Carol Spinski Photography & Styling
The day of the wedding was simply magical. A beautiful May Saturday, late in the afternoon when my youngest Son married his love. The months of planning every last detail with the reward of celebrating the start of their new lives together was joyous. The wedding design was classic black and white with a bit of glitz that my Daughter-in-Law added in for some glamour. Drexel Hall built in the early 1900′s was the ballroom venue and created the perfect backdrop for the happy celebration.
The first plan was to use silver chiavari chairs with black cushions for the seating until we found out (just 10 days before the wedding) that the ballroom did not allow outside chair rentals. The chairs provided by the venue were industrial lawn chair plastic and not exactly what we had envisioned. So instead we decided to cover the chairs with white slips and add a black satin sash to them. I actually think the covered chairs turned out even better!
For the cocktail hour, I created a “Love is Sweet” candy buffet in the upstairs balcony. Simple glass containers embellished with rhinestone trim and ribbons to hold the matching black and white candy.
We made much of the Wedding decor ourselves including the Men’s boutonnieres crafted using small black and white feathers decorated with a tiny rhinestone.
My Son never looked happier and I’m sure it was because of this beauty~
Wedding photos by the talented Jana Marie Photography
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A couple of weeks ago I was in LA on a photo project and while there we took a side trip on our last day. We shopped the fun Santa Monica Flea Market and also visited the beautiful Bountiful Shop in Venice . Sue Balmforth owner of Bountiful has an amazing eye and I’ve long admired her talent for blending American Country with European Antiques into gorgeous environments. I first read an article about Sue and her shop in a 2000 issue of Country Home Magazine (my favorite publication of all time) and have followed her ever since. Bountiful was closed the day we visited but Sue graciously opened her shop and even her personal studio space up for us which was such a treat. I knew it would be mesmerizing, but I had no idea how fast I could capture everything around me with my camera!
The shop was small but the overall impact was incredible. A grouping of black lanterns hung down from an open skylight window, casting the prettiest sunlight glow.
You know I love stacks of anything! Look at these classic red striped pillows~
White Dishes~ Can you ever have too many of these?
Velvet ribbon~Luscious colors~
Candles in pastel shades of hobnail glass~
And my favorite, Sue’s personal creative stash~
Another treat was spending the afternoon with the fun Editorial team from Romantic Homes Magazine.
Take it from me and put a visit to Bountiful on your bucket list:)
*All photos by Carol Spinski.
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As a homeowner, it’s only natural to have those “to do” design projects that are constantly on your mind. When we bought and started rehabbing our farmhouse in 2009, the focus was concentrating on redoing most of the main rooms so we could move in. But the one room we did not get to was the small bathroom off of the entry. It has some wonderful features in place including a vintage white pedestal sink, stone flooring, white wainscoting woodwork and a incredible wood door. But it also has one of those shower inserts that was most likely added in the 1980′s by a previous owner and to me sticks out like a sore thumb. I do try to conceal the shower with a plain white curtain which helps but it just does not go with the rest of the farmhouse. So I’ve been culling inspirational photos together from Pinterest for a future bathroom project:
I adore the tub and faucet in the above photo. It is on the smaller side which I think would fit well into my tiny space. The simple white basket and bench would also be perfect elements to add for a farmhouse feel.
Horizontal paneling that is painted white is just a clean and classic look. I don’t think it ever goes out of style. The double window is also a beauty.
I thought the vintage clawfoot tub with the stenciled pattern was so unique. The vertical wall paneling is lovely especially with the pegged shelf. I’ve always loved the look of fresh white towels hanging in bathrooms off of pegs.
Why not place a large mirror by the tub? Love the whole concept above. I’m actually thinking of using this idea because the pictured space is very close to the size I will be working with. I may change the stone floor and use wide plank oak in a honey color.
The bathroom project is probably a few months away but it gives me time to source out the fixtures so stay tuned:) I will be sure and post before and after photos too.
Sharing photos of some of the incredible vendors at Bottoms Up Antique Market (where I have a space) April Sale.
Prize Antiques, 4th Floor
The Seedbox Antiques, 2nd Floor
Mark your calendar for the next Bottoms Up Antique Market Sale-May 3 & 4
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Here is a random list of what I’ve been up to lately.
*I styled a photo shoot last week for a local bridal magazine. The theme was “Summer Lake” with a color palette of light blue, purple and soft gray. It was one of those shoots where everything went together effortlessly which is not always the case. In a few weeks I will be able to share some of the photos with you.
* I bought white roses from BunchesDirect.com for the photo shoot. The quality is amazing and they smelled lovely.
* A shade of purple paint was added to the handles of thrift store silverware for the bridal shoot place settings. I used several layers of acrylic paint which is not permanent but a great element pop.
* Even though I love classic white dishes and all ironstone patterns, I’ve always had a fondness for beautiful floral china. Lucky that there is a resurgence of floral patterned china in place settings. I think the popularity of Downton Abbey means we will see a return to more formal tabletops in home and wedding decor.
* I’m totally smitten with my new camera the Canon 5d mk Mark iii. I really tried to resist buying a new camera but it has been a few years since I upgraded and I felt it was time. The clear focus that this baby produces even in low light situations is stellar.
* My family and I recently spent a few days at the beautiful Big Cedar Lodge on TableRock Lake in Southern Missouri. We’ve been going to Big Cedar for the last 20 years and it is one of our favorite destinations. They are building a sweet chapel on the grounds for Weddings and I think the setting would be spectacular for a small intimate celebration.
* While we were at Big Cedar, I was fortunate to get us into the not officially opened Arnie’s Restaurant (after Arnold Palmer) that is being built. It is housed in an Amish built timber frame barn and is AMAZING! I’ve always loved timber frame design with open beams so much so that after our visit, I think I have Mr Practical Pants talked into a future construction project:) I was also completely obsessed with the flameless candles they used to line the entrance because they looked so real. After some investigating, I found the source for them:)
* The winners of Matthew Mead’s Recycled Style Book- Lisa Vogel, Amy Wald and Sandi Telzrow-Thanks to everyone that entered the giveaway:)
I hope you have a great start to your April:)
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