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The Perfect Color Combo for an Eternally Bright and Happy Home

If sunshine and bright, happy places are your cup of tea then this Seattle home will for sure steal your heart. It has white walls that pop and a citrusy color palette of orange, peach and gold that really warm things up. Plus about a billion perfectly styled vignettes. Which makes perfect sense seeing as how the owner of this chic abode also owns the prettiest home decor store, Forage. Click through the gallery captured by Emma Rose to see more and tour the store!

There is no question that the moment you step inside the home of Colleen and Darrek Rosen you feel something truly special. Their space is dreamy white with touches of peach and gold throughout, making it a space that is sophisticated, elegant, and comfortable.

Colleen and Darrek reside in Seattle, Washington where they have raised two beautiful daughters. Darrek runs his own successful business while Colleen is the co-owner of a beautiful retail space downtown called Forage where you will find stunning inventory and additional stock available for rental, lifestyle, food, product, and editorial shoots.

Living in the Pacific Northwest can be gloomy but you won’t feel those dreary days inside this home. It is absolutely spectacular and stunning.

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Photography: Emma Rose

Our New Favorite Way to Drink Tequila

There’s no question that a margarita is my absolute favorite cocktail. But really, anything that involves tequila is a winner in my book, and this Mango + Blackberry Tequila Cooler? Is giving the classic margarita a run for it’s money. Get the recipe from Anna Foushee below!

Mango and Blackberry Tequila Cooler
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Serves 4Ingredients
  • (for the Mango Simple Syrup)
  • 3 small ripe mangos, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8-10 leaves of fresh mint, plus more to use as garnish
  • (for the Tequila Cooler)
  • 4 shots of Tequila
  • 10-12 fresh blackberries
  • 1 bottle of sparkling water/club soda
  • crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Puree the slices of mango in a in a food processor or blender.
  2. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium-size sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Off the heat, add in the pureed mango and mint leaves and let the mixture cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain the syrup into a pitcher and discard the solids. Let it cool completely before using.
  3. Fill glass with crushed ice. Divide the mango simple syrup in between four glasses. Pour 1 shot of Patron Silver in glass. Top off with club soda. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and 2-3 blackberries.
  4. Serve! P.S. For our friends who preferred Vodka, we also made this drink with a shot of vodka instead!

See all of our cocktail recipes here!

Photography: Blue Barn Photography | Design: Anna Foushee | Calligraphy & Design: Milk & Honeycomb | Rentals: Cottage Luxe

3 Easy Ways to Throw a 20+ Person Party on a Budget

This stunning outdoor party is proof that you don’t need a huge budget to wine and dine your loved ones. With three easy tips plus gorgeous inspiration from Rachel of Blue Barn Photography + Anna of Twenty-One Films, pulling off an unforgettable evening is as easy as backyard, batch cocktails and foraged greens. See even more of this pretty evening in the VAULT.

Instead of spending big bucks on renting an event space, consider hosting at home and utilizing that free backyard of yours. Don’t have extra seating for all your guests? Fear not! Renting a tables and chairs will be much more cost effective than renting a whole venue.

 

When it comes to food and drinks, create a big batch signature cocktail and offer appetizers and ask each guest to bring a larger dish.

Forego expensive floral arrangements and go for lengthy foraged greens that run down the center of your table paired with candles for a simple yet crazy gorgeous look.

From Anna of Twenty-One Films… Dear friends for over a decade, Rachel and I longed to host a summer gathering (#asummersoirée) for our closest friends. The kind that goes down in the books and shapes our summer memories as much as each friendship has shaped our hearts. The tables were adorned with simple candles and olive branches. We wanted to create a clean and natural setting, so that our friends could focus on meaningful conversations with each other, rather than the decor. We decked Rachel’s backyard with twinkling lights, fresh herbs and our favorite summer blooms. The evening included soft music, LOTS of laughter, and mouth-watering farm-fresh Italian cuisine. The subtle Italian influence was intended to emulate a culture that focuses on slowing down and enjoying conversation with friends over good wine and delicious food. We couldn’t have done this without Cottage Luxe, who partnered with us to seat all twenty-four of our closest friends. It truly was an unforgettable night.

Photography: Blue Barn Photography | Design: Anna Foushee | Calligraphy & Design: Milk & Honeycomb | Rentals: Cottage Luxe

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