika textiles by harlequin

tempo collection harlequin with a hint of retro style

It is an art to know how to mix patterns that fit together without looking like a matching set. This is why I appreciate companies that make it easy for everybody. One of those companies is Harlequin, a UK wallpaper and textile manufacturer. They create collections that make you look brilliant. Take the Temp collection for example. They mix a large orange poppy print with cream and black circle drapes.

pretty in pink lush wallpaper and lalika textiles by harlequin

I am not a pink girl. Look at how sophisticated these pink rooms are. They use dark brown or the nice gold to bring elegance. These pink decorated rooms feel timeless.

azara and azita patterns :: textiles by harlequin

The bedroom is certainly more matching than the rest. Still there is enough differenced on the many patterns to make the whole interesting. The look is pretty eclectic. You get traditional French style furniture mixed with patterns with Persian and Indian influences.

+ Find a retailer near you
Tempo collection by Harlequin
+ Lagoon Wallpapers
+ Lalika collection


Styling Tips for a Baby Shower in a Restaurant

berry sweet baby shower styled by hostess with the mostess

berry sweet baby shower styled by hostess with the mostess

The extraordinaire Hostess with the Mostess styled this eye-catching Berry Sweet baby shower. There are lots of great details. I want to put your attention on how Jennifer Sbranti decorated the tables by taking advantage of the furniture accessories. It is a good lesson of what to do when you host an event in a venue that comes with the furniture and its own decor.

Go see the album photo. You will not want to miss her series of custom made labels.

+ photography by Jillian Bisinger for Hostess with the Mostess – album on Facebook


Exploring More Color Schemes for the Holiday

blue and brown holiday decorations :: better homes and gardens

The Blue and Brown palette first caught my eyes on Better Homes and Gardens. You have to admit that the chocolate table looks inviting. The ball ornament is a do-it-yourself project. You simply dress up plastic foam ornaments with scraps of blue and brown fabric. Add silver ribbons and a few beads for elegance.

romantic pink holiday decorations :: better homes and gardens

If you wish for a girlie holiday decor, you may get inspired by the romantic Pretty in Pink holiday theme. If you are looking for a younger, fresher version, simply use modern dinnerware. This is the right occasion to serve Rosé Champagne to your guests.

+ Glamorous Globes
+ Treat Your Sweeties
+ Crystal and Pink
+ In-the-Pink Mantel