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Intimate Birthday Soiree

If there was ever an excuse to celebrate, it would be ringing in another year on this lovely earth. Even better when it’s a surprise and executed to complete perfection by your bestie. Your closest girlfriends, some sweet treats, and endless bubbly? It basically sounds like heaven. Planned by one talented half of Harlin & Sparrow Event Design for the other talented half (how sweet is that), this gallery is overflowing with inspiration for your next fête.

My best friend and I are business partners, and she just threw me the most amazing surprise birthday party. My partner, Justina chose a beautiful private home to hold the celebration at. The home was super modern and was located in Sausalito, California. The party was very intimate, just 12 of my closest girlfriends. Justina had all the girls write out what my friendship meant to them and had them read it out loud to me during my celebration. She also had all the girls wear peach and white to coordinate with the color scheme of the party. I was and still am overwhelmed with excitement as to how my celebration turned out. 

Photography: Sarah Deragon | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Emily Foran | Catering: The Lunch Box | Event Planning / Event Design : Harlin & Sparrow Event Design | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Frances Lane

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Stylish Storage Baskets to Organize Your Entire Life

As an apartment dweller in New York City (read: minimal square footage), I’m always thinking about new, creative ways to organize unsightly “things” in the prettiest way possible. My current favorite catch-all storage solution? Baskets! They’re a practicality made pretty, that can’t be beat in my book for organizing anything and everything!

Stylish Storage Baskets
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Stylish Storage Baskets
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more inspirational organization ideas to try:

10 Ways to Get Organized

20 Creative Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

15 Ways to Organize Your Pantry

A Modern Neutral Nursery Tour

This modern, neutral space is a total dream. And that dream works for baby boys AND baby girls and is anything but boring. Designed by Megan Opel Interiors for her sweet little guy, Oliver, it’s stuffed to the gills with animals, great reading material and layers of cozy textures. Find even more captured by Danielle Moss right here.

I had so much fun decorating my son Oliver’s nursery. The rest of my home is full of bright colors and vintage pieces, but deep down I wanted to do something totally different in the nursery because it an enclosed space off the rest of the house. So I chose to go with a clean, modern scheme with lots of grey, taupe, black, and white and touches of natural wood, faux fur, stars, and stripes, which will be appropriate for both boys and girls in years to come. And let’s be honest – this is totally my “mom cave” so the calming palette was 100% intended for me! However, I do love how the book covers in the bookcase add a nice splash of color. I adore zoo animals in baby’s rooms so I threw in some elephant, giraffe, zebra, and lion accents, plus a few deer heads in there for good measure because who doesn’t love a good deer head? 

The nursery is a mix of pieces I already owned, gifts from family and friends, DIY projects, secondhand Craigslist items, IKEA and Target bargains, and a few name-brand items. I tried not to buy anything at full retail price because that’s just against my religion but I also wanted to stay focused on my scheme. So I woke up every morning and scoured Chicago-area Craigslist, shopped sales and used coupons, rewards certificates, and credit card points whenever I could. I also have to credit my amazing husband for installing everything!

Photography: Danielle Moss | Design: Megan Opel Interiors | "Oh My Deer Print By Stephanie Sterjovski : Lulu & Georgia | 16x20" Gallery Frames: West Elm | 3-shelf Bookrack: Pottery Barn Kids | Amerock Birch Wood Cabinet Knobs: Lowe's | Baby Giraffe Print: Sharon Montrose | Baby Zebra Print: Sharon Montrose | Ceiling Drum Pendant: West Elm | Ceramic Deer Head: Land Of Nod | Chambray One-Piece Outfit: GapKids | Changer Basket: Land Of Nod | Crib: Land Of Nod | Faux Sheepskin Pillow: Land Of Nod | Fox Print Blanket: Monica + Andy | Giraffe Toy, Lion Toy, And Puppy Toy: Jellycat | Glider: Land Of Nod | Grommet Window Panels: Target | Jaipur Rugs Pura Vida Tierra Rug: RugsUSA | Knit Bunny Doll: Blabla Kids | Lamp: Land Of Nod | Lion Pull Toy: RH Baby & Child | Llama Animal Shaker: Land Of Nod | Owl Closet Knobs: Anthropologie | Paper-mache Elephant Head: RH Baby And Child | Pouf Ottoman: Land Of Nod | Sheepskin: IKEA | Star Changing Pad Cover: Aden + Anais | Star Crib Sheet: Aden + Anais | Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Cloud White | Weegoamigo Knitted Elephant Print Blanket: | White Wall Knobs: Land Of Nod | Wool Deer Head: World Market | Woven Hamper: Target | Woven Storage Bins: Serena & Lily | X-base Side Table: Target | Zebra Wood Toy: Manny & Simon

Rosé Slushy Recipe

I am in full, complete denial that the calendar is moving towards fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pumpkin spice latte as much as the next person, but summer is my happy place. And that’s partly due to my slight obsession with all things rosé. So since we still have some warm days in our future, I whipped up an amazing why-didn’t-I-think-of-this-sooner rosé slushy recipe that will have you toasting to a never ending summer season right along with me. Cheers. xoxo, Abby Capalbo

Rosé Slushy Recipe
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  • Bottle of Rosé
  • 4 oz Belvoir Elderflower & Rose lemonade
  • Ice Cubes
  • Sprig of Lavender
  1. Freeze bottle of rosé in ice cube trays (overnight)
  2. Combine frozen rosé, Belvoir Rose Edleflower and a handful of ice cubes in a blender
  3. Blend until all ice cubes have been crushed and when it's at your desired consistency
  4. Serve in a cute coupe with a sprig of lavender

Photography: Erin McGinn | Styling & Recipe: Abby Capalbo

Abby Capalbo

Design, Styling, Parties
Create the Perfect #Shelfie With Interior Designer Windsor Smith

If there is one thing I love to switch up around my home, it’s my bookshelves. It is the easiest and chicest way to make a statement. And with Instagram #shelfies becoming the ultimate source of inspiration, there’s no end in sight for this trend! Thanks to some help from interior designer Windsor Smith and Vogue, you’ll have the perfect shelf worthy of a #shelfie in no time!

Well Styled Shelves

Well Styled Shelves
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Well Styled Shelves
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