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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

wednesday wish list

I've been dreaming of bronzed skin, white tee's + painted toes. And most of all, time with friends on the back porch. Can we say Mojitos, anyone? 

How about you ... what are you dreaming of lately? 
Here's to the seasons of warmth + sunshine ... to entertaining outdoors + living in sandals.

 As you know, spring + summer whites are always a favorite, with a little hint of blush of course.

I wanted to share a few of my most recent finds with ya'll in case you want in.

Here's what I'm wishin' for this week...

{click on links below to get yours}

Wishing you a blissful week, 
full of beautiful moments.

{find image source here}
{Link here for authentic Mohito recipe}

and beautiful cocktails.



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Friday, April 14, 2017

like the cool kids

"I wish that I could be like the cool kids 
'Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in."

Way back when, it was just about keeping up with the cool kids you knew... fast forward to now, and we are literally linked to the coolest of the cools across the planet on the daily. No pressure, right?

It's so easy to get caught up in the comparison game, but the reality is, it's our uniqueness (the way we don't fit the norm) that is ultimately cool. We all have something to give the world.

To be honest, even if I secretly get a little jealous from time to time, there are some very cool women who truly inspire me. Women who create, explore and make it happen. Girl power at its best.

Today I wanted to share a few of the Spring styles I'm currently craving, and one of my design crushes, who happens to be one of those very cool chicks.  

{image via Em Fashion Files + Pinterest}

For me, Spring weather means all the more reason to wear white (though I'm a big believer in wearing it year round). This is my Spring style inspiration. My Spring vibe. I just want to look that cool

I've been on the look-out for the perfect pair of sunnies (I'm currently crushing on these groovy pink shades via Amazon... 

pink sunglasses here to purchase yours.)

Spring is also time for savoring the moments + capturing them in creative ways. I love this idea from the SF Bay Girl (that cool chick I mentioned) - creating chic mini photo books of instagram images with Artifact Uprising. It makes me want to document my life in much more interesting and unexpected ways ... even if it's just a trip to the local farmer's market. #summergoals

Terrazzo trend

I also loved Victoria's recent take on the Terrazzo trend. See her post + all the pretty photos here.  I'm tellin' you, her instagram feed is definitely swoon-worthy. She has amazing travel pics + depths of design insights for all of us creative types. Promise, you'll be inspired.

When it comes to decorating for Spring + Summer, I love to add simple fresh elements that give a nod to the season. My most recent find on Minted is this pretty pink palm print (say that fast three times)...
{image via Minted: "Palm Study #2" - Art Print by Cindy Lackey}

I love adding fresh art (like this print) to an interior to give it a Spring fresh feel. Link here to check-out Limited Edition Art Prints by Minted.

In addition to finding inspiration online, my biggest source of inspo recently was a short weekend trip to NYC. There's nothing like city feels to feed the creative soul. One of my instagram snaps captured some great graphic street art (click over to follow along on my visual journey).

This image has me wanting to paint + create ... and actually reminds me of my JuJu Hat DIY. I still have some feathers left, so I just may need to make more! Link here for my video how-to. Be sure to get the perfect feathers for the job at Etsy {Kimonos Feathers}.

JuJu Hat DIY
{JuJu Hats created by moi; feathers by Etsy}

Inspired by the JuJus, I made this moodboard with hints of blush, brass + great textures...

Find links to the Moroccan PoufPom Pom Blanket and Runners, all available for purchase via Amazon.
White Moroccan Pouf

 I hope this post finds ya'll enjoying all the goodness of Spring. Here's to cocktails on the back porch + cool moments with good friends.

{image via Thou Swell}

Wishing you good vibes this weekend! Here's to a beautiful Spring to you + yours!!!



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

sweet somethings

This weekend we had an early dose of spring here in the Carolinas. 70+ degrees in February is such a treat. We tried to savor every moment before the sun went down. I love when neighborhoods come to life with signs of spring in the air. Warm weather is good for the soul.

Recently I decided to take some time each week to do something that makes my creative soul happy, even if it's simply buying some pretty flowers at the grocery store, like these lavender lovelies...

...Or, working on moodboards (a fav way for me to gain some inspiration). I did this Valentine-esque moodboard, inspired by COCOCO. Who can resist these three sweet somethings...Roses, Chocolates + Chesterfields...

How yummy is that chocolate leather + all that tufted goodness? 


I just wanted to take a moment to share a few things I'm loving lately...

Chocolate + cherries. {Image via thefirstyearblog ... 
link over to get the recipe for Cherry Cake + Chocolate Ganache.}

Spring fresh art. {Art via Etsy.}
 Spring Bouquet by Cortney North
{Link here to get yours}

Pink velvet. {Image via the stripe : the Quirk Hotel, Richmond}

Graphic details. {Butterfly design by India Mandavi. 
Image via Milk Decoration}

Cozy spaces. {Image via instagram brittnimehlhoff}
Feather love. {I made these DIY JuJu Hats for Smartstuff ... and I'm still obsessed. Source: My go-to Etsy shop for all that feathers}

Prop Styling. {Photo by Kenton Robertson for Belle Meade Signature. Styling by moi.}

❤️C R A Y O N  H E A R T S❤️
{I crafted these for Smartstuff. See my post here.}

...What are you loving lately?

Wishing you + yours a Happy Valentine's Day!!!



Friday, February 3, 2017

la - la - luscious interiors

I told you we were working on something really fun! 
...and now here it is, just in time for the weekend... the big reveal!

My set decorator sister Pam has pulled together a stunning + oh-so-captivating post, with loads of brilliant thoughts + insights into the cinematic enchantment + allure of La La LandSo...Get ready for some La-La-Luscious Ideas + Inspiration.

Read on, scroll down...
I promise you won't be disappointed. Here's Pam's take on La La Land, from set design to real-life interiors...

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If you're a film enthusiast like me, you can't help but be swept up into the excitement and buzz of the official award season. The Golden Globes kicked off the La La Land craze.  Now the frenzy continues with the film’s fourteen Oscar nominations. After seeing the film, I am happily twirling my way onto the bandwagon. Seriously, I cannot wait until spring, so I can slip into a colorful, flouncy dress and dance into the sunset.

Inspiration from the Set Design of La La Land
 {Emma Stone’s canary yellow dress looks stunning against the backdrop of a purple-blue haze. 
Image via The New York Times.}

Inspiration from the Set Design of La La Land
{Production Designer David Wasco + Set Decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco created Hollywood dream sets, Image via Forbes.}

Before re-locating to the Midwest, I worked as a Set Decorator, both in New York and LA. Seeing La La Land reminded me of what I love most about the film industry: the magic of each person, cast + crew, doing their part to create the bigger picture.  There's something intoxicating about the movies, isn’t there? And, there is something about those dreamers, those artistic souls who are drawn to the creative chaos.

“Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make.” 
Lyrics from Audition 
(The Fools Who Dream)
La La Land

Emma Stone on set of La La Land
{Image via Vogue}

Set Design for La La Land
{Image via The New York Times}

I remember working on the Universal Studios lot, soon after moving to Los Angeles. I was riding in one of those golf carts, running set errands and I had to call my Mom. I was “Living The Dream,” as we called it behind the scenes (“LTD” for short). Of course, we mostly used the term jokingly, while doing something glamorous, like mopping the stage floor.

The other aspect I enjoyed about film decorating was “breaking down the script,” set by set. This is when I’d read through the script with a fine-tooth-comb, in order to get to know the characters and to start dreaming about the world(s) we would create for each character.

As a decorator, I was thoroughly inspired by all of the visual eye candy of La La Land. Here are a couple of cues from the big screen to ignite a little Hollywood magic into your world:

Magic Hour Lighting

You know what they say, “It’s all about the lighting.” Cinematographers call the best time to shoot “magic hour.” It's the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when the sky has softer hues than when the sun is shining high in the sky. This film found its' color palette in twilight skies. 

On the Set of La La Land
{Image via Cosmopolitan}

You can create this same subdued sunset effect on your walls with an ombre wallpaper (or d-i-y the look with paint. Find a great how-to here).

Ombre Walls with Ombre Wallpaper
{Image via Murals Wallpaper}

Or, you can live the La La dream just by using the "magic hour" filter by A Color Story. Get the app for your smart phone and have some fun editing your images and creating some magic of your own. Here's a fun post by A Beautiful Mess with more info and images for inspiration. Print and frame a magic hour- edited photo of your own or post one on instagram to live that La La vibe.

A Starry Night Sky = Drama

La La Land also used the beauty + twinkle of starlight with abandon on their magical sets. 

Starry Night on the Set of La La Land
{Image via Casa Vogue}

You can replicate the look too. Try painting a ceiling in your favorite hue of deep blue, or even black. And make sure to light it up with a twinkling light fixture for instant romance.

Modern Light Fixture and Deep Blue Painted Ceiling

Modern Light Fixture Statement and Painted Black Ceiling
{Via My Domaine. Photo by 47 Park Avenue.}

Pay Homage to Classic Hollywood Graphics

I loved how the production design team of David and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco used bold graphics + hints of art deco to pay homage to classic Hollywood glamour.  
Set Design for La La Land
{Image via Architectural Digest
A great article for more behind the scenes scoop.}

Get the look. Adorn a wall with a large scale, vintage cinema poster like the one of Ingrid Bergman, used above Mia’s bed.

Graphic Hollywood Movie Prints : Audrey French Poster
{Image via sfgirlbybay}

A while back, I laid my eyes on this Audrey Hepburn poster from the French version of Funny Face. I’ve been searching for an actual vintage French poster and have yet to find one within my budget. To find similar replicas, you can go to amazon or etsy. Or, find an array of Hollywood inspired art here.

{Link here to purchase the poster via Amazon}

(Link here to purchase this poster via Etsy}

Enlarge a vintage advertisement or postcard to create playful wall decor. You can easily create your own work of art through Shutterfly.

Ryan Gosling on the Set of La La Land
{Image via Forbes}

Graphic Vintage Fruit Advertisement Poster
{Image via pinterest.  Fruit crate label photo by Paul Malon on Flickr.}

Technicolor Jazzes Up A Neutral World

In the first act of La La Land, you’ll notice a distinct difference between Mia’s colorful world and the sparse, colorless world of Sebastian.  That is until they meet, of course.  Mia puts the color inside of his world (I hear a John Mayer song).

Emma Stone on the Set of La La Land{Image via The Guardian}

You can color your interiors with splashes of vibrancy, with a statement chair in a rich tone or colorful pillows, like this example of an essentially neutral space enhanced with black-and-white and a few vivid pops of color.

Colorful Hollywood Glam Interior Design
{Image via pinterest.  Jonathan Adler, an amazing source for all things technicolor and dreamy!}

When in Doubt, Just Add Stripes 

I completely fell for the striped sofa in Mia’s original L.A. apartment set.  Stripes are classic and once again, give a nod to old Hollywood.

Striped Sofa from the Set of La La Land
{Image via  Vogue}

Audrey Hepburn Black and White Hollywood Photo : Striped Sofa
{Image via pinterest. Find the original Photographer's archive here, scroll to Leading Ladies to find Audrey}

Black and White Striped Sofa and Gallery Wall Inspiration
{Image via pinterest/thirlby tumbler}

Black and White Rug and Teal Sofa Interior Design
{Image via theROOMedit}

How about you, which look do you want to emulate in your home?  Isn't it amazing how much inspiration can be found in one extraordinary creative collaboration.  Don't you think life should be a little more like the movies?  I mean the good stuff: more magic hours, more romance, more heartfelt moments + more dancing under the stars.  If you haven't seen La La Land yet, promise me you will before Oscar night!  



{Here we are in real-life #MagicHour in LA}

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


hi friends.

I've been busy working on some collaborations and can't wait to share one I'm working on with my twin sister Pam Stasney. We have been scheming for years about how we can meld our worlds and work on some projects we decided to seize the day and just make it happen. I'm completely obsessing about a post she's pulling together and am crazy eager to reveal all the inspiration + ideas to you (soon, I promise).

Until then, I wanted to just give you a few thoughts and let you know what's been inspiring me lately. Honestly I feel like I need to make more time to invest in experiences that lead to inspiration. I need to take myself on an "artist date" and reflect, explore, and soak in all the creativity that surrounds. I wrote a post awhile back about our "cinema selves." ... and right now I'm feeling the need to tap into that, to become that vision of myself.

I'm dreaming of it. And as the saying goes, If we can dream it, we can become it. Right?

And let me tell you, putting dreams into action is lots of hard work. Ultimately one of my goals for this year is to work smarter. I haven't quite figured it out yet. So if you have any tips, feel free to chime in. I am wide open.

Here are a few pretty pictures that have me feeling motivated to create, simplify, organize + believe in the power of dreams...

{image via La La Lovely}

{image via pinterest, Oh My Dear Blog}

Find a fun "Let's Stay Home" Pillow here.
{Image via pinterest, Bauble Bar}

... and an on-trend pink choker here (or get one in every color) ...
I also found a great source for a sweet pink suede choker via Etsy (link here to the Etsy shop). 
{Image via Sincerely Jules}

I am dreaming of an organized office space. fresh + simple styles for my home + fashion. 
...and finding new coolness on instagram...

{image via Studio 125 Mpls}

(I just spied a set of 4 Eames-style pink dining chairs ...
link here to get in on the deal.)
{chairs available via Amazon}

Plus, of course, doing a little crafting. 
My latest creation: 
❤️ C R A Y O N  H E A R T S ❤️
(blog post here)  ...

Tell me, what's moving + motivating you lately?

C'mon, spill. I need some inspiration!