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Modern wedding decoration ideas care of MOMA

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

When you have weddings on the brain at all times, even a catalog from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City inspires ideas for the ceremony & reception. Clearly!

Clockwise from top left: Create easy DIY buffet table decor or centerpieces with mini vellum Wine Glass Lampshades. Add a wine glass & votive candle or tea light; $16/set of 3. A set of  Magnetic Vases stand tall & chic for instant centerpieces you can gift away after the wedding; $45/set of 5. Patterns & Colors Washi Paper Masking Tape from Japanalso comes in solid colors or black & white. MOMA likes it for gift wrap; I picture creating incredible designs for a casual wedding, shower, or rehearsal dinner on tables covered with white or kraft paper; $30/set. My baker friend bought a handful of these cute little glass Half-Pint Creamers to fill with dessert sauces & cluster as bud vases. Smart, isn’t she? I’m inspired; $14 each.The white porcelain Hands Bowl makes an endearing centerpiece filled with fruit, treats or favors & an equally charming wedding gift for the bride & groom; $50.  Use colorful plastic Sparrow Clips to hang escort tags/place cards, tags to write wishes on, signs or notes; $15, set of 6.

Wedding calligraphy & fonts for place cards, favor tags, menus & more

Monday, October 18th, 2010

We all have our gifts. And those who were given the gift of calligraphy never fail to amaze me to pieces…

These gorgeous tags are the work of Nellie Barker of NJW Calligraphy. Her client, Katie, requested the Frederick font in white that just pops on black tags. Katie plans to tie the tags to candy cane favors that will double as the place cards at her holiday wedding. Pretty breathtaking stuff!

Nellie offers a host of different calligraphy fonts to choose from in her etsy shop. Her handiwork can also be ordered on wedding menus, invitation envelopes, welcome basket tags and gift & thank you tags. Or, commission her to pen a page of frame-worthy poetry, a beloved quote, or your wedding vows. Recently, requests for the Burgues calligraphy font have been really popular. If I were to receive a tag with my name done like this, I would certainly keep it forever! See Nellie’s blog for more photos of her custom wedding calligraphy.

Romantic handmade jewelry for just a touch of Victorian charm

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Long, long overdue post! I’ve been wanting to let you know about this talented lady… Her jewelry came to my attention when she pruchased one of our High Tea for Alice tea stands on which to photograph it. Now I am having a verrrrry tough time trying to decide which beauties to purchase!

In her etsy shoppe, La Boite a Bijoux (oui, that’s “The Jewelry Box”), Sandrine Devost designs necklaces, earrings & brooches inspired by vintage pieces, with new goodies added most Tuesdays. Her dreamy collections recall a lost era & are named after some of my favorite things: Vintage, Romance, Victorian, Tales & Urban. Imagine presenting each of your bridesmaids’ with a one-of-a-kind necklace to wear on wedding day & beyond. Little sigh…

Shown here, just a few of my loves today. Clockwise from top left: Madame Delacreu cameo necklace, $34; Nostalgia Necklace with purple glass moonstone, $36; Vintage Lovers locket necklace with swallow, $42; Precious Earrings with vintage lucite, $24; The Gardener’s Daughter floral cabochon necklace, $31.50.

Could this be my Babycakes? Cupcake maker for the time-deprived

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The color decision was easy. Yellow is the happiest color there is. Especially for a mini cupcake maker you plug in. It’s like a waffle maker for cupcakes. I know, not that sophisticated, but nonetheless tempting.

My top concerns: I might miss the liners. The cakes might be too small. The house won’t smell like cupcakes all over the place. But…

Less mess, less heat (I do live in Southern, CA, after all. And isn’t this using much less energy?), more cupcakes, more often. Hmmm… Yummmmm… Ad ready in minutes.

Yes, I do think I need one!

How else will I show you how gorgeous & useful our new tea, cake & cupcakes stands can be? More vintage china is here; more stands to come…!

Colors coming up: soft buttercup yellow, egg yolk yellow, pink & gold, black & white, soft French blue… For now,  see our most photogenic cupcake stand yet.

Super melt-in-your-mouth favors for beach weddings & more

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Are wedding favors a thing of the past? 
Absolutely not. Just ask any wedding guest!

Guests love favors, especially small, thoughtful ones that reflect the bride & groom’s good taste & the spirit of the day. What’s more, they love edible favors, the sort they don’t see all over town, the kind they rarely splurge on.

Edible wedding favors tingle the senses & create new memories, whether guests pop them in their mouths on the spot, savor them on the trip home, or save them for a rainy day.

Recently, modern brides have been clamoring over these deliciously chewy Fleur de Sel caramels from Superfine Bakery in Los Angeles. The buttery sweet caramels come packed with a generous dose of vanilla seed & two kinds of fleur de sel (a French sea salt). They’ve also sprinkled some on top! They’re the perfect little treat at each place setting.

Island wedding couples like to pile them loosely in a large clam shell on the dessert table or tuck them into a small shell for a sweet favor. Pick up a box of 10 Superfine-style fleur de sel caramels on etsy, so you can taste test them first. (As if you need to!) Don’t forget to save the link so your guests know where to order them when they can’t stop thinking about the best flavor from your wedding day…

And if you need a hip yet lovely wedding cake to match that modern scheme? Well… need we say more?

Lovebirds soap for the newlywed bathroom vanity…

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I’ve never been too into soaps that are too pretty to use. But then again… they make some of these sculpted soaps so darn cute!

Two white turtle doves perched in a white pedestal dish, these would make a nice little addition to any registry gift.

By Gianna Rose Atelier at Cambria Cove, the intricately detailed lovebird soaps are sweetly scented with tulip and hyacinth. Their black Chinoise-style gift box comes hand-tied with a grey velvet ribbon; $35. Very sweet.

Speaking of carved soaps, have you seen our new vintage china soap dish? Pale blue with gilt from a Paragaon fine bone china saucer from England… It makes a splendid little business card holder, too.

Vintage monogrammed silverware, my instant obsession

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Always a fan of “use it at the bridal shower/rehearsal dinner/wedding then use it back at home” concept, I nearly fell over when I opened the latest NapaStyle catalog to discover this jumble of vintage silverware stamped with a monogram. A 20-piece set (four place settings of a fork, knife, teaspoon, salad fork & soup spoon) of vintage monogrammed silverware, now clean, polished & perfectly mismatched into a set that’s as one of a kind as any family who uses it.

As the copy reads… “Just like your guests, each piece is one-of-a-kind, brought together by a single, elegant, unifying mark. A perfect gift for weddings, anniversaries and housewarmings, choose one initial and we’ll have it cleanly stamped on the handle of each piece. The utensils are genuine silver-plated and up to 90 years old – gathered from estate sales, vintage markets and antique stores all over the US and Europe.” Sold. I’ll photograph the full set when mine arrives so you can see! $169 for a 20-piece set. {Tip: Sign up for their newsletter & receive $10 off your first order.}

From the same company & also wedding-ready, authentic vintage utensils from the 1920s and ’30s sold as vintage silverware by the pound. Search no more for the ideal tableware for your vintage-style wedding celebration. Extra sets make splendid gifts after the big day, tied together with French ribbon & a letterpress card. Order more than one set of personalized silverware to combine your first initials with your last. Dreamy!!!

Feeling very grateful for life, love, friends, creativity…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

And what perfect timing.

My friend Aedriel (yes, you’ve read about her here before and can find her plates in our wedding gifts section) just introduced this most endearing plate.

On the table, on your wall, as a gift… it’s the perfect reminder to pause & give a little thanks.

Aedriel chose this quote to go with…

I’m thankful for the sea breeze that feels so good right now, and the scent of jasmine when the sun starts going down.
I’m thankful…

~Johnny Cash

You can see why I love her so much, huh?

The Grateful plate measures 8″; $20 each by Aedriel Originals.

Modern His & Hers pillowcases for romantic goodnights

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I’m not the only one who loves the retro touch of His & Hers pillowcases propped up on a nicely made bed. Room Service Home catalog presents this 300 thread count version in a modern script font. As much as I like the look & feel of a pair of crisp cotton vintage embroidered pillowcases with a crochet edge, I have true affection for this updated version of the classic as well. Made in India, His and Hers pillowcase set, $49.

If you are in the market for the real deal, we just added this authentic pair: a Mr. & Mrs. pillowcase set for the vintage-honeymoon-style boudoir.

Stamp your names on save the dates, thank you’s, anywhere…

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Far off in the land of Sydney, Australia, someone is using a knife to hand carve your names into a rubber stamp. Just to ship it off to you so you can stamp, stamp, stamp your hearts out in any color you choose. 

The little carver is Riyo, who is from Japan and very talented in many ways. This stamp is one of them.

Her etsy shop, talktothesun, has many other stamps to send “best wishes” and “thank you”s among others. Wait til you see what the little ones sit inside…! Custom wedding name stamp, $38.

(For stamp pads, Color Box & Ancient page both have lots of stamp pad ink colors.)

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