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Two Party Tricks for the Ultimate Fiesta: Pool Garland + Tequila

Fiestas aren’t just for Cinco de Mayo. They pretty much work for any warm weathered get together. Like an engagement party or a backyard bbq or a random tuesday when tacos are on the menu. And with a few key ingredients (read: colorful pool garland, sombreros and tequila) your fiesta will be next level fabulous. Steal a few ideas from this festive party crafted by Elle B Events + photos by Esther Louise.

Kourtney owns two miniature donkeys and when her mother Debbie was planning an engagement party for her they decided to base the theme around the donkeys and came up with a fiesta theme. Every last detail was thought of from the flower garland to the piñata cookies to the custom fiesta flags with their names. Kourtney and TJ celebrated their engagement with friends and family under the stars sipping on beer and margaritas as a country rock band played the night away.

Photography: Esther Louise Photography | Floral Design: Designers Confeccions | Catering: Catering By The Family | Hair And Makeup: Rachel Ruemann | Band: JT Curtis Band | Cookies + Cupcakes: Designer Cake Art | Farm Tables + Metal Chairs: Wish Vintage Rentals | Napkin + Koozie Designs, Event Setup + Design Consulting: Elle B Events | Photobooth: Photogenica | Sequin Linens : Jessmy | Tissue Flags + Pinatas: Lulafloradesigns

The One Cocktail We’d Wish for on a Stranded Desert Island

My stranded-on-a-desert-island cocktail? This is it. It’s got the big juicy flavor of grapefruit and lime, the bite of blood orange soda, a touch of sea salt and of course the party starter, tequila! But thankfully, I’m not stranded on a desert island. Instead, I’ll be indulging in this pretty—in the cutest ever glasses from White Elephant Designs—for Cinco de Mayo along with a little tacos y guac. Recipe below! xx

Blood Orange Paloma
prep time
2 Minute/s
cook time
total time
2 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 2 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. blood orange soda (I used San Pellegrino)
  • 2 oz. cup silver tequila
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Grapefruit chunks for garnish
  • Sea salt (optional)
  1. Sprinkle sea salt on a plate and juice the edge of your glass with a slice of lime. Dip your glass rim in the sea salt until coated all the way around.
  2. Fill your rocks glass 3/4 of the way with ice.
  3. Add grapefruit juice, blood orange soda, tequila and lime juice.
  4. Stir gently until ingredients are mixed.
  5. Top with a chunk of grapefruit and enjoy!

Take these babies to go!

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Photography: Melissa Baran for SMP Living | Cactus Glasses: White Elephant Designs | Cocktail + Styling: Melissa Baran for SMP Living | Flamingo Glasses: White Elephant Designs

An Ikea Hack Totally Transforms this San Francisco Apartment

I’m ready to ditch the closet and go all out with a pax wardrobe now that I’ve seen how gorgeous paint, mirror inlays and brass hardware can make this Ikea classic. It takes this San Francisco bedroom to beautiful, bright and airy and it’s as easy as ready, set, hack. Designed by Braun + Adams for a young family, the wardrobe isn’t the only shining star of this tour. See it all right here.

We recently completed a project for a sweet young family in San Francisco. The space was originally a combined office and guest bedroom, but since they rarely hosted guests it ended up being wasted space. 

We capitalized on the great natural light and gorgeous period details to transform the room into a comfortable and airy sitting room complete with built-in storage, a small desk, and sleeper sofa.

We designed built-ins flanking the fireplace with a combination of open shelves, an enclosed wardrobe, and small writing desk. The fireplace was painted and re-tiled in a marble herringbone, and the room and trim got a fresh coat of paint as well (Benjamin Moore Horizon on the walls and White on the trim).

The other room we did for this lovely young family was the Master Bedroom. The clients wanted this room to be light and bright like the front room, but it is on the opposite end of the house where there is much less natural light.

 There was also a serious need for more storage, and they wanted to upgrade to a king bed so we needed to maximize every inch of space. Overall, we went with a light and airy color palette with lots of bright and warm whites. However, the clients didn’t want the space to feel too neutral so we added some darker colors for contrast along with big, bright pillows on the bed.

We also took advantage of high ceilings to put in a dramatic chandelier, which not only gives off great light but is a gorgeous addition to the room!

One of the major additions was the IKEA Pax wardrobe we completely made over for the space. We gave it a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Steep Cliff Gray and had custom mirrors cut to inset on the doors. The mirrors drastically lightened up both the darker color of the Pax and the room itself. And of course we had to finish it off with fantastic brass pulls.

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Photography: Phillip VanNostrand | Interior Design: Braun + Adams