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Gem Themed Party Inspiration

Carla Ten Eyck and Jubilee Events have been making magic on SMP for a long time now. But normally it’s for ladies dressed in white. Today, the duo is targeting their lovely a bit younger and a bit more saturated in the most gorgeous color a girl could ever wish for with this Gem Themed Shoot - where all of the details trickled down from one spectacular necklace. Oh and there is so much more right here.

From Jubilee Events… There really isn’t much in the way of styled inspiration shoots for a young girl’s bat mitzvah, so we decided to take on the challenge and create an absolutely, over-the-top, party that would make any teenage girl swoon. Naturally, we looked to a girl’s most coveted places for inspiration—her jewelry box. We brought to life an event that is youthful, fun and playful but is still sophisticated and grown up—after all this is the celebration of a girl’s coming of age. Big, bright, sparkly gemstones were the perfect way to celebrate this milestone achievement! After all, no girl—young or old—can resist precious jewels!

Our color story is inspired by a delicious, multi-colored Kate Spade necklace in soft (but not too soft) shades of turquoise, blush, lavender, yellow, ruby and emerald. Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore dress the girls in delightfully bright, gem-toned cocktail dresses from Lula Kate. Each color coordinated perfectly with one of the colored chandeliers Ryan Designs custom made to hang over the table.

Keeping in mind that the guests of this party will all be around the age of 13, we keep the décor witty and playful. The table was set with individual jewelry boxes that helped guests find their seats, and over-sized floral jewels created by Cat of Green Dahlia lined the center of the table. Cozy day beds and balloons made for a cozy lounge area where the girls mingled and gossiped. And mocktails were served up at our Bauble Bar (which featured custom gem panels created by Ryan Designs), where the girls were also invited to slip on a little something sparkly for to take home with them.

We set out to create a party that would be appeal to a young girl planning her bat mitzvah, but what emerged was a design we think can easily inspire a birthday, graduation or engagement party!

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography | Styling: Libby Basile, Jubilee Events | Floral Design: Green Dahlia | Cake: Erica O’Brien Cake Design | Hair: Jennie Kay Beauty | Apartment Building/Event Space : Providence G Building | Beauty: Dd Nickel | Dessert: Taste By Spellbound | Dresses : Lula Kate | Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress By The Shore | Hair Accessories : | Lighting, Bar & Day Beds: Ryan Designs | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper : Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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The Picket Fence Project Home Tour

You know, all too often the term shabby chic gets a bad wrap. Most people typically picture grandma’s used hand-me-down furniture. But to me, shabby chic embodies a place that feels lived in, loved, and basically perfect. Enter: The Picket Fence Project’s home tour.  Filled to the brim with cozy country vibes with a traditional twist. In other news? I hope Caitlin is looking for a roommate because I’m ready to move in. With photos from Bruce Plotkin, there’s more right here!

From Caitlin… I wanted our master bedroom to be a place in which we were happy to end our day. It’s calm, serene, and slightly coastal. One of my favorite parts of the room is the planked wall that my husband and I did together. For a complete source list and links to our DIY projects in this room, you can visit here!

My son’s nursery is by far my favorite room that I have decorated. It’s a combination of store bought splurges, garage sale finds, and DIY projects. I wanted the room to be calming with a coastal inspiration. For a complete source list and links to our DIY projects, you can visit here!

Although the front door is seldom used (most guests come through the kitchen door), the foyer is a very visible part of our house as you must pass through it to get to the living room. It’s a space that is still a work in progress (I would love to give our door a makeover) and one that is filled with secondhand finds.

This room is what sold me on the house. The planked ceiling, exposed beams, large windows, and floor to ceiling built-ins pack the room with character.

I wanted our dining room to be an informal room we actually eat in. Thanks to the rustic dining table that my husband made, I think we achieved that. It’s a casual and inviting space we use often.

Photography: Bruce Plotkin

DINING ROOM: Dining table: custom made by my husband, read about it here | Dining chairs: Restoration Hardware | Hutch: garage sale
Light fixture: Pottery Barn

LIVING ROOM: Couch – Crate and Barrel purchased secondhand | Coffee table: Ikea hack project you can read about here | Rattan arm chairs: Pottery Barn purchased secondhand

FOYER: Ice chest: garage sale | Lamp: Home Goods | Shoe rack: Consignment Shop | Shelf: Garage Sale

NURSERY: Crib: restoration hardware baby and child | Rug: Pottery barn kids | Rocker: ikea hack project | Changing table: DIY project | Whale Tapestry: etsy | Nightstands: garage sale | Rope lamps: Target | Small white table and chairs: Garage sale | Wire hamper on wheels: home goods | Book Shelves: DIY project

MASTER BEDROOM: Bed: Overstock | Nighstands: Garage sale | Silver lamps: home goods | Rug: Rugs usa | Bedding: Pottery barn | Framed new england map: home goods | Wooden bench: Garage sale | Dresser: Consignment shop

PATIO: Teak table and chairs: Garage sale | Canvas sling back chairs: Garage sale | Wooden bar: Custom made by my husband. You can read about it here

Bed: overstock | Nighstands: garage sale | White lamps: target | Striped rug: Crate & Barrel

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A Backyard Garden Party

I think that the group of designers behind this next little lovely captured it perfectly when they said that they set out to design “a playground of pretty” for their nearest and dearest. Her Lovely Heart, the organization behind this fabulous fete, is designed to bring small creative business owners together in a way that feels inspiring and fun. And that was the reason that they threw this beautiful little gathering…doesn’t that just sound good?

On a (surprisingly!) sunny afternoon, a team of photographers from Her Lovely Heart gathered together for a casual garden mixer. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to surround ourselves with prettiness, with very simple measures we transformed a bog standard garden into a playground of pretty for adults. It elevated a simple get-together into a celebration, a celebration of seeing the beautiful side of life, and for taking any opportunity to surround ourselves with something inspiring.

We also had some help from some of our favourite people. Steph from Fairynuff Flowers provided the gorgeous flowers, and Rose from Rose & Ruby Paper Co. designed our gorgeous place cards (which are included in a free printable download on our site) especially for Her Lovely Heart.

The purpose of Her Lovely Heart is to provide inspiration, resources and training for artists who want to run their own businesses. To act as a mentor and a spark to those who are intimidated by the seemingly rigid and colourless world of business, and reveal all the colour that artists can bring to their businesses. Her Lovely Heart also has it’s own team of photographers, picked for their artistic potential, their gentle spirit, and their ability to see beyond the mundane. While this mixer was first and foremost about getting together with a team which is spread across the country, it was also about inspiring others to see how easy it is to make any every day event more beautiful.

Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography | Styling: Her Lovely Heart | Flowers: Fairynuff | Her Lovely Heart Handlettered Logo: Berinmade | Party Supplies: Ginger Ray | Place Cards: Rose & Ruby Paper Co. | Sequinned Chevron Runner: The Sweet Hostess

Marianne Taylor Photography and BerinMade Designs Limited are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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