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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One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Bedroom Makeover

Yesterday was the first day of the first One Room Challenge of 2014 for 20 talented professional designers to redo a room in their home or clients home in six weeks. Today is the first day for all of us interior designers and DIYer at heart and professional bloggers like myself! 

One Room Challenge was created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  However, it was the talented Sarah Fisher with Matters of Style that inspired me to participate after following her son’s bedroom redo.  Check out her room here: http://www.mattersofstyleblog.com/search/label/One%20Room%20Challenge

While the 20 professional designers will be updating you on their rooms every Wednesday for the next six weeks, I will be joining a crew who will be updating you on our room progress on Thursdays. 

I will be working on our master bedroom.  To give you some background, we moved into our house a year ago, 4 weeks before my second daughter was born.  Having two young kids so close together and moving has left me with little time to design and decorate.  That being said, we are almost finished with every room, except our master bedroom.

At first glance it doesn’t look too horrible.

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However, if you move your eye around the room you will notice it’s not finished and the look needs to be pulled together.

Master Bedroom Makeover

Here is the wall to the left of the doorway as you walk into the room.

Master Bedroom Makeover

In order to give you my full plan of where I am going with our master bedroom I want to share what it looked like before we moved in. 

Master Bedroom Makeover

As you can see from the above before photo the master bedroom was very neutral and modern.  Where as the look I’m going for is shabby chic with a twist of modern using shades of blues, white, and neutrals.  I want our bedroom to be elegant and tranquil. While my husband suggested putting a desk in our bedroom I had to veto it for this very reason. Having a desk with papers, bill, and a to do list is anything but tranquil and doesn’t allow us an escape from all the hustle and bustle of the day. 

Here is my wish list that I would like to conquer in the next six weeks:  Nail head on the upholstered headboard, fabric trim on the upholstered headboard, replace the broken beveled mirror and hang above the dark wood dresser, hang art work above the bed, find a grey or neutral arm chair to replace the current one, find a bench to put at the foot of the bed, add large print throw pillows to the bedding, and hang a group of small mirrors on the front wall or next to the arm chair. The one item that has been bothering me ever since we moved into our home are the modern wall scones. I’m not sure if it’s feasible but I would LOVE to replace them with smaller silver ones.

Now that you know where I am going with the room design here is what is inspiring me!

A Thoughful Place Master Bedroom

Love the look of this upholstered bed with nail head and fabric trim by the talented Courtney with A Thoughtful Place! I’m also loving the large throw pillows that pull her look together.

Storage Ottoman Bench

I have been pinning over this Carey Blue Storage Bench Ottoman for a few years now! I love the elegant but simple look and of course the color.

Wall Art Above Bed

 

The grey blue colors in the above wall art collection from Ballard Designs would go perfectly above our upholstered bed.

Grey Arm chair

 

The grey nail head arm chair found on Joss and Main would complete the look in our master bedroom by adding function and comfort.

Inaly Antique Mirror Set

I love the design of this inlay antique mirror set that matches well with our double white dresser.

Now that I have introduce my room to y’all I hope you will join me in this six week journey as I put my design plan to the test! It will no doubt be challenging but I can’t wait for the final reveal! Please visit Linda from Calling it Home for updates on her room design and the others.  You can also click on the links below:

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 RoomThe Glam Pad Little Black Door My Notting Hill The Pink Pagoda Simple Details My Sweet Savannah Verandah House

 

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