Saturday, August 22, 2009
After six years of planning birthday parties for my kids, I have grown a passion for birthday party styling, decorations and specially cupcakes. In my search for nicely styled parties I came across Amy Atlas, a sought-after event planner in New York City, and her signature dessert tables.
Don't you love her work? I think her decorations are stunning, the color palettes of every one of her creations are just perfect, each event is uniquely planned and styled with vintage jars, natural flowers, beautifully crafted labels, perfectly thought backgrounds and patterns and whatever it takes to complete the theme, no detail is overlooked. She works with great bakers and candy purveyors. I haven't been in an event planned by her, but from the pictures you can tell the food must be great too.
The pictures were taken by Gemma Comas and Karen Mordechai.
Amy has a nice blog where she talks about her work and recommends suppliers and vendors.
I got this super cute book last christmas, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth (2007) by Jill O'Connor and photographed by Leigh Beisch. I got it mostly for the pictures and the graphic design. Every page is adorably designed, with lovely colors and typography. The photography is great and nicely styled, I love the dots and gingham backgrounds and the plates, cups and dishes they used. I haven't cooked anything from it yet but I just love to look at it.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I had to add this room, just because I like it so much. The art deco armoire is beautiful, the collection of vintage cages, which I am so crazy about lately, and the mobile create a whimsical setting. The antique toy stroller is also very cute.
This is my son's room. I don't really like the color of the wall, so I am thinking of painting it midnight blue. I am pretty happy with the rest of the elements and how they work together. The bookcase is from the years I lived in Costa Rica, it belonged to a public school. It has been painted several times and you can tell by the many colors that show through its scratches. The minute I saw it on the street, waiting for the garbage truck to pick it up, I knew it would be perfect storage for Alain's toys and books.
The garland is Neena's own. I ordered the map online from National Geographic's website, the antique trunk is a find from a flea market trip and I found the paddle in Key West many years ago.
Sunrise Buffalo home via katyelliott.com
I am posting a few more children rooms from my collection of inspiring images, except this time I will show more colorful and less girly decor. I love how maps decorate a kid's room, vintage furniture and toys are also a common element and so are sheep skin rugs, garlands, and creative storage such as old trunks, baskets and tins. Antique children books look beautiful on a nice old bookcase or on a pretty rack. I apologize for those pictures that I don't give credit for, I just can't remember where I found them.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
As I wrote in my latest posts, I am very much into Interior design these days and working on a few projects, I often find myself blogging into late night hours, that is how I came across this fantastic hotel in Holland.
The style is exactly what I am all about: floral fabrics, vintage artwork, white sofas, wooden floors, crystal chandeliers and antique furniture pieces. I also love the vintage floral porcelain, the gingham fabric and feathered birds in the chandelier.
Although I am mostly attracted to very white interiors, in this case I really like the touch of color given through upholstery, a few painted walls and lots of flowers, their choice of turquoise, hot pink and green makes a great palette. I would absolutely love to stay here sometime.
Bed of flowers is the name of this gorgeous place, you can find more information and even book your room at www.bedofflowers.com.