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Turn Girls’ Night into a Backyard Movie Fest under the Stars

Blogger Bri Emry of Designlovefest knows all about making things beautiful and after a recent trip to Japan, she was inspired to host her best girlfriends for cinematic screening in her backyard infused with Japanese sensibilities. The result is downright gorgeous and she is giving us the 411 on hosting your own backyard movie night plus shop the look with Joss & Main right here.

Tell us about your inspiration for this Instagram-worthy bash.

After a recent trip to Japan, I came home with incredible amounts of inspiration. We took an overnight trip to Kyoto and stayed in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn with tatami matted rooms, dim lighting, a public bath house, low tables for dining with an array of vessels and dishes, and sleeping mats that roll up nicely into the closet when they are not in use. 

We were all so fascinated by the feeling we had here, that I wanted to try to achieve something similar and unique for our movie night. We brought in a variety of Japanese snacks, custom sake glasses as takeaways, paper lanterns for the mood, and a bamboo bed with low seating all around.

What are your top tips for throwing an outdoor movie night?

Comfort! Give people multiple areas to lounge, plenty of pillows and chairs and places where people can gather comfortably close to the screen or away from it near the snack table.

I like to play a movie that most people have seen and loved and is easily relatable. It also makes it more fun when it’s not as serious and you can chat during the film and not have to focus on watching every minute.

I always end up making too much food. People really just want to drink and lightly snack! 3. What’s your go-to movie night spread? Bite size foods like mini soft pretzels with dipping sauces, hummus and veggies, popcorn with sea salt and rosemary, wine, sparkling water and something sweet!

With summer coming to a close, can you share your tips for making an outdoor gathering work in the chillier months?

People love getting cozy with blankets and pillows. It brings up fun childhood memories of making forts in the living room. Add some dreamy lighting or a fire pit and throw in plenty of fuzzy blankets! Oh! And maybe a hot drink like a mulled cider or hot chocolate and warm snacks. 

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Blogger: Bri Emery | Company: Joss & Main | Photos: Max Wanger for designlovefest

This Might Be the Coolest Office Space We’ve Ever Seen. No, it Is

Can we live here? Please? Giving the Create + Cultivate Head Quarters a cool, luxurious vibe is one way to make sure people are paying attention to your mission. And it’s a mission worth paying attention to. Inspired by the brand’s work and their ability to understand beauty, Veronica Valencia hand-crafted a creative mecca for a business that empowers female entrepreneurs. We like it. A lot. See all the beautiful wallpaper and brass moments captured by Love Ala  right here in the VAULT.

I have been a friend of Jaclyn Johnson and the Create + Cultivate ladies for quite a few years and when Jackie approached me to design their new headquarters it was an immediate YES! I have always been such an admirer of their company.

Their mission is such an inspiring movement for female entrepreneurs. So when given the opportunity to give back through creating an inspiring space for these kick ass women, it was a no brainer!

For starters, Create + Cultivate understands the importance of creating instagrammable moments. When pulling inspiration, I reflected on the events they put on throughout the year and looked to the imagery they had captured to build an idea of how to approach the project.

 

 Finding the perfect bold wallpaper was key! I have been wanting to use the moody floral paper from Ellie Cashman for quite some time and I was extremely pleased with how everything turned out. Their space in Atwater has incredible lighting, it’s a 3 story industrial loft with a large roof top.

 Making the headquarters feel inviting for guests was important to the C + C team. Between all of the vendors and partners Jaclyn and myself brought on board, I am extremely pleased with the final product.

In regards to the spaces I designed, I was responsible for the main office, Jacyln’s office, the Guest Room (for out of towners) and the rooftop for parties and events.

 Incorporating live plants was INTEGRAL for the design of the loft. With such a large space, incorporating oversized palms and cacti, especially in such a modern industrial setting, truly helped soften the edges in the space.

All of our furniture was from CB2, Shop Candelabra and High Fashion Home, keeping them all modern and in the same color palette, with black, white and brass accents was also important. Especially when the backdrop of the room was as bold as we went with the wallpaper from Ellie Cashman and Anewall.

In office spaces, I love to use dining and living room furniture. Office furniture can sometimes be a bit small in scale for these areas. Using larger pieces that could be carried into other rooms was an extra bonus. For example, instead of a desk, I used a dining room table, her guest chairs are dining room chairs and her office storage is a entertainment console.

Your office environment is so important, especially when you are a creative. Being able to bring in elements that would provide that extra push was important. The cherry on top of the cake was all of the oversized prints from Artfully Walls and Framebridge of various women we hung throughout the loft. I felt it was a perfect way to capture what the company has set out to do… Promote women on a large scale.

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Photographer: Love Ala | Art Work Prints: Artfully Walls | Black + Brass Dining Chairs: Candelabra | Brass Dining Room Fixture: Parkstudio LA | Client - Create + Cultivate: Create + Cultivate HQ | Create + Cultivate: Create + Cultivate HQ | Dark Floral Wallpaper: Ellie Cashman Design | Founder of Create + Cultivate: Jaclyn Johnson | Framing: Framebridge | Guest Room Linens: Parachute Home | Interior Designer: Veronica Valencia | Marble Dining Table: High Fashion Home | Pillows & Ottomans: Fragments Identity | Tropical Moody Office Wallpaper: Anewall | Tropical Office Furniture: CB2

How To Make the Perfect Summer Popsicle at Home

Not only are popsicles the best. summer. treat. ever. being that they are tasty, cold perfection on a stick. But aren’t they just the prettiest ever, too? I swear I’ve pinned dozens on Pinterest and today, I’ll be adding another lovely twist from Monika Hibbs… grapefruit and peach goodness. Get the recipe below and indulge while these hot summer days are still aplenty!

From Monika HibbsSince I was a little girl, one of my favorite summer time treats has been homemade popsicles! Not only are they fun and easy to make with the kids, they always look super cute when they are finished and there are so many creative colour combinations you can make! I absolutely loved making these grapefruit and peach cream popsicles, especially because I just adore the soft pink and peachy hue! These are great for a casual, after dinner treat to enjoy in some perfect summer weather, but would also be an awesome addition for a party as you can match the popsicles to whichever colour palette your using! Hope you enjoy these homemade grapefruit and peach cream popsicles as much as I did!

Grapefruit + Peach Cream Popsicles
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
5 Minute/s
total time
20 Minute/s
Serves 10Ingredients
  • Grapefruit Puree
  • 1 cup of segmented grapefruit (I used about 4 large grapefruit and squeezed our all the extra juice)
  • ½ cup of simple syrup* (see recipe below, also feel free to use a bit less! Or another sweetener of your choice)
  • Coconut Cashew Cream
  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • filtered water for soaking the cashews
  • 2/3 cup of filtered water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (you could use the seeds from a vanilla bean as well)
  • ½ cup of coconut cream*
  • 3 tbsp. of simple syrup, agave or maple syrup. You can also lower this amount if you would like it less sweet.
Instructions
  1. Cover the cashews with filtered water and let soak overnight.
  2. Drain the cashews and place them in a blender along with the 2/3 cup of filtered water, vanilla and simple syrup.
  3. Blend on high for about 2-3 minutes to get it nice and smooth.
  4. Add in the coconut cream (*I leave my can in the fridge and let the water separate from the cream, I scoop out the cream and use the water in smoothies!) Once it is all blended, place in a container that will be easy to poor out of. Rinse the blender well.
  5. Cut the grapefruit into segments and place in the bender along with the simple syrup, blend on high for about 2 minutes until nice and pureed.
  6. I like to add some sliced Grapefruit into the popsicles to make the pop! Simply cut of the skin and rind off the grapefruit and slice into rounds and then in half.
  7. Arrange some slices into the popsicle molds and add the grapefruit puree about half way up. Top with the cashew coconut cream, poor gently so that you can create layers.
  8. If you are using the mold similar to the one we used than you can place the popsicle sticks in right away.
  9. Freeze for about 6-8 hours.
  10. Dip the mold in hot water to help and release the popsicles.
  11. For the simple syrup you'll need 1 cup of cane sugar and 1 cup of water.
  12. Boil until the sugar dissolves, let cool and keep in the refrigerate in a sealed container for up to two weeks. (can be used in cocktails etc.)
  13. Peaches and Cream Variation (Same cashew coconut cream recipe as above)
  14. 2 cups of white peaches (that is what we used but feel free to use whatever fresh peaches you can!)
  15. 1/4 - 1/2 cup of simple syrup tastes after ¼ and see if the sweetness is enough for you.
  16. Wash up the fruit, cut in half and remove the pit. Leaving the skin on helps to make the pretty color.
  17. Cut the peaches into smaller pieces and place in the blender with the simple syrup.
  18. Blend on high for about 2 minutes until you get a nice smooth puree (We strained the mixture but feel free to omit this step).
  19. Add in the coconut cashew cream and mix well.
  20. Poor the mixture into the popsicle maker and freeze. Play around with the fruit, cherries, oranges strawberries. Really anything would work well just make a puree with fruit and some simple syrup and add the coconut cashew cream. Enjoy!!!

Another cold summer treat for your sweet tooth…

See all dessert recipes here!

Photography: Monika Hibbs | Recipe: Monika Hibbs