Mid-Century Modern Wedding Style

I’m such a sucker for great mid-century modern furniture and design so I loved seeing how Andrea Hubbell, Soiree and Rock Paper Scissors came together to bring that same style to this wedding inspiration shoot. With clean styling, furniture that sings of fabulous 1950s design, textural and modern florals and a martini bar, the design here is all about pairing rich patterns and funky colors like burnt orange and olive paired with crisp black and white. Throw in a fondue station and a cigar bar and you’ve got a rockin’ party.

Vendors –
Event planning + styling: Soiree / Photography + styling: Andrea Hubbell / Stationery + paper goods: Rock Paper Scissors / Floral design: Floral Images / Table settings: Festive Fare

{Photos by Andrea Hubbell.}


Party Palette: Honeydew + Pretty Blues

I always love sitting down to drum up inspiration for the weekly color palette. This week I was inspired by the prettiest shades of honeydew and watery blues. I’m a self-professed cool color girl. Hues that remind me of the lake and ocean always feel the most at home with me so I just love this pretty palette. What colors are your lifelong favorites? Leave a comment with your inspiration and I’ll pick someone’s favorite color for next week’s color palette!

{top. Shootfactory via Brunch at Saks. left. Ez Pudewa of Creature Comforts via Flights of Fancy. right. Dream Spun.}


DIY Bunting Tablecloth

Hi, it’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt, with yes, more garland to share! Sort of. This DIY project is the most fun I have had in a long time. Seriously, when was the last time you painted fabric? T-shirts at a slumber party in fourth grade? Yes? Ok, so the t-shirts turned out badly, but the fun was incredible, right? Think about if you made something cool…like this bunting tablecloth. This tablecloth is easy, will last forever, and is insanely cheap. Yep, you don’t even have to buy a screenprinting kit to do it. I tried to use things I had around the house, because you can get your craft on with out breaking the bank.

Supplies –

  • Fabric paint (I used Tulip Soft Paint)
  • Tablecloth
  • Stick-on measuring tape (at a yardage shop like Joanns)
  • Twine
  • Temporary fabric pen (disappears with water)
  • Sponge
  • Scotch Tape

Send your tablecloth through the laundry, and iron. Really, I just got a white table cloth from Target. (You can’t beat the $17 price tag.) Center the tablecloth on the table it will be used on. Line each edge of the long side of the table with the stick-on measuring tape. This was a trick I used to make sure I had my pattern centered on the table after I moved around to make the design. Cut a piece of twine, about 6 inches longer than the table, tape one edge down. Adjust the length of the twine to give it a soft curve. Remember: there will be flags under this line. To create a double curve, use a straight pin dead center and hang the twine on top.  Tape the second end down and mark the string so you can do the same length on the opposite side. Trace the line with the fabric pen. I used dots so it didn’t disrupt the twine as it was hanging.  (Note: You don’t have to use two colors of twine, I just added the red so you could see it in the pictures.) Repeat these steps for all four sides.

Using cardstock, cut some flags and tape along the dotted line. I used alternating sizes, but it would be just as pretty if they were all the same. Finish the entire side. I took a picture to see if I liked it and modified spacing, etc. Pull the side of the tablecloth up to the tabletop. Trace each flag with strips of tape. Any other kind of masking tape would work here, too. Be sure to smooth all the edges so paint doesn’t leak under the line. Cover your table top with freezer paper or plastic wrap to protect it from the paint.

Cut your sponge into strips. (I just used a regular kitchen sponge.) Using a plate as a paint palette, lightly dab the paint on each flag, being careful to keep it inside the tape lines. Let dry for 15 minutes, and add a second coat if you want. Let dry to the touch, and carefully do the other sides.

Once all your sides are fully dry (I let mine go overnight, but it only takes about 3 or 4 hours), use a small paintbrush and paint on the lines, following the dots. Don’t worry about having to completely follow the dots, use them only as a guide, do what fits best with the flags, you could also stitch with embroidery thread here. A light stroke gives it a little vintage flair. I added bows on each side. They really were easy.

For the bows, I used a small slanted brush. Start upside down and paint a pointed oval. Add a second oval. Let the brush do the work and make the top of the ovals wider, like old bows on advertising from the 50’s. Add some wiggly lines on the bottom for the ties. Now face the bow head on, and just smooth out and pretty up your bow. Easy peasy! I added these at each place the bunting “attaches” to the tablecloth.

Let dry completely according to the paint’s directions.  Wash. Dry. Party.

I just can’t tell you enough how fun this was. How perfect is this for impromptu gatherings? I am going to make this in so many versions, a boy version, a taupe linen version with silver flags and ties, a black tablecloth with white flags, and even a modified patchwork, with iron on flags out of fabric. A simple little tablecloth that will last through decades of happy little celebrations!

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}


A Homespun Iowa Wedding

I’m so completely smitten with this gorgeous wedding featured on Frolic. The simple, easy style paired with fresh colors, pretty J.Crew dresses, and sweet handcrafted details make it one of the loveliest celebrations I’ve seen in a long time. Get all the beautiful details on Frolic.

{Photos by John Allen via Frolic.}


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