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Even though it’s somehow August already, summer is still in full effect! The sun is still setting late in the evening, and the soaring temperatures show no sign of stopping. I’m trying to soak up every second I can outside while I can, and that’s why I was so honored to work with Pier 1 recently on a project to create a perfect outdoor oasis for one lucky Pier 1 fan.
Pier 1 has so many versatile pieces that are both functional and pretty. One of my favorite design tricks for clients who are looking to achieve that perfect outdoor oasis is to bring the indoors outside. Just because it’s patio furniture doesn’t mean it has to be uncomfortable or stiff. As long as you’re using something with a weather-resistant frame and outdoor-friendly fabric, the sky is the limit!
In fact, when we were setting up the backyard in preparation for the party, it was raining pretty steadily. The sectional cushions were easily covered up and wiped off to prevent puddles!
All of the dinnerware is melamine– which means it’s a durable material that’s virtually unbreakable. Perfect for outdoor dining!
PS- how great are these turquoise melamine wine glasses? Perfect for my #rooftopsunsets!
And this particular backyard party was especially sweet- Sue, the owner of the home, entered a contest describing her perfect outdoor party and was selected from thousands of entries to win her dream backyard set-up! She loves the beach, and vacations frequently in Ocean City, Maryland. So of course, Pier 1 wanted to give her a perfect coastal-themed backyard, full of accessories! There was plenty of deep blue colors, bright yellow accents, lots of natural texture, and a few purposeful pops of green.
Cornhole is essential to any backyard party, in my opinion.
Sue and her family were so pleased with her new back yard, and I was so honored to work with Pier 1 to help style her space. Living in a city like DC, I know that outdoor time with your favorite people is so valuable, and having a space in which to celebrate is so rare and lovely. It makes me wish I had a large backyard space to decorate myself! But I’m lucky that I get to do this for clients for a living, and so I wanted to share with you my favorite backyard picks from Pier 1 Imports so that you can re-create your own backyard oasis. Sue wanted a coastal + beach theme in her space, and I was able to create a completely different coastal style in my dream backyard from Pier 1- there are so many different styles and aesthetics to choose from! I call my picks below “Hamptons Chic”, with a touch of color and lots of texture. What do you think?
Do you have a favorite outdoor space, or are you in need of one of your own? I’d love to hear!
Thanks to Pier 1 for sponsoring this post!
“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
The idea for the Like a Boss Party began the second I moved to DC. I only knew a few people here in the city, and had heard of a few more- and I was determined to change that. So, I suggested that we throw a party to one of the only girls I knew here at the time, Teri from Nafasi Interiors . She had been thinking the same thing, and is not one to shy away from a party, so we knew it was fate. And just like that, the Like a Boss Party was born three years ago. We invited everyone we knew from the creative industry, and many others who we wanted to know- event planners, designers, artists, photographers, bloggers- and we were thrilled when 40 people attended. At that first party, we met our soon-to-be other halves, Kerra and Mariella. We soon became inseparable, and quickly added them as co-hosts for the second annual party, where almost 150 people showed. And this year, I was able to partner with my dear friend Summer from Simple Stylings and collaborate with the fab Jessica from Diet Coke to create an evening to remember. Almost 300 of the most inspiring entrepreneurs and creative folks attended this year, and we were able to celebrate the end of 2016 together with lots of champagne and conversation. We worked with some of our favorite local ladies to put together the Diet Coke in DC x Like a Boss Party, and I’ve got some amazing photos to prove it!
The party was held at the stunning Long View Gallery here in DC, and it’s an amazing open warehouse-style space with rotating art by local artists and amazing textures everywhere you look. Since the space is such a blank canvas, we were able to create a bright and colorful soiree that was fun and unexpected. We played off the traditional red and silver Diet Coke colors, and added in every other shade of red, pink, coral, orange, blush, and burgundy that we could think of. The end result was a beautifully layered palette with bright pops and sophisticated hues. We dreamed up the balloon canopy, and had so much fun building it the day of the event!
As soon as guests arrived, they were greeted by a handsome man and a tray of ice cold Diet Coke bottles, complete with a striped straw. An amazing faux boxwood wall and custom silver foil logo by Event Revolution was the backdrop for the photographer as she snapped photos of every guest who entered. Taffy Floral created a beautiful and organic spray of flowers on the boxwood wall in our color scheme (and put together the rest of the amazing floral arrangements for the event!)
If you follow me on Snapchat or Insta Stories, you might recognize my besties from our Costco trips or wine-soaked Saturday night shenanigans. ^
Since Long View Gallery is a huge open space and we wanted to have several spots for people to sit, we turned to the incredible Something Vintage for furniture. They have an amazing selection of vintage furniture, and we rented every single piece of colorful velvet chairs and sofas that we could get our hands on- and they all came in our color scheme! It was an absolute match made in heaven. If you’re local and are in need of some incredible furniture for an event or photoshoot, please please work with them. Dawn is an absolute delight- she even came early to help style the vignettes and brought pillows and accessories to make sure everything was perfect!
They have everything- down to the rugs! We created several different “zones” that felt like your living room but chic-er.
another amazing Taffy Floral arrangement
For the food, we had two requirements: that it be bite-sized, and fun and playful. Heirloom Catering delivered on both counts! We started off with passed hors d’oeuvres- pop corn with a Diet Coke caramel drizzle served in hot pink containers (with a side of pink champagne, of course!)
Heirloom always comes up with the most creative food displays- how great are these mini ghost chairs?
We had a signature cocktail for the event, a rum + Diet, made with True Syrups tonic and fresh squeezed lime juice. And, of course, pink bubbles.
The party vibe was super chill, and set off by neon pink uplighting and an amazing set by DJ Alkimist. We deliberately chose a Friday night and a party that lasted 3 hours so everyone could relax and not have to worry about going to work the next morning.
For dessert, we had Buttercream Bakeshop make the most incredible macaron towers in our color palette, complete with edible silver foil to tie in the Diet Coke bottles. They were almost too pretty to eat! Almost.
Tickled Photobooth set up against an amazing textured wall in the space and snapped away all night. Each guest was able to take home their own photo strip- and I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed it!
Lauren, the kick ass owner of Tickled
Jessica (right), our awesome sponsor and co-host from Diet Coke
Things quickly got awesomely weird…
…but that’s exactly how we like it.
For the favors, we wanted our guests to take home something more than just a favor bag with business cards in it. So, we spent many days and many nights drinking champagne and eating pizza as we stuffed these little red boxes with goodies, and tied them all with a satin bow. Each box contained a mini bottle of the True Syrups tonic, a bottle of Diet Coke, and a striped straw so our guests could re-create our signature cocktail at home. We also added in a mini lipstick flash drive and a bottle of O.P. I. nail polish in a specialty silver color called “My Signature is DC”- which worked for Diet Coke and for DC!
The creative community here in DC is incredible, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. This party has been our baby for three years now, and I cannot believe how it’s grown and the people it’s brought together. If you had told me three years ago that 300 of the most inspiring women and entrepreneurs I’ve ever met would attend our party for a night of socializing and support, I never would have believed you. And the creative celebrations are growing- Summer hosted a Diet Coke in CLT (Charlotte) party earlier this year, and wanted to help spread the creative fire to DC, so we combined forces for one big collaborative event. I have gotten to know her over the past year and she is such a wonderful and kind spirit- it’s SO great to turn online friendships into real life relationships! And I am so grateful to call my three other hosts my best and most inspiring friends. You never know how important influential and supportive entrepreneurial relationships are to you as a business owner until you have them in your life, and then you never want to let them go. Now, let’s see what next year’s party has in store!
see more photos on social under #likeabossparty and #dietcokeinDC
VENUE: Long View Gallery
BOXWOOD WALL: Event Revolution
CUSTOM SIGNAGE: Event Revolution
FLORALS: Taffy Floral
FURNITURE RENTAL: Something Vintage
CATERING: Heirloom DC
COCKTAILS: True Syrups
MUSIC: DJ Alkimist
DESSERTS: Buttercream Bakeshop
PHOTOBOOTH: Tickled Photobooth
PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Metzler Photography
A huge thank you to Jess and Diet Coke for being such an amazing sponsor of women and creative entrepreneurs.
photos c/o Laura Metzler
Whew! Thank you so much for all of your kind words on my One Room Challenge Reveal! I am over the moon please with how the room turned out, and cannot believe I live here. Today, I am finally going to share all of the juicy details and sources for where I got everything! So many of you have been e-mailing and asking, and I’m so sorry for the delay. I had some blog issues for almost 2 weeks, but we are up and running like new now! So, let’s dive right in.
All of the molding and the bedroom door are from my favorite detail source, Metrie. They have the best options, and I had such a hard time choosing my favorites! For the walls, I knew I wanted to do a simple Parisian-style box molding to surround the fireplace and make it look completely intentional. The 1 1/8″ Panel Mould worked perfectly for our space.
For the bedroom door, I wanted to update it so that it matched its surroundings- the Fashion Forward Door was a no brainer.
One of my ideas to fix the “stepped” look of the built-ins was to make them look as consistent as possible, and as much like a proper built-in as possible. If you remember the before, you might remember how they stopped almost 2″ from the ceiling, and had no detail on the cabinet doors. Since the drop wasn’t low enough for a traditional crown molding, I had to think outside of the box a little bit. Thankfully, Metrie has so many options and I was able to use and cut this Panel Mould to look like crown so that they extended all the way to the ceiling. For continuity, I used the same Panel Mould on the cabinet bases as I used on the walls.
One of the biggest transformations in the room, in my opinion, is the mirror wall. I sketched out an idea in my head, not really knowing if it would work, according to a few different options that I found on Metrie’s site. And it turned out perfectly- exactly like I had envisioned in my head! I used 3 1/2″ Flat Stock to create the grid on the mirror, simply gluing it with mirror adhesive to the front of the mirror. I then used 9/16″ Cove Molding to trim out the rectangles created by the grid to give it a finished look. It’s such a big transformation that friends who have come 100 times before ask if the mirror has always been there!
Strong White in Full Gloss on all trim, doors, baseboards, and window frames
Railings in Interior Eggshell on the built-ins (the most delicious blue/ black/ charcoal)
I wanted a traditional mural paper to line the entryway wall to draw a separation in this very long space. The Shaded Landscape Mural from Anewall was exactly what I was looking for!
I talked about how I found the steal of a lifetime with this fireplace already, so all I had to do was accessorize around it! I wanted it to be the focal point of this space since it’s so bold, so the name of the game was texture, texture, texture.
Round Hill Large Bee Bowl (my husband’s favorite thing in the room!)
What’s your favorite part of the room? Mine changes on a daily bases. I just love it all so much! The only problem is that this room makes the rest of my apartment look bad. Like, really bad. Time to get ready for the Spring One Room Challenge!
Thank you so much to Linda for creating, organizing, and promoting this challenge. My apartment thanks you!
Thank you so, so much to these generous sponsors of the One Room Challenge, who made my room possible and beautiful:
And thank you so much to the other participants and our media sponsor for making this such fun challenge to be a part of!
I used to be the type who decorated for all seasons- typical decor that you would find for holidays and changes in temperature. If you look back in my old archives, you will find posts detailing how I decorated for Spring, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Summer, and so on. And while I still decorate for Christmas and a few other holidays, I now like to make subtle changes that reflect the seasons. For Fall, I like to add a lot of texture, fragrant greenery, and cozy blankets. I found all of the things I was looking for at At Home Stores– I am telling you, that place really is a one-stop-shop!
Fall scented candles and hot toddies. As the weather gets a little cooler, I stop craving my typical rose wine and reach for something warm and strong. I also have been loving super musk-y candles with scents like cedar, patchouli, bergamot, etc.
Cozy knit throw blankets and textured baskets. I picked up this mustard pom-pom throw, along with a few other neutral blankets I can use for guests. The basket fits next to the sofa- and in the summer months, I’ll use it to hold shoes by the door.
Neutral flowers and greenery. Trader Joe’s is the best spot for picking up fresh blooms in my neighborhood, and I particularly love white roses and eucalyptus (plus, it smells so good!)
Textured or woven pillows. This is the easiest way to switch things up for the seasons or holidays. I chose these pretty woven pillows with a fringe to add a subtle hint of color and texture to my sofa and chairs, and they pair perfectly with my Arianna Belle pillows.
Copper, or other metallics. Simple touches of warm metallics go so well for the Fall, and it helps that these moscow mule mugs also are the perfect vessels for yummy cocktails!
Natural (or natural-looking) elements. I picked up these faux marble pots and candle holders, gray and white pot, and horn at my local At Home store, and they might be my favorite pieces on my built-ins. They add such a subtle pattern without being overwhelming, and there’s just something about the natural texture- especially on that gray and white pot. I love how the horn adds some warmth, and the marble pattern is super subtle. They add an organic feel that brings in the outdoors for Fall without being blatantly orange and red!
Traditional elements. This large bust is my favorite At Home purchase to date. It brings in an old world feel, and is perfect for next to the fireplace. (PS- in case you were wondering, his name is Charles).
What do you incorporate into your home for the change in seasons? If you’re in the market for easy and versatile pieces, At Home has some great options! And just wait until you see what they have for Christmas 🙂
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I am honored to be a part of At Home’s 2016 Inspiration Team. This post was written in partnership with At Home, but as always, all opinions, thoughts, and words are 100% my own. Stay tuned for more At Home posts coming soon!
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending High Point Market for the Design Bloggers Fall Tour! I went with 9 other fabulous designers and bloggers, and had the opportunity to visit over a dozen incredible showrooms during our two day tour. Each showroom had something different to offer, and I loved learning more about some of my favorite vendors. I have some fun posts coming up on trends that I saw for the new year, as well as some of my favorite items in each of the showrooms, but I wanted to give you a recap of the spots we toured and their offerings.
Our first showroom of the tour did not disappoint. Bernhardt was filled with stunning neutral and staple pieces, and erred on the side of traditional with an updated twist (a favorite of mine!) Everything felt comfortable and elegant- you are sure to find something for everyone in their current Neo-classical collection.
Eichholtz is a new-to-me Dutch vendor who specializes in ready-to-order edgy pieces and lighting. Almost the entire collection is in-stock and ready to ship- a rarity in the to-the-trade world! I loved some of their lighting options, as well as all of the metallic pieces (and that marble table- it’s faux!)
The Sho Modern showroom was SHO FUN (see what I did there?)- we were treated to the Shine By Sho collection, which is packed full of incredible statement pieces that push the envelope on edgy design. Each piece incorporates something seen in the fashion world, and is so forward-thinking that I feel like other spaces will quickly follow suit. Their thoughts behind the entire collection is so cohesive- you can see the statement fringe on everything from lighting, to credenzas, to mirrors. Such a fun space with incredible pieces.
Duralee is a go-to for me for fabrics, so it was nice to see some furniture pieces in their showroom. This collection has a mid-century twist, and the showroom had a giant back-lit Slim Aarons piece that completed the space. My favorite offerings were their incredibly priced velvet selection- isn’t this pink sofa gorgeous?
Lee Industries is a staple in my designer playbook- they make versatile pieces in an array of finishes, and the showroom was so fun to visit (imagine four floors of amazing pieces like this citron chair). But we were treated to a special presentation by CRYPTON FABRICS that had me swooning. Crypton is another new-to-me brand that will definitely be at the top of my list from here on out- you definitely need to familiarize yourself with the company if you haven’t already! They have developed a special chemically made and patented durable fabric that resists spills. They set up a “slumber party” for us- complete with these goodies- and proceeded to pour an entire Coke on a sofa, only to wipe it up with no stain and no wet spot.
Castello offers luxurious, hand-made outdoor pieces that are built in North and South America. Each piece is hand-crafted and will be ready in 4 weeks- incredible! The pieces had clean lines, and we were able to meet the owner, who shared his passion for well-made pieces- a great addition to the outdoor furniture industry.
At Ameriwood, we were able to see pieces set up in a way that showed us the behind the scenes from conception to creation to delivery. Each piece is ready to assemble, and is sold at accessible vendors like Wayfair and Wal-Mart. It was really interesting to see the design process behind each collection (seen above), and how inexpensive furniture can be well-made and attractive.
Katy Skelton’s showroom was a real treat for me- I loved every single piece she had to offer. Skelton is a recent SCAD alum, and every piece in her current collection oozes with thought and personal touches. She makes incredible lighting and statement pieces- I particularly loved her selection of benches. She is adorable and her personality really shines through in her designs.
Owned by Michelle Workman, Pyar & Co. is filled with incredible baubles and trimmings. The pillows and trim tape she had on display were so beautiful, it almost felt like you were shopping for couture dresses. I loved her tapes and trims so much- a great way to add a little elegance to a linen or cotton fabric drapery panel or bolster!
Joanie’s designs were a bright spot to end our first day at High Point. Her fearless use of color is incorporated through a few statement pieces that are sure to brighten up any space. She even designed two of her own wallpapers, which complement her bold furniture pieces beautifully.
Not only is Thayer Coggin’s showroom based in High Point, their factory is as well. Thayer Coggin was the legendary furniture maker who famously hired Milo Baughman in the 50s, and is still the only manufacturer with the rights from the Baughman family to make and produce his original designs and pieces. We were able to tour the factory where each piece is made, and were able to see how the craftsmanship and work ethic hasn’t changed over the decades. It’s incredible to see the pieces that are still just as a fresh and new as they were when they were created- such a treat.
Century Furniture is one of my favorite showrooms here at the DC Design Center, so I loved seeing their massive space at High Point. They have beautiful case goods as well as upholstery pieces- everything was so chic and edgy (another favorite design style of mine). The rooms were neutral with pops of deliberately placed bold pieces, and their outdoor selection is fantastic as well. Century has been owned by the same family for three generations, and still pushes the boundaries on what is fresh and new in the design world.
At Universal Furniture, we were treated to a walk-through of their new Modern Collection, which was filled with classic lines and clean looks. Each piece was made with a specific purpose in mind, and the showroom was filled with staple pieces that look good paired with similarly styled pieces as well as pieces that could stand alone in a room. How great is that leather chair?
Huntington House is one of my favorite North Carolina vendors because they make great case goods and even better upholstered pieces. A lot of their offerings can be covered in Crypton Fabric- a major plus! Each piece is hand crafted in North Carolina, and can be customized like the sofa with the contrast welting above. Not only does Huntington House think about style, but they truly consider the comfort of their clients as well- we all fell in love with some beautifully designed reclining chairs (YES, really!)
Theodore Alexander offers a large number of pieces that can be completely customized in several different colors- a great place to find staples that fit your style or look. We also got to tour the Althorp Collection, created by Earl Charles Spencer (as in, Princess Diana Spencer- he’s her brother!). The entire collection is modeled after incredible pieces found at Althorp, their family’s home for almost 500 years. We even got to meet the Earl himself- a real treat to hear about his childhood and his thoughts behind the super traditional collection!
Wesley Hall is another vendor that is completely made in North Carolina- and I promise you will find something that you love in their collections. Everything is so fun and bright and chic! They are not afraid to use color, and incorporate traditional elements with up-to-date pieces and modern touches. I was particularly taken with their leather offerings- did you know that it takes two hides to create a leather chair, and five to create a leather sofa?
Ambella Home was our last stop of the tour, and it did not disappoint. We were able to meet the current owner, and he took us through the collections and told us the story behind every piece. Each item has been meticulously designed- you can see the thought that went into each piece. They also have updated their look and feel towards more of a forward-thinking design clientele, and it shows in the bold pieces like the striped table above. I loved the neutral offerings, but was blown away by their bold choices!
Thank you so much to Esteem Media and the team who put this tour together for us! Here is the whole crew, lounging at Lee Industries:
You can follow along with the whole crew as we recap our visit to High Point Market here:
Stay tuned for more posts about trends for the new year and my favorite pieces!