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movie night: sofia coppola's somewhere

I could gush all day about how much I love Sofia Coppola's films (Marie Antoinette is my very favorite). Cannot wait for Somewhere to be released. She tapped Phoenix for the films score. Genius.


tv love: austin and santino

Last night while the rest of the world was watching NFL football, I was catching up on work with the tv on in the background. Which led me to discover Project Runway alumns Austin and Santino's show on Lifetime. Have you seen it? It's fabulous! Full of inspiration and touching moments and silliness. It's truly fun to watch. And good news: you can watch full episodes on! I really love episode 5, when they make a gorgeous wedding gown with a detachable train. I plan to go back and watch again while I don't have a pile of work calling my name (hoping that happens some day).

By the way, check out the ampersand in the show logo. Clever, huh?


zine love: lonny magazine

Lonny magazine keeps getting better and better. I'm happy that online magazines are filling the gap in the shelter magazine space, and Lonny is my favorite of the bunch. One of the nicest things is that an online magazine isn't really limited by space in the magazine, so they can run longer stories with more pages of photos. Here are a few of my favorite stories from the August issue:

I was thrilled to see a profile on Virginia Tupker, a stylist and home market editor at Vogue. I've bumped into Virginia many times at many many trade shows. The first time I met her I was floored by her incredible sense of style. I remember telling my mom something like "she belongs in Vogue, she is so chic" and my mom (a French woman who knows a thing or two about being chic) told me something like "darling, she works there" and then told me to turn over the business card Virginia had handed me. Every time I see Virginia at The Javits Center (not the easiest place to keep your cool) she looks amazing. But what really stands out is that she is one of the most gracious editors I've ever dealt with. Thanks, Lonny, for offering me a peek inside Virginia's world.


The cheeky style of Ben Brougham's little NYC apartment makes me want to drop in for a cocktail. Something tells me he has frozen vodka at the ready. How cool is that rope pattern wallpaper? The color combo in these shots is one of my all time favorites. One of these days I'll get a client I can convince to go for this quirky color pairing.

My favorite photograph from the issue. Ben Brougham's apartment again.


Rachel Ashwell is back! While I think I'd get bored living with Shabby Chic style all the time (I love color too much to give it up), I still think her style is iconic and inspiring. I especially love how unpretentious her look is.

Have I ever told you what my dream job would be if I weren't a graphic designer? I'd be a magazine editor. When I was a journalism student my plan was to launch my own wedding magazine, so I guess I've always had a thing for the bridal market.

All images from Lonny Magazine August 2010 issue.


cool school lunches

Our 6-year-old started first grade yesterday. Nothing makes me feel more like a mom than packing school lunches. Not taking him to the doctor, not shopping for back to school shoes, not reading bedtime stories or running a bath. It's writing a note on a napkin (complete with hearts and drawings of kitties), slicing apples and spreading peanut butter. Sometimes I use cookie cutters to cut out cute shaped sandwiches, but the ideas in Yum Yum Bento Box bring it to a whole new level. I think it's a brilliant idea to get kids to eat their lunches. Today my little guy's lunch box came back with an intact sandwich (cookie and fruit rollup devoured). Maybe if I had decorated it to look like a cute little animal he would have eaten it!

THE SCOOP: Yum Yum Bento Box, from Amazon; Customizable flames lunch box (we have this one-- love that the inside of the lid is a chalkboard, so I can write notes!) from Frecklebox; dinosaur cookie cutter from Williams Sonoma.


in the press: a casual italian inspired reception

Many thanks to Weddings Unveiled for posting all about the Italian-inspired "Vino e Formaggio" shoot that Adrianne Smith and I designed (and captured stunningly by Jennifer Dery). Please head over to Completely Unveiled by Weddings Unveiled blog to read all about it. Meanwhile, here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.

That's my kitty, Ajax, checking to see if the cheese is ripe.


Stunning floral arrangement by Adrianne Smith Floral Design. Featuring the star of the show: gorgeous café au lait dahlias, garden roses, and oranges fresh from our backyard.

Grazie to everyone who helped with the photo shoot. You know who you are ... big big hugs to each and every one of you. xoxoxo.

The Scoop: EVENT DESIGN and STYLING: Adrianne Smith ( and Erika Firm (

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jennifer Dery,

CHEESE and CATERING: Dolce Pane & Vino,  

FLOWERS: Adrianne Smith Floral Design,

MENUS and PARTY FAVORS: Delphine, 

VINTAGE PROPS: Sainte Béatrice,


double merrick

I'm smitten with this darling bird print by Merrick Angle. I love the juxtaposition of nature and technology. Check out the details in the Double Merrick shop and snap one up quickly, as only 20 prints were made!


three pretty flowers for summer (and fall) weddings

+++ POP QUIZ +++

Q: What do these flowers have in common?

a. they bloom in time for late summer and fall weddings

b. they are grown in the usa

c. they are all the same genus

d. all of the above

These are some seriously gorgeous flowers. The answer is d: all of the above. They are all Dahlias, and they're grown in Portland, Oregon by one guy, Mark Harvey, of Old House Dahlias. In fact, he grows more than 175 different types of them. Who says Spring brides have to get all the nice flowers? Dahlias are an absolutely gorgeous choice for wedding flowers in late summer and fall. They can get quite large and are pretty sturdy (they are tuberous), so they are a great choice for the heat of late summer and early fall weddings. Just a few stems can really add some delicious color to your wedding table.


color overload: bouganvellia

Good morning! I was skimming through photos last night trying to make some space on my hard drive and came across this luscious bouganvellia. I spotted it in Venice, California last month while I was in town visiting friends. Just imagine the secret garden beyond those walls. Don't you love the hot pink paired with the ageing celedon green? Reminds me of the Florida Keys.

photo: Erika Firm; delphine


blog love: the wedding chicks

Many many thanks to Krystel Tien of Couture Events for asking me to be a part of her amazing Alice in Wonderland wedding shoot. I had such a great time designing the paper goods that they have inspired a new wedding suite (coming soon: Wonderland).

Extra special thanks to the sweet ladies at The Wedding Chicks for posting our little adventure on their delicious blog today. Please visit The Wedding Chicks to see more photos of the Alice in Wonderland adventure that Krystel created.

UPDATE:  WONDERLAND save the dates and wedding invitations are live on our site.

Coordination: Couture Events
Photography: Joielala Photography
Stationery: Delphine
Florist: The Floral Department
Cupcakes: Cupcake Love
Make up Artist: Think Pink, Dana Marie
Hair: Shawna Messner-
Gowns: M Bride
Cake: The French Gourmet
Linens: The Floral Department for La Tavola Linen
Bracelets and paper florals: The Vintage Rabbit
Hair Accessories: Radokri
Model: Ari Cover
Bunnies: Ashli Hurst –
Creative Director: Krystel Tien


sneak peek: formaggio & dolce wedding

Here's the final of the three inspiration shoots I did with Adrianne Smith and Jennifer Dery last week. While the sweet pink garden tea party is, well, sweet, and the retro rockabilly tailgate party was super fun (champagne in a can! what can be better?) this Italian-inspired "Formaggio & Dolce" (cheese and sweets) shoot was hands down my favorite. From the chic, muted, tone on tone color palette to the vintage found objects to the stunning (STUNNING) cafe au lait dahlias and arrangements, to the impossibly delicious cheeses from Dolce, this "faux" party turned into a real party as soon as the sun went down. I'm so excited to share the photos, but you'll have to be patient while we wait for publication elsewhere (details to be announced on publication of all three shoots).


sneak peek: rockabilly tailgate wedding

Yesterday I shared behind the scenes shots from the "pretty in pink" bridal tea shower. Today: a Rockabilly Tailgate Wedding Reception. Some of my favorite props (besides the incredible vintage pickup) were the numbered glasses (vintage, of course, from Jennifer Price of SoLo) and my kitty, Ajax. Cannot wait to share the "real" photos from Jennifer Dery and the complete set that Adrianne Smith and I put together (... oh, and some super fun paper goods to go along with, naturally.


sneak peek: pretty pink bridal shower tea

I had the truly great pleasure of working with Adrianne (Adrianne Smith Floral Design) and Jennifer Dery (Jennifer Dery Photography) last week on THREE (!!!) inspiration shoots. I'm most known for paper design, but I also looooove to design events. Here's a peek behind the scenes at some of the props we used for the first inspiration shoot: a pretty in pink backyard garden bridal shower tea (phew ...). Yes, we corked those bottles and drank them to celebrate once the shoot was complete!


fantasy wedding at the four seasons

Last weekend I was hanging out by the pool, flipping through magazines, and fell in lust with Amsale's Eliana wedding gown. The ribbons are so pretty, aren't they? I started daydreaming about the type of wedding that would go with it, and I can totally see it as a winter wedding in New York City at The Four Seasons Restaurant. Silvers, wintery blues and black details. With lots of diamonds. And yummy food.

Gown: "Eliana" by Amsale; Invitation: letterpresss invitation Ava by Delphine; champagne flutes: Vera Wang for Wedgewood; china: Wedgewood Renaissance Gold


plum wedding details

I'm constantly amazed by the incredible talent on Etsy. Don't you love this ranunculus necklace by BlushEnvy? I love the gorgeous deep pink colors. Would look lovely for an "aubergine dream" or plum wedding. Can you believe the necklace is made of paper? Really, it is! I think it would be a gorgeous accessory for a black tie wedding. I see it paired with a lovely, elegant heirloom organza J.Crew wedding gown and a classic and romantic ribbon rosette clutch in dark iris.

Add some extra chic details, like a short bird cage veil from Brenda's Bridal Veils (another Etsy score), and the look really comes together. For a finishing touch, exquisite diamond jewelry. I found the emerald cut diamond wedding ring and the pretty teardrop earrings on


inspired by pbr: a logo design

I am in the final stages of an identity design for a new gift boutique (sorry, no more details just yet ... you'll just have to wait for their big announcement). Along the way, the circle seal logo shown above was a concept in the running, though they ended up choosing something entirely different. (That is not the real name of the company, by the way).

The identity idea is a modern take on a bakeshop (no, the boutique will not sell baked goods). We tossed around some fun bright colors, like red, tangerine, and kelley green. But when I did the navy blue mockup it was immediately my favorite. And it reminded me of something, but couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Later it occurred to me that it looks a bit like the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. Funny how that happens sometimes, isn't it? We're constantly being bombarded by advertisements so it's no surprise that some of the strongest looks end up in our collective consciousness (and in our work).

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