This month, we packed our family up and drove from Kansas City to Chicago to spend a luxurious two weeks vacation with our long-time besties and my best-flower-bud, Taryn Fleming of Blomma Floral Design.
We spent almost two fabulous weeks laughing, talking, eating, lounging and jet-skiing. (If you want to feel truly rich in life, just spend time with the people that you love.)
In-between Six Flags and farmers' markets, we couldn't resists putting together a few styled shoots.
As we were gearing up for 4th of July on a lake in the northern suburbs of Chicago, we dreamed up our take on a modern Colonial 4th of July breakfast!
If ever a time to whip out some colonial inspiration (and as a Virginia girl, I don't need a lot of convincing) it is on Independence Day!
These gorgeous white, modern chairs nod to the early-american, low-back Windsor armchairs. Accompanied by a large, unfinished, wooden banquet table and board and batten wall treatment, Taryn's house became the perfect backdrop for our Modern Colonial 4th of July Breakfast!
Rustic, wooden taper holders mixed with the most perfect patriotic blue and white china, gold rimmed glassware, silver flatware and crisp linens, brought together a seamless tables-scape nodding to that early-american esthetic.
For flowers we chose, deep crimson Red Charm Peonies as our showstopper. Light blue Delphinium gave us an etherial blue to contrast the depth of the peonies. Clematis and a spot of blush peonies acted as a "go-between" to mute the starkness of the red and blue. We went for a modern garden style, aware that we wanted to give breath and space to our flowers and not to overstuff the arrangement.
Each place setting was graced with a petite arrangement to add an extra special touch! (Still cannot get over how perfect that patriotic blue and white chine is!)
And because we know how deeply everyone is yearning for awkward, "intense work-face" shots, here is Taryn and me in the midst of it all.
And because we know what everyone really wants is adorable pictures of a 2 year old, here you go.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed our 4th of July Modern Colonial Breakfast as much as we did!