Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tabletop Tuesdays - Pink is Blossoming

We love this time of year in our valley when the almond trees start the show with their white blossoms that leave a petal blanket that is our version of snow on the ground.  Next come the delicate pink blossoms on the peach trees that look like little fairies decorated them with lace.  Mother Nature has provided us with this week's inspiration that puts us "in the pink!"

Pink table decor can be fun and flirty, elegant when mixed with black or navy and charming with lime green. 

Pink is not just for girls as shown here at a party styled by Eddie Ross...

and featured in online magazine Lonny

Love how organic this is with the orchids and stones...

Just a touch of pink mixed with the black...

From Martha...this would be beautiful for Mother's Day or a Bridal Shower

This was a wedding in Palm Springs and featured on DesignSponge

They mixed the pink with bright yellow and denim and the cactus placecards are perfect for the desert.

Finally a couple of rooms from bhg.com

Happy First Day of Spring!


Michele and Linda

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Findings...A Pinch of Green

From Pinterest Boards

For our Friday Findings we thought we would do a little wearin' o the green today.  Hope you have a great weekend and maybe a visit from a lucky leprechan!


Michele & Linda

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

TableTop Tuesday - St. Paddy's Inspiration

Aww... St. Patrick's Day is coming up on Saturday so how many of you are planning a little get-together?  So fun for that one day when we're all a little bit irish!

We've found  some design inspiration for your table or bar from one of the most amazingly talented Event and Wedding Designers in the world...Preston Bailey.  You may have seen him on TV working his magic and he has an awesome blog as well.

His table design celebrates green in a way that is sophisticated and using mostly natural elements that after your big shindig, you can deconstruct and make a stir-fry or bake a pie (lol).  He creates a table that doesn't scream shamrocks and leprechauns but will wow and still be fun.  Let's check it out...

So here are some of the elements he used...

Very cool and tres chic!  We love thinking out of the box, and all reusable.  Love that!
Check out Preston's blog here


Michele and Linda

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pinterest - Are You A Respectful Pinner?

There has been a lot of chatter lately on the blogoshere about Pinterest.  Have you read it?  We LOVE
Pinterest!  I am constantly amazed by the creativity and talent, humor and lifesharing that we can take part in just by viewing what someone has uploaded or "pinned" to this site.

However there is a little backlash from these creative and talented people, especially one's who have created beautiful handmade items (like on Etsy), put them out there proudly for the world to see, only to have them ripped off by someone who takes credit for it as their own.  We are not without fault here but when you know better, you do better.  Always, always, when you see something you love on Pinterest and are going to use it, give credit to the original owner of the "pin".  If you click on the picture instead of just repinning it, you will most times be taken to the original site/owner.  Who knows, they may have other recipes, artwork, quotes, designs, etc. that you may love even more.

Here are a couple of great articles that address this issue...please read them and let's keep Pinterest the fabulous site that we've fallen in love with and respect all that great talent out there.

Read this article on respectful pinning here...

Link With Love here

So keep on pinning...there's nothing wrong with it, but be mindful of the people behind the pins!


Michele and Linda

Friday, February 3, 2012

2012 Mission Organization - Cleanup Cuteness

One of our favorite resources for everything from towels to tables is OneKingsLane.com.  It is a home decor website that is awesome but there's a catch...you have to be willing to pull the trigger and buy because they only stay on the site for a limited time.

In Elements of Chic quest for organization at home and everywhere else (maybe even the garage!) we have been scoping out ways to achieve calm from chaos and have it look good too.  Check out this cute little cleaning caddy but if you like it, you better whip out your card and type in those numbers!

Go from this...

to this!  How cute is that?

Anything that makes us want to clean is a step in the right direction!

Have a great weekend everyone and whichever team your rooting for on Sunday...stay safe!


Michele and Linda

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy 2012!

The time of the year to reflect and set new goals for yourself.  Time to unclutter and get organized which can give you a feeling of freedom, accomplishment, and feeling in control after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Pinterest -delightfulorder.blogspot.com

Our goal this year is to purge our closets, office, kitchen and garage!  A daunting task, but a resolved determined goal.  We are going to get Ruthless, Ruthless, Ruthless!  This is the year to pare down, make life simple, and put everything at our fingertips.  Here are some tips to help you on your organizational journey in 2012.

Follow the golden rule of closet organizing:  If you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it!  Schedule in a couple of hours for each closet.  Pull everything you own out of the closet.  Go through everything piece by piece and only put back in your closet what you use or wear!  Have garbage bags ready, one to throw away items and one to fill with unused items.  If it doesn’t fit you, get rid of it and treat yourself to something  when you are at your ideal weight. If you can’t bear to part with an item (and we all have some of those things), then flag with a sticky note on the hangar and if at the end of the season you haven’t worn it, discard it.  

                                          Elfa System - The Container Store

Design your closet space.  Measure the space, including all interior walls, floor, and backs of doors.  Have your measurements in hand when shopping for closet organizers to fit your space using every square inch your closet. They range from the inexpensive to custom organizers.  Find the best system for you and your budget.

Make sure you invest in the right type of hangar that suits your item.  (No wire hangers allowed.)  Slim velvet, plastic and wood are best suited for your closet. The slim velvet hangers come in all colors and hold up to 10 pounds.  Remember to fold T-Shirts and sweaters so they do not lose their shape over time. 

                                                  Pinterest - bhg.com

Label all boxes (clear plastic boxes are great so that you can see what is inside of them) and baskets with cute little labeling tags. 

Coordinate your wardrobe to save time finding items.  Sort all items by color and likeness (i.e. skirts, pants, jackets, tops, etc.) Keep all items that you use regularly at eye level and items that you rarely use higher up.

Pinterest - iheartorganizing.blogspot.cc
Linen closets usually become a disaster.  Roll your bath towels for more storage space.  Fold sets of bed linen sheets inside of the set’s pillowcase.  Label each sheet set with attractive tags to mark the sheet set size.  Table linens should be cleaned and ironed after use.  Tablecloths and matching napkins should be stored on plastic shirt or skirt hangars in your closet and tagged together so they are ready for your next event.

                 Pinterest -The Container Store              

Cleanse your kitchen cabinets and pantry.  Throw away all expired food products and old spices that have lost their aroma.  Organize and clean your drawers and cabinets getting rid of anything that you haven’t used for a year.  Chances are you will not use it again.  China and crystal can take up precious space in your kitchen.  Move them to another spot in the house and store them using coffee filters between plates.  


The garage is a daunting task.  This will take a day or weekend so budget time on a nice sunny day.  Pull out everything, we mean everything.  Then purge what you do not use.  Again use the golden rule, if you haven’t used it in a year, part with it.  Have boxes ready to pack any unused items, so as they do not go back into the garage and label them garage sale or donation.   Implement the storage system that works for you!


Linda and Michele

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