On My Way Down the Aisle: Centerpieces! Shopping with Daddy & Matt

6 months, 30 days, 11 hours, 5 minutes, and 44 seconds…

In 6 months, 30 days, 11 hours, 5 minutes, and 44 seconds I will become Mrs. Schwartzback! I can’t believe how quickly this year is going by. There is so much planning left to do. Entertainment…cake…decor…invitations…so much on my mind! Last weekend, my Dad and I got to talking about what was left to plan. He offered to take me out to all the local Home Goods in our area to find some cool vases for the centerpieces this week. That’s exactly what we did!

What my vision for my centerpieces is simple yet adds to the bohemian element of my wedding. My table cloths are gray, napkins are white, cutlery is silver, and the glassware is a standard clear glass. I wanted something funky; different shapes, sizes, and colors. One of my favorite things to do as a designer is mix metals. So I chose mercury glass in shades of silver, golds, and rose golds. My Dad, Matt and I went to every single Home Goods within a 20 mile radius and wipe their shelves of everything made of mercury glass! The metallic element against the gray table-cloth will create a funky, yet elegant centerpiece design. As a nature lover myself, I had to add a naturalistic element to my centerpieces. So I plan on either chopping down a tree myself or buying the center cuts of a tree trunk and placing the vases on top!

As for my flowers, I was to keep the palette clean and neutral. Whites, greens, and maybe some blush colored flowers to bring out the Rose Gold Jewels that me and my bridesmaids are wearing, made by Bare and Me. I really love the look of succulents, in the shades of that dusty blue-gray, white peonies, and LOTS of greenery! Let me know what you think of my centerpiece vision in the comments below! I can’t wait to fill you in on the rest of the wedding details as we come closer and closer to my big day! Check out the pictures below!!

Xo,

Jessica Calkins

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Bare and Me Valentine’s Day Give-A-Way…

Last day… Give-a-way ends at 6 pm eastern standard time…

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WE love to give away our jewelry and especially to our best’s…

Join the fun.

Here is how it will work.

Our first give-a-away will be for our Heart and Arrow Locket.

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What to do to win this beautiful necklace for you or a loved one…

1. Comment about what you love about this necklace.

2. Join us on INSTAGRAM @bare_and_me  (follow us) and comment on the heart and arrow picture that is the same as above. Facebook Bare and Me. All links our on our side board of the blog.

That is it. We will choose a winner on January 22 2015 at 6pm eastern standard time.

WE would love if you could share us with your friends on all of our social media sites.

Good Luck,

Laurie

designer and creator of bare and me.

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REASONS TO HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

Many people have the misconception that having an interior designer is a luxury that is only available to those with extra cash. However, what people don’t realize is that an interior designer will save you time, money, and mistakes made on projects within their home.Check out my reasons why to hire an interior designer!

SAVE TIME| A remodeling project requires an enormous amount of detail and logistics that require coordination and management. An interior designer takes on the “mental aguish factor” that comes with overseeing these processes.

SAVE MONEY| With the knowledge that interior designers acquire over years of experience, they can make educated and evidence-based decisions on materials and installation processes, to make sure that your design is executed right the first time. Those who take it upon themselves to design, end up wasting money on products that aren’t durable or great quality.

PROFESSIONAL ANALYSIS| Interior designers will give their clients detailed examinations of their space including space planning, knowledge of materials, systems and products, and more.

COUNTLESS RESOURCES| As Interior Designers, they have access to “Trade Only Showrooms.” This means that countless, one-of-a-kind, materials are available to us only as Design Professionals.

BUDGET MANAGEMENT| Once a designer determine your wants, desires and needs, they will weigh your needs against your projected budget. They will give you estimates for the cost of products, materials, shipping, delivery, freight, installation, to make sure you all the pieces fit within your budget, before you start ordering any materials.

Xo,

Jessica Calkins

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GRAY IS THE NEW BEIGE!

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  1. a pale sandy yellowish-brown color.
    “tones of beige and green”
    synonyms: fawn, pale brown, sand, buff, sandy, oatmeal, khaki, biscuit, coffee, coffee-colored, cafe au lait, camel, ecru

Is anyone else tired of this lack-luster, mind-numbing color we call beige? I know I am and I am ready for the HOTTEST color this year…GRAY! Gray is such a versatile color and has a wide range of hues, shades, and tones that create different sensations within a space. Gray can be used to create a glamorous, calming, or edgy space. The wide range of warm and cool grays compliment beautiful colors such as blush, yellow, red, white (some of my favorites). It can be used in a classic, transitional, or modern design! What do you think about gray? Check out some of these spaces that incorporated gray into there space. unnamed unnamed (11) unnamed (10) unnamed (9) unnamed (8) unnamed (7) unnamed (6) unnamed (5) unnamed (4) unnamed (3) unnamed (2) Xo, Jessica Calkins Definition provided by Google

OUT with the OLD & IN with the NEW 2015 DESIGN TRENDS

It is time to ring in the New Year with our favorite 2015 interior design trends! What better time to change up your living space than January 1st, 2015. Maybe you have been thinking about giving your home a “spacelift.” Let’s start this New Year off right and get our living spaces in check, so that we can accomplish our personal goals this year!

This year we are going to see a lot of change in color, texture, and pattern. But before we talk about what trends are knocking on our front door, let’s talk about those 2014 design trends that are on their way OUT the back door.

1. Honey toned woods. Elle Décor predicted that these light, honey toned woods, would leave us feeling “fresh”. If what they meant by “fresh” was dull, then they were right.

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2. Pastels. As Christos Prevenzanos, LA Interior Designer, said in 2014, using pastels in a living space is a “Monet meets Molly Ringwald” combo. First of all, if you had to google her name to find out who she is, she is probably not the best to compare to a design trend. Once you do google “Molly Ringwald” you’ll see the last TV/film that she was in was “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Enough said.

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3. Hair & Hide. Somehow, we have let animal fur and skin crawl onto our living room floors, sit in our chairs, and hang on our walls. I remember my Grandfather hanging his kill on the wall 20 years ago and thinking it was cool. According to CNN, we can’t even trust that the “faux” fur is even fake anymore. Apparently it is less expensive to use rabbit hair than to manufacture the hair. Animal Rights aside, I think it is safe to say that you can store the cow hide area rugs for the Ice Age.

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4. Overstuffed Sofas & Beds. Personally, I am sad to see this trend go this year as I was obsessed with throw pillows. Ask my fiancé! Every trip to target or home goods was an excuse to buy more throw pillows. However, this year is all about simplicity. One or two pillows on the sofa is not overwhelming, but the unwarranted mountain of down and feathers incased within a pretty fabric, is just too much for 2015 to handle.

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5. Keep Calm & Carry On. This is BY FAR my favorite trend of 2014 to kick in the ass! (Excuse my French!) But I can’t handle it anymore and neither can 2015. These tacky signs that remind us every day to keep our cool remind me of my fiancé telling me to calm down when we are arguing. Don’t ever tell a woman to calm down! Instead of these unappealing signs, put up a real piece of art. DIY Project!

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Check back tomorrow to find out what trends are taking these suckers place…

Xo,

Jessica Calkins

Making life prettier…

Making life prettier…

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I believe in classic timeless design. This vision can be obtained in different and all interiors. Classic designs are forever…

Modern and timeless interiors captured by harmonizing period pieces, traditional and transitional furniture, raw wood, organic shapes and tropical touches to create spaces that feel unencumbered and relaxed. Glamour that is disarmingly functional and practical.

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Making life prettier…

pamela-lovett-bio

http://www.pamelalovett.com

I believe in classic timeless design. This vision can be obtained in different and all interiors. Classic designs are forever…

Modern and timeless interiors captured by harmonizing period pieces, traditional and transitional furniture, raw wood, organic shapes and tropical touches to create spaces that feel unencumbered and relaxed. Glamour that is disarmingly functional and practical.

My philosophy, bringing the outdoors in through natural elements, mixed with modern, traditional, and the unexpected create a serene home that stands the test of time and good taste.

Well, let me introduce you to my best friend since the second grade…

WE have been through just about everything together in the last 40 years. The heartbreak of loss, life’s joys and  struggles but most importantly, standing beside each other through everything. I can not express the gratitude I feel just knowing her. Her love of beauty, creativity and sense of style just astounds me.

This is the type of relationship that stands the test of time. You know, the kind where you don’t see each other for a long while and once you are together you don’t miss a beat. The fate type of relationship, SISTERHOOD.

We spent our “Thanksgiving” together like we have done for countless years. Our children also have friendships that will last forever. Her first three are the same ages as mine and have spent countless hours with each other over the period of 24 years.

While she was here in Maryland, she made my new house a home with her glorious floral arrangement. It’s hard to achieve this when you are newly moved into a home with the “Holidays” in your face but she with a few clicks of her branch cutter, floral ideas and most importantly her quick paced mind, she put these together like a whirl wind of magic…

I love this about her 20 things going on in this pretty little mind but makes each and every decision with guided intuition, love of beauty but most importantly with “mad” creativity…

Her designs just want to make you stare in glorious delight…

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DIY Junk Yard Frame: Jewelry Display

The other day, my fiancé and I went on our weekly “Thrify Thursday” shopping spree, in search of some frames for wall art that I am designing for our apartment. We came across this really cool gold frame, with a strip of fabric along the edge! After giving the seller my $3 for a frame that would accompany several others in our framed wall, we drove back quickly to the apartment to begin our project of refinishing and painting. While trying to remove the glass from the frame, the glass cracked! At first, I was upset that my favorite frame had broken and could no longer use it to frame the black and white photo of my fiancé, my yellow lab, Rosie, my kitten, Moe Moe, and I. How could I re-use this glass-less frame?

Why not use this frame to create a DIY Jewelry Display!? A different, unique way to display your favorite statement necklaces and long, carrousel earrings as a beautiful piece of art.

Here is what you will need:

An old frame

Chicken wire

Staple gun, fully loaded with staples

Wire cutters

Optional: Spray paint and sandpaper (if you don’t prefer the original finish of the frame)

Step 1:  Take your sandpaper, and remove the existing finish from the frame.

Step 2:  Spray paint your frame in your desired color. Apply 2 or 3 coats to make sure the paint is even. Tip: Purchase a spray paint that already has a sealant.

Step 3:  Let that beautiful frame dry overnight!

Step 4: Measure the backside of the frame, and cut the chicken wire, carefully! This part takes a lot of time and patience if you are using hand-wire cutters.

Step 5:  Staple gun the chicken wire to the back of the frame!

Step 6:  Take the thicker wire that wrapped packaged the chicken wire together, and create little “S” shaped hooks! This is what you will use to hang your jewelry on.

Hang that beautiful display piece on your wall. Now while you’re not styling your favorite statement necklaces, you can sit and stare at the beautiful jewelry as a piece of art!

XOXO,

Jessica