Friday, April 18, 2014

Current Wishlist: Pink + Gold + Champagne

TGIF!  Did you guys have a good week?!  I think I finally got settled back in to normal life after the wedding/honeymoon this week.  I am enjoying my new classes and revving up on some design projects, so the creative juices are flowing.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably see how much pink our home is infused with (browse for #cacerescasa on Insta to see snapshots of our space).  We are working to make our house less "me" and more "us," so that means some of the pink will undoubtedly have to go.  Nonetheless, I plan to make up for this in my wardrobe, like with this Calypso St. Barth maxi skirt.  Here are a few more things currently on my wishlist...

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Tori Praver Bikini Top $110/Tori Praver Bikini Bottoms $100/Kelly Wearstler Ivory Serpent Pillow $395/Impact Coffee Table Book $60/Bravo Silk Maxi Skirt $395/Pink Sunburst Stud Earrings $16/Jonathan Adler Baxter Sofa $3,295/Society Social Beverly Ottoman $350/Bauble Bar Diana Drop Earrings $28/FC Lady Tote $345/

How fun is this Tori Pravery frilly swimsuit?  And you know I have a thing for tufted sofas.  I think Sam and I are going to bite the bullet and purchase the Kravet Malibu sectional soon.  We are in desperate need of a sofa upgrade.  

Any fun plans for the weekend?!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaids' Gifts

Wedding Wednesday is back...!  I know what you are thinking- "Sam, you're being pathetic... you already had your wedding.  Give it up."  And, you're right.  I will give it up, I promise, but I do want to share a few things with you now that the festivities are over.   First up is a few fun details from the Bridesmaid's Brunch!  Since our wedding was on a Friday, we did the Bridesmaid's the day before at the Austin W Hotel's restaurant, Trace.  The restaurant design is so fab already, so in terms of decor we really didn't need to do anything.   For the invitations and menu, I worked with Momental Designs.  Momental designed the watercolor map we included in our invitation suite, as well as several other items for the wedding, so I already knew they were fabulous artists!  I wanted the invites to have a soft feel with floral watercolor accents.  Here is what they created:

Then, our calligrapher, Moya Minns of MMInk, added in the wording for us with her beautiful calligraphy.  The gold accents added on the invite were fab and went perfectly with the bridesmaids' robes:

Moya also did a beautiful job on the menu calligraphy:

Wendee, the Austin florist extraordinare behind Wendee Sawran, created a gorgeous centerpiece for the brunch.  Here is an instagram snap I took of it:

I love how free-flowing and textured it is.  She completely nailed it!  At the shower, I gave each bridesmaid a watercolored notecard set with their name underneath in Moya's calligraphy.  Momental Designs created each girl's painting based off of photos I sent their team. The girls loved the surprise!  Here is the painting of my maid-of-honor, Carol, on her notecard set:

And here is Lindsay's painting.  Each notecard set came in a box tied with white ribbon and a watercolor tag:

Along with the notecard sets, I gave each girl a monogrammed silk robe.  I found a great Etsy shop, May Silk, that I purchased the robes from, and then I had them monogrammed here in Houston.  Here's Carol and Lindsay in their robes on wedding day!

One other fun thing we did at the bridesmaids brunch was a charm pull.  Have you guys ever heard of this tradition?  I believe it is mainly a Southern thing, but I could be wrong.  The way it works is that each bridesmaid pulls a string from the cake that has a charm on the end of it.  Each charm has a fortune to it, and once the bridesmaid pulls it, her fortune is read.   Here's my bridesmaid Taylor (who just had her second baby 2 months ago!  doesn't she look amazing?) pulling her charm:

It was such a fun brunch and gave all us girls time to spend together before the rehearsal dinner and wedding.  I gave a short toast before we ate, telling the girls how much each of them meant to me.  Well, my mom has a way with words and gave a follow up speech that was much better than mine, and we all ended up in tears.  It was such a sweet moment!

Thanks for letting me indulge in a little more wedding goodness.  I hope you liked the bridesmaid gifts!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Project: Briargrove Beauty

Happy Tuesday!  I guess this is the week to introduce new projects, because today I have the beginnings of a gorgeous home I am helping with in the Briargrove area of Houston.  The stylish young couple just welcomed their first baby, and are wanting to update the design of their home to better reflect their new family of 3.  Their space is already stunningly gorgeous (and was shared here on Cote de Texas), so we are really just updating things here and there.  First up, is their entryway.  Here are a few pictures of how it looks currently:

It is adjacent to their dining room:

The space has a neutral French country feel to it, and the couple would like to add a more modern, youthful aesthetic.  I love the idea of adding a fun wallpaper and contemporary light fixture, like this hexagon pendant (the wallpaper is gorgeous too)...

A fun wallpaper + artwork would add a lot...
And adding a more contemporary entry table, like a lacquer white console with drawers:

In terms of wallpaper, I love Quadrille's Bali Island in Light Aqua for the walls:

Designer Lindsey Coral Harper recently used this paper in a darker blue colorway in a client's bedroom (published in House Beautiful):

Here's the wallpaper paired with a few other entry furniture and accessory options:

Another wallpaper I love for this space would be Cole and Son's Hummingbirds.  Bailey recently used the fabric on a client's dining chairs:

My client loves the Hicks pendant light, so bringing it in as the lighting for the entry would also be fun!

We also have the living room, breakfast nook, and master bedroom to update!  I'll be sure to share details + progress as we go along.  I'm so thrilled to be working with this adorable family.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Project: Cakewalk Style Shop

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Mine was so refreshing.  I did a lot of resting up, working on homework and projects, and just relaxing.  Sometimes those are the best weekends. Today I am excited to share with you a fun new project I am working on.  You may have seen me post about Cakewalk Style Shop before (here and here), a chic women's clothing and accessories store here in Houston.  One of the co-founders, Jennifer Grigsby, is loosely related to me and is kind enough to style me from time to time.  She has impeccable style and encourages me to take fashion risks- like this Tibi lace top + Vince leather shorts combination:

Something I would never pick out for myself- but when she suggested it, I tried it on and loved it!  Her Cakewalk business partner, Gina Cartwright, is the genius behind Charmed Circle jewelry. About a month ago, they moved their store to a gorgeous new location off of Westheimer and Kirby, directly next to Matt Camron Rugs.  How adorable is the exterior of their store?!

Even better, the interior of the store is filled with gorgeous duds from Joie, Haute Hippie, DVF, Tibi, and more.  Gina and Jennifer have already styled their new space beautifully, complete with a floral antique settee and stunning chandeliers.  In their last store, Cakewalk worked with design firm Munger Interiors to create a beautiful space for their customers.  

Although the main retail space design of their new store is for the most part completed, they have a few areas they are wanting my help with, as well as their personal office spaces in the back of the store.  The first spot is Gina's Charmed Circle display wall.  While we want to keep the focus on the jewels, the white walls combined with the white cabinetry and shelving is a bit "blah."  I thought adding a wallpaper to the wall that would add a sense of texture and "focal point" while not overpowering the merchandise would be perfect.

I brought a few samples for the girls to look over and their favorite was Schumacher's Metropolitan Fret.  The paper is designed with tiny glass beads that give it a shimmery, metallic-like texture:

Now, for the back office spaces.  Gina's office has large windows on two of her walls.  Unfortunately, during the afternoon, she is nearly blinded by the sun shining in!  The space is an older building, and replacing the glazed windows with regular ones isn't an option right now.  We are after a functional and beautiful covering that will allow them to work without sunglasses on!

I am loving the thought of doing a cornice board above the window with short flowing drapery on each side.  Then, to keep the unwanted sun out, have bamboo blinds installed.  I love the idea of doing a tape-trimmed cornice:

And lastly, we need to find some good storage solutions for the girl's offices.  They need to have a space to pack and ship online orders, store additional merchandise, work on their computers, and store office supplies.  With little space to do this, we have our work cut out for us!

We also plan to wallpaper Jen's office.  Since she spends a lot of time working on her computer, she wants to be surrounded by a "happy" environment!  Of course when she said "happy," my first thought was Quadrille.  She loved Paradise Background in Turquoise:

I think it will look gorgeous and fun with her pink upholstered Knoll office chairs.  I can't wait to share progress with you guys and of course, the final result!  
If you live in Houston, be sure to go visit their store at 3201 Westheimer, or shop online here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight: Fish Indie

It's no secret I love Etsy.  I mean, who doesn't?!  It's a treasure trove of beautiful products and interesting hand-made finds.  That's why I love having Fish Indie as one of my sponsors.   The duo behind Fish Indie created an independent network that helps promote all the fab Etsy shops we love to find.  You may have noticed gorgeous products flashing through the top sidebar ad space each time you load my page.  Well, Fish Indie is doing this to help "cast a net for the independents", and is partnering with bloggers (like me!) to get the word out on products they think my readers will love.  Once an Etsy product is in their system, they determine which blog in their network is the best fit for that specific item. Pretty cool concept, right?!

Here are a few Etsy items I have been loving that I found via Fish Indie...

It has always been my goal (from day 1, really) to make this blog about what I truly love and think you will love.  I never want to feature something I don't believe in or that I wouldn't want to wear or have in my own house.  That's why I am so selective with sponsors, and feel truly good about the concept behind Fish Indie.  

Thanks for being along for the ride!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's Worthy Links

TGIF my lovelies!!!  It's Friday and I feel like I have never looked so forward to a weekend.  We went back to school this week, and sitting through four hour lectures was rough.  Any big plans for the weekend?  We'll be taking it easy and keeping it low key (aka Netflix and copious amounts of wine).  Before signing off for the week, here are a few noteworthy links I think are worth your while:

-Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller herself, addresses hurtful remarks made about her appearance, how she deals with it, and why she chooses to wear minimal makeup here.  (Mad respect, Leandra!)

-Grace Bonney, the founder of Design Sponge, talks with Jess Lively about handling change in your career and your life on this podcast, including her decision to come out in June 2013.  It's a must-listen.

-I am notorious for my iPhone always being out of battery.  It's a running joke with my husband and close friends- "don't try to text Sam, it's after 8 and her phone is surely dead."  Luckily, I came across the article 13 reasons your iPhone keeps running out of battery and made some setting changes!

-Truly lusting after this antique Persian rug in Amber's Shoppe.  

-Completely obsessed with Bri's latest Dress Your Tech download.

-I've done a lot of insane things in my day, but I've never acted this crazy.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

{bathroom above designed by Amber Interiors for Cupcakes and Cashmere}

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fashion Crushes

April in Texas means it's officially summer (hello sundresses!), and I've been prepping my closet for the hot months ahead.  Since it is so warm, I like to keep things simple and throw in a pop of color in a headband, high heel, or caftan. Anything easy and comfortable that can also be chic!  Here are a few looks I am crushin' on...

Neutrals with a pop of bright color...

I love stacked gold jewelry paired with a white tank + boyfriend jeans...

And how fun is this crochet dress with pom pom details?!

Blaire's banana leaf dress would be perfect for my upcoming Palm Springs trip...

My shopping list seems endless these days, but here's what's on my most-covetable list right now:

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State Necklace by Maya Brennar $130/ Wildfox Sunglasses $99/ Flamingo Necklace $265/ Calypso St. Barth Adilette Silk Caftan $495/Lace Crochet Top $31.37/Bud Skirt $33.92/DVF Kinder Heels $298White Tote $48.37/ Helmut Lang Draped Top $125/Paige Denim Boyfriend Jeans $210/ Lexi Heels in French Blue $295/