Thursday, May 30, 2013

20+ essentials for your next outdoor party!

So your throwing a party!

images above via pinterest

Well, you may think twice after I show you all the fun and  fabulous indoor/outdoor stuff available!

Get comfortable, sit back and relax with these
outdoor pillows


Schumacher here

Pottery Barn

Crate and Barrel



Got a chill?
No sweat, I've got an outdoor throw made with 100% acrylic Sunbrella chenille fabric
Still Cold?
Well grab yourself a bag of marshmallows and settle in here
Restoration Hardware
 Buggin' out? 
No fear mosquito repellent is here. So, stop slapping yourself silly.

Lanterns and candles so you can light it up!
Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Take a seat...
These would be fun and stylish for extra seating


Pour yourself a glass
Govino wine glasses are shatterproof and reusable. Best of all, they have a place for your thumb if it gets tired.


Not a wine drinker? How about some Sangria amigo?

Pottery Barn
No? How about an ice cold pop of iced tea?
Don't forget to put your dancing shoes on
Indoor/Outdoor wireless speaker

Outdoor chalk table cloth, anyone?
oil chalk tablecloth available here
Or this one perhaps? This would look gorg with a pop of hot pink flowers!


For an easy breezy atmosphere
Indoor/Outdoor Curtains

Pottery Barn

Outdoor floor lamp? Yep, got that too.

Ballard Designs

One last thought, instead of buying all this stuff just bring all your indoor stuff outside for the night. Just be sure to bring it back in before it rains!!

Now back to biz...
What ever will you wear?
Self-tanner of course

And how about these?

Milly for Banana Republic
Devon Baer

old navy

Lilly Pulizer

Do you have any party secrets you'd like to share? What say you?

P.S. If you missed my outdoor furniture, planter and rug round up check it out here, here and here!
Have a GREAT time at your party! xoxo

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Eight secrets to choosing the perfect wallpaper

Who isn't loving wallpaper these days?

I'm using it in practically every project I'm working on. I'm talking fun, fabulous, wonderful wallpaper people!

Don't know where to begin on picking the perfect wallpaper?
Here's my top eight tips...

First of all put aside any concerns you have about wallpaper removal. Today's wallpapers are much easier to remove than those from the "olden days".

Who's installing your wallpaper? You'll need to know this so you can get an accurate number of rolls you'll need. This will help determine your budget. Wallpaper can be $$$. Why waste time falling in love with a wallpaper that's too pricey?

Know your colorway. You'll need to take into consideration the adjacent rooms so you know what color wallpaper will work with your existing rooms and color scheme.

Get lots of samples! Don't be afraid ... go on get plenty and live with them for a few days. You'll need to look at how the light changes the look of the wallpaper throughout the day. If your papering the dining room you'll especially want to take note of the light at dinner time.

Where are you going to put the wallpaper? Kids room, bathroom, mudroom? You may want to consider a vinyl wallpaper for these rooms for durability.
Do you want pattern, texture, geometric? Peruse home décor magazines and pinterest for inspiration so you can narrow down the look that you want.

Still not sure? Consider vertical stripes to raise the height of your ceiling. Want to add texture? Consider a pretty grasscloth.
House feel a little stodgy or too traditional? How about a funky, modern geometric. Want to infuse lots of pattern and color? Try a floral, vine or bird pattern. Also, larger patterns will make the most impact in a larger room.

Still afraid to commit? How about buying your favorite wallpaper and backing a bookcase? Or frame it and put it on your wall. That's a great way to dabble in wallpaper without a full on commitment.

Here are some of my faves...

For your little girl who has a passion for horsin' around

For a bedroom
Madeline Weinreb
Katie Ridder

For a guy's room or a powder room with high-gloss white trim

For a faux library look


For an Entry

Imperial trellis - Schumacher

Anna Spiro

Studio Printworks

Meg Braff Interiors

designer Suellen Gregory

For your dressing room

Tanzania Thibaut

For a Dining Room

Phillip Jeffries emerald grasscloth

de Gournay via pinterest

This would look great in a dining room too!

A Fancy Bedroom

 Gracie Wallpaper
A REALLY fancy Laundry Room

 de Gourney via pinterest

So which pattern is your favorite?
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