i called on my talented friends from over at bash, please over to the studio to give you some last minute halloween tabletop ideas. and then pharmacie is going to give you 3 delicious cocktail recipes for your party. i absolutely love what they put together. such a sophisticated setup and so simple to execute! and of course, jesse has a special way with the camera…
“halloween is best served up simply spooky or it can be overkill on the orange kitsch factor. we chose to go more suggestive and organic to elevate our cocktail party.” – bash, please
here’s a few tips to recreate this vibe!
• cheesecloth is all you need for tablecloths. it works wonders draping over all your furniture for an ethereal, abandoned house vibe.
• name your cocktails after your favorite scary movie or song. we chose quotes from Psycho, The Shining and The Doors lyrics “bloody red sun of fantastic LA”. we warmed up our best cursive and adorned these black platters with a white paint pen in flourished script. (you can draw it out lightly with pencil first)
• pampas grass makes a great table underlay that feels a bit like spider webs, a bit like a dusty ghost. cheap and easy to cut and lay around the house for autumnal eerie-ness. we topped it with grey and white pumpkins for a neutral, subdued effect. stack and lean your pumpkins for movement and an alive feeling.
• skip white candles and get gray or black. more dramatic and the drip is so pretty and haunting.
• forage your neighborhood for dead branches! They feel like creepy fingers tucked into any holiday tabletop or on a serving tray.
and now for the drinks…
“These are (mostly) classically-style, aromatic cocktails meant for sipping. There are a few somewhat obscure ingredients, but a trip to your local high-end spirits shop (or even Bevmo) should help in sourcing those bottles.” -talmadge from pharmacie
THE JACK TORRANCE
1.5 oz Rum (Cana Brava is great here)
3/4 oz Apfelkorn Apple Liqueur
3/4 oz St Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Then strain into a coupe or other “up” glass. Add bitters. Garnish with a little orange zest.
1 oz White Whiskey or Urban Moonshine (I use Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1)
1 oz Bechorovka
3/4 oz Orgeat
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Then strain into a coupe or other “up” glass. Garnish with a star anise pod.
BLOOD RED SUN OF FANTASTIC L.A.
1 oz Tequila (Blanco)
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Tangerine Juice
1.5 oz Sanbitter Soda
2-3 drops Absinthe
Combine juice and tequila in a tall “collins” glass, ad ice. The top with Sanbitter and Absinthe. If you can’t find Sanbitter, you can use Chinotto or Campari (just not as good).
photos by: jesse chamberlin
drinks by: pharmacie
decor by: bash please
what’s something you splurge on in your house? i have a weakness for fancy candles. they make such a world of difference in my mood and always seem to relax me. i figure that’s worth the splurge, right? i even light one in the morning when i wake up to start the day off nicely. i’ve started a little collection. i hope you have a calm & lovely weekend…i’m off to new york till sunday. when i get home i’m going to stay put for a few weeks and hibernate in my house.
some of my favorite candles: prospector co., pommes frites, maison louis marie, anthropologie, ceramic lanterns from otherwild, and sydney hale. this votive candle set would make a really great gift.
photos: designlovefest instagram
i returned from my trip and pretty much ran over to my studio to see the new all white look. i could not stop smiling! it was exactly what i had hoped for! this area shown above is the shooting area, so we are keeping it bare, with no furniture. i can’t wait for DIY, floral, style, and just plain creative shoots in here! my friend jesse is a photographer and is going to move into the space with us. i am so excited, but won’t overwhelm you with exclamation points. now for the decorating…
i’ve also hired my first full-time employee. it’s pretty crazy the changes that are going on over here. i am just trying to stay sane and focused. with these changes comes a lot of responsibility, i’m just hoping i can hold it all up. leaps of faith happening in DLF land. but it feels good! have an awesome weekend. i’m going wine tasting in solvang with arian for our 5 year anniversary. (can’t believe it’s been that long!) i love that guy. cheers. -bri
last week i had the pleasure of stopping by lotta agaton’s shop in stockholm. man oh man, was it amazing. it’s actually what my dreams are made of…
tons and tons of black & white, perfect curation, and of course beautiful styling.
i love all the neutrals mixed with tons of plants. lovely retail inspiration…
i have followed lotta’s styling work for a long time, so i was pretty excited to meet her in person! she has such great taste.
this was definitely my favorite shop that we visited on the trip. you have to stop by if you’re in the area! and she also has an online shop here…
Lotta Agaton Shop
114 25 Stockholm
(photos by designlovefest, see more travel posts here)
before we start on this floral post, a small announcement! we are now hosting giveaways on the designlovefest facebook page as well. head over there & “like” the page for all the updates! today’s giveaway is with baggu, check it out.
With Fall, I like to break up the routine and get ready for the busy end of year. A little can go along way when wanting to spruce up a room. New throw pillows, a great area rug, or fun table top items can really help bring your summer pad into the cooler months.
This week for “Florals in your space” we visited the beautifully curated brick and mortar shop of the design agency Nickey Kehoe. Owner’s Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe’s storefront houses well crafted goods handpicked from around the globe along with vintage furniture from their collection.
With the flowers I wanted to emphasize the juxtaposition of design I found in their space. The shop feels cool California but has old world richness. I used native succulents to highlight that California vibe and layered in coleus leaves for a fun pop of velvety richness. Cafe au Lait and hot pink dahlias softened the arrangement and provided some serious romance. I also added chocolate cosmos and bittersweet vine as a nod to fall. (even though here in LA it is still summer)
Big thank you to the incredible shop crew Timothy Regan, Lizzie, Brandt, Linnéa Saine, and Steven Lancaster for having us! Check out Nickey Kehoe to shop all the beautiful products online. -Kristen from Moon Canyon
flower ingredients:: dahlias, succulents, air plant, coleus, bittersweet, and chocolate cosmos.
florals by: moon canyon design co. - see more floral posts here!
store: nickey kehoe | 7221 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
photos by: kimberly genevieve