Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hardware Store..Anthropologie Style.....

They say there 2 things that you can do to change the decor of your home inexpensively and very quickly: Paint and cabinetry hardware. Well, look no further as Anthropologie has just come up with probably the most awesomist thing EVER. They call it the "Hardware Store" What you do is pick one of the 4 pieces of furniture and then choose from dozens of their fabulous knobs, pulls and keyholes. It's like a virtual dressing room for furniture!

What is even more amazing is the fact that by picking one of the gorgeous knobs or pulls it might just inspire you to paint the piece of furniture....

Bravo Anthropologie!! Thanks for inspiring us yet again!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Because I love being a Gemini!

1. Diane Von Furstenberg Aggie Dress 2. Betsy Johnson Antoinette Wedges 3. Kate Spade Have A Ball Necklace 4. Maxx New York Large Straw Shopper 5. Victoria Beckham Round Frame Sunglasses 6-7. Undrest Biarritz Zigzag Bikini 8 & 10. iPhone 4 9. Jonathan Adler Gemini Zodiac Pillow 11. Vintage Yellow Love Seat [via : ohjoy]

From the oh so fabulous Mrs. Lilien... (this is one of my absolute favorite daily reads, if you don't know about this blog already you must discover her incredible talent to find the most fabulous things in beauty, fashion, design, and specialty cocktails! Love Mrs. Lilien and especially fell in love with this board that just felt like it was made for me)

Please excuse the dashing Mrs. Gemini, she's just a little bit tardy - she got all tied up chatting whilst hopping from party to party! She's a bit of social butterfly, a real chatty Kathy - while silence and boredom drive her positively batty! She's adaptable, intellectual not to mention wonderfully witty - She's got an eye for beauty which is why she's so darn pretty! She prefers thing in pairs, which is absolutely fair especially since she shares! At times she can be nervous, tense and a little superficial - but she's got a good head on her, she's logical and this is essential! She's Cunning, youthful and oh so lively - put her in the hot seat and she'll shine and thrivey! She a Mrs. who's has a tendency to be somewhat bombastic - however it certainly doesn't overshadow the fact that she's totally fantastic! Let's give a double cheer for Mrs. Gemini - the possibilities with the Mrs. are undeniably sky-high!

Summer Fireworks... Deanna and Dini's Romantic Waterfront Wedding

For a complete collection of images check out Justin and Mary's site.

I am so excited to be able to share images from this wedding we did Fourth of July weekend, with the most incredibly talented group of vendors, at the Branford House Mansion in Connecticut. When I first met with Deanna she described their vision for the wedding as Romantic garden, Elegant and Fun with Tuscan Inspired details. We had such a great time taking this vision and weaving it through all of the details. It was the most perfect summer evening, ending with fireworks over the water as they danced their first dance.

Congratulations Deanna and Dini, thanks for letting us be a part of such an incredible celebration!


Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz
Floral: Hana Floral Design
Catering: Gourmet Galley
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Tent: Sperry Tents
DJ Renzo
Attire: White Dress by the Shore
Venue: Branford House Mansion

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dueling Designers...Part Cinq...

When the air becomes clean and crisp and the skies a deeper shade of blue, I begin to get that tingle in my toes...It's time to travel. For some, they get the back-to-school feeling but for me, I get the back-to-Italy feeling. When I put on my wool blazer, faded jeans, ballet flats and scarf around the neck it brings me back to when I was walking the streets of Florence from my apartment (which was steps from the Duomo) to school.

So it was only natural that I HAD to choose a color that could relate to a Pasta Party...Tomato Red Pantone #485. Thankfully, the Fab Miss Amy Graver of Elements Design was game for yet another edition of Dueling Designers....

Elements Design

row one :: tuscany table for two | al dente rotini | italian cerub | pates baroni poster row two :: pasta party invites | red manolo blahnik’s | vintage tomato seeds | garden tomato table setting row three :: chalkboard menu | tiramisu cake

Chocolate Creative Design
Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe & Image:Country Living, Spaghetti Recipe & Image: Chowmama, Cookbook, Anthropologie
Porcelain Pasta Pot: Anthropologie, Dress, Anthropologie, Tomato, Basil & Ricotta Gelati Image & Recipe: Bon Appetit
Farmer's Market Letterpress Print: Yeehaw, Tomato Letterpress Cards: Yeehaw
Garlic Bread Pizza Recipe & Image: bbcgoodfood Scooter Image: Weheartit, Plates Image: Sunday Suppers

Boards designed and created by Elements Design and Chocolate Creative Design


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesdays are for Mood Boards....Dreams of Runways in Spring...

Jenny Packham RTW Spring 2011

Oh, what a glorious week! We are smack dab in the middle of Fashion Week RTW Spring 2011. It is absolutely and positively one of my favorite weeks of the year! Back in 2007, I was sitting amongst the fashionistas in NYC watching the oh so fabulous Mr. Oscar de la Renta's show, courtesy of one of my brides, the beautiful Miss Tatianna, who made a life long dream come true for me. Thursday, Mr. de la Renta will be showcasing his line and I will be waiting with baited breath to see the images. So far, I have decided that I could take any of Jenny Packham's Spring line and being a Rachel Zoe obsessive watcher, I feel they are seriously "Oscar Worthy".
Just this week I received an email from Pantone showcasing their color picks for Fashion's Spring 2011 season.
Now I know we are heading into Fall, but I know that those Spring and Summer 2011 brides and grooms are already planning their color stories. So, I decided to take a few of the colors and create a Spring/Summer 2011 board based on Pantone's predictions. Although, I do have to confess that this Spring/Summer girl is actually trying to avoid thinking about Fall/Winter..Brrr......

Pantone Spring Summer Fashion Colors for 2011
Sofa Image:thisisglamorous, Beaded Clutch Image:weheartit, Cork Heart Image:tinywhitedaisies, Girls image: weheartit
Plate Image:lavenderhillstudio, Lilac Image:it'smaryruffle, Balloon Image:weheartit, Dress Image:weheartit,
Beaded Clutch Image:weheartit, Ballerina image:, Chair image:lifeinthefunlane, Lilac image:
Girl image: weheartit, Butterfly cookies:weheartit, Lavendar Image:weheartit, Glitter Image:

Board created and designed by Chocolate Creative Design


Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

When Pigs Fly in Mystic... Pauline and Michael Got Married.

Rehearsal Dinner at the Mystic Aquarium

photos by Anna Sawin

I recently had the pleasure of working with one of the coolest couples I have worked with. Their wedding was a weekend celebration of family and friends and full of FUN!!! The festivities started Friday night at the Mystic Aquarium and continued into Saturday as guests arrived to a tented affair on the couple's property in Mystic. Definitely not a traditional wedding, but one I know guests are still talking about, especially all of the kids! For the reception we brought in 2 inflatable bounce houses, a balloon artist, an airbrush tattoo company, Rock Band Stations were set up in various locations, Movies played under the stars of the blue tent, ping pong, pinatas, games of corn hole, and a Photobooth. The energy flying around the yard was infectious and guests danced and partied well into the evening on one of the nicest nights of the summer. Congratulations Pauline and Michael!

Anna Sawin Photography
Lighting and Sound:Power Posse
Catering: Coastal Gourmet
Sperry Tents
Ace Security
Country Portables
Innovative Inflatables
Airbrush Tattoos by Dawn
Smiles By Sandy Balloon Artist

Cask & Keg