Friday Favorites, inspiration for weddings and events

I believe images are powerful and inspiring, if we stop limiting our perceptions to the obvious, a world of possibilities and wonder lays ahead of us.  Happy dreaming or happy traveling of the mind and a great weekend everyone. Thank you for stopping by!

Emmanuelle Beart, French Actress. So beautiful, I would get married in that dress in a heart beat!
Emmanuelle Beart. So beautiful!   That would make an amazing wedding dress, wouldn’t it?
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous!
Jewel tones are exquisite..
Jewel tones are exquisite..
Baccarat... a million crystals of inspiration!
Baccarat… a million crystals of inspiration!
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel Crillon, Paris.
Hotel Crillon, Paris.
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon
Colin C. Beyond...
Colin Cowie.  Beyond talented!
Colin Cowie, one of the best!
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Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani, magnificent!
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani, magnificent!
All the right combinations..
All the right combinations..
Rosie Huntington
Rosie Huntington
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Colin Cowie, The Bridal Circle
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Summer dream..
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Everything pretty is the rule!
Everything pretty is the rule!
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Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon.
Spectacular shoes!
Spectacular shoes!
Little Flower girl
Have you ever seen something more adorable?
Vintage feel with all frames
Vintage feel with old frames
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Camilla Belle, Jezebel magazine
Paris in boom. Cherry blossoms!
Paris in bloom. Cherry blossoms!
Like Ice candy!
Like Ice candy!
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When words are absolutely unnecessary and redundant.
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Infinite posibilities
Infinite possibilities
Libanese designer Elie Saab presents his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection at theTheatre de Chaillot during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 26 January 2011. Photo by Nicolas Gouhier/ABACAPRESS.COM
Lebanese designer Elie Saab presents his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection at theTheatre de Chaillot during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 26 January 2011. Photo by Nicolas Gouhier/ABACAPRESS.COM
Eugenia Silva for Armani, founded at ru_glamour.livejournal.com
Eugenia Silva for Armani, found at ru_glamour.livejournal.com
Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello, Italy...
Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello, Italy…
Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone
Gold and Black, perfect.
Gold and Black, perfect.
Black and Gold
Black and Gold
Just what I needed!
Just what I needed!
Carolina Herrera. Such a class act, such a talent..
Carolina Herrera. Such a class act, such a talent..
Powder Pink..
Pink Powder…
Elie Saab, timeless..
Elie Saab, timeless..
Beautiful bride
Beautiful bride
Colin Cowie weddings
Colin Cowie weddings
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Valentina Zelyaeva, Ralph Lauren.
Ralph ... always and forever...
Ralph … always and forever…
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La vie en Rose ..
Crystal inspiration from Baccarat
Crystal inspiration from Baccarat, it’s a symphony for the senses!
Colin Cowie
Colin Cowie
Little Flower girl
Little Flower girl
Colin Cowie, he is amazing
Colin Cowie, he is amazing
By Studio B Floral, Burnsville. Founded in mnbride.com
By Studio B Floral, Burnsville. Founded in mnbride.com
Alberta Ferretti, Pre Fall 2015
Alberta Ferretti, Pre Fall 2015. What is this doing here?  I love the anticipations for things to come… in every single way!
How beautiful is that?!...
How beautiful is that?!…
Art...
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George V Hotel, Paris.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta
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Ralph...
Ralph…
Ralph Laurent. Now you can pick your color palette and get inspired with the elements and colors of one single dress!
Ralph Lauren. Now you can pick your color palette and get inspired with the elements and colors of one single dress!

Once again, enjoy your weekend and make it count! Intensity can be experienced in many unexpected ways!

I’ve Got Mail! Wedding Photos are here.

Wedding Pictures are here and I want to thank Jay Grubb Photography for sharing them with me. Thank you Jay, I love the pictures!

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Soft and romantic color palette…
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If you would like to contact Jay Grubb Photography, you can find him in his website: http://www.fotojax.com

If you would like to contact me, you can find me here in the blog.

If you would like to contact the Hair and Make-Up artist, you can find her here:   http://www.weddingwire.com/MariaTeresaHairandMakeUpArtist

Venue: Villa Blanca, The White Room.

Bride's Bouquet
Bride’s Bouquet. I included some pictures taken with my very old iPhone 4s, so you can see the colors without filters or any professional  techniques. Now that I finally upgraded to the iPhone 6 plus, I hope I’ll be able to take better quality pictures!
The gorgeous couple..
The gorgeous couple..
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Pictures taken in the beautiful city of St. Augustine.
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Soft colors with a Great Gatsby flare...
Soft colors with a Great Gatsby flare…
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My picture, too bad the candles were not lit yet..
I don’t remember who took this picture, too bad some candles were not lit yet..

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Mr. and Mrs. G !  Happiness
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Mr and Mrs G!
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What a beautiful couple, the way they stared at each other made me want to go back in time…

Springing around the House! Chinoiserie Chic & 1st Dibs obsession !

Spring at home
Spring at home
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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve changed some things at home to make it feel more Spring like. I’m always happy to bring back any blue and white accents especially anything Chinoiserie. Such a classic that will never go out of style.  I wasn’t going to share my spring “decor” because it is really very simple, nothing special, and that is kind of how I like it.

We are going through some changes at home and there is not time or special desire to decorate, but it is specially during trying times that we need the most that our homes cheer us up every time we are in there. My mother in law is 96 years old and has Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  With the help of her medications she is doing remarkable well, especially now that she has moved home with us. We kept her at her home the longest time possible, first with some help and later on with permanent help.

One day we realized that we couldn’t postpone it any longer, she had to move to a home where she could be monitored at all times. It is heart wrenching to see all the people there that once had full lives and families and are now reduced to not only a room but to solitude and silence and in some cases total abandonment… My mother in law seemed to be the only one getting visits and when asked, the personnel confirmed that impression….no totally but in many cases that was the reality…. I won’t go any further with this subject, it’s not the purpose of this post and I don’t want to make anybody who is taking a break reading this, sad.  This is temporal and she will have to return to a home but the time she is spending with us now has made her blossom. Her skin is rosier and she has no bed sores anymore…. Her appetite is excellent, like it was before and she is enjoying her home cooked meals with pleasure. The red puffiness around her eyes has gone down greatly and she seems more alert and happy.

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It is not the fresh decor and colors what make home pretty and happy but the gorgeous light that comes through the windows, inundating the house with happiness and warmth. The fact that we can open windows and let fresh air in, is something we can’t buy with money!  It’s a celebration of life! grass grows a fresh carpet everywhere and trees are dressed in bright, greens and dewy leaves, flowers grow everywhere at ease and days start earlier and last longer and longer everyday!  -The best color palettes are found in nature, green covering everything against bright blue skies with some sprinkles of white…Perfection!

I'm learning to edit better with these dark pictures..
I’m learning to edit better with these dark pictures..

No, design or decor are not going to make home feel like HOME, but they sure help a lot!  Bringing some nature inside, like flowers and flowering branches, changing accent pillows, perhaps slipcovering sofas in cotton or linen… Moving things around the house -like my bedroom lamps are now spending Spring in the living room- The right color palette and furniture placement can work wonders in our spaces.  Furniture placement could be life altering, no kidding! and bring the biggest transformations in front of our eyes.

We spend time and money in coloring our hair every few weeks (well, not actually me…I’ve stopped and have been looking like hell for a while..I hope it pays off and I will look splendid in fifty shades of gray soon! 😉  )  -but neglect to invest in painting our rooms or even a single wall the right color, we run to the salon to have a well deserved pedicure and manicure and to the mall to get pretty sandals and outfits… but sometimes we forget to do the same for our homes. Maybe is doubt what stops us, not being able to make up our minds or maybe is that we are stuck in a route. We get help for the kids for math and music, why can’t we get help with decorating our homes? At the end it saves money and lots of time and frustration, and makes a huge difference in our everyday lives!

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We are moving to Florida in a few months, to be closer to family. I’ll be traveling in a week there and will stay two months so I won’t be around much … Still, now it feels like Spring in the house and it make me smile every time I arrive home or just walk around!  Winter is always too long.
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I think that Indian goddess is gesturing “call me” right?!!!
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light will always be a problem here…
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Battling with bad light for these pictures….

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India, China and Iran, living in perfect harmony, like in Michael Jackson’s and Paul McCartney’s song, Ebony and Ivory
Blanc de Chine
Blanc de Chine
Dancing Queen!
Dancing Queen!
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I bought that table in an auction, a long, long time ago, it was a farm kitchen table all full of dirt and oil marks…. we had somebody cut the legs and clean it up and has kept me company for a while…
Better with a big tray?!
Better with a big tray?!
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Some pieces I would like to own now: Blank de Chine
Some pieces I would love to own in a far away la la land!  From First Dibs: Blanc de Chine, figure of Guanyin, Qing dynasty.  $9,500. It seems to be the dollar sign but I’m a little afraid they meant Euros. Not that it would make any difference, of course!
Large chinese blue and white porcelain bowl, qing dynasty, Kangxi period
Large chinese blue and white porcelain bowl, qing dynasty, Kangxi period “Of octagonal panelled form, vividly painted in underglaze-blue with alternating figural and landscape scenes, including pine, prunus, chrysanthemum and carp, the interior with a central roundel enclosing a figure of a scholar within a further panelled border containing millet, prunus, bamboo, lotus, birds and insects” onlinegalleries.com Price: GBP 16,000.00 (Pound Sterling)
Antique Japanese box in black lacquered wood. $4,800
Antique Japanese box in black lacquered wood. $4,800
Cabinet in the Wardrobe in the State Apartments at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The eighteenth-century black and gold japanned cabinet has open shelves to display porcelain, and is attributed to John Linnell.
Cabinet in the Wardrobe in the State Apartments at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The eighteenth-century black and gold japanned cabinet has open shelves to display porcelain, and is attributed to John Linnell. Founded in Theporcelainsleuth.com

Founded in   http://theporcelainsleuth.com/page/5/

light blue glazed porcelain bottle
Light blue glazed porcelain bottle vase, 1stdibs $9,000.  I love this one, such a pretty color and shape!

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/asian-art-furniture/ceramics/light-blue-glazed-porcelain-bottle-vase/id-f_1232410/

View of green and gold lacquer chinoiserie furniture in the State Bedchamber at Nostell Priory. The view also shows the Chinese wallpaper decorated with birds and peacocks.
View of green and gold lacquer chinoiserie furniture in the State Bedchamber at Nostell Priory. The view also shows the Chinese wallpaper decorated with birds and peacocks.  https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/page/41/?archives-list

Isn’t that beautiful?!

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I love this one but couldn’t find it’s origin
Ralph Lauren, Chinoiserie table
Ralph Lauren, Chinoiserie table.  Absolutely perfect!
French gilt-bronze clock with putti on a lacquer cabinet in the Black and White Hall at Mount Stewart House, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
French gilt-bronze clock with putti on a lacquer cabinet in the Black and White Hall at Mount Stewart House, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Pair of large Sang de Boeuf glazed vases. You always need something red ;)
Pair of large Sang de Boeuf glazed vases. Early 20th century. 1stdibs, $4,500
You always need something red 😉
What's the edge: With a chic Champs-Elysées setting and Chinoiserie style, the Relais and Chateaux Hotel Daniel is an exotic escape in the heart of Paris.
With a chic Champs-Elysées setting and Chinoiserie style, the Relais and Chateaux Hotel Daniel is an exotic escape in the heart of Paris.
Pair of chinese
Pair of chinese “Pate sur Pate” blue and white porcelain garden seats $8,500. Also from 1stdibs.
Early 18th century chinese porcelain five piece blue and white garniture set.  Price $35,000. 1stdibs
Early 18th century chinese porcelain five piece blue and white garniture set. Price $35,000. 1stdibs
Pair of Imari vases
Pair of Imari vases, 1stdibs $12,890.07 Period: Loui XVI. I love the .07 cents… What the Heck?!
Pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain jardinieres on stands 19th century. $7,500
Pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain jardinieres on stands 19th century. $7,500. These are lovely!
Foo Dogs in Blanc de Chine porcelain $8,380, 1stdibs
Foo Dogs in Blanc de Chine porcelain $8,380, 1stdibs
Pair massive Phyllis Morris bronze dragons holding female nudes $18,500.  1stdibs.
Pair massive Phyllis Morris bronze dragons holding female nudes $18,500. 1stdibs.The colors are magnificent!
Pair of famille rose baluster vases. Price Upon Request...  1stdibs, seller William R. Eubanks.
Pair of famille rose baluster vases. Price Upon Request… 1stdibs, seller William R. Eubanks. Can you imagine?! Price upon request… yeah right, like the other prices  weren’t scary enough!

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English japanned cabinet of about 1690, at Saltram, Devon. John Hammond.

https://nttreasurehunt.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/desperately-seeking-symmetry/

Chinise export reverse blue and white baluster
Chinese export reverse blue and white baluster jar, $2,000
Carved Chinese coffee table, mahogany, SOLD
I love this table I found SOLD already in an auction…. Carved Chinese coffee table, mahogany, handcrafted with mortise and tenon construction.
Pair of Chinese turquoise glazed foo dogs on Ormolu mounts, 1stdibs, $7,517.47
Pair of Chinese turquoise glazed foo dogs on Ormolu mounts, 1stdibs, $7,517.47
Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren, I’ve been in love with this table for a few years!  Cannes Gueridon Table and  porcelain table lamp. The coffee cup and saucer and roses are beyond! just BEYOND!

And that’s it!  I had fun “shopping” at 1stdibs! What an amazing place… and it was free.  Like Coco Chanel said, “The best things in life are free, the second best are very, very expensive”!!!  I agree. That’s why I always choose the best, it is free.  Have a very good Friday and weekend and pay it forward. Always.

Wedding Flowers in The Enchanted Garden !

I am officially in Weddingwire since yesterday ! For those who don’t know, WeddingWire is a Website dedicated to all things weddings, conveniently “wired” together for couples to find the best professionals  in all areas they could possibly need for their big day and everything around it.  They can also read reviews and leave their own
Make-up artists, Hair stylists, Floral Designers, Wedding Venues, Rehearsal dinner Venues, Photographers, Bridal boutiques, Hotels, Wedding planners, Catering, etc. You can find them all there and now you can find ME as well! Here is the link to my weddingwire account:  http://www.weddingwire.com/enchantedgardenfl

Ana and Robert’s Wedding

Venue: The White Room  St Augustine, Florida

Hair and Makeup: http://weddingwire.com/MariaTeresaHairandMakeUpArtist

Flowers: The Enchanted Garden http://www.weddingwire.com/enchantedgardenfl

Rob and AnaRob & Ana  Flowers: http://www.weddingwire.com/enchantedgardenfl  

On April 25, I had the pleasure of helping, a gorgeous couple from Florida, with their wedding flowers.  I flew to St. Augustine, the 21st and the flowers, arrived the 22nd in the morning.

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It really does look like an Enchanted Garden!    It felt like Christmas,  opening the boxes full of blooms desperate for water after traveling all the way from Colombia, Ecuador and California.

Ana and Robert were surrounded by 80 of their closest friends and family, including two grandmas and a Great-Grandma!  This was the most important for them, to celebrate with the people who love them and whom they love.  The only ones who didn’t make it to the wedding, where their beloved pets, Baron and Luna, a couple of adorable British Bulldogs.  It would have been too much for them!

This is Luna! Is she something?! Look at Baron at the bottom of the picture!
This is Luna! Isn’t she something?! Look at Baron at the bottom of the picture!

Ana is this young, tiny and delicate girl in appearance, with an inner strength and intelligence beyond her years. Robert, on the other hand, is the perfect counterpart for her, tall, dark and handsome,  gorgeous smile, and a great dancer!  They are beautiful together.  I wish them much joy and I hope they never stop dancing, the way I saw them on their wedding day, glancing into each other’s eyes and smiling with their hearts.

I have patiently waited for the photographer’s pictures to be ready… I can’t wait any longer! When I get them I will definitely shared them, but now, the ones taken with my iphone by a very tired me, will have to suffice.

Glorious
Glorious only after a few hours of hydration.
gorgeous roses!
Every Rose has its thorns says the song. These ones had many that had to be removed by yours truly… all by myself!
Baby's breath and greenery
Baby’s breath, one of the bride’s favorites, Eucalyptus, Italian Ruscus, Silver Dollar, and white hydrangeas.
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The Enchanted Garden? The Enchanted Garden Design and Flowers?…… Ayayay!  HELP. I really wanted to name it after this Blog. “Château des Rêves” that means “Castle of Dreams” in French, but  it is not that easy to remember…. I also really wanted to name it, simply: “Maria Teresa de Bracamonte Design and Flowers” or something of the sorts …. but again I’ve been advised against it, the reason being, because it would be hard to remember!   I wonder… People were able to remember the name “Barack Obama” right? What about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oscar de la Renta?!  Is it that difficult to remember my maiden name María Teresa de Bracamonte?, it’s easy to me …

The bride and groom didn’t have a wedding party, nevertheless Ana wanted to give bouquets to a close group of family and friends

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Isn’t that pretty?
beginning the bouquet
Almost done.
Almost there
Almost…
Baron decorating this picture
This is Baron flying!
I love the bouquet!
Lovely, isn’t it?! (If I may say so myself!)
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Spring

Spring has taken forever to arrive…. If I wait one more day, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me!  It’s been said that you create your own reality… so here we go!  Spring has sprung and I am happy beyond myself. Spread the Joy!

Keukenhof
Keukenhof, the prettiest gardens!
Naeem Khan Spring and Summer 2015
Naeem Khan Spring and Summer 2015
Holland
Holland, wonder of the world !
Spring in life
Spring in life
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Pierre Auguste Renoir
The colors of Provençe
The colors of Provençe
Flower market
Flower market
DC
Dazzling DC
Fresh and beautiful
A season for gardening!
A piece of heaven on the roof
A piece of heaven on the roof
Two of my favorite things
Two of my favorite things
Dreaming awake...
Dreaming while awake with Flowers and Florence!
The new Spring of life!
The new Spring !  Yes… who would have thought only 30 years ago!
delicious
delicious freshness!
Blooming Branches and chinoiserie vases
Blooming Branches and chinoiserie vases
ranunculous
Ranunculus, aren’t they pretty?!
A swing bed in the garden..
A swing bed in the garden..
Prosciutto wrapped pears with spicy arugula leaves
Prosciutto wrapped pears with spicy arugula leaves
Romantique, vintage, depression glass
Romantique, vintage, depression glass
I can see it, I can feel it !
I can almost see it, almost touch it,  I can feel it !
Chilled avocado and cucumber soup
Chilled avocado and cucumber soup, served with a light and airy parmesan cheese chip
Washington DC Spring Cherry Blossoms
Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms
Pear, pancetta and feta salad with pomegranate dressing
Pear, pancetta and feta salad with pomegranate dressing
Naeem Khan SS 2015
Naeem Khan SS 2015
Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Italian Feast, Carolyne Roehm
Italian Feast, Carolyne Roehm. I can definitely see myself doing this often!
Can this get any better?!
Can this get any better?!
Gingham Pink
Gingham Pink
I would totally  feel like a southerner bell here..
I would totally feel like a southern belle here..
Lemony cucumber cream cheese sandwiches
Lemony cucumber cream cheese sandwiches
Dreamy!
Dreamy pink canopy
Woman at the Garden, Renoir
Woman at the Garden, Renoir
Spring table
Spring table in the city
I'm feeling the blues!
I’m feeling the blues!
A little piece of heaven
A little piece of heaven
I can't wait for those tomatoes
I can’t wait for those tomatoes…. Tomato, Tomato? Potato, Potato?
Sunshine through the flowers
Sunshine through the flowers! Peonies, my favorite!
Mimosas
Mimosa Bar….
If life gives you lemons...
If life gives you lemons… Yep, that’s what I’m doing right now.
There is something special about Spring and children,  both represent hope and a new beginning, a fresh start....
There is something so special about Spring and children, both represent hope and new beginnings, always a fresh start….
Wheelbarrow of fun
Wheelbarrow of fun
pretty in orange
Pretty in orange
chinoiserie influences
Chinoiserie influences
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Bringing the outdoor inside always helps!
Gazpacho
Gazpacho
Bouquet
Bouquet bedazzle
blues
Blues from Provence
Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields
Too much beauty...
Such beauty…
Van Gogh
Van Gogh, I wanted so bad for him to be happy… he seems happy here..
Freckles
Fantastic Freckles,
Greens
Nature’s perfection
Spring,  Pierre Auguste Renoir
Spring, Pierre Auguste Renoir
Emilio Pucci, Spring 2015
Emilio Pucci, Spring 2015
Hyacinth and pink tulips inspiration
Hyacinth and pink tulips inspiration
Oh my gosh...
Oh my gosh… those colors ! Only in nature …
Blueberry beauty
Blueberry beauty
Smithsonian Gardens in DC
Smithsonian Gardens in DC
Spring
Spring mold… of course, I couldn’t just put a regular cake mold or pan here, right? It had to be a SPRING ONE!
gorgeous
Orange pretty!
Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Garden dinner
Patio rendez-vous ! Hound’s Tooth table cloth…
birch cones
Birch cones
table dream
Organic green table
Gorgeous
Gorgeous woman at her best!
family
Family…. who else could sit at this table if not family, or friends who you consider a part of it?!  Freshly picked berries in grandma’s heirloom purple goblets…. long, neatly pressed linen napkins, bought together during a family vacation in Provençe… gorgeous flowers, warm and bright, still infused with Spring’s rays of sun…
lovely bar
Lovely colors and textures awaken my taste buds!
In the city
Peaceful and fun in the city, after you create your own, little paradise…
More bars
How pretty is this bar created with an antique silver tray and an old wicker table?! The Pellegrino cans and  fragrant oranges give this vignette a Tuscan vibe!  (Yes, I can smell the oranges… we have more senses than we realize!)
Tea time... I wish we could bring it back!
Tea time… I wish we could bring it back!
The beach, the perfect place for everything...
The beach, the perfect place for everything…
orange glow
Orange glow…
place to set
A place to set…
night dream
Magical nights begin!
barn lemonade
Barn lemonade, tea and Mason jars
love
Love is in the air, have you seen those velvety peaches behind the flower centerpieces?!… and everything else?!
detail
Wedding confidential..Those candelabras are exquisite!   Can I have a glass of that p-l-e-a-s-e ?! It’s almost too pretty to drink.  Almost.
glorious
Glorious blooms in Holland
chocolate
Chocolate and Berries! match made in heaven
Spring brunch
La vie en rose…
Time to start to create my dream...
Time to start to create my dream… Enjoy your Spring !