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Bohemian Garden Party

A hint of whimsy, a little spice, and a table full of the most delicious eats you ever did see. This bohemian inspired garden party is hitting the mark in all the right places. Jenni Kayne, popular fashion designer, teamed up with Eye Swoon and the results are loveliness embodied. With photos from Yayo Ahumanda, there’s a whole gallery that’s simply overloaded with more!

Designer and blogger, Jenni Kayne, came together with Eye Swoon’s Athena Calderone to create the perfect late-Spring Garden Party. The menu and decor combined to create the perfect event and design elements used from One King’s Lane provided incredible detail and overall fantastic results.

Folding tables were draped with a custom Rachel Craven flax linen tablecloth with gold stitching down the center, accented with a yellow washed linen tablecloth from Terrain on top. Bentwood chairs with white painted feet from Yeah! Rentals surrounded each table.

Variopinte enamel plates and bowls in white and mint and Jenni’s favorite mismatched antique flatware graced the table Liberty Print napkins, that we made using the fabric from the Jenni Kayne Pre-Fall Collection, added the perfect floral element.

One Kings Lane elements were also used on the table, including Villeroy & Boch glassware and Pinched Glass Decanters. Stemless Spanish wine glasses from Jenni Kayne Home in Montecito was always used.

On the serving table, several terracotta water pitchers from Bitters Co., and two rustic Best Before Baskets, to hold the silverware, were displayed.

Donned with floral wristlets, the guest list included Jessica de Ruiter, Lawren Howell, Liseanne Frankfurt, Nicole Simone, Kristen Caissie, Barrett Prendergast, and Shiva Rose, who’s calm and quiet backyard created the perfect setting for the luncheon.

Floral arrangements were created by Kristen of Moon Canyon Design, who made perfectly-themed centerpieces complete with wild blueberry, cafe au lait dahlias, white ball dahlias, astilbe, scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, sunflowers, blushing bride protea, peonies, and hosta leaves, with a low stone compote for the vessel.

Peonies, astilbe, and dahlias were displayed on the serving table inside vintage glass Belgian jars and on the serving table, placed bundles of variegated hydrangea in a Wicker Pool Basket from One Kings Lane.

The meal, by Barrett from Valleybrink Road contained perfectly seasonal elements including Farmers Market Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, savory Avocado Toast with Watermelon Radish and Chive, and for dessert, a scrumptious Nectarine, Peach, and Blueberry Crisp.

Photography: Yayo Ahumanda | Event Design: Eye Swoon | Event Design: Jenni Kayne | Baskets: Best Before Baskets | Bowls And Plates: Variopinte Bowls And Plates In White And Mist | Chairs: Bentwood Chairs With White Painted Feet | Decanturs: Pinched Glass Decanters | Floral Arrangements: Moon Canyon | Glassware: Villeroy & Boch Vintage Glassware | Ivory Tablecloth: Custom Rachel Craven Tablecloth | Meal: Valleybrink Road | Napkins: Jenni Kayne Liberty Print Napkins | Water Pitchers: Terracotta Water Pitchers From Biters Co. | Wicker Basket: White Wicker Pool Basket | Yellow Tablecloth: Washed Linen Tablecloth

Lake Como Mini Guide

It has officially been 3 months, 1 week and 2 days since my last trip – not that I’m counting. And though that is basically nothing in the grand scheme of things, it feels like eons for a travel nut like myself. So putting together this Lake Como mini-guide with Claire Graham has been a massive tease! It certainly doesn’t help when the place is this dreamy. So let’s pretend we’re all there alongside her.

WHERE TO EAT: Trafforia San Ciacomo. A small restaurant that we found in the back streets, it had amazing service and delicious food. Arrive there early though as it gets very busy with people happy to queue for a table!
WHAT TO EAT: Lets face it, what isn’t good to eat in Italy!? So it goes without saying – any pasta dish, pizza, fish and one of my favourites a caprese salad.
MUST SEE: There really is lots to see, so I would recommend getting a boat pass and jumping from one town to another!
WHERE TO STAY: We stayed at the amazing 5 star Grand Hotel Villa Servelloni in Bellagio. The service was outstanding and the staff were so friendly. The hotel sits on the lake so along with its pretty gardens it offers beautiful views.
WHAT TO WEAR: We mostly dressed smart/casual day and evening. It gets very hot though, so make sure you pack your shorts, skirt or dress!
MUSN’T MISS: You can book a boat journey from Bellagio to Como, its a two hour journey but you get to see all the pretty towns along Lake Como. Alternatively you could stay in Bellagio and visit the Giardini Di Villa Melzi. It has beautiful gardens, botanical path and lots of historical and interesting sculptures.

Photography: Claire Graham

10 Clever Coffee Table Alternatives

Though I could kiss the inventors of Pinterest square on the lips, at times I can’t help but find the selection of interior inspiration overwhelming. It’s become more and more difficult to stand apart in a crowd. So with that in mind, I’ve pulled together a collection of 10 clever coffee table alternatives that are sure to make your living room sing!

10 Creative Coffee Table Alternatives
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