Thursday, August 29, 2013

Best shopping trip EVER!

Today I took a trip to a tannery. My mom works with leather and creates bags, clutches and cuffs. Together we are designing a beautiful bag collection for her Velvet Lamb line. I got the chance to tag along and help her select leathers and skins for the new collection. There were so many gorgeous hides and skins to choose from. We spent hours searching through the warehouse for just the right pieces. 
Here is a peek into our day.
This place was filled with goodies.
 Here are some of my favorites.
Mom's store:
Highsmith Studio

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Design DIY: Lola straw hat

Take a straw hat from drab to fab!

Supplies needed:
1 yard of 1/2″ rickrack 
1/2 yard of colored raffia
1 1/2 yard of feather trim 
tacky glue
an embroidery needle
an iron
a toothpick
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Style Hive: Wings Hawai'i

We are simply smitten with the new collection from Wings Hawai'i and we think you'll love it too.
Handmade in Hawai'i.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Stylish Soiree: Boho tee pee party

Grab the girls and head out for a boho chic camp out in big style. What could be better than spending time with your besties celebrating in style. This fabulous girl's only boho chic tee pee party is perfect.
From the flowers to the feathers no detail was missed. This party has an Indian desert feel with bohemian touches.
There are so many elements of this party, we love them ALL. Aztec kilim rugs, canvas tee pee, desert decor, arrow design linens, feather adorned place seating, handmade camp badges, mason jar bourbon drinks and the list goes on.
A cozy campfire, great food, story telling, mixed drinks, tee pee snacks and crafty sessions with your best friends.
So next time you are planning a girl's event, skip the club- take to the outdoors and have some stylish fun creating your own Boho chic tee pee party.

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Boho chic DIY's

Thursday, August 22, 2013

House Design: Bedrooms with COLOR!

Don't be afraid of using bright bold colors in the bedroom. These rooms prove color is fun!
Green, white and pink is a lovely color combo to use in the bedroom. White bedding, touches of pink and bold green walls give these spaces a sophisticated & fun design.
Orange and white patterns created on the bedroom walls add drama for a wow factor.

Try color and pattern in your place.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Design DIY: Creative uses for silverware

If you're a little bored this hump day, pullout the silverware drawer and get creative.
 Silverware starburst mirror DIY. This is a cute and eclectic design sure to spark conversation.
Spoon rings are adorable and easy to make. If you don't feel like using tools, here is another simple silverware DIY

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Starburst silverware mirror

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Muse: Design with vintage style lighting

Vintage lighting with an industrial touch adds an eclectic and cool vibe to any space. These lights can add a pop of color or a vintage touch.
From glass jars to wire cages, with Edison bulbs these vintage inspired industrial lights are easy to create. The Edison bulb gives off a softer light which is perfect when showcasing the bulb in exposed designs.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Stylish Soiree: Tasty libations for your weekend

 Weekend girly drinks just for you.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita
Cayenne Simple Syrup -
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you’re adventurous – I did a heaping 1/2 tsp because I’m spice obsessed)
The Drink -
4 oz grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed if you can – takes about 2 grapefruits)
2 oz tequila
1 oz cayenne simple syrup
lime wedge
salt or spice rub – any kind of premixed spicy powder normally used on meat – yep (if that weirds you out, make your own using salt mixed with a little bit of cayenne, but I do prefer the spice rub).

Watermelon Margarita
7 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit cut into 1-inch cubes
4 teaspoons superfine sugar
6 ounces (3/4 cup) silver tequila
24 basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) triple sec
6 cups small ice cubes

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Spicy grapefruit margarita
Watermelon basil margarita

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Design House: Indoor decor with teepees & tents

Adults, teens and kids, who wouldn't love to cozy up in a tent inside the house? Tents and teepees can be chic reading nooks or fun play areas for the kids.
 Tents are aesthetically cool and creative which truly steps up the design factor in any space.
 Add some adventure to your decor with a tent.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DIY: Turn the kids toys into fun & eclectic decor

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From succulent planters to wall hooks the kids old dinosaurs and tigers can be turned into creative, eclectic home decor.

 The possibilities are endless with some dinos and an imagination you can create a kitschy cool design.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Designer Picks: Fall accessory trends

Warm brass tones and cool blue hues light up the Fall collections.
Here are some of our favorite picks for the season.
This season is all about nature, we are thrilled with what's new this Fall.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Muse: Wall display collections

One of the best ways to display a collection is to hang it in a grouping on a feature wall. Gather the collection and arrange it on a wall to infuse your space with your personality.
The is a creative way to show off your vintage collection of games and a sure way to spark conversation.
Eclectic framed art wall is a beautiful display of a collection.
This collection can spread over the entire wall adding light and reflection to the space.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

We are so excited!

Pick up your copy of Real Food Real Kitchens magazine at any Barnes & Noble, Target, Walgreens, CVS and Walmart. We are lucky to have a spread with an outdoor southern style dining set up and our very own design tips section- 4 pages in the back of the mag.


Stylish Soiree: Pomegranate Sangria & chicken pie

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ramblings from my 40's: Dinner for 2

I sit here enjoying my Belgian ale with a tummy full of veggie pasta and can't believe I can cook. I'm 40 and only now do I feel comfortable saying I can cook. My poor kids were subjected to frozen chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, pizza and the occasional poorly made spaghetti dinner. Why did it take so long for me to learn to cook? When the kids were busy growing up I was consumed with work and building my career- is that a good excuse? The last thing I wanted to do after a long stressful day at work was cook a delicious, healthy dinner. I was good at ONE meal, Thanksgiving dinner. I prepared for this day for weeks, spent two days cooking and making sure the table was set just right. The meal was always perfect, but it took 2 damn days to create! One day a year the family got to see and taste a glimmer of what I was capable of. I just didn't have the time, the passion or desire to try this during a normal weeknight when the kids were young. NOW?... It's a Thursday night and I just whipped up an organic, healthy, yummy dinner for two. I felt guilty and selfish as I devoured tonight's meal. Was I a mediocre mom? Is it horrible that my son cooked dinner for the family more often than I did? I hope the kids have better memories of growing up than I have made up in my mind.



Design House: Fabulous bar carts

Our favorite bar cart designs for a stylish mini bar.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Design DIY: Feather wall hanging

Feather wall hanging DIY
This is an easy DIY that requires very little tools or expertise.

You can brighten up the design by painting the feathers or adding multi-color feathers.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Designer Picks: Fall fashion trends

This seasons Fall fashion trends evoke a Bohemian Gypsy vibe. From women's wear to kids these new looks are eclectic in every sense and we love them!
 2 Bandits meshes Indian, Aztec, Bohemian and Gypsy to their Fall line for a beautiful and creative collection.