Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Modern Easter/Spring Mantel

Decorating my home for Easter & Spring has always been a bit challenging.  I have lots of black & white with pops of color like yellow, green, and red, not a whole lot of pastels to be found.  I've been checking out some simple black and white Easter decor ideas on Pinterest so I decided to incorporate that idea into an Easter mantel that's modern but still fresh & springy.
So the idea is to use plenty of white to keep things bright & allow the little bit of black to pop.
 I opted for some simple greens so they won't compete with all the other elements.  So easy & faux too!
I had most of these elements on hand.  I only had to purchase the ferns, banner, wood eggs, and paper filler.  The banner is from Target & I just added "SPRING".  
Design & Photography:  Modern Mindy

Friday, April 11, 2014

Outdoor Entertaining!

Oh how thankful I am that warm weather is making it's appearance!  Might not be warm enough yet for alfresco dining but maybe come May.  Particularly thinking about Cinco De Mayo! I love a little celebration with a built in food theme!
 I like entertaining but sometimes it's hard to know were to start, but give me an idea & I can run with it!   This table by Lauren Kelp is simple yet festive.  It's really a celebration of Mexican food, colors, and textures.  Bright pops of colors paired with more rustic serving pieces set the stage for a super yummy Mexican feast!
 I call this Modern Organic.  The colors, patterns, & lines of items like the vases, napkins, and chairs give it the modern look while the actual materials like wood, concrete, & slate give it the rustic feel.
 Chalkboard/slate elements are still a hot trend in food displays.  This is a simple way to incorporate the look.  Just use a slab of slate as a tray.  Here it offers a nice contrast to the salt & limes.
 Photography: Constance Higley || Styling: Lauren Kelp

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring HBD Brunch

The words Spring and Brunch just go together, don't you think?  I think it's because we're all looking for an excuse to get together & hosting a brunch can be low key & an easier way to entertain.  I'm loving this simple little set up filled with lovely little surprises.  Perfect inspiration for this 2nd day of Spring!
 I'll admit, I hardly ever buy whole party supply packages.  Typically it's hard for me to create an original look if I don't mix & match.  However, Cupcakes & Cutlery show us that it's totally possible to buy a pre designed package & still put together & create one-of-a-kind look.  Chic & still easy.  Gotta love that!
Ok, don't feel bad if you don't know what HBD means.  I had to look it up.........Happy Birthday. 
Best way to use a pre-designed party package is to pick something relatively simple & classic.  Gray & white has endless possibilities!
Small scale food tables is where it's at!  Maximum style impact without spending tons!

Photography: Dez and Tam for the GORGEOUS photos (and syrup label lettering).
Baked Goods: Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop
Invitations: Carta Society
Styling: Cupcakes & Cutlery

Pre-Designed Paper Goods: Martha Stewart via JCPenney