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Lainey + John: Warm Summer Wedding

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Lainey and John said their ‘I dos’ on a warm summer day beneath a canopy of trees in Thurmont, Maryland. The event struck a perfect balance between intimacy and festivity, with every detail capturing the couple’s sunny disposition. Cascading wildflowers, vintage lace accents, and a touch of silliness are just a few of the things that made their special day unique. Read on for more gorgeous summer wedding inspiration! Continue reading

Beachy Blues

Beachy Blues

Get your sea legs ready! This collection of beach inspired blues will have you three sheets to the wind in no time. Tones of teal, vibrant cerulean, and moody navy are brightened by pops of white nautical decor. Even if you are landlocked, these pieces will add a distinctly coastal touch to your kitchen.

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Rosé, White, and Blue for July 4th

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Although rosé wines may have gotten a bad reputation from overly sweet ‘white’ zinfandels of the past, they are now seeing a revival within the wine world. With their fruit forward character and approachable price point, rosés are the perfect choice for your July 4th cookout. We’ve selected our top five bottles to keep your glass full all weekend.

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2014 | Sweet cherry and delicate honeysuckle are balanced by green notes of herb de Provence in this medium-bodied wine. It is a traditional grenache, syrah, and mourvedre blend that offers a fresh option for your outdoor summer meals. $14

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé | Slightly effervescent and bracingly dry, this wine is ideal for pairing with BBQ. Deep pomegranate and strawberry flavors add just a hint of sweetness to a deliciously ripe finish. $9

Baron de Breban Sparkling Rosé | This bubbly pinot noir is Provencal sunshine in a bottle!  Light and strawberry-scented, it is great for sipping with shortcakes. $13

Moshin Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 | Hailing from California’s Russian River Valley, this bottle is packed with exotci notes of rose petal, agave, and ripe watermelon. A strong acidic backbone keeps it food friendly. $22

Segries Tavel Rosé 2014 | Tavel roses are perfect for red wine drinkers. Strong on the palate with blackcurrant and jammy raspberries, ending with a finished kissed by smoke and ginger. Drink with anything and everything from the grill. $19

 

Photo credit: “Several Rhone and Provence roses” by nadia & massimo – Flickr: Menérbes. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Father’s Day Favorites

fathers day polyvore relish decorFather’s Day is coming up fast, but it’s not too late to grab the perfect gift for dad!  This collection of leather accented aprons, super-sharp steak knives, and artisan bar products is sure to earn you brownie points. If you’re really looking to impress him, pick up a handheld smoking gun, complete with classic smokehouse wood chips. It’s the grilling gadget he won’t be able to put down all summer.

1. Bittermilk Oaxacan Old Fashioned $18 | 2. Mini Button Thermometer Set $20 | 3. Birdkage Peyton Apron $144 | 4. Laguiole Steak Knives $98 | 5. Brew Bread Mix $10 | 6. Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters $16 | 7. The Smoking Gun $138 | 8. Smokehouse Collection Wood Chips $46

 

 

Fallon + Joe: Romantic Country Wedding

 

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Fallon and Joe piled on the romance for their wedding at Cold Saturday Farm in Carroll County Maryland.  The rustic country theme, complete with vintage lace and organic wood, allowed guests to relax among the ivory-covered historic buildings. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, this sweet summer celebration is sure to inspire the romantic in every bride.

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Trend: Dip Dye

We like to get creative with colors in summer to stay carefree, whimsical, and stylish.  It’s no surprise that this year we’re loving the dip dye trend, which has a hint of carefree bohemian, but is still elegant and sophisticated.  Rather than stripping or removing color in a tie-dye process, the dip dye process instead adds color to fabric and the result is stunning.  Who doesn’t need to add a little color to their summer style?

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Sweet Summer Picnic

Our recent local travels inspired us to put our heads together to plan the perfect romantic summer picnic.  Who doesn’t love a good picnic?  We set a sweet and romantic tone for our picnic date by mixing in vintage linens and floral details.  Using real linens, dishes, and glassware made the picnic a little more sophisticated, but keeping the menu simple—crusty bread, cheeses, fresh fruit, cured meats, and local wine—kept the ambiance relaxed and carefree.

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Summer Hostess Gifts

Gifts for the Hostess

Summer parties are great: warm weather, fresh food, and chilled cocktails always bring friends out for a good time.  We’re sure your summer calendar is buzzing with fun plans, so between baseball games, beach trips, and cookouts, who has time to think of a creative hostess gift?  We’ve taken the work out of it for you and picked our favorite summer hostess gifts to share with you.

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Cool Summer

To take the edge off the heat this summer, we’re inspired by the cool tones of shady places, collected creamware, and fresh picked blueberries.  Muted greens, blues, and creams are classic summer hues that will refresh your home and kitchen.  We also like a pop of pink to keep things bright—it is summer, after all.

We’ve curated a collection of “cool summer” classics in these tones just for you.  Shop the collection.

Photo credit: Casey Maxon and Aurore Joigny