Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Home Tour: Hollywood Hills

Photographed by Jessica Sample

Scandal actress, Katie Lowe, has a pretty cute house in the Hollywood Hills, I'd say! Did you catch it over on Lonny? From the second I saw her sofa with lots of patterned pillows, I was sucked in. From pops of color to the gorgeous driftwood mantel, and her love for stripes, I'd say Katie and I would get a long just fine :) That's one of my favorite dressers from West Elm in her bedroom, too!

What's your favorite part of the home tour?  

Happy middle of the week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Michigan Bloom Workshop Recap: Part Two

Are you ready for some serious pretty?! I'm bursting at the seams to show this next set of pictures to you! Yesterday we showed you Part One of our Michigan Bloom Workshop recap, and today is Part Two. During the first part of our time together at Bloom, we teach about the how's and why's of blogging, how to use social media for your business and blog, Ashley teaches on photography, and I teach on interior design and styling. For the second part of the day, we head outside and give the attendees a chance to practice what they just learned, allowing them to photograph and style an inspiration shoot I have designed. It's always a sure highlight of the day for the guests!

With the help of some fabulously talented artists and vendors, I designed a wedding-inspiraiton-shoot  with a black and white table runner as my starting point. As I teach at Bloom, the inspiration for your photo shoot, room design, painting, photography, etc. all starts from a new idea, concept, piece of fabric, pattern, color and more. From there, you build your story. After securing the black and white table cloth from Mrs. Freund & Co. (something that was new to me, as I have never worked with a graphic stripe in event design before!) I pulled in some softer hues of peach, pink, magenta, orange and more berry colors, to help give it a bit of an end-of-summer / fall color palette. Shelby, of The Day's Design, designed and executed the florals perfectly. She is SO good! The flowers always bring the design to life! 

The gold flatware, peachy napkin, gold charger, plates, and stemware from The Rental Company all made the tabletop design complete! Take a look at the set up, the attendees at work shooting, and some of my favorite images from our photographer for the day, Jenn Anibal.

I mean...these flowers. Just too good.

Styling tip: Always fill your glasses with liquid, or the table will look unfinished! This is also true for an interior design shoot. If glasses, china, or bowls are on a table or out in general (unless they are clearly for display only), they should be filled. I once heard to fill a glass about 3/4 of the way full for interior shots to give it that "lived in" feel :)

Ashley and I teaching on how to style invitation suites.

The gals checking out the gorgeous bride and groom and snapping some photos of that beautiful gown.

Whatever it takes to get that shot! :)

Our amazing hair and makeup artist, Hailey Hollstein, fixing up our model's hair!

And now, some gorgeous photos of the finished product!

Wedding gowns: Spring Sweet / Calligraphy: Graceline Calligraphy / Florals: The Day's Design / Runner: Mrs. Freund & Co. / Rentals & Chandeliers: The Rental Company / Hair & Makeup: Hailey Hollstein / 

Wasn't it a lovely day?! I can't wait for Thursday's workshop in Georgia. The styled shoot is going to be equally as beautiful!!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 20, 2014

September Bloom Workshop Recap: Part 1

Our September Bloom Workshop was a little over a month ago and we're leaving tomorrow for Georgia for our final workshop of the year! We just received the gorgeous photos that were taken during the day by the talented Jenn Anibal. We are so blessed to have had her capture the beauty and joy of the event! It's so fun to look back on these pictures and see the ladies who came out in September to learn about blogging, photography and design. It's a true joy to teach about something that your heart is so passionate about!

Here's a little peek into a day in the life of a Bloom Workshop...

Our beautiful venue, Hydrangea Blu Barn

The Rental Company have some of the prettiest chairs and dishes. We loved these white chiavari chairs from them!

Gorgeous chalk calligraphy by {add}Vintage:

The prettiest swag bags with custom calligraphy by Dream State:

STUNNING blooms for Bloom by The Day's Design

Meeting some very fun gals! 

Teaching about social media and the how's and why's of blogging: 

Ashley teaching about photography... 

Our girl, Katie, filming the day for us! See the video here

Giving away all my design knowledge!

Some of our fun door prizes:

The Q&A panel is always the highlight of the day for the attendees. We love having Tieka, Abby, Chris, Jessica and Julie joining us! 

Photography: Jenn Anibal Photography

We couldn't put this event on without our talented sponsors! 
Mugs: Ashley & Malone / Straws, welcome sign & ribbon: Minted / Cake pops (the most delicious ever!): Sweets & Celebrations / Calligraphy signs & notebook lettering: Graceline Calligraphy / Tassels: One Stylish Party / Kraft notebooks: Happy Jewelry Supplies / Daybook Planner: Elle & Company / Floral Tray: Laura Dro Designs / Cheers coasters, with love tags, heart notecards: Lulu & Georgia / Ring dish: The Object Enthusiast / Gold clutches: Sweet Sugar Beet / Polka dot pillow case: Caitlin Wilson Textiles / Candle: Bash Events / Link Bracelet: The Way We Are / Make Design Create Dream Do print: Skoope Home / Mini clutches: This Loves That / Stamps: Paper Sushi / Granola breakfast: Nothin' But Nola 

Tomorrow I will show you how beautiful the styled shoot portion of the day was! I can't wait. It's THAT good. Stay tuned!

Have a lovely week!
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