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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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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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Gold Wishbone Napkin Rings

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I’ve been all about the wishbone accessories that have been everywhere recently.  From the giant wishbone that I style in so many of my photos to the jewelry, ornaments, art, and so on.  I wanted to do a really really simple project that utilized the festive and hopeful nature of the wishbone and this couldn’t come at a better time.

I’m in full swing Thanksgiving planning with my mom and my sister.  We’re planning to make everything together which I think will be really fun.  I love decorating the table (obviously) so I made enough wishbone napkin rings for everyone in the fam.  How pretty do these look with the falling leaves napkins from Christonium

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They’re super easy, took about 30 minutes to complete and would be really fun for the kids to help out with.  Using only one main supply and a couple of household items, you can be wrapping your wishes around napkins in no time.  Continue Reading…

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Building an Entertaining Collection with Waxed Wood

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It’s no secret that I love a party.  Shoot, entertaining has become part of my DNA.  When I wander through the store on my bi-weekly grocery shopping trips, it’s pretty common that I pick up a cheese just with the thought that it would be perfect for a get-together (even when I have no parties in sight)! I usually scheme up some reason to have people over shortly thereafter.

Regardless of my crazy cheese shopping, there are a few things in my life that make these gatherings great, and one is the presentation (followed by great company and wine, of course).

When it comes to presentation, I must use wood.  If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll see that I use wood in just about every dinner party, cocktail party, or throw-together party that I have.  The main reason is that wood pieces are so casual!  Either raw or waxed, wood platters and servers add a bit of nature, warmth, and character to any other pieces that you have.  It calms down the fancy, it dresses up the everyday.  It’s just so versatile.

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If you’re ready for a side story, here is one for you.  Last year, Target had this amazing wooden tiered server that I was in love with.  Under no circumstance did I need another 3 tiered server, but I put it on my Christmas list nonetheless.  Christmas came and went and no wooden 3 tiered server.  My birthday (which directly follows Christmas) came and went. Still, there was no 3 tiered server.  By this point in time, not only did Target no longer have the piece I wanted, but in the running around of the holidays, I’d lost my other 3 tiered server at someone’s house.  I deducted that I wasn’t meant to own a 3 tiered server (maybe I wasn’t responsible enough) and I surely didn’t deserve the wooden server and I’d have to move on with my life. Well, I thought about that silly server all. year. long. This fall, when they released another variety, I bought it in an instant.

That’s the long version of the story.

Now onto entertaining – the reason I’m so passionate about wood pieces is the depth and texture variety that if offers to a table, buffet, or bar.  It’s like adding instant interest. The little get-together I had this past weekend was so so simple.  It just included sliced cheese and fruit with some nuts and various wines, but it was just enough.

So, I’ve clearly talked way too much about my favorite type of serveware. Tell me, what’s yours?

 

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Silver & Gold for the Cane Chair

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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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Friday Faves 11.1

Friday Faves 11.1

ONE leaf gift tags, place cards, or anything cards.  They’re 12 for 21 tags in a little wooden box from Rowen & Wren. TWO I can’t explain why I love these mini hand-painted wooden houses…I just do.  $30 for the set of three from anamarko. THREE I’ve been eyeing this black and blue geo basket for a while, but it’s not in my local Target store, so I’ll have to buy online, $30.  FOUR I always joke about how I’m going to get some goats and start making cheese on our farm, so this mini cheese kit might be the perfect intro for any budding cheesemaker.  And it’s just $10 from Urban Cheesecraft. FIVE you guys know I love little trinket bowls.  This organic shaped dish combined with a classic monogram is one of my faves (clearly). $12 from Umba.  SIX for the discerning cook and hostess, pure linen textiles with prints by Celina Mancurti are amazing.  I have a few and love them!

If you want to shop all of my favorite finds in one place, you can HERE on Keep!

 

 

It’s Friday!  And it’s November! I know this month will be full of new experiences for me with the opening of Grandiflora, my in-store event at West Elm (won’t you come?), and a ton of blog collaborations that you are going to love.

What kind of month will it be for you?

 

 

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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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For the Love of October

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For as much as I love October, it’s been a rough month.  I’ve been going going going and feel like I just haven’t been able to catch my breath at all.  I know a big portion of this is temporary and that I just need to push through, but I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on my month.

The trees have been gorgeous around this area and the holiday spirit is definitely in the air, so I’m going to do my best today and soak a couple of the last drops out of October.  Since there are only two days left, here are a few (easy) things you might catch me doing!  Or, if you’re in need of some very quick last minute holiday inspiration, take a cue from these lovely ladies.

*5 second pumpkin decorating

*What has GOT to be the most deliciously October-y thing on the web.

*A quick and easy game if you have a bunch of little ones coming over.

*A really cute last minute costume idea.

Enjoy these fun ideas and let’s finish this month out with a bang!

 

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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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