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!
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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!
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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.

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Wordless Wednesday Linky Party: All Things Creative

As an event planner, hostess, wife, and mother you know I am passionate about the art of entertaining. Crafts, DIY, recipes, home décor are a few of the things that what make an event or party memorable.
For the month of January I’m excited to participate as a Co-host in Wordless Wednesday hosted by Karen from Oh My Heartsie Girl, bringing you inspiration on all things creative.

The Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless WednesdayWelcome To The First “Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday” of 2015!!!

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Lorelai shares her 7-Layer Dip Recipe An Appetizer with a Mexican Flair with 11 major ingredients, it can be served at parties or anytime. Find this recipe and others
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A Home School a Palooza
Coco is offering a Printable Time Capsule Outline for your kids. created this printable for kids, but if an adult wants to do it too – great! This printable would be great for a party, everyone writing down their goals and favorite events from the past year to open and share in 2016.
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This oatmeal bake can feed a crowd and leave everyone happy!
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The cranberries that are used to make this bread are local in Carlisle, Massachusetts and it’s only about a mile and a half from our house. The only changes to the original recipe that I made was to increase the amount of cranberries and to use fresh cranberries rather than dried.
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Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Christmas Tabelscape

This holiday season we are teaming up with wedding and event pros to get you inspired and in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas & Holiday TablescapeToday we are excited to share this Christmas tablescape photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Every event or party begins with a plan. Here is our Christmas tablescape mood board that inspired our look.

Christmas Tablescape Inspiration

You can find all the details behind the inspiration for the Christmas tablescape in our previous post here.

Christmas Tablescape

There’s no place like home during the holidays and that’s why I choose my own home as the location. I absolutely love my dinning table and chairs from Accents and Beyond in High Point, NC, which always adds warmth and character no matter what season to any tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

This year I decided to go back to traditional colors for my Christmas décor and the Christmas tablescape continues the tone that I have set through out our home. I wanted to bring the outdoors in and you certainly get that feel.

Christmas Tablescape

I love how the red cherry linen from Classic Party Rentals brings the entire tablescape to life! The chevron table runner gives the look dimension and pop of white along with  the glass gold bead charger and the white and gold dinner plate from Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Tablescape

Just because I wanted a traditional look doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Christmas and the holiday season is about being together as a family and all about the kids, at least in our family! Bring a little whimsical into your tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

These fun and festive birds I found at Target add just the right whimsical element to the Christmas tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

Another party planner tip is to use what you already own to complete the look. While I absolutely love Oh Joy’s Holiday Collection, I have tons of gold ornaments laying around that I put to good use!

Christmas Tablescape

These gold ornaments serve as place settings for my guests, which add a little sparkle and glam! To get the look simply cut out paper and use marker or colored chalk paint and write the name of each guest.

Christmas Tablescape

Make your look more formal by adding napkin holders, such as the berry ones in this tablescape that flow well with the red berry garland.

Christmas Tablescape

Every tablescape needs a centerpiece. I love using floral arrangements, but you can simply use pinecones in a bowl or a white candle in a glass candle holder with red berry garland around it.

Christmas Tablescape

Another decorating tip is to add height and layers, which draw your eye in and make the look more interesting.

Christmas Tablescape

Don’t forget to dress up your chairs! Sashes are just for weddings. Adding this Victorian Gold Satin shash from Classic Party Rentals not only ties the red and gold look together but adds a more formal and special occasion feel.

Christmas Decor & Tablescape

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out your special china and linens. Sometimes what you own doesn’t work with your design or you don’t have enough in your pattern. That’s when you should check into renting your china, linens, and glassware from places like Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Decor and Tablescape

This look could also serve for a New Year’s Eve party!

For more Christmas and holiday inspiration check out our previous posts for décor, recipes, and crafts here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, and here.

Christmas Decor & Tablescape

Credits

Design, Planning & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Glass Gold Bead Charger – Classic Party Rentals

Gold and White Magnificence Dinner Plate – Classic Party Rentals

Cromwell Flatware – Classic Party Rentals

Operetta Glassware – Classic Party Rentals

Cherry Red table linen – Classic Party Rentals

Cherry red napkins- Classic Party Rentals

Victorian Gold sash – Classic Party Rentals

Berry Napkins Holders – Classic Party Rentals

Birds – Target

Red berry garland – Target

White beaded cake stand – Crate & Barrel

Red and white paper decorations – Hobby Lobby

White lanterns – Ikea

Ornament place settings – Sarah Sofia Productions

Gold candle holders – Michael’s

Dinning Table and Chairs – Accents and Beyond

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

 

 

 

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Trimming the Tree and Christmas Décor

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We are teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season! If you’re just joining us make sure you check out the other posts in the series: Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party with Elf on the Shelf, holiday dessert bar and sweet desserts, Christmas Tradition and DécorChristmas Tablescape Inspiration and Mama’s Cranberry & Apple Dish, a Christmas tradition in our family!

Today we are sharing the fun tradition of trimming the tree and our Christmas décor this year.

Trimming the Christmas Tree

Last year I was all about burlap and the natural look. This year I went back to my favorite color red and used all our ornaments. I added a basket to make the look interesting and vintage.

Trimming the Tree

This was our second year not traveling and continuing the our family tradition of decorating the Christmas tree during Thanksgiving weekend. Both my girls loved it even more than last year!

Christmas Decor & Traditions

Since I’m highly allergic to trees, we stick with a faux Christmas tree. This one is 7 1/2 feet tall and has built in lights, which is a time saver.

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I love how the color pops against the neutral walls. Even our dog Bailey feels the warmth and coziness that the tree brings to our family room!

Christmas Decor & Traditions

Christmas Decor and TraditionsThis year we added box wood wreaths to our décor. I love how it pulls the room together! A florist can easily cost you $30-$40, but we found ours at Trader Joe’s for $9.99 each and added the red bows.

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As my daughter Sofia says “let’s decorate more together”! So naturally, we moved on to the fireplace and hanging the stockings.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I had wanted to get to update our fireplace with unclaimed wood for a mantle piece, but it’s still on the to do list for our new home. Thus, we improvised again this year with nails to hang our stockings from Pottery Barn Kids.

Christmas Decor and Tardition

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate your home for Christmas. Use what you already own and add to your collection each year. My favorite two new pieces this year are the Hope marquee light from Target and Merry Christmas gold glitter banner from Hobby Lobby.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I love using vintage finds like the Santa Claus Advent Calendar from HomeGoods. Be creative with your décor and add vignettes to your build in shelves.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I’ve used some of my burlap décor from last year in this years. This burlap wreath was an easy DIY craft that I have used for all seasons by simply switching out the ribbon. Get the details on the DIY wreath here.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

When decorating your home remember to pull your design through out your home. I love how the red pops from the Christmas tree, to the box wood wreaths, to my tablescape!

Christmas Decor and Tradition

 

This last image is from our photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals. Come by next week to get the details on this Christmas and holiday tablescape!

Vendor Credits

Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Vintage Santa Advent Calender – Home Goods

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Box wood wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions and Trader Joe’s

White lanterns – Ikea

Santa Claus, elf, snowman, & reindeer – Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration for The Holiday Season: Christmas Tablescape

We’re teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season!
Today, I’m sharing my Christmas tablescape mood board that helped plan the photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals.
This holiday season I went back to the classic look with a little glam and a modern twist. Red, white and gold is what is inspiring me!
Christmas Tablescape
 
Christmas décor allows you to be so creative.  Since I have two children I wanted a festive and whimsical look to this tablescape. There’s something magical about Christmas when you look at it through children’s eyes!
Oh Joy Holiday Collection for Target has some festive décor items like the paper lanterns and ornament placecard holders.
I’m loving Target and Hobby Lobby’s Christmas décor this year and the bargains I’m finding this week! I knew as soon as I stumbled upon these birds that they were going to be perfect for my Christmas tablescape!
Don’t be afraid to mix and match high and low items to get the look. Another party planning tip: Don’t invest in new linens and china. Instead, rent linens, china, and glassware from party rental companies such as Classic Party Rentals.  Also, you might find some great décor items in their showroom that you can rent instead of buying, like paper lanterns.
Here’s a sneak peek of the Christmas tablescape photo shoot we had with Classic Party Rentals.
Christmas Tablescape Inspiration
Make sure you come back next week for all the fun and festive details! For more Christmas and holiday inspiration check out our previous posts for décor, recipes, and crafts here, here, here and here .
Credits
Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions
Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

We are teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season! Last week we had a guest post by Queen’s Sweets dishing up all things sweets, including the trendy dessert bar!

Sweet Desserts Inspiration

You can find sweet dessert inspiration, including one of my favorite party planners, Amy Atlas, here.

Today we are sharing Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party just in time for the first day of Christmas!

Santa is Coming to Town Party!

Once you start a family of your own you realize how precious life moments can be. Holidays and birthday are no longer for you but for you kids. Christmas is no exception!

This is the first year were are home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, which allows us to start new traditions with our family!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

This year we made chocolate pecan banana bread to welcome Holly, the family Elf on the Shelf, at our Santa’s Claus is Coming to Town Party!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

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My girls, especially the older one, is loving cooking, baking, decorating, and the excitement of Santa and Christmas! It was a joy to make the banana bread together, talk about baby Jesus and Santa.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Seeing their expressions and hearing them say “Santa” is coming soon was priceless!

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We even picked out some of our party décor together from Hobby Lobby, including the new blue and red plates with “Let it Snow” and Santa saying “Merry Christmas”!

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We read The Elf on The Shelf: A Christmas Tradition at least three times during our party!

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We set up the Advent Calendar to count down the days until Santa’s arrival! 25 days and counting!

Santa is Coming to Town PartyThe girls are even more excited for Christmas Day, especially since we will finally be in our home for the first time! Make Christmas morning just as magical by decorating the kitchen table for breakfast!

For more holiday inspiration make sure you check out our other posts in this series, Décor and Tradition and Christmas Decorating on a Budget.

Come back tomorrow as we share more Christmas décor inspiration and tablescape inspiration for this holiday season!

Vendor Credits

Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Christmas plates, wood sign, tulle, Santa, elf, bells, chevron Christmas tree stand – Hobby Lobby

Red and white chevron table runner & napkins – Target (last year)

Red paper balls – Party City

Vintage Santa Advent Calender – Home Goods

Elf on the Shelf and book – Buy Buy Baby

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Box wood wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions and Trader Joe’s

White lanterns – Ikea

Matching PJ’s – Smoked Auctions

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Décor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Traditions

I’m teaming up with wedding and event professionals to give you inspiration for the holidays this year! Last week we shared share Sweet Desserts Inspiration by Queen’s Sweets.

Holiday Dessert Bar

For more Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Holiday dessert and dessert table inspiration check out the post here.

Holiday Dessert Bar

Today, I’m sharing a Christmas tradition that we started with our family that adds a little décor to the bedrooms of your home.

Christmas Decor & Tradition

Those of us that have kids have learned that sometimes decorating the Christmas tree with kids doesn’t turn out the way we want it. Why not let your kids decorate their own tree and display it in their bedrooms.

Christmas Decor and TraditionsThis is our second year not traveling for Thanksgiving and making a special night during that week to decorate the kid’s Christmas trees. You can find inexpensive varieties at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or Target.

Christmas Decor and Traditions

My girls have a blast and look forward to decorating their own tree every year! Plus, it brings a beautiful and festive feel to their bedrooms, spreading the Christmas spirit throughout the house!

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I hope this inspires you to start traditions with your family! For more Christmas décor inspiration check out this post here.

Christmas Decor and Taditions

Come back next week for more décor inspiration for the holiday season from the wedding and event pros!

 

 

 

Cherry Blossom Inspired Nursery

Hard to believe it was this time last year we were celebrating Mother’s day in anticipation of our daughter Sofia’s birth in August.  Eight months later I’m celebrating my first Mother’s day with her!

The planner and interior designer in me immediately began thumbing through all my nursery inspiration boards.  While I like pink, I knew I didn’t want your typical all pink girl’s nursery.  I came across this beautiful Cherry Blossom painting, which reminded me of my days in DC, and knew right away it was the perfect piece to design Sofia Wimberley’s nursery around.  The painting has blues, pinks, and greens, which gave me a fun color palate to choose from.

Another important design element is to use colors, furniture, and accessories that will grow with your child.  Such as a dresser that fits the decor and serves as storage and an alternative changing table.  I finally found the perfect antique style dresser for Sofia at Old World New Home, that she’ll be able to use all through her childhood.

I added the finishing touches to the room by doing DIY projects for the fabric letters and wallpaper backing on the bookshelf.  Please see previous posts for How-To’s.

Remember you can simply add accents to your child’s room as they grow.  Now that Sofia is 8 months we have added additional accents such as photos and imprints of her foot and hand.  I have received such wonderful feedback that I will have another blog post on her updated nursery soon.

Photography by Jody G Photography

Photography by Jody G Photography

All photos by Sarah Sofia Productions unless otherwise noted.