Archive for January, 2014

January 31st, 2014 No Comments

we love this white coconut martini for game day or an olympic party

How about this beautiful white cocktail for the winter weekend? It might make you feel as if you are on a vacation if anything. If you are hosting a Super Bowl party remember it’s always nice to have other drink options besides beer, whether it’s a stocked bar, simple coke bottles that guests can spike with rum or even a crisp white wine. Offering non-alcoholic beverages is also a gracious gesture to your guests as not everyone drinks alcohol or they might be a designated driver. Sparkling water with a flavored syrup (like our lavender syrup) is always a … Read more

January 30th, 2014 No Comments

so, you want to paint your room purple? here are a couple suggestions

Selecting the right purple to paint your room is no easy task, so here are a couple recommendations for you. Above, a nice, light, calming shade from Benjamin Moore called Lavender Mist 2070-60 and below a warm, deep shade called Purple Haze 1413. Pair the deep hue with accents of Navy and it’s really striking and moody. Paint your trim in Decorators White like you see in the room above and it keeps it light and etherial.

January 29th, 2014 No Comments

take a walk through the market for inspiration for your next celebration

When planning an event like a wedding or birthday party take a walk through the farmer’s market or local specialty confections store and you’ll find lots of inspiration. Whether it’s for an already existing color palette that you’ve selected or you are really stumped on what colors to use, you’ll most likely find something that inspires you here. Our color palette this week is a lavender/mauve shade with a honey hue. Figs might not come to mind right away when you say that color palette aloud, but look at their beautiful colors. A fig cake could be just the thing … Read more

January 28th, 2014 No Comments

honey makes a sweet gift

When you want to give a small token gift or favor, honey always makes a sweet gift and is usually loved by all, man or woman. For Valentine’s Day honey is an appropriate gift for co-workers, teachers or friends. For a wedding it makes a wonderful favor for guests. Giving a honey dipper along with the honey is extra sweet, I sell beautiful wood ones on my shop. We also have a nice jar of honey candies from France available. By printing out a verse and wrapping it around the jar or bottle (and affixing it with double … Read more

January 27th, 2014 No Comments

this week’s color palette: mauve, honey and white with metallic accents

I love this sophisticated palette and with hints of metallics it’s really beautiful isn’t it? I’ve selected a few Benjamin Moore paints to help guide you. The top, Decorators White is the white I always use for a ‘true’ white. I love it because it has just a tiny bit of gray in it to lessen the starkness. White dove is a soft creamy white that is a nice neutral for your walls and with Decorators White as your trim you will be able to see a difference in color. These colors can almost become a neutral palette when the … Read more

January 24th, 2014 No Comments

a thai basil cocktail for weekend happy hour

We really like following Honestly Yum for their recipes and they featured this Buddha’s Hand and Thai Basil cocktail recipe this week that we thought we had to share. And don’t forget when you are having a party or planning a large event, cocktails are a great way to tie in your color palette. This cocktail would be great for a yellow and/or green theme and unique enough to be a signature cocktail for an event. We are going to link you to the recipe because there are gorgeous photos to go along with each step of the recipe. Happy … Read more

January 23rd, 2014 No Comments

6 different container ideas to display your paper whites this winter

As we started off this week we mentioned how Paper Whites are an inexpensive way to bring a sense of spring inside in January. Here are six different, yet simple container ideas to display yours. Above, Get out those clear vases that are lingering in your cabinet from all those flower arrangements you receive throughout the year. It’s pretty to see the bulb and roots. Below, An apple crate, vintage butter box or these wooden boxes we found with a planter liner, $7.99, available from Save On Crafts,¬†put a rustic style to the sleek paper white. Galvanized Zinc Trays, … Read more

January 21st, 2014 No Comments

creating a beautiful place setting with black tableware and paper whites

So many of my clients are afraid of using black, including at their table. I’m a huge fan of black tableware, so much so I have a lot of black items from tumblers to linens to plates for sale on my shop. ¬†Foods look so beautiful against black. Picture grilled corn, roasted tomatoes and a grilled fish against black- gorgeous. So when setting your table consider using black instead of basic white. Simply by using a black napkin with a simple cut paper white stem on top is a classic and beautiful place setting as you can see above. Below, … Read more

January 20th, 2014 No Comments

this week’s color palette: paper whites and dramatic black

Paper whites are in full bloom right now, and they are a very inexpensive way to bring in the hope of spring to your home. Whether you group them in clusters on your windowsill like I did below at a home for Real Simple magazine or in one large potted arrangement on a coffee table, nature has already done most of the work for you. They are beautiful in the terra cotta pots most come in, but if you want to pot them in different containers to go with your decor or color palette- I get most of my small … Read more

January 17th, 2014 No Comments

a pink lady cocktail

We loved this “Charleston Pink Lady Cocktail” via Return to Sunday Supper. If you want to cut to he chase and just see the recipe, here it is. This would be a nice cocktail for a bridal shower, Valentine’s day party, birthday party… any celebration where pink is the color palette!