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A Savvy Blog

July 28, 2008

I spent the weekend in the Bay Area dealing with wedding stuff after a long hiatus from planning. Mr. Groom and I met with our florist, did our tasting at the reception venue (the Sonoma Mission Inn), and even went to a Sunday service and had coffee with our officiant at the church where we’re having the ceremony. It’s funny how many details there are to manage… How many cocktail tables do we want? Do we want hemstitched napkins? Are we providing our own toasting glasses? And I haven’t even started to do the seating plans yet…yikes!

With so much to worry about, I’m super glad to be working with Kelly, the wedding coordinator at the Inn. She’s got our back when it comes to those small details. Kelly is a terrific resource with a wealth of experience, and she’s a joy to hang out with as well!

Kelly has a terrific event blog with great ideas and lots of inspirational images. It’s called ‘A Savvy Event’. Isn’t that a fun name?

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She also writes a really entertaining moms and babies blog called ‘A Savvy Baby‘. But I think I’d better focus on surviving the wedding before I start in on that side of things 🙂

A Savvy Blog

July 28, 2008

I spent the weekend in the Bay Area dealing with wedding stuff after a long hiatus from planning. Mr. Groom and I met with our florist, did our tasting at the reception venue (the Sonoma Mission Inn), and even went to a Sunday service and had coffee with our officiant at the church where we’re having the ceremony. It’s funny how many details there are to manage… How many cocktail tables do we want? Do we want hemstitched napkins? Are we providing our own toasting glasses? And I haven’t even started to do the seating plans yet…yikes!

With so much to worry about, I’m super glad to be working with Kelly, the wedding coordinator at the Inn. She’s got our back when it comes to those small details. Kelly is a terrific resource with a wealth of experience, and she’s a joy to hang out with as well!

Kelly has a terrific event blog with great ideas and lots of inspirational images. It’s called ‘A Savvy Event’. Isn’t that a fun name?

Finalbanner_copy

She also writes a really entertaining moms and babies blog called ‘A Savvy Baby‘. But I think I’d better focus on surviving the wedding before I start in on that side of things 🙂

Chaise Magnifique

June 17, 2008

I’m in love with a chair. There. I said it. Is it so wrong?

Last weekend I went shopping with my mother-in-law at Eskandar.
They have exquisite clothing–not my style but I love it on others–and
they also stock the store with one-of-a-kind pieces that the designer
finds on his travels. I especially love how they incorporate antiques
into the clothing displays; it’s cool to go into a shop and know
that everything, from the scarves and the sweaters to the tables
they’re merchandised on, is for sale.

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The chairs currently in the dressing rooms have
captured my heart. Commissioned by Le Corbusier for a ski resort he was
designing in the Swiss Alps, they are the work of Charlotte
Perriand–the furniture designer behind some of the most iconic pieces of the 20th Century. The thought of owning a piece of design history–Le Corbu! Perriand!–overwhelms me.

Chair

But name dropping aside, I love how this chair combines machine age
industrialism (the metal frame, the steel rivets) with a rugged natural
appeal (the worn leather seat, stretched and shaped by decades’ worth
of French skiiers and their toned, tight buttocks). I’m dreaming about what
I’d do if I had a full set…probably position them around one of
those gorgeous reclaimed barn wood tables

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…but at $1200 for one chair I think I’ll be dreaming for a long time!

And speaking of dreams, check out:

– The ultimate luxury statement: vintage Vuitton luggage as furniture at Girl Meets Glamour.

Fantasy kitchens courtesy of Absolutely Beautiful Things.

– Droolworthy musings on enchiladas (my all-time fave!) at What’s On My Plate.

– My search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie continues with a promising-looking recipe from Cookie Madness (view the photo at your own risk; it may induce severe cravings!).

– Lush, hazy photos at Brown Turtleneck Sweater
that will put you in the mood for long summer afternoons–the kind that
are perfect for closing your eyes and dreaming of forbidden chair love…

Chaise Magnifique

June 17, 2008

I’m in love with a chair. There. I said it. Is it so wrong?

Last weekend I went shopping with my mother-in-law at Eskandar.
They have exquisite clothing–not my style but I love it on others–and
they also stock the store with one-of-a-kind pieces that the designer
finds on his travels. I especially love how they incorporate antiques
into the clothing displays; it’s cool to go into a shop and know
that everything, from the scarves and the sweaters to the tables
they’re merchandised on, is for sale.

Picture_1

The chairs currently in the dressing rooms have
captured my heart. Commissioned by Le Corbusier for a ski resort he was
designing in the Swiss Alps, they are the work of Charlotte
Perriand–the furniture designer behind some of the most iconic pieces of the 20th Century. The thought of owning a piece of design history–Le Corbu! Perriand!–overwhelms me.

Chair

But name dropping aside, I love how this chair combines machine age
industrialism (the metal frame, the steel rivets) with a rugged natural
appeal (the worn leather seat, stretched and shaped by decades’ worth
of French skiiers and their toned, tight buttocks). I’m dreaming about what
I’d do if I had a full set…probably position them around one of
those gorgeous reclaimed barn wood tables

8seatfarm_2
…but at $1200 for one chair I think I’ll be dreaming for a long time!

And speaking of dreams, check out:

– The ultimate luxury statement: vintage Vuitton luggage as furniture at Girl Meets Glamour.

Fantasy kitchens courtesy of Absolutely Beautiful Things.

– Droolworthy musings on enchiladas (my all-time fave!) at What’s On My Plate.

– My search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie continues with a promising-looking recipe from Cookie Madness (view the photo at your own risk; it may induce severe cravings!).

– Lush, hazy photos at Brown Turtleneck Sweater
that will put you in the mood for long summer afternoons–the kind that
are perfect for closing your eyes and dreaming of forbidden chair love…

Orange Pop

May 28, 2008

I live in an apartment full of muted greys, soft taupes and clean
whites. I would love to mix in a splash fuchsia, a dash of chartreuse. Yet I can’t take the leap. What if I get sick of it? What if it looks
ugly? The thought of color in the living room–or in the bedroom, or in
the office–terrifies me.

But color in the kitchen? Bring it on! Perhaps because I spend most
of my playtime in the kitchen, I’m more than willing to goof around
with the decor. Right now I’m working on a wallscape of
bright, juicy orange artwork, which stands out brilliantly against my
Benjamin Moore Chantilly White walls. And when you’re being
non-committal about color, there’s no point in spending a lot of money.
So how to do it on a budget?

For starters, I painted the central piece myself. A flip through my old Dominoes resulted in a flash of OpArt Inspiration…

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…which resulted in the canvas seen in this impromptu tomato and
turnip still life. The painting is super easy to do. Even an
artistically challenged individual such as myself can manage it; I’ll
include a step-by-step as soon as I get my act together and paint a
second one. The tablecloth is from Crate and Barrel; table linens are another great way to be adventurous with color, without dropping too much cash.

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I also love to scour antique print shops for odd and hilarious
artifacts of times gone by. I discovered this food label from the early
1950’s at Pageant Books on East 4th. It’s only a nod to my orange color scheme, but at $5 I had to have it. I’m going to frame it in a white acrylic frame with a white mat. And what the heck are kiln dried yams, anyway? 

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Also awaiting framing are two pieces from Etsy–hands down the best resource for inexpensive original art. The baby tiger came in a pack of hand-stamped notecards, and the poster
is a stylized version of a British WWII PSA. Both these sellers have
lovely selections and will custom produce anything if you get in touch
with them. 

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Perfect
for projects like this, Etsy has a function that allows you to search
by color. A quick peek at today’s orange offerings yields:

Lovebirds perched on a branch by valentinadesign.
A plaintive fox from OrangeWillow.
John Golden’s homage to the humble cassette tape

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…Dan C. makes butter beans dance.
Wyatt Earp in acrylic on wood by Robert Comire.
WithWallPaper elevates the old school toaster to high art.

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Take your pick, or snap up all six! Each piece is less than $15:
proof that one-of-a-kind design is within reach for even the most
color-phobic amongst us. And when I tire of orange, there’s always
chartreuse…

Click on Me

May 22, 2008

Apparently part of being a ‘blogger’ (a status to which I am still
adjusting) is reading other peoples’ blogs. It’s not a habit that I
have cultivated thus far but I’m trying to do it more regularly.

So this morning while I ate my egg whites and turkey bacon, I did a
little surfing around the ‘interweeb’. Jeez, there’s a ton of fun stuff
out there!

  • PoppyTalk–a terrific design blog and it’s Canadian to boot!–takes us shopping and shows us how to Get the Look of a charming cottage in Portugal.

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  • Dust off those mismatched flea market plates you never use and make some of these DIY Cakestands from Design*Sponge.

Cakeplates

  • Admire the styling and photography of Rebecca Thuss, who is the visionary behind every Martha Stewart Weddings cover you’ve ever salivated over. I’m partial to this Feather Bouquet and just might have to rethink the floral plans for my August wedding. (Thanks also to Julie at famille summerbelle for linking me to Rebecca’s work!)

Feather_bouquet

  • Get the dish over at What’s On My Plate. Written by a former schoolmate of mine, it’s a terrific cooking blog with in-depth (and eminently enjoyable) recipe reviews.

Veganpumpkinmuffins

  • Finally, read the hilarious Adventures in Meringue over at Chocolate and Zucchini, and bake at your own risk!

Meringues

And smile–it’s almost the long weekend!

Click on Me

May 22, 2008

Apparently part of being a ‘blogger’ (a status to which I am still
adjusting) is reading other peoples’ blogs. It’s not a habit that I
have cultivated thus far but I’m trying to do it more regularly.

So this morning while I ate my egg whites and turkey bacon, I did a
little surfing around the ‘interweeb’. Jeez, there’s a ton of fun stuff
out there!

  • PoppyTalk–a terrific design blog and it’s Canadian to boot!–takes us shopping and shows us how to Get the Look of a charming cottage in Portugal.

Picture_6_2

  • Dust off those mismatched flea market plates you never use and make some of these DIY Cakestands from Design*Sponge.

Cakeplates

  • Admire the styling and photography of Rebecca Thuss, who is the visionary behind every Martha Stewart Weddings cover you’ve ever salivated over. I’m partial to this Feather Bouquet and just might have to rethink the floral plans for my August wedding. (Thanks also to Julie at famille summerbelle for linking me to Rebecca’s work!)

Feather_bouquet

  • Get the dish over at What’s On My Plate. Written by a former schoolmate of mine, it’s a terrific cooking blog with in-depth (and eminently enjoyable) recipe reviews.

Veganpumpkinmuffins

  • Finally, read the hilarious Adventures in Meringue over at Chocolate and Zucchini, and bake at your own risk!

Meringues

And smile–it’s almost the long weekend!