Lake Chelan

Our Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom Debut

We’re super excited to share that our wedding was featured in the Summer/Fall issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, which hit newstands last week. We’ve been waiting to post photos and share info about our special day until the magazine came out. Here’s a sneak peak, featuring photos from our amazing photographer, Chris Ohta Photography!

Seattle Met Cover

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Seattle Met p3

Too tiny to read? Well, go grab a copy for yourself! 🙂

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since our wedding. Tonight, we are headed to Lake Chelan, where we got married, for our 2nd Annual Family Reunion, the first of which was held when family members came to town for our wedding. They are staying in the same house and everything! Only, instead of Tristan and I flying solo in the honeymoon suite, we are camping on the deck… Oh, how the mighty have fallen! 🙂

You can see the beautiful lake in the background of this shot:

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We hope to lay out and relax as much as possible, perhaps get a little color in our skin. Catch up on magazines, go wine tasting, eat a lot. Thank God for high-waist bikini bottoms!




Winter Bedroom

I love me a good winter cabin/lodge vacation. I don’t ski or snowboard; when I go up to the mountains, I’m more of a read-a-book-by-the-fireplace-with-wine type of gal. It’s all about the snowy ambiance! This year, we’re planning to go to Lake Chelan’s Winterfest, and there’s a Wine Walk and Ice Lounge – done and DONE! Totally outdoorsy.

Stereotypically, lodge decor primarily consists of a wood and forest green color scheme, moose-shaped accents (such as a soap dispenser) and there must be a bear carved out of a tree trunk, somewhere, with of course accents of leather, plaid, and that tree pattern, and maybe fur (if you’re lucky!). Maybe some wolves, antlers and/or Native American flair as well. I will be the first to admit that these features definitely increase the coziness factor, even if they aren’t my particular style.

BUT ALAS – When researching my 2013 Christmas Decor Master Plan (this is an actual spreadsheet), I stumbled upon two bedrooms that took some of those stereotypical elements and made them quite chic. I don’t typically decorate my bedroom for the holidays, but I might have to start this year!

The first is from Pottery Barn:

Winter Bedroom v 2

I love how there’s actual pine tree branches, cones and birds on the print, yet with the mirrored nightstands, fur blanket, light wood accents, upholstered headboard, and black-edged monogrammed pillowcases, it looks completely modern! I actually have several of those accents already in my home (I’m sure I’m not the only one!), so I could fairly easily recreate the look by just buying the duvet set, which happens to be on sale.

The second is from Ralph Lauren:

Ralph Lauren Home 2

Ralph Lauren Home

They took elements that, combined, are often times too heavy or too boy-ish for my taste, such as dark mahogany, leather and plaid – but add a splash of leopard, red roses, black lacquer and a crystal lamp and all of a sudden, I’m obsessed!

I found these charming DIY monogrammed pillowcases from Sparkle Pants Girl, and LOOK – A tree! 🙂

DIY Pillowcases

I think the secret might be just to layer opulent textures and patterns… maybe it’s not so abstract after all. So many bedrooms these days are monochromatic (mine included!) to “help us unwind” at the end of a long work day. It’s just so nice to look at rooms with different color schemes with prints and patterns – ones that aren’t trying to be all zen-like and airy, but relaxing nonetheless.

What other winter bedroom accents are out there? Bonus points if there’s some sort of hunted animal :). Would love to see and hear about everyone else’s plans/ideas!