Love this treasury called Elegant Dream on Etsy by Laurence Collection. Found it via Bird in Hand Vintage.


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Happy Birthday!

I love this idea for a birthday cake. How great are those candles? So unexpected!

For more of these french birthday images by Elizabeth Messina, go here!

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Lemon Tartlettes

My interns, Heather and Lauren, came over last weekend to shoot and style the desserts for our Mother’s Day Picnic, which you can see here, today on Grey Likes Weddings. They did an incredible job styling and photographing our details. The tartlettes were adapted from this Lemon Chess Pie recipe. Obviously we didn’t make the blackberry compote, per it’s inability to travel well. And I cheated on the crust…I totally bought store made pie dough. BUT, the filling was legit, so I totally recommend whipping some up this weekend. They were actually super easy to make!


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Tuuni: Upcycled Goods

Etsy seller Tuuni makes pillows utilizing vintage doilies. I absolutely love her designs!

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Everyday Pretty

Lately I’ve been working on incorporating some of these beautiful and inspiring ideas I see all over the blogosphere into my actual life. Sometimes it’s easy to just get my fill of pretty things in the virtual world, rather than pursuing infusing my own life with beauty on a daily basis. It’s sort of a practice what you preach kind of thing.

Anyhow, this inspiration board has a few ideas that I really love, each which represent something fairly easy that you could do to touch up your space. First up, I love the ice tea display from Sweet Paul. What I love most is the mint, all bunched up together. Mint is so refreshing and a nice addition to your iced tea. It takes only an extra dollar or two to buy a bunch, and with all the leftover leaves, bundle them together with a piece of twine for an instant centerpiece on your summer table.

The next image from 100 Layer Cake is a table with a plank running down the center. What a creative idea, if you’ve got something like that laying around your backyard or your garage! Also, note the branches in the vase at the bottom left from Apartment Therapy. An eye catching centerpiece is usually as easy as running out to your front yard with a pair of clippers and an eye for a few small tree branches! The last picture from Green Wedding Shoes is a little more high maintenance, but I do adore old letterpress blocks. Whenever I’m at the flea market, I’m on the hunt for more. What a fun sweet little addition to your home!

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Bill and Rebecca: A Love Shoot

So what if you aren’t engaged or expecting a baby or a model??? So many couples have outdated photography, dusty wedding albums, and/or a few print outs from your trusty point and shoot camera. I think that hiring photographers to take you out for a session is totally worth doing. And, because you aren’t hiring the photographers for the day like you would for a wedding, an afternoon photo session won’t break the bank. This shoot of Bill and Rebecca by T & H Photography is so spectacular, it may help convince you. There are so many wall-worthy images here.

I say, Love Shoots are totally IN!


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Summer Inspiration

I’m so sorry for my absence last week. Bryan’s family lost his grandfather. You can read more about it here, but for now, I’m excited to be reminded of the little things in life that are worth cherishing and savoring.

Here is a little bit of summer inspiration, that honestly, has got me salivating. I am desperate for a really hot afternoon on the beach. I need some sun and enough heat to warrant shorts and a tank top. This long cold spring has got me really excited for what’s coming up!

Top Four Left: Photographer Helen Pe via Emma’s DesignBlogg via Lieblings Weerke. Bottom Left: Shannon Blue Photography Fine Art on Etsy Top Right: Johhny Cupcakes Middle Right: Caroline Tran Bottom Right: 10th Muse

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