Blush & Gold Outdoor Wedding

Blush and gold are definitely one of my favorite color palettes for a timeless wedding. I was so excited to help the bride and her family create a vintage-inspired wedding with a romantic flare. In order to accomplish this, we used blush satin table clothes with hand-sewn floral overlays. Vintage lanterns surrounded by pale pink and green flowers created the perfect centerpieces.White china, crystal goblets, and mercury glass votives brought a touch of elegance to the event.

Rustic Woodland Wedding Reception

I love transforming spaces, and I enjoy helping people take the vision they have for their wedding and turning it into a reality. It is exciting to be hired by a client with creativity. This rustic wedding was an amazing culmination of the mother of the bride and I. We worked together to create a magical event for the guests to enjoy.
The challenge for this wedding reception was how to make an indoor venue look like an outdoor rustic woodland. I started by draping the ceiling and perimeter with chiffon (my signature style). Masking the space with fabric helped to create a neutral background that allowed the “woodland” elements to pop.

Purple & Celadon Wedding Reception

It’s not everyday that I get to work with an engaged couple that makes me smile every time I see them. Katrina and Ammon are happy and in love. They exude kindness and patience, and I was privileged to be their wedding planner. Katrina wanted her reception to be simple and romantic. She also wanted to include her favorite color, purple.

We transformed the gymnasium that housed their wedding reception into  an ethereal wonderland draped in white chiffon and dripping with purple and green blooms.

DIY- Reindeer Gift Idea

 We all have an ever-growing list of people that we would like to recognize during the holidays: friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers alike. Here is a very simple DIY project that will help you to check some names off of your list.

Best Shopping Tip for 2014

This post is for all of you budget-savvy readers out there. I LOVE getting deals! It makes me extremely happy and gives me a feeling of accomplishment. I recently discovered an app for my smart phone that makes getting the best prices sooo much easier. It is called Shop Savvy.

Thanksgiving Table for 20

Nothing makes me happier than hosting family holiday parties!
As a child, I dreamed of having a large family. I grew up with one (very awesome) brother and that’s about it. All of our cousins lived in Minnesota and we did not have much family around in California. Needless to say, I often thought about what it would be like to host a gigantic Thanksgiving feast.
Fast forward several years…..I married my husband, Matt, in 2000. He is one of seven children in his family. Voila- INSTA-FAMILY! It’s gigantic.
This year, I am hosting Thanksgiving for 20 family members. Creating a beautiful tablescape is my favorite part of the holidays, and I would like to share my design with you.

Weekend Getaway- San Diego

Sometimes you just need to get away!
My kids had a couple of days off for Veteran’s Day last week so we decided to team up with my Sis-in-law, Bridget, to head to San Diego for an overnight stay. This was our travel plan equation: 2 MOMS + 7 KIDS – 2 DADS = LOTS OF FUN (Remainder: Headache)
In all seriousness, we visited several fun sights that I would like to share with you.

Glass Bottle Centerpiece on the Cheap

If you are looking for an inexpensive idea to fill your home with elements of fall,do I have a project for you! I was shopping at Michael’s the other day and came across these fabulous glass bottles that were on clearance for $1.39. There were several beautiful colors to choose from, but I was drawn to the amber colored glass. I quickly decided to make a vignette with three bottles grouped together. I picked up a spool of golden rhinestones for $1.50 and some dried flowers, also on clearance for $1.29. The total cost of this project was $7.

Coral & Mint- Girl’s Bedroom

Who doesn’t LOVE mint and coral….especially for a little girl? This color-packed combo is a huge trend in fashion and design. My daughter, Delaney, is a girly-girl, and I knew this color scheme would fit her personality. But making your concept a reality can be tough when you have to find things on a budget.

When I am decorating a space, I always try to find a special piece that inspires the design. For Delaney’s room, the inspiration was these beautiful mint nightstands. I found them on Craigslist for $120 each (already painted and distressed). From there, I chose a vibrant lattice print wallpaper for the accent wall. I searched high and low for a bedspread that would bring it all together. I finally located this quilt at Home Goods for $19.99. They only carried it in a twin size, so I decided to turn it sideways to make it fit the full size bed.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

I am so excited to share this super-duper easy DIY fall centerpiece with you today. If I were to rate the difficulty of this project on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 2. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy.

Gathering the materials is the hardest part! I purchased everything I needed for this project at Hobby Lobby: The iron pedestal was $12, the 3 white pumpkin picks were $1.50 each, a fall flower bouquet was $10, the floral foam was $2, and the moss was $2.50.