Valentine's Day Gift Guides

Finding the perfect Valentine’s gift for the loved ones in your life can sometimes be just a little challenging. We decided to gather up some of our current favorites, as well as some things that are on our wish lists, to make shopping a little bit easier for you.


FOR HER

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From Left to Right:

  • The Anatomy of Color- My husband gave me this for Christmas, and it’s so inspiring. Also makes a great coffee table book!

  • A gorgeous painting! This one is by Laci Fowler Art, whose art I’ve been crushing on for some time now.

  • Work Hard and Be Nice to People- I’ve been wanting to add this addition to our home for sometime now. Love everything about it!

  • Diptyque Figuier Candle - Smells absolutely marvelous. The scents from these candles will fill your home and linger for a while

  • MATE the Label Lounge Set- I love a good lounge set, and this one meets the bill in all areas, super cute, comfy, and great quality.

  • Tavola Wine Subscription- This is a dream for the local to Nashville wine lover. Robin carefully curates three bottles of wine each month and they are delivered to your door. They also come wrapped and looking super cute. Win. Win. Win.

  • ABLE Clutch- I’m a big fan of the versatility of this clutch. You can dress it up, dress it down, carry it in the summer, or carry it in the winter.

  • Madewell PJ Set - Anyone else feel like you sleep better when you sleep in cute PJs? I do!

  • Shop Boutonné Rucksack- As a mom and event planner, I find myself having to carry a lot of things. This bag is amazing, will stand the test of time, and has extra room for me to throw a few diapers in there. Love it!

  • Consider the Wldflwrs Signet Ring- A signet ring has been on my wishlist for a while. I can’t imagine one being more perfect than this!

  • Anthropologie Throw Blanket- I love dressing up a couch or chair with a throw. This one is perfection.

  • Le Labo Bergamote 22- Le Labo’s perfumes are classic and amazing quality. I currently wear the Santal 33, but may have to splurge on the Bergamote 22 to switch it up. It’s light , fresh, and feminine. Perfection.

FOR HIM

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  • Apple HomePod- This one is a little bit of a splurge, but it’s a good one. My husband got one for Christmas and loves it. It has really great quality sound, gets loud, and is great for everyday background music or a party

  • Pipe + Pipe Tobacco - This is a gift for the occasional tobacco pipe smoker. Well crafted pipes can be really beautiful, and I myself don’t mind the smell of pipe tobacco. If you are looking for somewhere to get pipe tobacco and you’re local, I recommend Uptown’s Smoke Shop in Green Hills.

  • David Arms Tie - David is local to Nashville and has a beautiful gallery in Leiper’s Fork. He and his wife recently started designing fabrics for ties. Perfect for the classic gentleman

  • Weller Antique - For the Whiskey Lover. I don’t think you can find this online, and you’d probably have a hard time finding it in liquor stores, but it is absolutely top notch. I recommend checking out Red’s Wine and Spirits in Bellevue. They may not have it out, but try asking if they’ve got any bottles in the back

  • Colonel Littleton Portfolio - Another Tennessee based company, Colonel Littleton’s products are gorgeously and meticulously crafted. I had one of these portfolio’s given to me as a gift and I have loved it. This is a perfect gift that will last a lifetime and get even better with age.

  • Imogene + Willie Key Ring - Simple and to the point. A great gift for any guy in your life.

  • Rudy’s Barber Shop Trio - Unexpected and useful. When we stayed at the ACE in NYC in November, these were the products in our room. My husband loved them so much that he asked for them for Christmas.

  • J Crew French Terry Sweatpants - Everyone needs a good set of loungers

  • Ranger Station Birch Bark - Woodsy and wonderful. Perfect for the outdoorsman

  • Yeti Roadie - A smaller version of the traditional Yeti cooler. Perfect for the boat, beach, or duck blind

  • Richard E Bishop Decanter Set - These decanter sets are an absolute favorite. Timeless, beautiful, and well crafted.

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy - A favorite book of my husband. Perfect for any man in your life.

FOR YOUR GAL PALS

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  • Mint Bath Salts - Perfect for a pampering every now and then

  • Rise and Shine Journal - A great gift for the gal that like to write. I personally have this journal and it makes me happy every morning when I sit down to write in it.

  • Jewelry Boxes - Simple and beautiful- perfect for every jewelry lover in your life.

  • Tavola Wine Class - Another shout out to Robin over at Tavola- her wine classes are fantastic and I highly recommend them. This would be such a fun night out with your girlfriends. Even better, hire her for a private class, provide dinner, and let Robin talk your through all sorts of different wines.

  • Mario Badescou Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender Spray - A little luxury that makes you feel like a million bucks. Bonus points because it smells amazing.

  • Brass Coaster Set - Perfect for the entertainer. These Brass Coasters are sure to elevate any coffee or side table.

  • Statement Earrings - I’m a sucker for a good statement earring. They can elevate just about any outfit. These are in particularly great because they are a neutral color, which allows you to wear them with just about anything.

  • A Neck Scarf - Similarly to the earrings, a good bandana can complete just about any outfit!

  • Hampton Leather Works Makeup Bag - I have had one of these for a few months now, and it’s perfect to throw inside a purse to keep up with all the little things.

  • Clary Balm - I can’t say enough good things about this stuff. It’s perfect for anyone, can be used on just about anything, and is all natural. Definitely a winner.

  • Upstream by Mary Oliver - I love me some Mary Oliver. This collection of Essays is beautiful and inspiring. Perfect for any lady in your life.

  • Ceramic Travel Coffee Mug - Coffee is always better out of a cute cup, if I do say so myself.

2019

I literally cannot wrap my mind around the fact that it’s 2019…and that January 2019 is almost over! We have been spending January prepping and planning away for our spring weddings. Our first wedding of the year is in February, and we can’t wait to get back at it!

2019 will be a busy one- we are fully booked wedding wise. We also have a couple styled shoots in the works for early 2019, which we are so excited about! We’re looking forward to bringing in lots of new and exciting elements into weddings we’re bringing to life this year. We are working on pulling inspiration from lots of unique places- personally, I’m getting a lot out of looking through coffee table books showcasing unique interior spaces, as well as viewing different art installations. Each month, I will be working on posting two blog posts. They will vary from month to month, but one thing that will be consistent is an inspiration post. I personally love see where other people are currently drawing inspiration, and I’d love to share with you where we are finding it!

We also are looking forward to growing the other services we offer in 2019. I’ve given Izzi the reigns on getting the interior styling side of things up and running, while I am focusing more on the wedding aspect- of course they both will overlap too, but we found that it typically works better if one person takes the lead on each thing. We also want to grow our offering of Design Board Services. For each planning or design client we work with, we create a design board. It pulls in layouts, inspiration, textures…all the details you need to pull off your vision. While we offer this to our clients that we work with directly, we also are wanting to offer this as a stand alone service that anyone, anywhere could hire us for.

We’re also really looking forward to starting to work out of a unique co-working space where we can meet with clients. While my home office has been great, it’s not somewhere I would bring clients, and I also want to start being more intentional in separating my work and home life. 2019 will be full of lots of new and exciting things. Thank you for following along with us and believing and us. We can’t wait to see where this year takes us and how it grows us!

See some images below that are inspiring us this week.

p.s. Let me know if you know any of the photographers or artist these images came from- couldn’t find the credits on Pinterest!

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This is one of my favorite interior images of late. I love how the base of the room is neutrals, but touches of color are brought in through the art and the rug. I’m a sucker for an antique portrait. I want to fill my house full of them.

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This is my go to color palette currently. I think if I was planning a wedding for myself current day, I would draw a lot of inspiration from this color palette.

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I’ve been loving this image for a while now. I wish I could get this pattern made into a quilt or mud cloth that I could put at the foot of my bed.

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This is just too dreamy not to share. What a gorgeous floral install.

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This camel-y, tamarind color is a current favorite. I love the airiness of this image and the texture of the silk.

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Another lovely floral install- I’d love to do something like this for the right wedding client. A frame mounted on the wall with florals growing out of it.

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Always inspired by shadows… this shot is particularly captivating.

An Easy Holiday Wreath Tutorial

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I took a fall wreath making class with Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals a couple months ago and it was FANTASTIC. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the winter workshop, but I still needed a Holiday Wreath for my house…so I decided to give it a go and I loved how it turned out!

Supplies:

  • Grapevine Wreath - I bought mine at Michael’s for about $5.

  • Floral Wire (or a thin gold wire could be pretty!)

  • Floral Tape

  • Winter Greenery - I bought mine from Trader Joe’s , but earlier in the season you can get it out of the scrap bin at your local Home Depot- for free!

  • Pampas Grass - I had some laying around, but you can get it and other dried grasses from your local floral wholesaler. I love Import Flowers in Nashville!

  • Red Berries - I got mine from Trader Joe’s

  • Bells - I got mine from Target

  • Ribbon- I made my ribbon by ripping up some pieces of fabric I got at a local fabric store - this is actually how I always make ribbon when I need it!

STEP ONE

Wrap the grapevine wreath in floral wire. This doesn’t have to be fully wrapped in any means. The purpose is to tighten the grapevine just slightly so things will stay in it!

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STEP TWO

Start putting in your greenery. For mine, I went in a counter clockwise pattern- you can do whatever you want! I cut my pieces down a little bit so they would fit in better. Tuck the greenery into the grapevine so it stays in.

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STEP THREE

Trim the greenery. You’ll have some wild pieces. Don’t be afraid to trim it up to get the shape you want! Special appearance by our cat, Pig.

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STEP FOUR

Add in your Pampas Grass. One stem of Pampas Grass should be plenty. You will want to pull it apart a little to find the smaller stems within it. If you are having trouble finding stems, you can always use your floral wire or floral tape to hold smaller pieces together. I just did mine to one side, but you can integrate it into the whole wreath if you’d like! You can also use other dried grasses if Pampas Grass isn’t for you.

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STEP FIVE

Add your bells. I decided to use three bells. I took a longer piece of floral wire and strung all three bells on it. I then twisted the wire together at the base of the bells to form a cluster. Next, I stuck the wire through the wreath and twisted it together in the back.

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STEP SIX

Add your ribbon. I used two, semi-wide pieces and simply just tied it once around the base of the Pampas Grass.

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STEP SEVEN

Add in the Red Berries

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And Voila! Your wreath is complete. You can get creative and mix this up any way you want! You don’t even have to cover all the grapevine in greenery if you don’t want to. I can’t wait to see how you guys get creative with your wreaths! Be sure to tag us if you make one. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays <3

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All About the Rebrand

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I made the decision to rebrand Alexandrea Cantrell Events to The New Eclectic a little over a year ago.  However, it took a while for me to decide how I wanted this transition to go.  As soon as I made the decision to fully rebrand, I knew I would need some help.  I had ideas in my mind of what I wanted it to look like, but I didn’t really know how to get it there.  I also didn’t really know where to start or what all actually went into creating a brand.

I started looking around at different branding agencies, but nothing really felt right.  That’s when I remembered about Laura Bennett.  Laura and I went to college together, and I have always admired her for her attention to detail and her creativity.  She has worked for several VERY successful companies post college- including Nike and Disney, and ventured out on her own not too long ago by starting Laura Bennett Design.  She is based out of LA, but can work with people anywhere. 

Laura and I had an initial phone call- I told her a little about my vision, which wasn’t a lot because I had really thought about was color palette and logo, and I also created a mood board of sorts to share with her so that she could get a feel for what I was drawn to and the type of client I wanted to attract with The New Eclectic.

We started with an inspiration board.  It pulled together colors, typefaces and other elements I had seen around that were really catching my attention.  After solidifying the inspiration board and color palette, we moved on to the logo. I wanted something that felt timeless, but was also really unique and different.

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Laura presented me with with several ideas, and then we refined and sifted through until we settled on one that we felt would be a good depiction of where I wanted to go with all of this. Laura was SO helpful. I felt so blind going into this, and it’s almost like she read my mind.  She interpreted the very little information I felt like I was giving her, and created an end product that I am so in love with. 

I got really caught up on the logo- because it’s easy to think logo is everything, but in reality, it’s really just a small part of your brand.  Laura presented me with SO MANY different brand elements that I can keep integrating and using in my business for years to come.  She provided me with so much content and so many elements to help me stretch and promote my business in different ways.  

Laura provided me with so many details to incorporate into my brand- from fonts to Instagram story covers, she thought of it all. She pays so much attention to detail and literally thought of everything!

All this to say- if you are looking for someone to help you brand your business and bring your vision to life, Laura is amazing.  She will walk you through the process and provide you with an end product that will blow you away.  I am so happy that I decided to go with Laura and can’t wait to use her for projects in the future. See a small snippet of the content she provided me below:

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