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The Playbook for Crafting a Zen-like Retreat

If you have ever had a freakishly large room filled with dead corners then you will completely relate to this post. I suffer from Large Room Syndrome at my own home and the solution is simple – break that awkward party up. By creating mini areas within the space, Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home and her interior designer sister, Amanda Steiner, crafted the perfect zen-like retreat for her family.

Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home was hired to transform this Kansas City living space into a zen-like retreat for the homeowners. A large space, the homeowners hoped for a welcoming place that they could entertain in with a soothing spot for their daily meditation, all the while serving as a comfortable space for all members of the family (including a teenage daughter and two dogs).

 With the help of her sister, Portland based interior designer Amanda Steiner, Jaclyn started by addressing the floor plan. The room features two large columns in the center of the room, which broke up the flow of the room, leaving it feeling choppy and made furniture placement a challenge. And due to the sheer size of the room, she wanted to ensure there was no dead space.

 Jaclyn thoughtfully created four mini spaces within the room: an inviting entry, a comfortable living room watching movies and lounging, a sitting area by the fireplace for their morning coffee and the newspaper, and a meditation area for their daily practice.

 Jaclyn furnished the space with an eclectic mix of high and low pieces, including pieces from her store Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea, Target, West Elm, CB2, a gorgeous yellow brushstroke lamp from Jana Bek, and vintage Moroccan rugs.

Photography: Sarah Sweeney | Furnishings: Coveted Home | Furnishings: Coveted Home | Interior Design: Amanda Steiner / Amanda Steiner Design | Interior Design: Coveted Home

This First Fiesta is Numero Uno in our Books

Dylan! Your first birthday fiesta is too good. Like chips and salsa, birthday cake and all the balloons you could possibly dream of kind of good. This modern fiesta is fun for the kiddos and the adults too (that Sangria bar certainly helps). Crafted by Little Miss Party Planner with imagery by Sandra Brzezinski, check out our favorite kid-friendly and parent approved bash to date.

One year ago, sweet baby D came into our lives. After a two day labor, she was finally ready to greet the world. As Dylan’s first birthday approached we considered planning a family only event and keeping it simple. Then we realized, who are we kidding? Let’s go all out! We found an absolutely perfect venue, Bash Studios. A beautiful white, well lit modern space. Couldn’t have been a better palate for Dylan’s first fiesta.

Once the theme and venue were pinned down we were ready to get going on the decor. We really didn’t want a cheesy fiesta. Don’t get us wrong. We are always down for cheese, really in anything. But this event was clean and sophisticated in our heads. The bar was super simple, adorned with cacti and our favorite piece: the light up D that we spray painted.

Sangria and wine were served for the adults. Trust me, any 1 year old party deserves a bit of booze. The dessert table was also very simple, cake and other desserts were store bought (gasp!) But decorated with flowers that we used around the room.

What about that balloon garland? Stunning right? We were lucky enough to work with One Stylish Party to create a garland that worked with our crisp white color theme using pops of bright color with our florals. Lastly, the food. We kept it kid friendly by doing self serve burrito bowls and easy Mexican themed appetizers. Overall the kids had a blast and most importantly Dylan got to try her very first cupcake!

Also fun for a modern fiesta…

Photography: Sandra Brzezinski | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Elyse Leanna | Balloon Garland: One Stylish Party | Bash Event Studio: Bash Studios | Cake Topper: All that Glitters | Crown: Little Blue Olive | Event Styling + Floral Design: Little Miss Party Planner

A Blushing Baby Nursery as Pretty as they Come

If you’re expecting a baby girl then let this nursery be your inspiration. Bows and blooms, blush and the cutest little babe too; it’s everything you’d expect from Team Sugar and Spice. Tour the pink HQ for baby Lily crafted by mom and wedding planner, Pamela of Post Scripted Studios plus photographs by Audra Wrisley. Psst… there’s even more right here in the vault.

Baby Lily’s blush nursery is all kinds of fabulous, from the paper floral accents and her stunning statement Land of Nod dresser with little bow pulls. Her mama has serious design skills, and is a talented DC wedding planner with Post-Scripted studios.

I absolutely loved her vision for Lily’s baby shoot in their gorgeous Arlington home, and was thrilled to capture this beautiful family of 3! After some sweet shots in Lily’s light-filled nursery, we ended the shoot with coffee, doughnuts and lots of snuggles.

10 Ways To Make Your Baby's Nursery One-of-a-Kind
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Photography : Audra Wrisley Photography | Capiz Pendant Light: Pottery Barn | Crepe Paper Flowers: Pottery Barn | Dresser: Land Of Nod | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Handmade Mobile: Postscripted | Ikat Drapes: West Elm | Pajama Pants: Anthropologie | Rose Gold Baby Moccasins: Freshly Picked Moccasins | Salt & Pepper Pouf: Land Of Nod | Swaddle Blankets: Little Unicorn

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