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A Shabby Chic Bedroom

If there’s anyone who’s able to find the silver lining amongst chaos it’s our dear friend Beth Chapman. When an old oak tree all but destroyed their former bedroom during Hurricane Sandy a few years ago, Beth took the opportunity to create her dream bedroom (one she had been planning in her mind for years). Infused with shabby chic elements of the loveliest kind, you can see her vision come to life right here.

And if you know us at all by now, you know that we can’t resist a good ol’ shopping guide. Here are a few shabby chic inspired pieces to to help bring a slice of cozy, uber-feminine comfort into YOUR home!

From Beth Chapman, stylist and owner of The White Dress by the Shore… My husband Mark and I have wanted to redesign our bedroom ever since we moved into our house 10 years ago! Unfortunately, it always fell to the back burner and other house projects took precedent. Last October we were forced into a bedroom redesign by a pesky lady named Sandy! During Super Storm Sandy, an 80 foot oak tree fell on our house and landed on one of our bedroom dormers. Thank goodness the dormer was there, as the tree would have fallen straight through to the first floor! The dormer collapsed into the room bringing part of the ceiling with it and collapsing the built-in book case that was below it. We were unable to live in the bedrooms for 6 months until the structural work could be done to repair the roof, the dormer and the ceiling in the bedroom. During that time, I worked with Hartley and Hill to put into place a design that my friend Sara Hartley had created for me years prior.

From Hartley and HillAfter getting to know Beth, we thought it was important to design a space that truly represented her both style and functional necessities in her master bedroom for her and her husband. Knowing that she’s a bridal boutique owner and stylist, we knew right away that she loves texture! From ruffled linen to chenille, we thought that fabrics friendly to cuddling with up with the rest of the family (and pets!) were a must. Keeping the room in the original green hue, as selected by Beth and Mark, we wanted to incorporate soft blues, taupes and creams, with the occasional pink accent. As business owners, having a small working area in their room was essential. We had this beautiful antique secretary refinished in a grey puddy tone with new antique brass hardware to allow them to close their work space at the end of the day.

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck | Design: Hartley and Hill Design | Chaise: Belle Escape | Chandelier: Belle Escape | Chandelier: Eloquence | Dining Chairs: Belle Escape | Distressed Mirror: Nordstrom | Duvet: Anthropologie | Floral Stool: Alexander and Pearl | Floral Towels: House of Fraser | Headboard: Home Decorators | Kensington Clock: Pure Home | Side Table: Belle Escape | Side Tables and Dresser: Lillian August | Sideboard: Kathy Kuo Home | Throw: Terrain at Styers | Throw Pillow: House of Fraser | Tuffted Footstool: House of Fraser | Wooden Trays: Amara

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Jacquelyn Clark

Blowdry & Styling Room Opening Party from True Event

Never being one to turn down a good party, I’m secretly sad to have missed this one. Dripping in pink, sparkle and all things delightful, True Event & Leila Brewster outdid themselves this time. An evening filled to the brim with girly delights is always good for ones soul. And if you, too, are experiencing a case of FOMO, you should join me in the gallery (we can at least pretend we were there).

From Jennie… I have always been a huge fan of the professional blowout. When I lived in NYC, long before trendy dry bars even existed, I used to go for a weekly wash and blow at a small salon in midtown. To me, it’s the ultimate treat and saves so much time getting ready in the morning. I am so thrilled to finally offer this in-demand service to our clients!

When the time came to announce the launch of our new Blowdry and Styling Room here at Jennie Fresa, I knew we needed to throw a fun celebration! Sara True of True Event knows how to throw a fabulous party, so I didn’t need to think twice when she offered to plan a summer soiree introducing our newest service. With a slew of generous industry sponsors on board, I knew it would be a night to remember! And, that it was!

From True Event… We are a fan of a lot of sparkle and shine and anything girly! When Jennie asked us to help design the opening of her Blow Dry Bar we were pretty excited! What better way to spend any evening with gals getting all glammed up!
For the design of this event we wanted to go off of pinks, golds, black and white. We brought in some of the best vendors to help with this event. Ryan Design hung amazing black chandeliers with white and light pink draping to add the softness to the framed tent. Hana Floral Design brought in the fun hot pinks, purples, greens for the flowers for the evening. Gourmet Galley Catering had a yummy and fun watermelon bar that was a perfect and refreshing for the night. Sassafras rentals brought in one of our favorite vintage lounge areas adding the perfect touch of vintage. As guest enjoyed some bubbly they listed to Jarrell Entertainment from Elan Artists. A big hug & kiss to Leila Brewster Photography and Caddywhompus for capture the evening fun!


Photographer: leila brewster | Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering | Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC | tent: Liberty Rentals | Event Design & Coordination: TRUE Event | Floral: Hana Floral Design | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Makeup & blow Dry bar: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Music: Elan Artists | Music: Jarrell Entertainment | Paper: Tie That Binds | Vintage Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals | rentals: Rentals Unlimited | video: Caddywhompus Productions

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Jacquelyn Clark

Chamard Vineyards Wedding from Anna Sawin Photography

Through the years, the vendors that grace the pages of SMP have become dear friends of mine. It’s one of the truly special things about what I do. And the team of talents behind this wedding at Chamard Vineyards? They are simply the sweetest, and seriously talented to boot. So it’s no surprise to me that with TRUE Event behind the design, Lindsay of Jennie Fresa in charge of all the beauty, a gown from The White Dress by the Shore, catering from Gourmet Galley and Anna Sawin capturing all the pretty, that this wedding is just Connecticut perfection. Top it all off with one adorable, could-not-be-more-in-love Bride and Groom…and ladies and gents, we have a winner. See it all here.


From the Bride… When Paul & I got engaged we were both on the same page. The most important thing for us and our guests was that the wedding reflected who we were: sophisticated, but not too stuffy, romantic, but not overdone, down home yet classic. And the most important thing… that everyone had a blast.

As we started to plan we noticed a theme coming together. A celebration of Connecticut! When I first moved to Connecticut I thought it was only temporary, a stop on the way to wherever else I was going, but it grows on you. No place has quite the combination of city & country, the ocean & the woods, the well-to-do & the down-to-earth. It is a place that has all four seasons, amazing restaurants, lots of places to visit & things to do. Best of all – it is the place where Paul & I met each other and have so many great memories. Since many of the guests were from out of town, it was important for us to showcase the best of what Connecticut had to offer.

My dress was made by Modern Trousseau. A designer who sells dresses in over 30 countries, but makes their dresses in Woodbridge, CT. I was able to go there and meet the woman who handmade my dress. Gourmet Galley, our caterers, were local to CT too and we had a farm-to-table menu that mostly included food from all over the state. The venue, Chamard Vineyards, in Clinton, not only offered the ambiance we were looking for, but also celebrates CT by growing grapes and making wine there. Our photographer, florist, make-up & hair, wedding coordinator, string trio, Justice of the Peace, cake & pastry makers were all based in our great state. We welcomed out of town guests with gift bags that celebrated the state where we began our love story. They included Pez, Deep River potato chips, Poland Spring water & Trim accessories all items made by companies in CT.

We wanted it to feel romantic yet laid back and comfortable. Much of what we decided on reflected this. From the outdoor rustic chic farm tables, to the dreamy floral arrangements of peonies, hydrangea & dahlia, to my Chantilly lace dress and fingertip lace edged veil.

Fun was high on our priority list. It was important that the Justice of the Peace reflected our style as well as kept the audience engaged. We worked with Victoria Burdick who met with us a few times for dinner & then created a ceremony that we didn’t review. We heard it for the first time when our guests did.

We wanted to keep the wedding moving along so that no one got bored & so that everyone felt that there was something to do. Fun for us meant that no one would be sitting at their tables when the music came on. We hired The Nerds. We planned the date for our wedding around their availability because we have been following them for about 10 years and knew that they would make it a real party. We also had s’mores & cotton candy to close out the night to add that extra bit of whimsy.

We knew that we did our job because we have been to a few weddings since and all the people could talk about was how great our wedding was and how they have been telling all their friends that it was the most fun they’ve had!

Wedding Photography: Anna Sawin + Nicki Griffith for Anna Sawin Photography | Wedding Venue: Chamard Vineyards | Officiant: Victoria Burdick | Event Coordination: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Flourescent, Milford, Connecticut | Catering: Gourmet Galley | Cakes: Gourmet Galley + J Cakes | Lighting + Tent Rental: Sperry Tents | Music: O’Brien Strings + The Nerds | Hair + Makeup: Lindsay of Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare Boutiquerie + Timothy Pamment Salon | Transportation: STA Transportation + Post Road Limo | Accommodations: Saybrook Point Inn + Comfort Inn, Old Saybrook | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via The White Dress by the Shore | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coren Moore via The White Dress by the Shore | Save the Dates: Pear Tree Greetings | Calligraphy (Escort Cards, Table Numbers, Chalkboard Menu): Kristen Henderson Calligraphy

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