I love texture. I really, really love it. I have had this antique window sitting idly in a corner of my garage for much too long. In honor of the antique dresser’s fresh coat of orange, I decided to use the framework of the window to create some complimentary visual interest. I use ampersands often in my wedding designs so it was the natural choice for this project.
I knew that I wanted the ampersand to be three dimensional; and, instantly, I knew that the generous collection of coffee filters littering the back of my pantry would be the perfect medium. After hand dyeing roughly 100 filters in a bath of brewed tea, I began hot glueing like a mad lady.
Piece by crumpled piece, gorgeous texture was emerging.
Once I was pleased with the overall shape of the ‘&’, I used my white paint marker to add some flourish. Because everyone loves a little flourish.
So there you have it, a sneak peek into how one of my bright ideas came to life; and, hopefully, a little diy inspiration for good measure. More often than not, the simplest ideas – steeped in brewed tea and creativity – are the loveliest.
It is no secret that I am over the moon delighted by the fact that I have one shoot and two upcoming weddings in which I will be using orange as an accent color. I simply cannot wait to infuse a touch of this happy hue to each of these lovely designs. I am so anxious, in fact, that I decided to whip up some orange chalk paint and go to town on an unassuming antique dresser. Here is the awesomeness that ensued:
It is, indeed, vibrantly orange and delicately distressed with brand new hardware to accent the original keyholes.
I left the top completely natural but added a hefty layer of sealer. It reminds me of an antique orange crate – more on that reference at a later date.
As for the ‘&’ in the antique window, drop by tomorrow for a play-by-play of what the heck all of that fluffy wonderfulness is and just how I created that little spectacle!
It was an honor to have our southern peach inspired styled shoot published in Ruffled! The entire concept of the shoot began with a phone call between Amalie Orrange and I back in November. Amalie was itching to do another shoot and I thought that the design that I had created for the Cypress Grove Estate House’s bridal show booths would translate perfectly into a fully developed shoot. We knew early on that blush, mint and gold would anchor the color palette. Throw in some sweet southern whimsy, a crateful of peaches and a fair amount of making it up as I went and – voila – pure loveliness! The entire peach Bellini display was an adventure in last minute styling but I absolutely love how it came to life. Hop on over to Ruffled to check out the full feature; but before you go, enjoy a few of my favorite images of the shoot as well as a totally awesome bonus behind the scenes video.
I am the luckiest wedding designer in the world. I seem to hit the jackpot of brides with impeccable taste and the willingness to trust me to bring their vision to life. Estee was no exception to my dream bride rule. She tied the knot with her groom, Taylor, at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market in beautiful fashion. Here are a few preliminary images of the true-to-venue fete.
For this farmers market wedding, Estee wanted a, well, farmers market.
Over 200 pieces of canned wonderfulness adorned our rustic farm stand. Estee offered: dill pickles, cherries, hot sauce, bean salad, jalapenos, banana peppers, handmade soaps, bath salts, bags full of candy, and a list of other amazing treasures to her guests. It was a true sight to behold!
The dessert display was simply lovely. Estee chose Wendy Woo Cakes to provide the sugary goodness for her big day. Wendy is a friend of mine and we have collaborated on several events so it was a match made in heaven.
Every inch of the farmers market was appointed with elements that defined rustic elegance.
And, of course, there was no shortage of handmade details.
This is just the beginning, there are a lot more images from Estee and Taylor’s wedding that I cannot wait to share! Stay tuned for more from their big day.
The response to our gold upholstered chairs has been, well, overwhelming. I have been steadily adding to our collection of gilded beauties since unveiling them at the bridal show last month. As I prepared to design Cypress Grove’s booth for the Perfect Wedding Guide’s booth this past weekend, I decided that the only thing that could make our gold chairs even more awesome was a coordinating reclaimed board plank top table.
I decided to put a gilded twist on this piece. Rather than staining the base of the table in a rich dark shade of rustic, I opted for gold spindle-legged perfection. Brides often ask me how to marry certain elements; how rustic collides with elegance in a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing ceremony. Well, in short, this is how.
The shimmer of the gold base combined with the warmth of the planks topped by antique china, milk glass and florals steeped in simplicity are the definition of vintage rustic elegance. If you are eager for more images of our table and chairs combo, fret not! They – along with a gathering of other awesome pieces in our inventory – will be featured in a styled shoot next week. I am delighted with our brand new addition and excited about all of the other pieces that we will be adding soon. Around here, there is certainly no shortage of creativity, paint or wood stain.