Monday, January 31, 2011

Board No. 84: Bold Yellow

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How about a gorgeous, sunny yellow board after the gorgeously sunny weekend we just had? It was 69 degrees here yesterday! I love how this board is filled with graphic touches (the teardrop cake, the striped bows, the chevron-printed centerpiece boxes) but still seems sweet. And isn't that bouquet BEAUTIFUL?

The Details
First row, left to right: bouquet by Blue Lotus, photographed by Poser, via Southern Weddings; programs by Bird and Banner from Martha Stewart Weddings

Second row: favor boxes, bike photo by Allyson Magda (designed by Jill LaFleur) via Style Me Pretty, centerpiece photo by Erin Hearts Court (designed by La Partie Events) via Style Me Pretty

Third row: ceremony photo by Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Casual wedding portraits

Just two lovely, casual bride and groom portraits for you on this fine Thursday! The top one is by Michael and Anna Costa, and the bottom is by Aaron Delesie. Love how it looks like they just happened to pause for a moment and steal a kiss. And the pockets are perfect :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

To paint or not to paint?

Have you all seen Joanna's apartment tour?

Gorgeous! I love so much about it, from the natural brick and wood-stacked fireplace to the built-in bookshelves and abundance of framed images. But what I love most is the gorgeous muted gray blues that pop up throughout the space. Not surprising, then, that Joanna is providing the main inspiration for painting my new office chair. We started out with pretty much the same thing:

Jenny from Little Green Notebook, the design genius behind this space, spray painted the chair with what she thinks was Krylon's "Medium Gray." This was the result:

Gorgeous! Unfortunately, Krylon doesn't list a "Medium Gray" color on their website, and the chair at least appears to be more blue than gray (to me, anyway!). The closest option seems to be "Mountain View:"

There's also "Stonewashed Denim"

...and "Classic Gray."

Do those look too dark to you, though? The only other possibility is "Peekaboo Blue," but that seems too bright:

Which brings me to my two questions for you today:

1) Should I paint the chair or leave it as is?

2) If I should paint it, which color would you recommend? One of these blue grays, a different blue gray, or something more neutral, like white? Seleta suggested a few gray blues in this post, which I'm also pondering...

Let me know what you think!

All apartment photos by Karen Mordechai. Want more details? Check out Joanna's blog post here and Jenny's blog posts here and here on the redesign. Both give tons of tips and inside sources for the details seen in the photos!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shower curtain update

Continuing with my now two-post-long update streak, we turn today to shower curtains. A few months ago I posted a few options I was considering, then promptly put "buy shower curtain" on the back burner as other priorities pushed to the front. All of that changed, however, on a trip to Target last week. I was trailing along behind my Dad and J, who were on the hunt for a bathroom scale, of all things, when I rounded a corner and came face to face with the perfect print. It has all the qualities I loved in the Viva Terra number without the steep price tag -- this one was just $15! Here it is in action:

I'm pretty sure it's a brand-new spring line product that doesn't seem to be available on Target's website (though while searching for it, I came across this one and this one that I also liked!), so you'll have to head to your local store if you, too, would like to pick one up.

P.S. Just so you know, I wasn't planning to show you the curtain in my bathroom until I made a few more updates, but my plans were foiled by the lack of an existing internet photo. Couldn't wait to share, so I hope you like!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Monday!

How were all of your weekends? I went to the flea market with my buddy M and finally bit the bullet on the chair I've been wanting to take home for months (see: no. 24 on my 101 list!). Yay! It's in great condition (though a bit dusty), and at just $60 stacks up well to these lovelies on the Pottery Barn site (which retail for $400!!).

Here it is after I dragged it up three flights of stairs to our apartment:

Stay tuned for my plans for it!

We also stopped into an adorable tea room filled with delightful things. I had to restrain myself. A few pieces that caught my eye:

Pineapple tea bag holder (which I would use as a spoon rest and found here online)

A white-on-white pineapple planter

Distressed trophy cups

Adorable vintage-reproduction hankies. M snatched up a few of these for her bridesmaids' bouquets. I love this idea! See how cute?

Alders Photography via Style Me Pretty

Punam Bean

A Bryan Photo with Calder Clark Designs via Southern Weddings

Happy Monday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Polka dot dress

The perfect polka dot dress doesn't come around every day, but I think this one comes pretty close to the peak of polka dot perfection. (How do you like that alliteration?) Find it at -- of all places -- Delia's.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TOMS update

Since I don't like when bloggers leave me hanging after posting a query, I thought I'd update y'all on my TOMS situation. I am now the proud owner of a pair of gold herringbone classics! You may recall that I was waffling between the gold herringbone, gold glitter, navy, and ash. I was happy to have someone else decide for me -- these were a Christmas present from J's parents! I must say, after wearing them for a month or so, I am loving the gold. For anyone who's considering buying them, I would wholeheartedly approve -- they are super comfortable, and fit true to size. Plus, they help a great cause!

Photo by moi

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

P&P valentines!

Wanted to share my 2011 valentine offering with y'all! It's become kind of a tradition to make a new "punny" card every year for friends and family and the P&P Etsy shop. First there was "Olive you:"

Last year it was "I love ewe!"

This year, it's "Love you tons."

Hope you think I'm as funny as I think I am :) All three designs are still available, and you can purchase a single card here or a set of six (at a discount) here!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Board No. 83: The Most Delicate of Delicates

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I know we're not quite into spring yet, but I couldn't resist putting together this soft pink and green board to drive back the winter doldrums. This wedding would be all about tiny, delicate touches -- sweet poppers at each place setting, a softly shaded bouquet, a wreath of the most fragile spring blooms. And, of course, a cluster of AMAZING, oversize crepe paper flowers. Check out the DIY here!

The Details
First row, left to right: photo by Ali Degraff via 100 Layer Cake, dogwood blossom wreath from Harper's Bazaar via This is Glamorous, shoe photo by The Nichols via Style Me Pretty

Second row: garden rose bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, gaggle of flower girls by Jac Photography via SMP, cake from Brides

Third row: Ivy & Aster dress photo by Elizabeth Messina, poppers photo by Jackie Wonders via SMP, rose centerpiece photo by Marisa Holmes via Style Me Pretty

Friday, January 14, 2011

Colorful dresses

Who's ready for some warm-weather color? Me! Both of these bright beauties are from Victoria's Secret.

The best part is that you could pair a cardigan and a pair of black leggings or tights with either of these and have a great transitional outfit until the weather catches up!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Robert Allen Khandar fabric for sale!

Speaking of curtains, remember that fabric I was debating a few months ago? Well, I bought it, but it turns out it's not quite right for my space. The blue leans a bit too slate for what I was picturing. However, it's beautiful, and could be just right for one of you!

The details: It's the Khandar pattern in indigo by Robert Allen. It retails for $34.99 a yard, but I'm offering it for $17 (50% off!). Shipping would be about $11, and payment would be set up through PayPal. I have two 3-yard lengths, each a little over 54 inches wide. I would like to sell it all together, but would consider selling a smaller section depending on the response.

If you're interested, please shoot me an email at peachandpearl [at] ymail [dot] com!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens January issue

Any other Better Homes & Gardens subscribers out there? I'm one -- embarrassingly (and truthfully), have been since the seventh grade. I like to think I've seen them through the good and the bad, and right now they're having a very good streak. The January cover? Perfection.

I also loved the peak at Amy Meier's home, and fell in love with her curtains, rug, and couch. The styling is right on in her entryway, too.

Amy Meier photos by King Au

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

John Robshaw Textiles

In light of yesterday's post, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite John Robshaw designs. So colorful and pretty but simple, too. Click to enlarge for a closer look!

A. Tripoli Quilt and Shams
B. Vintage Stripe Indigo Pillow
C. Jaggery Quilt and Shams
D. Cotton Ikat Pomegranate Bolster
E. Honeycomb Quilt and Shams
F. Jade Quilt and Shams
G. Samode Pink Sheets and Cases
H. Diggi Sea Glass Sheets and Cases
I. Trellis Sheets and Cases

P.S. Even though Mr. Robshaw's wares are quite expensive, you might try seeking them out on eBay. xo

Monday, January 10, 2011

New York, New York!

What a week last week was! Not only did we all launch our 101 in 1001 lists -- Check the sidebar! So many inspiring ladies! And one inspiring gent :) -- but I took a whirlwind trip to NYC before heading back down South. We were supposed to catch a taping of The Martha Stewart Show, but they overbooked at the last minute and we unfortunately got bumped. Great sadness. J's two sisters and I did, however, find ways to occupy our time. A brief rundown for anyone else who's looking for some inspiration for a trip into the city:

Monday night we ate dinner at Franny's in Park Slope (apparently missing Jake Gyllenhaal by just days!). The three of us split the crostini of wood-roasted pancetta and fennel butter (delicious), the orecchiette with broccoli, garlic, chiles, and pecorino romano (good but a little too salty), and the tomato and buffalo mozzarella pizza (delicious). We finished the evening by watching the premier of The Bachelor, of course.

Tuesday morning we headed up to the Union Square area for breakfast at Friend of a Farmer. M + N were betting that I would love the cozy atmosphere, and they were right. I added sauteed onions to the cheddar cheese, bacon, and tomato omelette, and it was, once again, delicious. (Let's be honest, how can you really go wrong with bacon and cheddar?)

Next it was time for shopping! We stopped first at ABC Home, more to ogle at the pretty wares than anything else. A few of my iPhone snaps from the six floors:

Floral chandelier!

Adorable turquoise box!

Beat-up stools!

Vintage table sized perfectly for our guest room!

Old wooden ladders!

Metal tables!

Metal garden chairs!

John Robshaw!


Just a few doors down was Fish's Eddy. I've admired their much more reasonably-priced offerings online for awhile, and was very excited to check them out in person!

Our final stop was Eataly, Mario Battali's gorgeous new shop. The whole place is a treat for the senses, from intoxicating smells to beautiful packaging. We all left with fresh pasta (yes, again, delicious).

Other items of note on this trip: I tried bubble tea for the first time (liked the tea, didn't like the bubbles); the piles of garbage bags on the streets were astonishing, thanks to the snowstorm that hit NYC the week before; and my new coat (yay Christmas presents!!) did an admirable job keeping me warm.

All photos from my iPhone except for the second and third images and the first image of Eataly, which were from Google Images.