Friday, June 28, 2013

Outdoor Festivities

Summer is a great time to plan an outdoor event.  Why not take your party to the next level with a few simple details.  Lighting is always a key element that sets the stage of the event, whether it is indoors or outdoors.   Keep it simple, but make it special.  A cottage we stayed in last summer in Nantucket had beautiful lanterns hanging from the tree branches in the courtyard.  What a little slice of paradise!

Why not use the good china and linens, it will elevate the party to an elegant affair.  I hope that some of these fabulous images will give you a few ideas for your next event.
What do you do to make your festivities memorable?  We'd love to hear your ideas.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Southern Charm

The epitome of southern charm is enjoying your sunrise to sunset with family and friends, drinking some refreshing lemonade, and relaxing on that oh so southern front porch. Large or small it still allows for those precious moments in which you can just sit and think, look out, and realize how grateful you are. 

Porches can be as simple as a few rocking chairs or as extravagant as a multifunctional space. They also can be molded into any style that reflects you or the home itself. Whichever way you choose, it will still be considered a tiny getaway just outside your front door. 
So go ahead, sit, relax, and breath some fresh air.

Front porches add just enough charm and quaint atmosphere to welcome any guests . I hope these images give you an idea on how to make your space even more cozy and inviting.
How have you utilized your front porch.?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Live in the Moment

"The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead"

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Friday, June 21, 2013

Inspired Lighting

Brighten up your home with creative and out of the ordinary lighting fixtures. Whether it be subtle atmospheric changes or a great statement piece, it will most definitely be admired and appreciated by you and your guests. 

Make your light a focal point by allowing it to be the first piece you see as you enter the room.   Whether you make a bold move that will make heads turn or

simply integrate subtle lighting features such  as recessed lighting underneath/within cabinetry or beautiful yet functional stair tread lights that casts a iridescent glow all the way up the stairs. 
So many ideas, all gorgeous results!
A simple light used in mass can make quite the statement.
The color of the light used can also help to create drama.  This blue LED lighting helps to create the feeling of cool water when reflected off this textured glass.
Lighting provides an opportunity to bring a little of your unique personality into a kitchen space.
I love the way you wrap around this light fixture as you ascend the stairs.
Creative lighting can add so much character to a space. Do you have a unique lighting piece in your home?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

There is always a Bright-side.

"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter."

-Walt Disney

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

European Restaurants

Just like European hotels, the restaurants are also magnificent. Filled with just as much visual interest and elegant beauty that it only gives someone more of a reason to visit. 

Thru creative use of materials these restaurants are truly inspiring providing a unique way to visualize your everyday local cafe or eatery. The atmosphere this creates makes the overall experience far more enticing.

El Japones@22, Barcelona, Spain
Seven Easy, Ascona, Switzerland

Graffiti Cafe, Varna, Bulgaria

Pure C Bar and Restaurant, Cadzand-Bad, Netherlands
Volkshaus Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Le Georges, Paris, France
New Restaurant, Trollveggen, More og Romsdal, Norway

5-cinco, Berlin, Germany
Das Brot. bakery, Wolfsburg, Germany
Restaurants have a way of becoming an important part of any travelers visit by allowing them to remember wonderful food and atmosphere. Have you had any memorable experiences with a European restuarants?