Mood: floral romance
Palette: rose red, blush pink, cream

We’ve filled the last two weeks with chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (with more chocolate to come tomorrow!), but what’s Valentine’s Day without red roses? This week’s inspiration board incorporates that classic romantic flower, as well as sweet pink and red toile, for an ultra-feminine look that’s both girly and sophisticated. An indulgent theme, but with lots of crisp white, there’s no reason it has to look overdone. Need a suggestion for favors? I’m thinking mini bottles of the Daylesford rose Frizzante. And some chocolate…

Row 1: red skirt and muff by Ulyana Sergeenko / mini bottle of Daylseford Rose Frizzante / berry charlottes from Martha Stewart Weddings / pink toile wallpaper // Row 2: rose bridal hat and veil and calligraphy “cootie catcher” both from Martha Stewart Weddings / red rose bouquet from Country Home // Row 3: stack of pink gift boxes via This is Glamorous / bouquet of red garden roses from Martha Stewart Weddings / ballet pink flats by Manolo Blahnik / “Keep Me” card photo by The Curious Nomad via Design Crush // Row 4: red rose toile / calligraphy by Tara Jones / Valentine’s Day Menu by Cynthia Warren for Chez Panisse
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Mood: romantic, decadent
Palette: French blue, chocolate and cream

I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy cravings, or Valentine’s Day coming up, but it’s safe to say I have chocolate on the brain these days. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll enjoy today’s inspiration board, which is nothing but chocolate. Well, chocolate and cream and sophisticated French blue.

When I first started creating inspiration boards, brown was a ubiquitous accent color (pink and brown, green and brown, blue and brown). But I think it’s safe to say that chocolate never goes out of style, and that when done well, this color palette is perfectly timeless.

Row 1: chocolate and cream wedding cake table from Martha Stewart Weddings / calligraphy by Tara Jones / La Creperie Maurina  //  Row 2: small ginger jars with blue sweet peas from Martha Stewart Weddings / chocolate cheesecake, photo by Elizabeth Messina / bouquet with blue ribbon and lace by The Green Vase / blue cashmere cardigan and gloves via This is Glamorous, photo by David Prince  //  Row 3: bride putting on shoes, photo by Aaron Delesie / vintage French chocolate box via The Dieline / elegant wedding invitation with blue ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 4: silk flower ring pillow from Martha Stewart Weddings / box of bon bons from La Maison du Chocolat / three-tier chocolate cake from Martha Stewart Weddings / cafe fascinator with birdcage veil by Jennifer Behr, photo by Belathée
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Mood: vintage Hollywood glam
Palette: blush pink, pearl white, Oscar gold, tuxedo black

The inspiration for this board started with the fabulous label by Michael Hester – the colors and the vintage feel of it had me imagining a glamorous wedding with an Old Hollywood vibe. Champagne coupes, a classic tux, a cascade bouquet, and an old school convertible channel a different era. Gold foil letterpress, a blush pink dress, and Ted Muehling’s candlesticks bring it all up to date. And playful details like bags of popcorn and popcorn ball favors hint at the Hollywood theme without being too obvious. Even the curtains draped over archways echo what you might find in an old movie theater…

Row 1: blush pink cap sleeve dress by Reem Acra / pale curtains, photo by Jacqueline Campbell / classic pearl necklace via Real Simple / classic tux with black boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings // Row 2: champagne bottles, photo by Eric Kelly / popcorn ball favor from Sunday Suppers / pink and gold ribbon wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings // Row 3: custom popcorn bag by Kin Ship Press / Ted Muehling candlesticks, photo by Johnny Miller / cocktail label design by Michael Hester Design for Williams-Sonoma / blini bar from Sunday Suppers // Row 4: pink invitation with gold foil by Daily Sip Studios via Oh So Beautiful Paper / cascade bouquet with calla lilies from Martha Stewart Weddings / gold rimmed champagne coupes from BHLDN / vintage Rolls Royce wedding car via Martha Stewart
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Mood: glamorous elegance with a Deco twist
Palette: candle white, gold leaf, navy blue

I started this inspiration board with the idea to create something entirely gold and white, but when I came across the Charbonnel et Walker box of chocolates, with it’s gold edge and navy blue lettering, I immediately switched gears to incorporate navy blue into the palette. And I love it! I chose to use navy as a simple accent, rather than a dominant color, and I think it works wonderfully to temper what might otherwise be an overwhelming amount of gold.

Row 1: gold lettering photo card via Christie’s / gold t-bar shoe by Maison Martin Margiela from Farfetch / constellation dress from Carolina Herrera / champagne balloons from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 2: gold applique gown by Marchesa / white chocolate truffle cake from Martha Stewart Weddings / navy and gold “Arrow Union” invitation suite by Studio On Fire for Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 3: lilacs in blue and white china bowl by Carolyne Roehm / Charbonnel et Walker truffles / champagne coupe tower from Travelling Wares / oysters from Martha Stewart Weddings
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Mood: festive and modern
Palette: silver, snow white, sugar plum pink

I know it’s not quite December yet, but I just couldn’t help myself – as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I listen almost exclusively to Christmas music, and I start planning my decorations and making gifts. It’s my very favorite time of year! Anyway, I thought I would ease into the season with a palette that’s perfect for winter with or without a holiday theme. Red would be the expected accent color here; going with a deep, rich pink instead is playful and still totally festive. Glitter stars, silver ornaments, and mercury glass votives all give the effect of indoor snow. Magenta cyclamen would be perfectly seasonal, or you could stick with all white flowers, and some greenery here and there would really add that extra something.

Row 1: silver cake with sugar magnolia by Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes / mercury glass candle holders from West Elm / pink and white gift wrap from Martha Stewart / silver and gray Christmas decor, photo by Kate Sears  //  Row 2: magenta loafers from Ruche / silver ornament wreath from Style at Home / gold skirt from Calypso St. Barth / magenta bouquet, photo by Silvana di Franco  //  Row 3: silver Christmas tree from Martha Stewart / fig tart photo by Johnny Miller / silver glitter star from Martha Stewart / silver calligraphy by Leigh Wells  //  Row 4: bouquet with pink roses and lilac, photo by Elizabeth Messina / silver and white bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / Merry Merry Christmas card from Kate Spade
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