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NEON SIGN TYPE
& the Queen, Tracey Emin

EM Design Interiors

I’ve always had a soft spot for a little creative neon sign typography, so it’s no wonder that I’m still kicking myself that I did not make it to Tracey Emin’s first U.S. show at MOCA North Miami during Art Basel…ugh! You may recognize Emin’s work as the neon handwritten type signs…they’re honest, full of feeling, fleeting and often humorous declarations, yet in a brightly lit permanent medium, they command your attention. They add an edge and chicness to a room, especially when incorporated into an interior where you’d least expect it. If given the opportunity to light up a thought, what would you so boldly declare? Where would you display it?

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5TH BIRTHDAY
Afternoon Sweets Party

Today I get to share a few snaps from my daughter’s birthday party this past weekend! She had so much fun at the party, and of course I had a blast putting the party scheme together in pink, navy and red floral, gingham, stripes and polka dot patterns. Using an “Afternoon Sweets” theme, I enlisted the help of the fam to create a dessert table with cupcakes, cookies, macarons, lemon bars, brownie bites and cake balls. I even got to make flower arrangements with pink and red mini carnations, red tulips, and pink daisies (all supermarket flowers!).

Best part of all, my daughter got to help with details like replacing the ugly water bottle labels with cute little flower stickers, placing the cake balls into the paper flowers, and setting up the strawberry & chocolate milk station with plastic French milk bottles and stripey straws — perfect kid-friendly projects! She was so excited to be helping out with her big girl party…

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5TH BIRTHDAY
Party Scheme

Happy Friday! I’m throwing my little girl a birthday party on Sunday afternoon, so I’d thought I’d share sneak peek at the scheme I’ve put together for it in navy, pink and red! Since her only requests were a bounce house and a chocolate cake (for herself…LOL!), I decided to go with an “afternoon sweets/cookies & milk” kind of theme. We’ll have cupcakes, macarons, brownie bites, cake balls, lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies, milk for the kids and coffee for the adults. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos (you know me!) and share them next week. Until then…

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PROFILED
on The Everygirl!

In case you missed it, yesterday I had the amazing honor of being profiled on The Everygirl! They did a tremendous job with the feature and I could not be more pleased. Head over there to read how I got my start, how I juggle mom/work/social/volunteer duties, and how I try to push myself forward. The response has been truly humbling and so encouraging!

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Boutique Opening Event

I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that I have not had the chance to share this fantastic event I recently attended! You may remember I had the unique experience of attending a private gallery tour and dinner at the Bowers Museum to view the A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit. So it was such an incredible honor to then be invited to the reopening of the Van Cleef & Arpels South Coast Plaza boutique just a few weeks later. Surrounded by beautiful jewelry and beautiful people (like Kate Bosworth and Lisalla Montenegro – stunners!), serenaded by a string quartet, and served tray-passed Champagne is an excellent way to spend an evening! The redesigned space is plush and luxurious, with gray dupioni silks, silver leaf, crystal and chrome that enhance the exquisite art of Van Cleef & Arpels so well that I thought to myself, “time to redecorate!” A few of the highlights from the evening…

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NURSERY THEMES
Styling for Million Dollar Baby

“Manor” themed room for Million Dollar Baby

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a recent 2-day photo shoot I got to work on for client Million Dollar Baby (the company behind Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe’s cribs) who asked me to style nine different baby furniture sets — think, you get to “design” nine completely different rooms…how fun is that? Here are some examples of the themes I created around their beautiful pieces, pulled together with rented props, owned props and a few shopping trips…

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ART IN 5
Julius Shulman

For my third “Art in 5″ installment on La Dolce Vita, I’m showcasing famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman. I had the amazing opportunity to visit with him at his home in Hollywood Hills a few years before his death, and it was an afternoon I’ll never forget. One of my favorite parts of the day was when he revealed a few secrets about two of his most well-known photographs, “Case Study House #22″ (above) and “Kaufmann House Palm Springs.” Go check it out (10am PST) and be in the know too!

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BLACK + WHITE
Kitchen + Breakfast Nook

Yesterday I posted a few dining room photos from my friend’s home that I’ve been helping to remodel (remember the “Neutral Texture” board from last year?). We pretty much stripped the place of its old honey-colored wood, cottage cheese ceilings and ivory tiling (ick), replacing it all with dark espresso floors, black trim and doors, and pale gray walls. In the kitchen, we went with white cabinets, white carerra marble countertops, a white subway tile backsplash, and tore down a few walls (and a fluorescent light box in the ceiling – yikes!) to open up the spaces even more. The difference is dramatic! What was once a dingy 1970′s nightmare is now a refreshing light-filled dream…

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DINNER PARTY TABLE
Black, White, Pink & Gold

Happy Monday! Back to work for me, but I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day celebrations! As I mentioned Friday, I got to dress up a friend’s table for a couples’ dinner party. I went with my usual black/white/gold theme and added in a touch of pale pink. A simple gold confetti “runner” and Kelly Wearstler “kiss” placecards (that I cut from my personal stationery) kept it festive and apropos for the holiday…

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SWEET ENDINGS
Valentine’s Day Fondue

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you’re doing something fun today, with fun people! A friend of mine is hosting a dinner party, and I’m in charge of table decor and dessert. For the latter, I thought I’d make two chocolate fondue recipes and bring lots of yummy dippers (I definitely want to try bacon!)…

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