Updating the loo

Whether your loo is a place of serenity & pampering {think bubble baths by candlelight} or more of a functional room, you want it to be fashionable and inspiring. Why? Because either way, you'll be starting AND ending your days there. It may as well be a beautiful place!! I took a much needed break from nesting my new apartment to focus on some more pertinent things, but since I'm now rearing my way back into "decor mode", I figured that some inspiration was in order!

B-roomupdate

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In my opinion, there is nothing better than combining patterns and textures!! What do you think of this round up?

Let's Talk Interiors.

There has been a lot of interiors talk around the office lately. With Anna B. just getting married, and Paper Moss recently relocating into a new office, we have been chatting about our dream spaces like crazy. We are loving clean lines, crisp furniture, and cozy accents. (The fact that all of those start with the letter C is completely coincidental... Pun intended.)

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If you are working on an office revamp, make sure to add homey touches like a candle or a throw blanket. And don't be afraid of color. Adding pop of here or there gives the whole space a polished look! We are loving shades of blue lately. Here's to redecorating!

What projects are you working on at home?

Gold rush

While juggling the tasks of wedding planning and preparation, one of the things that has seemed most daunting is registry for housewares. Where do we begin? Now we're supposed to put together a list of things that {hopefully} compliment each other, in effort to create our new home together. I've been living the single life for decades and have taken every opportunity to create a home consisting of all things feminine and elegant. As I start to think about nesting with my man, I'm determined to maintain a chic style, now paired with some sort of rustic manliness? Yea it sounds impossible, however I'm hoping that by incorporating bits of gold with simple colors and varying textures, we can make this happen... or at least come close. Here are a few ideas that got my wheels turning:

1- Triple Tiered Pendant Shade

2- Giant Dot Rug

3- LOVE sign

4- Gold shelf DIY 

5- Sparkle Throw Pillow

6- Gold Dot Sheets

7- Studded Stacking Bowls

Those who have already been down this road, how have you found a happy medium?! Any tips?

Falling for Patch NYC

I don’t know what it is but there is something that I just kind of love about Target and this fall I have a reason to love it a little bit more. Having collaborated with the likes of West Elm and Anthropologie in the past, I was so excited to learn that the Boston store Patch NYC would be one of the four featured boutiques in ‘The Shops at Target’this September. If you haven’t heard of Patch NYC before and have a love for anything vintage, then you are definitely in for a treat. Reflecting the owners love of rediscovered objects, travel and nature, their vintage inspired pieces have a modern take and are truly unique. Discovering this shop in Boston was an unexpected surprise in itself and felt like finding that perfect vintage find. I cannot wait to see the entirety of their home décor collection at Target this Fall. I just can't get enough of the color combinations and textiles! I'm already falling for the pieces I've seen from it!!

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Do you have a favorite vintage find??

Let's Get Together

Summer may still be here, but as August is underway fall will soon be knocking on our door. Rather than think about colder weather, we'd much prefer to think about all the time we have left to bask in the heat! So we thought we’d share these fabulous outdoor spaces perfect for hosting end of summer gatherings and to just relax in while taking in a few extra rays of sunshine this August.

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After seeing these, we couldn’t help but feel the urge to get outside and do a little revamping ourselves. It's the perfect excuse to have a get together! What would you do with your outdoor space?

Alexander Girard

Early this summer when I found out that Herman Miller was releasing five re-edition textiles and an extensive vintage collection by the iconic designer, Alexander Girard, I could not have been more excited and wanted to share the good news!! The name may not be familiar but his work definitely is.  In recent years you could have seen his designs pop-up anywhere from Kate Spade bags, Urban Outfitter collections to Jonathan Adler wallpaper. His bold and playful use of color, geometry and graphics bring warmth, charm and humor into any living space. His prints and textiles may have been created during the 50's, 60's and 70’s, but they fit perfectly into the modern home today.  They are definitely inspiring us to go a little retro today!

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Would you rock these retro designs in your home?

The Catalyst

We’ve been loving the chevron craze that has been happening and just can’t get enough of a good thing! We find ourselves always looking for an excuse to use it and these fun takes on bringing the pattern into the home are inspiring us to rethink the classic in a whole new way. I wish I had the chance to do some home DIY projects right now because I just adore this simple idea of using tile to spice up the inner workings of the kitchen. And who knew wood floors would look so great in chevron?

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One of my personal favorites though, is the new rug ‘Catalyst’ from the Celerie Kemble collection by Merida.  Its fresh new take on the pattern is perfect for livening up any room.  Plus it comes in so many fabulous colors. Perhaps one for each room in the house?

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Would you sport chevron as a home decor trend in your space?

 

Typography love

Being in the design world, we can't help that seeing the world in Pantone's has become second nature and naming fonts has become involuntary. Yes, we've recently found ourselves rattling off too much information about fonts to friends and getting those blank stares back. While this is both good and bad, we've decided to embrace that psychotic little "quirk" and gush about some super cool typography inspired items for the home that we're obsessing over...

{Type Clock from CB2}

{Script rug from Chiasso}

{House numbers from Chiasso}

{Number placemats from The Little Factory}

{Letter coasters from The Little Factory}

{Letter pillow from Jonathan Adler}

And it never gets old... :) Thanks for sharing in our nerdy love for typography!

 

Fancy Napkins

How was your weekend, lovelies? Being that springtime and sunshiny weather is the perfect time for housewarming parties, get-togethers and showers, we've been searching high and low for some fun ideas to spice up a table and here is one of our favorites that we stumbled upon...

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I kid you NOT when I say that these napkins are actually a DIY. Can you believe it? I'm just dying to try my crafty little hands at these... which would equally make a perfect gift and a perfect addition any soiree. Hmmm...

 

Wedding decor: bottles + jars

Dreaming up wedding decor ideas can be pretty overwhelming... there are way too many fun ideas! Lately, we're loving the idea of mixing various bottles and jars {especially when they vary in shape and/or color} and using them as centerpieces, place settings, favors, aisle decorations and our personal favorite- hanging vases!

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Often popping just one or two flowers in each bottle will suffice so rather than putting your money into flowers {beautiful & sweet smelling as they are, they will die} you can highlight those pops of color with romantic glass which will sparkle against candle light at night. Scour second hand stores, antique stores and ask your friends to set aside any glass jars they run into. After the big day is over, you'll have your choice of which vases you want to keep and the others can simply be given away or recycled.

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Vintage handkerchief inspiration

This Wedding Wednesday, we're pretty pumped to share some vintage hanky inspiration! This is such a fun way to incorporate lots of colors and patterns to achieve a soft, vintage elegant ambiance for the big day. These are super easy to find and can be very inexpensive too... antique shops, Goodwill, and {of course} Etsy will have a great variety. Let the inspiration begin with this adorable hanky garland that you can easily DIY...

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This ring bearer pillow is adorable and would be super easy to make yourself to add another sentimental punch!

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A hanky table runner?! If this isn't done at a wedding, this would be such a sweet idea for a shower or dinner with friends!

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And although we're suckers for custom design, if you have your heart set on making your own Save the Dates, this idea we spotted on Wedding Chicks is pretty epic for a vintage wedding...

Get the DIY here...have fun!

Take a seat

If you've read our blog before, you probably know that Emily and I {Anna} go through varying phases of obsessions. We like to consider these obsessions of the healthy variety {is that possible?!} solely because they are usually with things or concepts that inspire us. The latest obsession besides Repetto shoes? Colored chairs. OMG.

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Though it's probably not the most budget friendly, we're dying over these wedding chairs that add such funky pops of color to the ceremony or table setting! A more cost effective option is to add a chair adornment like ribbons, sashes, place cards {yes, on the chairs} or chair covers. Either way, making those chairs stand out is a great way to wow your guests and make them feel special... not to mention that it opens the door to making a bold statement with the ambience regardless of the wedding theme or color palette.

What color {or combination of colors} would you have at your wedding?

For the home

Happy Friday! To wrap up our week of obsessing over geometric patterns, we figured it would only make sense to highlight some fun ways to incorporate new patterns into your home! If you're normally a little pattern shy, sticking to a neutral palette or something classic like black & white is a good place to start. Here are some things on our wish list for the home:

1: Headboard via West Elm

2: Rug via Layla Grace

3: Mirror via Jonathan Adler

4: Room divider via Layla Grace

5: Chair via Urban Outfitters

6: Throw pillows via Jonathan Adler

7: Lamp via Layla Grace

So fun, right? Happy decorating!

Cabin chic

Happy Monday darlings! How was your weekend? Is it just me or has time been flying by so stinkin' fast lately? I swear it was just the 4th of July!!! We hope that you had as much fun as we did with all of the "Fall Favorites" inspiration last week! This weekend we had the chance to escape the city and head to a little cabin in Virginia. Let me tell you, this getaway was much needed! In its anticipation and even now as I'm home, I find myself dreaming of my own future cabin and all of the goodies that I'd cram in there for a rustic chic ambience. How sweet would it be to cozy up next to the fire in one of these places??

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The rustic combination of wood and shades of stone in contrast with clean white and beige... it's just perfect! Decorating with antlers adds such a unique dimension and texture too and luckily if you're not a hunter, faux antlers are pretty easy to find these days! Said cabin may not come for awhile {or ever} but hey, a girl can dream, right?

Which do you prefer- a mountain cabin or a beach house??

Fall Favorites: Lovely Little Details

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Hello Pearls for Paper readers! Can I tell you how excited I am to be visiting today? Emily and Anna are some of the loveliest people I've "met" (cocktails in Boston soon, please?) in this crazy wedding world, and I am just so honored to be paying a visit to the blog today :)

Oh! Maybe I should introduce myself as well? I'm Jacin, and I am an event designer/planner living in San Francisco but originally from Connecticut, and I also have a blog under my company name, Lovely Little Details. You can take the girl out of New England, but you can't take the New England out of the girl, right? So it goes without saying that I just love mason jars. Before you roll your eyes and sigh, let me back up a bit. Masons are more than just pretty decor to me, I promise. Though they are a lovely wedding trend, I actually love them because they remind me of my late grandmother, Mimi, who was the queen of canning - from jams to pickles to homemade tomato juice (best bloody mary ever, anyone?) - she knew how to make it and every time we visited her, we'd end up with a special jar of one of her labors of love. I've never shared the image below, but it is my favorite picture and I think it depicts her perfectly. Isn't she the sweetest?

So... when Anna asked me to stop by today and talk about my favorite uses for masons in the fall, I happily obliged :) Here are some of my faves!

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I love how Nancy of So Happi Together added these adorable oak leave cutouts to mason jars for guests to use as place cards and drinking cups. So sweet, and perfect for fall, don't you think? I'm picturing a big canteen of hot apple cider right in the middle for an autumn gathering, or maybe if you want to jazz up your college football tailgate. Yes, my husband might be mortified, but at least it would look cute, right?

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Next up, why should we be the ones who get to enjoy our comfy fall sweaters? Kidding, but aren't these hand-knit mason jar "coozies" created by Megan Esass just so sweet? They'd be perfect for your Thanksgiving side table, or even as part of the centerpiece.

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Confession: I don't like apple pie. Phew! I said it. But there's nothing like the smell of homemade apple pie with the cinnamon and spices filling the air, and to me, it automatically reminds me of the fall. That and pumpkin pie. The concept of pies in a jar will never get old to me, and I especially love the pumpkin pies - wouldn't that be a fun gift for your guests to take home after a dinner party? {Here's the step by step instructions from Our Best Bites}.

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Obviously, besides canning, my next favorite use for masons is as a simple and pretty vase. I love flowers, they just make me happy. Add a few wheat stalks, or a single dinnerplate dahlia bloom, and you've got yourself a gorgeous centerpiece. The image above is one of my ultimate faves.

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Lastly, I just stumbled upon this last week over on You Stir Me (one of my faves!) where Laura craftily adapted the Thank You Jar idea from Young House Love in to a mason jar instead of a topiary jar. The concept is that you and your family write down something you are thankful for everyday leading up to Thanksgiving, and then you read them. I just love this idea and have a big blue mason just waiting to be filled.

Thanks again Anna & Emily for having me visit today - hope you all enjoy your holiday season, mason jars and all :)

xoxo jacin

Branching Out

Hello fabulous friends! We hope you had a restful weekend. Our last few days were really quite incredible- for no reason in particular, other than simply realizing all of the blessings that surround us. It's such a beautifully refreshing and energizing feeling! So YAY MONDAY! BRING IT ON!!! We wanted to start you off with a SUPER simple and freaking adorable DIY from one of the designers at Fossil, that will start to set a festive mood in your home. All you need {as shown in 1 & 2} is:

- candle holders with flat sides {any size}

- craft adhesive {multi-purpose for wood and glass surfaces}

- garden pruners

- dry tree or shrub branches

As you can see it's pretty simple, but hop on over to the Fossil blog for the exact directions! What a fun way to make some unique, cozy Fall decorations!

*All photos courtesy of Fossil

Ruffles + Roses

Happy Monday! With Fall on the way, we're desperately thinking of ways to be warm and cuddly through the chilly weather. Over the weekend, when we stumbled across these super cute rose- sweater pillows from Angella Eisman Design, it was love at first sight! How fun would these be to accompany your couch or adorn your bed.... and what a lovely gift idea too?!

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Dare we try to D.I.Y these? I suppose some things are better left to professionals... :)

More chevron, please!

You may have caught on that we are obsessing over the Chevron pattern lately. Who'd have thought that after all those years of staring at the Chevron gas station sign, it would materialize into something so pretty?! In the spirit of spring cleaning, moving & getting organized, this saucy little chevron printed tray started calling our names...

So naturally, we must obey and attempt to D.I.O.S {Do It Our Self}... and if you'd like to D.I.Y, here is the how to:

You'll need:

1 yard decorative fabric

Aluminum rimmed baking sheet {yes, a COOKIE SHEET!}

Spray adhesive

Scissors

Fabric glue

Synthetic felt

1/4-inch-thick acrylic sheet cut to fit inside of tray, with corners rounded

{the hardest part might be choosing the fabric!}

"How to":

1. Cut fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the back of the baking tray. Cover the front of the tray with spray adhesive.

2. Place fabric on tray so pattern is aligned, leaving enough room to wrap fabric around all sides to the back. Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles.

3. Pull any extra material into corner and push around the edge. Turn tray over. Cover the back of the tray with spray adhesive.

4. Press the fabric over two edges of the tray first, then fold in on each remaining side, as if wrapping a gift. Trim any excess fabric with scissors. Use fabric glue to secure, if needed.

5. Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and conceal fabric edges. Smooth felt on the back the tray.

6. Place acrylic sheet in center of tray.

*Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart; Premier Fabrics