To keep a wedding design cohesive, Kim Lettier, of Lettier Event Planning Studio, carries some elements of the focal point (here, it's a floral centerpiece) into other areas. "Accent pieces such as candles should complement the focal point but not compete with it," she adds. “The design of the vessel itself should also fit in with the overall look. In this case I wrapped moss around the vessels because its traditional look interfered with the organic and vintage feel of the design.” Florist: The Green Flamingo.
If you have a table with a patterned top, use it as the inspiration for the rest of the decor. The mini print of this stone tabletop was so dominant that it dictated the design choices, says Monica Stewart, owner of The Misfit House in Athens, Ga. From her free tabletop redo, she grabbed a matching set of vases and pillows from inside the home, and topped it off with a ceramic candle from another spot on the porch and greenery from the yard.
To create the perfect mantel, Barnhardt says to take down everyday mantel decorations, including any framed prints. Hang a fresh evergreen wreath and then gather items from around your home that coordinate with each other. For example, she collects any porcelain and pottery with a green glaze displayed throughout her home and creates a vignette on the mantel by filling the pieces with fresh holly and white pine. Add favorite ornaments or safely place candles for a warm glow to complete the display.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson borrowed 15 square feet from the adjacent guest bedroom to carve out space for this chic bathroom vanity. To give the room a first class feel, Sarah added a large silver-framed round mirror, a mosaic tile backsplash and a floating, custom-built wood cabinet with sleek modern hardware and plenty of extra storage. At the far end of this spa bathroom sits a cozy soaking tub with a built-in ledge perfect for holding candles or a glass of wine. A small, linear gallery wall adds color to the monochromatic space and boosts the room's spa-like ambiance.
Longing for that summertime feel during the winter months? Bring the beach right to your table. This sea-inspired centerpiece is easy to make and can be used all year round. "A rustic wooden tray provides the base for the rectangular glass vase filled with sand, candles and a variety of seashells," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. Add vibrant shells and starfish for an extra boost of summer hues.
This clever collection of recycled glass terrariums in different shapes displays sedums (such as Sedum spurium and Sedum acre 'Aureum') and succulents such as Variegated Candle Plant, String of Pearls, Propeller Plant and Silver Squill. At the top right, Begonia 'Fireworks' brings in a punch of ruby red. A Hindu rope plant and Mesembryanthemum lehmanni are in the same container in front, near a tiny hens and chicks succulent. They were assembled and arranged by Sarah Brueck Williams, a stained glass artist.
Camille Simmons has a love of pretty things: a sweet teacup, a beautifully scented candle, a colorful plate. It’s through beautiful objects that Camille believes one can truly enjoy each moment in life. Little moments of pretty, like the perfect pen, or a special piece of stationery, can brighten the day’s most mundane moments, according to Simmons. Her philosophy, dedicated to entertaining and style in pretty fashion, is reflected in the shop she founded with her husband Joe. Located in the historic Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California, Planning Pretty is a celebration of personal style where beauty reigns. And that pretty-is-as-pretty-does philosophy extends to Camille and Joe’s home. Just blocks away from their shop, the couple’s historic Southern California home is a mix of traditional and modern style where every piece is a little bit of beauty to be explored.