Archive for July, 2012

July 31st, 2012 No Comments

tuesday’s tabletop: gail brill calligraphs a classic black and white place card

I love calligraphy. I use calligraphed cards for dinners and parties whenever I can. I usually call on one of the best in the country to do my calligraphy… Gail Brill of Gail Brill Design. Gail has beautiful scripts and handwriting and most importantly Gail is very consistent with her lettering. I would always use Gail if I needed calligraphy on a photo shoot because I knew it would be perfect and all her letters would be consistent. Consistency is so important when you are lining calligraphed seating cards together in alphabetical order for a wedding or a party. … Read more

July 30th, 2012 No Comments

this week’s color palette: black and white

This beautiful photograph is by Scotch Macaskill, a photojournalist and editor living in South Africa. His wildlife photography is amazing. A few of his photos he has posted using a slow shutter speed look like paintings. Scotch (his real name is Andrew) shares details about the cameras, lenses and shutter speeds he uses. Are black and white colors? That seems to be a debated subject. Here’s a site that goes through different theories. It’s an interesting short read.

July 27th, 2012 No Comments

free shipping all summer on my shop!

Here are some of my picks for blues, grays and lavenders from my shop. Enjoy Free Shipping all summer long! Visit or connect right through the blog by clicking the arrow flag in the upper right corner or on my ad to the right for The Product Gallery. No codes are needed to receive Free Shipping. Jars Feathered Soup Plate, $40 each, Blue Felt Placemat, $22 each, Pair of Linen Oven Mitts in Cafe Noir, $48, Linen Napkins, in dark gray, $22 each, Celebration Candles, $16 per box of 12, Blue Gift Card & Envelope, … Read more

July 26th, 2012 No Comments

interiors: consider your view from room to room when selecting paint colors

I have to apologize for this photo – it’s a magazine page I had pulled from Martha Stewart Living and posted on my inspiration board (yes the old fashioned way vs. Pinterest) and it’s showing all the wrinkles of wear. But it perfectly fits our color palette this week of yellows, blues and lavenders- so I decided- what the heck- I’ll post it (even though I’m still cringing as I look at the condition) Anyway…. It’s always a good idea to think about your view from room to room when selecting paint colors. There’s really no right or wrong if … Read more

July 25th, 2012 No Comments

wedding wednesdays: Talbots introduces a brand new line this week!

This week Talbots introduced a new line for mother-of-the bride and special occasion dresses called “Aisle Style”. The collection includes 15 pieces in the option of 7 rich colors, as well as accessories. The market certainly needed a line like this and I’m sure it will make a lot of brides’ lives much easier! (Shades of lavender and blue are in this new collection that fit in with this week’s color palette. The exact yellow I posted in my color palette this week isn’t in this palette but there is a beautiful champagne color – so who can resist … Read more

July 24th, 2012 No Comments

tuesday’s table talk: set your table with striped favor bags and send your friends home smiling

Fill these party bags with candy and goodies and place at each place setting. It’s easy and will make your guests smile! These yellow and white stripe party bags from Paper Eskimo ( are only $9.95 for 12. Add a simple ribbon or twine to close the top or simply stand them upright. I filled these last weekend for my guests with vanilla salt water taffy (because the taffy is all white). I usually order taffy or other candy from I keep a sampling of different colored bags, tags and ribbon on hand so it’s easy to … Read more

July 23rd, 2012 No Comments

this week’s color palette: yellow, foggy blue & lavender grays

There is a new online travel magazine to read called “Wayfare“. The current issue has some great stories and beautiful photographs, especially one about photographer, Rachel Thurston’s family road trip in a camper van through New Zealand (photo of their van below)  and another about Sayulita, Mexico (photograph of woman in swimsuit by David Menke). I’ve been seeing this color palette of yellow with a foggy or pale blue and combined with accents of lavender shades of gray in interiors lately.  Mayfare’s cover reveals it’s a palette found in nature and a perfect summertime color palette reminiscent of ocean … Read more

July 20th, 2012 No Comments

friday shopping: lynn’s picks for foliage greens

Trellis wallpaper, color vert, from Manuel Canovas, EZ Computer Case/Luggage, $108, by Heys, from, Bamboo Collapsable Chair and Matching Ottoman, by Danny Seo, available at select TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and HomeGoods stores, Sweet Pea Garden Gloves, $24, by Hable Construction and Lily Pad Canvas Garden Belt, $54, by Hable Construction, from The Product Gallery, The Green Deep Bath Salts, 17.65 ounce jar, $38, by Waterl’eau, from The Product Gallery.

July 19th, 2012 1 Comment

Environmental Lifestyle Expert, Danny Seo, designs a new line of ‘green’ products

Environmental Lifestyle Expert, Danny Seo, has launched his own line of beautifully designed products for your home. Available at stores like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls, living ‘green’ has never been so easy, affordable and chic. Ranging from kitchen utensils to bath towels to woks, Danny has carefully designed each product with the environment and energy savings in mind. Danny even offers a great looking Bamboo Fiber Kitchen Composter! Danny Seo has several books available to help you navigate living an eco-friendly lifestyle and shares expert tips and creative ideas in “UpCycling”, “UpCycling Celebrations”, “Simply Green Giving”, “Simply Green … Read more

July 18th, 2012 No Comments

weddings: a classic wedding reception by Michael George takes cues from the surrounding foliage

Michael George does simplicity so well. His attention to detail and stem finishes and cuts are so precise every arrangement is a piece of art. Here he brought 3 different white flowers together in 3 varying heights and exposed their expertly cut green stems in clear glass vessels to create a visually interesting centerpiece. Though Michael’s perfection in cutting and binding stems is very organized, his event design is so classic, most of his palettes follow natural color combinations and textures so that his events never feel contrived. The varying size and height of the hanging lanterns, combined with … Read more