Saturday, July 28, 2012

Traditional Blue and White

My parents home was included in the Bethany Beach, DE house tour benefiting the local library this past week so I flew in to help with styling the house. The theme was traditional blue and white with a little bit of coastal in order to showcase my mothers collection of blue and white porcelain and chinaware. Ten homes were included in the tour and over 2500 tickets were sold on this very hot two day house tour. Thanks to the volunteers who helped make this event a success. Below are some pictures of the flowers and table settings we styled for the event. Enjoy!
A local artist painted these wooden replicas of each house in the tour. Super cute!!!
We used all white flowers to showcase the blue and white porcelain and added shell place card holders and shells in the hurricanes for a coastal touch.
The starfish napkin rings also added a coastal touch and a little bit of bling for the table. We skipped the table runner and just used blue place mats for more color but a colorful table runner would look great as well.

The blue and white continued on the living room desk. This round vase is the perfect size for so many different flowers
Some additional coastal touches in the family room
We carried the blue and white on to the kitchen breakfast table and added a some coral and pink napkins for a summery compliment to the blue.
I love these blue and white porcelain shell napkin rings for the coastal touch for the breakfast table

Photo Source: Emily Ruddo

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you are celebrating the holiday with family and friends and enjoying how sweet life is today!

Photo Source: Styled by Emily Ruddo, Photographed by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fourth of July Party Tip List

I shared detailed tips here last week from my 4th of July shoot with Toujours Magazine and have a few more tips and sources to share. As you prepare for your 4th of July festivities keep in mind some of these tips to make your patriotic bash extra special for your guests. Check out the full Toujours Magazine article here for more patriotic party ideas. Enjoy!

1. Skip the boring white napkins and clear glass and instead pull out your colorful glassware for your signature drink. Find similar blue glasses at Anthropologie. Stop by your local party store and pick up fun red white and blue napkins. I found these cuties at Party City.

2. Whether you are having a sit down dinner or a buffet, mix in woven table runners or place mats along with your colorful table linens to add texture for creating a rich layered table. You can find these textured treasures at Pottery Barn and Ikea.

3.  Simple white flowers sparkle in red or blue vases. This vintage blue glass vase was an eye catcher with the fluffy white peonies. West Elm has a blue hexagon vase available that would also work. If you only have white or clear vases, choose bright red and blue flowers so that the table has a powerful punch.

Happy 4th of July!! Check out more 4th of July inspirations on my Pinterest page.

Photo Source: Styled by Emily Ruddo, Photographed by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

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