Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Delightful: Paris Prints And More From Obvious State Studio

Am I the only one who leaves bare walls all over the house until the perfect piece of art can be found to fill in the blanks? I know this drives my husband crazy, but I would rather have a plain, nicely painted wall to stare at instead of a print, painting or photo that I don't really love.

Case in point, our Breakfast Nook. Every morning over my coffee, yogurt and berries, I contemplate the bare wall opposite and wonder if I'll ever find something that makes me want to put a nail hole in it. I've been looking for something vintage and Paris-themed since we have a bit of a vintage French thing going on in the space. So far, I haven't found anything "just right."


But these Paris Travel Prints from Obvious State are quite charming. They may not be vintage, but they do have the classic travel poster vibe going on. Plus, Paris. 




The Champagne/Eiffel Tower one is my favorite, but a grouping of all four could be just the thing for our blank slate of a wall.

Obvious State is the brainchild of Nicole and Evan Robinson -- you probably know Nicole's photography from her wonderful book Paris in Color. The two of them took their passion for Paris, language and literature and sparked a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Along with these lovely prints, their shop includes note cards, Paris Color Project photography, quote prints and these delightful Pocket Journals (The Hemingway is my favorite).


And if, like me, you are dying for a leisurely stroll through the streets of Paris but don't have a trip to The City of Light planned anytime soon, their Paris Journal is just the ticket. A virtual walk across the cobblestones of Montmartre via a digital book that combines photography and film, available for your iPad or iPhone.


Volume Two will be released next week. See a sneak peak here.

So...bare walls until you find the perfect work of art? Or are place holders just fine until something better comes along?


Monday, July 29, 2013

A Blue and White Brunch Part Two

Hi all! How was the weekend? Ours was a lovely, three-day affair full of friends, food and a whole lot of fun. But I'm not too blue to be back to reality with a lovely sunny summer week ahead.

Shall we start Monday off on a blue note? As promised, here's another look at the Blue and White Brunch I hosted last month.



As much as the theme was blue and white (the guests even dressed in blue and white), the vision started with pink - peonies were giving up their last gorgeous blooms and I imagined a blue and white table spiked with pretty pink blossoms.



We started in the kitchen with coffee, tea, and a cocktail - La Rosette, which I spied on the This is Glamorous tumblr. Just St. Germain, Pink Champagne and a rim sprinkled with lavender sugar. A divine sip for a summer bash!





For brunch, we nibbled on croissants, Ina's blueberry scones, and Gwyneth's gluten-free banana date muffins (which actually weren't bad as a gluten free option).  A tomato-basil tart, sausage and limoncello fruit salad were a hit, as was "It's Never Too Early For Chocolate" coffee cake.



The most delicious part? Sitting around talking about just about everything under sun and enjoying the company of dear friends. A perfect way to celebrate a blue-sky day in June.

What's your favorite thing to serve at brunch?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Blue And White Brunch: The Dish Dish

And so finally... the dish on the Blue and White brunch! Admittedly, it was just a casual Sunday with a few girlfriends, but I hadn't entertained in such a long time! I wanted to empty out the china cabinet and use as many dishes as possible - mixing and matching to see what I could make of it.


To start--the dinner plates from our wedding china were the perfect chargers. And a recent addition, a set of Real Old Willow dinner plates, fit on top as if they were made for. A coffee cake called for the dessert plates from our wedding china. And for pre-brunch nibbles in the kitchen, the china pattern I picked out as an eight-year-old on vacation in Victoria BC (I would get a few pieces each year until I had a complete set at 15!).  





For the menus, I painted backers in a blue and white stripe, and then finished by making seating card/gift tags as the final touch for each guest.


 Here's the final dish:


More to come on flowers, food and the total look!

So... when you set the table, do you tend to stick to one pattern? Or do you mix and match?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Blue and White Brunch: Some Inspiration

Happy Monday! Was it a lovely weekend? Let's start the week with a bit of the blues -- the good kind, of course. I know I've been teasing you for awhile now with the Blue and White Brunch I threw a few weeks ago. I'm still hoping to get my hands on a few more photos before I post. In the mean time, why don't we start with some inspiration?


I flipped through my party files while planning the table and menu, and it struck me while looking at entertaining photos from the Tory Burch Blog that the reason why my table almost always comes out blue and white is because it's so darn versatile. Timeless, seasonless, fancy or simple - collect a few go-to pieces of blue and white and you can create so many different settings:






Looking back at my own table settings through the years, it's fun to see how with a little mixing and matching and switching out flowers with the seasons, how easy it has been to maximize my blue and white and come up with something different and special every time:

Spring 





Summer 





Fall 








Winter 





Do you have a go-to color palette for entertaining or do you tend to mix it up?

Stay tuned for more from a late June Blue and White brunch! XO

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Shoes Make Me Happy



Happy Friday, all! Are you ready to step into the weekend?

When I spied these Tabitha Simmons for J. Crew Mattie Mott sandals ages and ages ago, they were on pre-order and I promptly forgot all about them. So when they showed up on my doorstep this week, it was a bit like Santa had visited. Super soft and comfortable, a happy Liberty print, and supporting an up-and-coming CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designer -- what's not to love? So cheerful and bright, like summer for your feet. I kind of want another pair!

Whether new friends or old favorites, I hope the shoes you wear this weekend take you to somewhere fabulously fun! XOXO

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Maine Event

So... Maine. It truly was a whirlwind tour. My husband's family is scattered around New England and after touching down Thursday night in Boston for a bit of sleep, we all converged near Wiscasset at his brother's home. Much of the visit was devoted to catching up and hanging out at the house, but we did manage to get out and about and take in a few of the area's many charms...


 To The Lighthouse
Salt spray and wild roses scented the air at the Pemaquid Point Light, where we watched the waves crash as we stretched our legs climbing the dramatic strips of granite that formed the rocky coastline.





A Garden Stroll
Happy hydrangeas bobbed their heads in greeting at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens near Boothbay, the white ones looking almost edible - like giant snow cones or Hostess Snowballs. The Children's Garden charmed us as we watched for Peter Rabbit to pop into Mr. McGregor's garden.





A Lotta Lobster 
For me, the Maine event was attempting to personally decimate the region's lobster population. And so we found ourselves at the Contented Sole in Pemaquid Harbor. Not just an old shack on a pier (which would have suited me perfectly, too), this place oozes well-styled, relaxed charm inside, but the best spot to gorge is outside taking in the harbor views.









A couple glasses of Loire Chardonnay, some oysters, the perfect lobster roll with roasted corn and I was a Contented Sole, indeed.


 

All in all it was a sweet visit, full of summertime bliss. 

What's your favorite place to catch up with family? 

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