Friday, April 27, 2012

Style Icon Lauren Hutton

This weekend we are attending an auction. The theme is 70's Disco with a Studio 54 vibe. I needed some inspiration for my outfit and of course thought of Lauren Hutton the gorgeous stylish 70's Icon. She has been a style icon for over 40 years known for all American girl looks and gap tooth smile. Here are some of her earlier looks! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

West Elm Seattle Event, Pop up Flower shop!

This Spring, select west elm stores will be hosting local florists and pop-up flower shops! We invite you to come by and meet a local florist and check out their shops. The florists will be selling single stems, entire floral arrangements and are there to provide advice and expertise in their craft.

Happening in Seattle on the following dates! Sounds fun!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Recipe to try this weekend: Gwyneth Paltrows smoked mozzerella & slow roasted tomato crostini

As you may know by now, I am a big fan of Gwyneth Paltrow. I love her style and her blog GOOP. Last year she came out with a recipe book, I still want to buy, called My Father Daughter. I tried this appetizer at a friends party and it is wonderful. I will be making it again this weekend. It's great for an appetizer or a light meal. I have the link below to the recipe..... Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Trend Alert 2012, Braids

I have a few parties in the next couple of weeks and want to do something different with my hair! I don't know if you have noticed the bevy of braids out there lately. Crown braids, french braids, fish tail braids, rope braids. They are not only cute they are functional as well keeping your hair up or out of  your face.  Here are a few to inspire you...

Crown Braid with Pony

Fish Tail Braid

Godess Crown Braid

Crown Side Braid

Simple Braid

Side Braid

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trend Alert Spring 2012, The Peplum

One of my favorite new trends and silhouettes of the season is the Peplum. It is so flirty and fun for spring. Everyone from Wu to Ricci showed it on the runway!

Georgio Armani

Yves Saint Laurent

Jason Wu

Nina Ricci

Photos courtesy of Elle

Monday, April 16, 2012

Olio Board-Bachelor Pad

Well things are finally starting to happen with my Bachelor Pad re-design! After collecting a few bids I chose a painter who will start painting next week, then the carpet will be installed and then it will really start to come together. Here is the board I am sending my client.......

We still have some accessories to pick out that will make it "pop" and accent walls to do!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Designers Touch- Grouping White Vases

A clustering of white vases is a great trend of the moment. White vases are easy to be found and blend into any existing decor. They can be found at such stores as Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel and West Elm. It can be a thrifty trend as well, if you have any ceramic vases around you can grab a can of Rustoleum, Hammered White and paint your vases as well. Here are some pictures to give you some ideas...

Dipsplay on a mantle

Grouped on a dresser

grouped on a side table

In the dining room, love the black and white

My Favorite, white in white, Gorgeous!

Monday, April 9, 2012

10 Faves: Designer Jeff Andrews

Friday, April 6, 2012

Here is to a Happy Weekend, Vanilla Pear and Vodka Cocktail

I couldn't resist checking this out when it came over my Facebook page. I definitely want to try this drink that includes pear juice, vanilla and vodka. See the link to the recipe below! Enjoy your weekend...

Two Tarts

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tips on accessorizing your home for spring!

Accessories pull a room together and give it a polished look and a designer touch. You can use personal treasures such as candles, photos, books, branches, shells, pillows, throws ect... I recently helped a friend accessorize her home for an upcoming event. It is a beautiful home however it needed some fresh accessories for spring.  Here is a peek.........

 Here is how the room looked before!
1) Gather all your favorite treasures. Set them on a large table so you can see them all at once. She had some great personal treasures to get us started.
2) Always use odd numbers, vary the textures, it helps to have contrast in color as well. I used white on a dark background.
3) Group candles, small treasures, such as a mirror box and a small dish on a larger tray. Also, see the contrast in the smooth modern tray and the rustic coffee table.
Of course, a pop of spring color, peach roses, to finish the table.
4) I love this grouping. I placed the coral on the glass table, great texture, and added a zebra throw for contrast and a pillow for a  pop of color! See how the pillows match the roses.
5) Stack books to create a platform for small objects. Always add some shine to your room with a mirrored surface or metal.
6) Bring in natural items such as shells or antlers. Again, I used a group of three and added a platform with books.

Here is the finished room! Isn't it warm, engaging, and it has that designer touch!

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8 Ways To Prepare Tuna: Never Be Bored Again!

Finally, a gorgeous day here in Seattle! It reminds me that bathing suit season is just around the corner! The forecast looks great for running this week and I have been researching healthy new recipes. I am a big fan of Tuna because it is easy to make and keep on hand.  Here are a few more ideas, Yum!! - 8 Ways To Prepare Tuna: Never Be Bored Again!