Today we’re over at Rue Magazine sharing a ‘How To’ by yours truly! We’re mixing pillows, patterns, and sizes for tips on styling a bed 3 ways. Which one will you choose?
Happy December! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. To kick off the week we have another new talent to share! Laura Miller is an incredibly talented water color, calligraphy artist, and founder of You Doll Design. She has an eye for beauty and excels at mixing colors and creating romantic prints. We’re so thrilled to have Laura as a regular contributor and we know you’ll love her tips for making your Christmas cards pop! Here’s a little more about Laura:
“I’ve been partial to the right side of my brain for as long as I can remember. I am passionate about lots of different artistic disciplines, all at once, and it tends to drive my need to create. I started taking fine art classes at a young age and continued pursuing it into adulthood as a pastime. It wasn’t until after I left full-time work in marketing/PR and was expecting my second child that I began taking myself seriously as an artist. I started ‘You Doll Design’ (a play off my maiden name – Udall) specializing in watercolor artwork, hand lettering and graphic design. In a streamlined digital world, I’m inspired by the organic characteristics of Nature, and the imperfections of human artistry. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with several like-minded creatives including photographers, wedding planners, interior designers, lifestyle bloggers and small business owners. While my first love and devotion is to my family, it is satisfying to have projects that remaind finished as opposed to ongoing tasks of laundry, dishes and picking up the same pile of blocks five times a day. I’m a fan of hand-written letters, going on impromptu adventures, movies with British accents and spending hours getting lost in a museum. I’m still obsessed with the Harry Potter books and probably the only person under 50 who records Jeopardy on their DVR. -Laura.”
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the exchanging of holiday cards. When else do we receive a flurry of stylish, tangible mail from our favorite people? It’s also a perfect occasion to exploit my love of calligraphy and hand-lettered addresses. I’ll save a calligraphy tutorial for a later post, but I’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you achieve a similar look and make your envelope stand out from the crowd.
Choose exciting envelopes. Don’t be afraid to branch out from the traditional to try something fresh like metallics or an icy blue. If you prefer classic white, try pairing it with a snazzy ink color – just make sure the colors you choose coordinate with the card within. My favorite combo has been these persimmon envelopes from Paper Source with white ink.
Pick a good pen. If you want the script-y calligraphy look, try brush pens. My favorites include the Faber-Castelle brush pens and Copic markers. Zig and Pentel also have several lines of colorful brush pens that I’ve wanted to try. For something more straightforward, I like the Micron and LePen brands. Get a feel for the pen with a few practice doodles before you begin addressing.
Determine style and layout. My favorite thing about this trend is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s the irregularities that make it beautiful. So don’t be afraid to embrace your personal style. If it makes you more comfortable, feel free to sketch out what you want to do first in pencil. Determine an angle and thickness for your letters to establish consistency. Also consider spacing, balance and the degree of ornaments and flourishes you want. When it comes to flourishes, make them at the beginning and at the end of words or above and below, but don’t get too crazy that the address is no longer legible. If the thought of writing an entire address out in cursive scares you, try doing just the names larger in cursive and then their street address in print below. This creates a dynamic visual contrast and can save you time without compromising style.
Add ons. Go the extra mile with some fun personal touches like festive postage stamps, pops of washi tape, writing the return address on the back (this creates more space at the front, too) or save time by getting a personal return address stamp. If you really want to get swanky, add envelope liners that complement your card and envelope. (Card and envelope liner by Paper Source).
We’re so excited to welcome our second CWD Contributor, Rachel Anne. Rachel is a southern firecracker raised in the deep south of Georgia with a real spunk for life. We’re thrilled to have her as our Art Confidant to help inspire art into all aspects of our life (home, style, and entertainment). Check out her blog – Feel Good Time for a peek into Rachel’s life and her website of beautiful paintings. We can’t wait to get started!
“I have a deep love for oil paints. In fact, I swoon over them. I need to focus on playful abstracts that are rich in lush color palettes often inspired by architecture, fashion and travel. I also have a great passion for painting portraits of my favorite classic icons from Grace Kelly to Jackie O’. I like to think of myself as a modern day Nancy Drew, always down for a spooky mystery, crazy adventure and of course ghost hunting. Like the hissing cicadas in the kudzu canopies of Georgia, I am loud and boisterous always tappin’ my toes to the sounds of Elvis, Ray Charles and James Brown. I am a sucker for anything leopard and floral and I happily admit that I have a fetish for collecting vintage brooches.. As long as my treasures are classy, timeless, chic and modest, I’m good to go! I live for the classics, study the footwork of Fred Astaire, swear by the Charleston and idolize Grace Kelly. My daydreams are often about my future home, and traveling here in the US and abroad. The Caribbean, Palm Beach, Charleston, Savannah and the French Riviera call to me constantly. Audrey Hepburn said it best, “Paris is always a good idea.” I feel really optimistic and passionate about life, spontaneity, and having a feel-good time. -Rachel”
As of late, I have been swooning over unique styles of bar carts within the home. To style a bar cart, my current inspirations come from the photographer Slim Aarons. Using these photos for inspiration, I’ve incorporated ginger jars as vases showcasing a palm leaf to capture the essence of the tropics. This Grace Kelly print is an artwork that is simple, chic, clean and small enough to frame and even place in front of a statement piece such as a gold ornate mirror. My rule of thumb is symmetry, therefore, if the mirror or artwork is smaller in width compared to the bar cart, I would even out the wall space with a wheat sheaf wall sconce on both sides of the mirror. With this styling, you can create a simple yet chic tropic touch to a bar cart with affordable artwork that is simple, and quite the statement piece.”
With Thanksgiving in just a few days we’re feeling inspired by all the perfectly layered tablescapes we’re seeing all over Pinterest. There is just something about personalized name cards, seasonal centerpieces, and gold rim dinnerware that have us swooning! Here are a few images we’re currently loving. Happy Thanksgiving, bring on the homemade rolls and pumpkin pie!
Happy Monday! We thought we’d start the week off right with a little Holiday cheer. The season’s coming fast and we’re so ready to get caught up in the excitement. To kick things off we’re presenting two new gold patterns! Arrows and Bows have a shiny new look and we couldn’t be more in love.
To see if you won the House of Lars giveaway, click HERE!
I’m so excited to share one of my recent remodels that was featured as House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Month! I worked on this project when I was living in Philadelphia and it was such a great experience. Thanks to my client Kristi and my previous assistant Rachel for being at the shoot while I was busy moving to our new home – and thanks again House Beautiful!
First of all we want to say a big thank you to everyone who participated in the #StyleYourCWT contest! There were so many great submissions and we had so much fun looking through each one. You are all so creative! In fact – they were so good, it took us longer than planned to pick just two. We had such a hard time choosing! After a lot of back and forth we finally nailed it down to two. Below are the winners:
And to say thanks we’re offering everyone 15% off now until Thursday! Code: STYLECWT. Be sure to keep checking back as we hope to do another contest like this in the future. Happy Monday!
I am so excited to be finally sharing a few pictures from the Street of Dreams in Arizona! It was quite an undertaking and couldn’t have come at a busier time for me and my family but I am grateful for the opportunity and couldn’t be happier with the results. I want to thank the builder E&A Custom Homes and the homeowners- Tiffany & Jason Check for hiring me and putting their trust and faith in me as a designer. I am also excited to share the news that they will be opening an amazing home store in December where locals will be able to order much of the furniture l that we used in the street of dreams. It’s going to be an incredible resource for Arizonians- where they can access high-end designer lines that I love and use frequently: Ann Sacks tile, Arteriors, Worlds Away, Bungalow 5, Caitlin Wilson Textiles, and more! Elsie Rose Home will be open in Mesa in December and they will also be hiring so if you’re interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be sharing more photos in the coming weeks so be sure to check back.
For Arizona locals: Right now on Instagram @cwdesign, E&A Custom Homes, and Elsie Rose Home are giving away 6 tickets to the Street of Dreams. If you live in the area make sure to enter! ALSO, if you live in the Gilbert area we’re looking for an assistant to help out with our photo and video shoot in a few weeks. If you’re interested, email us at email@example.com.
We’ll have a lot more photos in the coming weeks after the big photo shoot so stay tuned! Thanks to Tracey Simas for taking these for us!
The holiday season is underway and we’re thrilled to be sharing one of our favorite places to stock up on Christmas cards! We’ve teamed up with Brittany from The House That Lars Built to bring you a fabulous giveaway. The winner will get to choose any one item from her new winter line, which if you haven’t already seen, is absolutely beautiful. We’re dying over the floral patterns and gorgeous colors. Here’s a little peek:
How to enter:
- Head over to The House That Lars Built and “like” her on Facebook or “follow” on Instagram.
- Leave a comment here telling us how you entered.
- You’ll receive an extra entry if you share the giveaway on Pinterest (link in your comment)
- Contest ends Wednesday, November 20th.
AND if you need a little more gold in your life (I mean, who doesn’t?) Pop over to The House That Lars Built for a little giveaway of our own. We’re feeling the Christmas bug already!
Congrats Becky! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!