Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bloom Workshop | Coming October 2014 (to a new city!)

Oh happy day! We're announcing the next city we are heading to for the Bloom Workshop! Drumroll please......

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Atlanta, Georgia! GEORGIA. I'm so excited. I've never been, but Ashley grew up there, so we are over-the-moon excited to meet lots of ladies in Georgia at Vinewood Plantation on October 23rd, 2014. Have you heard of Vinewood before?! It's the most stunning venue I've ever laid eyes on. With a historic barn for event space and a classic Georgia plantation, it will be the perfect place for Bloom. Head over right here to see a more images and videos from events at Vinewood.

 If you're interested in learning more about blogging, social media, photography, or design, we'd love to meet you in Georgia on October 23rd. Head to our website for all the details! Registration will open for our Atlanta workshop NEXT Thursday, August 7th. Early bird registration will be $375 (only 15 spots!) and the regular ticket price is $425. As always, email me with any questions at 
hello (at) michaelanoelledesigns (dot) com

You can watch our promo video for more information!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Apartment Happenings: New Sofa & Dining Table

I haven't shown you any apartment updates lately, because...well, there hasn't been any really. A lot of things are in the works, but nothing to show for the plans quite yet.

When I first moved to Michigan and got this apartment, I was so scared I wasn't going to have any furniture for a long time, that I made one big furniture mistake. This is something I caution clients against doing, and here I am doing it myself. How could I?! I bought a sofa for my living without much thought. I knew it was cute, it would fit and I needed somewhere to sit, so I bought it after 5 minutes of being in the store. When it was delivered a few days later, I LOVED the look of it. My 6'3" boyfriend came over to watch a movie that night and OH MY GOSH, he barely fits on the sofa. I think it shrunk somewhere between purchasing it in the showroom to arriving at my place ;) 

Seeing us BOTH on the couch is a joke, really. Although super cute and perfect for the living room space, it's not functional being the only couch to sit on if I have more people over. {It's like I wasn't even thinking when I bought it...} I started experiencing buyers remorse but didn't do anything about it for a few months {second mistake!} until my boyfriend starting joking with me (probably not really a joke!) that he is going to walk through my apartment doors with a la-Z-boy any day now. That just.can't.happen. Am I right, friends?!

Enter Michaela frantically searching for a new sofa to accommodate her tall boyfriend. After a while of looking, I settled on this Pottery Barn sectional. It's from the Cameron line of furniture, and I was drawn to it because it's the perfect size (88" long, as opposed to my 65" long current sofa) and it has a chaise with reversible left-right arm positioning! (So versatile!) This is me singing from the roof tops!!! Everyone will be nice and comfy now. I got it in this textured linen cotton fabric in the oatmeal color and I think it's going to be perfect for the space. My gold side table from Lulu & Georgia is large enough to be a coffee table, so I'll just scoot that right over to the middle of the sofa. Clearly I'm excited :)
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If you're still with me here, I wanted to tell you I'm very close to getting my dining table. I found a guy who makes tables out of reclaimed wood, so I will finally be getting my dream farm table. It's going to be 36" round (small, but perfect for my tiny dining space!) I can't wait to kick this folding table to the curb ;) Here's what the table will look like (more or less...sorry for the awful screenshot quality)

I'm thinking of going for some sort of upholstered dining chair. Here are some of my favorite options:

1. 55 Downing Street Natural Linen Tufted Chairs
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2. 55 Downing Street Linen Tufted Chairs (just a touch darker and with lighter wood legs!)
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4. I've always loved these from Pottery Barn, but don't quite have the budget!
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Which do you like best? Thanks for listening to my apartment rant :) Needless to say, I'm selling my current couch (more like a love seat I guess.) It's so cute, lined with nailhead trim and great for a small space. Email me if you'd like more info and you're in the West Michigan area.

Happy Wednesday! 

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PS. BIG savings at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are still going! Only 2 more days to shop! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blooms for the Home: Summer DIY Flower Arrangement

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A few weeks ago I created a little arrangement for my Grandma and Mom's birthday party. I know a lot of my readers love flowers as much as I do (which is a lot…clearly! :)) so I decided to do another Floral  Recipe for you. 

- White Hydrangea
- Dahlia (I did both this berry color and a few lighter purples)
- Alstroemeria
- Roses
- Carnation (I only used one that had opened a lot, looking more like a peony!)
- Freesia
- Filler (berry type flower…didn't get the name of it!)

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1. Start with your vessel and tape it off into sections so the stems have a foundation and aren't leaning over in the vase.

2. Start with your big flower. I placed my hydrangea first, on opposite sides of one another.
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3. Add in the next largest flower. I positioned the Dahlias next to the Hydrangea. 
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4. Fill in with Alstroemeria.  (This is the back side of the arrangement!) 
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5. Next I added a few specialty flowers, like the roses, into holes to fill the gaps.
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- Make the grid with scotch or floral tape before starting!
- Cut stems at an angle so they can best soak up all the water they need.
- Clean the flowers, meaning remove all leaves and excess buds below the water line.
- Don't pack the flowers in tightly in a perfectly round shape. To get that whimsical feel, place some blooms in at angles and let some stems stay longer than others, giving it height.

Hopefully this helps inspire you to bring home some beautiful blooms!

Happy Tuesday! Exciting announcement coming tomorrow :)


Monday, July 28, 2014

Fashion: Flowy Dress

DETAILS | Anthropologie Dress / Sole Society Shoes / Denim Jacket (on sale!) / Sunglasses / Bag (sold out, but here are a ton of similar bags!

Do you ever have "I have nothing to wear" moments, the morning before a big party?! Oh good, it's not just me ;) I ran out and grabbed this dress the morning before the Glitter Guide 3 Year Anniversary Party a few weeks ago. Lulu & Georgia hosted the party and launched a big announcement! Glitter Guide's Taylor Sterling has designed a rug to be exclusively sold at L&G, coming this Fall. Perfect enough, the rug is in the very color palette of this dress! Here's a few pictures from the Glitter Guide party via my instagram

That runner there is the pattern of the rug Taylor has designed. We can't wait to launch it this Fall! I was pretty excited how well my dress matched the rug ;)

Happy Monday!
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