David Stark | West Elm Holiday Decor

I know it probably seems too early to be thinking about holiday decor, but these things have a way of sneaking up on us so I thought I’d share a few favorites from David Stark’s holiday collection for West Elm. I love handcrafted decor and these newsprint accordion garlands, paper flowers, paper leaf gift tags and long strands of decorative paper circles feel delightfully handmade, even for those of us who might not have time to get crafty ourselves. I also love David’s philosophy on holiday entertaining and decorating, which he shares in a great video you can view here.

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{Photos from West Elm.}

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Priest Lake Waterfront Summer Wedding

I’m happy today to be sharing Gretchen and Scott’s gorgeous Priest Lake wedding with you. It’s a celebration of some of my favorite things – love, hanging out lakeside, amazing photography and ice cream. How can you go wrong with that combination? These stunning photos from Mastin Studio literally take my breath away. Which leads me to my next point – brides, if you’re looking for truly awe-inspiring wedding photography, consider film. Film lends a soft, ethereal quality that is timeless and dreamy without being trendy and I’m finding that more and more of my favorite wedding images are shot on film (like many of the photos featured here.) So without further ado, check out Gretchen and Scott’s beautiful celebration…

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{Photos by Mastin Studio.}

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Farmhouse Harvest Brunch

This morning I thought I’d share a few more details from my fall harvest brunch design featured last week in the fall harvest challenge on City Cradle Design. When I started thinking about the design I wanted to create, I instantly thought of all the gorgeous colors and flavors that are indicative of fall in Upstate New York where I live. I envisioned a farmhouse brunch that would be a celebration of not only fall and harvest but also of great friends and taking a moment to slow down and celebrate the season.

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The basis of the celebration is a brunch buffet table set in front of a pair of rustin barn doors with a ticking stripe table covering and touches of jute, gingham and fall colors throughout. A bushel basket is filled with colorful alstromeria, one of my favorite flowers – they are inexpensive and readily available in most areas year round. Pumpkins, mums, a big bowl of freshly picked apples and an assortment of pastries, pies and muffins line the table. I cut out a piece of parchment paper to make a terra cotta planter base into a perfect serving dish for pancakes and set out an array of toppings, cider, granola and fruit. Donut holes in a vintage cookie jar are unexpected and make for easy grabbing.

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blueberry-pie-chocolate-croissants-fall-partyFor me celebrating harvest is really all about allowing the food to take center stage. Jars of homemade strawberry jam and apple butter are the perfect little gift for guests to take home. Covered with squares of pretty fabric and tied with jute they take on an extra special look with minimal effort. To keep with the farmhouse vibe I chose an assortment of platters, serving dishes, plates and bowls in complementary colors in sturdy stoneware and pottery – there is no fancy china at this party. Big mugs of cider, a collection of vintage milk bottles, muffins on mini cake stands, and a DIY wreath made with pine cones found in the yard and strung with little notes for each guest are the perfect finishing details.

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diy-grapevine-fall-wreathThis brunch is the perfect way to kick off a day of apple picking, visiting local wineries, pumpkin carving, or a hike through the woods to enjoy the fall foliage. Invite your nearest and dearest friends for a seasonal celebration they’re sure to remember!

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homemade-jam-favorsA big thank you to my bestest boys Lewis and Dave for allowing me to crash their house and barn for this little shoot. xoxo

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

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Halloween Ideas from Martha Stewart

I’m sure I’m not alone in confessing that I get beyond excited every month when the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living hits my mailbox. It’s an endless source of inspiration for decor, entertaining, baking and celebrating the season, whatever the season may be. This month was no exception, loaded with great ideas for Halloween parties, trick or treaters and spooky ideas to get you through the month of October in style. It also tipped me off on the amazing new Halloween-inspired goodies from Martha Stewart Crafts. From cute party garland and treat bags to cupcake wrappers, great Halloween party invitations, cake stencils, wall and pumpkin decals, they’ve forgotten no detail in this awesome Halloween collection.

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{Photos by Martha Stewart Crafts.}

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Friday Link Love

Another week, another Friday! Seriously, where do my days go? I am busy busy this weekend working a gorgeous wedding for a bride I just adore and my lovely friend Carolynn’s baby shower in her hometown on Sunday. It will be a weekend of love and celebrations and I’m really excited about the next few days. What are your weekend plans? I hope you have a lovely one!

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Don’t forget to visit City Cradle Design and leave a little love for my harvest brunch design. (Pretty please?)

Adorable and delicious wee little wedding cakes.

Striking and colorful origami bouquets.

If you love s’mores you will be obsessed with this.

These invitations are nothing short of super awesome.

And these Halloween invitations are just as cool.

More stationery love: very cool DIY thank you cards.

With winter approaching (no, really, in Upstate New York winter is approaching…trust me) I am dreaming of  a great mudroom.

And that’s all for me for the week! Happy weekend!

{Photo from Sweet Paul.}

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