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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

DIY Watercolor Cake

Watercolor decor is one of our favorite trends this season, so much so that we want to apply it to just about anything. Yes – even cake! While we love a simple white frosted cake, we also love taking things up a notch with a gorgeous design like the one below. This approach was actually the result of a happy mistake so while we’re sure there are millions of more professional ways to achieve this, we like this “can’t possibly mess it up” version!

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DIY WATERCOLOR CAKE

Materials

  • 4-5 pastry bags with varying colors
  • Bench scraper
  • Frosted cake

instructions

step-1 Fill 4-5 pastry bags with various shades of icing, any frosting tip will work!

step-1Begin piping 2-3″ lines using your darkest color around the cake. The lines should be random so don’t worry about being perfect!

step-2Layer in additional lines using the rest of your colors. Continue doing this until most of your cake is covered.

step-3Use your bench scraper to gently pull the colors across the cake, rotating it all the way around.

step-4Add more color if necessary, and continue scraping until it looks even!

Film: Elysium Productions | Photography: Ruth Eileen | Design & Styling: Style Me Pretty Living

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Chic Los Angeles Bungalow

I’m fully convinced that the number one rule to an ultra chic interior landscape is books: lots of them. And this Los Angeles bungalow got the memo. Populated with books, books and more books plus a leafy patio retreat with a bonfire at the ready; it’s just the thing to inspire a summer house redo. Find even more captured by Brit Solie right here in the full gallery.

My Photographer friend and on a recent trip out to L.A. to shoot a wedding, were lucky enough to get to stay with her cousin in her trendy L.A. home. It was picture perfect right out of a magazine. Julie and her Husband were the sweetest hostesses, I hope we get to go and sleep over again real soon.

Photography: Brit Solie