Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DIY bachelorette PARTY INVITES: for a cute + beautiful bride-to-be....!

I love a party. Especially a party that involves a cute outfit or two or three. And champagne. Of course. So when I recently took the my "matron-of-honor" reins for a bachelorette party I was in charge of throwing for the bride-to-be I got a bit crafty on the invites. First of all, us ladies were going to stay at The Madonna Inn...you've heard me talk about it before, right? It is glorious. Kitschy, pink, gold, thematic, tufted, dripping in roses and super campy....I'm obsessed with it. One thing I love to do with for any party I am planning is to run with a theme and I was thrilled to incorporate The Madonna Inn into the invites and get the girls prepped and excited for what was sure to be a weekend to remember.

I like to do all my own graphics for my invites if I'm making them. #1: It's nice to put that school stuff to use and #2: I'm a control freak. For Jamie's invites I looked back at some photos I took of The Madonna Inn for inspiration and knew I wanted them to be: pink, green, gold, rosey, striped, tufted and glittery....!

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Paper Source is my go-to for invite supplies. They have a wide selection and range of colors for the basics (card-stock, envelopes, etc.) and tons of great roll and single sheet decorative paper to do custom envelope liners. I decided on large bright pink envelopes, blush pink and bright pink cardstock for a two part invite and gold glitter paper to line the envelopes. They will totally oversell you on all the stuff to do these crafty things at home. Let them - the stuff works!

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Once I had my supplies I designed the two part invites to fit the cardstock knowing I would embellish them with glitter (because, glitter) and other fun stuff that would embody The Madonna Inn.

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I like to use thicker PhotoPaper.....glossy is good. It makes a sturdy finished product, it takes hot glue and Modge Podge (see below) really well and basically creates a good foundation to glue stuff to. Easier to cut as well.

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It's very important to have an assistant on hand. even if they just stand around and look cute.

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I love these envelope liners from Paper Source....just trace out, cut and then use double-stick tape to secure....

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save your scraps for other things...I made gift bag tags and heart cake toppers for the weekend with mine. I try to carry the theme throughout the party.

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gold glitter + pink. what is not to love?!

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I use glue sticks to secure the invite to cardstock and then wedge the finished dealio under something heavy to get them to stick and dry flat.

Once dry, I used things I picked up from Michael's and just piled it on until it felt Madonna Inny enough.

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to finalize them I brushed a layer of Modge Podge (with glitter of course) over the tops. On a side note, I realized that I have "sparkle" Modge Podge and that an "Extreme Glitter" one exists without my knowledge. How I did know this is bizarre. It's been ordered.

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Lastly, I always want whomever is opening the invite to have maximum enjoyment (while thinking, Janel is flipping NUTS)....so for these puppies I found a gold striped paper that I cushioned between the two invites and then wrapped each invite with a pretty bow before tucking them away in their hot pink, glitter homes. So it was like a little present to open...!

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And there you have it. Fun and festive invites for a beautiful bride-to-be....! If you make your own invites I would love to see them - please share!!

All images by janel holiday interior design - be a doll and ask permssion before using - thank you! xoxo, janel

Saturday, February 21, 2015

INDIA SONG....by photographer and artist KAREN KNORR...!

I came across these photographs by artist Karen Knorr a few weeks back that feature stunning creatures with palaces, forts and temples of Rajasthan serving as the backdrops. I haven't been able to get them out of my head and thought you might like them stuck in yours as well! Not only are the animals themselves so vibrant and interesting, but juxtaposed within these palace walls dripping with so much age, tiles, history, carvings, colors and lightwells make them all the more fascinating.

From Lise Funderberg of Architectural Digest:

Since the 1970s, artist Karen Knorr has produced photographs that pose thorny questions about power, class, and the aesthetics of beauty. While appropriating landscape and still-life genres for her compositions, she often layers in a good dose of humor. In her “Gentlemen” series, for example, she pointed up the “boys’ club” nature of British government by captioning staid portraits of men in swank London gentlemen’s clubs with excerpts from parliamentary speeches. In “Muses and Majas,” she placed live nudes in galleries of the Louvre beneath their painted counterparts. Knorr’s recent project, “India Song”—recently released in book form (Skira, $45), with images accompanied by a Q&A with the artist—explores similar themes, but this time in the palaces, forts, and temples of Rajasthan, the state in northwest India known for its exquisite architecture and interiors, some dating from the 13th century.
Knorr disrupts viewers’ expectations by digitally inserting into those rooms live animals from the same region. The animals often seem to own the chambers they occupy even as their vitality contrasts with the eroded splendor of past civilizations. It’s a pleasure to think about the ideas behind these images, especially after reading about the project in the book’s opening essay, but Knorr will have to forgive viewers if they put aside the intellectual aspects from time to time to simply drink in the spectacular tiles, carvings, and murals that fill the architectural spaces she has chosen as her stage.


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Monday, February 9, 2015

....FISHY design....!

As is typical for me I will see something that will tick my brain off into a flurry of ideas, inspiration, thoughts and unnecessary "wish list" items - case in point this amazing Jeweled Fish Knuckle Clutch. Just one piece I am totally obsessed with from Sarah Burton's latest Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2015 collection (sidenote: isn't she doing an amazing job carrying on with the McQueen brand?! She is a genius if you ask me.).

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I have a fascination with the creatures under the sea and bodies of water. This fourth layer (air, earth, beneath earth/dirt, water) of living beings that we attempt to understand and connect with are abundant in snazzy outerwear. The colors and patterns you find in coral, fish, textures of sharkskin, seashells and tiny sculptures found in the smallest grains of sand offers never ending surprises and beauty. I love seeing this mysterious world brought above the water line and incoporated into design - both fashion and home.

I rounded up a few images of the finned world in homes and ponds as well as a few design objects I am loving!

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de Gournay wallpaper

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scale tiles

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modern home with koi pond

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modern home with koi pond

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DIY paper fish installation

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scaled Kitchen tile

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chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage

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Adam Wallacavage chandelier

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Anabo paper

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King Residence by MC2 Architectural Studio

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Koromo Eclipse wallpaper

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Tommy Rush Fish Bar

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Urban Beach House by Rachel Reider

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Katie Ridder Design

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love this pairing of scaled tile meeting wood flooring

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solid bronze mermaid sconces by Marcel Asselbur, French 1940s.
fish knuckle clutch by Alexander McQueen
steel and wood room divider by Paul Evans in a looped fish-scale technique. Circa 1960s.
1960s cane wrapped stainless fish bottle opener by Carl Aubock.
brass swordfish wall scupltures
aquatic skull print scarf by Alexander McQueen
ceramic shark and seahorse on stands by Jonathan Adler
fish rug by Eva Zeisel for the Rug Company
bronze angelfish with a glass top coffee table by Alain Chervert. French, 1970s.