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Cozy Fireside Party

I was hired to style an outdoor fireside party last weekend for newlyweds Jesse and Yvonne. Just a few weeks after their wedding they had a lot of love and bountiful libations from the wedding to share with their nearest and dearest. Cozy decor, good music, delicious food, a photo booth and lots of plaid make for a dang good time.

The glow of the lights, candles, fire pit and the cozy plaid table covering and homemade garland make this outdoor party insanely inviting.

We used 6 glorious different plaids to make our fall fireside shindig super outdoorsy.

This was the s’mores box of the century. There was really good sea salt chocolate, etc. but the shiny prom queen of the night was Nutella. Holy goodness, please make a s’more with Nutella. Oh, and it looked awesome in a vintage Pepsi crate next to the fire sitting atop a galvanized tub turned upside down.

40 friends gathered around the fire for good food, good drink, great conversation and an overall fabulous fall evening.

Hanging plaid fabric on the side of the house and gathering an array of props makes for a lot of fun and cuteness. Fact.

Yvonne and Jesse were fantastic hosts. Here she serves up a hearty pot of turkey chili. Also on the menu was pumpkin butternut squash soup and a glorious turkey and whole grain mustard sandwich platter. Yummm-o.

Host Jesse (of ‘Jesse & Yvonne’) feeds the fire. This is a very important job….without a fire, it is entirely impossible to have a cozy fireside party.

Our cozy fireside party was casual but special. The guests ‘ooh-ed and ahh-ed’ as they came around the corner of the house to the back yard. Our hosts wanted their first party as a married couple to be memorable and we succeeded. If it’s not too frigid where you live, go ahead and create your own glowing event!


Chic Charity

Last week I posted about attending a party benefitting Room Service Atlanta. Tonight I visited the United Methodist Children’s Home boys cabin and it was stunning! 19 designers took over the kitchen, bathrooms, common areas and several bedrooms. The full project images are being released for sale in a couple of weeks but I can give you this sneak peek!


Design Your Life

I came across this statement on Pinterest today. The simplicity and authenticity of the image is inspiring me today. May we all live our own well-designed, well-loved lives. The best (and most difficult) part of this dream is that it should look like no one else’s life. So go forth and design…



Room Service Atlanta Party

I had the great fortune to attend a party for Room Service Atlanta, a local non-profit started by two great designers, Dayka Robinson and Erika Ward. Nineteen designers, photostylists and artists came together to put redo the boys residential facilities at the United Methodist Childrens Home just up the road from me in Decatur.

The party was hosted by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. We had a great time with some talented local designers. You can look forward to pictures of the project next week. Hold on to your pantyhose over the weekend, folks!

Erika Ward and Dayka Robinson (Dayka grew up in Fresno, California the same time as me!!) are joined by Brian from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and one of the young men from United Methodist Children’s Home who is soon headed to train as a Navy Seal!


Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Atlanta, hosts of the Room Service Atlanta reception, We had a great time!


Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Atlanta showroom. I absolutely love EVERYTHING in that store but these dog images absolutely make me swoooon. And (bonus) on the sofa is sitting the mother of Dayka Robinson and, after speaking with her, discovered she worked at my junior high in Fresno, California. I can tell you that in Atlanta, Georgia, this type of connection NEVER happens. Lovely lady, lovely photo gallery!





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