Pippa Middleton's Wedding

{Photo Source: New York Times}

I was busy on Saturday but I couldn't wait to get back and see the photos from Pippa's wedding to James Matthews.  I was asked a couple of times about Page Boys and what they do.  Since they were traditionally part of the procession to carry the brides train if she had a long one, Page Boys were often seven to ten years old.  I can't imagine a ten year old boy today wanting that job!  Today they are just symbolic, usually younger and carry stand-in rings on a pillow.  We call them ring bearers but in the UK they're still Page Boys.  Pippa's tots were too precious for words and seemed happy with any job they were assigned.

Monogram Linen Etiquette

{Photo Source: Leontine Linens}

The crocus are up so I'm getting my Easter table setting together.  It's time for a new set of fresh linen napkins for the table this year and have always loved this Scout Guide blog article about the process. “Monograms can be rendered in as many styles as there are personalities,” Leontine Linens owner and founder Jane Scott Hodges writes in Linens: For Every Room & Occasion. To help demystify the sometimes overwhelming process of finding the monogram style that suits you, we asked the experts at Leontine—which is celebrating 20 years of creating custom linens—what to consider when selecting a personal design. Here are their recommendations:  
Don’t feel restricted by rules. While there is a longstanding tradition and etiquette to selecting your monogram and what initials to use, our philosophy is to not be beholden to any one doctrine or rule. In today’s world, we prefer to think of your monogram as something uniquely and perfectly suited for you and your personality.
Know the components. The initials you choose to combine, the letterforms themselves, the color combinations, and the item you are personalizing all come together to create a truly bespoke item that is yours and yours alone. To that end, here are a few things to consider when making your selection:
  • The Single Initial: The perfect style to represent just a first or last name. A single letter is a nice option for a guest room or informal table linens.
  • Two Letter – Cipher: A cipher is a decorative two-letter monogram that can be used to combine two first names or two last names. 
  • Two Letter – Traditional: A two-letter monogram in a traditional format that places both letters side by side and the same size and, like the cipher, can be used to combine a first and last name or two last names.
  • Three Letter Traditional: The most popular of all monogram designs, where the surname appears center and larger. Traditional etiquette is to use the lady of the house’s initials: first, last, maiden. However, modern tastes have evolved to replace the maiden initial with the husband’s first initial.
  • Three Letter Straight Across: A three-letter monogram that reads straight across is designed for an individual’s name and is not suited for a couple who wishes to combine their initials. These styles are commonly used for gentlemen, but are also popular for a modern twist throughout the home.

Happy New Year! 2017

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!  We are so thankful for all of our clients and supportive partners.  Cheers to a brilliantly creative and prosperous 2017!

La Dolce Vita Blog : Gift Guide

Paloma Contreras' La Dolce Vita blog has been on my daily go to inspiration list for years.  She's a talented interior designer with just perfect taste on all levels.  I pretty much follow her fav lists exactly and refer anyone looking for gift inspiration right to her holiday gift guides.  Every time I think I should expand my wardrobe beyond black and white I'm reminded why I love it. Note #'s 1-4 and 11-14 above!   Here's what I've been craving from this year's "for her" list.

{Photo Credit: LaDolceVitaBlog}

Autumn Literary Gala

I am a big fan of a simple and clean palette and anything with gold and wooden accents so when this event theme evolved into all of the above we enjoyed crafting every minute. Since the building where the event is typically held was under construction we used that as our inspiration and incorporated the actual blueprints into the theme, blueprint blue became the event design base.  Textures and subtle modern pattern were woven throughout and lots of cozy throws were on hand for guests as the night got chilly.  I always enjoy branding an event.  Pillows were made with the event logo, all signage was custom made and waiters wore canvas construction aprons with the event logo embroidered on each one.  Above are some of the getting ready photos that we normally don't even get a chance to take!  Got a few of the team setting up this time.

{Image Source: Mary Harris Events}

We carried the blue print theme into custom made wraps for the candles above.  Guests were led into the party by La Vie En Rose and Upbeat Elegant French Jazz Band and settled into play games set at each coffee table.  Just like home at our house!  It was one of the last truly gorgeous evenings of the fall.

{Image Source: Mary Harris Events}

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