Thursday, September 11, 2014

Casual Fall Entertaining

Cooler temps have arrived here in central Illinois.  I think I'm not ready for fall yet, but as soon as I feel the crisp cool air and our local Pumpkin Festival is in full swing, I get that same old giddy feeling.  Sooooo many things to love about fall, one of which is casual outdoor entertaining.  I think of this post as interior design meets party planning.  
 So much to love about this outdoor space.  I love black, it will always be classic.  I love how they used it in layers.  Then, the warm & natural accents make this space inviting & cozy. 
 Get out of town!  What an amazing space with an amazing view!
 This flat black keeps the whole look a bit softer. Plus, these chairs are really perfect.  Modern meets rustic!
All the black really grounds this space allowing the orange to  stand out.
  A few interior item mixed with a bit of nature is a good idea!

-Brian Patrick Flynn, HGTV.com producer/designer

Monday, August 25, 2014

Midsummer Mingle

I hate saying goodbye to summer.  Vacations, swimming, cookouts, boating, chasing fireflys, camp outs, cookouts.  Love it all!  I guess that's why I feel the need to give summer a good send off.  Here's a wonderful summer fest thrown by a group of amazing vendors.  It has this magical midsummer dream feel.  
Ok so right off I'd like to say, this is a collaborated event.  Lots and lots of time and people involved to pull this off.  So why share it with you?  Ideas galore!  That's really why I share anything.  I don't expect to see replicas, that would be impossible!  I just want to help spark your creativity!
 In an outdoor setting like this, decor could get lost.  By using color in medium tones, the details stand out enough without distracting from the natural surroundings.
 This has to be one of the coolest food trailers!  Their food & styling is perfect for this event.
Kind of crazy about the balloons in the pool.  Would be a great idea for that Pool Side Movie Party I featured earlier.
 Guest were invited to wear summer whites.  This really helps everyone to feel involved in the event.
 I think it's safe to say blue is a new black.  Versatile with great depth and more warmth than black.  It totally stands strong in this little bohemian set up.  Love that the shades are all different.  This is easy to pull off when you have little other "color" going on.
Everything this lady touches is magical.  In my eyes, her specialty is paper flowers.  Always whimsical, always amazing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pool Side Movie Party

Oh Happy Day is one of those sites just oozing creativity.  Not just the completed party look but lots and lots of amazing crafts & DIY's.  A great place to get inspired.  This pool side party is perfectly simple & summery.  It's entertaining made easy.  Entertainment, taken care of.  Just supply a movie, some munchies, and oh yes, don't forget the floaties!

 Don't know about you but by the end of the summer I'm tired.  Lots of trips, swimming, vbs, family reunions, and entertaining the kids.  I love it, but yes, I'm tired.  To me, this is a great way to say good bye to all that summer fun.  Not too much planning & a whole lot of fun! Adult & kid friendly.
 No stressing about food in the house.  Drip away kiddos!
 Love the laid back lawn chairs.  A little fire pit would be pretty fabulous too, don't you think?
Styling:  Oh Happy Day
Photography:  Tracy Layne Photography