New York Bound

In the morning, Melissa and I are heading to the other coast to eat, drink and shop our way through New York City.  We’ll be attending NY NOW to check out the latest in home, lifestyle, and gifts and buy all kinds of cool new stuff for the store.  We’ll also be checking out the latest in the NYC boutique and culinary scenes and revisiting what, after 3 such trips, have become ‘our’ spots.  I can hardly wait!  Follow us on Instagram to get a sneak peek at the latest trends in home decor and to join us on our adventure in the Big Apple.

Image via Claire K Creations

Where We’ve Been, What We’ve Been Up To

It’s official.  It’s been so long since we’ve blogged that I almost forgot our login and password.  It’s no secret that with new social media outlets, blogging seems to have taken a little bit of a backseat for everyone.

**Speaking of social media, if you aren’t already, you can follow us on both Pinterest and Instagram.  Both have become serious addictions that I may need an intervention for soon.

Just because we haven’t been around this blog, it doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy!  Here’s a little re-cap of what we’ve been up to.

1) In May, we partnered with San Diego Magazine for an article on bookcase styling.  We designed 3 different looks for one bookcase.  We did a complete re-design of Betsy’s abode last year and her new bookcases were the perfect models.

The photographer photographing the Vintage Look

 

2) At the end of June we tore apart the store and loaded up our front patio for our second annual Summer Yard Sale.  We’re coming into market season where we buy all of our new product and our annual Yard Sale is our way of being able to make room for new product and extend some amazing deals to our fabulous customers!  **Of course the day we were prepping for the sale was the day Diane Keaton walked into the store!  I stood there in my grubby clothes, red pen in hand, store not at it’s cutest, and my jaw on the floor.

The loot!

 

3) We’ve been busy with interior design clients and this month we started shooting projects for our portfolio (finally!)  This is a much longer process than it sounds.  A shoot usually starts the week before, collecting accessories to stage with.  Accessories that look good in person, don’t always look good through a camera lens.  For example, a pair of lamps that are the perfect size in person, may shrink and get lost in the photograph.

Our photographer in action

 

My car on photo shoot day *case in point why I will never have a little sports car

 

4) Betsy and I are prepping to leave for NYC tomorrow at midnight (not really but waking up at 4:00am might as well be midnight) to go to the New York Gift Show.  Even though it’s a work trip – we have a blast every year (sometimes maybe a little too much fun ; )

via Taken By The Wind DF

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday: Here Comes the Train

If your wedding venue is the size of four football fields and you don’t mind walking nearly two miles down the aisle in your wedding shoes, this could be just the bridal train for you!  The Romanian designed, Guinness World Record-breaking train took 10 seamstresses 100 days to create and spans roughly the width of Manhattan {and we thought Diana’s 25 ft. train was dramatic!}.  This past week, a Romanian model was hoisted into the sky via hot air balloon to show it off on a ride over the capital city of Bucharest, with the seemingly endless trail of ivory billowing underneath.

Downside to a train this long?  Going to the bathroom.

Images via New York Daily News, Stamford Advocate and Daily Mail