Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Autumn Feast

The talented Lauren Kelp asked me to share with her the surprise party that I threw for my husband last year. With it officially being Fall and October just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to share out autumn feast! Thank you for the beautiful feature Lauren!

In my family, we place strong a emphasis on celebrations. We are always looking for an excuse to get together and throw a party, anticipate an upcoming milestone or speak love into each other's lives, so when Clark's big 3-0 approached, I knew I wanted to create something unforgettable. Instead of throwing a "big" party and inviting everyone we knew, I decided to invite 10 of our closest couple friends to a long sit down dinner in my parent's beautiful backyard. I wanted it to be intimate and intentional. It was actually a surprise party, but in order to document the day, I surprised Clark before everyone arrived so he could take pictures. As he was photographing the table, he walked around to find each of the table placement cards and one by one he was able to see who was coming! It was a chilly night in late November so we set up several fire pits, had a whisky bar and s'mores on hand for later. One of our close friends is a talented chef here in Nashville and we hired him to come and prepare all of the food. With each course he came out and told us about the dish and how he had prepared it. The food was indescribably delicious! About halfway through the night, I asked for anyone who felt inclined to stand and speak a few words of encouragement into Clark's life as he passed from his 20's into his 30's. In my family, this is a tradition for each birthday we celebrate so it was fun to incorporate our friends into it this year. I feel that everyone should have moments in their lives where close friends and family can speak about them openly, encouraging them and lifting them up. For me, these moments in life seem to be the ones I remember the most. After the speeches, friends and family stayed and celebrated late into the night. It twas a perfect Fall night under the stars that we will never forget! 

You can see more photos here!

Styling: Caroline Brewer
Invitations: Joya Rose
Food: Somoni Kigweba
Chair Rentals: 12th Table
Photography: Clark Brewer

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Design*Sponge Interior Feature

What a treat to have our home featured on Design*Sponge, a long time favorite interiors blog! Clark and I had a lot of fun styling and photographing our home for their blog. It was the perfect motivator to get us to put the finishing touches on a couple of projects we needed to complete. I have included some of my favorite shots, but to see the full post and interview head over to Design*Sponge

Photos by Clark Brewer.

Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Floating Shelves

I had the privilege of being featured over on Lauren Kelp's blog today. She asked me if I would share a blurb about how I styled my floating shelves. The shelves were a Christmas gift from my dad who built them himself! What can I say, he is the best... Check out my styling steps below!

Step 1:
 First, it is important to start with a blank canvas. Remove the excess and start with a clean slate. 

Step 2: 
Choose your anchor pieces. I started with 4 uniquely different pieces of art, each piece feeling substantial. To avoid it feeling too staged place each piece of art on a different section of the shelves, creating direction and movement. After placing the anchor pieces I layer in the rest of the art. None of the art is actually hung, which makes it easy to switch things out and keep the space feeling fresh and new over time.

Step 3:
Add in fun accessories. I always choose interesting conversation pieces. I love to pull things from my travels that have interesting stories. One of my favorite things on the floating shelves is the dark room timer. My husband is a photographer so when I found this vintage treasure it was especially fun!

Step 4:
Add something living. This step can really take your space to the next level and is my favorite part! Adding something green can help lead your eye from the top of the space to bottom. I normally add both a potted plant as well as fresh cuts.

Step 5:
Add the finishing touches. Take a moment to step back and asses your shelves. Ask yourselves questions about balance and proportion. The shelves had quite a few statement pieces, but needed some accent accessories so I added the small quirky animals, tee-pee incense burner and vintage red dice. Also, there needed to be something to ground the shelves. A basket full of blankets did the trick!

Thanks again for the lovely feature Candice! Check out more of the post and photos HERE.

Photos by Clark Brewer.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Styling for Ben Rector's latest album - "The Walking In Between"

These photos are LONG overdue, but I am so excited to finally be sharing them! I had the great pleasure of styling Ben Rector's most recent album cover, "The Walking in Between". Ben didn't give me a ton of direction for the shoot, but what he did say was pretty straightforward - he wanted to look natural, relaxed and true to himself. I was excited to see that the final images really pulled this off! These are a couple of my favorites from the day. 

Photographed by Steven Taylor | Hair & Makeup by Kirsten Kelly.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Madewell Styling Event

What a fun afternoon yesterday was! Thank you Madewell for asking me to cohost, along side Chelsea Petaja, a wonderful holiday event. I loved getting to pick and display some of my favorite holiday finds from Madewell's new holiday collection. Check out more of their boy meets girl style here!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bedroom: Before and After

I was looking through some old photos recently and came across this photo of our bedroom from when our house was for sale. I can't believe how far it's come! We added the wallpaper behind our bed and gave the walls a fresh coat of paint (Benjamin Moore - Decorators White). We also painted the bed (that we bought with the house). What a huge difference that made! Our sconces, the Wallace Lamp, are from one forty three and we have been so pleased with them! I just recently changed the bedding (it was darker before). I wanted to give the bed a cleaner look so I ended up going with the Soft-Washed Linen Duvet and Euro Shams from Anthropologie and it's been super soft and awesome. 

The biggest thing I have learned with decorating is that it takes time. Be patient with yourself through the process - for me things are always a work in progress!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Bouquet

A few weeks ago I challenged myself with the task of creating a beautiful fall bouquet with grocery store flowers. I picked up two bunches of eucalyptus from Trader Joe's for $6 total and used left over pepper berry from a job I finished up earlier in the week. I love how this turned out and it lasted nearly two weeks! This just goes to show when you are on a budget it forces you to get creative :)

Beautiful photo by my lovely husband, Clark Brewer.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Southern Living Fall Entertaining

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it - the crisp air, the smell of fires, the layers of sweaters, jackets and hats. Last fall Clark and I went to Virginia to photograph an event in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The party embodied all things rustic and fall. Here are a few of my favorite shots I was able to style. To me, they help tell the story of the day - upscale camping with family and friends. It was so fun to see the event featured in this season's issue of Southern Living Fall Entertaining See more of the beautiful day HERE.

Thank you to the girls at Ritzy Bee for planning such an amazing Fall event!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Britt Bass Turner Art Show

What a great time I had hosting the Britt Bass Trunk Show! You can see our super cute invite by Chelsea Petaja here. The morning was filled with fun, laughter, shopping and yummy treats made by my very sweet Mom. Of course seeing Britt's super cool art in my home made it very difficult not to want everything - surprise, surprise! But I did end up keeping the two yellow paintings over my dresser, Daffodil I and Daffodil II. They added a fun pop of sunshine yellow to my bedroom.

Thanks again Britt for teaming up on this fun event! Until next year...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Southern Weddings - Newlywed Home Feature

I am so excited to see our home featured on the Southern Weddings blog today in their "Southern Newlywed" series! 

"My tip would be to buy what you love... if you love it, it will all come together!"

Make sure to check it out for the full interview and more photos over at Southern Weddings to hear more about our story and how I approach styling my home. 

Thanks to Clark for the beautiful photos of our home and Tec Petaja for the portrait of Clark and me!