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Trend Alert: Spring has Sprung!

With the resurgence of colorful floral prints in the fashion and design world, it’s easy to lose track of the source of all of that blooming inspiration – the real deal.

We were reminded of nature’s beauty on a recent trip to Joni’s home! Here’s a little snippet into nature’s bounty…Vanderslice style.

Front Door

As soon as we pulled up we noticed the gorgeous flowers leading to the front door.

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Foxgloves in a Row

The foxgloves (large white flowers) are undoubtedly the current garden showstoppers.

Foxgloves with Joni's door in the background

As we moved around to the side of the home we discovered Joni’s vegetable and herb garden.

Vegetable and Herb Garden

Joni’s plentiful garden is full of her favorite herbs including:

Herbs

She has veggies too – everything you need to make a fresh summer salad:

Veggies

Because a special centerpiece is always part of the table at the Vanderslice’s home, Joni grows flowers that she can snip whenever. Some examples include:

Flowers

We also saw signs of more blooms to come including hydrangea’s loaded with buds and canna lilies beginning to bud as well!

One of the advantages of having a garden is being able to have such easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables when entertaining!

Garden Vegetables for Salad

Garden fresh! Thanks to Lauren and Grace (Vanderslice) for creating this delicious dish for us.

Avocado, Garden, Salad, Vegetable

And Joni created this simple and beautiful centerpiece by mixing assorted bud vases and flowers on her dining table. The assortment of bud vases in varying heights is a twist on the traditional single arrangement.

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed these pretty pictures and invite you to go take a little break and get outside and ‘smell the roses.’

xo,

JB

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Hannah Fulton : Pretty in Pink!

Recently some friends and I threw a shower for our sweet friend, who is expecting a baby girl this month.  Pink was center stage and we took cues from fashion and design to pull the shower together with current style!

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The hostesses (and the mommy to be) love chevron!  This paper runner from the J Banks Retail Store ($34 for a 20” x 50” roll) was a perfect way to add a graphic pattern to our tabletop. Another of my favorite J Banks finds are these acrylic wine glasses.  I have a set of the tumblers and the wine glasses in clear, and another friend has the pink, so we combined them on the table and didn’t worry for a second about anything breaking!

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The shimmery gold and cream hues were set off by mercury glass votives that were sprinkled along the table. The look was so subtle and pretty, we decided to mirror it on chevron place cards and menus. The left over paper will be perfect gift wrap!

chevron table runner

When we designed the cake, we used an ombré concept on the icing, and within the cake for the layers!

cake

Pink Montage

There is lots of love for ombré these days –ombré painted walls, furniture, fashion, finger nails and even hair.

ombre cake

We also used this concept for our flower arrangement, starting with light blush colored roses and cascading into deep pink tones.

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And speaking of the flowers, nestled into the candelabra of fresh roses are (faux!) hydrangeas which I purchased from the J Banks retail store – at only $12 per stem. These were key in adding fullness to the arrangement, and because they are silk, they are hearty and not fragile, perfect to work with when creating this kind of detailed arrangement.

One of the hostesses is also a J Banks client, so it was fun to see our interior design as the perfect backdrop for our celebration.

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The elegant Osborne & Little window treatment fabric created a billowy, soft, dreamy background to our intimate table for twelve.

One of my favorites from the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture, the Deb chair, provided the perfect perch for the mother to be to open gifts!

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For this chair, our savvy client selected a textured aqua fabric. You’d never know it was suitable for outdoor use!  Not only does it look fabulous, but it performs well and is a suitable choice for her family of five.

Pink Vietri Flatware

I gifted baby (who’s mother and I share a passion for cooking and gourmet foods) with a set of Vietri Bambino flatware in PINK of course!  (J Banks also carries these in blue and clear for other foodie babes.)

The menu was delicious but light (we had to leave room for that cake!).

drink

As guests arrived, they sipped on a bubbly rosé accented with a hot pink rock candy stick and nibbled on caprese sticks, melon and prosciutto pops and crab cakes. Baskets of assorted mini muffins were nestled on the table. A savory goat cheese soufflé was served aside spring greens tossed in a light balsamic, topped with roasted beets, candied walnuts and grilled chicken.

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‘….Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice!’

Party guests were invited to create their own favors using pink sweet treats! They chose from cotton candy, pink popcorn, hand dipped marshmallows and more – all displayed in clear glass vessels. We also used this darling book, What Are Little Girls Made Of? (J Banks Retail $7.00) as the guest book for the event!

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Despite the chilly temperatures lately, this shower has me in full spring mode!

backdrop floral

Check back soon for more inspired entertaining ideas!

Enjoy!

 

Hannah Fulton, Retail Designer

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