Wedding Trends: Pocket Squares

We are absolutely IN LOVE with pocket squares!  This unique floral feature is so fun and different from traditional boutonnieres… and we hope this trend continues to grow!  Pocket squares differ from boutonnieres (traditionally pinned on the lapel of a jacket) in that the flowers are arranged to sit inside the suit pocket.  The result gives the illusion that the flowers are growing out of the pocket!

This style is great for individuals with allergies as the flowers sit lower on the jacket.  The pocket square is also a bit sturdier than a traditional boutonniere as it has more structure.  There is also less of a risk that guests will be pricked by boutonniere pins or crush the flowers.

Although we are big fans of pocket squares, it is important to make sure that this style fits with the aesthetic of your look and suit.  This look is definitely modern and chic!

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Photo Credit: Beyond the Pines Collective @beyondthepinesphotos

Photo Credit: Beyond the Pines Collective @beyondthepinesphotos

Photo Credit: Beyond the Pines Collective @beyondthepinesphotos

Photo Credit: Beyond the Pines Collective @beyondthepinesphotos

Wedding Trends: Pantone Colour of the Year

If you haven’t already heard, Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year is “Living Coral”.  Every year, The Pantone Color Institute undergoes the tough selection process of selection a colour that best highlights upcoming trends across a number of different industries.  Entertainment, art, fashion, products, travel and lifestyle are all areas that influence and are influenced by the selection.

“Living Coral” is a bright, energetic colour that will definitely be featured in a number of floral trends for 2019….and we are thrilled!  There are so many amazing flower options available in the colour story, from coral charm peonies to proteas. Over the past year we have created a number of arrangements featuring this colour and hopefully they spark some inspiration!  I personally included this colour in my own wedding over five years ago with coral bridesmaid dresses! This saturated colour is definitely a showstopper…..

What do you think?
Will you feature this colour in your life this year?

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Holiday Decorating: The Table Part 2

For this holiday table set up we wanted to feature a style we are really fond of: Bud vases!
Bud vases are a great way to add interest and style to any event…. dinner parties, weddings or any celebration! We have an amazing collection of apothecary bottles that I wanted to feature in this look. The unique shape of the bottles are more modern so we decided to pair baby blue eucalyptus with them. Eucalyptus is one of our go to greens as it comes in a variety of shapes and textures. Oh did I mention the smell? Fresh greenery always smells fantastic.
A walnut wood plank serves as a table runner and pine cones were used as place settings.
Another trend we wanted to feature is velvet! Emerald green velvet napkins really jazz up this monochromatic look.
Overall, this sleek modern table setting is simple to execute and will definitely impress your guests. BTW, this bread is amazing….

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Holiday Decorating: The Table Part 1

Holiday parties! Need I say more? We absolutely love entertaining, and the holidays are the perfect excuse to catch up with those friends you haven’t seen in a while. You know, those friends you see in the summer and at Christmas. We get it, life is pretty busy in between.

I love dressing up my table for dinner parties. Sometimes the smallest details make the evening most memorable. This year, I hand painted ornaments for my friends and family, and used them as name tags on the table. With a background in fine art, this was the perfect excuse to spend my Saturday afternoon! I used a table runner I already owned and dressed it up with brass candlesticks and cedar greens. Once again, greenery is a fast and simple way to decorate, and the smell of cedar is amazing!

Stay tuned for next week as we show you another way to dress your table for the holidays!

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Holiday Decorating: The Mantle

Every year my collection of holiday decorations seems to double. To the point where half of our basement is filled with boxes. This year I decided to do a great purge. I kept a lot of the sentimental items but got rid of the cheesy ones…my plan was to focus on using items that are part of our everyday life. I didn’t want to create the typical red and green look, but wanted something simpler.
We have a wood burning fireplace, so we typically don’t hang our stockings on the mantle until Christmas eve. An old window takes center stage with a fresh greenery wreath. Alternatively, you could use a large mirror or an empty frame. Some of my favourite vintage books add a splash of colour! An antler our family dog carried out of the woods at our cottage seemed fitting too…lol! Seasonal scented candles and rose hips in small vases complete the look. Having a mantle that doesn’t scream “holidays” is also nice as there is no rush to take everything down on January 1.

What special items would you feature on your mantle?
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