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.
Stark white upholstered chairs, playfully patterned bone furniture, sleek acrylic, and woven rattan mingle together in this easy, elegant summer collection by Wisteria.
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.
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.
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!
Late Night Diapers was a fun activity that gets the guests laughing and leaves the parents with some useful and entertaining souvenirs.
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.
Christmas is in just a couple days and that means checking off all those final to-do’s! Since we’re celebrating Christmas ahead of time with my family this year my wave of panic came early. Thankfully most of the rush is out of the way, leaving room for quality time and merriment with family (like enjoying laughs with my adorable nieces!). Nothing is greater than seeing the joy of the season through the eyes of little ones!
For Wisteria’s Holiday Lookbook elements of sparkle and color combine, showing the youthful spirit of excitement the holiday brings juxtaposed with richly textured metallics that denote a grown-up, sophisticated Christmas. Inspiration images show a contrast of metallics on dark backgrounds, loose script typography, and elements of color.
How fun is it to work on a giant lettered intro page? I channeled my inner Jessica Hische (not even close…) and enjoyed working the letters into looping swirls. The playfulness counters the elegant feel of the photography.
Styled by Brandi Powers and shot by Ozzie Flojo and Kris Ellis.
Fall is making a late arrival this year with crisp temperatures barely starting to sneak their way into the forecast (at least here in Texas!). Deep hues and rich textures are what fall is all about. For Wisteria’s Fall Lookbook, I took those essential elements and paired them with inky graphic details, metallics, and organic elements. Sophisticated geometric textiles, eclectic home accents, and neutral furnitures pieces are set against brush-stroked walls and distressed bricks. Here are some inspiration images, showing the balance between raw and refined.
My favorite images from the lookbook are below. We shot both in studio and on location at the Cotton Mill in McKinney, TX. Styled by Brandi Powers and shot by Ozzie Flojo.
Here’s an example of one of my ink studies. Trying different brushes and varying pressure and speed was a fun experiment!
Yesterday marked one year since my engagement and next week I’ll be married for a month! What?! Time went by so quickly and I’m happy to say our wedding was everything we hoped for. Thinking back to a year ago, I remember piecing together a wedding style that felt true to us: a vintage deco feel with elegant romanticism and some glitz and glamour. Our wedding was held in an classy restored ballroom that overlooks downtown Dallas. Below are some of my initial inspiration images. The main colors were black, gold, and ivory, with an accent of teal and a romantic floral mix with shades of pinks and burgundy.
Here are some images of how it all turned out. We haven’t yet gotten our professional photography, so these are mostly just snapshots. I liked having the mix of the geometric deco elements blended with the scripty romantic details. Deco is such a popular look and I enjoyed interpreting it a little differently, adding in some updated elements and punching things up with an accent of teal.
During the wedding planning process, things continuously stayed busy! Having it all behind me now, I think I can fairly say that wedding planning is what you want to make of it and your level of involvement is completely up to you. In my case I definitely gravitated toward the design elements of things (aka my playground!). It was both challenging and very rewarding having the opportunity to work on most of my printed pieces, signage, and invitation calligraphy. And making my bridesmaids’ jewelry was very much a spur-of-the-moment, hey why not?!, kind of thing that ended up being really fun for me and hopefully meaningful to them.
With my wedding approaching in less than three months, it’s all about the details now. One of my current projects has been calligraphy for addressing the invitations. Whew, that has been time-consuming! But I think that personal touch will help bring everything together. Below is a snapshot of all the invitation elements.
Our theme is modern, romantic deco, so I thought this black with gold foil clean-lined deco design was perfect (and I love that the name of the design is “Foxtrot”!). Minted has such a great assortment of designs. I love that they crowdsource their products from independent designers because you get such a diverse and good quality selection to choose from.
Paper: Paper Source
Fonts: Estilo, Asterism
I wanted to include our wedding website in the invitation somewhere, but didn’t need a whole extra info card. Instead I opted for a belly band. I found some gold shimmer paper from Paper Source, created the template, and printed and cut them myself. I kept the design really simple to coordinate nicely with the other pieces, pulling in the main font (Estilo) and adding a fun script font (Asterism) which is also the calligraphy style on the envelopes.
Calligraphy Supplies: Paper & Ink Arts
As I’ve said in a previous post, I’m definitely not a calligrapher! But I really wanted to try to learn so that I could add a personal touch to the invitations. I found some tips online, good supply lists, and practiced a ton! I’ve had to make several supply orders along the way and scored every time at Paper & Ink Arts.
Washi Tape: Cutetape.com
To add a little shimmer to the back of the envelope, I’m planning on using gold striped washi tape. They have great prices and assortment at Cute Tape.
Can’t wait to get these sealed up and sent off! I’ve got more fun projects in the works. 😉