Invitation for Fall

I’m a little late on sharing this as the party is this weekend, but I love how this engagement party invitation turned out. It’s simple and rustic and perfect for a fall party. I created it for a good friend, but now it is also available to you in our etsy shop! Happy Fall!

Rustic Fall Engagement Party Invitation

May Showers

Tis the season for weddings and babies. I want to share some photos of the beautiful showers I’ve attended so far this season honoring some lovely to-be brides and a baby 💕
I hope you love the special details and will be inspired to get crafty for your next shower.

First up is a baby shower for a good friend in PA.  Terrain Garden Cafe , in Glen Mills, PA is a unique venue by Urban Outfitters that I would describe as a hybrid cafe restaurant, garden nursery and home boutique all wrapped into a beautifully rustic horticultural setting. The menu features hand-selected local produce, meats, and dairy products from the seasonal harvest of local farmers.  Terrain accommodates private events in their own restored antique greenhouse, lodge, and terrace depending on your needs. Below are some photos from the shower.

 

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Next up was a waterfront bridal shower at Pier 701 in the adorable town of Piermont, NY. We enjoyed a lovely sunny day at this tiki bar and restaurant celebrating our lovely bride-to-be and backed by panoramic water views.

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Next up is a shower that was extra special to me because I am a bridesmaid in the wedding. All the special details for the event were hand-crafted by us especially for the bride and her day. The shower was held at Lambertville Station Inn, in historic Lambertville, NJ on the Delaware River.

 

Lambertville Station Inn

Lambertville Station Inn

 

Of course I was in charge of the invitations, and I think they came out great :) You can also find them soon in our etsy shop Hudson & Sound.

 

Rustic, Navy & Grey Square Invitation | Hudson & Sound

Rustic, Navy & Grey Square Invitation | Hudson & Sound

 

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Candy Bar

Take A Sweet

Take A Sweet

 

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Wishing Well + Date Night Ideas

 

I hope you enjoyed a recap of my May Showers and got some ideas for your next shower! Don’t forget to check out Hudson & Sound for unique invitations and crafty party details!

 

 

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Hudson & Sound


Rustic Navy, Burlap & Lace Wedding Invitation

I am super excited to share a recent wedding invitation created for my good friend. It is both rustic and romantic and I think they came out so great. It’s a square ivory colored invitation with navy blue and grey text in a navy scalloped pocket. We added a burlap and lace ribbon around the pocket and used corresponding kraft colored envelopes for both the invitation and the response card.

Rustic Navy, Burlap & Lace Wedding Invitation

Rustic Navy, Burlap & Lace Wedding Invitation

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Response Card

Response Card

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Old is New | Real Antique Wood

On friday we took a trip to the Real Antique Wood barn and showroom in Irvington, NJ. I’ve been wanting to check this place out for quite awhile and it did not disappoint. Real Antique Wood Mill is a full-service custom mill providing authentic reclaimed wood products. All their wood & timbers come from a variety of different sources including 18th & 19th century barns, homes, and factories dating back to the industrial revolution. We’ve got a lot of the projects in the works right now between our bathroom remodel, kitchen reno and a new house in contract and have developed a huge appreciation for all things old, original and reclaimed. They also have a great selection of unique antique and rare barn finds such as hardware, wooden crates,  ladders, sickles, pulleys, farm tools and so much more. Our trip left us inspired and with an even greater appreciation for the beauty and history that comes with repurposing these products. Everyone we met there was super helpful and friendly (and they even allow dogs!). I’d really suggest taking a trip for your next project or just to get inspired, we will be back for sure. 

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Bathroom Reno Reveal

We’ve been working on our bathroom remodel for months and I’m finally ready to show off the results! You can read about the progress here and here.  It used to be a cramped, dysfunctional, outdated space with absolutely no storage and I’m so be pleased with how how it all turned out… totally fresh and  functional with tons of storage and not short on charm either.

We exposed the brick around the window. We also added three niches in the walls around the vanity. I really love all the rustic accents that were all actually originally there, we just needed to expose them and add a little TLC.

The most indecisive part of this project was what to do about a vanity. Most of the options were either big and bulky and too deep for the space, or too small, or too boring, or too expensive. I had originally designed my own that we were going to build ourselves (or hire someone else to build it). Then I found this, which is actually a console table, but the dimensions were perfect and I loved how it sat off the floor so there would be room for your toes, and that the drawers were on the bottom and the open shelves were on the top which allowed space for the plumbing. I bought the vessel sink and some baskets for storage and now it’s my vanity! We are getting a stone counter top cut and then it will be complete. I think it turned out great and now I have a custom unique piece – sometimes you have to get creative and use what works best for your space. Think outside the box!

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More photos of the wall niches. The shelves are reclaimed wood from the demo that we cut up and applied a sealer.

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The paint color is Benjamin Moore “Normandy.” There’s a myth about painting small spaces darker colors and it’s not true! Dark walls can actually do the opposite of what you’d expect because it causes the walls to visually recede and make a small room feel bigger. I love this color and the contrast it brings against the fresh bright tile and the wood accents.

We completely replaced the trims around the window, but we made sure to match the original style, even the little square corner pieces match back to the molding in the rest of the house. The piece of wood on the top was there when we exposed the wall… so we left it. I like the natural rustic wood and the character is adds. Old is new :)

 

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The floor was the easiest decision. I saw this tile way before we even started the project and knew I wanted it. It was a little expensive, but that is the benefit of designing a small space – it leaves a little room to splurge on better materials because you don’t need as much. It was a bit of a pain to install but I think well worth the effort, I love the mosaic design and the colors and because the tiles are so tight together there are hardly any grout lines to get dirty!

Do you like my rug? Don’t be afraid to use a rug instead of a bath mat. They are more durable and made to withstand more than a few damp feet.

 

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I used to have a cramped coffin-like standing shower. I couldn’t fit a full sized bathtub so this smaller tub is the perfect solution and even at 46.5″ it actually feels quite spacious.

 

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For the shower walls we used classic white subway tile with a light grey grout. I like the color contrast and it will look cleaner longer than white grout. We also added three niches in the wall with arabesque tile for a little added detail.

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Because I have super high ceilings and don’t like to waste an inch of space we created a pretty large storage cubby above the shower. Of course it’s not easily accessible for every day items but it’s perfect for extra linens and toilettries or out of season items. You can never have too much storage! We added a piece of wood across the front and stained it to match the reclaimed wood on the shelves and window.

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Fact: I’m a bit obsessed with light fixtures. I think they are beautiful and of course practical, so even in the shower I couldn’t resist adding a light that was still a little special. It was actually a but challenging to find a unique light that is also CUL listed. It’s important to note when shopping for a shower light you should look for items noted as UL or UL/CUL listed. These products are the safest bets for showers, kitchens, or any other area that might be exposed to moisture. This one fit the bill and with a bit of a nautical vibe I thought it added a little something extra to the shower space.

For the main part of the bathroom I chose a crystal flush mount. Lighting is like the jewelry of a room, it is the finishing touch that pulls all the pieces together, and I like a little bling – even in the bathroom! I also strongly believe in dimmers (in every room) and for the bathroom as well. I like the option especially at night and they are super easy to install.

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So that’s my new bathroom! And just for fun, here are some “before” photos:

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Bathroom “before”

 

I hope you like my new bathroom and were inspired for your next project. Below I will recap everything I chose in case you want to look for yourself.

 

 

Crystal Flush Mount Light

Canarm Alice 2 Light Flush Mount

Nautical Shower Light | Travista Design

Designers Fountain Round Bulkhead with Guard

Blue Rustic Custom Vanity | Travista Design

Safavieh Annabelle Console Table

Clear Black Vessel Sink | Travista Design

Kraus Clear Black Glass Vessel Sink and Sheven Faucet

Seagrass Baskets | Travista Design

Household Essentials Seagrass Baskets

Flower Shower Curtain | Travista Design

Lush Decor Flower Drop Ivory / Blue Shower Curtain

Plum/Multi Striped Rug | Travista Design

Versatile Foundations Theo Rug, Plum/Multi

Cosmo Magnifying Wall Mirror | Travista Design

Better Living Products Bath Cosmo 8″ Mirror

Marble Mosaic Tile | Travista Design

Jeffrey Court Windswept 13 in. x 13 in. Marble Mosaic Tile

Abaresque Tile | Travista Design

Merola Lantern Tile

 

Architectural Digest Home Design Show

On friday I went to one of my favorite trade shows in NYC, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

“A world of design inspiration awaits at the 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. SHOP the latest furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath and building products for all your design projects. BE INSPIRED with seminars offered by leading talent from the world of design. CELEBRATE DESIGN at North America’s Premier Design Show for the luxury market.”

I wanted to share photos of some favorites from the show and hope you will be as inspired as I was!

My favorite featured event was Dining by Design featuring a  “brilliant blast of cuisine, creativity, and spectacle with 40+ one-of-a-kind dining environments that awe and inspire.”

One of my favorites in Dining by Design was by Ralph Lauren. How beautiful is this!?

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Dining by Design | Ralph Lauren

Dining by Design | Ralph Lauren

Dining by Design | Ralph Lauren

 

I also loved this display by students from FIT. It was inspired by the “true moral meaning of Pinocchio.” The story relates to the fight against AIDS and the struggles that must be overcome “when caught inside the belly of a whale.”

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Dining By Design | FIT

Dining by Design | FIT

Dining by Design | FIT

Dining by Design | FIT

Dining by Design | FIT

Dining by Design | FIT

Dining by Design | FIT

Check out the fishtail on the silverware!

 

And here are a few more from Dining By Design that were beautiful and inspired :)

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Dining by Design

 

The rest of the show featured the latest furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath and building products and left me eager to take on some new projects. Here are some things that I found particularly cool…

 

The “River Collection” by Greg Klassen:

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“River Collection”

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“River Collection”

 

I’ve been wanting herringbone wood floors forever. I think I first became intrigued while reading about Jennifer Aniston’s West Village penthouse. One day I will have them as well :) Just maybe not in a PH…

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herringbone wood floors

 

Appliances in fun and trendy colors seem to be popping up everywhere. This is the second time this month that I’ve seen this purple oven in Pantone’s color of the year “Radiant Orchid”

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purple oven

 

What do you think about these crooked shelves? Cool design or bad fang shui!?

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crooked shelves

 

I do like this rustic wood panelled wall. This could be a pretty cool DIY project.

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rustic wood wall

 

I also really loved these tables with glass tiled tops and drawers.

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mosaic glass tiled tables

 

Another project for an old table makeover – how about adding a stained glass top?

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stained glass table

 

This round mirror is unique and practical with a built on shelf:

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And last but not least, I really liked this art display. I named it “string art” and think it would be a nice little project for a rainy day. What do you think?

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“string art”