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Abstract Painting with Hillary Butler

Around this time last year, I made a promise to myself to make time for learning. To step outside of my comfort zone and get my hands dirty a bit. And something like this Zimmerman Workshop Series would be so up my alley. With the lovely Hillary Butler instructing and Jessica hosting, this workshop captured by Arshia Khan was just added to my “must attend” list.

Just a few short weeks ago, a fun group of ladies came together in our Zimmerman Studio for our third Zimmerman Inspiration Series Workshop – abstract painting featuring Hillary Butler. We invited the talented Arshia Khan to capture the day and we are so excited to share this creative class with you today!

From Jessica…Zimmerman Inspiration Series is very close to my heart. In an industry where it is easy to compare and compete, I wanted to create a program that inspired genuine encouragement and community. Zimmerman inspiration series is a program that inspired genuine encouragement and community. Zimmerman Inspiration Series is a program for creatives taught by creatives. It’s a way to nurture budding artists and help guide them on their path to success. It’s an ongoing collaboration to support a community of creatives

From Hillary…The workshop at Zimmerman could not have been any more wonderful! We had the sweetest group of women who joined us for the afternoon and we had the best time learning and panting together. Jessica and her team have created a laid back, yet gorgeous environment that encourages creativity the minute you enter her doors. Teaching is a passion of mine and it always inspires me to do better work when I get to delve into the process and technique with others. Art is one of those mystical elements of life that doesn’t really become art until it is shared, and I was so honored that each of the attendees showed up to join me in this journey. I left more energized and encouraged than when I came!

Find out more about upcoming workshops here. 

Photography: Arshia Khan | Event Design: Jessica Zimmerman Of ZIMMERMAN | Styling: Jessica Zimmerman Of ZIMMERMAN | Floral Design: Jessica Zimmerman Of ZIMMERMAN | Catering: PattiCakes Bakery | Venue: ZIMMERMAN Studio | Instructor: Hillary Butler | Paper Goods: ZIMMERMAN | Rentals : Party Time Rental And Events

DIY 4th of July Confetti Cake

If you need a last minute holiday dessert, this sparkling cake is just the thing for the Fourth of July! There couldn’t be an easier way to dress up a store bought cake and make it party ready. Seriously, if you can use scissors, you’ve got this in the bag. Grab all the details below and get ready to celebrate the 4th with a dessert decked out in red, white and blue.


  • Wilton sugar sheets (1 each of red, white, and blue- we used the multipack to save money)
  • Fringing scissors
  • Scissors
  • Smooth frosted cake from your favorite recipe, bakery, or box mix (we won’t judge!)
  • Sparklers (optional)


step-1 Fringe about 1” tall along one side of the white sugar sheet. Use the scissors to cut the fringe off the sheet at about ½” lengths. Repeat until the whole sheet has been fringed and cut.

step-2 Repeat step 1 with the remaining colors of sugar sheet and mix all the colors of confetti together in a bowl.

step-3 If the frosting has set a little or is dry, gently brush on a little warm water to give the confetti something to stick to. Sprinkle the confetti on the cake, placing small clusters on at a time. Press gently on the sides or even insert the confetti by the ends so it sticks out and gives the cake more texture.

step-4 Top with a few sparklers to really kick off the holiday!

Photography: Ruth Eileen

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Flea Market Edit

At the surface, going to a flea market is a magical experience. All those treasures just waiting to be snatched up for a bargain. But when you arrive, and that treasure-induced haze turns into a full out overwhelmed panic – things get real, fast. But have no fear! I teamed up with my girls Emily of mStarr Event & Erin McGinn to help you get lazer-focused so you come away with the very best finds this flea market season. xo Abby Capalbo

Don’t bypass the textiles

Coverlets, tablecloths, throw blankets – you can find some real gems tucked under the piles. Don’t be afraid to dig down a bit, or ask to see the piece in full.

Look for glassware

The perfect champagne coupe, the goblet in just the right hue, or the set of wine glasses you never knew you needed (so badly) glassware is where it’s at when it comes to flea markets. I could have easily walked away with a few sets, but settled on the perfect yellow beauties that now call my stylish shelves home.

Rugs, rugs and more rugs

This is the place to find that perfect piece to really finish your room. Whether it’s a the main statement piece or a lovely rug to layer, there are so many beauties to choose from if you are willing to look hard enough.

Snatch up some silverware

The perfect set of silverware is such can be such a steal, and will immediately up the ante on your next party or even  In all different shades, shapes and sizes, walking away with an amazing set should be high on your priority list.

Shop with a theme in mind

Emily was designing a really amazing party for Lookout Farm, and having a list (or idea) of what she was looking for made us all like sleuths. The things she scored for that party took that event to the next level.

Think Repurposed Details

Think outside of the box a bit and look for details you can take home and use in an unconventional way. I’m drawn to all things coastal, so I couldn’t help but think of a million ways to bring these buoys into my home. Door stops, book ends, or just a little piece to add some interest to a shelf, the options are endless.

Above everything, have fun. Enjoy the hunt. You’ll naturally be drawn to things that make your heart flutter – and those are always the must haves in my book!

Photography: Erin McGinn | Curating: Mstarr Event Design | Curating: Abby Capalbo

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Design, Styling, Parties
18 Patriotic Party Goods Worthy of a 4th of July Celebration

Summer is full of parties, but with parades, BBQs and fireworks, the 4th of July is Summer’s ultimate celebration. So do it justice, and throw America a birthday party worth celebrating. You have the recipes, decor and party inspiration—now, here’s the supplies you need to host the ultimate bash. Click through the slideshow to see the goods, and tell us, how are you celebrating the 4th of July?

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Mimosas, Mumus + Manicures – A Bohemian Brunch

It’s all about the three M’s – mimosas, manis and mumus for this bohemian inspired get together. Designed and styled by The Venue Report, the coolest ladies in L.A. gathered at Cote for picnic lunching and cheersing in kaftans all while getting a little pampering time in. It sounds like heaven especially when you add florals by JL Designs and loads of cute images by Joielala Photographie into the mix.

From The Venue Report… Our picnic boho brunch was “mumus, manis & mimosas” themed – where the dress code was mumus and guests were treated to manicures and mimosas! We served miniature picnic baskets filled with chia seed parfaits, savory morning rolls and organic fruit. In addition to manis and pedis, there was also a ring stacking station and a make your own mimosa bar in a vintage picnic basket. Overgrown flowers and wooden signs with cute sayings (“life needs more picnics!”) added the finishing touches. Guests were also treated to favors filled with ring Bling Wipes, nail wraps from Tattify and spa facial serums. It was the ultimate girly gathering!

Photography: Joielala Photographie | Floral Design: JL Designs | Catering: Urban Palate | Venue: Cote | Cocktails: Kimo Sabe Mezcal | Event Styling + Design: The Venue Report | Favor: Bling Wipes | Glassware: Borrowed Blu | Wood Signs: Pitbulls And Posies