Monday, May 23, 2011

Quick Glimpse

This weekend I was asked to design and style a video shoot for the Travel Channel that was taking place at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a lovely destination wedding venue in Santa Fe. Thrilled with the opportunity, I had the chance to art direct the entire event, spotlighting the wedding resources that the venue offers. Here are just a few sneak peek phone pics from the day.

To mirror the elegant Southwest vibe the Loretto offers, I centered the design around a unique and beautiful color palette. I chose colors like coral and peach paired with gray/greens. I accented the tabletop with metallic coppers and golds. The flowers provided by Marisa Peluso popped beautifully off of the linens!
I even designed the look for the lovely couple's ensemble. I had a blast attending a fitting at the elegant bridal atelier, Laura Sheppherd. There we chose a dress to coordinate with our theme, as well as a beautiful veil and jewelry.

Part of the shoot centered on the wedding cocktail hour where we showcased delectable appetizers and a Prickly Pear martini with a gold leaf rim. Yum!

I was super stoked to take part in such a fun shoot. All of the folks were great to work with and I am excited to see the final product. It should be airing some time in June....I'll keep you posted!

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, May 14, 2011

garden magic

each morning i wait for the coffee to brew, put on my slippers, open the kitchen door, and tiptoe through the yard observing what has opened. i now understand why my grandmothers have spent so many hours digging in the dirt, laboring over their landscaping. the rewards are breathtaking.
it's only may, and the yard is already smiling.
so am i.

the middle, right image shows my new foxgloves. by far the most durable, fitting, and foxy gardening gloves i've ever owned. the style is called "works." indeed they do!
i also discovered a new plant yesterday called "sea lavender" (top left and right images). these babies sprout mini-white flowers out of the purple ones, and can handle a full day of sun. i combined them with some punchy coral geraniums.

happy digging!

-Cameron: Santa Fe, NM

Monday, May 9, 2011

How to be a Knife Ninja

Until now, all our knives were kept in a sliding drawer...the "Danger Drawer" as the mister referred to it. Yes, it was definitely a hazard sifting around there for the perfect tool, but I love knives and have, uh, a few.

We decided we need a knife rack but after a bit of internet surfing we realized that no one manufactures a double sided, magnetic knife rack. They are all magnetic on one side and meant to be mounted to a wood surface. Our only surface was an open fridge side, as we don't have any cupboards.

Shucks.

Then we realized that with a little elbow grease we could mount two to each other and create the ultimate MAGNETIC Magnetic Knife Rack.

We found a simple and inexpensive version from IKEA and purchased two. {I do love IKEA, click here if you want one too.}
It comes with a heavy duty magnetic casing and a strip that is to be mounted to a wall (the one with holes). Once the strip is mounted you can just place the magnetic casing over it. Instead of screwing the mounts to a wall, we screwed them together. (Right)
Then, we dropped the magnetic casing on each side. *Beware if you value your fingers at all, because those puppies SNAP shut and I nearly lost a fingernail, holy molars!
Then, boom, you're ready to magnify to the fridge and display all your pretty sharpies!

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beauty Overload

All images via BHLDN

Sometimes I just gape in awe at my computer screen.

Today, I couldn't stop staring....and wishing I had a hoard of gold coins hidden under my bed.

BHLDN (pronounced Beholden) is a heirloom quality bridal line developed by the masterminds behind Anthropologie. Today, they launched a line of wedding d├ęcor. Be still my heart. The styling of each image is enough to make you gasp. I am in love! Click here to see it ALL!

-Jessie, Santa Fe, NM