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3/30/10

WEDDING DESIGN: PINK AND CHOCOLATE

WEDDING RECEPTION
IN ICE PINK, IVORY AND CHOCOLATE
so if you've followed the blog,you know I was involved in creating a wedding in Dallas at the first of this year.
I promised more photos but have been a little lax at getting them onto the blog.  Well, the time has come....

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE DETAILS - 
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER THIS TIME.
(with a couple of extras thrown in...)
Bride and Groom in front of the mirror
decorated with garland, crystals and floral cones

Close up of floral cone
Father and Daughter Wedding Dance
The Cake
Surrounded by crystals, on a silver stand 
A mini hand tied bouquet as the Cake Topper
with amazing four inch ivory pearl-studded ribbon
and a rhinestone 'K' monogram
The Cake Eaters
The Candy Bar in Pink/White/Brown
sprinkled with photos of the bride and groom
The Hot Chocolate Bar
Hot White Chocolate or regular Hot Chocolate
topped with whipped cream
Mashed Potato Bar
Garlic mashed potatoes with sour cream or
mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans
The Popcorn Bar
Caramel, White Chocolate and Chocolate Avalanche
The vendor tinted the white chocolate pink to match the reception!
And while we are on the subject of food...

The Family Tree
had wedding photos of family members

placed into glass frames - a keepsake the bride and groom will always cherish

Custom covered lampshades and leaf covered frames
Pearl monograms (the letter 'K' featured prominently at the reception)
I found the adorable polkadot fabric for $1 per yard in LA

Bride's toe shoes, under glass
on a moss base
Centerpiece and Chair covers
Beautiful chandeliers and tin ceiling set the mood
Ready for guests

In the entry, light glass floral arrangement and 
moss covered frames studded with pearls and rhinestones at the guestbook.

Bridesmaids and a lucky groomsman
we created the hand-tied bridesmaid bouquets

The hand-tied bridal bouquet with rhinestone cuff
Moss flower girl basket with rhinestone buckle

ISN'T LOVE WONDERFUL!


WITH WARMEST WISHES TO CIERA and STEELE
and THEIR FAMILIES




3/29/10

HOME DECOR: GOING COASTAL

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK OF SEA GLASS

 



OF THE COLORS OF THE OCEAN



OF DRIFTWOOD
OR A SANDY BEACH
OF SUNBLEACHED FABRICS AND TIMEWORN FURNITURE
AND YOU HAVE THE ELEMENTS NEEDED FOR COASTAL DECOR

SO, TODAY I'M INTRODUCING YOU TO A STYLE THAT I LOVE

FOR ME ITS AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE,
A TUG AT LONG AGO MEMORIES OF BALMY NIGHTS, FRAGRANT BREEZES, AND SAND BETWEEN MY TOES

COASTAL COTTAGE

TAKE A LOOK AND TELL ME IF YOU LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DO.   I COULD SERIOUSLY CURL UP AND LIVE IN THESE PHOTOS.


Coastal decorating - painted furniture, wooden floors, striped rugs -
(cottage style furnishings by Stanley)
(seriously love the deep teal color)
Coastal decorating takes the indoors out - creating inviting outdoor rooms with an inside feel.
You can enjoy this style even if you don't live on a coast
(coastal living magazine)

More coastal cottage furniture by Stanley
Crisp white kitchens are a mainstay of coastal cottage homes 
I love how the tiles here are the colors of the sea and sand
and I love the timeworn barstools
The bamboo/rattan chairs are a little more traditional in style but the feeling is unmistakenly coastal
My favorite touch is the lanterns - especially the green one ...
Living under the stars - seagrass deep seating, white slipcovers, teak table and painted white fireplace and cabinets - who would want to spend any time indoors??
A green painted buffet adds an inviting punch of color in this beach cottage entry
Notice the beadboard walls and touches of sea glass color in this inviting dining area
I love that Coastal and Cottage styles don't take themselves too seriously.  The furniture here has elements of treasured antiques, but the soft painted finishes and timeworn edges change the overall feel to casual and fun.

More from the Stanley Furniture line - simply adorable pieces


Love the high wainscotting - painted white, of course!
Amazing bed from Tuvalu Home

Dove grey - like driftwood and a cloudy sky - love the casual slipcovers
A soft turquoise dresser makes an impact in an entry

A very beachy floor covering - seagrass is classic and durable
Look at the lamp - I love this clear glass bottle lamp

Here is another, in green
Sea green subway glass tiles form the backsplash in this coastal kitchen

Simple furnishings, timeworn elements, slipcovers and touches of blues and greens are the formula for making this room inviting, fresh and beachy
Seagrass is a durable and virtually waterproof floor covering, perfect for coastal decorating, but also works well with many decorating styles.


It stands to reason that you would find coastal decor in a beach town.   I recently had lunch in Laguna Beach, and prowled around the town a little afterwards...

and came across a wonderful shop in South Laguna on PCH
called Cottage Furnishings
They very kindly allowed me to take a few photos of their treasures to show you
there were sprinklings of coral and shells
these wonderful wide molding frames
I especially loved them in groupings
Cottage furniture
or painted vintage furniture
(if you have the time, you can create your own)
lamps, textiles, shells and shorebirds
glass fishing floats and jade turbo shells
and wonderful stacked glass lamps


I love this piece that says "you have my whole heart for my whole life"

visit them when you get the chance, or visit their website here.

Coastal style can be as casual or serious as you choose.  It can feel like a vacation, or a fresh and inviting home.  It will be beautiful and comfortable as long as you don't take the shell and seaglass theme too far, and keep a nice neutral white palette with just touches of the blues, greens or greys you've seen here. 

I love this look - but I lived in the South Pacific for 6 years.

I'm interested in how you like it. 
Is it a style you would like to try?
In what room would you like to try coastal style?

I'd love to hear what you think