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!


Black & Gold Wedding Details

There is something so classic about black and gold. When paired with ivory, the neutral palette lets rich details shine through and adding some sparkle elevates the glam factor. Mixing with antiqued silver or blush tones keeps things subtle and sophisticated.

Black & Gold Wedding Details

Bridal portrait photography by Amy Karp.

Bridal Shower Style

My sister and mom threw me a bridal shower a couple weekends ago — a celebration that was packed with loving people and fun games! They created a beautiful setting with decor in minty turquoise, pink, and gold.

Mint, turquoise, and pink bridal shower invitationThe Invitation

Ordered from Wedding Paper Divas, this cute invitation feels whimsical with hand-drawn illustrations and a fun script font.

Bridal shower styleMy Look

I couldn’t help but match the color scheme a bit! I wanted a look that was completely girly, deciding on this dress from Ruche (shown here with a Kendra Scott necklace and Steve Madden shoes). Since we’re still in the hot summer months, I loved the idea of a soft floral print that sports two of my current go-to colors, mint green and neon pink.

Mint, pink, and gold bridal showerThe Party

The ombre cake and conversation cookies were equally pretty and delicious. Balloons centered each table popping color all around the room. The hand gel favors dressed as bride and groom and shower games (like designing a clay wedding dress) made for a memorable and amusing day!

Deep Blues & Bronze Living Room

Blues & gold home decor

Setting the tone for a summer to fall transition, this eclectic room is grounded with elegant traditional pieces and layered with modern and dynamic decor. Hints of the coast glam up with nearby metallic accents and reflective surfaces. Navy walls set a moody backdrop for a dramatic gallery arrangement. A brazen striped lamp and bold indigo textiles add a layer of contrast and pattern for visual interest. Adding greenery held in Chinese blue and white pottery breathes life into the room.

This was styled by Brandi Powers and photographed by Kris Ellis under my art direction for Wisteria. See it here.

Oh Joy! Time to Party

Founder of Oh Joy! design and lifestyle blog, Joy Cho launched a collection of party decorations at Target today.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these items! It’s hard to imagine not having a good time amidst such a punchy palette. The springy colors and mix of playful prints of polka dots, starbursts, and confetti are inspiring an immediate Pinterest recipe search. A party will be happening. Soon. Hooray, indeed!

Oh Joy! Party decor for Target


Oh Joy! Party decor for Target



Watercolor: Dreaming of Spring

It may be bitter cold outside, but I’m dreaming of spring!  Bright colors, flowers, the warmth of sun, and the ease of unlayering.  Here are a few watercolor samples and studies I recently worked on, some of which were printed large scale as backgrounds for photography sets at work.  This is the kind of fun stuff that makes my mouth water (no pun intended!).

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Wisteria.com, Spring 2014