Thursday, December 6, 2012

S'more Wedding Favors

I couldn't resist sharing something sweet with you!  I designed these tags and favors for a dear client.  The front of the tag says Sending you... S'more love (perfectly adorable) and then on the back, it's a perfect spot to put a poem, saying, scripture or signature.  What's great about the word s'more is that you can use it to pretty much any saying.

Sending you...S'more Love and Joy (Christmas party favor)
Sending you...S'more bundles of love  (awesome for baby shower)
Sending you...S'more sweet treats (birthday favor)
Sending you...S'more Joy (wedding favor) with the couple's name on it

Perfect wedding favor because they are unique, edible and easy to DIY. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Perfect Partnership

There are some designers that can marry the styles of traditional and contemporary seamlessly without even being able to determine which is more dominant. 

Rustic horizontal wide plank boards fill the focal wall around the fireplace.  By using a rectangular fireplace it emphasizes the width of the room and lends itself nicely to the overall vision.  The black slate fireplace complements well with the steel black staircase with linear shadows up the walls.  Stone pebbles on the opposing wall gives great contrast, texture and visual detail to the large room.  By using the two natural elements they expand the space while giving it a cozy, inviting lure.  Pops of color in the side tables, carpet or blankets can transition this space nicely for years to come.  Simply changing out the functional pieces allows you to invest in the architectural space while having fun with interchangeable items.

Loving this space!  5 stars!  What do you think?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Traditions of Christmas

Do you find lately the traditions of Christmas are getting forgotten about by the commercialism of the holiday?  I feel more and more each year we need to go back to our roots and keep things simple.  We get so caught up by the expectations and stress of being in multiple places at one time or having that perfect gift or even have the house perfectly decorated for guests.

Here are some great suggestions for scaling back this year and focusing on what really matters.

1.  Make a list of old traditions that you once enjoyed doing and do at least 2 of them this year.  Keep the list in safe keeping to add 2 new ones next year.
2.  Instead of stressing about what gifts to buy, donate your gift money to a local food bank or sponsor a family in need.  The inner joy and peace it will bring you will amaze you.
3.  Decorate only the main living space for the holidays.  Instead of stringing lights and garland throughout, put your focus on your family area.
4.  Think of a few people who are shut-in for the winter or do not have family locally and either stop by or give them a call.  They will be overjoyed by your thoughtfulness and the time you have taken to talk to them.
5.  Appreciate the little things.

As we kick off December, don't spend your time wanting Christmas to be done and over with.  Make it enjoyable and memorable by doing it your way.

Here are some great snapshots and links to classic designs or family traditions you can start up!  Enjoy!