Congratulations! You're engaged and you finally get to start planning your dream wedding.
First Stop - Pinterest. (www.pinterest.com)
Second Stop - A visit to the Psychiatrist (because you've been bombarded with too many options, and now you're more confused than anything else). At this point, eloping is beginning to look extremely attractive.
Third Stop - Wedding Planner - To the rescue.
Now that you're back on track, you should return to Pinterest and save a few of your favourites. Chances are, one of them will include a Rustic Element, which is definitely among the top wedding trends this year. If you're interested in Rustic , Chic, Vintage wedding décor, we have compiled a list of 5 key must haves to help you sort through the fluff.
1, Baby's Breath
Rustic is synonymous with countryside and simplicity; and what could be a more perfect representation, than bunches of this wild member of the carnation family. We chose to line the aisles with baby's breath tied with white ribbon for a clean, simple look.
Burlap often brings the Rustic theme together. This material is made from jute or sisal, and is commonly used to produce items such as table runners, table cloths and napkins. Our clients had the creative idea of using the fabric to display their personally designed monogram.
3. White Flowers
No Bride is complete without her bouquet of white flowers. This is especially important to complement your Rustic theme, which lends to the simplicity of the colour white. White bouquets are traditionally used for brides; however a rustic wedding should utilise less structured flowers like roses, and differ towards more relaxed ones like the orchids and baby's breath seen here, with stems wrapped in hemp tie (another rustic element).
This wooden console made the perfect dessert table. We completed the vintage touch with antique photo frames used to display menu options. White doilies, baby's breath and orchids enhance the country chic vibe.
5. A Touch of Whimsy
The head table's backdrop is the ideal space to be creative with your Rustic themed décor. Alternating suspended mason jars and lanterns create a fun, yet tasteful backdrop, that doesn't distract from the main attraction.
Remember that your wedding will be engraved in your memory for years to come, so ensure that the décor is a true reflection of your personality, and that you have fun infusing your personal style into whichever theme you select.
We couldn't end without thanking our beautiful newlyweds for allowing us to share photos from their special day. Best wishes to one of our favourite couples (Tamoy & Steven).
Black & White stripes are timeless, but most people shy away from incorporating this bold accent into their design. It's hard to imagine what could possibly complement this striking print, so we have a few suggestions that everyone, from the conservative decorator to the risqué 'stylista', would love.
1. Stripe on Stripe - Think this option is too overwhelming? Quite the contrary. If you're taking our advice on this one, our pick is yellow and white stripes. The yellow complements the black perfectly, while the white helps to blend the two stripes together. For an extra oomph, try mixing vertical and horizontal stripes to create some depth.
2. Polka Dots - Meet 'Stripes" beloved cousin. They don't always get along, but we dare you to show us the perfect family. Our advice is to use this accent sparingly, or the room could make you a little dizzy. For less drama, a small pop with a polka dot throw pillow goes a far way.
3. Prints - While we are still on the topic of patterns, why not add an interesting print like the geometric one here. The bold colours on a white background complement the stripes, without overwhelming the space. The Banana Leaf print not only adds a welcomed pop of green, it instantly turns your space into that Caribbean Villa you have been dreaming about. Add fluffy White sheets, and you may just hear waves crashing onto the shore.
4. Gold , White , Black - Looking to glam up your black and white stripes? Well look no further than this combo. Only thing missing from this sophisticated pairing will be a glass of wine and your favourite pearls.
5. Red - The natural choice to complement the black and white combo is often red. This trifecta is usually the safe route; and when used sparingly, can add well needed dimension to the space. While 'safe' is never our first suggestion, it is better to be the proverbial "safe than sorry'.
6. Think Pink - Black, white and Pink has sexy, chic, trendy female written all over it. Definitely not the colour combo for a gender neutral space, but perfect for a feminine touch. We warn you that this can quickly turn a chic adult space into a teenager's sanctuary if not done tastefully. Pink should therefore be used sparingly, try using richer hues, or blush and stay away from 'pepto ' and 'barbie' pink.
7. Touch of Teal - One of our favourites, because it appeals to both genders, and pretty much all style genres. Teal is a universally loved colour that blends blue and green perfectly. When paired with black and white, the end result is a room that has the right amount of flair, without going overboard.
Of course, there are tons of other colour combinations that we would still get excited about, but these 7 combos are bound to be a hit with any black and white enthusiast.
We've been asked this question too often to not dedicate an article to the topic - Do your bedside tables need to match? Short Answer is Definitely not. But what's the point of an article if we just stopped there? Let's explore.
Bedside tables are two very functional pieces of furniture in your bedroom and should not be overlooked. They store those items we are too lazy to move from our beds to retrieve, like our cel phones, current novel , Bible, anything we need to get our hands on quickly. They also provide a perfect platform for accessible lighting (so you don't bump your toe heading for the bathroom in the middle of the night). Visually, the side tables help to frame the bed, therefore highlighting it as the focal point of the bedroom.
The cardinal rule when selecting your bedside tables is that they are functional and blend in with your overall theme. The tables in this grey, teal and yellow bedroom (designed by If Walls Could Talk, Ja) aren't your typical matching tables, but they add a bit of unpredictability and interest to the space. The key is to remain consistent with the theme and style of the room. We chose to include clean lined bedside tables to update the space, since the existing bed was more traditional. We also wanted to include black and white accents into the room, and the side tables helped us to achieve that look. The styling is kept simple, so the tables do not distract you from the focal point of the room.
The takeaway is to have fun with your bedroom décor. If you like symmetry, then matching side tables like the ones in this Caribbean chic bedroom below, designed by If Walls Could Talk, Ja; are the perfect choice. Either way, you can't go wrong with tasteful styling and a touch of your personality.