Calling All Designers, Wannabe Designers & Design Photographers…I Want To Feature YOUR Work!!!

Are you a designer with work that’s screaming to be featured? Are you a photographer with access to beautiful homes you can photograph to further your brand? Have you recently renovated your home and you’d like to have it featured on a popular blog?

Well then, you’ve come to the right place!

Apartment Therapy

I’m looking to start featuring submissions from all of the above and more. So if you have a design project, big or small, send it my way. You must have the right to publish the images and approval from the owner of the property as well.

To submit, simply send me between 25 and 100 images to stephanie@fabyoubliss.com. For best results, scale your images down to 580 px width if they are horizontal and 600 px height if they are vertical. You may also send me images via Dropbox, which is easier if you have a lot of images to share.

Thanks so much and I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got!

 

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Sweet Treats & Lots Of Whimsy Fill This Adorable Styled Wedding Shoot To The Brim

Alyssa Marie Photography and Samantha Dapper Event Design teamed up together to create this fun and whimsical styled wedding shoot. The entire shoot was styled by Samantha Dapper to help promote her new website and company. From the sweet blue and pink party dresses to the fabulous up-dos, what a fantastic job she did! And I love the soft feel Alyssa Marie created with these images. Let’s not forget to mention how adorable these models look or the treats…yummy. Great job ladies!

 

Photographer:  Alyssa Marie Photography

Event Designer:  Samantha Dapper Event Design

Submission via Two Bright Lights

 

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How To Make A Handmade Vintage Looking American Flag Picture with Milk Paint

We’ve had this…eh-em, ugly, (shhh, don’t tell my Mother-in-Law I said that), orange and brown tree painting in our garage for as long as I can remember. It was here when The Hubby bought the house from his parents and for some reason we just never got rid of it. For years I kept meaning to take it to the Goodwill, but never did. Then a few months ago I decided since it was made of really nice slat wood, I would turn it into something else.

But…what was I going to turn it into? That question was answered one night as I was flipping through a Pottery Barn catalog and I came across this page below.

“Ahhh…an American flag picture”, I triumphantly said outloud as The Hubby looked at me quizzically.

“That’s what I’m going to turn that ugly painting in the garage into”, I quickly clarified.

And he smiled in approval…

But, I didn’t want to paint it with just any kind of paint. I wanted to do it right, to make it look vintage and a bit beat up. So, I chose to paint it with Milk Paint. What’s Milk Paint? Well, Milk Paint is what they used to paint EVERYTHING way back in the day.


Image & instructions via Earth Pigments

Here’s what you’ll need to make milk paint.

Container large enough to hold over 1 gallon of liquid, with room for stirring
Wood or plastic spoons, one large and one small
½ yard cheesecloth for straining
Plastic containers such as two large margarine tubs, and a one gallon paint bucket
Ingredients
1 gallon skim milk (milk must be fat-free and fresh, not powdered)
2 cups white vinegar
112 grams Hydrated Lime Powder Type S* (approx ¾ cup)
200 grams pigment
Water for rinsing and slaking

Please visit Earth Pigments for more instructions & where to purchase supplies.

Assemble all your ingredients when ready to paint, as milk paint should be used when fresh for best results. Place your Ocher or pigment powder in a container and mix with an equal amount of water to soak. Work the pigment into a homogenous paste where all the particles have been wetted.

Place your lime in a plastic or glass (not metal) container large enough to hold two to three cups. Be careful not to inhale dust or allow dust to get on hands or in eyes. SLOWLY pour 1½ cups of water into the lime and stir into a creamy paste making sure all the lime has been wetted.

With all the ingredients prepared, have your paint bucket ready. Line the colander completely with cheesecloth. Place the colander in a sink and pour the curds and whey into it to drain the whey off. You now have small, easy to dissolve quark. Rinse the quark with cool water to remove any residual whey and neutralize the vinegar. Allow it to drain, but keep the curds dripping rather than becoming too dry. This moisture will aid in their dissolving with the addition of the lime paste.

Gather the corners of the cheesecloth and transfer the quark to your paint bucket. Make sure the curds are small and break down any that are larger pieces. Add the lime/water paste to the curds and stir well. You will immediately notice the curds turning from a lumpy mixture into a creamy paint. If some curds do not dissolve readily, the mixture can sit for 15 to 30 minutes to help break them down. Your milk paint is now ready for the addition of your slaked pigment. Stir this into the creamy quark and lime base. You may or may not need to add additional water. All ingredients should coalesce, and the consistency should be that of light cream. Be cautious of adding too much water. Strain your completed paint through more cheesecloth or a nylon stocking. Some undissolved quark may remain. Stir your paint thoroughly and often during application. Extra paint can be stored up to several days in the refrigerator, however it will begin to separate so try to use it fresh.

After you make your paint, to craft the American flag you’ll need to draw your stars and stripes onto your surface.

Draw with pencil so you can erase if you make any mistakes.

Once you’re finished drawing, it’s time to start painting.

When you’re all done painting and the surface is completely dry, take a sanding sponge and sand down the edges and surface of the painting to create a beat up look. And that’s it, you’re done.

I’m really happy with the way it turned out. And even though the 4th of July is not until next week, hope you all have a happy & safe one!

 

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Make Your First Impression Count & Create a Foyer That Wows!

Your foyer to a newcomer should be like the outfit you’d wear to an interview for the job you REALLY want. Yeah, it’s that important!

The entry to your home tells a lot about you and your home so you want to make sure it gives the best impression possible, right? Or at least you want to make sure the foyer reflects the design of the rest of your home. “But, I don’t have a giant foyer”, you might say. That’s okay, even small entry ways need a little sprucing to. Here are some great examples for inspiration.

 Bear Hill Interiors

 Better Homes & Gardens

 Décor Pad

 Houzz

 House Beautiful

Houzz 

House Beautiful 

Houzz

 House Beautiful

Architect Design

 Décor Pad

 Thomas Jayne Studio

Décor Pad 

As always, I hope you’ve found some inspiration here and please don’t forget to leave some love in the form of a comment.

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Colony Palms Hotel Wedding With a Vintage/Mod Feel & Gorgeous 1967 Stingray!

In my early…well, let’s just say when I was younger, I lived in Palm Springs for a little while. And I can definitely say there is no other place like it. There’s a fun energy about it and of course the weather is pretty much “my” perfect, unless it’s the dead of summer, then it’s even too hot for me. But spring and fall, those are perfect weather times. And today’s bride and groom definitely thought the same. Jane and Ric decided an October wedding getaway to Palm Springs was the perfect idea. Held at the historic Colony Palms Hotel, a desert getaway for Hollywood stars back in the golden heyday, the hotel brought out the vintage and modern feel they wanted. In addition, they were also fortunate enough to borrow a friend’s 1967 Stingray for the day…score! Photographed by bycherry Photography, their vintage/mod wedding was a smashing success!

Photographer: bycherry photography

Event Planner: Aubrey Johnson

Floral Designer: honey and poppies

Reception Venue: Colony Palms Hotel

DJ: DJ Chris Paul

Makeup Artist: Keturah Trevor

Bakery: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes and Desserts

Submission via Two Bright Lights

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My Love Affair With The Prettiest of Palettes, Gray, Cream & Pink

I go through phases where I’m obsessed by certain colors or combinations of colors and right now it has to be gray, cream and pink. I just love the soft, pretty feel and want to be surrounded by them at all times. Don’t you just love these colors together?

I have an magazine page pinned to my “non-Pinterest” inspiration board situated above my desk with an outfit similar to this one. I pinned the page because I liked the colors and want to use them in the bags I’m designing, but the outfit itself is so adorable I had to recreate it here for you. What do you think?

 

 

 

From top left clockwise: 1. ALESSI DOMENICO Earrings, 2. “AUDREY (1963)” SUNGLASSES, 3. Crumpet Pointelle cashmere and Lurex-blend cardigan, 4.  MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford Extra-Large Bowling Satchel, Nude Matte Python-Embossed Leather, 5. Cream sleeveless lace dress, 6. LOON 70′s Platform Sandals, 7. ALDO Huot bracelet

 

So…are you in love with this color combo too? Would you buy a leather bag designed with a couple of these colors, like cream and gray, or all of them? I’d love to hear your input.

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