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I’m really enjoying pulling together photo shoots.  In this case, I had a finished coffee table to share as well as new seasonal merchandise so it just made sense to style it all together.  It is so much more interesting than simple before & after pictures, I think.  Plus it has given me the opportunity to work with my new lens and continue to refine my skills in prop styling & photography.

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At any rate, the coffee table base is painted in Layla’s mint over flow blue.  Both are August’s colors of the month.  Admittedly Layla’s mint looks very similar to Eulalie’s sky in this equation.  The flow blue underneath the green made it sway more bluish if that makes sense.  A bit of the blue is peaking through on the legs.  The top of the table is curio with a bit of white wax.  The table is available at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.

burlap autumn living room accents

We’re big on burlap as we transition into fall.  Who am I kidding?  We’re big on burlap every season!  The bow front pillows are a new addition.  Check out the adorable burlap pumpkins and daisies.  You can find all of these at both Circa Dee shops.  (The table shown here is not for sale but it is painted trophy with white wax.)  autumn burlap daisies

We’ve also introduced ferns to the mix at West End Garage.  They are the perfect low maintenance interior plant for fall.

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Are you feeling the pull to nest for a new season?

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It has been a crazy busy summer already.  We’ve barely come up for air.  Honestly, a small cry from how we planned to spend our summer.  But someone once told me life is what happens when you make plans.  So true.  Less planning, more living.

So when we do get a minute to breath, we relish in reviewing our wedding photos over and over again. We notice something new every time and relive that perfect day when just about all of our friends and family were in the same place, just a few months ago.  Which, by the way, doesn’t help us select photos to frame and to put in an album nor determine which should end up on the cutting room floor, as they say.

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Speaking of, there are so many hysterical dance floor photos that I am considering posting an outtake reel here…although I may be disowned by a few people.  (If you beg me, I will totally post it though.)  Signature dance moves, silly faces and all.

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N-E-way, where did we leave off in the wedding DIY deets?  We talked about the cake and the must have cake table.

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We talked about the DIY trailhead highlighting where all of our friends and family traveled from.

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I think that transitions nicely into the map thang we had going on…

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I racked my brain over what to do with the table settings.  We knew right away that we would have food stations for dinner. This created a party atmosphere (which isn’t hard to do with our group) as opposed to a formal sit down dinner where people felt like they couldn’t get up and mingle as they please.  There is nothing wrong with that setting but it just wasn’t what we were going for.

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With all of that said, I didn’t want the tables to be bare either since the food would be served at the stations.

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Enter 160 atlas pages to the scene, my friends.  I found old and new ones.  The blue, green and yellow colors coordinated perfectly with our springy palette.  Each page served as a charger or place mat.  Also, a subtle nod to the “On the Way to Cape May” theme.  With a splash of burlap for good measure.  Oh and here’s a secret for you if this look is up your alley:  Take your atlases to FedEx/Kinko’s to have the pages cut in bulk.  It will save you hours upon hours of time tearing and cutting pages.

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Bonus, everyone was encouraged to scribble notes to us on their map.  This ended up being totally entertaining for guests as they waited for dinner and an icebreaker at a few tables.

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Plus, we jumped on the instagram trend and incorporated our own wedding hashtag (#recanize) and encouraged guests to share their candids.  It is a blast to relive them every time and we plan to make a little album of candids with maps as the scrapbook pages.  One of these days.

For brides-to-be out there, we placed note cards at each table communicating the hashtag info to guests…

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Go ahead, take a look at the hashtag on instagram.  You know you want to.

And one more map for the road….ha, get it? Road? Ok.  Our guest book was a guest map which we framed.  People signed all over the country and of course Cape May had a little heart on it.  I found this on etsy.

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I have to admit that I restrained myself from being an etsy bride.  I only ordered this map, which was made locally, and Wilson’s seersucker bowtie and leash which is just priceless as far as I’m concerned.

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Next up…the centerpieces.  And why I might have been temporarily insane for doing them all myself just days before my wedding.  What was I thinking?  Come back on Friday to find out!

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All professional photos shot by the talented folks at Love Shack Photo.

noel, noel

Happy Friday everyone!  I am off to partake in some holiday festivities this weekend.  I just love this time of year.  I strive to decorate and shop early so I can relax and soak up the Christmas atmosphere in December sans stress.

Before I’m off for the weekend, I have just a little holiday project to share…

Do you remember my dream sign

I pretty much followed the same technique which isn’t much of a technique at all actually.  Just use stencils for the letters.  Fill in with acrylic paint on the textile of your choice.  My choice was none other than burlap.  Shocker since it is a huge element of our Christmas decor this year.

I wanted a festive frame so I painted a dated wooden frame (you know the honey colored ones that look really 90’s) with one coat of ASCP Emperor’s Silk letting the wood grain came through. 

I clear waxed to make the contrast between the red paint and the dark grain of the wood pop.

Did you know the word “Noel” means birthday?  Me neither.  It derives from French.  It’s funny how we have these little holiday traditions, like the Christmas carol Noel, and we don’t even know what it means. 

Time for a story but I will keep it quick…my mom has these free-standing ceramic N-O-E-L letters that she puts out at Christmas.  When we were little, my brother always changed them around to spell Leon.  Um, and still does actually.  The words Noel and Leon are sort of interchangeable in my family as a result of this antic.  Turns out Leon is derived from the word lion.  When you break it down, it doesn’t seem like there is much correlation between the words birthday and lion now does it ?  (Jake, I’m talking to you!)  All research done via wikipedia.

Noel…Noel…Leon…Leon…

TGIF!  Does your family have any silly holiday traditions?

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