Spring – Dining Al Fresco

Much apologies for the lack of posts this week. I have family visiting, and I have not mastered the concept of working from home with house guests (especially when I’m having too much fun). Anyways, if you missed my 12th & Broad piece last week, here’s a chance to catch up. Enjoy lots of fun decor ideas for spring parties.

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Photo via Style Me Pretty

Spring has finally sprung! And, all I want to do is throw an outdoor party. For the last few weeks Nashville has experienced warmer days, lots of sunshine and gorgeous crisp air. After the crazy winter weather we had last month, this change in season is greatly welcomed.

This weekend is Good Friday and Easter (aka Passover), and whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it’s a great time to celebrate the new season with friends and family. After being cooped up all winter, I think entertaining al fresco is a must. Dining outside is pretty much my favorite way to entertain. The atmosphere is casual, everyone is at ease and there is no rush to leave – exactly how sharing a meal with your loved ones should be.

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Photo via Kinfolk and Pinterest

Below are a few décor tips on how to throw a great spring party. Instead of going with the same style, year after year, try something new. I guarantee your friends and family will appreciate the new look.

COLOR PALETTE

DON’T: Please, for the love of all that is holy, back away from the elementary hallmark pink, yellow and blue that is used every year for spring décor. Back away! Leave those childish colors to the Easter baskets.Color_Bad-horz2

DO: Apricot, Tangerine, Blush, Coral, Lucite Green and Sage.
These colors are fresh and flirty. Still whimsical, but modern and grown-up.Coral2-horz
Photos via Pinterest

TABLE DÉCOR

DON’T: Since we are on the topic of childish décor, let’s leave the bunnies, baby chicks, and little lambs to the kiddos as well. There is no need for a giant plastic rabbit to ever be incorporated in your decor, nor a faux grass runner on your dining table, or cheap throw away signs that tell everyone spring has arrived. Just don’t.
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DO: Keep the décor simple, fresh and let nature be your inspiration. There is no need for imitation, use the real deal and the results are timeless and beautiful. Flowers and greenery, seasonal fruit, handmade place cards, pretty linens and nice dinnerware is all you need. Simple is always better.Coral Table-horz
Photo via Burnetts Boards and Ruffled Blog

FLOWERS

DON’T: Tulips and daffodils are beautiful but they are not the only flowers growing in the spring flower bed. There are numerous varieties, in all sorts of shapes, colors and sizes. Do not limit your décor to two types of flowers because they are the poster-child of spring.Easter Tulips-horz

DO: Choose a sunny citrus floral arrangement with lots texture. Instead of the traditional single-variety tulip, create a mixed variety of florals in shades of dusty oranges, coral pinks and sage-greens. The colors are stunning together and will be perfect for a spring table. spring flowers_sfgirl-horz
Photos via SF Girl by the Bay and Brit + Co

COCKTAILS + DESSERT

Whether you are hosting an intimate brunch or a traditional Easter lunch, always have cocktails and dessert. These two items on the menu are what make a party, well, a party. They make a lot of smiles, and they bring a festive element to the décor.

DON’T: Mimosa bars have had their fun but it’s time to try something new.Mimosa Bar-horz

DO: Try a delicious Guava Sangria with a Touch of Sage Honey PalomaFrench 75 (similar to a mimosa, but so much better)Drinks
Photos via SB Chic, Design Love Fest and PDX Food Love

DON’T: Overly sugary sweet desserts in bright (chemically dyed) colors.Easter Dessert-horz

DO: Try a lightly sweetened but decadent dessert, like an orange sherbet cake, a naked strawberry shortcake or mandarin orange tea cookies.Orange Sherbet Cake-horz
Photos via Design Love Fest Pinterest Boards

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Not Your Mama’s Wallpaper

Wallpaper must be in the air! Last Saturday I wrote about the wallpaper trend and it’s big comeback for my 12th & Broad column. Since then, local, national and international blogs have posted like mad about wallpaper. There hasn’t been a day this week where I have not read about this trending decor element. I love when my mind is tracking simultaneously with other creatives. If you missed Saturday’s post, here is a chance to catch up. Be prepared to swoon…

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Wallpaper has made a huge comeback over the years, and it seems that its popularity is elevating to new heights in 2015. Companies are producing stunning collections that can be used indoor and outdoor (yes, outdoor!), in bathrooms and on fireplace walls, on ceilings and as beautiful artwork. No longer are you restricted to a repeat pattern either. One image can drape an entire wall. Companies, like Wall & Deco, Rebel Walls and Calico Wallpaper, are changing the way in how we use and see wallpaper. They believe wallpaper design should not be limited by climate, scale, location or conventional wisdom.

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Photos via Domain Home, Inside Out, Calico Wallpaper and Ellie Cashman

Up until recently, many people in the US shied away from wallcoverings. Due to poor designs in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, pattern on the walls became taboo and everyone wanted a simpler aesthetic. But as of late, wallpaper is pushing its way back into the home. The design concepts today are entirely new, innovative and there is a style for everyone. Wallpaper is no longer seen as a cover-up for blank walls, but as works of art.

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Photos via Wall Deco

I’m a huge fan of wallpaper. I actually jump up and down (and do a little dance) when a client suggests using the decorative paper in their home or office. It’s a bold statement that gives so much personality to a room. Wallpaper can take a generic room and turn it into something quite magical. One wall, or an entire room, and the space is completely transformed.

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Photos via Home Adore, Apartment Therapy, and Oh Joy!

As of late, I am loving all the new ways in how to use wallpaper. We have come a long way! I never thought it would be possible to dress the outside of a building in wild patterns or one massive image without paint. You can place wallpaper anywhere you choose now, you are only limited by your imagination. Cover an entire room in a panoramic mural, or choose a focal point, like the ceiling or stairwell. Can’t commit to an entire wall? Try framing it and hang it as wall art. Whether your style is traditional, modern or somewhere in between, there is a wallpaper for you. The next time you are considering a new design element for your space, think about wallpaper. Step outside the box, be bold and have a little fun.

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Photos Sources Hygge & West, Wall Deco and Lile Sadi

Favorite Wallpaper Companies:

Wall & Deco

Ellie Cashman

Hygge & West

Rebel Walls

Calico Wallpaper

Jill Malek Wallpaper

Graham & Brown

Cole & Son

Lile & Sadie

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Nashville Airbnb Homes

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Have friends or family coming into town? Want to get away for the weekend? Need to finish up that novel? How about that hit song you’ve been working on? Well, don’t head to the nearest hotel where generic is their middle name. Why not experience a beautifully curated home in one of Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods or countryside? Try a vacation home. And better yet, try a Nashville airbnb home.

If you’ve been living under a rock, you might not know about the wonders of airbnb.Airbnb_HowOkay, now that we got that squared away, let’s move on to the good stuff. Nashville has never been shy on creativity and style. So it’s no surprise that the city is booming with chic, high style vacation rentals. These are not your parent’s vacation homes in the gulf of Florida. No, these are homes created by the cool kids, for the cool kids.

If you aren’t a musician, artist, collector or hipster, you’ll want to be by the time you finish your stay in one these homes. Designed with incredible attention to detail, each piece of décor handpicked and amenities that have you wanting for nothing. What you read in Vogue and GQ about our lovely city, you see in these well curated vacation homes.

My favorite Nashville airbnb just hit the market:  12 South Heart of Nashville. Designed by a very talented friend of mine, Samantha Oaks. There isn’t a single thing this woman can’t do! Fashion? Interior design? Business consulting? You name it, she does it. She has an incredible eye for design, and her latest project does not disappoint.

Located in the 12 South neighborhood, where you can walk to a plethora of bars, restaurants, cafes and local shops in a matter of minutes. This studio apartment is gorgeous! All the comforts of a boutique hotel with the feel of home. Modern, fresh, and luxurious. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into the spread of Domino magazine. Perfect place for 1-2 people.131062-horz2
Beautiful, right?! I can’t wait to book a weekend here just to experience all these goodies.

Want to see my other favorites? Head over to my Style Scout post on 12th & Broad.Historic East Nashville_Airbnb1-horzCountry in the City_Airbnb1-horz

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