Archive for June, 2013

June 28th, 2013 No Comments

orange sherbet punch, perfect for a hot summer day!

While looking for a sherbet punch recipe I came across this creative site called eighteen25. Created by three sisters born and living in Vegas, their name came about from the numbers hammered to their mailbox at the home where they grew up. They shared a simple punch recipe, that uses vanilla ice cream, orange sherbet, orange juice and ginger ale. For the complete post and recipe directions here is the link. I love this because both kids and adults can enjoy this summer treat. With 11 kids between the sisters they certainly know how to keep everyone cool and … Read more

June 27th, 2013 No Comments

kitchen cabinets don’t have to be white, we’re loving this gray kitchen with orange accessories!

They say if you are in the market to sell your home, that to appeal to the most people you should keep your kitchen neutral. Well, that is true, but grays are a great neutral too. If your home has a cohesive color palette and design the overall impact can be emotionally pleasing to a buyer even if it might not be their exact taste. Deciding on kitchen cabinets, which is a big expense, can be stressful. Even though this cabinet color may be a bit unexpected, the designer used a classic marble countertop and a nice simplified door style. … Read more

June 26th, 2013 1 Comment

an elegant southern wedding: kaminer haislip to matthew quinn, charleston, south carolina

A few months ago I introduced you to silversmith Kaminer Haislip. (read the full post here) She designs the most beautiful pieces so it’s no surprise that her wedding was elegant and sophisticated too. Kaminer and her husband, Matthew were married in the month of September in Charleston, South Carolina, so a color palette of gray, orange, creamy whites and blues was just perfect. (see our color palette this week that we introduced on Monday for your color guide) They were married at First Scots Presbyterian Church and held their reception at the William Aiken HouseRead more

June 25th, 2013 1 Comment

fashion illustrations on your table? yes! a daughter breathes new life into her mother’s passion in a very unexpected way

Liz Glasgow, daughter of fashion illustrator Hilda Glasgow was admiring her mother’s illustrations one day. After her mothers passing at age 91, Liz kept the illustrations all together in a white cabinet which she had moved to her Long Island home. Her mother was one of the top fashion illustrators from 1940-1970 for the likes of everyone from Vogue to Glamour to Saks Fifth Avenue. “The idea that people should enjoy Mom’s drawings again came to me out of the blue in June 2010. Her drawings had always been stored in the white cabinet in our (Manhattan) apartment. She … Read more

June 24th, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette: sea blue, gray and a nautical black-gray and orange

Last week we talked about a nautical color palette, but what most people would consider a more tradition palette of navy, creams, white and a little red. This week I wanted to feature a different nautical inspired palette based off this photograph of a boat and rocks and a more hazy sky. The colors I chose this week from Benjamin Moore all have a bit more red in them to compliment the orange in the palette better. Instead of a black- black the baby seal black looks different in different types of light.. sometimes it looks deep blue, others … Read more

June 21st, 2013 No Comments

see how I turned a vintage stamp icon into my personal stationery

You can find inspiration just about anywhere if you look close enough. I found mine in a tiny little antique shop nestled down a narrow street near the Royal Palace in Monte Carlo.  Tucked in a box was this old wooden handled stamp with a brass stamp plate and on it an anchor and two B’s. It was like fate. My last name is Butler Beling and my husband and I had just bought a house back home by the sea. I took it to my printer of many many years who can work miracles and I highly recommend! Ray … Read more

June 20th, 2013 No Comments

anchor your home with these simple updates

I love simple details that personalize your home and these Anchor Wall Stencils I found on Amazon are a very simple project to give a room character this summer… or all year long. Another simple idea is to add a door knocker like this brass anchor knocker. They are not just for front doors though, I recently toured a home where they had put a small brass shell door knocker on their powder room. It was a memorable detail of the house. And of course as I’m always telling clients, throw pillows are such a simple way to add … Read more

June 19th, 2013 No Comments

weddings: anchors aweigh! nautical details that will make a splash at your celebration

Since we’ve been talking about anchors this week, why wouldn’t we give you some anchor inspiration for celebrations? If you are thinking of a nautical wedding (or party this summer) this post might be just for you! Tying your theme (or color palette)  into even the smallest details makes all the difference like this anchor embroidered ring pillow, above or these seating cards with anchor charms, below. via Martha Stewart Weddings Your invitations give your guests a glimpse of what style your wedding with be. Below, Printable Anchor Wedding Invitation Set from Mikio Design on There are so many invitations … Read more

June 18th, 2013 No Comments

tabletop: anchor your place setting

Simple wood anchors we found at Michael’s crafts bring a nautical feel to this place setting. Our linen napkins keep the table monochromatic, but a stripe napkin could also bring in a nautical feel. Another simple anchor napkin detail- Anchor Napkin Bands, $3 for 48 pieces from Oriental Trading. Or you could just cut pieces of the anchor paper we featured yesterday to make your own bands.

June 17th, 2013 No Comments

anchors are making a big splash, mostly in a classic navy & neutral color palette

Anchors are appearing everywhere this season-from gift items to tabletop to wrapping paper. We’re seeing most in a classic navy paired with leather, browns, creams, while some accessories are shown in bright red. This inspired our color palette this week with two classic paint colors above from Benjamin Moore. We’ll be covering anchors all week for weddings, interiors and paper but we thought we’d start you off with a few gift items. Above, Mark and Graham’s Anchor Canvas Tote which you can personalize and below their Anchor Key Fobs, Anchor Paperweights, Acrylic Tumblers and Napkins. … Read more