Jillian and Hayden Home | Southern Weddings

Over the summer I was asked to style an apartment that would be featured in Volume 9 of Southern Weddings. I have been a huge fan of the Southern Weddings Magazine and brand for years, so I was thrilled and jumped at the chance. Before arriving for the shoot I was sent a couple photos of the space to see what I had to work with and I knew my job would be an easy one. Their apartment was adorable and filled with vintage pieces and antiques that Jillian had collected over the years. Now let me say I am not an interior stylist, but if you mix my degree in interior design with my experience styling weddings and photo shoots over the last 5 years it’s a pretty good mix. I pulled up my sleeves, pretended to be Emily Henderson for the day, and I was really into it. If anyone needs an interior stylist in their life, give me a call- this was right up my alley.

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Here is a little entry moment as soon as you walk into the apartment, I may have changed the styling of the table a bit, but for the most part this was it and I just added those pretty yellow flowers.

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Past the entryway is their living room and these shelves got a pretty big makeover. Here are some photos of me in action.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Everything pretty much came down and was put back up in a “styled” way. I used quite a bit of their own items (I didn’t want it to start not feeling like them) that were already there, but sprinkled in several of my own props and greenery. You can also see that Jillian and Hayden’s dog Watson played an important role as my styling assistant, it’s always nice to have a second set of eyes.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

 This sofa and frame wall were on the other side of hte living room, I am obsessed with the casual vibe of the slipcovered sofa paired with the natural wood of the coffee table.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

We didn’t purchase any special foliage or florals for this shoot- everything we used were things I picked on site. It meant I wasn’t able to plan ahead, but I wanted everything we used to look really natural and not too fussy. I just got lucky that there were all sorts of goodies right out their front door.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The master bedroom had this amazing four poster bed and those great mirrors were already there. I do think I pulled in these lamps from the living room and that blue bench is mine, but went perfectly with the bedding.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The dresser in the bedroom got a pretty little makeover with a pretty wooden tray, some books, and a few pretty odds and ends.

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Then we got to the guest room and it was like Christmas for me- guys, look at that Magic Kingdom poster! If I could have ripped that off the walls and stolen it I totally would have. Cut to me furiously searching for something similar on Etsy and adding it to my Christmas list.

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Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Out on their back porch they have this cute little table and chairs, Jillian dabbles in calligraphy so she did this special chalkboard before I arrived (how perfect is that?) and I just added the greenery and the flowers in the watering can.

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And here is the sweet couple with their adorable dog Watson. I can’t thank them enough for letting me blow through their apartment and rearrange everything. It was also amazing to work with Kimberley Chau for the very first time and to have these images in Southern Weddings Magazine is just icing on the cake. What a fun project!

Credits: Photography | Kimberley Chau Photography, Styling | Jennifer Laura Design, Southern Weddings Magazine, Featured Newlyweds- Jillian and Hayden Pottkotter and their dog Watson

Crate and Barrel Private Registry Event | Morgan Gosch Photography

A few months back Crate and Barrel asked me to plan their Private Registry Event for them. Crate and Barrel are pretty much the masters of the wedding registry and it is their goal to make the experience for couples registering as enjoyable as possible, they open their store early once a month (or so) to allow couples to come and register, they get the entire store to themselves and loads of staff on hand to answer questions, do demonstrations, etc. Crate and Barrel wanted to take that idea and expand on it, by inviting local vendors to come in and offer some additional fun interactions for the couples, while also advertising their businesses to Crate and Barrel brides. So that’s where I came in- to plan this additional portion of the event! Houston was one of 3 test spots to try out this new concept event- I’m hoping they turn it into a regular thing, because it was A LOT of fun. I brought in several of my favorite Houston vendors and we had a blast.

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We did a bit of pretty signage outside to help guests know which door to come into, plus I knew it was going to be a pretty little moment. I’m pretty much completely over chalkboard, but I’m really into painting on wood or brainstorming other interesting surfaces.

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Dionne, owner of Nib and Pixel came out to do her thing- she created custom crests for all of the couples there, they were just insanely beautiful- our color palette for this event was very neutral- white, black, gold, copper, wood, marble, with tiny touches of butter- I love that she stuck to that palette to create the crests.

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My good friend Erica, owner of Hey Lovely came out to do a braid and beauty bar- they did these beautiful braided up-dos and quick makeup demonstrations.

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Although I also planned this event, I like to make my life as difficult as possible and that wasn’t enough for me, so of course I had to get in on the fun and have a booth as well. I hired my amazing friend Abby to come and work it with me, she taught us all (myself included) how to make these beautiful hyacinth flower crowns, by the end of the day- we were all decked out in crowns.

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Smilebooth came and set up one of their super fun photobooths. Luckily, their booth was close to our booth- so we may have taken advantage of that. They also played along with our theme and did a golden filter for all the photos.

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My ridiculously cute October couple, Janice and Matt, also came- they are really too cute for words AND we just took some CRAZY engagements for them that I simply cannot wait to share.

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Everyone was also able to register with the store all to themselves, with tons of super helpful Crate and Barrel staff around to help them, looking back on my registering experience (blindly walking around Bed, Bath, and Beyond- WHAT??), I totally wish I could go back and do this instead.

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As a fun bonus for the event we had several “moments” set up around the store- both to show off some of the vendors work as well as get the brides inspired for their own wedding day. I treated it like a photoshoot and did several different “vignettes”. This was the invitation suite- designed by Nib and Pixel, it was really stunning.

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I also designed the tablescape- Nib and Pixel did the beautiful calligraphy on all of the marble pieces. We used all Crate and Barrel inventory and man- their stuff sure makes for an insanely pretty setting. I love the flowers that we created for this event too- I went a very soft and pretty route, but added in TONS of crazy and wild texture.

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Natalie, owner of Jade Magnolia created our cake, she also had a booth full of insanely beautiful and delicious treats for all the guests to sample.

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This event was so fun and very unlike what I typically do, so an extremely fun change of pace. I’ll keep you posted on social media if we do another event like this. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of that caramel drizzled cake up there!

Vendor Credits: Venue- Crate and Barrel | Photography- Morgan Gosch | Planning and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design | Hair and Makeup- Hey Lovely |  Desserts- Jade Magnolia | Calligraphy- Nib and Pixel | Photobooth- Smilebooth

Nubia + Ryan | Korie Lynn Photography

Nubia and Ryan were such a special couple to me. They were so fun to work with, cared deeply about the important details, and Ryan was involved every step of the way, and you know I have a soft spot for an involved groom. They weren’t always on the same page, but Ryan was there to support and give his opinion. AND a boy’s opinion always matters, even if it just helps the bride realize that his opinion is what she doesn’t want..it’s still extremely helpful.

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The invitations were made by Ladyfingers Letterpress and they were GORGEOUS! Letterpressed in the prettiest shade of lavender- the lace detail was taken from one of Nubia’s dresses.

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Nubia found herself in the situation that a lot of brides do, she fell in love with two dresses. Instead of agonizing over the decision, she decided to just embrace it and wear both. This softer lace one for her first look and then a more dramatic ruffled strapless dress for the ceremony and reception. Then she changed back into the lace number for the grand exit and off to the after party.

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The wedding took place at The Bell Tower on 34th and it is a really lovely space, they have several courtyards and they are all so beautiful.

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First looks are my favorite- this leaves SO much time for amazing photos. Plus the emotions captured at these just make my heart melt each and every time.

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Without Wax Katy did the florals and she blew it out of the water as usual, little did I know that she would RETIRE shortly after this wedding and our lovely little history of working together would end. She is just SO talented and she will forever be such an inspiration for me in the floral work that I do.

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We used Brideside to select the bridesmaid dresses online- this was a really great option for Nubia since she had bridesmaids who lived all over and there was never a chance to all go shopping together. They sent us dress swatches and Nubia and I were able to choose the colors while the girls picked between a variety of styles. I love the purple shades and different mix of styles we ended up with.

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The ceremony took place indoors in the Candela Ballroom. We did a purple draping in the center arch, a candle filled cross, and huge gorgeous arrangements created by Katy and her team. We filled the aisle with candles and petals.

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The cocktail hour took place outside in the Candela Fountain courtyard. We did a mix of tall cocktails with bar stools and some with no chairs. We also mixed the linens- the above being one of my favorite patterns from La Tavola and then the purpley rosette pattern below.

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Inside for the reception we did a mix of tall and low centerpieces- with these gorgeous lace chair covers. They tied in nicely with the lace details of the invitation and Nubia’s dress.

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The meal started with plaintain chips and a variety of salsas at each guest’s table and this was a touch I just loved because my obsession with chips and salsa is NO secret.

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Katy worked some magic and transformed this fireplace into a daydream.

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We kept the place settings super simple with just the napkins, menus, and a sprig of greenery (smilax if you were curious).

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Cakes by Gina created Nubia’s cake and modeled a lot of the details after Nubia’s second dress, then Katy added her magic of course.

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During the reception we passed out hats for a special Colombian dance. Then all the guests did a farewell toss of lavender.

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Nubia and Ryan- you guys are the best and I know you are just going to have such an amazing life together! Much love, and if you want to see more, you can head over to the feature over on Wedding Chicks! ps. also watch the video- it’s AMAZING!

Vendors | Planning and Coordination: Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography, Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th, Hair and Makeup: Kristin DaniellSunkissed and Made Up, Florals: Without Wax Katy, Rentals: Swift and Company, Draping: AJ’s Urban Petals, Ceremony Music: Detric Arts, Wedding Film: Cakewalk Films, DJ: Johnny Black Productions, Cake: Cakes by Gina, Linens: La Tavola

Liberty + Stephen | Feather and Twine Photography

Welcome to the really fun, extremely colorful, and whimsical wedding of Liberty and Stephen. Man, this wedding was such a treat to plan and design, Liberty was up for anything and really wanted to do more and more and more! Liberty hired me when she had already completed about half of the planning herself, I typically get hired on much earlier in the process and that is what I prefer, but when she told me what she had in mind and that her photographers were my very good friends Kelsey and Talon from Feather and Twine, I was SO down. PLUS she hadn’t really pulled together any of the design elements yet, so it was good timing. Liberty originally wanted a garden party wedding with lots of teacups and a vintage vibe, I took note of that, but I also noticed that a lot of her recent pins on Pinterest had more of a boho vibe that she was also drawn to. So when I created her mood board, which is always the first stepping stone in my design process I pulled together these two mood boards.

Liberty + Stephen Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

Bohemian Eclectic Vibes Mood Board | Jennifer Laura Design

We’ve got Garden party Fresh and Boho Eclectic Vibes, Liberty liked both boards, but these definitely made her realize that she liked components of each, but neither board individually as a whole. Which brought us to our final mood board- the Boho Garden Party.

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After combining both boards, it gave us the perfect platform to jump off from and propel our design decisions forward.

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We hired Wide Eyes Paper Co. to create this rustic and whimsical invitation suite. We then designed the logo and created those circle tags ourselves, note- if you are looking for a cool design element for your invitations- something like this requires a 2″ stamp, a circle cutter, some paper, a hole punch, twine, and not even that much extra time. It really helped pull the invitations together and look that much more special.

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My other business Houston Chalkboard Art, did all of the signage…that sounds kind of weird and fancy because technically I did all of the signage, but we do officially have a separate business to house chalkboard art, signage, backdrops, etc now. The signs for this wedding were so fun to make because they included super simple graphics that coordinated with the paper and then this awesome watercolor backdrop that helped pull in some of that mint and turquoise in our color palette.

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I always hear couples do the first look debate, should we or shouldn’t we? I for one didn’t do it at my wedding and would love to go back and do this, I hear so many good things about them from my couples, it seems like such a personal and amazing moment. I’ve never heard from anyone that regretted it.

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Liberty had already hired Bramble and Bee as her florist when I came on the scene, the flowers were completely gorgeous, unique, and fun so it was a win in my book. Remember when I used to whine that there were no good florists in Houston? Well Maggie from Bramble and Bee, the gals from Blush and Vine, plus Holly from Flower Vibes are changing all of that! Our choices are SO much better than they were 4 years ago.

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Liberty had this amazing tulle layer skirt that went over her dress, it came off for the reception for a little drama, but it was unlike anything I had ever seen and it was just the perfect element for these windy outdoor photos, it was so dreamy and ethereal.

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This wedding took place at Pecan Springs, which is a completely beautiful venue. Unfortunately, this venue has been duplicated so many times across Texas that it has lost a bit of its uniqueness. Liberty and I both knew that going into this that making Pecan Springs look unique and different was our main challenge. I think we nailed it, I’ve seen a lot of photos of this altar and it’s never looked quite so lovely.

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I hired Events to Remember to do the draping and then Maggie came in with her floral magic. She did smilax trailing up the arch and then hung that lovely floral chandelier above the couple.

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We did a mix of wine satin, blush silk, and hand dyed ombre cotton ribbons on the bouquets. It made the bouquets look so happy and all those different fabric textures made for a nice bohemian mix.

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A polaroid guest book awaited guests inside, they were able to snap selfies and then hang them up on these frames with mini clothespins. It was an activity that continued well into the night and it was fun to see the frames get fuller and fuller.

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The place settings consisted of a little letter than Liberty and Stephen wrote to each other, we wrapped it up in the same kraft paper tags we used in the invitations and some twine and greenery. We also made little himmeli sculptures to house each guest’s place card.

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The table numbers were these wooden craft blocks I purchased at Hobby Lobby, Kris cut a small slit in the top to slide the table number card, and then I did a watercolor effect, similar to our signage, up the sides. That paired with the larger himmeli sculptures made for some really fun centerpieces.

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This is one of my favorite photobooth backdrops I have made. I hand dyed some cotton fabric, sewed it to a dowel, added some ribbon and golden balloons. My bathtub is still pink from all the dying we did, but it was totally worth it. Actually it’s Topher’s bathtub, so sorry love!

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Lisa from Maple and Love made our amazing trio of cakes for the dessert table. She is new in town and I’m so glad I found her, everything was delicious and look at those gold painted cakes, I mean- come on.

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To accompany the cakes Lisa also made chocolate gems (they tasted like Hershey’s cookies and cream- my fave!), fortune cookies, chocolate and caramel tartlets, and cupcakes.

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She even baked custom fortunes into each cookies that said things like “Fortune favors those who dance the hardest to Drake and Beyonce #libertylovesstephen”.

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At 10pm, the late night snack rolled in- and guests got to snack on Rita’s Frozen Custard. I always love the look of joy on guests faces when they see there is a late  night snack. It’s certainly not a new wedding trend, but it’s a good one. I hope it sticks around.

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We also pulled out the chocolate covered pretzel favors right as everyone was leaving. I always get asked what the best wedding favors are and my answer is always the same- FOOD. Unfortunately, I see most other favors get left behind at weddings, but people don’t forget food. People really like food.

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We tried out a new style of exit at this wedding in the form of these drip protected candles, and although I’m pretty sure about half the guests broke out into silent night, it was a very cool and romantic exit. I dug it.

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Thank you so much to Liberty and Stephen for allowing me to play a role in your wedding day! You guys were amazing and Liberty, I miss our daily e-mails! I wish you both so much happiness in your life. If you want to see more which I am sure you do…(right?) head over to 100 Layer Cake for the full feature today, along with some sage advice from the bride herself. Feather and Twine also wrote up their take on the event which you can see here.

Vendor Credits | Photographer- Feather and Twine Photography, Planning, Design, and Coordination- Jennifer Laura Design, Makeup and Hair- Pink Palette Artists, Cake- Maple and Love, Venue- Pecan Springs, Ceremony Music- 3rd Floor Strings, Reception Music- The Wedding Show, Invitations- Wide Eyes Paper Co. , Bartending- Bartending 2 U, Furniture Rentals- The Borrowed Flea, Catering- Pappasitos, Florist- Bramble and Bee, Officiant- Uncle Del Jones, Photobooth- The Houston Photobooth, Alcohol- Events with a Twist, Draping- Events to Remember, Late night snack- Rita’s Ice Custard, Graphics, Signage, and Photobooth Backdrop- Houston Chalkboard Art

A JLD Woman Cave

Chairish reached out to me a few weeks ago with a fun challenge to design a girl cave. AND since Kris and I have started the very scary and fun process of house hunting (I never realized all I ever wanted was a brick cookie cutter mcmansion with a good school district…womp womp) I thought it would be fun to design a girl cave…or maybe a future JLD office. So here is what I came up with!

Jennifer Laura Design | Woman Cave

 

If only I could be assured I wouldn’t get tired of the palm leaf wallpaper, I even happen to like the way my logo looks on it…but as I’ve mentioned before I see way too many new things in a day so I’m not sure I could ever commit to something this dramatic. Maybe in a powder room? I would love to commit to a pair of those green chairs though, I could easily love those for the rest of my life. What are your thoughts on a woman cave? Is this a thing? I think it totally should be.

1 Artfully Walls | 2 Grey Furniture 3 Vintage | 4 Arteriors | 5 Chairish | 6 Chairish | 7 Target | 8 High Fashion Home

 

Catye and Trey | Mustard Seed Photography

I don’t know if photographs will ever justify this wedding. It was a dream job. And today I am going to relive it with you. YEEESSSS. For Catye and Trey’s wedding I worked very closely with Catye and her mom Tracye, and can I just say that after a wedding it’s ALWAYS an adjustment to go from talking to my brides multiple times a day to them no longer needing me. It’s certainly one of the hardest/strangest parts of my job. I mean…Catye can you just get married again so we can plan another wedding? We could do one a year ;-) Kat with Mustard Seed Photography shot this day for us and she did a wonderful job as usual, her photos are so ethereal and perfect.

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All of the paper and graphic design work was done by Allie Ruth and she is SO talented. Her little succulent illustrations, I MEAN come ON. She also dip dyed every letterpressed piece, and hand water colored the illustrations on the envelope. Each one was essentially a work of art.

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I hired Without Wax Katy to do the flowers. Catye originally wanted me to do the flowers and I would have LOVED to, but for a 280 person wedding I just wasn’t quite there with my business just yet (I am NOW which is exciting and terrifying! Picture Kris looking around in bewilderment saying- “Did you not think wedding days were hard enough?”). I did know that Katy would blow us all away though and I loved so much that Catye and Tracye didn’t even bat an eye when I told them I chose their florist, they didn’t want to see options or look into anyone else. They knew that whoever I chose would be perfect, that kind of trust really helped the entire planning process go like clockwork.

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Allie Ruth designed this sign and I painted it onto an easel that Kris built.

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The Carriage House housed the reception, it’s a newer venue in Conroe and I can’t say enough about the owner Kenni, this woman may be the hardest working person I’ve ever met. She was really wonderful with all of our requests. We asked her to move just about everything out- all of her tables and chairs, all of her furniture pieces, EVERYTHING. She was really wonderful about it.

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The Ceremony took place at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, it was really beautiful with some of the best ceremony music my ears have ever heard. If you have any interest in having angels sing at your wedding- give The Homestead a call, they are an extremely talented band. Catye walked down the aisle to Beloved by Tenth Avenue North (one of my favorite bands) and it was completely breathtaking.

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I love that Catye brought her dog to take photos with, especially because I did the exact same thing at my own wedding :)

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This escort card wall was something that I designed very early on. I knew I wanted it to be a total show stopper. It turned out even better than I imagined and was a complete and total group effort. Catye’s dad constructed it and stained it the prettiest shade of grey, Allie Ruth dip dyed and hand wrote ALL of those gorgeous escort cards, and then Katy came and added an especially large dose of pretty with all of those flowers.

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As for the reception space, The Carriage House is already completely beautiful, but we knew we were going to be bringing in farmhouse tables and cross back chairs and it was going to be A LOT of wood, so I wanted to soften up the ceiling with this beautiful draping and lights. The Carriage House already has chandeliers hanging so the draping was so perfect in making it look like the chandeliers were just floating in these big fluffy, very pretty clouds. We also softened up the space a bit more by mixing in some rounds with a pretty soft white linen.

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Allie Ruth once again worked her magic and made us these beautiful table numbers, then we nestled them into a big pile of succulents.

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It’s hard to see in photos, but these linens had little metallic threads of silver running through them and were so elegant, subtle, and pretty.

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Each place setting consisted of these gorgeous Arte Italica chargers that we brought in from Dallas- please Houston GIVE US MORE PLACE SETTING OPTIONS! I had originally proposed bringing in full place setting rentals from Casa De Perrin from California, but then after a bit of searching Catye was able to find them at a great rental place called Posh in Dallas. We also did these little succulent favors, a place card, and a dip dyed stamped menu napkin, you can read all about the process of creating those here.

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Posh also curated a collection of 280 blush pink goblets just for us, it was a beautiful mix of glassware on the tables with the pink goblets, vintage mint votives, and touches of silver mercury glass in the vases and favors.

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Oh and that gold flatware that Posh also provided. I am here to tell you that you can mix gold and silver on the same table, as long as it is intentional and you have both metallics in multiple places it will work.

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Our dessert table was masterminded by Kristina from Buttercup Bakery. Her desserts are completely delicious and beautiful.

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Allie Ruth of course provided our dessert labels for us. She also designed a couple different napkins for us and we had them printed up in gold foil at For Your Party.

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Catye and her dad did THE BEST father daughter dance I’ve ever seen. It started out as a slow dance and then turned into a montage of dance/rap songs.

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At the end of the night Rosemary’s Catering served up these nitrogen creamsicle pops. You picked your flavor of ice cream and a topping and they would make it and freeze it with nitrogen right there. It was definitely winning ALL the awards for coolest late night snack.

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And then we sent the happy couple off with sparklers, which is a pretty popular way to do a send off these days, but still my very favorite. It lights up the night and is SO pretty in photos.

Thank you to all the hardworking vendors that kicked it on this wedding, it was a total dream to work with everyone. Also, thank you to Southern Weddings for featuring our wedding on their blog last week. Such a lovely surprise, you can see more over on their site, including the perspective from the bride Catye, which lets face it, is way more important than mine :)

Vendors:  Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography | Planner: Jennifer Laura Design |Videographer: 31 Films | Ceremony Venue: The Woodlands United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Carriage House | Florist: Without Wax Katy | Cake and Dessert Baker: Buttercup Bakery | Caterer: Rosemary’s Catering | Rentals: POSH Couture Rentals | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Paper Products: Allie Ruth Design | Bride’s Gowns: Jim Hjelm and “Santina” by Watters | Bride’s Hair Accessories: Twigs and Honey | Hair Stylist: Salon Bugatti | Makeup Artist: Jennifer Aronson Makeup | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Annabelle” by Jenny Yoo | Menswear: Jos A. Bank and The Tie Bar | Napkins: Sea meets the Sky | Draping: AJ’s Urban Petals | Favors: Cactus Limon | Guest Book: Bleu De Toi

Classic is the New Black | Korie Lynn Photography

Welcome to my favorite styled shoot. I’m sure I’ve said that before at some point, I’ll probably say it again too, buuut this one is really really good. I absolutely love working with Korie, she cares about the little details just as much as I do and has a really wonderful eye. Plus the fact that she whipped up all the paper because she is a calligraphy wizard is also kind of perfect.

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Korie collaborated with Fox Hollow Design who did the beautiful watercolor. Styling all of their beautiful hard work was such a treat.

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The bouquet was a mix of garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, dark hypericum berries, foraged greenery, and carnations. I usually leave carnations out of a description, but they are a flower I’ve started using more and more, they are quite perfect for installations or filler when you need A LOT of something, they are obviously inexpensive and when mixed in with really high end arrangements they don’t typically end up looking like carnations.

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Our makeup artist Erica (Hey Lovely) typically rounds up our models for us and she did not disappoint, quite easily the most beautiful models we’ve ever had. Made even more beautiful by the wonderful hair and makeup- Erica always seems to completely knock it out of the park.

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That black ribbon is just so dreamy, I recently used it at a real wedding as well and it’s just really inky and dramatic, I actually purchased it on Etsy too and it was much more inexpensive than a lot of the ribbon I have bought in the last year.

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I love this table. We had a Silk and Willow runner and topped it with those black taper candles for days, I have a love hate relationship with taper candles. I LOVE them so much, but I HATE that they are not allowed at most venues. Most flames have to be contained, BUT wedding venues- they are SO pretty, start allowing these please!

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The day we shot this was so exciting seeing everything come together. Sadly, I won’t be creating any styled shoots this year, so this one will have to tide us all over for awhile, but I’m sure I’ll be back at it again next year because I can only contain myself for so long :)

If you want/need to see more head over to Grey Likes Weddings today for the feature!

Vendors | Photography- Korie Lynn Photography, Styling and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Hair and Makeup- Hey Lovely Makeup, Cake- Buttercup Bakery, Calligraphy- The Weekend Type, Invitation & Paper Goods | Collaboration between The Weekend Type and Fox Hollow Design Co., Dress | BHLDN, Table Runner | Silk & Willow, Ring Box | The Mrs. Box, Models | Holley Turner and Conor Patrick Kearns, Male Model Wardrobe and Styling | David Rochez

Vivian and Kevin NYE Wedding | Feather and Twine Photography

This wedding was a good one. Vivian and Kevin hired me in December of 2014 at a point in my career when I wasn’t sure if I could continue at the pace I had been keeping up. I wrote this super weird post. I’m pretty sure they read it too because when I met with them they both wanted to make sure that I was indeed still taking weddings. I was taking weddings, but with a bit more thought and care than I had in the past. I was no longer taking any bride who needed any level of service, I wasn’t interested into fitting into everyone’s box of what they needed their planner to be and instead wanted to take on weddings that I could really take a lot of ownership in. I’ve written about how I only offer full service planning, and now after doing this for a year, it was the best decision I’ve made for my business. I couldn’t have asked for better clients to come and find me. Before we get too far into this, you can go check out their engagements here– which also happened to be featured in The Knot Texas magazine which was pretty special leading up to their big day.

So now that you are all caught up, let’s start at the beginning. So Vivian is an artist (and geologist) and her and Kevin were both very interested in creating a wedding day that really felt like them as a couple. They are children at heart and the words child-like wonder, fantasy, celestial, kept popping up when we talked about the look and feel of their wedding day. The wedding day was also extremely small, a gathering of 56 of their closest friends and family. From planning a wedding myself and talking to brides pretty much everyday, I know that most people want a small intimate wedding, wanting a small wedding and actually pulling one off are SO different. Once everyone tallies up all the people they are actually going to invite PLUS the parent’s lists, PLUS the in-laws list…they have kissed their small and intimate wedding goodbye. But here Vivian and Kevin were actually able to do it and it made their wedding extremely special. They were able to do things like take photos with ALL of their guests during the cocktail hour and actually dance and enjoy their wedding instead of spending all night circling guest tables.

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We worked with Color Quarry on the invitations and Amanda is very good at what she does. She creates these completely custom illustrations that are quite magical, then has them letterpressed, they are gorgeous. Vivian really wanted the invitations to feel like the guests were opening a little treasure chest. I think we certainly accomplished that- and can I just say wax stamping something makes a world of difference. It really takes things to another level, and it’s not difficult or expensive, they make wax stamp hot glue guns so it really is impossible to screw up.

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Vivian’s dress was a dress I had been trying to get BHDLN to send me for at least 3 styled shoots last year, it was one of their new pieces and I am low man on the totem pole over there so I could never get my hands on it. When Vivian sent me an image of her dress I almost died and went to heaven. I  finally get images of this insanely gorgeous dress and on one of my brides, not a model. BETTER. I love how Kelsey shot it here too, so beautiful.

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Vivian’s head piece was something she had custom made in Spain, it was truly beautiful.

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In the last few months I’ve started a new business called Houston Chalkboard Art, I have received so many requests that it seemed like a natural thing to do, signage is something I’m really passionate about and I have loved taking on. It adds a lot to an event, Vivian designed the graphics for this sign for us and then I hand painted everything in a mix of gold and champagne metallic paint.

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We did all of the florals for this event and we had a really wonderful team to help us! We could never have done it without Abby, Dana, and Maddy! They really were so integral in bringing all of these large floral installations to life. You’ll see even more of their hard work when we get to the reception.

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So I’ve mentioned it on social media, but this wedding happened to take place at Red Corral Ranch, which was the same ranch that Kris and I got married at. It was such a joy to be back on that property, it’s insanely beautiful and really not a thing had changed. Vivian and Kevin utilized the property in a completely different way than we did- we got married outdoors on the labyrinth structure and had our reception underneath the trees, they got married in the indoor celebration hall, it was quite cold on their NYE wedding so it was a good thing they did, and then they had their reception in the barn, filled with twinkle lights it was the perfect setting for a celestial and magical time. I showed my mom images of this wedding and she didn’t even recognize that it was the same property, I love that the property just kind of becomes whatever it needs to be for the couple and not the other way around. Kris and I are already planning our imaginary 10 year anniversary here and we’ve dreamed up entirely new places to have things.

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Covering these beams easily took our team a couple of hours, but it was so worth it. I really wanted to transform this barn into a lush garden.

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These menus were my little brain child, Vivian and Kevin wanted the place settings to feel like there was a sense of discovery happening so we combined the place cards and menus into an elegant diamond origami shape, they were one of my favorite design elements.

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After the grand exit, we all headed over to the after party to ring in the new year, Kris and my intern Maddy worked hard to get this set up during the reception.

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Nothing too elaborate, just some snacks and games.

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Oh and a balloon drop to ring in the new year!

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Thank you to Brides of Austin for featuring Vivian and Kevin’s wedding, and on your cover no less. That was such a surprise, honor, blessing, too many words to even describe how exciting it was to not only see my clients on the cover, but my florals as well. That bouquet was kind of a dream to create, it was so perfectly different and unique, the exact kind of thing you want a client to ask for. And that blue ribbon…I can’t even. You can go here to see the entire 4 page spread. If that isn’t enough you can also see more of this wedding along with a beautiful write up by our very favorite photography duo Feather and Twine here.

Vendors | Photography- Feather and Twine Photography, Planning, Design, and Florals- Jennifer Laura Design, Venue- Red Corral Ranch, DJ- Spacecraft Entertainment, Catering- The Peached Tortilla, Videographer- Honey Gem Creative, Video Music- Drew Barefoot, Cake + Desserts- Green Lily bakery, Rentals- Hill Country Event Rentals, Ribbon- Silk and Willow, Officiant- family friend Michael Lin, Paper- Color Quarry Letterpress

Family Photos | To Live To Love Photography

We took these photos last year for Phoenix’s third birthday party. None of us were thrilled to be out shooting a lifestyle session in the middle of a Houston July, but all in the name of some cute (and sweaty) photos.

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Phoenix had requested a Petey party so it was pretty crucial to get photos of him with his dogs. I am really hoping to get him his own puppy this year, to be honest our dogs have never been particularly thrilled with his existence, so I would love to get him a little friend who has just as much energy and love as he does. Phoenix LOVES animals, he even loves bugs, he calls them all his friends and really would never hurt a fly. We even befriended a caterpillar the other day as we were walking out of our apartment, Phoenix would have stayed and chatted with him forever. I don’t know if it’s biological or learned to be an animal lover, but by goodness I am so glad he loves animals. It is true what they say about animals and children though, they do somewhat take a back seat once you have a baby to care for, and I don’t think Petey has ever really forgiven us for it. I will say that he tolerates Phoenix. Phoenix is smitten with him and Charlie though. Again, having an animal friend around that would love him back would be pretty awesome, I am trying so hard to be patient and wait until he is an age where he will have some really strong memories of getting his very own dog.

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Phoenix wore a white shirt so we could photoshop his age on (as you can see in the first photo above), we’ve done this every year and it’s become a fun little tradition. He’s a boy so he likely won’t care, but my aunt always had yearly photos of her boys that hung in her hallway and it’s so fun to see all the little changes that happen in a  year, I wanted to do that for Phoenix.

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Towards the end, Phoenix got the grumpy bug. I actually love that face so much, I see it a couple of times a week and although he really is a happy kid 90% of the time, this face is also a perfect representation of that part of his personality.

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And a few of our fur babies, because it’s been a long time since we took photos with these guys! Petey is a rescue, a volunteer from the shelter found him in a dumpster wrapped up in a trash bag with a broken leg. It really breaks my heart to know that there are people in this world that could even fathom doing something like that. I call him my dumpster baby, even though he just turned 7, so technically not much of a baby anymore.

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Charlie is our beautiful Pomeranian pup, we also got him at the shelter and the label on his cage said Pomeranian, but neither myself nor Kris believed it, he was completely shaven and was pretty big (about 15 pounds). We figured he was a mixed breed, but he was still completely adorable so he came home with us. We don’t know how old he is, we’ve had him about 7 and a half years, so it’s possible he is getting close to 10, but he is still super energetic.

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After having Charlie for about a couple of months his hair just kept growing and growing, until he turned into this beautiful dog. He was (and sometimes still is) scared of noises and sudden movements, so we think there may have been some abuse in his past, but we’re no dog experts so we really don’t know. He is much like a cat- and loves to lay underneath our bed, coming out for meal times and whenever he hears the crinkling of wrappers. He has taken to Phoenix pretty well (much better than Petey) and is very quick to catch any food casualties from P’s plate. He usually beats Petey to them.

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Meanwhile, Phoenix is changing daily and I am constantly hoping that time will slow down. Right now Phoenix loves playing with tiny legos, he loves super heroes- spiderman, ironman, and hulk seem to be his favorites most days, but batman, and superman cycle in there too. He has a wonderful vocabulary and is constantly surprising me by the things he says. He loves playing at the park and meeting new people, everyone he meets are his new friends (I wish I had that quality). He loves doing new things and gets bored pretty easily, he also never met a Disney movie he didn’t like, Wreck-it-Ralph, Big Hero Six, and Zootopia are a few of his current favorites. Kris and I are really enjoying this stage of his life, we’ve both dove head first into soaking up childhood again- we’ve become Disney-a-holics, we are well versed in all super heroes, and are constantly on the hunt for activities that will make us all feel like kids again. So far the only thing we’ve found we’re not fans of is ChuckECheese. We’re past the terrible twos, and the first couple months of three we had some pretty sticky moments, but those have become few and far between, so we seem to be in this sweet stage of life where our biggest problem is just giving him as much time as we have and answering all of those “why” and “how” questions. We love you Phoenix and are so happy we get to do life with you.

Photo Credits | To Live To Love Photography

The Living Room | Awake Photography

The saga of the living room may be the slowest moving blog series I’ve ever done. Strangely enough, I actually “finished” this room about 10 months ago, and I think we shot it about 8-9 months ago. Why I’ve been sitting on these photos is a mystery…I could blame my real job of planning weddings, but that sounds like an annoying thing to do, so I’ll just show you a before picture so we can dive right in.

beforeTechnically, this is not a before picture, because the room was about 50-75% done here, but it’s the worst picture I could find of the room. Gross before pictures are ALWAYS good…poor photography helps all the more. To go back in time a bit I first shared this room in this post here. A few months later I shared a small update when we switched out the boob light for a hanging pendant. I’m not really sure if you are allowed to switch light fixtures in an apartment, but I really could care less. I don’t think you are supposed to paint either, and we all know that’s out the window.

The living room is the one room in the house I didn’t make a mood board for, I never had a super clear direction. I will say that I was majorly inspired by Emily Henderson in this room, but no concrete plans were ever formed. This room has just evolved over time, it looks SO dark in that before photo and the truth is that other than at night, this room never feels dark. It’s a very happy and bright space, it’s where a lot of life happens.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyThis room is SO bright and cheerful, it may be veering on too much color, but I think that’s just my personality coming out. In my office– we did such small amounts of color, I knew it was going to explode somewhere.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyI painted the walls Super White by Benjamin Moore. The artwork in the collage is a combination of purchased and DIY. Anything that looks like a 5 year old could have splattered it onto a canvas is the stuff that I have done.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyWe ended up purchasing a new slip cover for the sofa since a white sofa on a bright white wall wasn’t gelling too well. This one hides Phoenix fingerprints great, but if our dog Petey so much looks at this sofa, it becomes covered in a million little white hairs.

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Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyLook at those plants outside! They were leftovers from this wedding and I’ve sufficiently killed them all at this point, but I sure do miss them.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyHere’s the first glimpse at the accent wall. I’m certainly not an advocate for accent walls, but I do believe that they can occasionally work and this was a giant white wall that needed something. We painted it an inky blue and it’s a really pretty color (Benjamin Moore downpour blue). In the daytime it looks super bright and inky and at night it turns into navy.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyJennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyI added some hooks right by the front door so we can throw our purses and coats on them when we get home. I mean we live in Houston so let’s be honest about the use of coats here…we may use one 2-3 times per year. We have also found that we very rarely watch TV during the day, but much prefer vegging out at night in the bedroom, so the TV got moved in there. Instead, I opted for a mirror and some extra seating- extra seating is always a good thing. It’s nice to have my mom’s big family over and feel like there is actually a seat for everyone should they want one. I so badly want to turn this light off in the photo below so you can see the moody black shade…I have no idea why all the lights were on in these photos, what was I thinking?

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On the other side of the room we have our little dining nook, since the last time I’ve shared this space we did switch out the industrial chairs for these white bentwoods.

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Next to the dining table we have the big shelving units (2 Ikea Vittsjos placed side by side), to this day I think this was the best decision I made for this room. It makes what could feel like a huge empty space really have a lot of energy and personality. I still keep the bottom two shelves child proofed (nothing breakable) although Phoenix can now reach the third shelf, he is pretty good about not messing with stuff, but when I rearrange sometimes things start to look new and interesting. For example, at Christmas I had all these little white bottlebrush trees I placed all over and he thought those were just the best things ever.

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Little vignettes are my favorite. I believe this is the start of a shoe collection of sorts.

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In the corner we have Kris’ desk. It gets really pretty light over here by the window, I take many an instagram photo in this corner.

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Over here you can kind of start to see into the kitchen.I really love open kitchens, but this kitchen is so ugly (and there’s only so much you can do to a rental kitchen) that I’m kind of grateful it’s closed off and out of view. We did finally find the perfect pair of stools to place under the counter here. I love the mix of wood and metal and they tuck right in and don’t interfere with the back door. Amazingly enough I also have not painted over these DIY swirly paintings yet either. I do like the colors, so for now they can stay.

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All the plants on these shelves are also making me majorly happy…I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but 90% of these have bit the dust. My fiddle leaf fig is barely hanging on, but I don’t think he will make it through the winter. I need some serious green thumb intervention.

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And that’s it! My favorite parts of this room are my green rug- it hides Petey hair and stains like a dream. My plants- the living room is feeling SO lifeless without them. And my pendant light my dad got me for my birthday a few years back and then installed for me. Thanks for looking and thank you to my very selfless friend Paige for coming over and photograping whatever my heart fancies, she is pretty much the best.

Sources | White Paint- Benjamin Moore Super White, Blue Paint- , Benjamin Moore Downpour Blue, Sofa- Ikea Karlstad, Coffee Table- vintage Milo Baughman, console table- vintage painted white, fur stools- target reupholstered in sheepskins, blue chair, West Elm Book Nook, Bench- target, hooks- Ikea, Pair of glass lamps- World Market, gold shades- target, lamp on console- vintage, black shade- target, round mirror- Ikea, Green Rug- RugsUSA, Pendant light- Shades of Light, Corner Desk- vintage, corner desk chair- vintage, white bentwood- Crate and Barrel, bar stools- vintage, shelving units- Ikea vittsjo