Monday, March 5, 2018

A spring palette with the colors of a place that has special meaning to my family: Design a space that embodies the essence of who you are,and not the look that belongs in someome else' home.

Spring is almost here and that means down come the 
drab colors of winter and soon we will see pops of color everywhere.

As it's visible in my own home styling, brighter colors are showing up.
One advantage that I have this year over previous years is that our new home's 
decor color palette is very consistent with the colors of spring. How lucky and I 
that I don't have to do a huge turnover from winter into spring, and how lucky am I that 
my new spring color palette has become the permanent color palette for our new home?!

But perhaps the most meaningful reason my spring color palette is the right choice
for my home is that it represents my family and what we love.

My advice when others are trying to find the decor style for their own home is this...
just because you see it on Instagram, doesn't mean it's your style.  It might work for others, but it may not be the perfect styling for your home.  I stick to what works for or me and my family.  I stick to what my family and I love, and it doesn't matter what the trends are, I don't waiver from the style that is unique to me and my family. 

 I am a firm believer that one's home decor style should reflect and define
who you are and what you love. I feel it creates a well defined home when the design compliments the passions and taste of those that reside within.

  I love neutral design styling with pops of soft colors.  And as
a family, we love New England.  So, it's only appropriate that our design meets our taste
perfectly.  When we decided on a New England / Hamptons' style for our new home, all three of us were on board instantly.  It just feels right for us, and we cannot wait to see the outcome of each space as it comes to life room by room.

So back to my spring color palette.  My love of white remains, and that's the beautiful thing about a white background... everything blends in well.   

Our spring and new home color palette will look something like this...

I will be mixing pale blues and soft greens with whites and light grays,buttery creams and
subtle yellows to create The Hamptons style my family loves. 

 I like to compare my design palette to that of a nest filled with robins' eggs, or the colors of the sailboats on Oak Bluffs Marina on Martha's Vineyard


Plenty of Texture...
 The New England /Hamptons style is filled with texture.
 I've incorporated  an abundance of texture 
in the use of linens, greenery, glass, weaved and wire baskets,
woods,personal photography as well as in decorative pillows and throws,
 to coastal accents and wood decor.  Fortunately for me, 
these are staple pieces in my home all year long so they 
will be a consistent part of the Hamptons style I am 
                                                         bringing into our new home.

 Greenery will be visible throughout...
This faux greenery shrub makes for an excellent filler 
in between natural floral shopping trips.

                   Wood, wicker, and wire baskets will be staples in my New England /Hamptons style home, as seen below.

White and blue/gray pillows bring that
 coastal charm to the greatroom couch. 
                                                                                My own framed photography
                                                                                    is a sweet reminder of our favorite spot on the 
                                                                                vineyard . Incorporating my photography is 
                                                                                   another example of making the design my own.   

 Soft textiles draped over our covered dining chairs
 bring forth an elegant Cape Cod lifestyle to the space.

These are just a snippet of how my New England / Hamptons style home is coming along.
I could not be happier with this subtle yet elegant color palette.
 What I love most about the colors I've chosen is that they are symbolic of  warm breezy days out 
on the New England waters.

 As when I'm designing for others, it makes me happy to bring to my clients a style that symbolizes the essence of their family, and I feel no different when designing for my family. 
 This color palette and design style is special for US.  

It's easy to get so caught up in the design style of others.  We see so many cookie cutter designs on Instagram and we are often tempted to recreate them in our individual spaces, but when you feel tempted to copy someone else' style, ask yourself, does that design style define me and my family? Does that design style feel natural in my home?
These are really important questions when designing your space. 
 You want to make sure your space is genuine. You want to make sure your space is comfortable for you and your family rather than having it feel like it's someone else space.  Don't get sucked in by the trends that in the end will feel disconnected from who you are and what you truly love. 

 You want to design a home that all design elements exemplify you and your family.  From the color, to the textures, to the accessories you use, they should describe you in one way or another.

 So as I mentioned, the pics enclosed in this post are just a snippet of the color palette
that I have chosen for our New England /Hamptons style home.  I can't wait to see this design come to full circle, because it is a design that resonates with a place my family and I hold dear memories of, and one that we will love for a very long time.

I hope you find the design that reflects and defines what you and your family love! Don't copy, stay original, because when your home doesn't feel like YOU, it feels empty and out of place, and it's visible to everyone who steps inside.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fresh Greens Place Setting & Guest Take Home Gift:

 Gifting my guests with a sweet little memento 
to remember cherished times at my dinner table is 
always part of my place settings...

I always enjoy giving my dinner guests a small gift token that is appropriate for the occasion.
whether it's an ornament placed at each place setting for each couple at our holiday party table, 
a tea towel at my ladies tea, or a bottle of olive oil at our Italian themed dinner party, these small
tokens are my personal way to make my guests feel extra special when they dine at my table.

In this post, I am sharing an aromatic and flavor filled guest gift that is not only practical, 
but it's gender neutral too. Keep reading to see what I came up with to go with this spring
 table place setting. 

The Place Setting:

Using fresh greens, I designed a simple spring setting.
My white Pottery Barn Hemstitch napkins are not only classic and elegant,
but they add texture to my table.  To incorporate added
texture, I tied the napkins with hemp twine.  

To complete the look and bring in color I wrapped fresh store bought 
 fresh greens around the tied napkin.  

The greens give this simple spring setting 
a feeling of freshness which is what I attribute when I think of spring. 


You know how much I love table linens, and my French Number Utensil Wrap
from my own collection (you can purchase by contacting me via Instagram)
were perfect for this simple place setting. 

The black number coordinates beautifully 
with my favorite black plates.

Sidenote: As I design my place settings, I create additional designs right on the spot.
Whether they become part of the finished design or not, I always snap a photo.  This is my way of 
utilizing my designs in multiple ways in future styling both for myself and my clients.

The styling of my soup spoon laid across my place setting might just pop up again in a future design for a ladies brunch or wedding shower.

In the lower photo, 
I added a mason jar with a striped paper straw. The added whimsy is perfect for a baby 
shower table or teacher luncheon.

My love for designing place settings is tied in with my passion for beautiful tables.
I take the utmost care and time into my table designs.  I feel this shows my guests
how much care and love I've put into creating a special space for them while they sit at my dinner table.

But, it doesn't end at the place setting for me.  Each time I host a gathering, I want my guests 
to remember the moment, the conversations, the laughter, and the people they shared time with at my table.  Years ago, I began designing special mementos to place at each setting for my guests to take home. Each token is tied in with the theme or occasion of  the gathering.  I take great care into what I design, and my main goal is to give something that my guests will want to use time and time again.  

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to know how much they appreciate this special little touch.  The greatest of joys for me is when I visit my guests, and I see one of my dinner party mementos displayed in their home.  I love it!

Guest Take Home Gift:

As I mentioned previously, my guest mementos revolve
around the overall theme of my dinner party table.  For this spring place setting,
I opted for a gift that exudes what the season is all about.  

When I think of spring, I think of 
fresh leaves on a tree, pretty new blooms on a stem, and a fresh new scent in the air.  Spring is all about natural fresh aromas, so I wanted to incorporate that into my guest gift design.

As I pondered on ideas of what I would design I instantly knew the perfect guest gift would 
be one that is fresh and filled with aroma, and one that my guests would not only appreciate, but one they will be excited to use.

My Fresh Spice Vile Guest Take Home Gifts...
Who doesn't love fresh spices?!  My spice vile guest gifts are sure to enhance the taste palette of every guest at my spring table.  And let's talk about how cute they look on my 
  fresh greens spring place setting!

So take a look at how I designed this special little memento that
will sure be useful in my guest's kitchens.  And, every time they use it
they will be reminded of a great time shared around my dining table.

I poured fresh herb spices into glass cork top viles. 
I threaded a mini name tag onto a hemp twine string and wrapped the twine several times around the vile
securing it with a plain knot.  


I labeled each tag with the name 
of the spice and that's all it took 
in creating these adorable and very
useful guest take home gifts.


I placed a random spice vile at each place setting...however, I want my guest gifts to be something my guests will actually use, so in the event of allergies to a specific spice or simply personal taste preference, I will have duplicates should my guests want to switch their vile with a different one.





Pretty packaging always catches the eye of the recipient.  

And who says the hostess can't have her own little stash...
 How cute will these adorable spice viles look in my kitchen?!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and reading all about

how I designed these fresh spice/herb guest take home gifts.

 They look beautiful layered over my fresh greens place setting!

I can't wait to gift my guests one of these sweet little viles at my next dinner party!



Monday, February 12, 2018

Dressing the console table for spring...

I'm sure like me, you too have a piece of furniture in your home
that lends itself to numerous changes throughout the year.
 For me that piece is our console table.  

In our previous home, this piece was a staple in our family room.
Here in the new house, she sits alone in the living room waiting to find out her destiny.

Since we moved into our new home seven months ago, we made a conscious effort not 
to rush on purchasing furniture; the reason being is that we want to ensure that the pieces 
we purchase are ones we absolutely LOVE, and not ones we are simply settling for.  

In our previous home, this console table was a piece I absolutely considered a decor staple, and one that would not be going anywhere EVER!!!!  Here in the new house, I'm not so sure.  You see, 
my design style has changed a bit (not a drastic change), and I am just not quite sure this piece will be sticking around.  So, for now, I am having fun styling her any way I can in the event her days with us are numbered! :) 

I am a minimalist in some ways, but for this design, I just went for it.  There's a lot going on 
in this vignette, but it all works together well so I was happy with the overall design.

Here's a little back story about the shabby picture frame that became the focal point of this design.
The picture frame actually held my hubby's professional Bar Mitzvah portrait.  However, I don't think a thirteen year old prepubescent, brace face teenage boy portrait is what either of us had in mind when we considered wall decor for the new house.  So, out came the portrait (don't worry, it's tucked away in the memory bin), and out came the white chalk paint to give the frame a farmhousey touch.

I layered the frame by leaning it up against my Nantucket Farmer's Market sign, and I instantly had a focal point for my design.  I like the intentional showcasing of the parts of the sign I actually wanted visible inside the frame..."MARKET OPEN 7 DAYS 3 miles"

 Chunky candlesticks and round pillar candles
atop a turned over wood crate elevate the design...
Wood decor beads in their natural state draped
over the crate add texture and dimension.

One of the staple decor pieces I can't do without are wood boxes and crates.
I just love the timeless essence they hold, and they can be dressed up or down 
in my styling.

Here, I've turned over this wood box that once held expensive signature gourmet charcuterie
goods.  By turning it over I instantly have a platform to display the pieces
 (like these white candle holders) which highlight my vignette.

Our homes don't have to be bare while we wait 
for our spring gardens to bloom... Here, I am using fresh
greenery branches from Trader Joe's to bring a natural element into the design.
These branches also add the right amount of color to an already neutral vignette.
I love how their dark green leaves pop against the white ceramic vase.

Counter to the natural branches, I used faux spring blooms in a lighter shade of green on the opposite side of the console table.  

The mix of colors imitates a real spring garden.

 Incorporating texture in as many ways as I can is important to me
 when styling my home.  I like my home to feel warm and inviting, and I feel 
bringing in textiles allows me to create not only a well dressed home, but one that 
has substance within its decor.  

 This tall round basket offers the perfect storage receptacle for
holding these beautiful and soft white pillows.  

Placed in front of the console table and not
hidden away in a corner of the room, allows for it
to become a featured decor element in this design.

My DIY Book Page spring Banner from last year not only welcomes
 the new season, but creates a little whimsy in the design.

The banner brings added texture via its old book pages,
metallic gold letters, and hemp twine string.  The off white pages
pick up the natural color of the decor beads in the background. 

 And here is the console table all dressed up for spring... for now that is.
I am sure shes' going to change from here until spring arrives quite a few times.

Not sure what the future holds for this beautiful table once we decide on the furniture choice for this room, but one thing is for sure, she sure makes any style decor I dress her with look fabulous!

Have a beautiful week sweet friends!


Friday, February 2, 2018

Rustic Spring Table

It's hard to believe that February is already here and 
spring will soon be upon us.  Why is it that when we were
kids the years seemed to go on forever, and now that we are 
older we just can't seem to catch our breath and the months 
feel as though they fly by.
Now that February has arrived it's time to start thinking of spring.
Of course, whether we are ready or not, the decor stores have had bunny
displays since December.  I have always refrained from allowing myself to 
give in to the pressures of premature decorating.  However, the decision to start my spring decor in February is easy when the weather here in So Cal is sunny, warm, and beautiful.
I am starting slow of course and keeping things natural and green for the most part.
As the spring months approach I will incorporate more florals into my decor, but for now, green topiaries and fresh tree clippings are my go to spring starters.
So far, I've styled my spring dining room table. The design is a natural rustic style with 
a lot of texture.  When I think of spring, I think of natural elements and that is exactly what 
I envisioned for my spring dining room table.  The design consists of textiles, woods, and greenery.  
I hope you enjoy this little tour of my first spring table design of 2018

Let's begin with THE TABLE...
Our new rustic dining room table has been my favorite
furniture purchase in our new home thus far.  
I love the rustic simplicity it offers.  From farmhouse, to glam, to rustic, 
to traditional elegance, this table is the perfect backdrop to any tablescape
I can possibly imagine designing.

My spring table design goal...
The need to incorporate natural elements and texture in this design
was very important to me, because for me spring brings forth
nature's natural beauty.  One of the natural elements I was committed to using
in this design was wood.  Not only does this beautiful wood dining table
exude a raw natural beauty in itself, I wanted to maintain a cohesive design by incorporating other wood pieces to compliment the rustic table.
The most important piece I used to achieve
this was my vintage wood box/drawer from my favorite local 
antique mart.  

 This gorgeous drawer with original number markings underneath 
it's open handle is rich in texture.  The natural wood tone against 
the greenery placed inside blend well and give off a vibrant color
to the overall design.

                               The well defined space inside makes it the perfect receptacle                                        for holding extra utensils, table linens and some extra greenery.
Embellished with a personalized wooden tag, this vintage piece 
is beyond is a decor statement in itself and sure to 
catch the eye of every dinner guest who sits at our spring table. 

 The Greenery...

 As I mentioned in the opening of this post, I wanted greenery to be the center of this spring table design.  I used faux topiaries in varying heights to achieve texture, dimension, and color against the rustic-raw table.  The white pots they sit in add additional color to this natural design palette.

 The beauty of using these faux topiary trees is that, unlike natural foliage, they can be reused thereby making this table design pretty much sustainable with very little maintenance or waste.

 The varying heights give an imperfect balance and don't give off that "matchy-matchy" look that can 
 look redundant in interior styling.

The textiles... Table linens

I am a linen lover, and I am always finding ways to switch up the design of my table linens
in my styling.  In this spring tablescape, I decided to incorporate the use of two different styles and patterns of dinner napkins.

I've combined white hempstitch linen napkins from Pottery Barn with cotton stripped #hearthandwithmagnolia napkins to give this table design an unpredictability.  The alternating napkins balance the table design while giving it relaxed and unsophisticated elegance.

The farmhouse striped napkins in their muted gray tone coordinate well 
with the galvanized wood utensil holders.

Natural elements that add warmth and additional dimension to the design...
 The oversized wooden spoons give extra attention
 to my need for texture in my table design.  I've placed them inside a simple
galvanized mini bucket and their natural beauty stands out against the stark white dinner plates.

My #hearthandhandwithmagnoia round pedestal stand  a Christmas gift from my sweet mom is the perfect base to house my white Ikea candles.  The footed  stand boasts a beautiful rustic 
wood grain and is the perfect height so as not to impede dinner conversations.   


 The Farmer's Plate Rack- holds my white appetizer and dinner plates.
The rustic simplicity of this chippy galvanized piece acts as the grounding centerpiece for this table.
I am a true lover of plates, and ever since I received this gorgeous piece as a Christmas gift from my hubby, it has made it's home in the center of our dining table.

 I love the casual vibe it brings to this particular spring tablescape too!

And for casual dinner parties, I will have my guests "just grab a plate..."
   Just like spring which comes in quietly and subtly, is how I wanted this design to come to life.
A simple and natural design that exudes the colors and textures of the season without fuss or deliberetness... Spontaneous and beautiful just like SPRING is what I wanted to achieve in this spring tablescape, and I am happy with the results!

What will spring bring to your table?


 Here are a few more shots of my spring Table design!