Posts Tagged ‘lavender’

December 6th, 2013 1 Comment

simple herb centerpieces & place settings for the holidays

The holidays can be a very stressful time of year, trying to fit in all the shopping, baking, attending events and parties, all within your usual busy schedule. So if you are hosting a holiday dinner, brunch or luncheon try these simple but chic ideas. Your table doesn’t always have to be red and green for the holiday.  Neutral creams & whites, chestnut colors and fresh greens is a lovely palette for any party.  Above, clear vases in different sizes and shapes hold mint and lavender. You can pick up fresh herb bunches like this while you are at the … Read more

December 5th, 2013 No Comments

give a gift of lavender seeds

One of the most romantic gifts I’ve seen is when we were shooting a wedding for Martha Stewart Weddings in South Carolina. The wedding was held at the groom’s parent’s farm and to the left of the house was a huge field of poppies where the ceremony took place. The groom’s father had planted the entire field brimming with colorful poppies for his wife as an anniversary gift. She had no idea he had done that until they bloomed that year.  To me it represented love, patience, kindness and beauty. I thought I’d give you a reprieve today from all … Read more

December 4th, 2013 No Comments

lavender themed weddings & celebrations

Lavender as a theme for weddings and celebrations can be really beautiful. Paired with soft whites, grays and even navy, lavender can take on a very romantic and charming presentation. Whether it’s just infused in small bits, like in this place setting above or as accents to the bouquet below or used as a flavor in cocktails or desserts there are so many options once you have decided on lavender. A small bouquet of lavender for each guest makes a beautiful presentation whether it’s for a wedding or a holiday table setting. A classic lavender decorated cake. Just because you … Read more

December 3rd, 2013 No Comments

lavender hot chocolate

We love hot chocolate and we were thrilled to find this lavender hot chocolate recipe via If you didn’t catch yesterday’s post we’re talking about using lavender for holiday entertaining this week.  This will be a lovely treat for your guests this winter. Let us know if you try it!  

December 2nd, 2013 No Comments

this week’s color palette, lavender for holiday entertaining and decorating

I always think of maybe rosemary or cinnamon for the holidays, but this season I have been drawn to lavender. The soft pale violet color can be woven into the classic Christmas color palette colors whether it be red or greens. (I would choose to put lavender with either reds or greens, but probably not red and green together.) Lavender garnishes for cocktails, cakes, or in wreaths and tucked in garland can add a fragrant touch to your holiday entertaining and decorating. I found this lavender vanilla cocktail rim sugar from the Etsy shop, dellcovespices. It’s $3.95 for 2.5 … Read more

September 10th, 2012 No Comments

color palette: navy and violet

It’s fashion week in NYC and although this isn’t from the new Jason Wu collection, (photo from Vogue) the color palette is very inspiring. Deep navy and cool violets paired with black accessories, a touch of pale violet and a whitish gray is a gorgeous palette- for fashion, interiors, tabletop, weddings & celebrations. I’m definitely going to be wearing this color palette for fall and winter. Here are some classic picks for your wardrobe…. Navy Juliet Dress, $80, and Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater in Fresh Purple, $198, both from J.Crew, Parker Blue Eternity Scarf, $200, from Barneys, Hutton … Read more

August 20th, 2012 No Comments

this week’s color palette: eggplant shades

This eggplant still life was photographed by Sang An and styled by me for Oprah Magazine. It’s one of my favorite shots we did together. The colors are so rich and natural. I know all the stores are pushing fall right now- (too early for me! summer isn’t over yet!) but here in the height of summer vegetables we find these gorgeous shades in eggplants. So even though I think most of us associate these colors with fall, they are found during summer in nature. They are so deep and saturated and beautiful. I love it. I would love to … Read more

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 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