Month: May 2015

A Lesson on Styling Your Coffee Table

Looking to liven up your living room? Add that touch of color or personal style by dressing up your coffee table. It could be as easy as swapping out a few items, or adding a beautiful flower arrangement. Here are some ideas for how to turn that blank canvas into a work of art. Layer with A Tray Add a large tray to your coffee table. This will allow you to group all décor into a set region and leave the rest of the table open for use. Put your artistic pieces on top of the tray, layer books, and add candles. We love Eccolo’s Chevron Tray for a pop of color in any home. If you’re going for organized-chic, this is the way to go. Add Decorative Accents No matter what your tastes, make sure that these objects vary in size and height. Look for glass or ceramic sculptures that catch your eye, the perfect bowl or large candle, or a piece of coral that is just right for the room. Add multiple items that only …

DIT: Unique Backyard Gardening Ideas

Get down and dirty, together. Start the summer off right by transforming that little bit of soil or terrace space in your home into a luscious garden full of color. You’d be surprised at what you can do with the items you already have in your home. Transform everything from your kitchen colander to your old set of tea cups into planters, swings, or bird feeders, with these DIY tips. Colander Planter Don’t just use your colanders for draining pasta. Take them outside, fill them with soil, and plant your favorite herbs or flowers in them. These can be perfect flowerpots since they already have holes to make them easy to water and are sturdy enough to withstand rain and dirt and mud. Garden Swing Ever day dream of lying outside, in your bed, in the garden? You and your fiancé can have perfect summer time bliss and really enjoy your garden with this hanging bed. If you have an old mattress lying around, you will just need pallets, some extra lumber, and study rope. DIT by …

Friday Faves

Another Friday means another beautiful weekend ahead! To get you through the last day of your week, we’ve put together some of our favorite posts from bloggers we love. Browse through our Friday Faves to help inspire not only your wedding planning, but also your summer weekends to come. Heart Pounding Wedding Moments Caught on Camera Anticipation, excitement, nervousness, and of course uncontrollable love. These are the emotions that fill brides and grooms on their wedding days. Sometimes they are hard to capture, but Cup of Jo rounded up 10 amazing photos that say it all. Ready to get those anxious jitters about your big day? Check the full collection of photos out here. The Perfect Bohemian Backyard  The team at Sterling Social transformed a simple backyard into a Boho oasis, and we loved it. Every little detail was attended to, and the result was a perfect mix of playful summer fun and edgy wooden and whicker décor. Get inspired for your backyard makeover with these photos. The Perfect Summer Dessert  Not that you can’t eat …

Summer BBQ Must-Haves

Memorial Day is just around the corner and if you’re like us, you can’t wait for barbecues, outdoor pool parties, and sharing a glass of wine with your loved one on the porch. So while you’re dusting off your outdoor furniture and cleaning out your grill, we’re helping you prepare by putting together a small collection of everything you’ll need for your outdoor hosting activities this summer. BBQ Utensils  It’s grilling season! No matter what you’re looking to cook outdoors, having the right barbecue utensils is key. Use tongs to turn over your hot dogs, a brush to douse your chicken in marinade, and spatula to flip those juicy burgers. All-Clad’s 4-Piece BBQ Tool Set with Case has everything you need all in one place. Outdoor String Lights Summer dinner parties in your backyard are all about ambience. Embrace the warmth and summer smell with these outdoor hosting must-haves. String Bulbright’s Outdoor String Light With Incandescent Bulb up over your deck and and dangle them from surrounding trees. Grill Toppers Love ribs? Make them in your …

Cooking for Two: Pasta Night

Pasta doesn’t always have to be that quick-fix meal that gets the job done but ends up being totally uninspired. If you’re willing to go one step further than boiling water and cracking open a jar of tomato sauce then the possibilities are endless. So, for that cozy date night, do as the Italians do and turn an everyday dish into a romantic meal for two. The Wine  Pasta meals are best served with red wine. We suggest pairing with a Chianti, but go to your local wine store and ask the experts. Make sure to pick out a wine that’s rich with a silky-texture. Let the wine breathe in a decanter before you start cooking, so it’s ready to go by the time the appetizers are done. We love this Villeroy & Boch decanter, and these large Riedel wine glasses for all of your red wine needs. The Appetizer There’s no better way to start off a pasta night than with a Caprese Salad. While tomato, mozzarella and basil is an oldie but an goodie, add …

Tips and Tricks: 5 Hacks to Mobile Wedding Planning

Wedding planning is going mobile. That’s right – a majority of couples in the past year have managed to use apps and mobile sites to help get ready for their big day. According to The XO Group, 61% of couples used mobile smartphones to plan their weddings, up from 33% in 2011. So if you’re a smartphone addict and have started looking at flowers, invitations, and awesome bands in between playing Words With Friends and checking Instagram, we’ve put together some tricks to help with your mobile planning. Create A Separate Email Account Stay in touch with vendors, get quotes, and compare prices all without jamming up your work or personal inbox. Yes, this is all about staying organized during the wedding process, but it’s also going to prevent you from receiving those spam emails from every vendor you speak years after you’re happily wed. Sync Your Planning If you’re doing your wedding planning on your mobile devices, chances are you’re going to have duplicates of checklists, spreadsheets, or any other documents. Avoid having three different …

New On Zola

To start the week off right, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite new arrivals that you can now shop on Zola. Take your lunch break to browse these perfect new gifts to add personality and color to your newlywed home. SMEG   This brand really embraces the retro chic look. We love these standout kitchen items that add a pop of color to your home and will build on your unique personal style. Design Ideas Bring that touch of the nature into your home with this simple and durable table. Perfect for that closed in patio, this furniture not only looks great, but is resistant to moisture, mold, and insects so will last a lifetime. Check out more Design Ideas products here. Fortessa Flatware that really stands out. Fortessa’s forks, knives, and spoons are sleek and sophisticated and are perfect for any occasion and will look amazing, no matter what set of dishes you set the table with. Rosanna No matter what your style, these ornate cups will look incredible in your home. Rosanna’s tableware has …

Two Foodies & A Trip To Vegas: #ZolaCouple Karissa & Michael

“They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; in our case, the way to my heart and my whole family’s hearts was through our stomachs,” says Karissa of her romance with future husband Michael. Though they met through mutual friends in Vegas, they didn’t end up connecting until two years later. Read up on the story of this #ZolaCouple, what they do for fun & adventure, and how they stayed sane before their wedding, which was yesterday! How did you meet? We actually first met in Vegas, but we didn’t have the typical Vegas story. I was dragged along to a going away party, and the friend who was going away happened to be one of Michael’s best friends. We first met at Tryst at the Wynn, but didn’t hit it off right away. As fate would have it, Michael’s friend ended up leaving him in Las Vegas and he needed a ride home the next day. So Michael had breakfast with me and my friends and I gave him a ride home. Two years later, we reconnected at a mutual friend’s birthday party, and I gave him …

Friday Faves

This weekend is Mothers Day, so this Friday we’re bringing you inspired posts from other wedding and design blogs that help remind us just how much we love our mothers. A Well-Organized Home  Did your mother ever pester you about cleaning your room? This inspiringly well-organized one-room crib had us wondering how we ever lived with clothes and books all over the floor. We’re very glad we listened to our mom and now wish we had a home this white. A Beautiful Mother’s Day Party Celebrate mom in style. We love this table setting from The Decorista that’s full of color and screams spring. Choose your mom’s favorite colors, favorite flowers, and favorite drink and throw a shindig in her honor. Embrace Your Heritage  This couple threw not one, but two weddings – one being a traditional Indian ceremony. We loved the celebration of one’s past when starting a new family. Check out more of their beautiful wedding photos here. Mom’s Special Recipe  Baking with mom has a special place in all of our hearts. This recipe …

5 Tricks to Simplify Wedding Planning

We know that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to plan your wedding while keeping up with your already busy life. Finding tricks that help you stay on-the-go and save you time will make for an engagement that’s a lot less stressful and allow you to enjoy those months leading up to saying ‘I do’. Here are some little ways we suggest simplifying your wedding planning: Design Your Wedding Website Keep your friends and family up-to-date on your wedding plans all at once. Create a wedding website so you can share your love story, your wedding date, information about your wedding party, and any other notes to your guests all in one place. You can customize this so you don’t sacrifice style, and when people have questions they can just click a link! Make Your Registry Go Mobile Keeping track of your wedding presents can be quite a headache. Use the Zola Apple Watch and iPhone App to simplify your entire registry experience. With the Zola Apple Watch App, you can keep a list of …