January always seems to beckon both a newness and hopefulness that only a new year can bring, as well as the desire for fresh beginnings and a cleansing of the things that just don’t seem to fit into our lives as well as we hoped they might.
In the spirit of new beginnings, a crisp white palette seems just the thing to kickstart 2018. White is undoubtedly our signature hue, so it’s no surprise nearly everything we own and design is infused with this beautiful clean canvas of a color (yes, in our books, white truly is a color).
We’ve curated one of our favorite collections of snowy white goodies, and hope you love these pretty-hued beauties as much as we do!
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MGD x COLOR | ALL THAT GLITTERS
Happy New Year, friends!
With 2017 behind us, and the sparkling promises of a new year ahead, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite gilded and glittery finds to ring in 2018.
We’ve been loving the continued resurgence of gold and brass accents in the design world, and are happy to see it’s here to stay in just about everything around us.
We hope you love our round-up of all things glittery as you bring on all that the new year has to offer…
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SERENA & LILY WREATH MAKING
Earlier this month, we Co-Hosted a fun little holiday event with Serena & Lily, and fellow design friend, Lindye Galloway at their Lido Marina Village Design Shop. Thanks to an amazing response, the event sold-out so quickly that we’re hoping we can do an encore shindig next year!
We rounded up a few of our favorite moments from the day, wreath making and holiday shopping with so many friends and lovely creatives…
When all of our guests arrived, the lovely and talented Serena & Lily team set-up the most beautiful wreath-making workstations, clad in eucalyptus, pine cones, dried berries, raffia tassels, and a handful of other pretty accoutrements to decorate with…
If you’ve never tried a wreath making class, be sure to add it to the top of your list next year! It’s such a fun and festive way to kick of the holidays and brings out everyone’s hidden creative side!
Merry Christmas friends!
All photos by: Kayla Adams
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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
‘Tis the season, friends!
This month, in between many of our ongoing design and remodel projects, we decked the halls of our lovely Studio Mate and Client, Kayla Adams’, home for the holidays. We wanted her home to be a natural extension of her day to day aesthetic and personal style, so we sought out to bring in even more of what she loves, and added an extra touch of merry for the holiday season. Take a peek below for a closer look at her beautiful home, and all the goodness we added to make it shine even brighter…
We focused on a few distinct areas to style and decorate, namely: the front door, dining area, family room and stairway. Read below for a bit more on each special space…
THE FRONT DOOR
Kayla used the prettiest shade of blush paint for her front door, which is the perfect accent to her otherwise neutral palette throughout the home. We chose a classic bay leaf wreath accented with gilded bells, and hung it from a black & white striped ribbon. One of our favorite things to do is start the overall design aesthetic on the exterior of the home, and tie it together seamlessly from outside in. Much of Kayla’s home is clad in black & white decor, so we loved adding in a hint of the same palette on the front door.
Everyone loves a good tablescape, particularly during the holidays when friends and family gather round. Since the home has mixed materials and textures throughout, we kept the natural texture of the oak table visible and added in varied greenery for a pretty pop of color. To accentuate the length of the 9′ table, we used two faux rosemary garlands, and mixed in both pillar and traditional candles with gold taper holders. We love the soft glow of candlelight, and wanted to incorporate as many candles as possible here as the main focal point.
To play alongside the black & white palette in her home, we chose to use simple white dinnerware with contrasting matte black flatware. And because we’ve been loving so many of the pieces from the new 31Bits goods collection, we knew we had to incorporate a few of their items into our tablescape. We opted for their crisp, white cotton napkins with a fringed edge detail, and brass napkin rings. And because we can’t quite get enough, one of their new brass rainbow trivets as well, which doubles as the perfect functional and decorative tabletop accoutrement.
We believe every tablescape should have some sort of natural element highlighted, namely greenery and florals. We used a mix of seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus here, in handcrafted ceramic vases. It’s such a simple and easy way to add height and color, and eucalyptus seems to be a home run for just about every occasion and season, so you can’t go wrong!
THE FAMILY ROOM
& TRIMMING OF THE TREE
In the family room, we built upon Kayla’s existing palette with layers of whites, creamy ivories and black, further accenting with metallics and winter greens. We added in the softest basketweave pillows and a pair of plaid pillows for the sofa, along with a cozy knit throw.
Because we didn’t have a fireplace or mantle to highlight, we used the media console as an extended mantel to create a little winter wonderland. We snagged Kayla’s existing burlap wrapped trees, and covered them in the sweetest mini bulbs and twinkle lights.
She’s collected some of the cutest white and wooden houses as well, which we mixed in alongside little brush trees with some of her itty bitty brass animals that she brought back from Bali earlier this year. We then anchored the corner with a pair of brass lanterns, added a bit of faux snow, and voila!
With the stairway serving as a main focal point of the home, we dressed the stairs with classic cedar garland, which is one of our favorites to work with, swag and all! We hung the cutest ivory knit stockings with touches of gold and blush interwoven, and attached them to the garland with a simple knot, using black & white striped ribbon for a finishing touch…
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BESTIES GIFT GUIDE
We adore our Besties, and couldn’t think of a more deserving gift guide than for those most near and dear to our hearts.
As you start your holiday shopping, we hope you find a few of our top favs amongst the top of your list too! There’s a little something for every sweet friend on your list here…
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HOLIDAYS WITH SERENA & LILY
Come join us on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th for a fun holiday event with Serena & Lily at their darling Lido Marina Village Design Shop in Newport Beach, CA. More details below!
We’re teaming up with our fellow design friend, Lindye Galloway, to Co-Host a Wreath Making Workshop & Holiday Cheer with the ladies at Serena & Lily, and we’d love to have you join us! The event is complimentary, and will be the perfect time to do a little holiday mingling, shopping and crafting. Grab a friend or two and pop by!
**Kindly RSVP to reserve a spot…spaces are limited! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t wait to see you there!
**UPDATE: this event has sold-out! Thank you to everyone who RSVP’ed!
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MGD x COLOR | GREEN
With December just days away, we’re itching to deck the halls and clad our world in all things green. While this color is often associated with the holidays, we see it as so much more than simply a festive holiday hue. Whether kelly, hunter, forest, olive or army green, we’re big fans of just about every shade of green over here! You’ve probably seen it popping up in abundance throughout the world of interiors, fashion, and the global design world at large, and we’re so happy to see it making its way back into our lives.
We hope you enjoy our latest round-up of these green-hued beauties. Perhaps you can add a few to your holiday wish list too!
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31BITS GOODS | THE HOME COLLECTION
At the end of nearly every residential design project we are part of (and possibly one of our favorite parts in the design process), is accessorizing! These are the finishing touches that bring everything together for a curated and cohesive look for our Clients, which often begins with the selection of larger furniture pieces, rugs, artwork, etc…and ends with the smaller accessories that tie it all together. As we begin sourcing and shopping for accessories, there are both a plethora and shortage of items to choose from. However, when we stumble across products that are thoughtfully designed, ethically made, and provide dignified job opportunities to skilled artisans globally, it makes it even more special knowing our Clients can showcase such goodies throughout their home.
You may know 31Bits from their colorfully beaded jewelry and powerful team of women, and now, they’ve recently branched out into the world of home goods…and we couldn’t be more excited! The pieces 31Bits designed with the artisans in Bali are truly one-of-a-kind, each being crafted by hand, piece by piece. We had the privilege of chatting with 31Bits Lead Designer and PR Director, Kallie & Alli, to ask them a few questions about their new collection…
Question 1: What inspired 31Bits to start a home goods collection?
Alli: It’s been almost ten years since we’ve started 31Bits (which is CRAZY) and while we have had a blast with jewelry (and still do!) we’ve been itching to do something new for awhile. We’ve all grown up with the company – gotten married, had kids, etc. and as we’ve entered that “nesting” stage we’ve all become obsessed with decorating our homes and making them our own. Through our travels we’ve seen what artisans around the world are capable of producing, so it felt like such a natural fit for us to move into home goods. We couldn’t be more excited for this new endeavor, and can’t wait to see it evolve and expand! (And don’t worry, our jewelry isn’t going anywhere!)
Question 2: How was your experience in creating a home line and working with artisans of Bali different from your experience in creating jewelry with the artisans of Uganda?
Kallie: It was very different! With jewelry, I have one product to understand the in’s and out’s of to create a design. With home, I had so many different products and artisans. It was a whole different playing field! To understand what can be made and what limitations there are in each product was a major learning curve.
Question 3: Some of our favorite pieces in your Home Collection are the ceramic vases created by Balinese artisan, Madé. What was the inspiration behind these beautifully crafted pieces that are so unique to 31Bits? What was the design process from conceptualization to creation?
Kallie: I am so glad they are your favs, because they are some of mine as well. The design process with Madé came from his passion for ceramics and art. He has a beautiful way of how he does his art. He says it’s like yoga; you must be open free and relaxed. If stress or anxiety is present, it will be apparent and will show in the work. We were designing together, with me bringing inspiration and size, and him giving his feedback and twists. We had a full day of drawing out sketches, with Madé hand-throwing samples and carving designs. It was a day of creation, artistic passion, and lots of laughs. What truly makes Madé’s work unique from others, is the sand glaze – it’s his specialty and we haven’t seen anything like it.
Question 4: What advice would you give to young female entrepreneurs who are looking to build their own brand?
Kallie: You will have a lot of sweat and tears but if you can choose to find laughs and smiles in it all, you will enjoy the ride 🙂
Question 5: What is in store for 31Bits in 2018?
Alli: Oh man, we are SO excited for 2018. We started this year a jewelry company, and are closing out 2017 with jewelry, bags AND a home collection! The opportunities are endless and we have so many ideas for what’s next. We’re anxious to expand our home collection – more textiles, more decorative pieces, etc. We’d also love to source more home goods in other parts of the world, so there will probably be a few international trips next year. And my personal goal since we’ve started has been to work with Taylor Swift – maybe 2018 will finally be my year!!! 😉
We have rounded up a few of our favorites from the new goods collection and provided a few ideas on how you can style them in your home!
1) Ceramic Knob Vase in Sand & Forest Green – These vases may be our favorite in the entire collection! They are simple, yet make a statement through the unique knobs and finishes. They are unexpected, which makes them the perfect piece to adorn with fresh greenery, hold utensils, or to place as an accent on a bookshelf.
2) Woven Grass Placemat Set – We love a good tablescape, and these woven placemats are sure to make a statement. The natural texture adds visual interest while still remaining neutral enough for you to stack with plates & pretty napkins.
3) Brass Rainbow Trivet & Rainbow Bottle Opener – How cute are these simple brass accents?! They make for a pretty addition to your tablescape or to hold your warm dishes. The rainbow bottle openers are a must for your bar cart display or as a fun little stocking stuffer during the holidays!
4) Carved Teak Cheese Board Set & Teak Salad Scoops – Gatherings are never complete without a pretty charcuterie & cheese board…and to have a board with such intricate detail, it is sure to be the talk of the night. When they aren’t being used at your dinner parties, stack them against your backsplash for a pretty kitchen accent! The beautiful matching teak salad scoops are multi-functional as well… add them to your boards to hold nuts, olives or dried fruit (essentials for a pretty cheese display!) or simply to toss your salad at the table 🙂
5) No Handle Mugs in Polka Dot & Stripe – Always a sucker for a good mug, these ceramic no handle mugs are no exception! The tone on tone whites and combination of the glazed and unglazed patterns make these mugs truly unique. If you aren’t using them to sip on your daily cup o’ joe, add them to your desk to hold your pretty pens and pencils, or our go-to, add them to your shelves to make the perfect “shelfie” !
Be sure to shop the full collection over on the 31Bits site!
*All Photography by Kayla Adams
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MGD X COLOR | NEUTRALS
As we continue our Color Series, we’ve rounded up one of our most beloved palettes around…neutrals. Effortlessly chic, always serene, and forever our favorite base layer in everything we gravitate towards both in design, spaces and products, it was one of our favorites to curate for this series.
Neutrals are undoubtedly part of every project we dream up and design (and truthfully, often the shining stars of our projects). They seem to always work flawlessly in achieving our tailored and fresh aesthetic as a Design Studio, and have become the marker for us in perfecting the monochromatic home.
And so, if neutral could one day become an official color, it would closely rival black & white as our number one go-to. Without further ado, we hope you enjoy our latest round-up of goodies!
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ARTIST HIGHLIGHT | ETHAN COOK
We love stumbling across new pieces of art that fit perfectly within our Clients’ homes. Yes, artwork is certainly visually beautiful, but what makes an art piece even more appealing in our eyes is the story that comes with it. As a design studio, we love highlighting some of our favorite artists & craftsmen. So, to kickoff our new Artist Highlight series, we are delighted to shine the spotlight on this gem of a talent, Ethan Cook.
Ethan Cook is a Brooklyn-based artist whose painterly canvases actually contain no paint at all. Cook creates beautiful textures with handwoven strips of cotton and linen. He weaves his own canvas on a loom, using what’s called a plain weave (this is how canvas is traditionally woven). These canvases are woven out of different colored cottons & linens, and then with his ingenious chosen color palette, he cuts, sews, stretches, and frames these stunning works of art. Cook welcomes mistakes in his work because he doesn’t want a perfect piece of art; rather, the snags and inconsistencies show his human touch in the weave. We find it to be absolute perfection, with so much unexpected beauty in the details.
Without further ado, here’s a peek at a few of our personal favorites from his collection of works…
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