{Vintage Carnival} Inspiration

Designed to offer a vintage spin on a carnival-themed celebration {bright colors, pinwheels, paper rosettes, ribbons…} this party is full of inspiring ideas. The very first thing that caught my eye was the bright pastel colors that adorn everything from the handmade ribbon table runners to the swinging two-sided paper rosettes.

Chris over at Celebrations At Home featured this beautiful Style Me Pretty photoshoot a while back and I loved every detail.

The dessert table is beautiful, and simple treats such as popcorn cones, store bought cookies (just add the custom icing) and covered apples make a delicious spread.

Personalized carnival invites pull the theme together, as do the white ceramic animals and the vintage decor that’s casually mixed in.

The above easy ribbon runner and set of handmade rosettes tops the list for favorite details. I created a similar backdrop and table decor out of paper pinwheels/rosettes for this vintage nesting shower and loved the result – they’re very easy to whip up and always look great!

Shoot designed by Moira Events with photography by Tangerine Tree Photography.

The Sofa: To Upholster or Not to Upholster?

Or… maybe the question should be patterned or traditional? I love the look of solo furniture pieces dressed in custom upholstery –  but when it comes to the couch, is it too trendy or completely wonderful?

On the one hand it’s a rather large piece of furniture that might become too dated too quickly, but on the other, it’s the perfect way to liven up a room – and perhaps you’ll be in need of a big change when that dating comes around anyhow.

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I’ve been above and beyond inspired… here are a few of my favorite images {including a few chairs in my suzani print and even a more neutral white sofa from MadebyGirl}.

Speaking of custom upholstery, did you know that dozens of prisons around the country are opening up shops {to stellar reviews, I might add}? Now it’s even more affordable to grab your favorite Thomas Paul fabric and cover that living room love seat.

Image Credits: Anthropologie, DecorPad, Sanity Fair, Lonny, Wisteria

Friday Guest Blog Interview: ABCD Design

Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo {yes, ABCD Design was inspired by her actual initials!} is an artist, designer and stylist based in New York City. Her blog is collection of images, sketches, formal design inspiration and casual ramblings of a diversified designer.

Today, she answers a few of our favorite questions – why the slow home movement is a favorite trend, best design suggestions, and how ‘transitionalism’ defines her style – while sharing a tour of her NYC apartment that might easily double as a spread from House Beautiful {and don’t forget to check in on the renovation project of her new Connecticut country home on her blog}.

Her design philosophy is simple: no matter what design medium you are working with – a painting or sculpture, design of an interior space, an arrangement of flowers, or when styling a beautiful plate of food – one must always follow the same elements of design. In order to create a beautiful product there must be unity, flow, texture, harmonizing color, balance and a focal point to please the eye.

Amy Beth’s education and training is as uniquely diverse as it is design-oriented. She first studied fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then completed a six-month chef-training program in NYC at the Natural Gourmet Institute and finally earned a Certificate in Floral Design from Parsons School of Art and Design. She has worked in event planning, interior design, window display, and photo styling {whew!}.

But let’s jump right in……

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