New England Summer Style

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Aug 28, 2016 1:28:48 PM

Summer in New England is a three month celebration, and we’re reveling in August’s grand finale. Everyone is in such a good mood, still grateful that boots and shovels are months away and looking for any excuse to be outside until the last possible minute. There’s a certain signature style the Northeast does differently than other parts of the world.

And while I love all the historic influences, in my own home I blend a more eclectic sensibility with an old school style to create a less conventional, fresher New England look. We regularly have friends over for drinks around sunset, which is an ideal time to let the art of entertaining shine. The key to bringing New England to anyone’s backyard or porch can be found in a few key elements, all of which are easier than you think.

Don’t get fussy about it, you don’t have to install wainscotting or a six foot hedge! New England summer is about harmonizing a mood of relaxation and adventure. These tips will get you on your way, East Coast style.

1. Start with color. Red, white and blue isn’t exclusive to the American flag or the Fourth of July. Using navy against red and white is sophisticated and adds formality, with just the right dose of patriotism. I love this palette with weathered wood furniture or driftwood accents. My upholstered outdoor furniture combines traditional wicker with a contemporary geometric pattern. You can achieve a similar look with tapestries wrapped around couch or chair cushions, as long as the color story stays within the theme. Nothing nails this look better than pops of crisp white throw pillows against red and navy.


2. Light. The hurricane lanterns and smattering of low lights does favors for anything outside at dusk.It’s particularly appropriate to use jars with a hodge-podge of glassware to soften preppy New England with organic accents. I like varying sizes because I find elegance in the chaos, like pairing mason jars and nautical bottles, best expressed with glimmers of low, romantic light. You don’t want it to be too perfect. A mix of glass options keeps the composition interesting.

3. Drinks! We love a Dark and Stormy here in Massachusetts. I like adding colorful straws because delightful details add a layer of thoughtfulness for guests, even in a casual setting. Plus my kids insist on straws, always, so I like to keep them handy at all times. I love these beveled glasses as they reflect light so perfectly, and add a decorative touch with their vintage pink hue.

The Dark n’ Stormy

  • Lot’s of Ice
  • 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal rum
  • 6 ounces Source brand ginger beer
  • 1 lime wedge
Read More

Topics: Interior Design, Outdoor Design, New England

Love and White Light

Posted by Maia Bissette on Aug 3, 2016 5:06:31 PM
Lifestyle blogger Leah Forester puts white paper lanterns against this Gray Malin photograph to beautiful effect. White on white perfection.

The one can’t-go-wrong, must-have color for any summer interior is… you guessed it, white. White epitomizes timelessness, working well in residential, commercial and event design. As décor, white contrasts and illuminates everything around it, creating subtle dimension to alluring effect. If you want to make white the star of your palette, the right layering of soft tones will give your space a crispness and intensity in contrast to any pop of color you throw into the mix.

Luna contributor and lifestyle blogger Leah Forester featured our white paper lanterns in her Venice, California beachside townhouse against Gray Malin's Hitchhiker with stunning success. The temptation might be to use color against this photograph – to bring out more color – but her minimalist approach makes it fresh, modern, and turns white into the main event! Brava, Leah.


Read More

Topics: Interior Design, Event Design

Picnic Al Fresco With Friends

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Jul 8, 2016 5:02:52 PM

Summer is a season that moves too fast. Booked months ahead with weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and family vacations – the long days and lingering evenings are precious. With so much going on, keeping in touch with dear friends can be tough – unless you make it intentional. Try something celestial, like this Summer Solstice picnic under the light of the Strawberry Full Moon. Today we share tips and tricks for you to draw from, so you can host your own creative celebrations this season. What better way to reconnect than stargazing on summer nights? Find your open-sky locale, check the weather, and get started.


Bohemian Beach Picnic


What we used:

Use the buckets to raise the plywood off the ground for a quick & easy dining table! Cover with a table cloth and set your tablescape. Have everyone bring a dish, light some candles and turn up the good vibes!


Make it outside



We chose the beach for this twilight picnic, but a forest clearing, rooftop, backyard or lakeside grassy knoll will also do the trick. For most, this season marks the best period for lounging outdoors – so get out of the house, away from the table, the kitchen, the familiarity of home – and make it a picnic!

Almost everyone can appreciate the nostalgia of a good picnic... so bring it back, and do it often.



Easy food.

The key to a successful picnic is finger food – and sharing the responsibility pot-luck style. While salads are nice for summer, the best way to do them is in shishkabob fashion on skewers (chicken, cucumber, pepper, feta, olive, and so on) or in a wrap to avoid the mess. We love the simplicity of expanding crudite to include pre-grilled proteins so that plating is easy and, if a gust of wind comes your way, no leafy disasters! Make assignments for people. Consider unique variations (like vegan ingredients) on rice krispie treats for dessert, as they are no-mess-gluten-free-always-delicious sweetness!



Choose dusk.



This is the time of day everyone wants to be out, so start the evening around 5pm to make the most of it. It’s often light until 9pm, so you have a good four hours to drink and be merry – or take a dip in the ocean if you’re inspired. Avoiding high-noon heat in favor of sunsets makes for magic, whether you have three people – or fifteen.



The Right Decor.



Picnics can feel like a haul – but really all you need are rich, patterned tapestries in the palette of your choice to sprawl out on the sand or grass. This sets the tone. Hold down the edges with rocks or driftwood, add a few throw pillows, possibly a lantern or two – and voila, you’ll feel right out of a magazine!



Check out more of this stellar celebration at the Gypsea Free lifestyle blog.


Want more? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more great looks!

Sign Up for the Newsletter!

Read More

Easy Pop Up Parties for Kids

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Jun 24, 2016 5:31:59 PM

As much as we love celebrating the little birthdays in our lives, there are times when producing the party feels nothing less than daunting. Parents across the world all want the same thing – an inspiring, fun, personal setting that says, “we love you!” to everyone there. LB contributor Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity practically designs parties in her sleep! Today she shares how you can pop up your party quickly, beautifully and on a budget.

“The main thing to remember – no matter what – is keep it simple. Keep it colorful. Keep it fun. There’s no need to go overboard and bring in tons of over the top décor or fancy themes. Kids enjoy being together and something as simple as a dance party might be the PERFECT activity. A few consistent touches of color and hanging accents make it feel complete.”



Let Them Help



Let your kids help create the décor. When they feel invested, they are even more excited to show their friends and enjoy the day.

Use Flowers

Paper flowers really add pizzazz. You can make them part of the favors for your goodie bags or reuse them for other parties. Click here for an easy paper flower assembly how-to!




Table décor doesn’t have to lean toward “kid” – a simple mercury glass vase or a glass bottle with flowers feels simple and lovely.



When you have a party at home, there are a lot of conveniences and cost savings, but you have to remember that because it’s “home” it has to look different and more special than your everyday dining room. Fortunately, it’s fairly simple to achieve!

What I used:


About Themes:



Whenever I’m planning a party, I find ONE thing that I LOVE and I try to run with that… perhaps it’s as simple as a color or… as complex as a destination (i.e. Morocco). For this party, my daughter suggested the theme: arts and crafts, so… we tried to run with that! Other easy themes for kids could be their favorite activity (soccer, tennis, swimming), their favorite hobby (Lego’s, horseback riding, video games), their favorite toy (tea party with their dolls, picnic with their teddy bears, beauty salon with their Barbie’s) or something more general like a carnival or circus theme. I try to translate the theme through the activity rather than through logos or printed party décor. If you choose to adapt the theme through images, make it one thing (the plates, a piñata) that tells the theme story, rather than every napkin, cupcake or game.



What to eat? Easy, Less-Mess Food.



Especially with smaller kids, anything that’s easy to serve and easy to eat is key… i.e. no silverware required! Pizza is pretty common, but why not put a spin on this and have the kids help you decorate their own pies? Easy chicken skewers can go right into the oven (chicken cutlets on bamboo skewers) and are ready in 15 minutes. Wraps are always a great option… grab some flour tortillas and fill them with anything from hummus to cream cheese & jelly to chicken salad. I always try to have something healthy so a fruit salad is a great option. If you want to add more flare, use fun cookie cutters to cut out your fruit or experiment with more tropical textural varieties. Popcorn is another great healthy alternative (with lots of fun serving options!). Obviously this shouldn’t be served for younger kids, but older children can enjoy all varieties.



Activities: What to do?



For any party, the process is the fun… not necessarily the product in my opinion. Pinterest is a GREAT resource, provided you can be realistic about the materials and the likely outcome. Consider the location, the weather, and the timing when planning activities. We chose two simple art projects that required LITTLE setup and LITTLE clean up. The younger the child, the shorter their attention span, so have extra activities ready for the ones who finish their project after four minutes. Kids LOVE a party favor so making something they can take home is a great solution to an expensive goody bag filled with junk. I try to avoid any games that involve too much competition… typically you’re dealing with lots of children and you just don’t know how each kid will react, so consider activities that are fun for all versus having one lone winner.



Party Favors



All of us are tired of trinkets, so go for something cute, quality and useful. In our house, party favors are HUGE. They love them. They talk about them. They want them. Problem is… a few cheap gifts in a goody bag multiplied by 10-20 kids can add up FAST! And as a parent, I can’t stand getting all these tiny plastic things that break on contact and cause my kids to fall apart. I try to find one item that is more “toy” and less “favor” and just get that for everyone. One year, it was a tiny beanie boo. One year it was a paint-your-own coffee mug kit. Some of the favorite favors we’ve brought home have been water bottles, Sippy cups… useful things, not just plastic. For Eleanor’s party, everyone took home the jewelry they made as well as a small set of bangles and a light-up ring. Nothing fancy, but it was in line with the theme and the kids could wear what they made. I think each goody bag cost $4.



If you’re stressing out over the party details and logistics, you’re not going to enjoy the wonder of your child celebrating with friends and family on her special day. Prep as best as you can, then dive in and have fun. A stressed out mom isn’t a good party guest!

Want more? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more great looks!

Sign Up for the Newsletter!

Read More

Summer Solstice: Arrived

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Jun 17, 2016 5:51:54 PM
Photo Credit: Lulu Lovering

Finally, it’s here. Summer Solstice signals the kick-off to the most celebrated time of the year. The weeks between June 20th and Labor Day mean beach picnics, garden parties, convertibles, ice cream cones and lakeside retreats.

We eat, play and meet outside whenever possible, and look for excuses to extend the evening's warm dusk for as long as we can. We get out of our layers – physically and spiritually – and connect with the people we love. Today on the blog, we’re thinking about ways to celebrate this sun-drenched season. Here’s to marking this auspicious date – and the strawberry full moon that comes with it this year!



Gather



Gather, and do it often. For those of us in the northeast, we spend a good six months of the year inside – so summer means BBQ’s and cookouts, croquet and pool parties. We especially love bonfires. There’s something ceremonial about a burning fire, whether on a pristine, sandy beach at the edge of a deep, unending ocean or under the stars at the base of a mountain. Pack a few textile beach blankets, a thermos of something tasty, a lantern or two – and you’re set.



How to Build a Bonfire by @artofmanliness

  1. Place your tinder bundle in the middle of your campfire site.
  2. Above your tinder bundle, form a teepee with some kindling. Leave an opening in your teepee on the side the wind is blowing against. This will ensure that your fire gets the air it needs and will blow the flames onto the kindling.
  3. Continue adding kindling to the teepee, working your way up to pencil-sized twigs.
  4. Create a larger teepee structure around your kindling teepee with your fuel wood.
  5. Place a match under your tinder. Because this lay directs the flame up, the flame should rise to the kindling and then on to the fuel wood.

The teepee structure will eventually fall, and at this point you can simply add some fuel logs to the fire.


Celebrate



Celebrate everything! Lot’s of people let the Solstice go by like any other day, but this year, unlike most, we have a Full Strawberry Moon to light our path to summer. The Algonquin’s used this as a signal to gather ripening fruit – and they were wise. Summer berries are the sweetest when they’re local. Embrace the celebration – even using a few simple party decorations to make it special – giving everyone a space to acknowledge this passage into a new season.



Want more? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more great looks!

Sign Up for the Newsletter!

Read More

Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Jun 3, 2016 3:50:36 PM
The original Bohemian hipsters, French pop star Serge Gainsbourg with sweetheart Jane Birkin.

Oh, how we love the eclectic romance of boho glamour! When done well, these romantic spaces don’t feel “designed” at all. In fact, their appeal relies on a seemingly unplanned marriage of tapestries, pillows, candlelight and glass.

Apothecary jars and various vases house whatever wildflower you can forage. Lights are low. The mood – enchanting. Everyone relaxes in these inviting rooms because they merge cozy with casual, and cultured with chic.

Whether you’re a seasoned bohemian stylist or dipping your toes in the trend, hosting a daring dinner party will immerse you in the boho chic experience. Need a little more inspo? Check out what fashion and design blogger Leah Forester did with our products for her recent Venice Supper Club black tie soiree!



The Preparation

Setting the table should be an exercise in laissez-faire and layers. As you can see admiring Leah’s Venice Supper Club, books line shelves in beautiful disorder – adding to the designed chaos of the theme. Let your home be personal – not perfect. It’s the character of your belongings and collections that make the space interesting for everyone.


The Mood

Lighting is everything with Boho Glam – and string lights are one of the easiest ways to create mood without spending a fortune. Next, distribute candles throughout the room and half the design challenge is already met. The best part? Everyone looks great with the lights down low!

This look has always been a Luna Bazaar favorite. Want more? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more great looks!

Sign Up for the Newsletter!

Read More

Three Ways to Decorate an Ocean Inspired Home

Posted by Angelina Carrera on May 24, 2016 4:01:27 PM

At Luna Bazaar, we're always looking for new waves of inspiration to share with our audience of interior designers, event planners, creative hosts and artful homemakers. Today, LB Stylist Angelina Carrera talks about ways to bring the spirit of the ocean into your home, inviting you to dive in and explore her concepts drawn from the deep blue sea:

Two thirds of the human body is made up of salt water. The sea is a part of us. Beyond the chemical, our minds are linked to water in more ways than we realize. Science suggests that for most people the ocean reduces stress while creating peace and balance. If the ocean has a neurological impact on our brain, awareness of this connection can change the way we live.


Color

Use the natural colors and elements of the ocean to create a grounding, yet ethereal feeling in your home.

This Yasmine tapestry is soft and inviting ― it reminds us of when the ocean meets the sky.

Royal blue tones offer tranquility and peace for spaces that require calm and rest, such as studios, quiet common areas and bedrooms.

Applying Color

White-on-white-on-blue is a meditation in itself.

Creams and whites love each other ― adding almost any color of blue creates depth and resonance.

Illuminate from below with fairy lights in apothecary jars. Om my goodness.

Stunning.

Photo, styling and DIY macramé by Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity.

Flow

The ocean brings rhythm ― ebb and flow. The ocean inhales and exhales as each wave meets the shore. Allow your home to have a similar cadence by changing and adapting to seasons or feelings. Pink from a summer sunset adds vitality, while natural elements like driftwood and metals infuse an earthly essence and accentuate areas of focus.

beach-blanket-tapestry-pink.jpg

Applying Flow

Searching for the perfect piece of driftwood is almost as fun as repurposing it as table decor. Layer with votives, lanterns and textiles ― then add food and good company! We’ve pictured this outside, but truly this concept goes anywhere, from bedroom dressers to indoor dining rooms. Kids especially love building with driftwood to emulate a fairy house effect.

driftwood-centerpiece.jpg

Texture

Adding a textured throw, a vibrant pillow, or mercury glass candle holders to a home keeps the flow and creates a perfect balance. For us, the ocean in all of it's majesty inspires an infinite array of texture. Be bold ― tap into the magic of texture.

We love what Aster B Flower Farm does with leftover florals in vases from a dinner party ― just repurpose onto the mantle! The key to this look is varying sizes: keep it eclectic and a little unplanned. The best décor looks effortless.

mercury-glass-vases-ocean-inspired-mantle.jpg

Applying Texture

Tiny bouquets do heavy lifting when it comes to meal time, and mercury glass accents offer textural beauty like no other.

They’re low ― conversation flows freely around and over them ― but their delicate presentation feels thoughtful and sincere.

Also, nice for nightstands.

Photo and styling by Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity.

The ocean is so many things: a place to create memories and teach your children, a place to meditate and heal, to be active and hang with friends, to get in touch with nature. With the endless inspiration, the ocean is a continuous source for humans.

The ocean inspires an innate connection, one like the moon and sea ― an ebb and flow tied directly to each other. A vastness, a fullness ― furthering the stream of ideas about perception, emotion, creativity, health and healing.

Our ocean makes up about 70% of our planet. It is a world within a world. Keep the harmonious flow, allow yourself the space to breathe.

Inhale slowly and exhale slowly. Find peace in the vast sublimity of the sea.

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea ― whether it is to sail or to watch it ― we are going back from whence we came." ― John F. Kennedy

Read More

Topics: Interior Design

With Love From Mexico

Posted by Jaime Rodominick on May 3, 2016 5:32:46 PM

You can’t help but surrender to the exquisite inspiration felt when exploring the art and traditions of Mexican culture. From the vibrant and transcendent color palette of revered artist Frida Kahlo to the ceremonial patterns in Papel Picado banners handcrafted by an artisan’s chisel, you are instantly transported to a world layered in warmth, texture, romance, and history. So leave your bags unpacked, you won’t have to travel far to infuse Mexico’s resilient spirit and bold aesthetic into your next fiesta.

Beyond Cinco de Mayo, there are numerous occasions worthy of transforming your space to host a lively celebration with friends, family, neighbors, tasty margaritas and mojitos!

We’ve crafted some colorful tips to compliment any traditional or contemporary Mexican inspired spread:


Set the Table

The meal is the heart of every gathering in Mexican culture and beyond. It’s where everyone comes together, pulsing with life and energy. Just as eclectic as the personalities on your guest list, you can add a playful mix of our Recycled Glass Vessels, Mason Jars, and our Punched Tin Shadow Lanterns to accessorize with your dinnerware. Brighten it up with some lime slices, loosely arranged flowers and our Papel Picado flags for a traditional element that evokes a festively cheerful ambiance.


Add Flowers

Adding floral elements serves as double-duty in the color and texture department. Artfully placing Paper Flowers and Pom-Poms around windows and doors, mixed into garlands and wreaths, or used in place settings will make a lively statement. Be sure to incorporate rich colors such as deep reds, oranges, and pinks with brilliant blues, greens, and purples for a dynamic and festive look. Our Multicolor Mexican Party Banner, handmade in the Papel Picado tradition, creates another colorful layer that pays homage to Mexico’s multi-faceted heritage.


Make a Surprising Drink

It’s always fun to get creative with fiesta cocktails by crafting a wickedly unique and memorable concoction. Border Grill Chef/Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have the perfect formula!


Making-Mojitos-Fiesta.jpg

BORDER GRILL MOJITO

Combine the lime juice, sugar and mint in a blender, and puree until smooth.

Fill 2 tall glasses halfway with ice cubes, then pour half the juice concentrate in each. Add one ounce of rum to each glass (optional).

Top with sparkling water, garnish with lime and mint, and serve.


INGREDIENTS

1⁄2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
1⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup mint leaf, packed
12 ounces sparkling water, cold lime slice (to garnish)
mint sprig (to garnish)
1 ounce rum

Featured Products

Read More

Topics: holidays

Outdoor Weddings

Posted by Maia Bissette on Apr 14, 2016 2:00:01 PM
Photo Credit: onelove photography

Weddings are the perfect opportunity for a couple to express their love, and to invite others to join them in celebration of their union.

Whether beachside, poolside, on a lake or in the forest, outdoor weddings inspire everyone to share joy in the infinite beauty of nature.

Yet there’s more to outdoor than the gorgeous surroundings. Outdoor venues offer an exquisite canvas to design and decorate with accents that brighten, add color and express unique personality.

Discover Our Collection

See how these couples made their special day amazing using parasols, paper lanterns, hanging glass and more.

Read More

Topics: weddings

Festival Fancy.

Posted by Maia Bissette on Apr 3, 2016 3:04:38 PM

Who doesn’t love a safari-inspired canvas tent, complete with cozy linens, draped in colorful tapestries and topped off with a worldly collection of throw pillows? You can make any campsite fabulous with the right decor, whether you’re rocking the teepee or an instant gazebo.

All of the upcoming summer festivals have us thinking about Glamping and how to create a traveling bohemian paradise – no matter which beach, desert, forest or field you find yourself in.

Luna Bazaar stylist Angelina Carrera channeled her Coachella experience to create this free-spirited Glampsite. Using a warm palette with pops of purples and blues, she mixed and matched across product lines to transform the space into a perfect spot to vibe with your tribe.

Here’s to high style in the rough!

Discover More

Read More