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How I Transition my Holiday Decorations

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I have a process that I use for fall decorating that helps transition easily from holiday to holiday without completely tearing one down and setting another one up.  There are certain beautiful elements which are really relevant for more than one holiday, and luckily, they overlap right in the middle.

Pumpkins are perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, red berries (and cranberries at that) work really well for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using these things to your advantage, means that you won’t be spending you weekends hauling plastic tubs full of holiday decor up and down the stairs, and you’ll spend more time enjoying your handiwork.

Holiday Transition Decor

I am not really a knick-knack type person.  I don’t do Santa figurines, or turkey towels for the guest bathroom, so like to keep things simple and register the change in seasons with new colors, textures and pattern.  It works well for me and I think it can work for you two!  Here is how I break it down.  Continue Reading…

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The Grandiflora Grand Launch

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Guys… it’s here.  The day I’ve been waiting for since early this year.  We’ve finally launched our home + decor product line, Grandiflora.  The Grandiflora Exclusive pieces are all designed by me, produced in factories both near and far, and are, really, the essence of both my and Matt’s work and creative experience in life.

A little more info about us…  Matt’s background is a combined exposure to programming and web development, inventory management, and logistics. He’s calculated, logical, and so so smart.  I always talk about how he’s 10x smarter than me.  He’s ten steps ahead and basically a genius.

Oppositely, I am a little more fluid.  I don’t necessarily know what my next move is, but I’ll figure it out. The key word I’d use to describe myself is ‘resourceful’.  I’ll make something of anything I have on hand.  I share projects that I create when in a time of need.  Materials are always easy to access and simple.

It’s these characteristics from our lives that Matt and I have meshed together to formulate our business. We’ve worked so hard, had many long nights, weekends, months, preparing for this day.  We believe in the power of the brand, the life’s experiences that have led us here, and we are proud to stand behind it.

It wasn’t only our hard work, however, that has led to this day.  Our graphic designer, Erika Brechtel, stunned me with her immediate understanding of the brand.  She is a phenomenal asset to the world of brand styling and I value her insight and ability to read clients.  She’s just so good. Just as amazing, Allie Lehman has been absolutely  invaluable to this brand.  Her photos grace the pages of the site, the lookbook, and this post.  She immediately captured my vision for a natural, comfortable, luxe, and warm brand image.  I remember looking through her lens and knowing she was going to be absolutely necessary for the brand.

I hope you’ll take some time to scour the site.  We’ve built in many cool features (check out the look book), and know you’ll enjoy the experience.

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more photos to follow! Continue Reading…

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It’s Coming…

I’ll be hunkering down for the next 4 days readying Grandiflora for it’s launch on Monday.  Get ready!

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Silver & Gold for the Cane Chair

Cane Chair Fabric

So, guys, I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is, I finally tallied the results of your votes for which fabric I should use on the pair of cane chairs I found along the side of the road.  The image above is clearly a give-a-way that the winner was the black and silver tribal pattern.

The bad news is, in person, the fabric is totally blue cast.  I thought that the ground color was white (or cream) in the online photo, but it’s a very muddy powdery silver-blue.  Still, in the photo I took above, it’s hard to see it, but it’s there…. lurking beneath the darker grey and black pattern.  Don’t fret, however… I have a plan.  Continue Reading…

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Grandiflora Sneak Peeks!

I’ve been on the edge of my seat awaiting a glimpse of the Grandiflora photo shoot I had last week with the amazing Allie Lehman of The Wonder Jam.  We had so much fun and it was interesting for me to be on this side of a product shoot.  I pre-planned shots I wanted and Allie has such a good eye, that she made magic of the products.

Here are just a few small sneak peeks to get you through until the official site launch on November 11th! In the meantime, if you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on the launch, insider-only specials, and new item updates!

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behind the scenes at the grandiflora holiday photoshoot

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You can see that even Perry got in on the action.  She LOVED Allie and literally wouldn’t leave her side.  I may be just a tinch jealous, but who wouldn’t love Allie?

So, it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks now until everything goes live and is available for purchase!  Someone pinch me!

 

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Turn Dinner into an Event

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This time of year always brings unexpected pop-up parties and dinners – and it’s easy to be prepared! A few added touches can easily switch any regular dinner (regardless of what’s on the menu) into a party you’ll be happy to host.

Repeating any one accent automatically creates a great flow and holds the entire dinner together.  When I shop, I always shop for similar type serving pieces (all brass metallic, wood, or white) so that, regardless of what I pull out of my cabinets, it all goes together.

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Keep reading for my top tips to turn any dinner into an event!  Continue Reading…

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Quick Tip for Shelf Styling

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Tips on shelf styling are one of the things that I get the most questions about.  In so many styling guides, I use books stacked horizontally  to give shelves some variation (like in the above photo).  Mixing up the look of books lined up regularly and books used in other ways is a great way to start, but if your collection of coffee table books isn’t extensive, here is a great solution!

Using a plate display stand, just prop up one of your favorite books (facing outward) to show off the gorgeous cover and take up lots of negative space with just one book. The best part about this strategy is that it’s so easy to inject color by doing this.  Look at the pop of green I get from facing out my Scandinavian Design book.

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This is one of my favorite little tips for you on this Monday!

Have a fabulous week!

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No-Fail Recipe for Fall Decorating

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Fall Palette

When fall rolls around each year, I’m so inspired by the change in seasons and the breathtaking colors it brings that I often want to go pretty over-the-top with my fall decorating.  Between the uptrending oxblood and fall’s ever popular orange, I just can’t get enough.  Although it’s pretty easy to get carried away by the autumnal palette and cozy textures, your home will look a lot more pulled together using a few easy tips for seasonal decorating.

Here are my top five tips:  Continue Reading…

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On My Radar: Map Walls

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Vintage maps aren’t new on the decor scene, but recently, I’ve been seeing them used as full statement walls, which I LOVE.    I’ve seen my fair share of brightly colored walls and designer wallpapers, and although I am quite fond of a lot of those, they may not be for everyone.

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Vintage maps do lend a more casual, rustic vibe than a lot of statement walls that I see and in all of my scouring, Wallpapered has the best selection of maps that I’ve seen out there on the interwebs. I think that this is an awesome solution for the biggest home decor question I get from people. Continue Reading…

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Cane Chair Revival

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I don’t know if you guys have ever snatched something off the side of the road, but this was a first for me.  A few weeks ago, I was driving home from work and saw a set of four chippendale cane chairs sitting out with someone’s trash.  At first I drove by, processing what I’d seen, but then, about 2 miles later, I decided I wanted them.  I’d been inspired by the gold cane chair that Carmel had painted, and the image of that entry popped right into my head.

When I pulled into the driveway of the house that had thrown away such beauties, the woman of the house was outside.  I walked up and asked her if she’d mind if I took a pair of the set of chairs out of her trash. She seemed so happy that I wanted them.  She had kept them for years, hoping to revive them herself, but just didn’t do it.

Well, I’m here to give these girls a new life.

Now, restoring furniture isn’t my favorite thing to do.  I enjoy it more than say, sewing, but it takes a lot of patience, and patience is something that I’m working on.  Looks like these chairs are just the beauties to give me a little practice.

I know I want to paint the frames gold.  Similar to my inspiration, I know the gold will pop right off the navy walls I’m planning in my entry. The seats are a different story.  They’re currently (broken) cane, but I have thought about switching them to upholstery to get a little pattern into my life. The whole scheme of my entry will be navy, white, black, and brown (not your average combo, but you’ll see…), so something in a simple black and white is what I’m after – if the gold came doesn’t win out…

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There are several different styles in here, I know.  Classic, quirky, sweet, and tribal… but I really like all of these fabrics and can image them on a golden frame of cane!  I’m leaning heavily toward two (plus the gold cane) so three… but I’m putting this up for a vote.

I will finish this chair in whatever you guys pick out. I repeat – I will go with a reader’s choice on this one! Keep reading to vote for your favorite, Continue Reading…

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