When I went to Zone last Friday for buying the small red gourde vase that I, initially, planned for my entryway, I realized that the vase would be too large for the IKEA shoe cabinet. But I didn’t waste my time since I noticed that it was the same orange red than my Eames rocking chair. Since the vases were at 50% off, I bought it and its tall companion. I was right! The color matches perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.
The next step is to get rid of the bulky media center computer, the stereo style component under the red vases. I asked my husband to explore ways that we could do this. He is in charge of everything that is technological at home. Stay tuned for our progress.
photos: Halloween Haven catalogue at Grandin Road – list of items is below.
Witches are a classic Halloween theme that can be interpreted in so many ways. Any witch party can feel more glamourous when it has a Gothic touch. To do it, start by turning your interior into an old mansion or castle.
I still find that the best online shop where to buy for Halloween props with a Gothic feel remains Grandin Road. Some of my suggestions for Halloween decorations that will help you set the tone of your witch party are:
sourcing: Tattered Witch Hat $12 USD at Amazon.com | Set of Three Staked Halloween Witches $69 at Grandin Road
Greet your party guests with haunting trio of Staked Halloween Witches or put on a hallway a life-sized scary witch that speaks.
If you did not send your invitations already, it might be safer to opt for digital invites. There are plenty of choices.
sourcing: Wicked Witch Party invitations at Pingg
One last thing, do not forget to tell your guests about your theme if you want them to wear costumes that fit with the concept of your soiree.
Ethnic cuisine is still the most popular dinner party theme. People likes it because it is easy to organize and get the look based on the menu you plan to serve.
Your tabletop should set the tone of your dinner party. Start by selecting the dinnerware and table linens. Since you probably do not wish to invest in plates and serving dishes that you will use only one time, it is best to opt for dinnerware “inspired by” versus the real thing.
I created a Moroccan-inspired mood board composed of tableware that you will be to use over and over for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. Typically, guests eat with their hands at a Moroccan feast. This is not a popular custom for us. Therefore, I went with the standard place settings. You can still serve each dish family style in big serving plates, fish trays or tagines.
The Jali Lattice Dinnerware, as suggested by West Elm’s stylists, have the right vibe. Plates and bowls are sold by pack of 4. Complement the table with a few truly Moroccan metal bowls that you will find at a speciality shop.
I also like the modern feel of the Chase Blue Plate layered with pool blue Max dinnerware from Crate and Barrel (top picture). For a casual look, pair it with the amber or the turquoise dimpled glassware series. You can put flowers in recycled glass jars as simple centrepieces.
+ Jali Lattice Dinnerware Salad plates and bowls $34 USD, Dinner plate $47 on sale at West Elm
+ Hammered Small Dish Bowl $5 USD | $5.19 CAD at West Elm
+ Chase Blue Plate $5.95 USD | $7.38 CAD at Crate & Barrel
+ Max Pool Blue dinnerware on sale at $59.95 USD | $74.36 CAD at Crate & Barrel
+ Dimmed Glassware set on sale $ $13 – $32 USD| $13.44 to $33.08 CAD at West Elm
+ Recycled glass jars on sale $ $19 – $29 USD| $19.64 to $29.98 CAD at West Elm
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.
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.
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
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.
Check out MarthaStewart.com for complete instructions on how to create this quick and easy DIY.
+ DIY Sticker & Cupcake Paper Flowers from Martha Stewart
This post started when Emily Henning of Seaside Creative contacted me to submit her Fourth of July printable cupcake toppers and food tent cards. I particularly like that she played with the shades of blue and red.
I went on a hunt to find more party decor items that will go well with her look. I found them at Martha Stewart. The parasol drinks are superb. The set includes 5 patterns.
Nicely wrap your ice cream cones in a patriotic cone wrapper. You could use the cones to serve nuts, popcorns, or if you select a thicker paper, french fries.
For party favors, you can either make the easy to do Flag Favors or the fabulous Rocket Favors. Both will delight your guests.
+ 4th of July Printables by Seaside Creative
+ Parasol drinks by Martha Stewart
+ Patriotic ice cream cone wrapper by Martha Stewart
+ Flag Favors by Martha Stewart
+ Rocket Party Favor by Martha Stewart
The 4th of July dessert table styled by Marcie of Celebrating the Moments is absolutely gorgeous. She decided to craft a theme around the WWII era. Her attention to details and her use of vintage props set the mood. This is how you create an ambiance.
She asked her friend Marilyn of Whatever Whimsy to decorate fondant flag cookies and button cookies. I like how Marilyn was able to infuse a vintage feel to the flag cookies. Go see Marcie’s blog, there are plenty more photos.
+ photos: Celebrating the Moments
+ via Pizzazzerie
You know by now that I believe it is a must to prepare a signature drink to greet your guests. I found a recipe from Jamie Oliver that requires no bar tools. It is easy to remember how to make it since Jamie’s Christmas spirit cocktail contains only 2 ingredients: iced cold tequila and pomegranate seeds.
Jamie suggests to not swallow the iced cold tequila until you’ve crunched the pomegranate seeds because they add a real burst of fragrance and flavor in your mouth. Remember the ice shooter glasses I made two years ago for my husband’s birthday party, they would add a special touch here.
+ Jamie Oliver’s Christmas spirit cocktail recipe
+ photo by David Loftus
Heath Ceramics introduced a seasonal collection that mixes red with winter grey. For the bud vase trio, they played with finishes. Serving as the base for their Winter’s Scarlet Dip pattern, the trio features two glazes, ruby red and suede red; the second is a beautiful orangey red. Serving bowls, prep bowls, a dip tray and three styles of cups complete the 2010/2011 winter collection.
Imagine how nice it will look to serve real hot chocolate with the mugs on the Scarlet dip tray. My other favorite piece is the espresso set. If you wish to add of hints of reds on at your Christmas table, this is the way to go.
+ Winter’s Scarlet Dip Bud Vase Set $110 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Scarlet Espresso set $32 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Scarlet dip tray $60 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Stores where to buy Heath Ceramics, including one Canadian store
You may have seen this kitchen on the April issue of Elle Decoration. The dress and the tablecloth share some design elements. You may be glad to know that the dress pattern is from Catherine Hammerton’s wallpaper collection. It has an updated classic flair.
For her tablecloth, Catherine reinvented the same color palette on a simpler version. I like it! More photos and sneak peak on Design*Sponge.
+ photos by Brent Derby – styling by Ali Heath of Plum lifestyle for Elle Decoration
This is how the inside of a clear glass linen cabinet should look like. I adore all hues of sunny yellow. This is why I am sad that IKEA changed the color of the Hemnes linen chests. They selected a nice hue of red, but I would have liked it had they kept the beautiful yellow that they carried in 2008. They kept the same yellow stripes paper on the back.
If you are looking for a more neutral option, check the EDLAND if you live in the United States. Frankly, I cannot justify the Canadian price. I wonder if there is a mistake online in one of the sites.
+ For Canada: Hemnes linen chests $299 CAD – EDLAND Linen cabinet $649.99
+ For USA: Hemnes linen chests $249 USD – EDLAND Linen cabinet $399.99
+ picture of yellow cabinet via Beauty Geeks