Wedding Trend Alert: PALM SPRINGS

You guys, I’m so excited about this trend. PALM SPRINGS?! Seriously, I can’t get enough. I’ve been Palm Springs obsessed for a couple years now and I’m so happy that it’s finally entering the wedding world. What’s not to love about Palm Springs, really? The mid-century vibe, the clean white with pops of BRIGHT color, the palms, I could go on and on and on. But I’ll save you from that rant and just show you how great wedding season is gonna look this year instead.

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Wedding Trend Alert: PALM SPRINGS

Wedding Trend Alert: PALM SPRINGS

Wedding Trend Alert: PALM SPRINGS

Wedding Trend Alert: PALM SPRINGS

Wedding Trend Alert: PALM SPRINGS

The photo right above here is just so good. How much better / simple can a bouquet get? Just a giant palm leaf. I’ll take it X a million, please. One of my favorite aesthetics for a while has been clean white spaces with big pops of fresh green, and the palm springs trend is that on a whole new level.

I love how creative event designers are getting with this theme. For example, up here in minneapolis next week, MAVEN and Blush and Whim are hosting their annual Styled for Good event and guess what the theme is? PALM SPRINGS. These guys are getting seriously creative about how to showcase the palm springs theme to our northern ( desert-less ) state. and let me tell you, these ladies are BRINGING IT. It’s gonna be such a fun and gorgeous event. I can’t wait to be a part of it. If you’re in the area, you should totally grab your tickets NOW because you’re not gonna wanna miss this one, and it’s coming up quick. The event is next Thursday, May 12 at Aria in the North Loop.

 

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Graduation Season

Class of 2016 | Arranged on Essen

It’s almost that time of year again, when all of our weekends turn into going to graduation parties and eating way too many walking tacos or pulled pork sandwiches. I can’t take it anymore! It’s time to put an end to the boring traditional graduation parties. Enough with the bouquet of balloons in class colors, tacky “congrats, grad” banners, and please don’t tell me you’re planning on using those plastic-y/vinyl tablecloths. YOU CAN DO BETTER! These grads have worked so hard through all 12 years of school and deserve a celebration that really reflects their personality and accomplishments!

I’ve mentioned on here before that my little sister is graduating high school this year, and we’re having an absolute blast planning her grad party. The photo below is actually the moodboard I created for her party — we’re going with a woodland fairy theme, which fits her personality to a T. We’ll be hosting it at our house, which has its pros and cons. For example, it’s saving us a TON of money instead of renting out a venue. On the downside though, it doesn’t give us much to work with aesthetic-wise. It’ll be tough to transform our garage into an enchanted forest, but we’re up for the challenge and I think we can make it something really cool with a little help from some plants, white backdrops and gold accents.

Grad Party moodboard | Arranged on Essen

I think there are three essentials to hosting a one-of-a-kind grad party that honors the grad in the best light:

01. PERSONALITY. If the grad was big into volunteering throughout their high school career, go and talk to your local humane society and see if you can get some animals at your grad party.

02. KNICK KNACKS. A grad party should feel and look like the graduate. Bring out some of the grad’s favorite stuffed animals from growing up, maybe a favorite decoration piece from their childhood bedroom, and of course a ton of pictures from over the years.

03. FOOD. Did you really think I’d get through this post without mentioning food again? Think about how huge grad parties can get! You invite ALL the family members over, and they’re gonna expect a good meal! Pick something fun and easy ( especially if you’re going to be doing the catering yourself ) Something fun to do is to pick a favorite school lunch of the grad’s. I remember for my grad party we did mashed potato bowls because it was my favorite school lunch in high school. And let me tell you, it was a hit. Not only did nobody else think of that for a meal, but it was quick and customizable!

I hope that that little bit of advice helps if you’re totally stuck in a rut trying to figure out how to best honor your graduate who has worked so hard! Feel free to contact me if you need more inspiration! :)

(credit for the images in the moodboard can be found on our pinterest board)

checking in

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Life has been hectic lately, and not in the way that is healthy or helping me move towards my goals. Working retail at west elm has its ups and downs, like any retail situation does. I absolutely love my job there. I get to work with my hands, with amazing product, hilarious people, and so much more. Since starting at west elm last March, I have grown and learned so much about visual merchandising, styling, and the right and wrong ways to manage a business. Because I love my job so much, I think I’ve had blinders on for a while and it has made it easy to get lazy about other things in my life that are important. I’ve been so bad about organizing any other aspect of my life outside of west elm that I haven’t had time to do things for me. My laundry piles up week after week,  and my relationships are dwindling. I’ve never considered myself to be a workaholic, but I think that to a certain extent, I have become one.

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So, I have decided to take a step back and refocus. As bittersweet as it is, I am leaving my job at west elm to go back to nannying. I’m going to miss so many things about working at west elm (especially the discount) but I am so excited for what’s ahead. Since graduating college last spring up until this point, I haven’t been able to catch my breath because all of my time and energy has been put into work. I’m going back to nannying which will give me a more consistent schedule, where I will be able to focus more on building Arranged on Essen to what I know it can become. I was also recently hired at MAVEN which is an event production and design house in Minneapolis, where I will be an assistant coordinator + stylist. My job at MAVEN is such a breath of fresh air and a step in the right direction to reaching my career goals. I can’t wait to share more about the exciting things I’ll get to do with the team over there.

That’s what I’ve been up to these past few months in a nutshell. Things are looking up – and I’m making a point to refocus back here more often. So, be on the look-out for more frequent postings … as in, more than once every two months. ;)

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making

 

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

Last week, I got to spend some time catching up with one of my high school friends, Tamara! It was so much fun, you guys. Tamara is an amazingly talented lady who recently launched her floral design biz: Loon Slipper Floral Design! We thought it would be fun to collaborate with a holiday styled shoot because who doesn’t love decorating for christmas? The answer is nobody. It’s definitely my favorite time of year, and you bet my house has every last corner decorated with something holiday. We decided that the perfect backdrop for our holiday shoot was my cousin Breanna‘s new house. So, we invaded her living room and dining room for the day and made a really pretty mess.
Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

I’ve been getting more and more into floral design lately, so I had Tamara show me some of her tips and tricks to making garland + wreaths. She is the best teacher you guys. In fact [insert shameless plug here], she’s going to be at west elm in Edina, MN (where I work) next week teaching a wreath design workshop! (grab a seat here!) We had a blast putting together the garland shown below that we draped over the fireplace and also used later on as a centerpiece for a couple tablescape photos! I was so pleased with the outcome, and I’m excited to keep this sweet garland over our mantel at home and even carefully store it and use it for shoots in the future.

Below are the rest of the pictures from our day, we styled the fireplace mantel at breanna’s house and then I wanted to move in and never leave. Seriously, it’s amazing how much some simple greens can make a space feel so much more home-y and warm. My favorite christmas decorations this year are these bristle brush trees from west elm. I literally put them everywhere. I decided to keep the styling pretty simple on the mantle because I wanted to keep the garland as the main focal point. All we added was two lanterns on either side with either a candle or some trees inside and then two brass candle holders on either side as well. For me, decorating for christmas isn’t about overdoing it and making it look like christmas threw up in your home. It’s more about keeping it tasteful and classic. Less is more in these cases, making sure that you have little vignettes here and there that pull it all together.

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on EssenHoliday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on EssenHoliday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

If you have a holiday party coming up, you should definitely consider adding a garland to your table. These things are for real the best. First, fresh garlands will make your house smell amazing. Second, it will pull your table together no matter what you are serving and give your party that sophisticated feel that a vase with some filler just can’t do on its own.

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

I had so much fun working with Tamara and learning how she makes the floral magic happen. If you’re free next Thursday night at all, you should definitely look into signing up for the Wreath Design Workshop at West Elm in Edina with her. (I’ll be there too, working + running the event!) Click here to reserve your seat now!

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

Holiday Garland + Wreath Making | Arranged on Essen

The holidays are right around the corner, and the parties have already started! What’s your favorite holiday decoration or tradition? I love hearing what other people do on the best holiday of the year!

DIY tree stump side table

DIY tree stump side table | Arranged on Essen

With holiday parties and lots of entertaining right around the corner, we’re putting it in high gear around here to get the house in tip-top shape. We recently bought this couch from Ikea to finish off our couch-less basement (seriously, we didn’t have a couch down here for like, 2 years). As soon as we had some real furniture down here, we realized quickly that we needed some other little accents to help pull it all together. Thanks to a blog post from Sugar and Cloth from a couple of months ago, I was inspired to make a similar side table to her DIY mid-century planters – just with a couple of different supplies.

 

Last month, one of my cousins got married and they had these adorable tree stump centerpieces with succulents and candles on each table. I wish I had a picture of them to link here so you could see them, because it was such a cute idea. After the wedding was over, I couldn’t get these centerpieces out of my head and kept wondering what in the world they were going to do with all of these leftover tree stumps from their wedding. Thank goodness they weren’t just planning on tossing these things out, because when I asked if I could have one they gladly handed a couple over for me to do some arts and crafts with!

 

The thing I love about this DIY project though, is that if you don’t have an awesome family member who didn’t just have a wedding with tree stumps for decor, you can easily pick up one of these bad boy tree stumps from Michael’s for under $20.

 

DIY tree stump side table | Arranged on Essen

Materials Needed:

tree stump with at least 12″ diameter (can be larger or smaller depending on the size of the table you want, but you may need to adjust the size of the legs you get depending on the size of the tree stump) / three 16″ wooden taper legs (or shorter, if you choose to do a smaller tree stump) / three angle leg plates / drill with drill bit and phillips head screwdriver bit / wood stain (I like to use a walnut finish) / foam brush / gold spray paint (optional)

Directions:

  1. tape off the wood on the tapered legs if you want to spray paint the metal bottoms to be gold (this step is optional)
  2. once the gold spray paint has dried, apply the wood stain to your tapered legs with the foam brush
  3. as you’re waiting for the wood stain to dry, use your drill bit to pre-drill the holes for attaching the angled leg plates to the bottom of your tree stump.
  4. once your angled leg plates are attached and the stain has dried on the tapered legs, screw the legs into the angled leg plates and stand your table right side up!
  5. style with cute accessories + enjoy!
    DIY tree stump side table | Arranged on Essen

I’m so happy with how this table turned out, and I love how versatile you can make it! If you didn’t want the rustic look that the tree stump gives the table, you can also just use a wooden plaque that you can also buy at michaels for super cheap. But I have to say that the best part of this DIY project is how easy it was to make!

I also want to give a shoutout to my good friend, Olivia who makes super cute wall hangings (like the one in the picture above) over on her etsy shop, okay design. You should definitely go check out her stuff ASAP because she’s offering 20% off your order and free shipping now through this Friday (10/30) with code OCTOBER! ♥

Lindsay’s Senior Pictures – a sneak peak!

In light of the first day of school for most students today, I’ve got a little something different to share on the blog today! I’m by NO means a photographer, and don’t consider myself to be all that comfortable behind (or in front of) the camera. However, my sister has always said that she would want me to take her high school senior photos. So, this summer (when we weren’t both busy working) Lindsay and I spend a couple afternoons going on adventures to downtown Excelsior, MN and driving down rural dirt roads until we found the perfect field with little flowers all over (which may or may not have also been right off of someone’s driveway, oops!) It’s crazy how fast time has flown by these past few years and that she’s graduating high school this year! I’m so proud of my little sister, for everything that she has gone through and how she has overcome all of those obstacles that has made her a stronger, more intelligent, and loving woman. Love you, sister. ♥

I also love that these little senior picture session with her has forced me to get my big camera out of its dusty bag more often. It’s really making me want to invest in a better camera and use it more often. I’ve had this camera since I was in high school, and it is really the bare minimum of all DSLR’s. If you have any suggestions on what camera to upgrade to from a Canon Rebel XS, I will gladly take them into consideration!

Arranged On Essen | Lindsay's Senior Sneak Peak

Arranged On Essen | Lindsay's Senior Sneak Peak

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Arranged On Essen | Lindsay's Senior Sneak Peak

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A Trip Up North

Jay Cooke State Park - Carlton, Minnesota | arranged on essen

Last weekend, I got to take a much needed break and pack up some camping gear and a cooler full of food ( and booze ) and head up to Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, MN. For the past few years, it’s been a family tradition to head up north for a camping trip during the summer – this year most of our family wasn’t able to make it so we made it a girls weekend instead and invited two other ladies ( who were also bridesmaids in Breanna’s Wedding last summer ). We probably had too much fun.

Jay Cooke State Park - Carlton, Minnesota | arranged on essen

On the second day of our trip, we decided to enjoy the beautiful weather that we were fortunate enough to have and head out on a day-hike. Breanna, Lindsey, Ashlee, and myself packed up some pb+j sandwiches and then waved goodbye to our campsite for the day as we headed out for our six-mile hike. Two years ago when we were up at Jay Cooke with our family, the hiking was still awesome but the swing bridge was down from a massive flood that had recently wiped it out. SO, it was awesome to be able to actually get across the river to the trails without having to drive to the other side first. PLUS, look at that swing bridge — what a beaut.

Jay Cooke State Park - Carlton, Minnesota | arranged on essen

Jay Cooke State Park - Carlton, Minnesota | arranged on essen

Once we got back to our campsite we basically all collapsed from exhaustion for a few hours after our hiking trip. We enjoyed our well-deserved pizza pudgie pie dinner over the fire and then decided to go for a little stroll down to the river again and do some people watching. This might have been one of my favorite moments from the trip, because we just hung out on a big rock overlooking the views of the river while some teens were cliff jumping into the water. The rock was still warm from the sunshine earlier in the day and it was such a blast to just sit and chat ( and laugh ).

Donuts + Road Trips | arranged on essen

No trip up north is ever complete without a quick stop at Tobie’s for donuts ( and a bathroom break ). On the way back home I had to get a half-dozen to bring home and share with the fam. If you’re heading up to the Duluth area anytime soon, please enjoy a raspberry bismark for me.

Thanks for the relaxing + hilarious camping trip, ladies! Can’t wait to go again next year. ♥

PS where are your favorite spots to go camping in Minnesota? I’d love to try out some new places + take in some new scenery!

Long time, no see!

Hey friends! So it’s been a solid three months since I last posted on here, wooops! I’ve been insanely busy the past couple months with finishing up college (WOO!) moving back home, and starting my new job at West Elm. Big and GOOD changes around here! I’m so excited for what the future has in store for Arranged on Essen, and can’t wait to dive back into a good blogging routine and start building my portfolio as I do more and more projects!

Last week, I got my wisdom teeth out and recovery since then has really not been so much fun. BUT, with having so much down-time, we finally had some time to paint our entire upstairs living room/kitchen! It has seriously needed an update for a long time. We’re talking purple, tan, and green walls, guys. So we picked a neutral grey color pallette and went to work!

Living Room Update | Arranged on Essen

All that’s left to do is get our new Hamilton Sofa from West Elm in here and find some new artwork/prints for the walls – recommendations are welcome!! I also really want to update the light fixtures, especially the one in this picture above the stairs – I just really think something new and fresh here would tie the space together. We’ll see what I come up with! I’ll share more when we get everything put together a little bit more, but until then I’ll probably post little updates here and there over on my instagram, so feel free to follow along!

Sláinte!

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland | Arranged on Essen

On this day last year, I was soaking in the rigid coastline, and the green, green countryside of the one and only Ireland. It wasn’t until I was able to experience an Irish St. Patrick’s day in Galway, Ireland with my college choir, that I gained a full understanding and appreciation of the country that gives Ireland its character. You wouldn’t believe the country’s unity on this holiday; you could honestly feel the sense of togetherness in the air. This holiday is Ireland. When we arrived in the airport a few days before St. Paddy’s day, it was decked out in shamrocks and Irish flags — like, I’m talking decorated more than we decorate for Christmas. How I wish I could be back in this country everyday, but today especially as the country’s culture explodes, faces are painted green, and flags wave in the air as you can hear the traditional Irish music playing through all of the pubs.

Galway, Ireland on St. Patrick's Day | Arranged on Essen

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland | Arranged on Essen

Sláinte means Cheers in Celtic, so raise your glass of Guinness and have a bit of craic!

Reflecting on Growth

Spring Tulips | Arranged on Essen

As my time in college is starting to wind down ( only 71 days until graduation day! ) I keep finding myself spending my free time looking through all the pictures and memories I’ve compiled over the past four years. My favorite app these days is TimeHop, because there’s some seriously funny things that pop up on there. It’s so much fun to look back and re-live those memories that have brought me to where I am today. The thing that has stood out to me so much while reflecting and looking back at all these things is how much I have changed. I think change is something that a lot of people are afraid of, and that most of us try to avoid at all costs. But I have always loved to embrace change. I have learned in my four years at college how to truly love and be myself through growing and changing. It’s something that I am constantly working on, as we all should. I have grasped the importance of prioritizing things in my life, and realized that it’s okay if I don’t give my full attention to every small detail. The biggest change I see in myself as I look back at those old pictures is how much I have learned to simplify. I have focused my attention to the things that I am truly passionate about, and want to spend my time on, and minimized the things that distract me from concentrating on what really matters to me.

There have been so many ups and downs these past four years, and I love the fact that I can look at my old instagram pictures and literally see the growth and change, like in the picture above, that I posted on my instagram two years ago. CHEERS to the next four years, and looking back on even more change and growth. ♥

I’d love to hear from you – what are some ways you have changed and grown in the past four years?