1. Studio Hours: Thanksgiving Table for Two

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    I hope everyone had a beyond fabulous Thanksgiving (here in the states). This year was a little bit different for my Mister and I. We decided to minimize the amount of long distance travel this season and traded long car rides for super lazy days at home. Our Thanksgiving vacation started Wednesday when the mister came home from work early. On Thursday we cooked and baked our little hearts out – trying to make family recipes for the first time (and in smaller portions). On Friday we had a Christmas explosion! We bought some fresh garland from a local tree farm, set up our Christmas tree and watched a bunch of movies. The whole break was the definition of perfection. We started new traditions and had a chance to just breath!

    This was our table setting. The beautiful dining room chairs were graciously gifted by the folks over at Euro Style Lighting. I think the contrast of white black and lightly stained wooden legs work just perfectly in our dining room.

    (Chairs via Euro Style Lighting)

  2. Recent Work: Wedding Save the Dates

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    The countdown timer says 170 days left….170 more days until I get married next May. Wholy Guacamole!!! These last 6 months of planning have definitely been a whirlwind of exciting milestones (like finding my wedding dress) and daunting tasks (like designing our wedding invites).

    Now that the “Save The Dates” are out to family and friends, I thought it would fun to share with you the final pieces. I was SUPER lucky to get the opportunity to work with the very talented Maggie of Type & Title. I illustrated the florals and overall design and Maggie helped me hand letter some key pieces. The words “Save The Date” and our beautiful return address stamp were both created by Maggie and I couldn’t be more pleased.

    If you need an incredibly talented (and beyond sweet) hand lettering artist to work with, please contact Maggie :) You can contact her on her portfolio site in the link below. If you’re interested in the construction of the envelopes, please visit this post.

    ( Browse Type & Title Portfolio )

  3. Giveaway with Maple+Mauve – Ended

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    Hello everyone. In the spirit of the American Thanksgiving happening this Thursday, I thought I would host a special giveaway with the talented Sera of Maple+Mauve Jewelry to thank my readers for your continued support of my growing business and for all the chit chat we have each week. I’m feeling all the love and absolutely want you guys to know how important this space/and you guys are to me.

    Maple+Mauve is based out of Seattle and is putting out some REALLY beautiful pieces. I’d like to think that my personal style (fashion-wise) has a little bit of an edge to it, with simplicity as the main focus. Sera’s pieces fit RIGHT into that aesthetic and I’m so happy to be able to share them with you.

    TWO lucky winners will get a chance to add one of these necklaces to their holiday wardrobes. TWO winners will be chosen and contacted next Monday (December 2).

    Here’s How To Enter:
    1. Visit Maple + Mauve to check out the rest of Sera’s beautiful work
    2. Leave a comment below telling me which of the two necklaces (cube or sphere) you like best and how you might style it :)

    That’s it. It’s super simple.

    Thank you so much for all your continued support and I’m wishing you all the very best Holiday season.

    ( Shop M+M, Follow M+M )

  4. Inspired By: Father Rabbit

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    It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a brand I’m loving. The last “inspired by” post was about Photographer, Carissa Gallo. I’m anxiously awaiting to find out if she’s had her baby yet. Anyone know? Wasn’t she the cutest pregnant lady of all the lands?

    Today I’m inspired by the brand Father Rabbit. I’ve seen their products pop up once and while and every time they do, I swoon for days.  Father Rabbit is a housewares brand based out of Auckland, New Zealand. Stop by their online shop to pick out a few gifts for the holidays!

    ( photos – kara Rosenlund  )

  5. Studio Hours: Our Wedding Place Settings

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    Wedding update! Projects are being checked off the list! I’m sitting here in a Kansas city coffee shop on a business trip, but wanted to stop by and share our wedding place settings.

    Aside from the invitation, figuring out what the table settings are going to look like at our wedding is a whole other debacle. Like most things I do, I’ve taken on hand selecting (thrifting) each and every items that will go on the tables. I know crazy. I do however love the attachment you get to items you’ve hunted down and I can only image that aspect will make our wedding day that much more magical.

    Basically the settings are simple. One white plate, one antique plate, one fork, one knife, I amber colored glass, one napkin, and one sprig of rosemary.

    You can keep reading for details about each item.

    1. Antique plates – thrifted at a local St. Louis antique mall. Slowly gathering enough for 55 guests.

    2. Amber colored glasses – another slow process of collecting enough for 55

    3. Hand made linen napkins – with frayed edges for a little rustic charm

    4. Fresh cut rosemary – our receptionvenue has lots of potted rosemary, so we are just continuing the hand picked theme to the tables

    5. Wooden candle sticks – still need to find skinny candles

    6. Brass Candle Stands – should I spray paint these a hammered silver?

    7. Door knob photo stands – See DIY post

    8. Lace Table runners – for “family table” only

    9. Blue Glass Water Jugs – recycled white wine bottles

    10. Massive driftwood centerpieces (not pictured ) - like these

    11. Overhead lighting (not pictured ) – See DIY post 

  6. SALE: Prop Closet Sale – Camera Gear / Part 3

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    This week’s sale is all about camera gear, new and old. I’m clearing out the pieces I no longer use or the pieces that are collecting dust! I’ve always been drawn to photography and the actual technology throughout the decades. I know quite a few of my readers share the same fascination, so here are some goodies for you. You can view previous sales here & here. (A few items are still available )

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Email Me:  Shoot me an email letting me know what item you are interested in. Please send your home address in the initial email so I can calculate shipping costs. casspyle@gmail.com

    2. Shipping Cost:  If you are the first to respond to an item, I’ll email you back with an estimated shipping cost.

    3. The OK:  You’ll OK the final cost and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice to you.

    4. Ship It:  I’ll ship your item out to you asap!

    If you have any questions about any of the listed items feel free to shoot me an email. Some of the items I have additional images I can share.
    Shipping to US & Canada (additional shipping cost for Canada)

  7. Notable No. 35 (DIY Edition)

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    Hey Everyone! This post was originally scheduled for Friday, but in an effort to make a little difference I participated in a blogger’s day of silence. If you missed the post about the Philippines, you can catch up here and donate here. I’ve got a really busy week ahead of me. A couple smaller scale photoshoots for blog content, client web projects, a packaging project and then traveling at the end of the week. I’m not quite sure how everything is going to get done, but’s let’s give it a try!

    Notables This Week (DIY Edition):

    1. Love this gift wrapping idea
    2. Easy built-in shelving unit
    3. Concrete looking spray paint!!!
    4. This simple photo wall is so dramatic
    5. Fun holiday garland ideas for your home

    6. Amazing rope lighting
    7. Still loving this flush mount light from Home Depot
    8. Really beautiful dreamcatcher idea
    9. Diamond pattern painted floors

  8. Veda News: Help for the Philippines

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    Last night I was contacted by Lucia from Utterly Engaged magazine and creator of a lifesaving website called For Philippines With Love. She informed me that today (Friday, November 15) was going to be an official “bloggers day of silence”. This simply means that instead of posting our regular scheduled content, we’d share the word of For Philippines With Love and encourage donations to the cause.

    I thought this was a fabulous idea and immediately jumped on board. Here’s a little snippet from Lucia.

    ” What’s happening in the Philippines is a terrible tragedy, and I’m not one to sit and just watch it happen. Our goal is $3,500 and we’ll be donating to ShelterBox (for emergency shelter) just because we know that daily living essentials are so needed over there right now.”

    Here’s How you can help

    1. Participate in today’s Day of Silence and spread the word!

    2. Visit the official website & Donate today!

    3. Purchase the first IN PRINT issue of Utterly Engaged to donate 10% of your purchase!

    4. Explore other causes who are making a difference

     

  9. Lesson Learned: The New Client Questionnaire

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    Hi guys! Wanted to start another freelance discussion on the blog today. Needing help from the peanut gallery! What would you say if someone asked you…”If your brand was an animal, what would it be?” Confused? haha

    I’ve never formally handed out questionnaires to my new clients, but I’ve got a growing interest in creating a more formal process of gathering the who’s and what’s about my client, but in a really unique and unexpected way. Usually how I handle these things is I ask little questions throughout the entire design process, like “so what colors are you most drawn to” or “what brands are major inspiration to you?”. These questions are obviously helpful, but I have this gut feeling that I could know my clients on an even deeper basis by asking the RIGHT questions.

    With that said, I’m creating a questionnaire to hand out to my new clients. It’s going to be a simple form (5-10 questions) that gives them the opportunity to think about themselves and their brand in a new way. Keep reading after the jump!

  10. Recent Work: Anatomy of a Guest Room

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    Ever since moving into our townhouse last spring, I’ve been attacking one room at a time and transforming it into a clean/inviting space. Megan Gilger described my vision of this room best in her blog post yesterday title “modern americana”.  I wanted to keep this space super simple with attention to the finer details.

    EACH piece in this room has a story. Anatomy of each piece below.

    1. Artwork:   Portrait of a friend from college, and my Fiancés father’s print, titled “Creative People”

    2. Farm Ladder:   Thrifted from my favorite antique store here in St. Louis – Rothchild’s

    3. Vintage Clothing:   Hat, vest and clothing hanger all collected over time

    4. Copper Overhead Lamp:   Thrifted by my father and I gave it a mini makeover with spray paint

    5. Dresser:   Left from old tenants and completely refinished ( see before )

    6. Skull:   Found at an antique mall here in St. Louis

    7. Copper Candle Holders:   Made from copper plumbing connectors from Home Depot (Inspired by)

    8. Headboard:   My dad and I found this on the side of the road before I headed to college 8 years ago

    9. Platform Bed:   Made recently from 2×4’s and a large sheet of MDF. Entire project cost $40.00!!

    10. Iron Fan & Nighstand:   Found over time at my favorite antique stores

    Browse my HOME Pinterest board for more ideas!