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coffee + cre8tive {june 27 ’06}

If you’re looking for creative inspiration today, browse the hundreds of images on Brides. Vibrant bouquets, images of happy times, festive table settings, gorgeous invitations… You’ll walk away feeling a touch of happy and armfuls of inspiration, not to mention the skinny on what’s hot in party planning.

Isn’t there something about weddings and festive events in general that really gets your sparks a flyin’? Could be the combination of joining together so many of our favorite things in life – a well planned decor, flowers, food, music, the gathering together of special people, stationery and oh yes, let there be cake. Lots of it with yummy sinful buttercream frosting.

Event planning is not only a major rush and a real chance to demonstrate your talents, but you get to share so many facets of your personality and interests with those you cherish, right down to the letterpress invitations.

With the many upcoming weddings and summer events, Brides gives you the scoop on everything from setting the table to floral arrangement and party decor. Even if your party has nothing to do with wedded bliss, you can refer to Brides for ideas that apply to just about any event you may have in mind.

One thing I’d love to do in mid September is host an outdoor dinner party to bring together all of the girls that were in my wedding 5 years ago (July 14 is my 5th Anniversary). A big wooden table, flowers, wine, artisian bread with bowls filled with oil + spices for dipping, music (of course), and lots of attention to the details. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Nothing that overwhelms, but definitely something that makes them feel special.

Do you plan to host any parties this year? A shower or wedding perhaps? A gathering for the girls?

(images from brides)

Posted in uncategorized on June 27, 2006

Shop Tour: Weekend on Cape Cod

If you like the sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there…

While vacationing on the Cape this summer, make sure to explore Mari Porcari’s lifestyle boutique, Weekend located at 217 Main Street in East Orleans near beautiful Nauset Beach. Located in a historic general store from in the 1800s, Weekend underwent an interior transformation 3 years ago when the store first opened. A fresh interior sporting gorgeous cork floors, sleek birch shelves, and cool summery hues of pale yellow, blue, and green, makes Weekend both inviting and serene.

Upon visiting this charming shop, a ‘mini’ well-edited version of a large department store like Saks or Nordstrom’s, you’ll find only the best in apparel, handbags, belts, accessories, jewelry, home goods, baby gifts and toys, personal care, furniture and books. Mari has an eye for good design, something that is very evident the moment you enter Weekend. With a plethora of gift shops on the Cape, I’m so excited to find a boutique devoid of oversized lobster bibs, plastic souvenirs, and beach themed tees. Weekend is a class act.

Their delicious selection of home + fashion designers include some of my personal favorites like Orla Kiely, French Bull, Judy Ross, Design House Stockholm, Vessel, Ugly Dolls, Clarissa Hulse, Salvor Fauna, Hadley Pollet, John Derian, EDE Studio, Michael Anchin, Saja, 3j Workshop, Kerry Cassill, and more.

Make it a point to visit Weekend… You’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod.

(images from weekend, french bull, hadley pollet, and saja.)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on June 26, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {june 26 ’06}

Are you planning to get away this summer? We’re thinking of heading either to Chicago, Savannah, San Francisco, or Martha’s Vineyard, but I have to admit, with my poor lack of planning this year, we may simply end up at some Irish pub in Boston flicking coasters at eachother and sharing a few rounds with friends.

After our nearly 3 week adventure last summer to Baja Mexico and southern California, I doubt we’ll top that this year. Visited beautiful sunny Baja, relaxed in San Diego and La Jolla (fish tacos are delicious), stayed on the beach in Santa Monica (drinking mojitos on the 3rd St. promenade was nice), shopped Montana Avenue, toured the Getty museum for the first time (loved that), met designer Rachel Ashwell, and then the ultimate highlight for those of us tucked away here in New England without much exposure to celebs – we attended the Batman Begins premiere in Hollywood.

So, we’re still trying to figure out what to do this summer. What about you, any plans?

(images copyright 2006 decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on June 26, 2006

What Sundays Are Made Of

Lazy Sundays. Sleeping in. Country drives. Going out for breakfast. Stumbling upon a barn sale (with great lanterns all a-glow) and scoring vintage glass bottles, records with great covers, and books with lovely spines from HG Wells dated from the late 1890s. Listening to big band music in the town center where everyone gathers for the annual strawberry festival and live music. Dogs barking. Happy children with sticky fingers and huge red rings around their mouths. The smell of freshly cut grass. Enjoying sweet strawberries from the nearby farm, served up shortcake style with a warm biscuit, vanilla ice cream, and a huge dollup of homemade whipped cream. Not a care in the world. Sunday should always be this nice.

What are you up to?

(images copyright 2006 decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on June 25, 2006


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