The Dreamboard: Pop the Bubbly!

New Year’s Eve is here! I will be primping and prepping for a good part of the day. I’ve also been trying to do a little bit of de-cluttering to make some space for new presents and most importantly, new endeavors for the year ahead. That is going to be a project that carries into the first few weeks of the new year however. All in good time I suppose!

Today’s dreamboard is what inspired our New Year’s Eve tablescape. I thought it might put us all in the mood to celebrate. Champagne tones are among my personal favorites so I am going to work on expressing that inner pink this year too. Don’t forget to find ways to put some sparkle and shine into all you do tonight, even if you are staying home to quietly ring the year in with your near and dear.

Have a great night, and check back in tomorrow so that I can wish you a Happy New Year!

Interior Inspirations: Global Graphics

This interior is such a great jumping off point into the New Year. I’m in love with the graphic, yet soft feeling of John Robshaw’s dining room, featured in the December 2012 issue of Elle Decor. I’m such a fan of Robshaw’s textiles and this captures his aesthetic and has such a feeling of freshness too. The large piece of artwork was done with bleach on denim by Robshaw himself. The pieces are collected from global travels. The carpet and chair upholstery adds a gentle layering of pattern. There is both a feeling of spaciousness and fullness in the composition…

Stay tuned for my favorite design directions for 2013 where I will recap my favorite rooms and why they spell style for the immediate future!

The Outfit Journal: New Year’s Eve Casual Glam

Ah Friday is here again. This weekend I know we all will be pulling together New Year’s Eve plans and outfits. Here is a peek at what I plan to wear. I was very influenced by this look here. I have my mermaid skirt, but I want to dress it down with a casual plaid button-down. I love the ease of this whole look. It’s dressy but not fussy. The jewelry takes the whole thing up a notch. This fabulous cocktail ring features an actual piece of marble surrounded by rhinestones. And this lovely Kate Spade necklace has been adding sparkle to my outfits since this spring. It is such a classic piece. My favorite part of the outfit? The peep toe motorcycle booties. They add the touch of rocker cool needed. What are you going to wear?!

Credits: Mermaid skirt by Carmen Marc Valvo (options here and here)  / Plaid button down by Old Navy (old). Similar here / Cocktail Ring from Shopbop (old) / Necklace by kate spade (Spring 2012). Option here / Booties by All Saints (Spring 2012). Option here

Photos by Jill Bremner.

Tablescape: Champagne Tasting

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays so far! May I remind you, however, that there is still one more celebration to go?! New Year’s calls for an extra special event of some kind. Why not  host a dinner at home? What we have styled here for you is a champagne tasting table, inspired entirely by the lovely tones of sparkling wines. After all what could be more appropriate for New Year’s than glasses of bubbly!

Golden berry stems and bubble glass help capture the effervescent quality of champagne. We layered on table elements and florals that captured all those pale wine tones as well.

Branches encrusted with ice-like sparkle create a dramatic centerpiece with height to finish out the table. They work so well with all the other glass elements in the setting.

The actual flutes of sparkling wines were a key element of the table design. We selected a pale golden prosecco, blush-hued bubbly, and a deep, sparkling pinot noir to show off the range of colors possible. Tealights in golden mercury glass holders add a soft glow. The florals add such a lush quality to the table, no? We created a simple arrangement of roses, ranunculus, and gerbera in black cut glass cocktail glasses.

The glass ball paperweights can double as table decor and elegant party favors. And one last detail to note are the patterned square “chargers” under the white plates. This is a great DIY element to elevate any tablescape. We simply cut square pieces of foam board and wrapped them with the most beautiful blush and gold foil wrapping paper. Hit the post-Christmas sales to score a lovely paper for your own table. Look for non-traditional colors and patterns and build your design around them. Enjoy!

Photos by Jill Bremner and Uma Stewart.

The Dreamboard: Berry Merry

Happy Monday! Hopefully you all have traveled safely to wherever you are spending your holiday.

This week’s dreamboard is a version of Christmas color that I can live with. I’ve never been a big fan of red, but I have noticed myself paying it more attention of late, especially this particular shade of berry. The tiniest tinge of blue and a whisper of pink infuse these red tones with a dream worthy lustre. Enjoy! I hope your holiday is happy, beautiful, and berry merry!