Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Sneak Peek

I’ve been working away on editing images from last Sunday’s adorable and whimsical Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party! You can check out all the behind the scenes party planning here.

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

I had planned to share the party in its entirety this week, but due to the not so big snow storm that shut down Charlotte, and the crazy busy week with kids home from preschool, that didn’t happen.

However, here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite images!

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party || Sarah Sofia Productions

For the full party reveal and vendor credits check out Turning 2 Tutu and Bow Tie Tea Party Part I

Vendor Credits

Event Planning, design and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Chalk board stand and tutu cupcake topper – Michael’s

Party favors, backdrop and round pink and gold box – Target

Small cake stand – HomeGoods and Sarah Sofia Productions

Love wall art – Hobby Lobby

Blue cake stand – 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

One Room Challenge Week 6: Big Girl Room Reveal

ORC logo

It’s week 6 in the race to the finish line in One Room Challenge (ORC) , created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  That means today is the BIG REVEAL of Operation BIG GIRL ROOM along with my fellow 90+ participants!

Big Girl Room

What’s the big prize for participating in ORC? A finished room in 6 weeks and the opportunity to participate and share the experience of completing a room with talented designers and others that enjoy interior design! Yes, that’s right no money or honorary first place.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

If you’re just joining the ORC fun you can get caught up on Operation Big Girl Room here:

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3|| Week 4 || Week 5

The moment you have all been waiting for…Sofia’s big girl room!

Big Girl Room

Big Girl Room

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This distressed vintage dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in Sofia’s room and perhaps in our home! I love the detailing and the antique mirror.

Big Girl Room

Sofia is no longer 3 months, and it was time to replace the baby photo in the “giggle” picture frame with a current one of Sofia and her sister Charlotte. The DIY jewelry box adds the big girl and princess element to the dresser.

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The silver bird bookends and wooden Sofia plaque have been great accessories that have transitioned her room from nursery to big girl room.

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Big Girl Room

I made subtly changes to the reading nook such as adding some glam and pop of color with the floral arrangement.  I updated the photo to one from our apple picking adventure this fall.  Sofia loves looking at it and remembering the fun filled day! I love using unique storage baskets such as the pink and white polka dot tin pail for her music instruments.

Big Girl Room

Here’s the end result of the canopy aka “castle” that Sofia requested, her updated day bed, and the beautiful shell chandelier.

Big Girl Room

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Mix and matching new and old bedding items made the transition from little girl to big girl without breaking the budget and having to make a major decision on all new bedding at this point. I hope to have a decision and more updates this spring so check back!

Big Girl Room

Big Girl Room

Sofia wanted a castle and a princess like room and this princess castle from Amazon.com did not disappoint! The shimmery chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit!

Big Girl RoomWe moved this play kitchen by Kitchen Kraft from the family room into Sofia’s room in late August but needed to update the wall. I love how the wall art from Hobby Lobby works in her room next to the DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things!

Big Girl Room

Last but not least is the gallery wall with the cherry blossom and bird painting that inspired the look for Sofia’s nursery, her first birthday party, and now has transitioned the look to big girl room!

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Big Girl Room Big Girl RoomBig Girl RoomThere are so many fun personal touches on this wall like my childhood books displayed with the bird cage, Sofia’s art work displayed with new bird clip hooks and an updated photo from the first day of preschool as a three year old!

I had to display her recent master piece, Starry Night, which is one of my favorite paintings by Vincent Van Gough!

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I love how my HomeGoods pink and coral baskets look in this white bookcase, which was mine as a child and repainted by my mother. Clean up at night has been a lot easier now that we have plenty of storage.

Last but not least is the transformation of a once boring closet to a fun secret hide out fit for a princess!

Big Girl Room Closest

Big Girl Room Closet

The DIY pink and green tower shelf use to be displayed in Sofia’s room. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial for the fabric letters above her bed. It works great in her closet to display all her dress up accessories.

Big Girl Room ClosetThe pink and green designer hardware I found at Hobby Lobby.  They’re the perfect feminine touch to hang her princess dresses.

Big Girl Room Closet

I upcycled this 6 drawer whicker piece that I purchased years ago from Pier 1 Imports. Nothing a little pink and antique gold spray paint can’t fix to add some GLAM for this princess retreat! It serves as additional toy storage and displays her art work.

Big Girl Room Closet

The once cramped shelf now displays some of her stuffed animals and boxes with arts and craft supplies.

Big Girl Room Closet

The blue and green trays were a Target dollar store find, which add a pop of color. I love how the quatrefoil stencil turned out in my daughter Charlotte’s bedroom but decided to use this turquoise removable contact paper for the accent wall.

Big Girl Room Closet

Every princess needs a mirror at her height and a place to hang all her purses!

Closet Before

Big Girl Room

Most importantly, my client loved her big girl room and closet reveal SO MUCH she wanted more surprises!

Big Girl RoomThank you for all your kind words and encouragement through this process! Make sure you come back and check out my full source list and additional behind the scene footage next week!

Please make sure you check out the 20 professional designers who revealed their stunning transformations yesterday here and the 90 + participants sharing the reveals today here.

I leave you with one last image of this gorgeous shell chandelier that ignited my inspiration for Sofia’s big girl room.

Big Girl Room

Praise him, sun and moon; Praise him, all you shining stars! Psalm 148:3

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah

Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy – Amazon.com

Princess Castle – Amazon.com

Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

Baskets in white bookshelf – HomeGoods

Pink and white polka dot pail and basket – Pottery Barn Kids

Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids, HomeGoods

Flower night stand – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink and green herringbone weave rug – Pottery Barn Kids

Decorative boxes in closet – Michael’s

Butterfly and bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Room Challenge Week 5: Big Girl Room

ORC logoWelcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

One Room Challenge Master

This ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you can catch up by starting with Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

Sofia's Big Girl RoomThis week was all about the details and tying up loose ends.  I finally found the perfect hardware to display all the dress up clothes in Sofia’s closet.

Hardware

I’m loving the feminine touch that also is fit for a princess, according to Sofia, who helped me pick them out! I had planned to hang them, but that didn’t happen and is on my to do list starting today.

Next up was tackling the chandelier install.  If you recall from my mood board, that I was inspired by Pottery Barn Kids paper chandelier, pictured above.  This is the actual chandelier.

White Shell Beaded Chandi

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I started installing this solo the other day.

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The install was going well. I had figured out how to remove this boring light fixture.

Old Light Fixture

I only had 3 more steps to go and then I hit a wall. I needed a second pair of hands to help hold the chandelier while I finished the wiring. With the daylight hours dwindling and the days numbered, I finally recruited my husband to come home from work earlier.  Of course once we finished the last few steps the wiring isn’t right and the ceiling canopy isn’t secure. We’ll have to wait to until the weekend to complete this project…UGH!

I did hang all the wall art, including Sofia’s own master pieces this week.  I also bought a new art display board with birds for her art work.

Art display

Lastly, the decision about the bedding: To buy all new bedding or to use what we have. Since we already have a few bedding items that Sofia hasn’t grown out of yet I’ve decided to mix and match it with other bedding we already own.  This is a temporary solution until we decided to invest in a full or twin mattress and bedding for Sofia, which all depends on if our two girls end up sharing a room in the next few months.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s Big Girl Room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier – In progress
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in One Room Challenge!

Sarah

One Room Challenge Week 4: Big Girl Room

ORC logo

Welcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

One Room ChallengeThis ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you see Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

ORC

Here we are at week 4 and it always seems to be the in between week of busy and rushing to the finish line.  While enjoyed my adventured to High Point Market, the largest furniture market in the world, it took away from my free time to work on Sofia’s room.

Here’s a sneak peek at the closet reorganization!

Closet Before

closet

Without revealing too much, I’ve reorganized the white shelves for Sofia’s dress up clothes and accessories and added toy storage.

Here’s my inspiration board.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

As you can see I was thinking of using the IKEA Trofast for toy storage solution.  However, I decided to repurpose this wicker 6 drawer piece that gets the job done without spending additional money.

Did you see my HomeGoods finds on Instagram? I found these beautiful rectangle storage bins in shades of pink and coral. This is an added toy storage bonus to her current bookshelf.

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Next was mounting these removable butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids onto two separate walls. You can find the DIY tutorial for the fabric letters here.

Butterflies

Butterflies

The DIY memory box that I started working on last week is now complete and ready to be hung.

DIY

Here’s a sneak peek at the wall art I’m planning to hang, which include Sofia’s art work!

Wall Art

Obstacles this round are definitely budget and selection. I love the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, but they have incomplete sets.  I also love the bedding from Sierra & Lilly, but haven’t decided on size of mattress, twin or full.  Decisions decisions decisions.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age – In progress
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier – Need to call handyman
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding – In Progress
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in ORC here.

Sarah

The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Sarah’s Treasures!

Front Entryway Sarah Sofia Productions

Today marks the last post 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.  The summer series featured guest posts from professionals in the interior design, estate sales, professional organizing and event industries.  My guests included Jennifer Burnham, Pure and Simple Organizing, and Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl.  You can view their “treasure hunting” tips here and here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

What makes something a treasure? It’s what ever accessory, piece of furniture, décor item that you value or that you like!  Often times you may see the value in something that someone else might not.

As a wedding and event planner, I’m always using different pieces to decorate and style an event. These pieces may also be part of my home décor.  I hit up garage sales, yard sales, Charlotte Market Place’s Vintage Charlotte Pop Up Flea Market, Metrolina ReStores, HomeGoods, Southern Marketplace, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall and Catawba River Antique Mall to name a few.

Just like my two guests, Pure and Simple Organizing and Dwell by Cheryl, I enjoy a good deal and making that “treasure” fit my home or event décor.  It’s fun when I can kill two birds with one stone. Like these two bunnies I found at Catawba River Antique Mall for my Easter décor, which was featured in Easter Celebrations.

Easter Bunnies

My home décor is full of blue and white and I was thrilled to find these plates, tea pot, and containers, which have all found homes in my kitchen and living room, at a local yard sale.  I still can’t get over scoring all of the below finds for a total of $14.25!

The Thrill of the Hunt

I had been looking for an arm chair for my mater bedroom during One Room Challenge last spring and of course found this beauty a few months later for a whopping 25 cents! The chair is currently in my family room and waiting for a little TLC reupholster make over. I would love to do something like this to it in the below right photo!

Thrill of the Hunt

I hung my blue and white plates from the yard with my three other plates I purchased from Lance Jackson with Parker Kennedy Living, on the kitchen wall.  It’s add the perfect dimension and depth I was looking for to complete the kitchen updates without breaking the bank.

Thrill of The Hunt

I scored this white porcelain Royal Haeger pitcher and basin for 25 cents at the yard sale! Yes, that’s right $0.25 for both, which could run you $40-$60.  It completes the vintage look in my front entryway and looks great styled with hydrangeas as seen below from my Front Entryway post.

Front Entray Way

Another favorite from my treasure hunts is a beautiful miniature pitcher from Modern Cottage’s booth at Vintage Charlotte! It’s currently in my kitchen and is a great place to display small flower arrangements or herbs like basil.  I also found these vintage metal spike flower frogs and stand at a vintage Parisian booth! All three finds look great in my kitchen.

Thrill of the Hunt

Let’s not forget all the Lilly Pulitzer I found at the Metrolina ReStores in Charlotte!  So excited that one of my friends scored this white ottoman to store her shoe collection after one of my recent posts!

The Thrill of the Hunt

I had a hard time walking away from these Lilly Pulizer elephant garden stools, especially since I already have one elephant stool in my home.

 

The Thrill of the Hunt

My last major treasure from this summer was this campaign three drawer piece from Habitat Metrolina ReStores.  I’ve been slowly transforming the former dinning room into my office since we moving into our house a year and half ago.  We are in desperate need of storage, especially for our files and this piece is a perfect fit.  The cell phone photo is grainy, but you can see it has good bones.

The Thrill of the Hunt

I started spray painting this bad boy white and it just doesn’t look right.  Back to the drawing board and rethinking the color and paint.  Chalk paint might be interesting or going bold with coral to match with the color scheme of mint and coral with mainly white furniture and pops of green in my office.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have enjoyed my summer series and have learned a thing or two about a long the way.  Who knows, maybe your next big score is just around the corner!

 

Credits

Styling and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

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

 

Memorial Day Weekend: The Unoffical Welcome to Summer!

Summer

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us.  Time to celebrate those who fought for our freedom with family and friends.

While summer doesn’t offically begin until June 21, Memorial Day has become the unofficial start to the summer.  It’s been 90’s here in Charlotte and as we say bring on summer, patios, cocktails, and fun with family and friends!

I love using traditional patriotic colors, but also mixing it up with bright colors.  This tablescape from an event I hosted is the perfect combination of spring and summer colors.  You can’t go wrong with mixing and matching costal, pastels, and classic colors like blue and white.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

Everything is in bloom, so use what you have in your yard as a floral centerpiece. You could even add a flower to each place setting as a special touch.

Memorial Day Weekend

Guests were served shrimp cocktail with avocado and a cheese platter as starters. Then dined family style with grilled salmon, grilled squash, zucchini and bell peppers with roasted rosemary new potatoes.   Add fresh bread from your local bakery with a side of olive oil.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

One of my favorite and easy summer time desserts is homemade cookie ice cream sandwiches! Adults and kids a like love this one.  You can find the recipe here.  Another favorite is any berry or peach cobbler. You can find my healthy and light recipe here.

The grilled salmon recipe is a family favorite created by my father, Zuheir Sofia, and modified over the years.

Grilled Salmon Filet – Serves 5-6 People

Ingredients

2 lbs salmon filet

1/2 cup Marzetti’s light slaw dressing

1/3 cup of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon dill

1/2 teaspoon dry or fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon dry or fresh chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon dry oregano flakes

Pam Olive Oil Spray for grill

Wash filet in cold water. Pat dry. Check for occasional bones in filet. Mix slaw dressing, Dijon mustard, and spices in a small bowl.  Then spread the mixture over the top of the filet. (the skin goes on the bottom).  Put fish directly on outdoor grill, which has been slightly oiled.  Cook over a medium heat for 8-12 minutes until fish begins to flake.  Do not turn.  Skin should peel off easily when filet is removed from grill.  Divide into individual serving and serve immediately.

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day Weekend and start to the summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Room Challenge: Behinds the Scenes & Sources

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Hard to believe One Room Challenge (ORC) Spring 2014 is over.  For me it’s similar to working on a wedding or event.  You have a vision and a plan.

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You pour all your energy and time into your ORC. You build a network of talented individuals along the way, some of whom become friends.  The big day arrives, the reveal, and you’re finally able to showcase your talents and enjoy the fruit of your labor!

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Speaking of labor, there is a lot of it you don’t see.  The late nights, the frustration that your plan for that perfect item just won’t arrive on time or is not feasible.  The juggling act between work, home life, and ORC. Not to mention all your unattended helpers! In my case it was my little girls and my dog Bailey.  Here are some out takes.

Rolling on the ground in laughterApparently it was so hysterical to come into our master bedroom and play that Charlotte was rolling in laughter on the floor.

Someone's gone shopping in my shotSomeone’s gone shopping right in the middle of my photo shoot for the big reveal.  Oh and do you spy the light fixture boxes behind the door.

That bed looks comfyI spy Bailey getting ready to jump on the pressed bed. Right after this shot he was comfy on the bed and the girls soon followed.

Another behind the scenes moment, which I briefly described in my reveal post, was the story behind the wall sconces install. Ken Kelly with Kelly’s Painting is my go to guy for small projects.  The earliest that he could come over and give me an estimate on switching out the old wall sconces for the new ones was Wednesday night before the big reveal deadline! YIKES! In a panic I was able to negotiate Ken to install the light fixtures that Wednesday night.  However, being prepared for anything, I had taken most of my photos for the big reveal Wednesday with good light.

053However, this photo could have been my BIG REVEAL photo.  As you can see not everything is picture perfect.

Many of you commented on my photography and I would like to thank you for your kind words.  Here are a few photography tips that I learned from the pros: To get the most accurate and pleasing photograph don’t use your flash.  Try to photograph your subject when the lighting is best during the day.

One Room Challenge MasterUse elements in the room to make the photograph interesting, such as this photo of the room viewed through the white inlay mirror.

One Room Challenge MasterLastly, take photographs from different angles for a better image rather than straight on.

I also received kind comments about my styling, which are greatly appreciated.  Here are some easy behind the scenes styling tips: Use items that you already own! For example a vase, picture frame, tray, piece of art, and/or books that will make your space personal and pleasing to the visual eye.

One Room Challenge MasterThis elephant garden stool was given to me by a friend from my DC days working on Capital Hill. I had this piece with the tall vase and flower arrangements in my living, but thought it was the perfect fit for my master.

Another visual pleasing aspect that I briefly touched on was art. Art can be any many shapes and forms. The key is to remember it’s not just for the wall! I grew up learning and loving art! If you haven’t noticed, the Impressionist Movement, includes some of my favorite artists that make this room complete.

One Room Challenge MasterMonet, the founder of the Impressionist Movement, is my favorite artist. His prints from the Mussee d’orsay next to the white inlay mirrors tie this room together.

One Room Challenge MasterThis print is one of Max Agostini’s prints which is also personalized with hand written signature.

Piscaco 1902I found this Picasso 1902 print at HomeGoods. What a find!

ChavmontI love this painting and the gold trim. I wasn’t sure if it fit well next to the white dresser, but ended up being a good contrast next to the blue and whites.

One Room Challenge Master Ballard DesignsLoved these Ballard Design Patch Work tiles for some time and they are even better in person in my master bedroom!

One Room Challenge MasterMy grandparents mirror is finally ready, but I really like the contrast of the grey against the blue with the brown and gold. This was a great find at HomeGoods!

One Room Challenge MasterLove this new mirrored antique accent table, from Target of all places!  Remember how I looked high and low for a perfect accent table?! The grey pictured frame from a furniture and accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL, fits perfectly with décor and gives the room contrast to all the blue.

Here’s a round up of my other fun finds for the master bedroom.

One Room Challenge Target Find

High & Low FindsHere’s a closer look at my high and low finds. The Greek Key toss pillows on the bed, the night stand, lamp, bench, Greek Key tray, circle picture frame, and pillow on the arm chair are all from HomeGoods. The silver lantern is my splurge from a boutique in Sarasota.

Again, many thanks to all my new and old followers, the kind comments, and encouragement! You’re the reason I was able to complete ORC! You’ll find a complete list of all my sources for the room below.  You can also find more details about my sources and my ORC process by starting at Week 1.

I’ll say it again, these interior designers are amazingly talented! If you haven’t check out the professional designers ORC rooms it’s a must see! A special thanks to Minted, Lamps Plus, and Sherwin Williams for sponsoring ORC!

Abby M. Interiors

 Because it’s Awesome

 Bijou & Boheme

Calling It Home

 Chez V

Chinoiserie Chic

 Copy Cat Chic

The Decorista

Design Crisis

 Design Indulgence

 Design Manifest

 The English Room

The Glam Pad

 Little Black Door

 My Notting Hill

 The Pink Pagoda

 Simple Details

 My Sweet Savannah

Verandah House

Don’t forget there were  77 of us Linking Participants and you can see all their ORC rooms here on Calling It Home.

If you thought this was the last ORC Spring 2014 post you are mistaken! I’m working on a fun post coming up next week, after my big event this weekend. Can’t wait to share it with you, so please stop back next week!

Sources

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

Photography and Flower Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Wall Paint Color – Sherwin Williams Tidewater

Bedding– Restoration Hardware http://www.restorationhardware.com/

Blue Quilted Blanket and Bed Skirt -Martha Stewart Collection from Macy’s http://www.Macys.com

Large Blue Greek Key Toss Pillows – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Hand Painted Patch Work Tiles – Ballard Designs http://www.ballarddesigns.com/

Night Stands – HomeGoods

Glass Table Lamps with Blue Shades – HomeGoods

Wall Sconces – Lowes http://www.Lowes.com

Blue and White Rug – Target from a few years ago http://www.Target.com

Blue Arm Chair – Lazarus, an old department store established in Columbus, OH that is no longer in business

White and Grey Toss Pillows on Arm Chair – HomeGoods

Antique Pewter Two Tired Mirrored Accent Table – Target

Blue Curtains – Target

Gold Sea Urchins – Target

Grey and White Picture Frame – Conqulique, an accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL

Silver Picture Frame – Pottery Barn http://www.PotteryBarn.com

Greek Key Mirrored Tray – HomeGoods and Sarah Sofia Productions

Small Green Elephant – From my travels to Twain

Small Jewelry Bowl with Initial S – Was a gift from a friend

Candle – France, was a gift from a friend

Greek Key Picture Frame – Target

Glass Pitcher on Dark Wood Dresser – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com/

Grey Distressed Mirror – HomeGoods

Jewelry Box – Diamond Cellars. http://www.diamondcellar.com/

Elephant Garden Stool – Gift

Tall Glass Vase and Flowers – Michaels

Grey and White Circle Picture Frame – Marshalls http://www.marshalls.com/

Silver Tall Candle Holders – Michaels

Silver Monogramed Tray – Wedding Party Favor

Silver Candle Lantern – Conqulique, an accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL

White Double Dresser – Ashley’s Furniture (from 4 years ago) http://www.ashleyfurniture.com/

Starfish – Target

Oval Glass Vase on White Dresser – Crate & Barrel http://www.crateandbarrel.com/

White Wired Baskets – Marshalls http://www.marshalls.com

White Mirrored Tray – Target

Pink Flower Arrangement on Tray – Target

Sand Dollar Escort Cards – Sarah Sofia Productions from our wedding in Sarasota

White inlay mirrors – Target

Monet Prints – Mussee d’orsay

Silver Antique Looking Frames for Monet Prints – Michaels http://www.michaels.com/

Small Rose Silver Vase Arrangement – Target

Picasso Framed Print – HomeGoods

Upholstered White Headboard – Pottery Barn, Riley

Grey Fabric for Trim – Modern Fabrics http://www.modernfabrics.com

Grey Fabric and Nailhead Trim – Sarah Sofia Productions

Wall Sconces Install – Kelly’s Painting