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Hi friends! It’s been a busy, busy fall between my clients’ Real Weddings and producing some fun projects…like this one featured on 100 Layer Cake today! This was a styled inspiration shoot I was able to coordinate and style alongside some talented Kansas City wedding professionals including Cassandra Castaneda, Be Chic Bride, Poppy and Clover Floral Design, Emmy Ray, Belvoir Winery, Indie Olive Press, Olive Events, Bella Bridesmaids, Altar Bridal and Mary Verett Photography.  Our concept?  We paired dramatic hair and makeup, elegant gowns, stunning floral and a historical setting to capture the essence of “eerie glam” in this Dark Enchanted Masquerade shoot. Enjoy some of my favorite captures by Cassandra Castaneda below.

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This week I had the privilege of going on a private media tour of the new West Elm at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.  Half of me thinks “This is AMAZING!” and the other half of me knows “This might be dangerous”.

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West Elm stores are known for their beautiful furniture and home accents…full of little vignettes that showcase many of their products styled together. I was totally impressed that our new KC location (along with many other locations throughout the country) is making a big push to showcase both locally made products as well as handmade goods from artisan groups all over the world (Guatemalan Weavers, Port-au-Price Paper Makers, Santo Tomas Potters, etc.).  In the KC store you’ll find a section devoted to some of our own including Ampersand Design Studio, RuffHouse Art and Hammerpress to name a few.

I snapped quite a few photos to share with you to tide you over until you have a chance to make it into the store yourself!

WEKC6Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.39.26 PMI’ve always loved their faux taxidermy pieces and fell in love with them even more after learning they were handmade in Haiti.WEKC4Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.40.20 PMWEKC11WEKC14I’ll definitely be adding some of these awesome Mongolian Lamb throw pillows to my bedroom wish-list!Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.40.03 PMWEKC9WEKC7Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 1.40.54 PMWEKC13You have to know I was thrilled to see a new great spot for our KC Brides to set up their fabulous registry!  I wish I could have scouted pretty WE items to put in our first home!Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.39.41 PMWEKC10

As BRS and I continue to day dream of our next home (hopefully more info on that coming to you soon!) I can’t help but envision some of these beautiful West Elm furnishings as our surroundings!

Have you been to visit their store? Or do you frequent the West Elm in your local city?  Share in the comments below!

-MRS

 

BRS and I have purchased zero pieces of furniture since moving into our first cozy home.  Filling our humble dwellings are hand-me-downs from our parents and grandparents.  There are even some pieces we’ve carried along since our childhood—like my office chair! A simple white desk chair with a denim seat pad (I got too excited to start the project that I forgot to get a true “before” photo!) was turned into some golden seating that makes a statement in my office.DIY_CHAIR_MAKEOVERTo start this project I had to sand off all of the white paint and finish from the chair.  By “I” I mean BRS, of course. I spent a great deal of time sanding it by hand only to have my sweet husband come home and show me the electric sander.  All of the sudden my past two hours of sanding were a total waste when he showed me I could complete the entire thing in 10 minutes.

IMG_0237 SAND_WOODEN_CHAIROnce the chair was totally sanded it was PRIME TIME.  Literally…it was time to cover the surface of the chair in a good primer.  I wanted to take a shortcut and didn’t think that I needed primer at first, but then when I started to spray the metallic gold onto the chair, it soaked into the wood and had zero metallic shine as you can see below. BRS saved the day (per usual) and covered the chair in primer…and THEN paint!

IMG_0484IMG_0486 IMG_0485After the chair was completely painted, I covered the chair pad in a fun fabric.  I love that as soon as I tire of this fabric, I can switch things up to something fresh without spending a fortune.

To update my entire office set up I also decided to take a little spray paint to the knobs on my desk drawers.

IMG_0119 IMG_0136Do you have any quick easy home-decor updates you think I should try?  Share in the comments below!

-M.R.S.