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A Dress Shop So Pretty We Want to Move In

The Dress Theory in Seattle is a shop pretty enough to live in; and even more so to grab some serious interior inspiration from. Lux textures and gold accessories are its shining stars, crafted by Manderley Design Co. and all the gorgeous wedding dresses are the added bonus. See even more velvet sofas, pink vintage rugs and gobs of tulle captured by Matthew Land Studios in the VAULT.

Before I started my interior design business a few years ago, I worked in the wedding industry in Seattle for 10+ years. So when the owner of the Dress Theory, told me it was time for a refresh of their space, I jumped at the chance. The Dress Theory is Seattle’s beloved dress shop that has a small boutique feel, a features a really unique collection of hand-selected dresses, many from independent and up-and-coming designers. They really pride themselves on providing a personal, special experience while shopping for your dress.

Camille, the lovely proprietress of the Dress Theory, wanted a space that was a little more elegant and chic then their previous space, but it still needed to be comfortable, warm, and welcoming.

The building they are in was built about 60 years ago, so we had some things to contend with – crazy plaster walls, hardwood floors that had seen better days, and a tiny bathroom – but we also had lots and lots of the most gorgeous light through windows that soar to the ceiling. It felt very much like a Paris apartment to me, so I had fun creating what I thought of as my single-girl-in-Paris dream.

The new shop features a beautiful vintage silk pink rug that I found on eBay, which was the inspiration for the rest of the space. That rug might have been the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to let go to a client! We covered the windows with gorgeous sheers from Restoration Hardware so that the light would be filtered and dreamy. RH does sheers with heavy textured linen so they are substantial and luxurious; they’re really incredible.

We also filled the space with velvet sofas, and lots and lots of moveable seating in the form of poofs, stools, and ottomans with interesting finishes like gold leaf, velvet, ostrich skin leather, lucite, and the fluffiest faux fur. It has a collected over time feel that fits perfect with those vintage plaster walls. Oh, and lots of gold everywhere!

As always for me, the lighting was the most fun. There are two separate rooms, and both received a gorgeous gold chandelier. The first is a bit modern and very glamorous, and lends the space a little bit of edge. The second is oversized and covered in actual gold leaf, for a super luxurious feel. I really love them both!

We finished off the space with custom pillows in some of my favorite fabrics to add pattern and color, and also used a feminine, romantic wallpaper from Rifle paper company in the bathroom. The finished space is feminine, romantic, and the perfect spot to spend the ultimate fantasy day…wedding dress shop with your best girls!



Sources: Wall color: Atrium White by Benjamin Moore | Window sheers: Restoration Hardware |
White faux fur and lucite ottoman: Z Gallerie | Blush velvet pouf: no longer available | Charcoal velvet sofa: Z Gallerie | Pink silk rug: vintage | Black and white kilim runners: West Elm | Hand towels: West Elm | Bathroom wallpaper: Hygge and West | Gold shelves: Ikea Vittsjo shelf, painted gold | Urchin chandelier, gold leaf chandelier, grey area rug, custom pillows, ostrich leather gold stool: all available through Manderley Design Co.

Photography: Matthew Land Studios | Interior Design: Manderley Design Co.

How to Ready Your Home for Visitors in 10 Minutes Flat

One of the best parts of the holidays is spending time with family and friends, but we know you’re busy and tidying up for guests isn’t at the top of your to-do list. So, we looked to our friends at MyDomaine for their genius tips on readying your home for visitors in 10 minutes! “When that old friend drops into town or your home suddenly becomes the impromptu setting for a dinner party, we don’t want you to panic at the thought of the unsightly state of your kitchen. Read on for an infallible game plan should one of these last-minute hosting scenarios become your reality.”

Keep an Eye On the Time

Set an alarm for a few minutes before your guests’ set arrival time so you can really make those last moments count.

Focus on High-Traffic Areas

Foyers, living rooms, and bathrooms are most important. Make sure that there are no sneakers, umbrellas, or other such items blocking your home’s entryway—having to climb over odds and ends is not a great way to enter a home. If you’ll be spending most of the time in the living room, focus your attentions there. The bathroom is make-or-break.

Doll Up The Bathroom

Spend a little more time tidying and dolling up your bathroom than other places. Give the sink a quick wash. Clean off any marks from your mirror and faucets. Make sure a hand towel is in plain view. Receiving a guest who will be staying the night? Set out a few fluffy towels on the counter.

Do a Quick Once-Over

Clorox Cleaning Wipes are your best friend: Run these bad boys over every surface. Fluff your pillows and give your blankets a quick re-folding. Tidy your stacks of books. If you have a DustBuster, keep an eye out as you do this and suck up any glaring dust bunnies that may be hanging around.

Take out the Trash

If you do nothing else, do this. An overflowing trash bin or bits of junk lying around is not welcoming and is so simple to remedy. Check to make sure that if your rubbish bins runneth over, you take them out—and don’t forget to put in fresh garbage bags.

Set the Mood

If it’s nighttime, make sure you take a moment to turn on your outdoor lights and dim your indoor ones a bit—approaching a completely dark home can be scary, and entering a startlingly bright room isn’t ideal either. If you’re entertaining, put a bit of music (nothing over the top!) on at a low volume.

Light a Candle

Light a candle or burn some incense or Palo Santo wood. Scent is so important when it comes to our feelings of comfort and happiness, so a warm and nice-smelling home is one of the simplest ways to make it feel instantly cozy and guest ready.

Do you have any tricks for readying your home for guests in record speed? Tell us below!

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Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte

‘Tis the season for PSLs and Gingerbread Latte’s! But if you’re not in the mood to venture outside to your local coffeeshop, look no further than your own pantry! This easy-to-make slow cooker recipe has a cozy Sunday situation written all over it! Check out all the deliciousness from one of our favorite food blogger, The Cookie Rookie!

From The Cookie Rookie… We all need easy recipes in our life, and we certainly all need caffeine…so this recipe is holiday perfection. Top it with a sweet little gingerbread cookie and you’re truly in business. 

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
5 Hour/s
total time
5 Hour/s 5 Minute/s
Serves 6Ingredients
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • pinch cloves
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 3½ cups strongly brewed coffee or espresso
  • whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, caramel sauce, and gingerbread cookies for garnish (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients to a large slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 3 hours or until heated through. Monitor to make sure it doesn't boil.
  3. Turn slow cooker to warm setting and cook for another 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir again right before serving and taste.
  5. Dip rims of cups in caramel sauce and then in graham cracker crumbs to create the look above (optional). Top with fresh whipped cream and caramel syrup if desired. For extra fun, top with gingerbread cookies.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe: The Cookie Rookie