Thursday, December 30, 2010

Living Room - Time for a Refresh

Granted the room needs to be painted (BM Manchester tan) before this can happen...but our living room is long overdue for a little refresh. The conservative Restoration hardware striped pillows I once loved are a little too serious...but I'm not ready to go for a full fun factor in this room just yet (maybe once baby arrives)!

So, my plan is this:

- Add some coral/orange, taupe and brown accents to the room
- Add some pattern (Ikat, Trellis, Medallions)!

1. Adalusia Rug from West Elm

2. Ikat Linen Curtains from West Elm

3. Chocolate Trellis Pillow from Nenavon

4. Orange Ikat Pillow from milkandcookiesCanada

5. Orange Thai Silk Pillow from bestillshop

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday eCard - Going Paperless

I'm the first to admit that getting a bunch of Holiday cards in the mail is fun...but for us we've done eCards two years in a row. Not that cards are super expensive - but we just find the waste of paper to be a little much sometimes. And, the best part about Ecards is that they are free! We're also able to send the card to many more people this way (our email list of close friends and family is 107...that's more than most people can afford to send paper cards to).

I love Pingg for their lovely range of templates and customization capabilities.

Here's the card we sent this year...with Ollie by our tree wearing his festive little doggie sweater. Really, he likes being dressed up I swear!

Christmas at Home

Christmas dinner was at our house this year, which for us was the largest dinner party we've had since we moved into our home. We've had friends over in small groups, but this was our very first time filling our 8 person dining table.

The colors we used for our place settings were inspired from those already existing in the room (red, gold and ivory), since our living/dining area combined this was the easiest way to prevent things from looking chaotic. The look was simple:

- Hurricane vases with white candles and small ornament filler
- Red place mats and napkins from Pottery Barn
- Gold Ruffled Chargers from Crate and Barrel
- Fresh Flowers (these came from my company party...I got to take home the centerpiece which saved me some serious dough)

The result was classic and not too fussy looking. We decided to go without table linens and let the natural wood shine through with the other red and gold touches.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Sale Smitten

I found some amazing holiday items on sale today that are so beautiful...and of course the price is right. Stocking up for next year is the name of the game.

Holiday Card Holder - Pottery Barn $36.00

Star Fish & Sand Dollar Ornaments - Wisteria $13.05

Burlap Sack Advent Calendar - Pottery Barn   $74.00

Dove Doormat - Wisteria $17.00

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Zebra Touches for Christmas

I was so bummed when I found out the Coastal Christmas stockings and tree skirts were out of stock at Wisteria. Darn...I waited too long! So, I opted for zebra print instead. After some hunting around, here's what I came up with.

West Elm Zebra Tree Shirt (from a previous season) - on ebay

Burlap stockings with zebra cuff (special commission from ThePineConeTeaCup)

Owl Obsessed

I'm a owl fanatic right now...I just can't get enough. Here are a few I've had my eye on and would buy for myself if it wasn't the holiday season. If I discover that I have any closet owl addicts on my shopping list...they will be gifted with one of these adorable figurines for sure.
Ceramic Owls from West Elm $9.00-$16.00

Set of 3 Owl's from At West End $35.00

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Burlap Christmas

Burlap Christmas
Christmas Hearts From BetsyJarvis

Mini Burlap Tree from AlicesLookingGlass

Burlap Ornaments from BellaMiaDesign

Burlap Wreath from Catnapcottage

Rustic Napkin Rings from Houseofpeltier

Christmas Pillows from RamonaOwenDesign

Burlap Stocking from RedDoorHome

Poinsettia Ornaments from JunkToJoyShop

Ball Ornaments from AlicesLookingGlass

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Baby on the Way

Despite being a total wedding fanatic...I have recently switched gears only slightly as I focus my efforts on something else...that being my growing bump! Yes that's right I'm 21 weeks pregnant and expecting a baby boy in April. So, I decided it was time to start another blog, this one devoted solely to baby. I'm talking about the best nursery decor, maternity clothing, awesome baby gear...I'll be talking about it all.

Check out my newest endeavor here...Graceful Belly. Of course, this doesn't mean I will stop hand feed eye candy here (not to worry there)! Graceful Whimsy is still alive and well. Oh and if you must know where this gorgeous baby in this too cute for words hat came from, check out Citefuzz.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trench Coats are all the Rage...for Dogs

This amazing doggie trench coat just showed up on my Etsy homepage and I figured everyone just needs to see this. I mean, even my husband just said "aaaawww" when he saw this photo. So cute I just might need one (I mean Ollie needs one).

The artist is RoverDog and there are so many cute things in her shop. In a world full of puppies in tutus with pink studded colors, her shop is a breath of fresh air. Every item in her shop is tailored and classic - kind of like J. Crew for dogs. Love it love it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amy and Jon's Wedding

I've been looking forward to Amy's wedding for a while. I often do you get to attend a graphic designer's wedding...guaranteed to be swoon worthy right? Amy chose purple, green and dove gray as her wedding colors and she married these three shades together just beautifully. Often dove gray and purple can be very traditional...but adding a fresh pop of green does something really magical.

Amy's centerpieces were a work of art. She literally dreamed up the creation of these sculpturally beautiful pieces of art! Simply amazing. She included bleached branches, rocks, peas, and dahlias in a glass hurricane for a really unique and unexpected look. Mason jars hung from branches adding a warm touch of light throughout the night. Just lovely.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Holiday Style with a Coastal Twist

Those of you who know me well...know I appreciate fall - but it's really not my thing. Dark colors, cold weather, and mums are just not my favorite. So, when I opened a Wisteria catalog today when I got home...I was giddy over their Coastal Christmas collection. Yes, yes yes! Just what I needed to spark my enthusiasm for the holidays. Sand dollar ornaments, coral tree skirt, star fish stockings!! Sorry I just can't contain my excitement and hopefully you appreciate this new development as much as I do. How refreshing.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Real Wedding Awards Feature

Matt and I are really excited that the Winter Issue of The Knot is finally out...and the main reason we're so pumped?

We're featured on page 132!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010


For me, the little details make a wedding. For our wedding, the details came from a little DIY and a whole lot of Etsy! So, I wanted to share a little run though of some of my favorite details from our big day in case it inspires anyone to try some ideas, adding their own twist.

1. The lanterns that decorated the otherwise basic white tent were hang strung by myself, my fiance and the entire wedding party. We used massive amounts of fishing wire and it took forever, but the results were amazing.

2. I designed the wedding menus in Ilustrator and cut out each painstakingly with an exacto knife. The monogram logo on the menus was also used on our cookie favors, invitations, and many other elements in the wedding - creating a cohesive look.

3. The paper flags were a great find I discovered on Etsy from AyMuyer. You can get her designs in several patterns and just about any color you can imagine. How fun!

4. Invitations were custom from Envelopments and I designed the printed elements (again in Illustrator). We used ribbon and a monogrammed seal to tie the whole thing together.

5. Votive escort cards are another Etsy find Illumienate. I love the way these came out! Each guests name was printed onto a piece of vellum that was wrapped around a votive and finished with aqua ribbon trim. Later in the night our caterers lit each votive creating a soft glow for the reception. What I loved about this concept is that the votives doubled as a wedding favor that guests took home to remember the night.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Anniversary Trip - Newport Beauty

Everything in Newport seems to be pure eye candy. Around every turn there was something even more amazing than the last...and these images give only a taste. Gorgeous dahlia gardens, grand mansions, romantic sail boats...even a just married couple whom we stumbled upon being photographed in the most impeccably beautiful setting I can imagine! It was all a little too much to handle, but I loved every second of this little weekend getaway. It was the perfect trip to celebrate our 1st anniversary.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

I took a little break from the blogosphere and rightfully so! Today was our first anniversary and spent some quality time in Newport RI this weekend. I'll post pics from the trip perhaps tomorrow - but in the meantime enjoy our thank you photo. We posed for this pic at the end of our wedding night 1 year ago. This was the photo we used on all our thank you cards. But - I'd also like to take this opportunity thank everyone who has been so supportive of my blog. To all those who share my passion for gorgeous stuff - much love!

I am happy to say that although our wedding was 50 degrees and raining last August (I am sure I have previously mentioned it was also a hurricane that day)...this weekend was glorious! We couldn't have asked for better weather - it was dreamy.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chocolate Cherry Zebra

This inspiration board is inspired by some absolutely amazing plates I found on (Kate Spade Collection). I love the chocolate brown, paired with zebra print, red and a touch of fuchsia. The colors pack and punch and are so perfect (says me) - that an entire wedding could easily key off these plates. Wall flowers need not apply.

Flowers: Cymbidium Floral
Chair: Ballard Designs

Chocolate Cherry Zebra

Who Enjoys the New Zebra Rug Most?

Ollie has a favorite new spot, smack-dab in the middle of our new zebra rug in the great room. Thankfully he stays off the furniture - but that's mostly because Pier 1 wicker chairs behind him are just not that comfortable to actually sit in. He is smarter than he looks perhaps.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pineapple Passion

Some of my favorite pineapple inspired home decor.

Photograph: Fosterbk 

Pineapple Pillow: Bayleafhome

Pineapple Parade Art Print: gisellegonzalez

Pineapple Block Printed Note Cards:  Pineappleaisle