Easy Entertaining & Home Decor Tips for Fall

This is one of my favorite times of the year! There isn't anything else like the Autumn Season. Its a time to celebrate time with family and friends, staging comfort, great food, and parties. I have a few tips in keeping your home in the spirit of the Fall, making it an easy transition to the winter holidays.


1.) Decor

Keep it monochromatic! Use one color for everything: lighting, tablecloths, napkins, trays, ornaments, etc.

2.) Garden

Freshen up your great outdoors! It is the first impression guests receive as they walk to your door... Plant flowers, succulents and other plants that are cold weather resistant and hardy and give off all the rich and beautiful colors of the season. I recommend planting, Red Dahlias, Cyclamens, Asters, and any type of daisy. Also don't forget your pumpkins!

3.) Keep a Theme

A lot of people love themes! And why not, they're fun, they address the mood, and type of environment you wish to create. If you are having a soiree, pick an invitation that captures the theme of your party-- this is the best part! It gives your guests an anticipated expectation of what's to come. Let your theme be your inspiration.

4.) Change it Up!

Freshen up smaller items in your home to create a warm, fall look. Change out your throw pillows, blankets, candles, and flowers to instantly bring warmth and a rich look to your home. Try to select items in gold, brown, forest green and burgundy and even orange, for contrast select items in champagne or cream. I always change my bedroom covers from white to gold, it gives me instant satisfaction, and I tend to feel much warmer and cozier that way.

Blissful Bedding

Bedding, the most important element of a great bedroom oasis... Great linens, shams and fun decorative pillows that allow you to unwind after a long day... Blissliving, an online and catalog order company have exactly all the modern elements and comforts of bedding. I love this company because they stay up to date with trends, plus they have a very "east meets west" vibe.I love the royal blue color scheme of this bed's ensemble... Its so striking, unique and soothing.

This bedding reminds me of fall: rich plum, gold, and copper-- this speaks cozy, romantic and sophisticated!

Bridal Showplace

Yesterday afternoon was the Bridal Showplace, and it was such an amazing time! Thank you to all my friends and family who surprised me with a visit! I love your support! The Showplace was very fun and successful. I had a wonderful florist whom I work with for a lot of projects and she put together some of the most amazing arrangements; all the brides and their families complimented and couldn't get enough of their intoxicating scent and visual appeal. Sweet treats, hot coffee and talking to many friendly faces were the order of the day, and I couldn't have asked for a better Sunday.

DIY: Chic Clip Art

For the Bride who is crafty or in need of a do-it-yourself project, look no further than to Martha Stewart. On the Martha Stewart website there are templates you can download from centerpieces to placement cards and much more! Oh how I love it! Its fun, creative and super cute!

You are Invited to the Bridal Showplace!

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to send an announcement that I will be at the "Bridal Showplace" Wedding Event Show this Sunday, August 17th! It is hosted at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Ca. Some of southern California's most distinguished wedding professionals and over 140 exhibitors will be there. Some of the many highlights of the day are amazing door prizes, fashion shows and food tasting! As I mentioned Audrey Designs and Events will be there, offering our professional and personable advice and information to brides and grooms. We will have raffle prizes, every hour on the hour, sweet snacks and much more!
I truly am so excited and honored to be meeting so many upcoming nuptials... I hope to see you this Sunday!

Green Chic Paper Goods: Part 1

Gift Wrap green! The above paper goods are designed by surface textile designer, Amy Butler (www.amybutlerdesign.com ) . Butler has designed super-chic gift wrap and party tableware are 100% post-consumer. The plates and napkins are printed with 100% soy ink. The plates have a water-soluble coating so that they can be rinsed and recycled too! She really thought of everything... Green is Chic! Gift wrap green for your next party or gift-giving event.

Paper Source, also has green gift wrap and other green paper goods;they come in various styles and tastes... The two above are a couple of my favorites. (www.paper-source.com)

Eat Cake!

Cakes by Lovin Sullivan, are some of the most creative, unique and exceptional cakes in the cake world. These are a few of many cakes designed by New York based cake designer Kate Sullivan. She allows her client's vision and her talent to go beyond the box, beyond what is considered a traditional wedding cake. I hope you find inspiration and joy while you look at these.

Informal Floral

What better on a summer day than a beautiful arrangement of flowers? Here are a few pics of some of what I call "informal floral" arrangements... They're fun, fast and easy to do. These arrangements are a great way to grace any table for a fun, relaxed and carefree summer event.

This is such an elegant yet unrefined arrangement of orchids. It is so stylish because they are monochromatic and are arranged tall in a beautiful chartreuse green vase to accentuate the lovely length of the orchids. Plus the citrus arrangement next to it adds to the lime color scheme as well as adding lower height interest.

How cute is this? I love the vintage vibe of using old-fashioned drinking glasses to nest the poppy blooms! This is really simple, fast and most importantly, chic!Fun, Free and wild are few words that come to mind about this floral arrangement. I love using fruit in my arrangements...they add so much interest and lots of different texture. Other fruits to consider using are pears, viburnum, grape twigs, citrus and red berries.

"Style Statement" Is a Daily Dose

A few months ago while reading a Domino magazine, I came across a very interesting article about finding our own unique and individual styles. The gurus behind it all are two very talented, insightful ladies, Carrie & Danielle... They work with a passion to help everyone to discover who they are and represent their identity in everyway we live... Carrie & Danielle also have a "Daily Q & A"; they ask unique questions and in turn you post your response. Its fun and a great way to think of something you may have never considered before! Their new book called "Style Statement", is one of the best books I have ever purchased! I highly recommend taking a look at it, its amazing, this book can help you change your life.

Welcome to Dwell in Beauty!

I am so excited to announce the new and upcoming Audrey Designs and Events website: http://www.dwellinbeauty.com/

Audrey Designs and Events is a boutique design company that truly believes to approach every aspect of life by looking at the unique beauty in everything. Life should be celebrated and lived greatly. I hope to share that passion of mine with all people I meet and share life's precious and exciting moments of planning a special event or designing a home.

I have so many amazing and talented people to thank, including my family, who have always been there to love and support my dreams, thanks go out to my friends as well, who know that creating a business philosophy and love of life is so important to me. I also thank Web and Graphic Designers, Robert Wilkins and Stephen Gakneras for making the home of dwell in beauty a reality! I couldn't have gotten to this point without their talent and knowledge ... Thank you!