wrapping it up

I can hardly believe that Christmas is mere days away. Two of my dearest friends-slash-surrogate-family have been visiting, so my time has been spent with them and I've gotten a tad behind on holiday preparation. Not to worry, though, time with family and friends is far more important-- because isn't that what the holidays are all about???

I have managed to get a few gifts purchased, wrapped, and sent off to their prospective recipients. Putting together pretty packages is loads of fun and every year I try to come up with something new. Last year it was kraft paper and metallic ribbons, this year it's butcher paper and colorful yarn.

I'll try to post photos of my holiday decor in the next day or two, but in the meantime I hope you're enjoying every bit of this magical season, and anticipating the great things in store in the New Year!

Images | Styling by Lauryl Lane.

accepting bookings for holiday season 2012!

I've been honored to design and install holiday decorations in some of the most exquisite homes & work spaces in Southern California, and now I'm delighted to announce that I will begin professional holiday installations here in Colorado beginning with the 2012 holiday season! Whether your needs are large or small-- from 2-week home overhauls to 1-day tree trimmings, I have experience with every style of home, every size of living space, and every type of client imaginable. I love every minute of transforming a home or office into a magical winter wonderland.

From trees....

To garlands...

To mantles...

and everything in between...

... the holidays are a time for your home to shine!!!

If you want your home or office to be the most festive place around, you're in luck! I am now opening my calendar for 2012 holiday bookings. If you need a professional touch for the first time or want to try a new designer for a change, please contact me to schedule a personal consultation. Booking dates are available beginning Monday, November 26th and running through Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. I would love to work with you to create an enchanting space for you as you entertain your family and friends in the 2012 holiday season!

Images | Design | Styling by Lauryl Lane for Denis LaVoie.

last thanksgiving

Last year, my husband and I flew to Cleveland, Ohio, to be with my maternal side of the family for the Thanksgiving holiday. My uncle/godfather hosted Thanksgiving Dinner at his elegant condominium home in a high-rise overlooking Lake Erie. Everything my Uncle puts his hand to is successful, and Thanksgiving Dinner was no exception.

As I posted yesterday about the Thanksgiving Dinner that I hosted at my new home in Denver, I realized that I never posted pictures from Thanksgiving Dinner last year, even though I was recruited to design the floral decor. Better late than never, right? ;-)

I created one very large mixed floral arrangement for the table, using assorted holiday greens, multi-colored roses, alstroemeria and wheat in a stunning silver and glass pedestal vessel.

I also added mini bud-vases down the center of the table with assorted roses and greenery. My uncle and his wife have very classic, sophisticated taste, and my designs were suited to the style of their home and the way they set the dinner table.

As is usual with family gatherings, my mother lent her hand to penning the place cards.

My cousin announced his engagement to his long-time girlfriend over this Thanksgiving dinner, and in September, we all joined them back in Cleveland for the wedding. Holidays and weddings: definitely a few of my favorite things!

Images | Floral Design | Styling by Lauryl Lane.

giving thanks

Whew! Has it really been a week since Thanksgiving? I had three visiting family members staying with me for nearly a week, so I'm still trying to get caught up on all the cleaning/laundry that ensues with houseguests. It was really wonderful though, to spend time with my mother and grandparents, and we had such a wonderful, relaxing time together.

We were joined by additional family members, for a total of eleven people around our Thanksgiving Dinner table. They came from Cleveland, Ohio; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and we were truly blessed that our family traveled from near and far to be with us on our first holiday in our new home city!

Although we are currently renting a small house, we didn't really have the space for eleven people. So we decided to get creative, and we actually served Thanksgiving dinner in our basement. The biggest room in our basement is long and narrow, and we have it divided into a den on one side and my office on the other, with a wall of curtains separating the spaces. So for Thanksgiving dinner, we moved the furniture to the edges of the room, pulled back the curtain, patched two tables together and covered them with a big tablecloth. We nabbed chairs from all over the house, not to mention the patio, so that we could provide a seat for every bottom. I was a little concerned that it would be too cold in the basement, or too unconventional, but nobody seemed to mind.

When you set a pretty table and ply people with good food and good booze... people tend to be very, very happy. ;-)

There wasn't much space on the table for decor, so I kept things simple with gold glittered trees, arrangements of holiday greens and gold roses, gold pinecone candlestick holders, and some assorted mini pumpkins.

My mother penned some placecards in her gorgeous handwriting, and provided her beautiful pressed-cookies as favors for each of our guests.

It was a lovely holiday. I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely, too. I think I should go eat some leftover pumpkin pie, now.

Images | Floral Design | Styling by Lauryl Lane.

happy happy halloweeny!

A ballerina was my go-to halloween costume when I was a child. Now, Joan Holloway is my go-to. Yes, I dressed Mad-Men style for the second year in a row. I spent a long time getting the "Joan" walk down pat, and now it seems wasteful not to use it at least a few more times... ;-)

I celebrated Halloween over the weekend, so I'm pretty Halloweened-out by now, but if you're celebrating today, have fun and be safe!!!

easter candy

Easter almost passed me by this year, is it earlier than usual? Regardless, I forgot about it. And that means I didn't do any cute spring decor around my home. Although I do plan to dye eggs with a friend today, and grilling out is definitely on the menu for our Easter Sunday Celebration, the only thing I managed to photograph was my Easter Candy. May you be inspired to eat too much chocolate...

Milk Chocolate Eggs (Dove), Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties (York) and Rolos, all dressed in pretty spring colors, were our indulgences of choice. Happy Easter!

Images | Styling by Lauryl Lane.