Color Story: Cognac

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When it comes to fall colors, there’s one that is almost always in our homes, on our feet, and dominating the landscape. We’re talking about a neutral that goes with almost everything, and imparts an undeniable classic flair: cognac. The color is like its namesake; woodsy and warm with a hint of masculinity.  Cognac Glasses by Rikke Hagen for Normann Copenhagen | Serving | Vertigo Home

 

 

 

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2014_10_19_DamselinDior23-159-EditCognac is the perfect shade of brown for leather accessories like bags and boots. A pair of cognac boots and skinny dark-wash jeans are a match made in heaven for fall.

 

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Leather Sofa LoveWant to make your home feel cozy, rugged, and also somehow luxurious? Enter the cognac leather couch. This warm color makes your home inviting, especially when used on such a statement piece in the room.

indoor reception - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding/While cognac may seem to take a backseat to other fall wedding colors, don’t be fooled! This beautiful brown makes its way into wedding decor through leather and wooden accents.

Embroidered Art by Ana Teresa Barboza

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Embroidery artist, Ana Teresa Barboza isn’t your average needlepoint star. She takes a medium that has often been relegated to high-society women in history books, and breathed life into this forgotten art form by thinking outside the box, or in this case, the hoop. landscape-3landscape-5Barboza created a collection of landscapes that appear to be growing out of the embroidery hoop, and take on a life of their own with wide knits and knots crawling out of the frame.

plantsBut she doesn’t stop at landscapes. Barboza also recreates plants and uses the natural likeness of thread to roots to create a multi-dimensional piece that straddles reality and art.

landscape-7Embroidered Landscapes and Plants by Ana Teresa Barboza textiles landscapes embroidery While florals have always been a popular theme for embroidered art, this ain’t your average throw pillow art. The bold colors and unique outline of the female figure make this piece a standout.

 

 

DIY: Toast the Host Lace Candle Holders

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Looking for the perfect gift for your holiday host? This DIY is the perfect last minute present that is sure to dazzle! These lace votive holders will set the cozy mood for any soiree, and they may even use them for the party as soon as they get them! DSC_0314

What You’ll Need:

 Glass Votive Holders

4” Fine Metallic Lace

Scissors

Magna-Tac glue

 Small candlesDSC_03161. Wrap your lace around the candle holder.

DSC_03182. Measure and cut.

DSC_03193. Cut one edge off of the lace trim so that the bottom is relatively flat.

DSC_03214. Add glue to your lace and gently wrap it around the votive. Place on candle holder carefully, and let it dry.

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Be the Best Guest

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As we approach the holiday hosting season and the invites for holiday parties start pouring in, questions start to swirl around our head. Should I bring a gift? Should I arrive early? What spoon goes with which dish? And other inquiries of etiquette that only seem to arise around this time of year. Fret not! We have some tips to make you the best guest at the party! And if you’re hosting? Check out our tips on how to be the Host with the Most!

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Offer to help! If you see your host struggling, and even if you don’t, offer to lend a hand in the kitchen. It will be greatly appreciated by the person hosting, and the hungry crowd outside of the kitchen.

Bring a small token of appreciation. Whether it’s a bottle of wine or a gift you made yourself, a small something never goes unnoticed! You can even offer to bring one of the courses to make the party even easier on the host!

Be Punctual. Don’t be late! Especially if you happen to be bringing the appetizers!

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Power through. Unless you’re allergic, don’t fuss over a food you may not like. Although it may be a bit challenging if you have certain food gripes, the person who made it put love and effort into each bite, and that’s the best ingredient of all!

Autumn Dinner Party Inspiration

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0e1f1cbd7640e3d6a8f83dc9c0d60825Burlap and rich autumn colors are favorites of the season. Adding them instantly adds fall flavor to your table, and we’re not talking cinnamon.

 

dde932679ffa2cd537d346182f56cea1 (1)Go for the gold with this fall tablescape, and easily transition into winter by switching out a few seasonal elements!

9fd340112e33af8cb2d7877573d09ebeChillier weather means the outdoor parties of summer head inside, but not if you prepare with blankets and pillows!

749636f9b8a3b16e953c4ec97fc5f1a1Instantly add warmth to your table by, well, adding warmth. A cluster of candles will instantly add a cozy feeling to your surroundings.

93eba8f38d01f79f5a0d3fcac8aa3ccaEmbrace the harvest season with some harvest-themed decor!

DIY Hostess Gifts

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DIY-Polka-Dot-Napkins-21These polka dot napkins from Freut Cake are great for the playful party host because is there a pattern that’s more playful than polka dots? Nope.

483_01_p1140051The perfect gift for that host who loves to match, this geometric embroidered set is the stuff of their pattern-obsessed dreams!

 

Final7These watercolor mugs from Poppy Talk are perfect for the high-energy host. They need to get their fuel from somewhere, right?

votive01These cement votive holders from Say Yes are great for those who like their space industrial with a feminine touch, or for a new couple who are still trying to figure out how to balance his stuff v. her stuff.

DIY_Gift_Terrarium_Kit1A DIY gift for the DIYer? Check. A tiny DIY terrarium kit is all they need to get their green thumb and creativity going!

Street Style Sighting: Camel & Black

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When it comes to dressing for fall and winter, there’s one color combination that will stand the test of time and trends. We’re talking about a pairing of neutrals that is so classic that it can make almost any outfit instantly chic and worthy of a street-style photo. Yes, we’re talking about camel and black, an enduring combo for those days when figuring out color palettes is just too tiresome, or really any day for that matter. That’s how hot this color combo is.

 

5a2c1b72335d5f448dfaff69ddfe88b1Wearing all black, topped off with a camel-colored wool jacket is a popular way to rock this trend.

860ae9bd039d9bd80933ee42100a19d8 Why stop at two neutrals, when your can freely wear the entire spectrum? Add some cream and beige to the mix!

jacey-duprie-michael-dumler-damsel-in-dior-on-abbot-kinney-new-york-171Don’t be scared to add a little gray to the mix. It will still look incredible, we promise.

83af9caa7a8177f75b411e0de28663afA camel cape is just what you need to stay on top of the biggest trends for fall!

d2d78968e76fa21ec6f5145313be7045If you’re not into the tailored look, try a more casual approach. It works just as well!

48th CMAs Fashion Recap

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The world’s most famous country crooners got together last night to honor their most epic talent. But the songs weren’t the only hits that night! All of the stunning singers looked phenomenal dressed to the nines, but here were some of our favorites from the biggest night in country music!
slide_380224_4502372_freeHost, Carrie Underwood, shines in a beaded nude dress.

rs_634x1024-141105164336-634-nicole-kidman-keith-urban-cma-awards-2014.jw.110514Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were the ultimate cool couple. We loved Nicole’s floral embroidered dress. It added a hint of bohemia to an otherwise formal event!

rs_634x1024-141105154614-634-lucy-hale-cma-awards-2014.jw.110514Actress and rising country star, Lucy Hale stunned in a striking crimson number.

rs_634x1024-141105171250-634-tim-mcgraw-faith-hill-cma-awards-2014.jw.110514Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were chic and stylish in black ensembles.

rs_634x1024-141105143608-634-kellie-pickler-CMAs.ls.11514Kellie Pickler rocked the sheer paneled trend in this beautiful navy beaded gown.

Fall Foliage Decor Ideas

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Halloween may be over, but we’re still very much in the middle of fall! So pack away those scary pumpkins and embrace the colors of fall by adding some foliage to your decor! 101840955.jpg.rendition.largestAn unusual palette for fall, this centerpiece still draws in the bright yellows and greens of the season.

 

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This fall wreath captures the rich colors of fall perfectly!

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Like your seasonal decor minimal? Highlight the beauty of individual leaves by pressing them into frames!Leaves-3Fall foliage looks pretty great in gold. Learn how to make this mobile yourself on the Free People blog!

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Or just let the leaves speak for themselves by putting cut branches in a large vase!

DIY: Geometric Elbow Patch

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This week we’re taking a cue from the nerdy-chic trend that tends to pop up around fall when school is in session! If you’ve ever had a boring sweater that needed a subtle upgrade, this DIY is for you! We’ve taken regular elbow patches that were already super-chic, and updated them with a fun geometric print. You can use this tutorial to create all different styles of elbow patches too! Try a floral stencil for something a little more feminine or paisley for a look that’s pretty and pretty! DSC_0189

 

What You’ll Need:

Sweater

Suede Cowhide Elbow Patch

Stencil

X-acto knife

Ruler

White pencil

Needle and Thread

DSC_01941. Turn your suede patches over so that side you want to show on the sweater is facing downward, and draw an oval circle by the edge of the patch to prevent excess cutting.

DSC_01972. Stencil on the design with your white pencil, and make sure to not stencil in anything past the white oval circle you made before.

DSC_02043. Carefully cut out the shapes you created with your knife.

DSC_02054. Figure out where your elbows would be placed in your sweater. Sew on each patch in that elbow area.

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