Hand Painted Wedding Invitation Inspiration

Happy Monday everyone! You’re in for such a treat: the amazingly talented Kristy Rice of Momental Designs sent over three beautiful hand painted wedding invitations that she created for a shoot at the stunning Biltmore Estate in North Carolina – and we’re going to see all three! We’ll start off with the first invitation suite and some of the beautiful inspiration from the shoot, followed by the two other invitation suites a bit later. Let’s get right to it!

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From KristyThe antiquity of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina lends itself to creating wedding stationery that you might find in the actual details of the Vanderbilt home within the embossed wallpaper, ornate woodwork, treasured artworks, or the rich draperies adorning each window. I decided right away to feature a family crest-style monogram, just as the Vanderbilt family would have had on their own letterhead. But we updated the look with watercolor and hand gilded touches.

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We evolved a traditional monogram concept to reveal a modern aesthetic. Hand gilded initials mingle with watercolor moments. The invitation features hand painted Dupioni silk photo corners in sage green with subtle ombre fading along the edge. The invitation also features the same hand painted silk in a wrap with a watercolor silhouette of the Biltmore EstateThe menu features a tonal layering of stock in bright pink hues.

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Thanks Kristy – and check back for the other two invitations (inspired by embroidery and vintage millinery!) a bit later!

Design and Hand Painted Stationery: Momental Designs

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Hoop Art Place Cards: Thimble and Thistle

Venue: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: With Love and Embers

OSBP At Home: Garden Update

It’s been well over a year since we moved into our house, and while progress inside the house has been a bit slower than I would have liked, I’ve been spending a lot of time out in the garden. It’s the first time I’ve had any real gardening space since I moved to DC more than 10 years ago, and I’m really really enjoying it. Last year I shared some of my plans for our outdoor space. Time for an update!

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Our house is a typical DC rowhouse: long and narrow. We don’t have a ton of space to work with, but I’ve been trying to maximize what we’ve got. We have a small garden bed in our backyard patio, which I’ve filled with lilacs, peonies, roses, and a few other perennial varieties. I save annuals for pots arranged along the fence on the other side of the patio so that I don’t have to worry too much about them once the cold weather sets in.

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Our backyard garden is my happy place in mid-to-late spring when the peonies and lilacs are blooming. Everything was late this year thanks to the neverending winter, but once the warmer weather arrived in April everything just exploded – especially my lilacs. I have a total of four lilac bushes, all planted in the back of the garden bed closest to the fence, and the smell was positively intoxicating when they all bloomed. I wish they lasted forever!

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The lilacs were quickly followed by peonies – I have five plants in varying colors of white and pink (pale pink Sarah Bernhardt, Coral and Gold, and a hot pink variety whose name I’ve forgotten). This was the view that greeted me when I came home from the National Stationery Show in late May:

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I snapped some more photos a few weeks ago, at the very tail end of peony season, and with the exception of the peonies most of these flowers are still going pretty strong in the garden. We planted a border of pink and purple saliva in the garden bed, and my David Austin rose bushes bloom frequently as long as I deadhead regularly. I planted some impatiens under the rosebushes for a bit of added color, all of which seem to be growing quite happily. There is a small white crape myrtle in the back corner, which has been in bloom the last few weeks and I hope will grow to provide some much-needed shade over the next couple of years. Since these photos were taken, some yellow dinner plate dahlias have grown in around the peonies and are slowly taking over the garden much to my dismay – I need to do more research on (successfully) growing those big monsters!

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We also have a few potted strawberry plants – Sophie LOVED picking the fresh berries when they were in season. There’s a small bed that runs along the stairs down to our unfinished basement, where I’ve planted a wisteria vine – which surprised me by blooming the tiniest little wisteria this spring! – and a few other partial-sun perennials. I’d love to eventually build a pergola over our back door and train the wisteria to grow over it. I also have a small potted viburnum; I’m waiting for it to get a bit larger before transplanting to its permanent home in the front garden.

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Potted plants along the fence on the opposite side of the backyard. We recently added a few marigolds (to help deter flower-eating pests), a dark purple opal basil plant, and a couple of zinnia for some additional summer color. The clematis vine is one of my favorites in the entire garden. The flowers are so romantic! Future plans for this area include a vertical herb garden and possibly a small vertical vegetable garden – next year!

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Finally, another small partial sun garden bed that runs along the path next to our garage. I planted a hellebore, some jasmine, a couple of Japanese painted ferns, some impatiens, begonias, purple coral bells, and a bleeding heart all the way in the back (which is now the size of a small hydrangea!). I love love love the combination of the painted fern and impatiens!

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And that’s our garden – at least for the moment! Sadly, along with DC summer heat and humidity, the mosquitos and earwigs have arrived in force. The mosquitos in particular make it difficult to enjoy the backyard for long periods of time, so I haven’t been spending as much time outdoors as I’d normally like to. I’m trying to learn more about garden pest control in general, since I’ve also battled rose slugs and normal slugs in the backyard. We’ve also been contending with an infestation of the horrible-sounding Dead Man’s Fingers in one corner of the garden bed. It pre-dates any of the plants in the garden bed (we started fresh when we moved in last year), so I’m worried there might be some dead tree root buried deep in the soil causing the fungus. Anyone out there have any experience successfully battling Dead Man’s Fingers?? I have so much to learn about gardening!

All photos by me, via my Canon DSLR and via Instagram

DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Summer brings wedding galore, and for us…that means party decor! We’ve been helping clients create gorgeous day of stationery and in the process have come up with some fun and festive table numbers that you can do yourself! We know that by the time couples usually think about reception stationery, they’re usually over their budget and are short on time. Luckily, these table numbers are not costly or time consuming. You could easily knock them out in an afternoon. There are endless options once you have the basics of creating them…so the only limit to the project is your imagination! We’ll show you three different styles to kick start your creativity. To complete your tablescape, we’ll also show you place cards to complement to each design. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Up until adding the actual numbers to the cards, the process is exactly the same. We will be making 5.5″ square tented cards (showing the pattern on both sides) and the size works perfectly with a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock.

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Step One: Select your paper and cut the cards to size. Cut a rectangle measuring 5.5″ x 11″. If you’re using a standard sheet of paper like we did, that is only one cut (since the length is already 11″).

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Step Two: To make the tented card and have a clean fold, you’ll want to score the paper at the 5.5″ mark on a score board. Repeat steps one and two until you have enough cards to accommodate all of your tables (usually between 8-25 for a standard wedding).

Option One: Painted Script Floral

For the first version that we put together, we used our “Paloma” Blue Floral Card Stock and painted the table numbers (spelled out) in navy blue acrylic paint. The effect is playful and traditional at the same time.

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With a small pointed paint brush, write out the table number in cursive across the middle of the card. Go back over the letters, adding weight to the lines (as shown above). If you need help finding out where the weights should go or what shape to paint the letters, refer to a favorite script font or perhaps your invitation suite! That way, everything will coordinate.

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Option Two: Modern Neon Geometric

In this interpretation, we’ve put a modern spin on the technique. We used our “Geo” patterned card stock and wrote the number in a simplistic style to create the look. Pops of neon pink painted on help add some punch to the cards.

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First you’ll write the table number in the center using a permanent black marker. Fill in and bulk up the number as needed (shown above).

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Next you’ll add the final touch of neon using hot pink gouache. We painted into different shapes already printed on the paper making sure they all balanced with one another.

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Option Three: Autumn Garden Floral

For our final interpretation, we used our “Diana” floral card stock to create the perfect garden inspired table decor. The gorgeous rich shades of the pattern mean that this style would just as easily work for fall and winter weddings.

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With a small pointed paint brush, paint the word “TABLE” about 1 inch from the fold with white acrylic paint. Below that, in cursive, paint the word “Number,” trying to center it as much as possible. Finally, you’ll add the numeral centered below. Go back over the number, adding weight to the lines (as shown above). It would be extremely helpful to have these cards planned out on a separate sheet of paper before painting on the lettering. That way, you can know exactly how to center the text, and how large you should make it.

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Materials

Patterned Paper

Self Healing Mat

Craft Knife

Metal Ruler

Scoreboard

Acrylic paints

Permanent Marker

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Sophie Style: Toddler Bedding

We’re getting ready to make some big changes to the nursery: preparation both for a shared nursery after baby no. 2 arrives in September and for Sophie to move to a toddler bed! Sophie isn’t quite ready just yet, but we’re pretty sure she’ll be there in a couple of months so I’ve been keeping an eye on cute toddler bedding in anticipation. Today I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite finds!

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1. Bonjour! pillow by Erin Jang for Land of Nod (absolutely loving this new capsule collection!); 2. Auggie Pretty with Pink Collection bedding; 3. Farmer’s Market Bedding by Erin Jang for Land of Nod; 4. Colette Bream toddler bedding; 5. + 6. Sundae Best duvet cover and ice cream pillow by Oh Joy for Land of Nod; 7. Ferm Living neon raindrop pillow; 8. Land of Nod Surprise Party Bedding; 9. Dwell Studio galaxy pillow; 10. Ko-ko-ko shop knit cloud pillow

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Inspired by: Eyeballs

I’ve been seeing eyeballs (and eyeball patterns) everywhere for the past couple of months –  from dresses and clutches to jewelry and ceramics to stationery! My husband thought I was completely crazy when I first mentioned this new trend, but I keep seeing more and more of this quirky pattern as we get further into summer. I think it’s so fun!

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1. Idlewild Co.; 2. Eye Talisman necklace via Need Supply; 3. Xenia Taler mug via LEIF; 4. Wink clutch; 5. Eye print; 6. Roxy Marj clutch; 7. Gorman platter; 8. The Good Twin Co.

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