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The Picket Fence Project Home Tour

You know, all too often the term shabby chic gets a bad wrap. Most people typically picture grandma’s used hand-me-down furniture. But to me, shabby chic embodies a place that feels lived in, loved, and basically perfect. Enter: The Picket Fence Project’s home tour.  Filled to the brim with cozy country vibes with a traditional twist. In other news? I hope Caitlin is looking for a roommate because I’m ready to move in. With photos from Bruce Plotkin, there’s more right here!

From Caitlin… I wanted our master bedroom to be a place in which we were happy to end our day. It’s calm, serene, and slightly coastal. One of my favorite parts of the room is the planked wall that my husband and I did together. For a complete source list and links to our DIY projects in this room, you can visit here!

My son’s nursery is by far my favorite room that I have decorated. It’s a combination of store bought splurges, garage sale finds, and DIY projects. I wanted the room to be calming with a coastal inspiration. For a complete source list and links to our DIY projects, you can visit here!

Although the front door is seldom used (most guests come through the kitchen door), the foyer is a very visible part of our house as you must pass through it to get to the living room. It’s a space that is still a work in progress (I would love to give our door a makeover) and one that is filled with secondhand finds.

This room is what sold me on the house. The planked ceiling, exposed beams, large windows, and floor to ceiling built-ins pack the room with character.

I wanted our dining room to be an informal room we actually eat in. Thanks to the rustic dining table that my husband made, I think we achieved that. It’s a casual and inviting space we use often.

Photography: Bruce Plotkin

DINING ROOM: Dining table: custom made by my husband, read about it here | Dining chairs: Restoration Hardware | Hutch: garage sale
Light fixture: Pottery Barn

LIVING ROOM: Couch – Crate and Barrel purchased secondhand | Coffee table: Ikea hack project you can read about here | Rattan arm chairs: Pottery Barn purchased secondhand

FOYER: Ice chest: garage sale | Lamp: Home Goods | Shoe rack: Consignment Shop | Shelf: Garage Sale

NURSERY: Crib: restoration hardware baby and child | Rug: Pottery barn kids | Rocker: ikea hack project | Changing table: DIY project | Whale Tapestry: etsy | Nightstands: garage sale | Rope lamps: Target | Small white table and chairs: Garage sale | Wire hamper on wheels: home goods | Book Shelves: DIY project

MASTER BEDROOM: Bed: Overstock | Nighstands: Garage sale | Silver lamps: home goods | Rug: Rugs usa | Bedding: Pottery barn | Framed new england map: home goods | Wooden bench: Garage sale | Dresser: Consignment shop

PATIO: Teak table and chairs: Garage sale | Canvas sling back chairs: Garage sale | Wooden bar: Custom made by my husband. You can read about it here

Bed: overstock | Nighstands: garage sale | White lamps: target | Striped rug: Crate & Barrel

Jacquelyn Clark

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IM Photo Studio + A Promotion!

When Ina McConnell of IM Photo Studio gets behind the lens, seriously pretty things happen. With a background in fashion design and a fashion-forward approach to photography, IM Photo Studio aims to let couples truly be themselves. And the result? Undeniably stunning + timeless photos.

Currently based on Long Island, but moving the business to New York City, Ina of IM Photo Studio started shooting weddings to create something different and unique in the market. Connecting with couples and photographing them in a way to expose a bit of humor, a quirk or something that makes them uniquely them is what sets IM Photo Studio apart. Delivering incredibly beautiful images and top-notch service, it’s clear that Ina loves what she does and is passionate about capturing your wedding memories for years to come!

I mean, how gorgeous?! For more inspiration and information, head over to the IM Photo Studio blog.  To top all this prettiness off, IM Photo Studio is offering our readers (and future NYC brides!) a free mini engagement and mini boudoir session when booking a wedding package (valued at $499) as well as 20% off their wedding day coverage! Be sure to mention code smp2014 when booking to redeem promotion. 


Gatsby Inspired Wedding at Branford House

This wedding is like a movie. No, not just because it has all the makings of a perfect glam Gatsby soirée, but because it transports you. Brought to us by Katie Slater Photography, this New England affair is positively captivated. We got lost in the the gilded gold details, the dreamy castle setting, and all the touches of tassel. Do not even get us started on that veil. Beyond stunning. Get lost in all the old world elegance of this Connecticut soiree right here in the gallery.


From Katie Slater PhotographyWhere do we begin gushing over Stacey and Alan’s wedding that even Jay Gatsby would be envious of?? We can’t get enough of Stacey amazing dress and one-of-a-kind veil. It’s the perfect fit for this old world romance-filled day. Stacey planned every little detail to ooze glamour including gilded tree stumps, velvet bow ties, and tiny tassels on each place card. The florals from Tony at Datura were nothing short of miraculous in their golden urns. We could enjoy this day over and over…and we feel the love radiating from the couple every single time.

From The Bride…I wanted the day to have an old-world, romantic, authentic, and casually glamorous feel. The Great Gatsby had always been a huge inspiration, but more paired down, in the most naturally beautiful way. My ultimate goal was lots of gold, flowers, candles, and champagne!

In planning our wedding, I became a professional online sourcer, Goodwill shopper, and general forager. It’s amazing how many options and resources are out there to make your wedding unique! Etsy and Pinterest were huge sources of inspiration not only for the look of the day, but also provided sources for hard to find items (the guys’ velvet bow ties and our niece’s flower girl dress were purchased from websites overseas, along with a bulk order of mini tassels, one for each guest’s name card). On the topic of place cards, each was made from a package of Avery business cards, printed at home with free fonts downloaded online, hole punched, and finished with a mini silk tassel. Table numbers were a similar project, printed at home on craft paper, then traced with gold pen, and placed in dollar-store frames.

Goodwill was a great source for vintage-looking frames, glass votives and bud vases, and candles. Our niece’s flower girl basket was found there, spray painted gold and finished with various ribbons and tassels. The large gold frame for our wedding party chalkboard was also a Goodwill find (minus the ugly print that was purchased with it, and plus chalkboard insert we made ourselves).

Probably my most favorite project was gathering and creating gold tree stumps to fill the interior of the massive main fireplace at the Branford House. Based on an idea found on Pinterest, Alan and my father-in-law and I selected various stumps from a neighbor’s yard, cut them down as needed, created a schematic with various highs and widths, and spray painted them gold. Day of, they were arranged in the main fireplace with candles placed atop each one. I love them because they were a great solution for the space, a group effort, and left us with some great decor pieces we can use in our house!

Photography: Katie Slater Photography | Videography: Forever Lucky | Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden | Wedding Dress: White Dress By The Shore | Reception Venue: Branford House | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Gourmet Galley | Hair: Evelyn Cotto | Makeup: Andrea Blair Of Two Spa Girls

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