Bistro Style

On a trip to Fredericksburg recently, my husband and I stumbled on Vaudeville Bistro.  The street-level entrance steps you into a gallery space curated with contemporary art. As you head downstairs you’re greeted with oversized “Bistro” letters inviting you to the restaurant area, which is boutique in size but grand in style. As we sat there eating our lunch I couldn’t take my eyes off the surroundings… such a well put-together style of rustic and industrial meets sophistication. Even their coffee packaging and labels have high-style design!

Vaudeville Bistro

Images via Vaudeville Bistro

Feeling inspired, I put together a few pieces to re-create this look.

bistro style

Pendant | Canisters | Coffee Set | Clock | Shelves | Chair

With the goal of “offering an authentic urban approach to a rustic lifestyle,” Vaudeville has definitely created a must-see (and eat!).

Summer Lookbook

The end of the summer is always a little bittersweet with carefree, sun-filled  days quickly fading away. With choosing our first home, moving, and settling in, this summer felt a little less “toes in the sand” and a little more nose to the grind. No regrets; we still made time to fill our margarita glasses and celebrate the good times!

This lookbook features weathered colors and rich textures that are reminiscent of summer’s end. Elements of the sea are featured throughout, from collected seashells to wave pattern pillows, and iridescent abalone shell art. The script font, Learning Curve Pro, feels loose and easy, paired with unassuming Quicksand.

Summer Lookbook style sheet

Stark white upholstered chairs, playfully patterned bone furniture, sleek acrylic, and woven rattan mingle together in this easy, elegant summer collection by Wisteria.

Summer Lookbook - Wisteria Home Furnishings & Decor

Pink & Gold Baby Shower

There really aren’t many things sweeter than baby girls, and there really aren’t many things more fun than getting to throw a baby shower full of girly pink things! I recently had the opportunity to do just that and definitely had some fun with it. To start things off, I put together a color and mood board full of pinks and gold inspired by the nursery.

Pink & Gold baby shower inspiration

Since the mom and dad-to-be are sports fans, I liked the idea of incorporating some stripes as a subtle nod to that. The invitation has wide pink and white diagonal stripes accented with a gold brush script font and a clean sans serif. Mid and darker pinks add a bolder contrast in the color palette.

Pink & Gold custom design baby shower invitation set

Baby Bingo was one of the games of choice, so custom bingo cards were in order. Etsy was helpful in finding just the right gold heart stickers.  I will say, this game was a slight fail. There were so many guests that everyone was a bingo winner by the middle of gift opening!

Pink & Gold custom design baby shower bingo game

Late Night Diapers was a fun activity that gets the guests laughing and leaves the parents with some useful and entertaining souvenirs.

Pink & Gold custom design baby shower game

One of the most extensive projects was preparing the flower vases. I love the look of mixed bud vases in all white, similar to milk glass. This wasn’t something that I was able to find off-the-shelf within the budget, so I DIYed these using clear vases and Krylon Multipurpose Indoor/Outdoor Gloss White (great tutorial here). They were perfect for grouping together around the welcome sign and spreading out across the buffet.

Pink & Gold baby shower floral in bud vases

Spring Lookbook: Pattern & Nature

My favorite thing about spring is getting outside and enjoying nature and fresh air. Sprouting leaves are such a vibrant energetic green, screaming to be noticed. When I was concepting the Spring Lookbook, I wanted nature to thread throughout each page. The richly patterned blue and white pottery and geometric pillows in blues and persimmon paired well with lush spring greens.Wisteria Spring Lookbook by Jessica Oviedo I wanted the typography to match the style of the product assortment, which felt both elegant and playful. The typeface used on the cover, called Lust Script, seemed to play up those styles and worked well in a somewhat large scale.

Wisteria Spring Lookbook by Jessica Oviedo

Wisteria Spring Lookbook by Jessica Oviedo

One of my favorite parts of the process was concepting the background for the shot below. I wanted something dramatic and loved the idea of experimenting with pattern on pattern. The result was essentially creating a wallpaper by scaling one of the pottery patterns up to the size of the wall and printing out panels on a large-scale printer. Using some warm tones against the shades of blue created a nice contrast.

Wisteria Spring Lookbook by Jessica Oviedo

Wisteria Spring Lookbook by Jessica Oviedo

Wisteria Spring Lookbook by Jessica Oviedo We were able to do a couple shots outside on location, which helped emphasize the natural elements.

Wisteria Spring Lookbook by Jessica Oviedo The shot below with trees and leaves surrounding the set of blue and white pottery is one of my favorites. I love how the patterns on the pottery are complemented by their surroundings, and seeing the various styles mix together.

Wisteria-Spring-Lookbook14 Styled by Brandi Powers and shot by Ozzie Flojo and Kris Ellis for Wisteria.

The Art of the Arrangement: Floral Design

One of my 2015 goals was to take a flower arranging class. Working in art direction for home decor, I’ve learned that floral arrangements can really brighten up a space and help set the tone for a shot. A beautiful arrangement can be a focal point and add a natural touch to any room.

When fullosophie announced a floral workshop with The Southern Table, I jumped at the opportunity to sign up! My class was last weekend, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning some tricks of the trade from owner and lead designer, Maxine.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern TableThe class was called “The Art of the Arrangement,” so Maxine wanted to focus on how to infuse some personality and creativity into an arrangement. Her style lends itself to looser, natural bouquets with lots of greenery. I love how this style feels equally sophisticated and relaxed. There is a definite artistic sense to it. She describes how to create movement across the bouquet and let the natural shapes of the floral shine through.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

Fairly indiscreet on the outside, her space inside is hip and inviting. Since the office is shared with other wedding vendors (including a photographer, calligrapher, and stationer), you can tell there is a lot of creative collaboration.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

The workshop started with an around-the-room introduction of workshop attendees, then Maxine enthusiastically starts her demo bouquet. We learn how to trim stems, open closed buds, select a color palette, and build a bouquet layer by intricate layer.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

A generous assortment of floral gets everyone’s creative juices flowing. Bring on lots of greenery!

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

My floral selection and tools to get started. There were a lot of beautiful purples to choose from, and I can’t help but pair pale blushes and peachy tones with purple.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

My bouquet is well underway. Not shown: my pile of stems and leaves discarded on the ground. What fun it was to drop those without abandon in a floral studio where that is the norm!

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

All finished! You can see my workshop neighbors’ work as well. It was fun to see that everyone had such a different floral selection and style.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

My finished bouquet. The biggest challenge was creating interest from all angles. It was also easier said than done to recreate Maxine’s masterful and delicate movement. I feel like mine might be a bit too lopsided, but I have a fondness for that elegantly arching tulip.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

I’m so glad I was able to check one of this year’s goals off the list and learn from a master. Next time I get the chance, I can’t wait to try out my new skills at sculpting an artful bouquet.

What to Pair with Copper

The Oscars red carpet was full of gorgeous gowns and glowing faces, highlighting A-listers in their finest. While red had a significant presence, neutrals seemed to take center stage. One of my favorites was Jennifer Lopez in Ellie Saab (image by Hollywood Reporter). Her signature deep-cut neckline was balanced by a full flowing skirt, sprinkled with delicate and elaborate embellishment. Most of all I love the color. Some call this dress “blush,” but to me it looks more like a bronzer.😉 Complementing her skin tone, the coppery hue looks fresh and coincidentally photographed perfectly against the Oscars backdrop!

Jennifer Lopez in Ellie Saab, Oscars 2015

Copper is slowly creeping its way into color palettes throughout fashion, home, and graphics. Its cousin, rose gold, has been holding steady for a while and has definitely made an impact in jewelry. Below I’ve explored a warm and cool color palette with copper as a main element. I like the tonal elegance of copper with burgundy when paired with a deep charcoal grey.

Copper, grey, and burgundy color palette

Marine blue and copper create a complementary combo that’s vibrant and rich. A lighter grey enhances the contrast and adding turquoise keeps the palette fresh.

Copper, grey, and blue color palette

I’m looking forward to seeing if J-Lo’s gown creates a clamoring for copper!

Photo Gallery Wall

When my husband and I got the email that our wedding photos were ready, I was equally excited and overwhelmed. They turned out so beautifully (thank you, Amy Karp!) that I knew I wanted to display them in our home, but wasn’t sure how. Since I’m a huge fan of gallery walls, I thought that might be a good solution to be able to show multiple photos. I turned to my favorite sources and looked over my Gallery Wall Pinterest board for some ideas. Overall I decided the direction I wanted to go in was mostly monochromatic, mixing neutrals and metallics in a staggered pattern with various size frames. My favorite reason for choosing this direction was that it seemed to offer the most opportunities to evolve. What if I needed to arrange them in a different way or wanted to gradually update some of the photos over time?

Photo gallery wall inspiration

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Once I settled on creating the gallery wall in our bedroom, a couple more ideas came to mind. We didn’t have much on our walls in our bedroom, so I thought making a big statement on the wall where our TV was would work well. It could be large in scale and wrap around the TV. I also liked the concept of using photo ledges to create some dimension and layering.

Photo Gallery Wall

What I used:

  • 2 white photo ledges, 36″ long
  • Frames in black, white, brushed silver, and gold
  • Photos: 1-11×14″, 2-8×12″, 3-8×10″, 4-5×7″, 1-4×6″
  • Other elements: 1-8×10″ canvas, ampersand, invitation, cake topper

Since I was planning to use multiple frame colors, I wanted to keep the frame style simple. Another thing I looked for when selecting frames were wide mats, which always help a gallery feel more refined and unified. There are some excellent choices for these types of frames on the market. I selected most of mine from Aaron Brothers in white, black, and brushed silver.

Photo Gallery Wall

Photo Gallery Wall

One of the most difficult parts of the process was selecting photos! Considerations when you’re at this point in the process are varying sizes and balancing out zoom level, using some close ups and some further away. I preselected the images I wanted to use and went frame shopping with that list, so that I could make a couple size adjustments before I put in my print order.

Photo Gallery Wall

Once I had the prints inside the frames, I divided them out into two sections for each side of the TV. Then I laid each section on the floor to roughly measure the area they would take up so they were as even as possible. Even though I had more frames on one side than the other (because of placing the largest frame on the other side), it worked out so that they were pretty even in area. I made a rough layout on the floor (with Chloe’s assistance, of course!).

Photo Gallery Wall #wedding #TV

Getting the photo ledges installed required some assistance by the hubs!

Photo Gallery Wall #wedding #TV

After the photo ledges were up, I started layering in piece by piece until everything had a spot. I decided that slightly uneven spacing matched the varied style and staggered orientation. To brighten things up a little, I brought in a few elements of gold in a small frame with our invitation and an ampersand from Hobby Lobby, which I spray painted gold. These pieces helped tie in the “I Do, Me Too,” which is our cake topper framed in a shadow box (detail below).

Photo Gallery Wall #wedding #TV

Photo Gallery Wall #wedding #TV

Photo Gallery Wall #wedding #TV

I love how it turned out! It’s very personal and captures key moments from the best day of our lives.

There were a couple things that didn’t go totally to plan but worked out in the end. I was hoping the photo ledges would allow for a little more layering. The depth of them was narrower than I expected, but they still allowed me to bring in a little bit of layering. I wasn’t originally planning on connecting everything at the top above the TV, but once I got to the last few pieces it just seemed to make sense. There was an open spot about 10″ square that needed to be filled. That’s when we decided to get an ampersand, which I think helps bring in an interesting shape among all the rectangular frames. All in all, I think this project was a success and proves that sometimes happy accidents are meant to be!