Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Romantic Fall

It's easy to associate certain colors with certain seasons.  You know what I mean, red & green for Christmas and orange & brown for Fall/Thanksgiving.  Because of this, it's so refreshing to see a new take on the traditional.  These rich colors draw us in & make us fall in love with the season all over again!
 It's interesting to me as I dissect this look.  Lots of colors that aren't fallish but the dark plum is what grounds it all.
 Lots of lush fall foliage give these arrangements texture and interest!
Balance is important with this look.  Fall has a certain amount of rustic qualities.  A simple uncovered dark wood table grounds the look and keeps it looking less fancy and more moody.
 Talk about moody!  Love this second shot.  Gorgeous!
 Some of my favorite details are the pomegranates and berries.  Produce, always a great way to bring your seasonal look to life.
 I'm just a little in love with this dessert table.  It's proof that you can have a beautiful display without gobs of styled treats. The kicker here is color.  They totally used the colors of the season in the food!
 Lots of neutral treats popped with dark berries & fruits.  Simply stunning.
photography: Nhiya Kaye Photography // location: Photo Collective Studios Salt Lake City, Utah // florals: Sax Romney // dress: Nearly Newlywed // rentals: Diamond Rental // paper goods: Jess Kasteler Design Studio // hair + makeup: Lyn Shelley Hair and Makeup // cakes: Carrie’s Cakes // catering: Full of Pepper

Friday, October 31, 2014

Modern Mindy's Halloween Mantel: Tips on Creating Your Own

When your home is decorated with lots of black & white you better believe it's fun to decorate for Halloween!  It's taken me awhile but I've finally figured out how to create a more classic mantel decor that doesn't take forever to put together.
 Obviously my black and white non Halloween decor stays up year round.  So, whether it's Easter, Christmas, Valentine's, or Halloween, all I have to do is add in a few festive touches & wah la, done!
 So what classifies as classic Halloween to me?  Nothing over the top & basically items that are classic in form.  That means lots of porcelian or glitter pumkins, a few ceramic ghosts, and a bit of gold.  I also like to incorporate some kind of garland.  I had this Halloween one for a couple years but never used it because it had a generic flat paper mache finish.  I tend to think I have to create a one-of-a-kind garland but really a little gold paint was all I needed.   Lesson:  less is more!
 Oh forgot to add owls to my list of classic decor! I have ceramic, candle holders, and little fury ones.   Can't get enough!  Cute & just a bit spooky.
With all the black and white, I like to add in a touch of natural materials.  Wood objects are always a welcome visual break & a great contrast to all the bold back and white.  A gold candle was the perfect touch.
So when creating your mantel decor, Halloween or otherwise, start off by choosing a color combination you can use throughout.  That could be tan & cream, brown and gold, blue and gold,  or aqua and white.  Whatever works in your house.  Next, think layers.  Use that color combo in different ways like art, mirrors, & vases.  Finally, add seasonal decor until you get the perfect balance.  Using a base color combo will allow you to change up your mantel easily as the seasons change!

Photo & Design:  Modern Mindy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Dinner Party: Midnight in the Garden

Halloween can be pretty gross, over-the-top, and just plain cheesy.   Don't know about you, but that's not quit my thing.  I like dark and moody or light hearted and fun.  This dinner party falls into the moody camp.  I love that Cassandra Lavalle of Coco & Kelley took her inspiration from the over grown mansion of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations.  If I were to close my eyes and envision the setting in Miss Havisham's home, this would be extremely close to this.  Cassandra nailed it!
 Descendant and creepy all at the same time was created by combining lots of lush greens set against a black back drop and filled in with old candleabras and serving pieces.
 Incorporating rich decadent food displays is really perfect for this look.  It adds a bit of color but doesn't take away from the dark mood.
 Black candles and pots help ground the space.  It's the little things that make the difference.
 There's nothing overtly Halloween here, I guess that's why I'm drawn to this.  Cassandra was very careful in her decor selections.  No skulls and bats. Here's my take away; looking past the obvious can take your inspiration in a very original direction.  
 At first glance I didn't notice these cobwebs.  Perfectly eerie!
photography by julie harmsen // art direction by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley
*special thanks to choice linens // ravenna gardens