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I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Katie, at MomFavorites.com! As a wedding and event planner and stylist I usually blog about my events, entertaining and décor tips.

However, this post allows me to step out of my normal comfort blogging zone and talk about my personal life with y’all!

Come on over to MomFavorites.com for Summer Family Fun from our experience at Latta Plantation!

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Brunch with the Girls: Summer Entertaining

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

I’ve always enjoyed being a hostess and brining people together, even before I decided to become a wedding and event planner!

Brunch is one of my favorite types of events because there is so much you can do, plus who doesn’t love a little sweet with their savory and some bubbly!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

This past weekend was no exception, as a group of professional small business owners from interior design, to events, to PR gathered at my home for brunch.  It’s an eclectic group of women, some of us friends from before, some of us fast friends from One Room Challenge, and some of us friends via social media finally meeting for the first time to discuss our businesses, blogging and everything we find fun and fabulous!

Left to Right: Beth (Dwell by DeVore), Airene (Dress My Room Interiors, Kim (Legere Creativ), Malloy (Charming in Charlotte), Summer (Simple Stylings), Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions) and Lory (Lory Cobb Interiors).

Left to Right: Beth (Design POST Interiors), Ariene (Dress My Room Interiors, Kim (Legere Creativ), Malloy (Charming in Charlotte), Summer (Simple Stylings), Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions) and Lory (Lory Cobb Interiors).

I’ve been dying to use more of my Oh Joy Spring Collection and brunch with girls was the perfect opportunity!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

You know you’re in the right company when your guests notice the Oh Joy Collection and all the details of your event! Only DIY enthusiasts, interior designers, and bloggers alike would get excited and request a home tour with details on the DIY stencil in my daughter Charlotte’s room, listen to me talk about updating my daughter Sofia’s room again, and know the details of my One Room Challenge Master Bedroom!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

When styling any event I always mix lows and highs. Don’t wait until you finally host Thanksgiving or Christmas to bring out your good china, place settings, or silverware!  I love how my new Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Dinnerware looks matched with my Homegoods costal dishes!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

The napkins and multi-colored glassware are from Oh Joy Spring Collection along with the paper mini lanterns.  For the mimosa bar I had to bring out my Waterford champagne glasses, which adds a touch of fancy to any occasion!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

After styling everything for brunch outside, I had to move everything inside due to the rain.  However, that didn’t stop us from having a good time.  We immediately started remincing about One Room Challenge and what room we are going to do for the next one! YES, we are THOSE girls!

As we ate my signature egg casserole dish, enjoyed biscuits and mini croissants with peach jam, fruit salad with mint, and sipped on peach or mango passion fruit mimosas, we had to talk about our latest design and DIY projects and of course the fun at Haven Conference that some of missed (including myself).

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

 

If you don’t know these women picture above you should. They are all talented in their own right!

Beth Barden, Design Post Interiors, is a Charlotte interior designer who I got to know through One Room Challenge! She makes it look easy juggling three kids and a full time business.  You will be impressed with her style and work, especially her recent work on the Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge!

Ariene Bethea, Dress My Room Interiors, is a Charlotte interior designer, who has her own Etsy shop, and sells vintage home décor furnishings and accessories on One Kings Lane and Hunters Alley and  recently opened a booth at Slate Interiors. If that wasn’t enough Ariene launched her own handcrafted paperweight line and was thrilled to receive one of her pieces as a hostess gift!

Kim Loring, Legere Creativ, is another Charlotte interior designer who also has a booth at Slate Interiors and participate in One Room Challenge.  It was a pleasure meeting her for the first time and learning about her trade!

Mallory Fitzsimmons, Charming in Charlotte, is just as charming and stylish in person as she is on her life and style blog! Mallory shares her interior design, fashion and DIY inspiration on her blog with all her latest projects! We became fast friends through One Room Challenge and this girl did two rooms! If you missed  my post on my favorites from One Room Challenge, which includes Mallory, check it out here.

Summer Hogan, Simple Stylings, is one of those people you meet and you instantly connect and know you will be fast friends! Summer is an interior designer at hear like me and is always working on the next space in her home or design challenge.  Summer hosted some of us local Charlotte One Room Challenge participates on her finished deck, see details from my previous post here, and this group was formed! She is currently participating in Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge and has some great design ideas!

Lory Cobb, Lory Cobb Interiors, is one of the first friends I made when moving back to Charlotte and has become a close friend.  Like me, she has two kids, and owns her own business, an interior design firm, here in Charlotte.  She is so creative and has been a great sounding board for me to bounce design ideas off of.  Not to mention Lory is usually my partner in crime going to furniture stores, flea markets, and High Point Market! One of my favorite design projects she did was of her daughter Hensley’s room with beautiful gold and blush stencil and trim work all around the room.

We missed Sarah (Matters of Style), Cheryl (Dwell by Cheryl) Bethany (Dwellings by DeVore), Jennifer (Pure and Simple Organizationing) and Converse (Converse Falcon Design).

Vendor Credits

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Food – Sarah Sofia Productions

Pop Fitz Clink sign – Sweetly Smitten https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetlysmitten

Sweet As A Peach Sign – A Taste of Everything https://www.etsy.com/shop/atasteofeverything

Rope Dinnerware – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com

Costal blue and coral plates – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Mini multi-colored lanterns, multi-colored glasses, and napkins – Oh Joy Collection at Target http://www.target.com

Turquoise chevron table runner – Fantasy Vintage Bridal https://www.etsy.com/shop/FantasyVintageBridal

Mini coral serving bowls – Target http://www.target.com

Serving dishes – Villeroy & Boch Mariposa Collection

Sterling silver silverware and flatware – Villeroy & Boch

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Inviting Summer Into Your Home: Front Entryway Ideas

Today I’m inviting you into my home via the front entryway!

Front Entray Way

I enjoy restyling my home for the seasons, and your front entryway should be no exception!

Invite summer and your guests into your home with fresh blooms of the season. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers to arrange and come in a variety of colors.

Front Enreyway Sarah Sofia Productions

Style your blooms in a white vase for a fresh and clean look. I scored this white porcelain Royal Haeger pitcher and basin for 25 cents! Yes, that’s right $0.25. Just one of the many items I’m sharing with you during my Summer Series on The Thrill of The Hunt.

Front Entryway Sarah Sofia ProductionsI love how my entryway looks and feels like Provence to me! Call me old fashioned, but I still enjoy greeting guests at the front door when I host parties; inviting them into a welcoming space!

An easy update to your mirror is to do a DIY spray paint job. I used antique gold for this round mirror, which picks up the gold undertones in the accent table.

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Adding a framed photo of your family and artwork finishes the look for the front entryway.  I cherish having a print signed by Max Agostini, a French Impressionist  painter.

Credits

Mirror – DIY Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Picture frame – Michael’s http://www.michaels.com

Accent Table – Hobby Lobby http://www.hobbylobby.com

Basket – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Royal Haeger Porclein Pitcher and Basin – Yard sale find, Sarah Sofia Productions

Small flower arrangement – Target http://www.target.com

 

The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Helpful Hints for the Hunt, Dwell by Cheryl

Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl, is my second guest in a summer series on “the thrill of the hunt” AKA finding that one piece of furniture or item for your home or event your hosting.  You can view my previous guest, Jennifer Burnham, here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

Cheryl is one of those people that you first meet and instantly makes you feel at home. Not to mention she gets excited over the thrill of the hunt like I do and does it with style, as you will see from her fun wardrobe!

Cheryl has her hand in everything.  If you follow her on Twitter or Instagram you will know that she is always out finding the latest treasure! She’s a registered dietitian by trade, works in Human Resources by day, but “completely obsessed with interior design”.  Cheryl’s obsession became a business venture when she started her own interior design business, Dwell by Cheryl.

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Those who know me know I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a good deal.

On The Hunt

Whether it’s at a thrift store, an antique mall, a yard sale or the clearance aisle at my favorite retailers, I can always sniff out a good deal.   In fact, it’s hard to say when it first began, but I have memories of a Michael Jackson purse strapped across my chest stuffed with my allowance as I scoured through a table at the local salvage center with my Aunt.  Yep, I’ve always loved a good deal.  There’s just something about finding something you love and paying next to nothing for it, even if it does require lots of work.

I’m often asked, how I find so much “good stuff”.  It’s seems like a simple question, but the answer is pretty complex.  I actually taught an entire class on it this Spring.  You can read more about that HERE.

Finding the good stuff

There are so many things you can do to increase your chances of finding great deals on home décor and furnishings, but there are a few that top the list.

Finding the Good Stuff

The first is frequency.  This is the tip that most don’t like to hear, but the fact of the matter is I don’t always find great deals.  Some trips to the thrift store are a total bust.  However, the difference between me and many others is the fact that I don’t let that deter me from going back.  You see, thrifting in particular is all about timing.  The more often you go, the better the odds of finding something spectacular.

Finding the Good Stuff

The second is do your homework.  I actually study before I hit the road on a serious deal-seeking adventure.  I find that it helps to know what’s new and now when you’re standing in a sea of old stuff.  With home décor and furnishings, context is everything.  However, the context in thrift stores, antique malls and yard sales is less than inspiring, so you often need to bring the inspiration with you.  For example, you need to be able to envision how the vintage lamps will look in your modern space.

Finding the Good Stuff

For an untrained eye, that can be difficult, so magazines, apps and catalogs can be great for translating what you see into what the item could become.

Lastly, don’t over think it.  Lord knows I’ve faced my share of retail regrets, but few of them resulted from a purchase made verses the ones not made.  In my humble opinion, home should be a haven, a safe place for you (and yours) to dwell.  It should be filled with memories and you should aim to fill it with things you love.

It's not perfect, but it's mine and I love it!

It’s not perfect, but it’s mine and I love it!

I find it interesting that so many of us over think the whole process.  We debate over how it will be used, where it will be placed, is it “on trend”.  However, when you really love something (not just like it) I’ve found that it often just works.  It works not because it’s the perfect hue or just like the one you recently saw elsewhere for much more, but simply because you love it.  So quit worrying so much.  It’s YOUR home and it should be a representation of YOU.

Happy hunting!!

Dwell by Cheryl is an interior design company based in Charlotte, NC.  Among Cheryl’s many accolades is winning Best of Houzz in Design and Service for the second year in a row.

Everyone deserves to Dwell in a space that they absolutely cannot wait to come home to.  Let Dwell by Cheryl  help you to create a dwelling you love.

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Wine Tasting Party: Summer Patio Wines

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

A wine tasting party is a great way to get together with friends while enjoying and learning more about wine! It’s always a festive way to celebrate a Bride-To-Be for her bridal shower. Check out more details of this bridal shower wine tasting here.

What better way to host a wine tasting than to have an expert guide you through the wine selection and tasting.  Sam Ryburn Jr. was our sommelier aka wine expert for the night! Since this wine tasting was held in the summer, we choose patio wines.

Wine Tasting

We had 8 wines that were all reasonably priced and perfect for summer. Cremat Rose’, which is a dry sparking wine from France, outside the Champagne district and LaMarca Prosecco. a semi sweet sparkling wine with notes of peach and citrus were our two sparkling wines.  Rose wines go great with salads and light summer foods.

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

Our next two wines were Bila Haut white and Bila Haut Rose’.  A favorite of mine, which is also a good selection for weddings, is A to Z Pinot Noir from California, was compared to Belle Glos Pinot Noir from Oregon. North Star Merlot and Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay rounded out our tasting.

The menu was tapas style with light appetizers including caprese skewers, applewood smoked bacon wrapped dates, sweet figs with walnuts and honey, watermelon and mint skewers, an artesian cheese plate, prosciutto, several different salami options, Palmetto cheese bites, grilled apple chicken sausage bites, and spanakopita.

Wine Tasting

The most fun for me besides drinking the wine, was the use of the colors from the food, to décor, to the flowers! I was so excited to finally use these vibrate colored lantern string of lights from Oh Joy’s collection! I also used some of her napkins from her spring collection.

Wine Tasting

I have been using this set of costal appetizer plates all spring and summer, and the wine tasting was another good reason to bring them out. Probably my favorite HomeGoods find of the season.  I absolutely love the way the wine tasting party looked at night with all the lights on the deck!

Wine Tasting

Just as the event was set up it down poured and was brought inside.  On to Plan B! However, the rain eventually stopped and cooled down the humid Carolina air, and guests were able to enjoy the festive deck under the lights.

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

 

Wine Tasting

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

 

Vendor Credits

Event Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Flower arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Food and wine – Sarah Sofia Productions

Featured photography – DeAnna Stephens, Dee’s Adventures

Colored lantern string lights – Oh Joy Spring Collection http://www.target.com

Costal blue and coral plates – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Beaded coral serving plates – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com

Coral mini bowls – Target

Coral and blue costal serving plates – World Market http://www.worldmarket.com