Posts Categorized: collaborations

collaborations + flowers + Party + Wedding / Thursday, 29 May 2014

Flamingo Pop: a bridal shower collab with BHLDN

Flamingo Pop: a fun & whimsical bridal shower collaboration with BHLDN and The House that Lars Built . Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop: a fun & whimsical bridal shower collaboration with BHLDN and The House that Lars Built . Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Rose Lemonade from Pop 'n Sweets. Gold serveware from Anthro. Flamingos from BHLDN. Tablecoth from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Fiery flamingos and bursts of balloons are the name of the game for Flamingo Pop, the bridal shower I created for BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding site. They asked me if I could come up with a fun and whimsical theme using some of their products and if I would be interested particulalry in their flamingo cake toppers. Ummm, yes I would thank you very much. These cute little guys ended up stealing the show and setting the tone for the theme!
If you came here looking for the tutorial on how to create the balloon arch, you can find it here.
Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN. Wedding cake by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Top from Anthro. Dress from BHLDN. Jewelry from Anthro. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Table linens and chairs from Scene Makers. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I recruited an amazingly talented bunch to make it happen and I couldn’t be MORE THRILLED with the results. Let’s talk details shall we?
First off, the flowers. I mentioned to my gal Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, that I wanted to do a balloon installation of sorts but I didn’t quite know how I wanted to incorporate florals thinking that the two might compete. Leave it to Ashley to suggest putting flowers IN the installation. Brava Ashley. Brava.
Then I knew I wanted something super lovely to play off the BHLDN and Anthro products and tone it down a notch. I worked with Allie of Scene Makers, an event styling/prop rental/space design company in Salt Lake City, who was THE BOMB. She took me on a tour of their warehouse showing me all their amazing props. She even walked me through the process of selecting linens for the tables and chairs. I ended up going with a gorgeous linen blush pink tablecloth with coral napkins, which I thought brought in all the colors wonderfully. She was even there to pick up the tables and chairs when we were done. They couldn’t have been more accommodating. Locals, use Scene Makers!
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Photo by Jessica Peterson.Balloons from Zurchers. Flowers by Tinge. Clothing from BHLDN and Anthro.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Photo by Jessica Peterson. Candy from Zurchers. Bowls from Anthro.
I knew the balloons would be the trickiest to figure out because I didn’t know the first thing about them. How many would I need? Would I want helium? How would I install it? Zurchers, a local party store stepped in and provided all the balloons and some delicious treats like the gum balls above. They have them in every flavor, both the balloons and the gum balls. I loved selecting the balloon colors. There’s a menagerie the choose from. I knew I wanted them in a variety of colors and shapes and the employees were so helpful in giving me sage advice. I’ll provided a more complete DIY on how to create this balloon installation later.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flowers by Tinge. Balloons from Zurchers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built.. Goblets and dinnerware from Anthro. Top and jewelry from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
BHLDN let me lived my dreams out and said I could select whatever I wanted to use. I stuck to a mint, coral, blush pink, berry pink palette and then incorporated some Anthropologie products too that fit the bill like a lot of the dinnerware. One important element was to bring in quirky pops of animals in every shape or form. Hence the elephant sugar holders, duck vases, praying mantis plates, and of course dash of flamingos.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dinnerware and flatware from Anthro. Name tags from BHLDN. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress from BHLDN. Earrings from Anthro. Flowers by Tinge.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Pennant banners from BHLDN.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I loved adding in some of the BHLDN products like these paper pendants that come in a variety of floral patterns.
One of my favorite parts was working with Tess Comrie of Le Loup cakes. Now, we can see that these cakes are truly gorgeous, but what you can’t see is how DIVINE they are. I came home with a few slices of chocolate cake and let me tell you, it was perfection. The perfect consistency. Not too sweet (as Paul the European likes it). Just right. Tess, I’ll take your leftovers any day!
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloons installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Balloons provided by Zurchers. Flowers by Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress by BHLDN. Hair by Jessie M. Flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Tinge. Dinnerware from Anthro. Flutes from BHLDN.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I selected the rose lemonade soda from the local candy/pop store (that’s Utah’s version of bars), Pop ‘n Sweets. I love the color they added.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flamingos from BHLDN. Tablecloth, duck vase, gold serverware from Anthro. Cake stands from BHLDN. Rose lemonade from Pop 'n Sweets. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dresses from  BHLDN. Top from Anthro. Hair by Jessie M.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dresses from BHLDN. Gold serveware from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes from Le Loup. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.

And, of course, I just love these models. Not only are the beautiful, but they loved helping than they loved modeling and for that I owe them my first born. Truly, they created such a fun atmosphere. And they were dolled up by the awesome Jessie M, who works magic.

Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloons installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Tinge Floral. Dresses from BHLDN. Top from Anthro. Tablecloth from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Balloons provided by Zurchers Party store.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Name tags, coasters, flutes from BHLDN. Dinnerware and flatware from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Balloons provided by Zurchers Party store. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Balloons provided by Zurchers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Ashley Beyer. Table linens and chairs from Scene Makers. Photo by Jessica Peterson. Photo by Jessica Peterson.

And last but certainly not least, Jessica Peterson, the photographer, who I’ve now worked with numerous times and have loved every experience. She’s one of the most passionate persons you will meet and knows how to capture the human soul.

Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dinnerware and accessories from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Tinge Floral. Dinnerware from Anthro. Table linens from Scene Makers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress by BHLDN. Earrings from Anthro. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Chandelier made from paper straws. Straws from BHDLN. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop, a bridal shower in collaboration with BHLDN
floral coasters, pennant garland, dresses (here, here, here), cake stands, straws, champagne flutes from BHLDN
floral top, jewelry, praying mantis plates, mint goblets, mini bowls, elephant sugar holders, duck vase from Anthro
Models: Michelle Christensen, Morgan Sidwell Owens, Anna Grimmer
Assistants: Hillary Gallup, Melissa Leavitt, Karlee Bronson, Leslie from Dylbug
Styling and creative direction by Brittany Watson Jepsen for BHLDN

collaborations + DIY + garden + Projects / Tuesday, 13 May 2014

3 ways to make a topiary

How to make a topiary
I’ve had a thing for topiaries ever since I could pronounce the word. Something about a bush being cut into the shape of a ball thrills me. I’ve always assumed that there was a specific science to it and I’m sure there is for some of those crazy animal shapes, but turns out, they’re quite simple and MUCH cheaper to make on your own–as all good DIY projects are. I was excited to learn the art from Tonya LeMone, who owns the most beautiful enchanting garden Perennial Gardens. She has a true love of creating beauty with her gardens and flower knowledge. I met her last year for a shoot and I keep on going back because 1) her gardens are so lovely and 2) she is so lovely. Today she is sharing with us three ways to make topiaries: ivy globe, boxwood, and rosemary topiaries and 2 ways to put the scraps to good use. Because resourcefulness is a lost skill.
how to make a topiary
Rosemary topiary tutorial
boxwood topiary tutorial
boxwood cuttings
Boxwood wreath tutorial
topiary skills from Tonya LeMone at Perennial Gardens 
 Click to learn how to make all topiaries!

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Art + collaborations + Design + flowers + Pageant of the Masters / Monday, 28 Apr 2014

Pageant of the Masters: Herbert James Draper

Last month I announced a new series on the blog, Pageant of the Masters, where floral designer Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral and Kate Osborne of Kate Osborne Photography and I team up to recreate paintings with flowers in the them. It’s been awfully dreamy so far. This time we included painter Leslie Duke, model/illustrator Michelle Christensen, and hair stylist Aubrey Nelson to (literally) complete the picture.

This month we recreated Herbert James Draper’s Pot Pourri from 1897. I was unfamiliar with Draper’s work when we selected him as our second artist in the series so I thought I’d provide some background. He was a Victorian era English painter who took a traditional path as a career painter. He studied at the Royal Academy and like the good artist he was, took frequent trips to Rome to study from the masters. He often portrayed mythological themes in his work along with portraits and became quite famous for it. By the end of his life in the early 1900s his fame had passed. It’s only now that there’s a revival in his works.

Kate, Ashley, and I gasped at the thought of recreating this painting in real life. The beautiful red and pink roses so beautifully frame the canvas and lend a romantic yet lonely feel to the woman. Is she all alone with her flowers creating an arrangement for herself? Or is she the madame of her residence creating the arrangements for a party later on in the evening? Does black indicate mourning and is it for a funeral of a loved one? I gotta find out more about this artist!

Funny story, the painting we initially found was the exact image above. BUT, in later research, after the photoshoot, we found that this painting had been cropped.

WHOOPS! Would have been good to know and it explains the dried flowers on the right side of the painting. Now you can see the blue and white vase peeking in. Note to self: research BEFORE the shoot! That said, I do rather enjoy the crop of the one we recreated.

So, the funky thing about recreating paintings is seeing just how many artistic liberties the artist takes. There are some angles of the model that I’m pretty sure aren’t humanly possible. For example, the left hand holding the bowl. To get the height of the bowl with the angle of her sleeve wouldn’t be possible in our recreation unless someone else was holding it. So I did what anyone would do and get down on the ground and hold the bowl up from below.
Another issue was the lighting. The light source in the painting was coming from all around, yet the face of the model was in darkness. Explain that one! Kate did an amazing job of recreating the lighting, but here’s how normal lighting would have been (see above). There’s no way you can get such severe shadows on her face without a little artistic license.
I have to applaud Aubrey Nelson on hair. Didn’t she nail it? And Leslie Duke‘s background. It was just the right texture.

Stay tuned for next month’s recreation!

hair by Aubrey Nelson
art direction by me

collaborations + Design + giveaway / Thursday, 27 Mar 2014

DESIGN, DÉCOR, and DIY HAPPY HOUR with Sofa.com

This Saturday, I’m partnering up with one of my favorite brands, Sofa.com U.S for a Pinterest Happy Hour: an afternoon of live pinning featuring my favorite design, décor, and DIY pins! 
Join me on Saturday, March 29th at Noon EST to get in on the pinning action. Sofa.com will also be hosting a giveaway during this time so keep your eyes peeled for the hashtag, #PillowPin2Win for a chance to win a snazzy pillow simply by repining the image! 
For now, head over to Sofa.com U.S on Pinterest, follow them, and keep an eye on their board, Design, Décor, D.I.Y Happy Hour! 

collaborations + DIY + holiday + Projects / Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014

“You’ve been flocked” prank for April Fools

You've been flocked April Fool's prank

While I was in Palm Springs for Meet Make Do with the other wonderful crafty ladies (check out more of our fun here and here), I caught a glimpse of a photo my mom had put up on Facebook of their neighbors yard with a flock of flamingos and a sign reading “you’ve been flocked.” What in the what? This is the best thing that could ever happen to anyone, no?

That day was our crafting day of the trip and I was racking my brain for something stellar to make while I was in a beautiful mid-century home in the middle of the desert. I needed something that would capture the spirit of the place…and soon it came…”why don’t I flock this house?” It’s the only appropriate thing to do!

Our retreat had been sponsored by the good folks at Bing so I immediately took to one of the Microsoft Surfaces they provided us and searched for “you’ve been flocked.” Qu’est-ce que c’est? Turns out, there are TONS of websites and pictures with people who’ve been flocked. This is a thing apparently! There’s even a “you’ve been flocked” website. It appears that sometimes it’s used as a blackmailed fundraising device (“give us $10 to take back the flamingoes”) but personally, I find just the fun of waking up to a flock of flamingos hilarious.

Melanie, Danni, and I headed to the local party store who was sold out of pink flamingos. What now? We Binged it and found this gem: Flock o’ Flamingos. A whole company in Palm Springs that rents out flamingos. And rubby duckies. I didn’t ask questions. It was owned by a super swell guy who just had them hanging out in his condo. Thank you!

put out tons of flamingos in someone's lawn
pink flamingos in someone's lawn
With the help of Jenn Elliott of Scout Blog and Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth, we got set them up around the front yard.
Click below to see full tutorial! 

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