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Springtime Soirees

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Apr 23, 2017 12:13:06 PM

When we create a ceremony outdoors, it's best to give particular attention to designing décor anchors – so our guests know where to gather, especially in venues that are vast, wild or uncontained. From weddings to bridal showers to graduation parties, summer takes the stage when it comes to tapping into Mother Nature’s bounty. Tablescapes are the most obvious place to start because we eat, drink, toast and bond over tables. So why not make the conversation more interesting with strong centerpieces?

Luna Bazaar contributor Angelina Carrera hosted a magical party at Grassini Family Vineyards in Happy Canyon (of all places), located in Santa Barbara, CA. We love the decorative accents she styled around our latest Rose Gold Collection and the any-season colors she chose. Here, she shares tips on creating jaw-dropping celebration tables for the coming months, with an emphasis on romancing guests with the right feeling, mood, and flavor.

Wild Florals:

Whether decorating for a wedding or similar type of momentous occasion, romance is an element that everyone wants – but that few know how to create without feeling a bit forced. I did it here by emphasizing wild greenery in my floral décor – sort of an untamed, passionate approach to designing flowers. When floral feels fixed, measured or overly planned, it can be lovely – but it’s not as emotional or magical. In this case, I foraged some of it and bought some of it. Depending on the season, you can set out with a pair of clippers and find a ton of optimal greenery – or source it at a florist. The idea is to forget formalities and be brave and easygoing with your greens. Let them tell you where to go, and use a vase that can accommodate the weight of greens, with flowers in the middle.

Wild Florals Event Table

Mercury Glass Centerpeices

Material Elements:

Wood makes so much sense outdoors, as do stones, sand, shells, and branches. Here, I placed a wooden cheeseboard under the tabletop décor elements, on top of a weathered outdoor table of a different age and grain. I loved pairing the two because it made for an interesting texture that was warm and inviting – and a little unexpected. I wanted just an inch or so of height to the centerpiece, and this wood slat accomplished that, raising the votives and food just the slightest bit for effect.

Place Settings:

Juxtaposition is everything in design, and it’s no different outside. I focused on a wild, romantic center, which means I could afford to be more formal and vintage with candle holders, glassware and place settings. Between gold utensils, beveled glass and antique china, the contrasts felt homey but also sophisticated. Add the mercury glass glow – mixed metallic’s bouncing off the natural light – and it’s a whimsical, really intimate look that made everyone want to be there and stay there.

rose gold tabletop decorations

Rose Gold Décor:
The wonder child of modern tablescapes! You almost can’t go wrong with this color, and what’s better – you can use it in any season, whether indoor, outdoor, underground – it thrives in the light or dark. I wanted a familiar, happy feeling for this gathering of old friends and extended family – something warm and cozy. I mixed and matched with classic gold mercury glass and vintage pink decorations to create this timeless look. Rose Gold makes everything glow, including the guests. Everyone’s cheeks look flushed and rosy. It's the best when a design does more than you plan for – that surprises and solves problems that you didn’t know you had. Rose Gold decorations make magic wherever you place them!

 

Rose Gold Decorations


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Topics: weddings, Event Design, Outdoor Design, rose gold

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Small Spaces |🍂 First Apartment & Dorm Decor Ideas 🍁

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Sep 25, 2015 2:56:52 PM

Time doesn't slow down; it only moves faster. At least it seems to move faster. I'm not any kind of physics expert- just pondering my own experiences/perceptions of the time-space continuum.

I've been dwelling on memories of a time when summer felt so long {and it was lovely}. It seems like ages ago now. Every year, the energy and excitement coupled with an underlying sense of back-to-school blues kicks into high gear, so even those of us who have graduated can't help but take notice.

This year we've decided to embrace the seasonal shift by drawing from the free-spirited vibe of summer, to take a soft, relaxed approach and ease transition from summer to fall.

Living in Vermont, we harvest a deep appreciation for everything autumn. With the Autumnal Equinox upon us, now is the perfect time to redesign your cozy interiors with fresh accents, driven by the glorious cycles of nature. ➳

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Lavender Fields Forever...

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Jun 19, 2015 4:08:08 PM

Some days the energy of this world is positively awesome. With the warmth of the sun and air breezing through your fingertips, as you drive with your hand out the window, all-consuming chills of inspiration remind you: give gratitude.

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Wedding Bells Are Ringing! 💐

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Jun 5, 2015 12:04:24 PM

Do you hear that? It's the faint sound of wedding bells in the distance, and those wedding bells are only getting louder. Ah, yes, wedding season is in full swing, which means we are more inspired than ever!

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Mother's Day Garden Crafts

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Apr 30, 2015 11:18:04 AM

After a beautiful Earth Week, and Mother's day coming up real fast it seems as though everyone has fallen under Spring's poetic charm. Crickets and birds are filling up the sound waves, little buds appearing on the trees, it is no wonder that people are turning their attention to their gardens and cultivating more living greens in their homes.

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Cinco de Mayo Tequila Tasting Party Ideas

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Apr 21, 2015 11:08:18 AM
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Free To Dwell in Tulum

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Feb 18, 2015 9:15:24 AM

I look outside and watch the endless snow drift. I pull my cashmere throw tighter around me and sip on my steaming chai tea. Enduring the colder months here in the North East can be
challenging. The struggle is real... yet let me take you on a little journey, to a place where you can escape these sub-degree temperatures and shoveling duties, at least for a little while. Come get lost in the mystical vibe of Tulum!

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Valentine's Day DIY Card

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Feb 11, 2015 1:56:00 PM
With Valentine’s day right around the corner, I couldn’t be more excited to share with you a simple yet lovely DIY Valentine's Day card!
This DIY project won't take you more than a half-hour and will be sure to make your loved one feel very special.
Here is what you will need to complete your very own Valentine's Day Moon card!
-Watercolor & brushes
-Heavy duty paper or watercolor paper
-Oil Pastels
-Masking tape (I used scotch because I'm out)
-Water/Paper towel for blotting
-Scissors
First start by folding your paper in half and crease down the middle.
Then, if you would like to customize the card size cut an inch off the top and the side.
Next, tape around the sides very gently to give the card a framed look.
Note: Try not to press down too hard if you are using scotch tape!
Start out by drawing a circle just above the center mark with your white oil paste.l
You can push down hard on the pastel once you have your circle made and are happy with the size. Be sure to fill in all the space where you want your moon to be. You want the white oil pastel to look a little mushy.
Once you have finished your white moon, continue with the white pastel and start making stars all around the top 3/4 of the card. Add white specs and as many stars as you want!
Underneath the moon, write your message. I found it easier to use the sharp edge of the pastel to get cleaner lines.
Then, take your gray pastel and start making little circles to add texture to your moon. I added the gray circles and then went over them in white to blend.
Next, get your watercolor ready...
Test on the paper towel for your desired color and rock and roll!
May you have a love filled Valentine's Day! For romantic gift and décor ideas Click Here!

 

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