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Apparently our culture's obsession with documenting and sharing everything we see and eat online might be detracting from our overall enjoyment of foods (not to mention the wait fellow diners have to endure while fellow diners stage and ...
Apparently our culture's obsession with documenting and sharing everything we see and eat online might be detracting from our overall enjoyment of foods (not to mention the wait fellow diners have to endure while fellow diners stage and photograph meals). A recently revealed study by researchers at Brigham Young University discovered the joys related to eating certain foods lessened with excessive visual exposure of similarly flavored foods... READ MORE »
about 4 hours ago
Project by: Marina Klima GoldbergClient: Parents of 4-year-old boyLocation: United States A comfortable sleeper was the client's requirement. It is her favorite reading spot with kids. Many stories will be read in this boy's room befor...
Project by: Marina Klima GoldbergClient: Parents of 4-year-old boyLocation: United States A comfortable sleeper was the client's requirement. It is her favorite reading spot with kids. Many stories will be read in this boy's room before he grows up. Then he can use the sleeper for the sleepovers. READ MORE »
about 5 hours ago
Hostess with the Mostess®Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about GRAPHI...
Hostess with the Mostess®Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about GRAPHIC VINYL BACKDROPS! Vinyl backdrops are showing up everywhere in parties recently.  They have long been used on the red carpet and at corporate events but are now making their way into smaller, more intimate parties and creating huge wow factor moments!Bubblegum Backdrops is a vinyl backdrop shop that has hundreds of affordable pre-printed vinyl backdrops to choose from or they can custom create one just for your event.  The come in many sizes, set up in minutes and can be finished with rod pockets for easy hanging on backdrop stands that you can purchase from them as well.  They can also do custom backdrops complete with a huge graphic of your child’s name or event logo.  Just send them the artwork and they do the rest.  Here I will show you 3 ways to use graphic vinyl backdrops at your next event using my signature “POP-arazzi” pop star party.Custom Step & Repeat Photo Backdrop!Who doesn’t want to show up at their next party with a red carpet entrance fit for a celebrity! This vinyl backdrop was custom designed with our “POP-arazzi” logo to create the same step & repeat banner seen on red carpets and at VIP celebrity events.  Guests arrive and get the paparazzi treatment as they arrive, receive their All Access VIP passes and take lots of photos celebrity style! Place a few photo props nearby and watch your guests have a blast!Themed Backdrop for your Sweets Table!“POP-arazzi” pop star parties are all about the bling and sparkle!  This Purple Bokeh 8′x8′ (96″x96″) vinyl backdrop fits perfectly behind a 6′ table and is the perfect design compliment to this “POP-arazzi” styled sweets table.  The backdrop adds a wow factor and matches the printables colors and theme perfectly with it’s sparkly bursts of light!DESIGN TIP: When using a patterned backdrop such as this, it is great to use a large focal point in the middle of the table to stand out against the background.For this, I enlisted the help of Ten23 Designs who custom created this laser wood cutout of my “POP-arazzi” logo. To make it stand out against the background I spray painted it silver and added rhinestones, for a touch of sparkle of course!  The sparkle continues even into the desserts!  Check out these glittered apples and cake pops from Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins…how fabulous are these and look gorgeous against the backdrop.  Dress up store bought cupcakes with sparkle sticks, printables and these glitter cupcake wraps….FABULOUS!TIP:  As an extra detail, offer color coordinated candy that compliments your printables and pop star theme like rock candy sticks, rock candy strings, POP rocks and custom microphone iced cookies from Sweet C’s Bake Shop!Use a Backdrop to Set a Scene!An easy way to make a visual impact in your party space is to use backdrops to set a scene.  Here I used the Purple Bokeh backdrop to set the scene of a pop star’s dressing room.  This area is perfect for your guests to dress up in pop star gear like hats, headset microphones and tutus.  The perfect spot for more photo ops too!Now you can get on this hot new trend FOR LESS!  Exclusive for HWTM readers, Bubblegum Backdrops is extending 20% off all backdrops with coupon code: BBTRENDALERT for one month from the date of this post!*****Want to see more “POP-arazzi” party photos?  Click over to my blog here for more and check out my Pinterest board here for a list of most of the items I used in this table design along with prices and links to purchase them.*****VENDOR CREDITS:– Styling & Photography: Soiree Event Design – “POP-arazzi” Printables, Step & Repeat Banner & Cotton Candy: Soiree Event Design Sh
about 5 hours ago
I have always loved the almost instant makeover paint can give a room. But before the painting, there’s always the part that we tend to dread–the prep work.  It reminds me of gardening, all we really want to do is plant prett...
I have always loved the almost instant makeover paint can give a room. But before the painting, there’s always the part that we tend to dread–the prep work.  It reminds me of gardening, all we really want to do is plant pretty flowers, but if we don’t prepare the soil first, chances are the flowers […]Read the full article
about 6 hours ago
One of the most frustrating aspects of doing laundry (other than, well, doing laundry) is the number of socks that emerge from the wash without their pair.
One of the most frustrating aspects of doing laundry (other than, well, doing laundry) is the number of socks that emerge from the wash without their pair.
about 6 hours ago
Besides preparing the costumes, some of us our kids get really into the decorations and atmosphere of Halloween. There are regular decorations and high tech decorations. Most people are happy with simple themed decorations, while others,...
Besides preparing the costumes, some of us our kids get really into the decorations and atmosphere of Halloween. There are regular decorations and high tech decorations. Most people are happy with simple themed decorations, while others, slightly geekier maybe, would prefer animated props and such. READ MORE »
about 6 hours ago
AB3's Wooden Stand • $19.99 • Target Our doctor's office has something like this on a bigger scale and my daughter loves flipping the tiles so I had a hunch this would be a hit with her and it is. For now it's just for play but when s...
AB3's Wooden Stand • $19.99 • Target Our doctor's office has something like this on a bigger scale and my daughter loves flipping the tiles so I had a hunch this would be a hit with her and it is. For now it's just for play but when she's older she will learn to recognize the letters and numbers. READ MORE »
about 7 hours ago
I’ve been on an indigo kick for a while now, so I thought I’d check out one of the techniques that really makes that color shine: Shibori. Shibori is a Japanese dying technique that uses a series of binding, stitching, foldin...
I’ve been on an indigo kick for a while now, so I thought I’d check out one of the techniques that really makes that color shine: Shibori. Shibori is a Japanese dying technique that uses a series of binding, stitching, folding or twisting moves to create a pattern (similar to tie dye). I’ve loved seeing contemporary designers like Rebecca Atwood use this technique with such sophisticated results. Combining that technique with a rich indigo color always makes me weak in the knees, so here are 10 pieces that are currently on my wishlist. Some are proper shibori technique and others are just shibori-inspired. If you’re looking to learn simple shibori techniques, click here for a quick and easy DIY. xo, grace Image above, top to bottom: Rebecca Atwood Pillow $150, Landscape Shibori Plate $125, Shibori Pet Bowl $27.95 Image above, clockwise from top left: Shibori Bedding $99.99+, Indigo Dye Kit $40, Shibori Wallpapers, Shibori iPhone Case $35 More shibori designs continue after the jump… (more…)
about 8 hours ago
welcome to mill mercantile — a chic little boutique in my very own san francisco backyard of noe valley. mill is everything one could hope for in a local shop: one-part clothing, one part homewares, shoes, an apothecary and all of ...
welcome to mill mercantile — a chic little boutique in my very own san francisco backyard of noe valley. mill is everything one could hope for in a local shop: one-part clothing, one part homewares, shoes, an apothecary and all of my favorite magazines right there in one friendly neighborhood spot. mill’s style is pure and simple, the way i like my clothes. great denim, the best clogs — basics that never go out of style, but at Mill they take these things and make them a little lighter, a little prettier. Mill’s co-founder is Todd Barkett who also started the popular unionmade for men in the castro, and shop manager and designer is Michele Janezic, giving the slightly tomboy looks a feminine edge. next time you’re in san francisco pop in and say hi — but never fear out-of-towners, mill mercantile’s goods are available online, too. • all photos by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.
about 8 hours ago
Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 6 Quick Store-Bought Breakfast Foods 9 Organizing Tips for the Sports Closet How to Stop Robocalls Filed under: Daily Tho...
Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 6 Quick Store-Bought Breakfast Foods 9 Organizing Tips for the Sports Closet How to Stop Robocalls Filed under: Daily Thought
about 8 hours ago