Somewhere Splendid Home Page Home Decor Kitchen Party Party Picks Shop About Links Contact Submit


A Splendid Evolution

Hello, everyone. It’s been a while!

I’m here today to share a bit of news regarding the blog, and well, me. After long and hard though, I’ve decided to close Somewhere Splendid or, as I’d like to think of it, evolve it. As of today, I’ve launched a new party and home goods line called Splendid Supply Co., and I’d love to tell you a bit about the line and how I’ve come to my decision.

Cupcake Toppers from Splendid Supply Co.

This certainly wasn’t easy. Over the past few months, Somewhere Splendid has certainly been a step child. As any of you work at home moms know, balance isn’t easy. The bulk of my available time has been dedicated to Confetti Pop, The Style Lab (our photo styling e-course), and writing contributing posts for Momtastic. I’ve felt creatively drained on the blogging front because Confetti Pop has so much overlap with Somewhere Splendid, so the best of MY best was heading over there – and  I was okay with that, because Shauna + me = pure magic. Shauna makes me a better creative because she’s a great resource as a partner, editor (AKA, Person Who Makes Maddy Rein In The Fringe), and confidant.

Yarn Tassel Mobile from Splendid Supply Co.

At the same time, I LOVE the mission of Somewhere Splendid. Pretty homes, pretty parties – it’s 100% true to who I am and what I love. That made I really difficult to let go. So, in December, after much thought, I decided to evolve the blog into a new brand and explore my style as a product designer! I’d be able to use my graphic design and crafting skills to produce a new line that was distinctly me, and the idea completely reinvigorated my creativity.

The idea isn’t completely new to me, actually. Shortly after launching this blog, I started develop the concept for a spinoff party shop that was a mix of curated and self-designed supplies. I had my paperwork drawn up for the business, I made wholesale inquiries and then – Jessie emailed me about her darling Shop Sweet Lulu. She had beaten me to the punch; at the time, I was still working full time and I was developing my strategy pretty slowly. When I saw the site, I felt Jessie had the exact vision I had (and it’s true! As I’ve gotten to know her, I’ve only liked her better. We have a very similar sense of taste and I have so much respect and love for her) and I couldn’t really add anything to the conversation by going the same route. I didn’t have enough time at that point to do exclusively designed party supplies, so I put the idea to rest until I dusted it off this past holiday season.

Swiss Dot Gold Foil Pencils from Splendid Supply Co.

Most of the line is developed for wholesale accounts, but I’m maintaining a retail storefront on Etsy, and, soon, a standalone shop. It’s all designed and will be developed in the near future by Zoe Rooney, who I’ve wanted to work with forever!  While I’ve always developed my own personal sites, I’ve followed Zoe’s blog for some time now and know the incredible wealth of knowledge she has. I know I’m in beyond capable hands.

Splendid Supply Co.

I hope you’ll continue to support me in this new venture (and there’s 10% off for you today as a thanks!). Somewhere Splendid will be around for a few months longer to keep available for your reference, and when the new site launches, I’ll have a blog there that I’ll update as I get in new products and great customer inspiration!

Share This Splendid Post
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Email





How to Style a Tablescape for the Holidays… with Home Goods (Plus, Two $50 Gift Cards as a Giveaway!)

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

Edit 12/23: This contest is now closed! Congratulations to Dawn and Stephanie K. – I’ll be contacting you both shortly for your addresses!

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m excited to share some holiday inspiration I whipped up for a partnership with a company I’m personally a regular shopper with (for Confetti Pop and for personal purchases!). A few weeks ago, Home Goods asked me to shop my local store and come up with a look based on their new StyleScope. StyleScope is a quick and easy way to discover what your design style is based on a series of pictures you choose based on what you respond to. No shock here: I came in as a “Vegas Baby” – in other words, I like some bling. My secondary style was Urban Funk, which is perfect for me given my love of industrial modern and mid-century modern.

After checking out some great tips on how to design in the Vegas Baby style, I hopped on over to my local Home Goods and picked up some awesome pieces – including a gorgeous gold cake stand, some fun mixed metallic patterned gift boxes, and some STUNNING tableware and paillette pillows – and then mixed them with some Home Goods loot I’d already acquired and my vintage brass candlesticks.

Check out what I did below, then scroll for some styling tips and info on how to win one of two $50 gift cards to style up your own holiday!

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

How to Style a Holiday Tablescape with Home Goods

Styling Tips:

  • Don’t be able to mix metals or textures, but keep it cohesive: limit your palette or texture number so that it doesn’t get too crazy.
  • Sometimes Home Goods doesn’t have as many of an item as you’d like, but I love to embrace that! Use the opportunity to be creative and mix and match. For example, I found the gorgeous salad plates I used because the ones that matches the dinner plates only had three available. It adds so much character to match the two styles, and softens the geometric look of the place setting.
  • I love to use fresh flowers, but they get super pricey in the winter. That’s the perfect time to shop the holiday decor and glassware section of Home Goods for unique pieces to decorate the tablescape with, like the two Hollywood Regency urns I used. I also snagged a great white pedestal bowl for $12 and filled it with ornaments I already had on hand, creating more impact on the table than I could have with even double that price in flowers.
  • They’re great for comfort, but decorative pillows are a must for me when creating a tablescape. They add an unexpected pop of color and texture to the look and help pull the style together. Check out our other inspiration shoots on Confetti Pop – you’ll see how often I use them there!

And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the prize! You can win one of two $50 Home Goods gift cards - all you need to do is visit the StyleScope site and take the quiz to find out what your style is. Comment on this post to share what your results were, and then tell us what you want to pick up at Home Goods with your winnings to make your holiday entertaining perfect! Giveaway ends Friday the 20th at 11:59 pm.

This post is sponsored by Home Goods. They provided me with a gift card to purchase the items used in this shoot and the giveaway gift cards. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

Share This Splendid Post
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Email



Hello, Hello + A New Project

The Kids' Dept.

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while. I’m still trying to sort through my intentions for this blog, so I apologize and am grateful for all of your support.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy! The other week, I launched The Kids’ Dept. with my husband. The blog features curated, shoppable outfit inspiration boards, so if you’re looking for a snazzy look for school photos, the holidays, or just for everyday use, we’re the blog for you! The site design and programming were a labor of love, but it’s Devon’s first time doing “serious” blogging, so I’m really proud of and excited for him. If you have kids of your own (or nieces, nephews, or friends’ kids that you love to spoil), I highly suggest you check it out.

DIY Skull Favors from Confetti Pop.

Confetti Pop has been taking a lot of my attention because we have a BIG holiday season planned for everyone! Shauna and I have been cranking out DIY projects left and right, including this funny Halloween favor that Shauna designed. Stay tuned for more great craftiness over there!

Share This Splendid Post
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Email



A Splendid Bit of News.

Bath Confetti DIY from Confetti Pop via Somewhere Splendid. Photography by Todd Hafermann.

Alright, well, I guess now is as good as any time to come clean: I’ve been suffering from Blogger Fatigue. I’m sure you’ve noticed: the only thing I have time to crank out are my beloved Blooms on a Budget posts, and I can even get off my game on that. In all honesty, I’m exhausted and creatively drained. I’m currently working on Confetti Pop, as well as at the TomKat Studio at the Managing Editor. Both projects seem to be producing so much more inspiration for me these days that Somewhere Splendid is sort of just… hanging around. Tonight, I took a good long soak in the tub and thought hard about its future. And I came to a big conclusion.

I don’t like what I’m doing here. At some point, Somewhere Splendid stopped being me and what I love. I stripped what was unique about what I have to offer from it in order to please other people, I think. I forgot that I’m a taste maker, and that I cut my teeth professionally offering people inspiration for entertaining and the everyday from my point of view. That voice was what made the Inspired Bride great, but somewhere in the few months after this blog launched, it faded from it.

So, sayonara to Real Parties (unless I absolutely wished I had thrown it myself or actually had a hand in creating them) and adios to a whole list of other things that made me feel like I was phoning it in. Instead, I’m going to head out behind the scenes for a little bit and work on some new editorial content that will make Somewhere Splendid feel more like a magazine and less like your average blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts, too. If there’s something you’d love to see, please let me know in the comments. Is there something you’d like me to add to the chopping block? No hard feelings, seriously! Let me know, because now is the time.

PS – isn’t this little Giftable Bath Confetti project I did for Confetti Pop awesome? The photography is courtesy of my ever awesome photographer buddy, Todd Hafermann.

Share This Splendid Post
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Email



Splendid Details: Favorite Summer Party Details

Sponsor Bar
Party Supplies Now via Somewhere Splendid
Sponsored

Party Supplies Now sends party products, decorations and wedding supplies Australia-wide and internationally.

Sponsor Bar

Share This Splendid Post
Facebook Twitter Stumbleupon Email