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03.21.19

NEW ORLEANS WEDDING GUIDE!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

i thought we would put together a bunch of our favorite new orleans spots for our wedding guests (5 weeks to go!) and then i figured, might as well post it on the blog too. so here’s a list of restaurants and bars that are special to us. justin is from new orleans and it’s his favorite place to be. can’t wait to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry! leave your favorite new orleans spot in the comments.

get ready to be FUUUUUULLLLL and happy…

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is our favorite place for oysters in town! get the soft shell crab po’boy and the chargrilled oysters.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is an excellent meat heavy restaurant in the cbd. on the pricier side but definitely a place to make reservations and have a delicious meal!

next door, they have a more casual sandwich spot called and it’s great as well.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is where we are having our family dinner the night before the wedding. cool decor, a fantastic chicken sandwich, a great bar, and it’s in a lively area to wander around with a drink in hand.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

best fried chicken – justin says “maybe in the world!”

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we’ve had a few dates at the counter at this low-key bar in the marigny, . order the giant burger, loaded baked potato and a bloody mary. the perfect hangover fix. one of my favorite meals in town!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we almost had our wedding here, it’s so charming! stop in the for a pimm’s cup and it feels like you’ve transported in time in the french quarter.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is a very classic new orleans breakfast spot. a solid, no frills southern brunch. shrimp and grits, duck waffles, praline bacon…

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03.19.19

KITCHEN REMODEL

this kitchen is where we spend A LOT of our time. it opens up to our dining room and living room, and some of my favorite moments are me standing at the stove while justin sits at the bar and entertains me, or when i can watch and interact with everyone mingling on the couch.

before i moved in the previous owners had taken the kitchen from what looked like this…

and completely transformed it so when i moved in, it looked like the below photos. it’s SO impressive what they turned the space into! after living here for a few years i wanted to add some personal touches and updates to the room. my good friend has such amazing taste and helped us bring some new life into the kitchen. (she also designed our patio HERE and our dining room HERE)

AFTER:

the first thing we decided on was the CABINETS! they were already ikea cabinets with silver pulls and luckily sarah has  that fit perfectly with what we currently had (best ikea hack!) this subtle update made such a big difference in person.

the brass handles elevated the design and made it feel much more like my personality. i love how they age and grow with character over time. sarah also designed these handles for ! she’s a multi-talented gal alright.

these are the specific shapes we used: and

we also added a for some extra storage up top!

and how about the backsplash! cannot forget that. i went so back and forth, do i go crazy colorful? all white? pattern? all marble? we finally landed on this brass inlay tile from (they have some seriously awesome tile) and designed this unique way of laying it out. i LOVE the end result and the shine it has in the morning light. it really ties the space together.

our little kitchen nook we kept simple and full of light. the and (they are actually really comfortable and work outside too). the light above the table is from ikea. maybe someday i will add some benches for more storage, but for now i love the simplicity!

you can see and ! these small changes and some styling made such a big visual difference and make me happy on a daily basis. slowly but surely making each room in this house very special to us. thank you for your help and beautiful taste!

and thank you , my favorite interior photographer for capturing these stunning photos! she has A+ taste too, check out her

let me know if you have any questions! xx bri

03.14.19

A RELAXATION KIT!

relaxation | designlovefest

we had the best weekend celebrating bri’s bachelorette at in laguna beach last weekend. everything went exactly as planned, the weather was gorgeous and it was really just the perfect weekend. the theme for the weekend was relaxation which was exactly what we did! since bri is the queen of chill, i wanted to put together gift bags for everyone that included some of her favorite items so that people could use them over the weekend and take them home to keep them calm in their own lives. – joanie

an essential part of the relaxation kit was . their waffle robes are so soft and cozy, everyone was wearing theirs all weekend long to breakfast, the beach and lounging by the pool.

relaxation | designlovefest

all the guests also got which are perfect thing to hang around the hotel in. they are cut slightly oversized which makes them really comfy. the is my favorite.

bri is a serious candle lover so of course we had to include that as well! this one from P.F candle co in their scent is amazing! we’ve loved their candles and scents for awhile now (they are LA based!) and their is beautiful.

relaxation | designlovefest

our obsession for runs deep, their is at the top of my Christmas list every year and i really notice such a difference in my skin when i’m using their products. we include their in the gift bags as that’s one of bri’s favorite products to use at home and on the road. it’s great for bringing along to the pool for a midday spritz or to use before heading to bed.

and finally, espresso bites for when you really wanna chill.

had the best time putting these kits together! these are truly some of bri’s favorite items and i love thinking about people getting to use the items at home to relax and remember the weekend! Xx

relaxation | designlovefest

02.22.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 119

gertrude stein in a palette inspired by an look. –

(photo and hand drawn type by for designlovefest)

02.13.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 118

i’m gonna love you any old way. this palette’s inspired by a valentine. –

(photo and hand drawn type by for designlovefest)

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