Inspiring Palette: Lemon Yellow + Gray

Seriously. I think Leslie of  A Creative Mint is one of the most talented people going. Her monthly column for decor8 is always a nonstop wonder and a study in inspiration. This latest color palette of bright lemon yellow paired with soft gray and kraft paper feels both wintery and like an early ode to spring. The beauty of Leslie’s work is truly in the little details. Scraps of ribbon and twine, a pile of lemons spilling out of a painted tin can, and bits of Japanese tape take ordinary objects and makes them something truly lovely.

{Photos from decor8.}


Party Shopping: Rainbows and Confetti

Good morning and happy Monday! I thought I’d start the week with a punch of color and sparkle. Sound ok with you? This is actually a little feature I’ve been wanting to introduce for a while – party shopping guides! (Better late than never, right?) Basically, I’ll showcase an image or two from a really great party or wedding and then hook you up with a party shopping guide for recreating the look yourself.

{Photo from Rue.}

The basics of this party are lots of punchy color paired with loads of confetti and sparkle, all lending to a really vibrant and exciting atmosphere. This is actually a party that’s pretty simple to reimagine for your own celebration. Focus on bright, rainbow-inspired colors and inexpensive decor like balloons, crepe paper streamers and oversized paper flowers and honeycomb balls. Add a bit of glitter and confetti and you’re ready to party!

Paper flower – Luna Bazaar
Gold pinata – Confetti System
Round balloons – Shop Sweet Lulu
Blue glitter – Paper Source
Striped straws – Occasion by Design
Party horns – TOPS Malibu
Crepe paper streamers – Party City


Friday Link Love

I know I say every Friday how ready I am for it to be Friday, but today this is especially true. I’ve run myself a bit ragged the last few weeks and I’m looking forward to not leaving my house at all tomorrow. Heck, I’ll be lucky if I make it out of pajamas! I’ll be traveling back and forth to home a lot next week, tending to some family issues, so my communication will likely be a bit more limited than usual. Blog posts will still be regular, I just might get behind on getting back to your emails and comments so bear with me if you can. Anything fun on your weekend agenda? I hope it’s a beautiful one!

Chelsea does it again! DIY glitter garland.

Rockin’ letterpress coasters.

One of my favorite talks at Alt – 6 tips for planning super parties.

Merriment Events seeks an intern. (Amazing opportunity!)

I’m a vegetarian, but if I ate pepperoni it would need to be heart-shaped.

Introducing Furbaby Friday!

Loving this birthday party.

Alt, in short.

Awesome people I met at Alt.

Me, elsewhere:

My reflections on Alt Summit.

A super pretty purple color palette.

Welcoming Bella Figura 2011.

{Photo from Lovely Indeed.}


Favorite Valentines Day Cards

Can you believe Valentines Day is just a couple of weeks off? It always surprises me when the holidays meld away to the excitement of the new year and straight into Valentines Day. I mean, this is the same order of things every year so I’m not sure why it surprises me, but somehow it always does. I think a great card is even more special than usual at Valentines Day. Nothing is quite as sweet as a pretty card with a thoughtful handwritten note.

{Mr. Boddington’s Studio.}

{Mayi Carles via Paper Crave.}

{Egg Press.}

{Hello Lucky.}

{Cartoules Letterpress.}

{The Hungry Workshop.}

{Mr. Boddington.}

{Bespoke Letterpress.}


A Birthday Party for Joselyn

Speaking of my love for birthday parties, I love this pretty vintage inspired birthday party that photographer Marissa Noe threw for her daughter Joselyn. Marissa wanted the party to be magical, sweet and beautiful, and was inspired by a vintage paper doll tea party. The details here are really sweet. I love parties for toddlers, because I think their imagination is a magical thing. The pictures of these little girls playing with their paper dolls and the big table filled with flowers and mismatched tea cups is just perfection in my world. Thank you for sharing, Marissa!

{Photos by Marissa Noe + Stacie Hawley.}