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Inspirations, The Latest Buzz

Sensational Soirées with J + G

Spring Tablescape à la Eddie Ross

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…  and party plannin’ is underway.  On any given Saturday, you’ll find us cooking out with friends on the terrace or packing a picnic for the beach.  While we’re more of the low-key, come as you are types, sometimes it’s nice to plan a more extravagant affair and that’s where the girls from J+G Design come in.

Georgie and Jennifer Style a Table

Jennifer Beek and Georgie Hambright are the beauties and the brains behind this new interior design and event planning firm based in New York.  We met Jennifer when she worked with our adorable friend, Harry Heissmann, and discovered her new venture when we saw our Green and Groovy Bouquet on their blog, The Curatorial (love it when that happens!)

Eclectic and Layered

Not only does this dynamic duo design sleek and elegant interiors, they also create unique events (they see these as “temporary” interiors.)  With services including picking a theme and color scheme, planning a menu, creating a signature drink, arranging flowers and setting a terrific table, who could go wrong?

Winter Blues

And they’re even willing to share a tip or two…  See how they mixed in vintage linens, china and glassware for an eclectic and layered look in their client’s industrial loft…

Rustic Chic

or how they used Christmas ornaments as place card holders and mercury glass balls instead of candles to reflect light in a rustic winter tablescape.

Whimsical Birthday

We know we’ll be visiting their Pinterest boards to be inspired for our next party.  Now if only we could only get the construction finished!

Photos via J+G Design

Book Report, Inspirations

Book Report: Flair

A Flair for Entertaining

A Flair for Entertaining

“I grew up in rural Nebraska – literally in the middle of nowhere – yet my parents managed to carve out a pretty sophisticated lifestyle for themselves.  Each month, they hosted a black-tie dinner party, for which my mother cooked a beautiful meal – on her own, without any help.

Yellow Foral Fun

Yellow Foral Fun

She bought fresh, seasonal flowers, which she arranged, simply, but neatly.

Colorful Combination - Mottahedeh and Charlotte Moss

Colorful Combination - Mottahedeh and Charlotte Moss

The table was set with one of her many collections of china, silver, and freshly ironed linen tableclothes and napkins.  Nothing was showy – just elegant and comfortable.”

Tea for Eight at Four

Tea for Eight at Four

For all of us who aren’t like Mrs. Nye, Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers and Gorgeous Table Settings by her fabulously talented son, Joe, is a party thrower’s must-have.  Needless to say, with the holiday season just a few months away, our copy is becoming dog-eared.

Joe Nye - The Party Guy

Joe Nye - The Party Guy

Not only does Joe cover the important aspects of table settings, invitations, party favors and flowers, but he shares a few short-cuts (grocery store blooms – oh my!) and quick fixes (pre-printed invitations – gasp!) to create a memorable event.

Pressed Linens and Pretty Placecards

Pressed Linens and Pretty Placecards

Joe believes that as a host, it’s easy to forget that “thoughtful” and “lovely” aren’t the same as “perfect” – so get out your water pitchers for your bouquets and serve your soup out of coffee cups… but be careful never to equate casual with sloppy.

So Chinoiserie Chic!

So Chinoiserie Chic!

This book is a gem, a page-turner filled with beautiful pictures and practical suggestions and a wonderful source of inspiration for us all.  In our minds, Joe Nye is the Party Guy!

P.S.  He’s also the Interior Guy (just in case you didn’t know!)

Joe Nye - The Interior Guy

Joe Nye - The Interior Guy

Photos from Flair, Velvet & Linen and House Beautiful