Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Party Styling: Woodsy Wedding

Back in early November I was hired to do flowers and styling for a wonderful woodsy wedding on a ranch in Malibu, California. The gorgeous bride wanted a wild flower easy breezy look and feel as if the flowers were just picked from the field.  So I kept it casual with loose table arrangements in shades of green and white that weren't fussy. Even on a tight floral budget, the arrangements are full and create an earthy boho feel.

Cocktail tables outside were adorned with candles and bud vases with similar flowers used on the dining tables. I added leftover twine for an added detail.

Galvanized buckets were used as the vessel to achieve that casual earthy style.
Birch name card holders add the woodsy element to the name card table. Old photos of family weddings add a vintage feel.
Tall galvanized containers were continued on the name card table for consistency holding tall maple leaf branches

Looking forward to doing more party styling this year! I love working with flowers :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Swatch Watch: Color Blending Tip #3

Source for Photos: Pinterest
Sometimes my inspiration comes from photos that have nothing to do with interior design. The masculine inspiration board that I created above was the vision behind this third color scheme that I developed for my article for Toujours Magazine. This color blend has me wanting to decorate a masculine man cave or bachelor pad badly! I was born and raised in Maryland, so it is no surprise that I love the sophistication of preppy menswear suiting fabrics. This swatch watch blog post was built with a man in mind.  Create texture in the space with a blend of leather, wool, velvet and linen fabrics. The orange leather fabric would be amazing to work with!

Fabrics by Kravet/Lee Jofa

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Inspiration...

January Sunday Inspirations were all about Happiness ... next up - Love.

Source: Pinterest

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Swatch Watch: Color Blending Tips #2

Designed by Emily Ruddo, photographed by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

This color blend is a bit more personal because it is one that I have used in my own home. In the last post,  the colors I matched up were equally as vibrant and bright as color of the year tangerine tango but this next one is a bit more calm. I wanted a zen like vibe for my master bedroom so I layered hues of cool blues to obtain that feeling.  The colors are predominately gray, light blue, a brighter aqua blue and small bits of tangerine to excite the eye.  The photos, by photographer Meghan Beierle-O'Brien, illustrate where I used the tangerine color in small doses in order to keep the space peaceful and relaxing.

Designed by Emily Ruddo, photographed by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien
1.  Identify the emotion you want feel and build your color scheme based on it.
2.  You can achieve that feeling even with small doses of spirited color.
3.  Vary the shades and texture of that color to avoid the room falling flat. 
4.  Add texture through smocked or grasscloth wallpaper in one of those shades.
5.  Also achieve texture with a mix of fabrics in silk, suede, linen and velvet.

Fabrics by Quadrille

This painting is an excellent representation of this color blend. 169 by Michelle Oppenheimer. I wish I found this artist years ago!

Swatch Watch: Color Blending Tips #1

135 by LA based artist Michelle Oppenheimer
I am expanding on my color matching tips from my Toujours Magazine Color Issue article to give you more advice on mixing color of the year Tangerine Tango with other complimentary hues. I could not have found a better representation of my first tangerine tango color blend than this painting by LA based artist Michelle Oppenheimer. I love how she uses color and I am a big fan of the emotion behind her art. Be sure to check out her site if you love colorful abstract art as well. 
    Fabrics by Duralee

    1. Keep walls neutral with modern grays. I will share my favorite gray paint colors in a future post.
    2. Use fabrics as a way to introducing a blend of purple and fuchsia into the space.
    3. Look for coffee table books in these hues as colorful accents. Always remove the paper jacket to see if an interesting color is hiding underneath.
    4. Happy hued boxes, throws and candles in these colors are also easily found to add spice.
    5. Consider covering a pillow in a solid purple fabric with a contrasting orange welt.

    Hope these tips were helpful! Let me know if you have other questions.

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Behind the Scenes: Toujours Magazine Tangerine Tango Picks

    Toujours Magazine

    When I was asked to come up with some of my top tangerine tango accessories and tips for the Toujours Magazine Color Issue, I had too many to fit into the article shown above. So I am sharing the rest of my picks here today. There are so many accessories in this color of the year out right now making it easy for you to add small bits of color into your home decor. The key is to not go overboard. It is imperative to add texture and varying shades of this hue so that the room doesn't fall flat or look too "matchy matchy".  Tomorrow I will dive deeper into how to mix this vibrant color with other hues. Enjoy!

    042 by LA based artist Michelle Oppenheimer
    COCOCOZY Gate Pillow
    Plantation LA Barnacles Lamp

    Hermes Gloria Soli Ashtray

    Z Gallerie Geo 20x20 Pillow

    Plantation LA Glass Octopus... perfect for my client LSG :).

    Gelato Coasters
    Pieces Inc Linen Pillow

    Gelato Tray
    Layla Grayce Link Pillow
    Barneys New York  Miami Throw
    Are you adding any Tangerine Tango into your space this year?

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Colorful Living: Tabletop Spice

    Kim Seybert Seersucker Napkins

    I have always loved color but the willingness for using it has definitely intensified this new year. After researching color for my article and styling one of the photo shoots for the latest issue of Toujours Magazine, I am even more inspired to show those fearful of color how to add bits of it into their homes. These Kim Seybert seersucker napkins are an excellent way to start small with color by pairing them with a plain white dinner plate. As a daughter of southerners,  I am flipping over the seersucker napkin. The green one with the orange stitching is a great way to introduce the color of the year Tangerine Tango into your decor.  Baby steps!  I added two more of my colorful favorites from her collection below. 

    Pick a color! Kim Seybert Silk Organza Napkin

    For those in love with Geometric patterns. Kim Seybert Tile Napkin

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Color Therapy with Toujours Magazine

    It is a wintery day in most locations in the country today, including rainy Los Angeles, so I am hoping this post brightens your day a bit.  I have been fortunate to work as a design editor for Toujours Magazine, co-founded by photographers Grey Crawford and Meghan Beierle-O'Brien, and I'm happy to share that the new issue is out. The theme of the issue is color and it is sure to cure your winter blues. Starting on page 19, I provide tips on how to use color of the year Tangerine Tango and share some of my favorite fabrics and accessories in that spirited color.  I get a ton of questions on how to match colors so I mixed up some color combinations that help you pair tangerine tango effectively. I will be sharing extras that didn't make the cut into the article this week on the blog so be sure to check back in. Let me know what you think of the article and any other topics you would want me to cover in future articles.

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Box it Up

    There is no better way to hide all of your little necessities on a dresser, vanity or desk than using decorative boxes. They are an excellent way to add color into your space while also having a function. I like to use them for clients who can only commit to a small dose of color. You can even place them on a dresser as a place to store loose change, jewelry or receipts or on a desk to contain pencils, pens, paperclips and all of those other random things that you need to organize. I am not a fan of clutter so boxes are a beautiful way to conceal small bits. Here in Los Angeles there is no other store that has the best variety of boxes than Plantation. These are some of my favorites that they are selling right now. Which one is your favorite?

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