Oct22 Luminous Portrait & Elizabeth Messina 2012

Today we are celebrating the launch of the latest issue of The Knot magazine with the cover shot by our dear friend Elizabeth Messina. We thought we’d spread the love, so we’re featuring a little bit more of Elizabeth Messina over here on the blog today! We adored her launch party of her newest book, The Luminous Portrait, which if I do say so myself, is a spectacular coffee table book. Elizabeth’s artwork is absolutely breathtaking so getting the chance to have a little piece of it in your home is a total delight.

In addition to Elizabeth, the floral designer whose work is on the cover of The Knot magazine also took part in making this launch party gorgeous! Isn’t it lovely how everything connects? We hope you enjoy all of these images shot by Kirsten Ellis.

To see more of today’s features, be sure to check out Grey Likes Weddings and Grey Likes Baby!

Hosted by: Mindy Weiss // Photography: Kirsten Ellis // Desserts: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach // Flowers: Dolce Designs Studio // DJ: DJ Shakee of Scratch Weddings // Wine: One Hope Weddings // Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth // Venue: The Mark for Events // Furniture: Found Rentals // Ice Cream: Sweet Lucie’s // Tote bag favors: The Wedding Chicks Shop // Wall Prints: The Image Source // Special Thanks: Be Inspired PR

Aug20 Outfitted: Palm Beach Hideaway 2012

Take beach style to glamorous new heights with this Palm Beach Hideaway Inspiration Board.

Glitz required, sand optional. 

Clockwise from the top: M.A.S.H. via Pinterest; Shelter via Pinterest; Scarf from J. Crew; Coastal Living; Watch from ASOSEssie’s Tart Deco; Glam Things; Bag, Kate Spade from Nordstrom.



Aug15 Say yes to chalkboard. 2012

Earlier we shared some serious inspiration for chalkboard art and now we’re back with some of our favorite ideas for incorporating it into your home. Our best tips and tricks:

1. Start small. If you’re not fully committed to say, painting a whole wall with chalkboard paint, try starting with just a frame or a piece of furniture. Find a unique frame with a solid backing at a thrift store, remove the glass, and paint the backing with chalkboard paint. Or, take a wood table or cabinet and paint the top or doors. All the fun, no commitment. Now I sound like a man!

2. Be bold. The combination of huge chalkboard art on the walls with the bright colored accents really makes the look pop. These pieces of art can be created by taping off rectangular sections on the wall and painting the middle with chalkboard paint.

3. Score something vintage. This vintage schoolhouse chalkboard is a gorgeous addition to the entry way, or in any other room.

4. Dive in. Afraid of nothing? Just go for the gold and paint the whole wall. We especially love this look for the kitchen. The practical uses are endless.

5. Take it outside. Still not convinced chalk art needs to make a cameo in your home? Try it outside! Could be a fun addition to a backyard BBQ or front porch entrance.

6. Details, details. Think of other fun uses for chalk art, like place settings and labels. If it can be painted, it’s fair game.

7. Get seasonal. One of best things about chalkboard paint is that you can always swap the art out. That frame that usually hold yours grocery list, or the wall that normally has your favorite line from a poem? Turn it into a perfect place for holiday cheer. So much easier than putting together an artificial Christmas tree. Seriously.

Images Sources:

1. Crush Cul de Sac & 79 Ideas / 2. Unknown via Pinterest / 3. Hinge Design Studio / 4. My Paradissi  / 5. What Katie Ate / 6. That Inspirational Girl & Annaleenas Hem / 7. Unknown via Pinterest

Aug15 Grey Likes: Dana Tanamachi 2012

I’ve been wondering for a while where the chalkboard trend in interiors is going. I’d been feeling a bit ambivalent about the whole thing lately and reconsidering a few chalk pieces in my own home. That is, until I discovered Dana Tanamachi.

Dana Tanamachi is chalk letterer and graphic designer living in Brooklyn. Her work is unreal, don’t you agree? Her artwork is everywhere from storefronts to the cover of O Magazine. She has fully restored my faith in the pure awesomeness that is chalk art.

Be sure to check out this time lapse video to get a full picture of how she brilliantly crafts each piece.

And last but not least, you can have a piece of Dana’s work in your own home by snagging a set of these adorable alphabet paperweights she created for West Elm – and they’re totally on sale.

A little later today we’ll be back with a roundup of some of our favorite ways to incorporate chalkboards into your spaces!


Images all from Dana Tanamachi.  Top photo by Spencer Heyfron for The Wall Street Journal. Last image appeared as a spread in O Magazine.

Nov02 A Chair Gone Vogue 2010

I love this chair gone vogue…It’s on a wall, and now, it’s a shelf. Fun, unexpected, and just quirky enough to work! What a great idea from Post Road Vintage!!!