Baton Rouge Dining Room Refashioned for the Holidays

Posted 22 November 2012 at 9:47 PM | Comments (2)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

In addition to feasting on turkey today, feast your eyes on this. Lisa Davis Gilly’s Baton Rouge dining room, decorated for everyday:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Every Day

And then transformed for Thanksgiving dinner:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Holidays

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decoration Detail

How much do you love this casual-elegant space? You know I’m not generally drawn to shabby chic, but I am always drawn to simplicity and this color palette. So I could just pluck this dining room out of her home, put it in mine, and I’d be in heaven.

Or, I could just take those mirrored doors. Either way.

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Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

Posted 23 April 2012 at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

I love these! What a great idea for a wedding, a backyard party, or even for every day.

Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns from The Country Barrel on

Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns available from The Country Barrel on Etsy.

Airplane Birthday Party

Posted 1 December 2011 at 10:13 PM | Comments (2)

Mission accomplished! One airplane birthday party, one happy four year-old.

4th Birthday Party, Airplane Birthday Cake

Our intimate, low-key party was a success, but my favorite part of the day was during the afternoon, when it was just me and my two little boys. I organized a really simple scavenger hunt around the neighborhood—that eventually led to a sweet welcome and a birthday present at my husband’s office. It was so much fun watching my son revel in surprise after surprise—and doing it together.

Airplane Birthday Party, Child's Scavenger Hunt

Those of you who know me will be surprised to hear me say: I can’t wait to do this again next year!

*Names have been changed.

Sunflower-Themed Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

Posted 2 November 2011 at 1:59 PM | Comments (2)

What a cute little idea! Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio designed this autumnal dessert buffet influenced by the happiest of fall flowers, the sunflower. It makes me yearn for two things: 1) fall (do you hear me, never-ending summer?) and 2) the entertaining gene (somehow it skipped me).

Sunflower-Themed Autumn Dessert Buffet

Sunflower-Themed Autumn Dessert Buffet Place Setting

Sunflower-Themed Autumn Dessert Buffet Napkin Ring

Sunflower-Themed Autumn Dessert Buffet Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Sunflower-Themed Autumn Dessert Buffet Pumpkin Cake Pops

Yellow and Green Outdoor Living Space

Posted 18 July 2011 at 2:57 PM | Comments (0)

All afternoon I’ve been sipping limonana, one of the greatest summer drinks ever, and it got me thinking. Or, more accurately, daydreaming.

Cafe Liz : Limonana Lemon Mint Drink

I don’t even have to close my eyes to imagine myself with good friends, lounging on a cushioned wicker sofa, eating hot dogs, drinking limonana, and watching our kids jump about in a lawn sprinkler. We’re enjoying each other so much that we stay through nightfall, Citronella candles flickering in the moonlight.

Yellow and Green Outdoor Patio Decor

Acid Green and Dirty Aqua

Posted 31 March 2011 at 2:51 PM | Comments (1)

Hello, amazing color combination.

The April issue of Matchbook magazine featured this table setting for a Californian garden party. The colors alone make me think of antique damask fabrics and Louis XV arm chairs, and in those patterns they make me think of the 1950s (dotty aqua) and 60s (geometric green), but altogether they feel so casual-chic and so now.

Table Linens from "Garden Party," Matchbook Magazine April 2011

I don’t know what I’m going to use this color combination for yet, but you better believe I’m going to use it for something!

Acid Green and Dirty Aqua Color Palette

Sushi Dinner Party in Modern White and Acid Green

Posted 12 February 2011 at 8:58 PM | Comments (0)

Fast Company’s design blog featured this clever little serving dish yesterday. It’s called the Double Dish, and it’s from UK-based kitchen product company, Joseph Joseph. One look at the Double Dish and I could already envision it in my home, since we’re big on pistachio nuts and edamame around here.

Then, by happy accident, I came across the CB2’s Dunk Sushi Plate, another clever entertaining solution. You place maki on the outer part of the dish and soy sauce on the inner part. We often order Japanese takeout, so it’s another win.

And then, well, one thing led to another, and I found myself creating a whole green-and-white sushi dinner party theme.

Sushi Dinner Party Set in Modern White and Acid Green

Perhaps the most exciting find in this whole set is the table linens. Paper Cloud’s Petunias Field pattern is fun and quirky, and the linens are hand printed with water-based inks on organic cotton. Love!

A Thousand Dreams

Posted 11 January 2011 at 4:24 PM | Comments (0)

When people say things to me like, “That’s my dream living room!” or “That’s my dream bed!”—I think to myself: “Which dream?”

I have so many that I’ve lost count. For instance, take the Eames Eiffel chair, designed in 1948. I love this chair so much that my heart goes aflutter just mentioning it. You could say it’s my Dream Chair—my Midcentury-Modern-Florida-Beach-House-Dream-Chair, to be specific.

So when I came across Anthropologie’s On-A-Whim dinnerware yesterday, I got very excited because it fits my Florida beach house fantasy perfectly.

By adding Crate&Barrel’s Everyday silverware, Alfi’s modern classic yellow carafe, and Chiasso’s serpentine fruit bowl

my sun-soaked breakfast table is ready.

Breakfast Table for a Mid-Century Modern Florida Beach House

A Tree Grows Heart-Shaped Leaves

Posted 31 July 2010 at 9:00 AM | Comments (4)

I didn’t have an immediate vision when I was asked to design Melissa’s* baby shower invitation. Instead, I poked around for inspiration and found an image of vintage floral wallpaper online to use as a starting point. The pattern was cute and quaint, so I decided to take the quaint factor even further and create a design reminiscent of homemade crafts.

I love how a simple invitation can inspire party planning. Imagine—this is the type of shower where you’d serve blueberry cobbler. Where the fabric napkins come in assorted blue-and-white patterns. And where the table centerpiece is a white spray-painted tree decorated with hanging blue heart-tags!

Blue Heart Tree Baby Shower Invitation

*Names and details have been changed.