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Inspiration Board: Saturated Mustards & Reds

Hot colors + hot illustrations = hot. Loving the 70’s vibes of these hues…

Via, from upper left, clockwise: Faraday Bikes, Red Cheeks Factory, Julia Rothman, Designlovefest

Flower Chic: Making a Merry & Bright Floral Crown

I’m so excited to share this merry floral crown idea that is featured in the current issue of Flutter Magazine. You can check out the feature here and here’s how to re-create the look yourself.

First up, lets assemble the materials. You will need:

straight wire

floral wire

– pretty ribbon

floral tape

floral shears

– flowers, I’m using red dahlias, orange ranunuclus and dusty miller

Begin by making mini bunches of flowers and tie them together with floral tape.

Take the straight wire and cut to about 9″. Attach ribbon with a glue gun on either end so you can tie the floral headdress around your head.

Then, working in one direction, attach you flower bundles until you’ve completely covered the wire.

And ta da! You’re done, now you can sport flowers in your hair whenever you feel like. Enjoy! To purchase flowers go to Fabulous Florals.


Flower Chic: Fall Wedding Ceremony Ideas

I love a good fall wedding, and for this week’s Flower Chic I thought it be fun to dress up a traditional lattice structure for a fall wedding. I used a palette of orange with touch of black, via some insane black dahlias, chocolate cosmos, and black scabiosa all from Florabundance.

To make the arrangement, I started by wiring maple branches to the trellis to create a nice base shape. Then I wired a piece of caged floral foam to the left side of the arbor. Then I layered in bittersweet and orange berry branches. I placed my 3 types of dahlias, poppies, tulips, and then onto to the smaller flowers, the scabiosa and cosmo into the floral foam.

Finally, I tucked in pieces of pumpkin branches for texture.

To recreate this arrangement you will need:


– caged floral foam, soak in water

– green floral wire


– 3 bunches of orange dahlia

– 2 bunches of red dahlias

– 1 bunch of black dahlias

– 1 bunch of black cosmos

– 1 bunch of black scabiosa

– 3 bunches of maple leaf

– 3 bunches of bittersweet

– 2 bunches of orange berries

Happy arranging!

In the Kitchen: Lamb w/ Candied Olive & Orange Tapenade

I love citrus in savory dishes, and this recipe for lamb brochette is certain to get your taste buds hopping… First up, Duo picked up both the blood oranges and lamb from Santa Barbara’s farmer market and got to cooking…

To make this recipe you will need:

For the lamb:

-2 Lamb Loins

-1 Tablespoon Finely cut rosemary

-3 Garlic cloves, minced

-Zest of 1/2 Orange

For the Tapenade:

-1/2 Cup pitted olives (we often use picholine, Nicoise, and Luque Olives)

-1/4 Cup dice orange (the entire orange- do not peel).

-1 Tablespoon Sugar

-1/4 Cup Water

-1 Clove garlic, minced

-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

-2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Parsley


  1. Clean each lamb loin of any silver skin and split lengthwise (leaving you with 4 pieces)
  2. Rub the loins with the Rosemary, garlic, orange zest and salt and pepper- set aside.
  3. Combine water, sugar and orange in a sauté pan over high heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add olives and garlic and continue to simmer for an additional two minutes (the majority of the liquid should have evaporated – if the water evaporates too quickly add 2-3 additional tablespoons).
  5. Allow mixture to cool.
  6. Add parsley and set aside.
  7. Heat a sauté pan with 2 tbl Neutral cooking oil over meadium, high heat.
  8. sear the lamb loins on all sides, reduce heat and cook for a total time of 3-4  minutes.
  9. Remove lamb to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  10.  slice each loin into 6 pieces (for a total of 24).
  11. Top each medallion with 1 tsp of the Tapenade.

Makes 24 Brochettes. Enjoy these bites sized treats!

*Duo & Michael and Anna Costa are sponsors of Santa Barbara Chic

Spotlight: Lilly & Louise

I’m a big fan of pretty paper goods, and local Santa Barbara invitation designer Leslie Lewis Sigler of Lilly & Louise does just that. About a month ago Kirsten of Beaux Arts and I did a little styling session with Leslie’s paper good for her new website. It was a fun day and I loved all the pretty paper goodies we captured.

Leslie does completely custom work and she’s also a fine art artist so mixing media, colors and textures is right up her alley (she was the genius behind my own blog re-design). Here’s a very classic and elegant invitation which I styled with a black tie, vintage perfume bottle and a string of pearls.

I love the playful calligraphy of this suite, and the notched flag detail? Adorable!

From programs with a sewn edge, to buttons with guest names, to fortune tellers, Leslie designs paper items way beyond your standard invitation.

Here she designed welcome bags to match the invitations. Seriously, have band-aids ever looked so cute?

Of course, if something more mod, and slightly Mad Men in flavor, is more your speed, this suite she created for a 70s birthday bash is pure mid-century awesomeness. I styled the invites with some matchbooks from the period (I found a bunch in Los Alamos). Anyway, you can see more of Leslie’s paper goodness here, her fine art here (she painted my favorite silver piece in my collection right here) and if you’re looking for logo design, she does that too, right here. And you can take a tour of Leslie’s adorable home over on Design*Sponge!

Flower Chic: Bold Ikat


I’ve really been digging Ikat lately (pretty sure its gonna be the next “chevron”) and I’m loving this bold version I recently picked up at Michael Levine’s. The bold red, yellow, pink aganist white is just so perfect for summer. When I found yellow, with a tinge of red, peonies at Fabulous Florals, its was obvious these two were meant to be together.

For the container, I used a white and gold haviland bowl (the same one I used for Wedding Chicks) layered on a gold scalloped tray I picked up at a consignment store. The gold glassware is vintage and is from an antique store in Los Alamos. I’m seriously loving gold right now.

To make this arrangement I used clear floral tape and created a grid at the top of the container (this acts as floral frog, and holds your flowers in place). I used these insane yellow/red peonies, but you could easily use only dahlias which are in season right now. Anyway, to make the arrangement you will need:

2 bunches yellow/red striped tulips

1 bunch yellow peonies

1 bunch red/yellow dahlias

2 bunches yellow/red calla lillies

1 bunch geranium

Floral Shears

Clear floral tape

Stay tuned for my picks of ikat products later today! And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Real Party: Mexican Fiesta Rehearsal Dinner

I’m a big fan of a hosting a large rehearsal dinner. And this one, is well, awesome. Held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum the understated fiesta vibe, is elegant, and oh so fun.

A muted palatte of taupes and creams is given a distinctive fiesta flair with shots of turquoise and bolsa wood flowers that are a twist on the colorful paper flowers usually used for this kind of look.

Of course, if you’re going to throw a proper fiesta, you need a really good mariachi band to set the mood. Add in a menu of delicious tacos and churros and you’ve got the makings of one successful party.

Did I mention, the churro situation? I’ll take one!

Alisa + Tim, Part Two- Ceremony


The wedding was held at McCormick Ranch which is an adorable location with lovely gardens and a pretty white house.


See what, I mean? Adorable.


Ceremony programs were tucked into an old suitcase and filled with lemons (I actually picked them from a friend’s tree because I wanted the leaves on the lemons).


A traditional huppa was carried in for the bride and groom to stand under. I brought in birch poles just because I love their soft, natural look.


I love a traditional Jewish ceremony!


This is the getting ready area of the couple, pretty nice, no?


I love this group photo with the couple’s dog Daphne.


Daphne was the ring bearer and Alisa’s mom made a special pillow for her to wear. Daphne also wore a locket which had pictures of the couple’s two cats.


Next up the reception! Photos by Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie.

An Oldie: Inspiration Board #33: Red & Blue Berries

Since  I’m playing mad catch up today and prepping for a week of meetings. I thought I’d share an inspiration board that some of my new readers may have missed.This board was inspired by berries, but it could easily be translated to a Fourth of July Wedding. And now onto the post:


I love summer berries and I think the deep reds and blues are the perfect inspiration for a late summer wedding. I picture this wedding taking place at a family farm, the bride would wear a bold red dress, and guests would be treated to refreshing berry drinks.

Description: Berries, Barn, Fashion-forward, red & blue

Images from left to right, top to bottom: {Row 1} 1. via Tartelette 2. La Vie Photography 3. Helen Norman 4. Gemma Comas {Row 2 } 1. Anna Kern 2. via small stump + studio choo 3. Lisa Lefkowitz {Row 3} 1. Daniel Farmer 2. Anna Kern 3. Lisa Lefkowitz

Inspiration Board #48: Strawberry Fields

I love the idea of using strawberries to anchor the event design for a wedding. I mean who doesn’t like strawberries? I picture this wedding taking place at a charming B & B. The wedding would be small and intimate and there would be loads of bubbly and delicious strawberries to snack on. Local, organic food would make up the rest of the menu and be served picnic style, all on a warm spring day.


Description: Strawberry decor, red & white stripes & checks, wedding picnic

Images, from left to right, top to bottom: {Row 1} 1. Lacey Style 2. Alexandra Grablewski 3. Kristi Blunt for Martha Stewart Weddings { Row 2} 1. Thayer Allyson Gowdy 2. Polly Wreford 3. Miki Duisterhof {Row 3} 1. Dasha Wright 2. Open Air Photography 3. Anna Skoog