New Website and Blog

Last August we rolled out a new logo, website, and blog design.  This was part of the larger plan to finally merge both my website and blog to make the site more user-friendly.

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You can find my new website and blog at  sarahsofiaproductions.com! We’re still putting the finishing touches on the site which will include tabs for you to find weddings, events, kid’s parties, DIY, holiday and recipes, home tour and design inspiration easily.

Again, many thanks to all of you that inspire me and support me to continue with my creative blog and my professional wedding and event planning business!

Sarah

 

 

Coffee Talk With Charlotte Designers Part II

Today we’re sitting down with, Summer Hogan, Simply Stylings, and talking about interior design from the DIY maven!

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My passion for design and DIY has drawn me to people like Beth and Summer. While attending the fall High Point Furniture Market I took a seminar, led by Robert Leleux, Editor of Domino Magazine, on the evolving interior design industry. The panel was made up of traditional interior designers and ones that have entered the industry through their own self-taught methods and blogging.  Summer, falls into the later, with her non traditional path into design as a home design blogger and stylist who creates simple style for home and life.

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Like Beth, I met Summer through One Room Challenge, and instantly connected with her love for coastal design and décor! Summer will be joining Beth on Saturday for Style Session Live, a way to connect more locally in Charlotte and to provide FREE design advice. You can get all the details here and catch up with Beth, designPOST interiors.

Q: How did you get into interior design?
A: Interior design has been in my DNA since I was born. My mom is an incredible decorator and my dad is a designer and builder of beautiful homes, not necessarily by trade but by passion. We’ve lived in many homes growing up (only within about a 5 mile radius mind you) and I’ve always enjoyed watching and helping my mom bring each new place to life as well as the building process.
Q: What’s your favorite design project to date?
A: My favorite project to date is a tie between my coastal deck and my modern office space. I also love one of my clients master bedroom projects that has almost come to life!
Coffee Talk with Charlotte Designer Simple Stylings || Sarah Sofia Productions
Q: What’s your worst design project or most challenging project to date?
A:  I’m currently working on my dining room and kitchen renovation and I have to say the kitchen has been the toughest challenge yet. Kitchens can be so expensive and when you’re trying to do it on a basically non-existent budget its tough. Also, I never was a math kid so I’ve had all the square foot number crunching I can handle!
Coffee Talk with Charlotte Design Simply Stylings || Sarah Sofia Productions
Coffee Talk with Charlotte Designer Simply Stylings || Sarah Sofia Productions
Q: What and or who inspires you?
A: I’m inspired by so many people and it really depends on the season I’m in but right now I can’t get enough of Pencil and Paper Co.! This dynamic duo has completely blown me away with their style. Not only are their client projects amazing but their own home as well as their fashion sense is impeccable.
Q: How can the average person design a space on a budget?
A: My key advice for the average person to create a space on a budget is patience. Find a few inspirations images that you love and break it down. Hunt for similar finds at budget décor stores such as HomeGoods or thrift stores. Figure out what you can and cannot DIY.  Don’t forget to look at Lowes and Home Depot, which have so many high-end looking options at affordable prices, for lighting, hardware, and décor.

If you only have a semi-creative mind {like Summer} you can still create simple style for your home and life.

Contact Simply Stylings: Website/Blog

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Coffee Talk with Charlotte Interior Designers

Since spring is right around the corner, many of us start getting the itch to spruce up our home. Today I am having coffee talk with Charlotte interior designer Beth Barden,  designPost interiors, to get us inspired.

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I met Beth through One Room Challenge and love her eye for design! She is always designing spaces that are fresh, fun and functional. Since we both share the love for a good DIY project and entertaining Beth was a natural fit to be a guest on Sarah Sofia Productions.

If you’re local in Charlotte you must check out Style Session Live!

Coffee Talk With Charlotte Interior Designers

Q: What is Style Session Live?

A: Style Session Live is a way to connect more locally in Charlotte and to provide FREE design advice.  We don’t want decorating to be intimidating and taking 30 minutes to chat with you about your design dilemmas might just be the first step in helping you finally create a home you love!

Q: How did you start designPost interiors and find your style?

A: designPOST interiors grew from a hobby to a blog to doing work for friends and family and now fills my days with small to full-scale decorating projects!  I have always loved design, even as a child I used to rearrange my room on a weekly basis so I am so excited that I get to do it as a legitimate job now!  My style is influenced by everything from my love of the beach to my quest to find the best deals to my desire to make my home feel comfortable and welcoming.  When working with clients I love the challenge of trying to find the right balance of their style, my style, and a few unique pieces for each space.

Coffe Talk with designPOST Interiors || Sarah Sofia Productions

Q Beth: How did you get into interior design?
A: My love of design started basically as a child.  I have always cared about how my surroundings look and get a lot of joy in tweaking things to be just right.  I never thought of decorating as a career and so instead got a degree that I never really used.  It wasn’t until I started getting requests from friends to help them decorate that I really started considering it as a job.  Blogging also really helped turn my hobby into a business.  I made connections, documented my work and style and eventually started getting more and more referrals.  It has been a blast to watch everything grow!
Q: What’s your favorite design project to date?
A: My favorite design project…hmmm that’s hard because I get attached to every room but I really love this one playroom I designed.  We went with an unpredictable black and white color scheme and the room just feel so fun to me!
Coffee Talk with designPOST Interiors || Sarah Sofia Productions
I also have a few projects that are currently wrapping up that I can’t wait to get photographed!!
Q: What’s your worst design project or most challenging project to date?
A: I am probably my worst client, ha ha!  I have tried lots of different ideas in my own house and some have been total flops!  I’d rather try it out in my house than a paying clients so I guess it’s all good! That being said, after several design challenges with my living room I finally love the new and improved space in our home!
Coffee Talk With Design Post Interiors || Sarah Sofia Productions
Q: What and or who inspires you as a designer?
A: I am overwhelmed with inspiration on a daily basis just from other blogs and Pinterest alone.  I also find lots of inspiration from going to actual stores.  I love seeing how they display things and use different color combinations.  If I had to pick one designer though it would most definitely be Emily Henderson- love her!
Q: How can the average person design a space on a budget?
A: Designing on a budget has been the name of my game for a long time.  I have never had millions to spend and even if I did I am just a budget girl at heart.  I am convinced I can find a knock off of anything I want at HomeGoods, Target or TJ Maxx.  Designing a space on a budget is just about having an open mind, patience, and a little guts!
Plan, organize, style and transform your space with designPost interiors!Contact designPost interiors: Website/Blog

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Make sure you come back for Part II with Summer from Simple Stylings.

 

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Inspiration

As an event and party planner and designer I’m always planning the next event or party months, even a year in advance. This Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party is no exception!

Put on your tutus & bow ties and come for tea, while we dance and twirl with the birthday girl!

Turning 2 Tutu & Bow Tie Tea Party

I’ve been planning my daughter Charlotte’s Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party before she even turned 1.

I had initially planned on just a tutu & tea party, but the party evolved to include boys. These sweet bow tie and pearl tutu invitations by The Polka Dotted Room are the perfect fit for the party!

I’m going a little glam with the gold and pink and love this cake bunting by Confetti Creations.

I’ve been eyeing tepees for sometime for her big girl room makeover. Her room is coral and robin’s egg blue, but adding this coral and gold polka dot teepee adds dimension with the different colors and some glam!

I’m looking forward to showing you all the fun details in a few weeks!

Get the full source list below.

Wine Tasting Valentine’s Day Party: Girl’s Night Out

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party GNO || Sarah Sofia Productions

I’m excited to share the details of this Wine Tasting Valentine’s Day Party: Girls Night Out (GNO) with you today!

Party Planning Tips and Tricks || Sarah Sofia Productions

Wine Tastings continue to trend in 2015. A wine tasting is a fun way to get together with friends, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.  I gathered a few of my blogger and interior designer friends, some from One Room Challenge, for a girl’s night out!

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party Girl's Night Out || Sarah Sofia Productions

Utilizing different rooms to keep the flow of the party, we started with Chardon Rose Sparkling Wine from our wine tasting menu, that was displayed on my old finished coral campaign piece in my office.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

The color of the sparkling wine is pink, which is festive for Valentine’s Day, a bridal shower, or girl’s night out.  It pairs well with strawberries, and I chose to make chocolate covered heart shaped strawberries.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party GNO || Sarah Sofia Productions

An easy winter wine that pleases most pallets is Pinot Noir. Compare a California Pinot Noir to a Oregon.  I choose Meiomi Pinot Noir, California, and Earth Pinot Noir Oregon.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

Choose a few food pairings around your wine tasting menu to compliment the taste of the wine.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

Guests enjoyed heart shaped smoked salmon bites, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with walnuts, and a cheese platter.

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

Make it festive with food labels. I choose these chalkboard picks from Crate & Barrel, which complimented the slate cheese plate. I had to get this sign from Michael’s since it’s an endearing saying in our family!

Wine Tasting Valentine's Day Party: GNO

I mixed and matched old party décor to pull off this finished looked with a few new items. This white cake stand from Crate & Barrel is one of my favorite pieces for parties and home décor because it adds height! The gold candles were a steal from HomeGoods and add some glam.

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party: GNO

A few simple floral arrangements and paper and felt decorations pull the Valentine’s Day party look together. Flower arrangements don’t have to be big and expensive, I got my assortment from Trader Joe’s to make my arrangements. To add dimension and interest cut the flowers to make them different sizes. Get more party planning tips and tricks in our recent post here.

Party Planning Tips and Tricks || Sarah Sofia Productions

This group of girls is power house of talent and loves a good DIY! I made these delicious heart shaped shortbread cookies, get the recipe here, and displayed them in seamless wine glasses for the guest to decorate in style and take home.

Wine Tasting Valentines Day Party GNO || Sarah Sofia Productions

Hope you enjoyed seeing this Wine Tasting Valentine’s Day Party: Girls Night Out as much as I enjoyed planning it! For more Valentine’s Day inspiration check out our round up and the Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek. Planning a party? Then you’ll want check out post of 8 Party Planning Tips and Tricks from the Pros.

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Food – Sarah Sofia Productions

I love you this much sign – Michaels

Wine glasses, white cake platter, slate cheese platter, chalk board food labels and white dot serving platter – Crate & Barrel

Pink and gold garland, flower decals, and pink tin pail – Target

Red and pink paper heart garland – Crate & Barrel

White Lanterns – Ikea

Gold tray – HomeGoods & Sarah Sofia Productions

Gold votive candle holders – HomeGoods

Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek

I’ve been working on a few fun DIY things this January, and two of them happen to collide for my Valentine’s Day Party Sneak Peek!

Vantine's Day Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Here’s a sneak peek at the three drawer campaign piece I painted in Sherwin Williams Youthful Coral and finished in high gloss lacquer.  I have styled it with some of my favorite party pieces for an upcoming Wine Tasting Girls Night Out Valentine’s Day party!

Valentine's Day Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

A lot of DIY is going into this party prep from items I’ve used in past events. DIY spray painted gold vintage stand I found at HomeGoods to display the sea urchin form Hobby Lobby. Easy DIY glittered Champaign bottle and added a little more sparkle to the gold tray with gold ribbon. Not to mention make shift photo booth with spray painted picture frame I used for this Coral, Robin’s Egg Blue & Elephant themed 1st Birthday Party.

Don’t have tons of party décor lying around your house to decorate for Valentine’s Day? Don’t fret, decorating can be as easy as adding some fun floral arrangements, garland, and signs.

Valentine's Day Decorating || Sarah Sofia Productions

Valentine's Day Decorating || Sarah Sofia Productions

I love using heart garland around the house, especially in the front entryway, in our family room, and in the bedrooms. It’s an inexpensive yet festive way to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit!

Valentine's Day Party Ideas || Sarah Sofia Productions

The garland in the front entryway is from Target’s collection last year and the one pictured above is from Crate & Barrel. You could easily make these yourself with felt or colored cardboard paper.

Did you catch our Valentine’s Day Inspiration Round Up post last week of fun and creative ideas from years past?

Valentines Day Party Ideas Round Up || Sarah Sofia Productions

Make sure you stop by next week and get all the fun details of our Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Party!

Credits

Styling & Design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Mini cake stand, blue cake stand and  gold votive candle holders – Home Goods

Be Mine wooden sign, gold sea urchin, and gold tray – Hobby Lobby 

Felt red and pink heart garland – Target

Red and pink heart garland – Crate & Barrel

Coral lacquer three drawer campaign piece – Sarah Sofia Productions

Valentine’s Day Inspiration Round Up

Tying The Knot Bridal Shower Dessert Bar || Sarah Sofia Productions

It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is next month. I have to admit I’ve  been scouting out the stores the last few weeks to create something fun and festive for you this year.

However, today I wanted to share past Valentine’s Day party inspiration and recipes with you.

Valentine's Day Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is all about being with loved ones which can be your best girlfriends, your boyfriend, husband, or family.

Red velvet mini cupcakes and mini strawberry cupcakes are not only a fun activity to make with your family but are delicious and the perfect school treat!

Strawberry Heart Cup Out Cupcakes || Sarah Sofia Productions

Get the recipe and other easy heart cut out ideas in Valentine’s Day Treats.

Valentine's Day Treats || Sarah Sofia Productions

Throw a fun dinner party with your girlsfriends and make it GLAM with pink and gold.

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Get the look and the details for your girls night out here.

Make Valentine’s Day last the entire month with beautiful floral arrangements, cute signs, banners, and candles in an array of pinks and reds and some gold!

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Elephants, coral and Robin's egg blue first birthday party

PlayPlay! Theatre Fundraiser

Get the looks and the details here, here and here.

Don’t forget easy ways to dress up your cheese plate, creative appetizers, and dessert bar inspiration. Be creative and use purple and reds in your Valentine’s Day décor and floral arrangements.

Tying the Knot Bridal Shower Heart Cut of Cheese Plate || Sarah Sofia Productions

Wine Tasting Bridal Shower Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Tying The Knot Bridal Shower Dessert Bar || Sarah Sofia Productions

Tying the Knot Bridal Shower Dessert Bar || Sarah Sofia Productions

Tying The Knot Bridal Shower Floral Arrangements || Sarah Sofia Productions

Tying the Knot Bridal Shower Floral Arrangement || Sarah Sofia Productions

Get the looks and details of these recipes and floral arrangements here and here.

We’re working on the details for a festive Valentine’s Day celebration coming in the next few weeks. Make sure you come back and get inspired!

Top 12 Posts of 2014: Parties, Event & Interior Design + 2015 Trends

Top Partiy, Event & Interior Design Trends of 2014 that are trending in 2015

Happy and healthy 2015 my friends! I wanted to share my top 12 blog posts of 2015 with you today!

Sarah Sofia Productions had a successful year in event design and styling! You will notice 9 of the 12 top blog posts are events or parties that were big trends in 2014 and continue to trend in 2015. The other 3 of 12 top blog posts are interior design and home décor trends that spill over into this year.

12. Wine Tasting and champagne tasting parties were hot in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. Tastings are one of my faves to plan because it’s an intimate affair with food and wine/champagne pairings. Get inspired with our Wine Tasting Party!

Wine Tasting

11.  Easter Celebrations and Easter Celebration Part II have some great décor elements and fun colors.

Easter Celebrations

10. Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower was a fan fav and still is one of mine! Pink + Gold were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. The elements of this GLAM bridal shower can be used for any party that needs a little sparkle! We were featured in two publications for this photo shoot: My Tru Blu and The Bride Link

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

9. Coral, Robin Eggs Blue & Elephants themed 1st Birthday Party is whimsical and had hot trends like dessert and candy bar, coral and blue colors, and of course smash cake.

045This party is a good example of interior design and home décor trends that are making their way into party trends. The theme of this party was based on the coral, blue & elephant themed nursery.

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

8. Thrill of the Hunt Series was a hit with treasures from thrifting from my guests Dwell by Cheryl and Jennifer, Pure & Simple Organizing, along with my treasures!

Finding the Good Stuff

7. Black Tie Weddings and Events are classic and will always be in style! There’s something fun and glamorous about getting dressed up in formal attire that makes the night special. The Queen City Gala: Black Tie for Charity was no exception!

Queen City Gala

6. Brunch with the girls: Summer Entertaining continues to be one of our top archive searches for 2014! Despite the rain, there are fun punches of color and easy party décor elements.

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

5. Surprise 50th Birthday Party isn’t your typical backyard celebration! The attention to detail from the food to the simple and masculine décor made this party an instant classic. Burlap and navy were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015.

50th Surprise Party

4. One Room Challenge Spring 2014 Master Bedroom and Fall 2014 Big Girl Room drove a lot of new traffic to our blog and demonstrated that trends in interior design continue to overlap with weddings, events & parties.

High & Low Finds

Many of the home décor items in both ORC rooms came from our wedding, or my daughter’s birthday party décor.

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3. Fall Décor and entertaining along with our Thanksgiving Tablescape were both hits with readers and the interior design industry! We were featured in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Fall Round up, Festive Fall Crafts and Décor.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescap

Thanksgiving Inspiration

2. Sofia The First Birthday Party not only had a lot of views when it was first published in September 2014 but continues to be our second most popular search into 2015! Sofia The First Invitation

Sofia The First and Disney character themed parties were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015! This Sofia The First party incorporated boys by having them dress up like Princes and adding special touches in crafts and food labels.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

1. Our biggest month to date was December 2014 with all our holiday and Christmas posts such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party, Trimming the Tree and Christmas Décor, Family Traditions with Recipes and Cookie Decorating Party, Cozy Survival Guide for Winter Months, and Christmas Tablescape.

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Merry & Bright

Holiday Traditions Cookie Decorating Party

We collaborated with wedding and event industry pros such as Classic Party Rentals, for Christmas Tablescape and were recognized nationally by Classic Party Rentals and in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Holiday Tradition Roundup, A Southern Girls Guide to Christmas Traditions.

Christmas Decor and Tablescape

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Cozy Surviival Guide for the Winter Months

However our most viewed post of December and of 2014 was New Year’s Eve Bash and Recipes!

NYE Bash

NYE BASH Recipes

Can’t wait to share more 2015 top trends in weddings, events, and parties in the coming months!

 

 

Cozy Survival Guide for the Winter Months

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We’re talking all things warm and cozy as we enter the winter months!

Cozy Surviival Guide for the Winter Months

Step one, get your self a blanket.  Once the weather starts getting colder all I want to do is curl up with a warm blanket and get cozy! We have a basket full of blankets in our family room and I put out several around the house. However, I’m crushing over the striped cashmere throws from Parachute Home!

Cozy Winter Survial Gude

Find yourself a cozy spot in your home. One of my favorite warm and cozy spots is this vintage arm chair in my living room! Yes, my living room. I’m a firm believer that your living room should be used everyday and can be warm and cozy.

Cozy Survival Guide for the Winter Months

The blanket is from my trip to the Highlands in Scotland and has warm hues that brings out the tones in the yellow striped vintage arm chair. The vintage chair belonged to my grandparents and has special meaning to me.

Cozy Survial GuideGet comfortable with your favorite hot drink, book or magazine and curl up! Who wouldn’t want to get warm and cozy in this chair while reading their favorite book and sipping coffee?

I’ve been dying to read Lookway, Lookway,a novel by Wilton Barnhardt, which is a wonderful satire on the South and Charlotte, with characters that could have grown up with my mother.

Put on some mood lighting and get cozy by the fire!

Cozy Winter Survival

Christmas isn’t over yet and now is a good time as any to cozy up on the sofa with your favorite blanket, put on a fire, and take in the lights on the season. Oh and your favorite drink of choice!

Cozy winter Survival Guide 1Cheers to the holiday season and warm and cozy nights!

Cozy winter survival Guide

Being comfortable is a must in my book if you want to be cozy. Sometimes it’s OK to stay in your PJ’s and have “cuddle time” or “sleepy time” with the ones love!

Wishing you a warm and cozy holiday and winter season!

Credits

Styling, Design and Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Striped cashmere throws – Parachute Home