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Theme Thursday: Maps

| DIY, Inspiration, Theme, Vintage, Wedding Ideas

Justin is sort of a homebody, so my chances of world traveling are few and far between.

I would, however, like to make it out of the country at least once in my life – preferably to a place like Venice or France. Maybe someday when I’m rich and famous 🙂

Because of his homebodiness, I’ve accepted the fact that most of our trips will be within US borders, and I’m 100% okay with that because there are hundreds and hundreds of beautiful and inspiring things to see in the United States.

Today’s wedding theme is themed around maps and travel, and paired with the colors I chose I absolutely adore the idea of this shindig.

A little bit vintage, a lot of fun.

What do you think? Isn’t that ring photo absolutely swoon-worthy? And those field notes notebooks for all of your out of town guests are adorable.

xo, and happy Thursday!

Links: 1. Oh, So Beautiful Paper 2. Posh Paperie + Stone Crandall Photography via Green Wedding Shoes 3. JetFeteBlog 4. Style Me Pretty 5. 6th Street Design School  6. Martha Stewart Weddings 7. Wedding Chicks 8. Tumblr 9. Weddings Unveiled

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5 Favorite Wedding DIYs

| DIY, Inspiration, Wedding Ideas

I’m all about DIY weddings + helping you with your DIY wedding, so today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite wedding DIYs with you.

1. DIY Arrow Napkin Holders from Ruffled Blog

2. DIY Dreamcatcher from Free People

3. DIY Hooray Wedding Flags from Squirrelly Minds

4. DIY Jar Table Numbers from Brooklyn Bride

5. DIY Paper Flowers from Wedding Chicks

Aren’t these all so fun?

Now it’s your turn – leave your favorite wedding DIY links in the comments section below.

Happy Tuesday!


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Love/List: A Cozy Sewing Corner

| DIY, Inspiration, Organization

I got a sewing machine last Christmas with the intent to start sewing LOTS more, but since our house always seems to be in construction mode, I can never seem to find a place to set up my machine and organize the fabric and ribbon I’ve got.

I’ve been dreaming about a sewing corner like one of these:

Lovely, right? I want one, and I want that ribbon collection in #8!

Happy Friday!

xo, Mariah

Links: 1. Apartment Therapy 2. The House That Kat and Fred Built 3. Apartment Therapy 4. Free House Interior Design Ideas 5. Decole  6. Home Designing 7. A Beautiful Mess 8.

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Theme Thursday: Strong Details

| DIY, Inspiration, Theme

I know I talk about finding fun vintage stuff a lot on this blog, but that’s only because it’s a big part of my life.

We’ve totally transformed our home to be filled with vintage pieces – like the old Ideal sink we made into a side table, the printers boxes we’ve got hanging on the wall and the old cast iron heater sitting underneath the window in our dining room.

Now, I’ve always been a girly girl, but my home doesn’t reflect that one bit. There’s no shabby chic, no french themed bathroom and not a hint of pink anywhere. Our home is totally masculine, and I’m alright with that. Dark leather, caramel colored furniture, and lots of metal details – all due to our love of vintage.

Today’s wedding expresses those same details – instead of a girly girl wedding, I focused on more manly details like herringbone, leather and slate blue accents. I’m in love with how it turned out.

Bridesmaids in demin and leather boots (not of the cowboy variety though), A bride in a stunning yet simple gown and a groom with the perfect suit – I’m in love!

Would you ever have a wedding with mostly manly details? Share in the comments! 

Links: 1. Rachel Carl 2. Trashess 3.Gideon Photography via delightfully engaged 4. Imogene and Willie 5.Lack Luster Co. 6. Design*Sponge 7. Tiny Pine Press and Papel Paper & Press via Green Wedding Shoes 8. Orange Turtle Photography 9. Color and Dust 10.  Archetype Studio Inc.

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My First Styled Shoot!

| Inspiration, Real Weddings, Rentals

The best way to try out decoration ideas is to set up a mock wedding shoot.

With all the vintage stuff I’ve got stored away and the acquisition of some old barn doors and windows I decided to set up a rustic + vintage styled shoot with kraft details and violet and gold accents.

Here was the result:

Lots of fun details! In love with the white porcelain twigs, the dried hydrengeas and the text details.

It was short and sweet, and I can’t wait to style more shoots in the very near future 🙂

Let me know what you think! 




Another Use For…

| DIY, Inspiration, Rentals

One of the things I love uncovering when going to sales is vintage luggage – it’s always fun to think about where it has traveled.

Suitcases are a great way to add character to your wedding – for a card box, stacked up and used as a table, a place to display your favors or even as a cake stand.

Ah! Love them all.

And if you’re looking for a few suitcases to use in your big day, I’ve got a few you can rent – contact me!

Links: Top Row: 1. Cocoa & Fig 2. Common Misconceptions | Bottom Row: 1. Wedding Chicks  2. thisvintagething

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Theme Thursday: Barbie’s Dream Wedding

| Inspiration, Theme, Wedding Ideas

Hello friends!

If you’re like me, Barbies were a big part of your childhood. No lie, I played with Barbies until I was about 15 years old (although when I did it then, I called it styling their outfits and hair – not playing).

At one point my very best friend and I combined all of our Barbies together and we’d switch off keeping them at each other’s house. I think I won out on that one because she was an only child and we could convince her parents to buy us any clothes or accessories we wanted. I’ve got all the Barbies, plus 2 convertibles and a Barbie Jeep in a huge toy chest in my basement right now.

When I was working on today’s theme – a million ideas started running through my head about what Barbie + Ken’s dream wedding would look like – it could be all out hot pink + black, retro with black and pink details, or it could be soft and beautiful with teals and light pinks.

I ended up going with the last version because it seems like the most practical/do-able/not over the top day. Plus, I’m basically obsessed with that color palette.

So while this theme may not be as over the top as Barbie’s real wedding would be, it still has those perfectly girly touches that I think she would include in her day.

Plus, Ken would look so good in gray and teal – just sayin’ 🙂 And for all the little girls that show up – there would be little pink tutus for them to take home, that would be too much fun.

You know where this wedding would take place?

Malibu. On the beach next her her Malibu beach house.. right?

Do you still have your Barbies? Where do you keep them? 

Links: 1.Vera Wang via Project Wedding  2. Elizabeth Messina 3. Style Me Pretty 4. Tied Photography 5. Martha Stewart Weddings 6. Martha Stewart Weddings  7. Magpie Paperworks 8. Shabby Apple  9. TomKat Studio

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Gifted: A Downloadable To Do List

| DIY, Inspiration, Organization

I haven’t done a downloadable in a loonnng time, so I felt it was time to create something fun just for you dears!

I’ve created a cute little to do list for you to print out each day – just to keep you on track with your goals and tasks.

Click here to download.

I’ve set it up so you could print out 2 on one sheet of letter sized paper.

Download and share as much as you want!

Have a great Wednesday!

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