Why Not Try Designing with a Splendid Blue, Brown & Gray Palette?

I’m sure it’ll be no surprise that blue is a favorite color of mine to design with. Clearly that’s obvious just by glancing at a few of  the DIYs posted here as most of them have some sort of blue in them. Even the blog design has a bit of blue in it. Studies show blue is associated with clear thoughts, focus, intellect and communication. In addition, blue is thought to be a calming color as well as being a hue that promotes creativity. Awesome! Now I’m even more happy to have so much blue around me.

As for gray, there’s not a lot of positive things written about any benefits of using the color, mainly siting it’s indecisive nature being that it’s not black and it’s not white. But I find that extremely funny since so many designers love to design with gray. Ultimately I think color design is very personal and you should choose what makes you feel good. For me, I love a palette of blue, brown and gray. Check out these gorgeous rooms below to see why.

 featured by Better Homes & Gardens

 featured by Better Homes & Gardens

 featured by Better Homes & Gardens

 featured by Better Homes & Gardens

featured by Decor Pad

 featured by Decor Pad

 featured by Decor8

 featured by Dering Hall

 featured by West Elm

 featured by Houzz

featured by The Berry

featured by House of Turquoise

As you can see, even just from this small selection of inspiration there are so many ways to express yourself with these colors. So…what do you think? Are you going to give blue, brown and gray a try?

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THE Perfect Weekend Outfit With a Little Patriotic Flair

With the Memorial Day holiday just a few days ago, I’m still in a very patriotic mood. And…of course since Memorial Day marks the un-official start to summer, I thought this cute little number would be a perfect outfit pick for this week. Don’t you just want to live in it? I mean really, in my opinion this outfit is perfect for any relaxing weekend day!

You can purchase all items through the following links. Items are listed from top left clockwise.

1.  Hunkydory Fringed Awning Stripe Scarf, 2.  Old Navy Womens Graphic Tee Shirt, 3.  Brown stripe square sunglasses, 4.  ADRIANO GOLDSCHMIED EX-BOYFRIEND CROPPED JEAN, 5.  Citizen FB1223-55D Regent,  6.  Michael Michael Kors Handbag, Jet Set Chain Item Chain Ring Tote,  7.  Miz Mooz Paris leopard print flats,  8.  1928 Jewelry Rose Gold Baubles Chunky Charm Bracelet

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Two Photographers Tie The Knot In This Seriously Gorgeous Wedding From Antigua, Guatemala (Part 2)

And here’s part 2 of Kristiaan and Lionel’s gorgeous Antigua wedding and a few words from the bride about their amazing day.

“After the ceremony, guests rode a chicken bus (a brightly painted school bus) to the ruins of an old church where we celebrated the night away. I’m a DIY girl, but I had to settle on just a few items to bring and a limited number of craft projects. It was difficult to hand over the reins to a local, but with a destination wedding, I knew I had to. I sent the decorator screenshots to give him a sense of what I wanted — neutral colors (peach, gray, cream, tans, and browns), lots of wood, burlap, rustic elements, vintage items, a hand-crafted look that wasn’t too perfect or matchy. He was brilliant and I was blown away by the results! Everything was even better than I had imagined.”

Photographer:  Davina + Daniel

Caterer: Hotel El Convento

Event Planner: I Do, Guatemala

Floral Designer: Escenica

Dress Designer: Amsale

Bridesmaids Dresses: Neiman Marcus

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Indochino

Event Venue: San Jose El Viejo

Submission via Two Bright Lights

Hope you enjoyed this gorgeous wedding. If you haven’t seen part 1, go check it out here.

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Two Wedding Photographers Tie The Knot In This Seriously Gorgeous Wedding From Antigua, Guatemala (Part 1)

Typically our blog features are set for two months out, so submissions that are accepted today will likely be published in late July or August. That being said, yesterday when I received today’s amazing wedding, I was so blown away by the gorgeous imagery, I broke a couple of my own submission guidelines, (shhhh), and rearranged everything just to bring it to you today. Yes…it’s that good!

Bride and groom Kristiaan and Lionel are wedding photographers, (Note:  wedding photographers always have the coolest weddings, just sayin’). High on the list of priorities for their wedding was location, so when they found Antigua, Guatemala…a Spanish colonial town filled with brightly painted buildings, cobblestone streets, remarkable ruins, and surrounded by volcanoes…they knew they had found their “holy grail”. Also high on their list of “must haves” for their day was finding the right photographer. So when they found Davina + Daniel, they were over the moon about their choice. Not only did Davina + Daniel rock their portraits, (which I fully agree are extraordinary pieces of art), but they also captured the most precious and outrageous candid moments. As Kristiaan recounts, “They managed to create the perfect blend of arty and meaningful imagery that takes us right back to our beautiful day and beyond.”

Photographer:  Davina + Daniel

Caterer: Hotel El Convento

Event Planner: I Do, Guatemala

Floral Designer: Escenica

Dress Designer: Amsale

Bridesmaids Dresses: Neiman Marcus

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Indochino

Event Venue: San Jose El Viejo

Submission via Two Bright Lights

41 guests joined Kristiaan and Lionel for the charm, beauty, adventure, love and laughter that was their wedding week. Their wedding ceremony was set in the garden of an old ruined convent which was both breathtaking and meaningful. And each of these images leading up to and through the ceremony tells a perfect story of their beautiful day. I would like to pick a favorite image, but I can’t because they are all so amazing. Which is why I’ve split the wedding up into two posts.

Be sure to check out part 2 of this gorgeous wedding which will be up next.

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A Little Bit of Fog Adds Mystical Beauty To This Sweet Harper’s Ferry Engagement Session

Aviva and Avery grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland only a few blocks away from one another in similar communities, yet they didn’t meet until they were adults. However, once they did meet, their common experiences forged a relationship so comfortable and easy it’s almost as if they’ve known each other their whole lives. In addition, Aviva and Avery both enjoy teaching and helping others. He is a high school English teacher and she worked her way through collage with 36 hour shifts every other weekend helping disabled adults. It’s always nice to see two selfless people come together. Photographed by Photography by Susie, it’s not surprise that Aviva and Avery’s Harper’s Ferry engagement session turned out just as special as they are!































Photographer: Photography by Susie

Venue: Maryland

Submission via Two Bright Lights

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