Thursday, September 30, 2010

Inspiration Weekly

This combo of natural wood, succulents, and polished white ceramic in a modern, clean shape? Umm, pretty much perfection.
*Try the Urban Ceramics, Kuwa Trunk
From Style me Pretty
I don't know about you, but I just love the fall colors in these bouquets -- I'm so ready for the cooler weather . . . bring on the sweaters!
*Rota Vase
From Style me Pretty
All this green is just fantastic. It looks like it must have been such a FUN wedding!
From Bobbi and Mike Photography
*Eternity Cake Platter
Look at these mini-terrariums . . . what a unique and amazing way to add some green to your life!
*O Candle, Pointelle, Water Drop Vase
*Try the Belize Collection or Nepal Vases
From Ruffled Blog
*O Candle, Pointelle
From JL Design

Monday, September 27, 2010

New T2 Video: Avenue des Champs Elysee

Weddings have been on my brain lately, so I'm excited to introduce this week's new T2 video. In this episode (the first of a four-part series), Hitomi plans and executes a beautiful wedding inspired by Paris, the city of love and light. Featuring some of our most popular and elegant pieces, you wont want to miss this wedding extravaganza -- join us for the next four weeks and be inspired!

*Vera Vase
*Glow Tealight Hanger
*Peyton Stand

*And be sure to stay tuned for the next few weeks to see more of this beautiful wedding feature!

The Wedding

Saturday was just the perfect day for my sister's wedding. The sun was shining, everything went smoothly, the ceremony was heartfelt and intimate, and the reception was absolutely beautiful! My sister looked gorgeous, the flowers could not have been prettier, and everyone had a wonderful time dancing and enjoying the beautiful decor (and of course the delicious food too).

Here's a few pictures of the decor, I'm sure I'll have lots more to share soon!

(and here's one of my other sister, my husband, and me . . . so you can see how much fun it was!)
**A BIG thanks, and all the credit, goes to the team from Design358:
Hitomi Gilliam AIFD Vancouver, BC
Tony Alvarez AIFDVentura, CA
Brooke Raulerson AIFDAmelia Island, FL
Susanne Law AIFDSurrey, BC

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today's the Day

Today is my sister's wedding day! Obviously I'm going to be way too busy to spend time updating my blog, what with all my 'matron of honor' duties . . . but I wanted to give y'all a quick behind-the-scenes look at all the flowers we've been busy setting up and some of the prep work Hitomi and the Accent Decor team have been working on!!

*Warning: You might be jealous of all the beautiful flowers - I know I am!

Monday, September 20, 2010

T2: Silo Interconnected

This week's Tips and Tricks video features the Silo Interconnected Vase. Hitomi designs in this unique vase using Fiber sticks and Midollino, for an effect that is truly modern and beautiful.

Don't forget you can watch all our T2 videos on our YouTube channel. You can even subscribe for all the latest!

***And this is the big week - Sarah's wedding day is this Saturday! I know, I can hardly believe it either, but I'm so excited to see all that Hitomi comes up with, and to share it with all of you!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Four Seasons Hotel in Paris

We couldn't resist visiting the Four Seasons Hotel George V while we were in Paris. No, we didn't stay there but wanted to check out Jeff Lathem's work. And we certainly weren't disappointed - what beautiful stuff!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On the Home Front: Inspiration

Ok so I know that many of our customers are florists and event planners, and that's usually where I gear the inspiration I find online towards. However, we also have customers who are in the home design and decor business - and I certainly dont want to leave them feeling uninspired. So today, here's a few of my recent favorite finds from the home design world.

First of all, if you haven't checked it out yet, you most definitely need to go peruse the pages of the NEW design magazine: Rue. It's an online magazine that is chock-full of some of the most beautiful images I've seen in a long time. One of my favorite things EVER is to look through beautiful magazines, and I've been sorely missing my two favorites (Cottage Living and Domino) since they went out of print. I'm going to start a campaign to bring back Cottage Living -- I miss that magazine!
*From Rue.

Gray inspiration from Layla Grace
From House Beautiful
This one is from another one of my all-time favorite e-mags, Lonny.

More from Lonny. Visit their website (and new blog) for loads of inspiration. I love their feminine, elegant take on modern.
From Plush Palate. I just adore the juxtaposition of rustic and modern here. Beautiful.

*My husband and I just bought a fixer-upper house . . . so I'm slightly obsessed with home design blogs and inspiration right now. Where should I be looking for awesome design inspiration? Here are a few pictures I've loved and saved so far.

*All of these photos are from Decor Pad