‘Floral Design’ Category

Designer Highlight: Lily Lasuzzo of Lavender and Mint

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

For the second installment of my interview series, I was honored to interview Lily Lasuzzo, who is a graphic designer in Houston, Texas. She owns Lavender and Mint, which is a bespoke invitation and retail stationery boutique, specializing in graphic design for custom wedding invitations, announcements, birthdays, parties, baby showers & exquisite social stationery. Lily did my business cards, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with her skill as well as her kindness! Let me introduce you to Lily and Lavender and Mint.

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Since you are originally a California girl, tell us what you love most about Texas?
The trees and the rain! I can do without the heat, but the oak trees in my neighborhood and the sounds of the rain when it pours through them is something I had never experienced before. There is something really calming about it – almost like waves crashing.

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Who has been your greatest professional or personal influence?
When I lived in LA and was producing movie trailers, my boss, Matt Brubaker, taught me so much about how to manage creative projects. I definitely consider him my mentor and someone who I think has such an amazing understanding of how to be creative while still giving the client what they want.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Everywhere. I love type and patterns. Fabric swatches are a great go-to for color ideas, and oddly enough the labels and packaging in the grocery store always make me want to get back to the computer and start designing. I love that brands really focus on use of color and type and everyone is getting creative!

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What is your favorite thing about being a graphic designer?
I have always loved learning new things, and because the software that I use is always changing, I feel like I am constantly learning new things. There is always something new to try. I never get bored.

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Do you have a favorite project that you’ve worked on?
I recently did a baby announcement that was a photo on the front and letterpress on the back. Super simple. My favorite part about it was the typeface I used and the color of the ink. I decided to tint the ink with a hint of blue so at first glance it looked like a blind press (no ink) but when you really looked at it there was this subtle, soft blue that was just so sweet.

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Your wedding has been featured on Style Me Pretty and was so thoughtfully designed! What advice would you give a soon-to-be bride or anyone that’s searching for a custom invitation suite for their event?
I had such an amazing time working on the overall design for our wedding. I always tell brides that your wedding is such a representation of you and your fiancé and it can be fun to make it feel like your very own brand. I think a cohesive design from start to finish is key. By taking the time to think about the wedding as a brand, it forces you to perfect your design aesthetic and focus on curating invitations, flowers, music, linens, rentals etc. I think traditionally people feel like a monogram is the way to achieve the cohesive feel, but I think you can really tie everything together in a variety of ways: artwork, color, typeface, paper stock, ribbon etc. A monogram isn’t for everyone but that shouldn’t stop you from creating something that you carry through everything from a visual point of view.

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How would you describe your style?
French California. I am casual but I love a little edge.

What is your favorite room in your home?
My living room. People always tell me it feels like California. It has seagrass, blush drapes, a tufted linen sofa with velvet pillows.

What is one item you can’t live without?
That’s a hard one! Haha. I would have to say good bedding. It’s key to a good nights sleep.

What three things are you currently loving?
Blush Cotton Paper with a deckled edge
Brass Hardware
Napa landscaping – olive trees mixed with climbing roses.

 

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1. Outfit: Boyfriend shorts, Isabel Marant boots, Isabel Marant top
2. Meal: Grilled swordfish
3. Color: Blush
4. Drink of choice: Rosé
5. Your go-to item for entertaining: Cheese plate
6. Flower: Peony
7. Destination: Amsterdam
8. Guilty Pleasure: Anything on E – hey, I’m from LA, I have to get my celeb fix somewhere :)

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So hop on over to t Lily’s website-www.lavenderandmint.com- and if you’re in the Houston area, visit her adorable boutique that carries everyday social stationery, greeting cards for any occasion, wrapping paper, calendars and journals–just to name a few!  And you may even get some bubbly while you’re there!

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Styling With The Fiddle Leaf Fig

Monday, June 9th, 2014

I took a leap of faith—-I bought a tree (well, an indoor one to be exact–the Fiddle Leaf Fig (a/k/a the ficus lyrata)).  I bought it despite not knowing a ton about plants, or how or where to grow them. But with some help from my local nursery, Northhaven Gardens in Dallas, I found the perfect indoor tree that doesn’t require a whole lot of attention–just some water once a week and indirect sunlight.  I love the way the Fiddle Leaf Fig adds texture and color to a room.  Here’s a look at my new purchase + some shots that show just how great a room can look styled with this tree!

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Hilary Swank’s apartment in Elle Decor

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Image via Good Bones, Great Pieces

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Room by Jonathan Adler

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Image via Elle Decor

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Image via Good Bones, Great Pieces

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the more expensive trees (especially if you buy the 5-6ft tall version from a nursery), but they add so much character to a room.  If you’re looking for a way to bring the outdoors in, this may be your chance!  I love mine and hope that I can keep it around for a while!

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Memorial Day Entertaining

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Memorial Day is right around the corner!  And while first and foremost it’s a day to remember our fellow Americans that have served our country, it’s usually a day off work and an excuse to get together with friends and family.  It’s also a perfect day for patriotic colors for your get together. Here’s a little entertaining inspiration for your day with friends and family!

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All images above from Martha Stewart

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All images from Pinterest

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napkin rings | napkins | tumblers | pineapple pitcher | table cloth | serving platter

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Bar Cart Styling For A Summer Soiree

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

I’ve had a few requests for some “how to” posts, and I had so much fun putting this one together — Maggie, this one’s for you!  I have also included some chic bar cart options in case you’re looking to add a little style to your party (and in my case, a little practicality).  We got a bar cart to store bottles that take up too much space in our less-than-ideal sized cupboards.  Not only is it a good way to store your spirits, but it’s another way to add some chicness to your home.  You can move it wherever you want to make entertaining easier and more convenient for your guests.  Let’s start with an empty bar cart and go from there!

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I found this brass/glass bar cart at a boutique here in Dallas, but I’ve seen some really great ones at antique shops for a steal, so check out your favorite local spot!

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For this setup, I’ve chosen a natural wood tray to provide a base to place my bottles.

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I sorted the bottles by height –tall in the back, short in the front.

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Place your go to items on top + some fluff –here I’ve chosen green acrylic wine glasses from Crate & Barrel, monogrammed napkins, and some colorful flowers.

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I’ve also added a clear acrylic pitcher for summer drinks, some straws, and lemons for another touch of color.

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When styling, be sure to include all your necessities (drinks, glassware, napkins, and anything else you want your guests need to help themselves).  If there’s room left, add some novelty items like flowers, a framed photograph, agate coasters, crystal ice bucket, etc.

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For this party,  I kept it simple. Sometimes less is more.
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Happy Friday!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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via Pinterest

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All images via Coffee Stained Cashmere

Have a great weekend!