Design, Styling, Parties
However much I love the blooming beauty of spring, and the endless August sun of summer, fall will always have my heart. I mean, who doesn’t want another excuse to wear cashmere?! Another one of my favorite ways to get cozy for fall is by draping pretty much anything and everything indoors with cuddly, fuzzy sheepskin. Anything goes here, so get creative!
Decorating With SheepskinView Slideshow
more interior design inspiration:
The Prettiest Sofas Ever | Eclectic Home Tour | Lo Bosworth’s Downtown Dream Home
Remember when we all fell head over heels with this sweet nursery? It’s definitely worth taking a second peek at, because Jess tucked away darling details in every nook and cranny of her son’s precious bedroom, and this DIY feather art definitely might be one of my favorites. It’s perfect for any room, really, making it fall nicely into the “must craft” category. (See the other DIYs here, here and here).
Liquid fabric dye in teal and navy
18k gold marker
White picture frame
Lay down some cardboard or a trash bag on your workspace, and put on latex gloves.
Fill the plastic bin with warm water. Add spoonful or so of teal dye and mix thoroughly.
Dip the feather into the bin so that the dye comes up about 2/3 of the way. Let it soak for several seconds to a minute until you see the lightest color you’d like to see on the feather. Remove the case from the dye and set aside.
Add several more spoonfuls of dye and stir to make your next shade. Dip the feather in, slightly lower than before.
Pour out half the bin of dye, then add in a pinch or two of navy dye and stir thoroughly. Dip the very tip of the feather in, then remove and lay flat to dry 1 hour.
Dot the feather with the 18k gold marker and let dry.
Use a ruler to rip a piece of watercolor paper to be ½” smaller on all sides than the size of the picture frame. Center the watercolor paper over the mat and use glue dots to secure it in place.
Place glue dots on the back of each feather and press onto the watercolor paper. Place in the frame and hang!
Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living
If summer had an official drink, it would be a glass of rosé. Refreshing, crisp and light, it’s the perfect #SipsForSummer. But our friends at the Glitter Guide just did the impossible: they made rosé even more delicious with the scrumptious rosé wine slush cocktail. Summer is sadly coming to a close, but our love for rosé knows no season—trust us, we’ll be sipping on this well into the fall.
Head to the Glitter Guide for the full recipe behind this scrumptious cocktail and if you missed them, try all of our cocktail hour all-stars: the Spicy Paloma from Sugar and Cloth, the Slushy Coconut Lime Margarita from Apartment 34, the Honeydew Ginger Crush from Camille Styles and our own Salted Watermelon Slush!
If you are joining in on the libation festivities, be sure to tag @smpliving on Twitter and Instagram and show us what you’re sipping on with the hashtag #SipsForSummer.
Photography: Caitlin Kruse | Styling: Caitlin Kruse
The end of summer is definitely worthy of squeezing in one last party. Consider it a proper adieu to the sunshine. And although we never like to see this sweet season go, it definitely deserves a stylish send off. This little shindig planned perfectly by La Ricki with florals by Bask & Terra proves to be the perfect inspiration for just such a soiree, and you can see even more from Heather Kinkel here.
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An organic, end of season soiree to celebrate the end of summer and the coming change of seasons. Savoring the last bits of summer while looking forward to the cooler temperatures and cozier times of fall are what we are all about. In Arizona, we all get our adventure shoes (or sandals) on and head to the beaches of California or up in Northern AZ’s lush, green pine forests for a reprieve from the brutal summer heat. As we all return at the end of August it’s an exciting time to reconnect with friends and share stories from our summer escapes.
We fancied the tables up with a mixture of own modern day pieces along with old, sharing pieces given to us from our mothers and grandmothers, making it all more meaningful.
A sweet and simple menu with rustic food, a unique cocktail and local wines awaken an appreciation for the changing seasons. Tea lattes from our favorite local company, Teaspressa and rustic gallettes round out the day on a sweet note!
Photographer: Heather Kinkel | Floral Design: Bask And Terra | Jewelry: Tbene | Design + Curator: La Ricki | Fashion: Ruby May | Fashion: Melissa Lauren Clothing | Furniture + Accessories: Linda - Bungalow | Hair + Makeup: Mariana Marie Studio | Home: Ricki | Model: Allison | Model: Maryal Miller | Model: Monica | Model: Caitlin Claire XO | Tastemaker: Brendan | Teaspressa: Allison | Watercolor Art: Monica