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Art of the Pin | Wood You Marry Me?

It's summer time but I'm already dreaming about the end of summer and the arrival of Autumn when the leaves turn brown, the weather of cools down and the sunsets are the best ever --- all orange, peach, taupe and streaks of grey-blues.   During hot Napa summers where the weather becomes in the high 80's, low 90's, I can't wait for when the weather cools down and I can seek refuge under a cashmere throw.  Nothing like a good book(here's a side bar --- I'm reading Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asian trilogy right now)  on a cozy night and a hot cup of cocoa or hot apple cider.  

Perhaps it's all this talk of cozy fireplaces, cashmere throws that is inspiring me to think of medium oak wood tones mixed with taupes, grey roses, nudes, fall greens, taupes, trench coat beiges and leather tans.  I take inspiration from tweed jackets, Heath stone ceramics, Italian stone urns perfect for voluptuous and lush blush flowers, dark brown chocolate stones, bounded leather, relaxed wood chandeliers, beige-taupe hued wedding gowns and volumes of ruffles.  Who doesn't like a good ruffle, right?  

With the fall season coming up, what are you looking forward to? 

Art of the Pin | Deep Teal Moods

What am I yearning for right now?  I'm dreaming up Deep Teal mixed with sea foam, dolphin grey-blue tints, mauve, deep berries, lavender, pomegranate, crisp vanilla, brass hues all mixed together in an old classic meets modern edges.  Details that I'm crazy about include deep walnut woods, comfortable almost Victorian velvet sofas, artful gilded cakes like that of those created by San Francisco cake maker Jasmine Rae, modern accent plates from Casa de Perrin, the richness of Hellebores, and a thick teal stripy sandal from Love Culture.  Can't you see the richness of this palette in a dark mood barn or wine cave in Napa? I can! 

Vendor Crushes | Sugar Bee Sweets

Wedding Cakes and Flowers are perfect partners.   Those tiers of fondant covered cakes accented with dainty ruffles or dots with creative artisanal edge work make for an ideal vehicle to show off flowers with are equally beautiful subjects.  Flowers with their own petals, watercolor hues, soft edges are great on cakes though I like those that are made by cake designers as I prefer sugar over real flowers.  Call me a little OCD but I just don't know trust that real flowers are cleaned properly and if they happen to attract little "insects" on a hot day, well you know, that's just gross. Plus, so many flowers are poisonous if ingested so I say go with the flowers made by bakers.   Now that we got that out of the way, let's get to the real art which are these Sugar Bee Sweets wedding cakes.  And they are so pretty, wouldn't you say?

These by Dallas baker Sugar Bee Sweets are some of my favorite cakes with flowers.  Whether they accent a watercolor cake or become the topper, these beauties make me happy.  And yes, I want to grab a slice of chocolate cake from my local bakery right now.  

Which one is your favorite?  Is it #1 with the aqua color?  #2 with the cafe au lait dahlias balanced on the tiers or could #3 with those perfect hand made sugar flowers the right one for you.  Or do you which for a bright green ruffled concoction? 

Art of the Pin | Citrus and Peaches, Oh My!

Summer Things I Adore: Coral peonies(from Pinterest), Large floral gowns, White barns(in Texas), Floral wall papers, Citrus cream sodas(from How Sweet Eats),  Peaches(from SayYes) Naked unfinished cakes topped with Citrus fruits, Peach Chiffon fabrics, Hand written names on oranges(from Otis and Pearl), Bright Hued flowers(Oak Barrel Bloom)