Category Archives: Inspirations

bow tie wednesday / 38.

Okay call me ridiculous if you’d like, but I love me some reality t.v.

There is nothing better than ending a super draining day by zoning out to some reality trashy goodness. One of my fav new shows is It’s A Brad Brad World. Yep – you can judge…cause I don’t care. I love Brad Goreski even if he caused drama-RAMA-RAMA with one of my other fashion favs Miss Rachel Zoe.

Okay in a nutshell this is how the story goes…Brad used to be Rachel’s assistant. Brad leaves Rachel. Rachel doesn’t like it. Brad starts his own styling biz. Rachel doesn’t like it. Brad doesn’t care. Brad starts his own show. Jenn loves it.

So long story short, I think Brad is adorable and the fact that he is often strutting around while wearing a vintage bow tie makes him that much more lovable. Oh, AND the finale of the show this season made me cry my eyes out. Gary’s 10 year anniversary gift to Brad was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life. Their love for each other is absolutely inspiring!

photo cred: {mike rosenthal via refinery 29}


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sunday dreaming / 41.

dreaming of…

some new rugs for the house.

Adam and I have been talking for weeks now about how badly we need to nab some new rugs for our place. As much as I adore our hardwood floors, our puppy dug is starting to struggle a bit with her constant slipping and sliding, and I kinda can’t resist the rug options out there right now. Number 5? Yes, please!

photo cred: 1 {urban outfitters} 2 {via tender buttons} 3 {via design sponge} 4 {the rug company} 5 {urban outfitters} 6 {via style files} 7 {anthropologie} 8 {urban outfitters}

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inspired by : the cover.

There is something so inspiring about simplicty. Not too fussy. Not to outspoken. Just straight forward & uncomplicated.

I’m downright obsessed with these stamped covers by Publication Studio with which Matthew Stadler describes the aesthetic of the studio as “minimal and uniform” with all of their books made from file folders and simply the date of publication and book title stamped on top.

Put simply? Pure design genius.

Happy weekend friends! May you find something that inspires you.

photo cred: {matthew stadler & publication studio via zero 1 magazine}

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pic me a palette : the market.

As I gear up for my trip to Europe in a couple months, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the simple beauty of this pic of the marketplace. There is just something so enticing about that ‘farm to the table’ vibe that the market provides and there is nothing better or more inspiring than the weekend markets in France. Cannot wait to get my rear back there!!! Happy Thursday friends!

**By the way, if you’re looking to be inspired by some uber gorgeous photography & food details head over to Sunday Suppers. I had to literally yank myself away from their blog….such GORGEOUS stuff!!

photo cred: {karen mordechai via sunday suppers}

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rue mag.

The night before any new issue of Rue Magazine I end up feeling like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. I get these little flutters of excitement bustling around in my belly and I wake up with an energy only explained by a longing for inspiration.

Every time I flip through the pages of Rue I feel every cell in my body clinging to every last drop of color that spills off the pages. When I launched my design companies (BT&B + scout) last year, I dreamed of the day I’d have the opportunity to be involved in a magazine like Rue. This month? I got my chance.

It was such a pleasure to work alongside the creative talents of Kira, Shannon & Sara (the gals behind the Hens & Chicks Collective), the fantabulous lady behind the camera Sarah and adorable Miss Cassandra. The day was such a blast and I’m so honored to have my scout. furniture & decor grace the pages of Rue!

photo cred: {rue magazine and we are the rhoads}


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inspired by : sam dubeau.

I’ve always had a little obsession for flag cake toppers. Make the flags super tiny with an “adorable factor” and I’m sold. So it’s no wonder I fell so in love with these crafty cuties by Sam Dubeau. Sam’s design page is full of crafting inspiration including these stamped exclaim cards & these celebrate cards (oh yes! streamers & confetti bananza!). Simple supplies, with uber creative results.

photo cred: {scarlet o’neill via sam dubeau}


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house of fifty.

A while back I was asked to share my thoughts on the vintage wedding trend with House of Fifty Magazine. It was such a blast to share some details about scout. vintage rental co. and such an honor to be a part of this issue. If you’re looking for some major design/interior inspiration, check out their amazing winter/spring 2012 issue and the rest of the feature here! Thanks House of Fifty!

photo cred: {mo hines photography via house of fifty}

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pic me a palette : an engagement float.

how serene is this engagement photo? holy moly. totally dreamy and killer photography skills by rowell photography.

photo cred: {rowell photography via junebug weddings}

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friday find : lonngren/widell.

When I stumbled across these amazingly gorgeous interior photographs by Lonngren/Widell I couldn’t help but wish I could climb right into them and relish in all the vintage/rustic/eclectic loveliness. I’m always on the hunt for super special pieces to add to my scout. vintage rental company collection and these pictures made me want to hunt that much harder. A unique & inviting room can brighten even the dreariest day and these pics certaintly did this trick of this gloomy friday morning!

Do you have a favorite room in your home? What inspires you with regards to your interior decor?

Happy weekend friends!


{photo cred: lonngren/widell photography}

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inspired board #13: color blocking.

I can’t get enough of all things: color blocked. I’m dying to see a wedding go color blocking bananas…bridesmaids and ALL!

Oh, if I could only do it all over again…

photo cred: {the capital barbie} {via the lingerieaddict} {j. crew via refinery 29} {designspiration} {rowpinto} bow tie & bustle{the adamantic chic} {david stubbs via green wedding shoes}

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sunday dreaming / 37.

dreaming of…

some fab new throw pillows for the living room.

photo cred: 1 {ferm living} 2 {crate and barrel} 3 {ferm living} 4 {anthropologie} 5 {urban outfitters} 6 {chiasso} 7 {anthropologie}

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pic me a palette : flower art.

art cred: {lulie wallace}

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wears to weddings : golden globes.

I know, I know. It’s been over a week since the Golden Globes, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few “wears to weddings” inspirations. I had every intention in the world of touching base earlier on all the celeb gorgeousness, but with the craziness of ALT things are a bit delayed – whoops!

Usually I’m excpecting quite a few “misses” amoungst award show nominees, but this year I actually enjoyed most of the looks that came down the red carpet. I would have liked a few additional “wow!’s”  but overall was pleasantly surprised by all the fashion choices.

Instead of doing the traditional “hits & misses” post, I thought I’d instead correlate some of the most talked about dresses of the night with some wedding detail counterparts…in this case, CAKE! I honestly believe a gorgeous dress can be the overall inspiration to a wedding day even if it’s not ultimately the one (or color) a bride might choose to wear on her big day.

What were your fav looks of the night? Which could you have gone without?

Favs for me? Emma Stone, Piper Perabo & Charlize Theron. What were they thinking moments? Zooey Deschanel (that hair drove me nuts!), Sarah Michelle Gellar & Madonna.

photo cred: all golden globe pics {via e online} wed pics {beaux arts photographie via style me pretty} {sweet and saucy shop via candy and cakes} {platinum weddings by kerrie via style me pretty} {sweetapolita} {via style unveiled} {once wed} {via ruffled}


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storybook posters.

inspired by the creativity of these children’s book posters. clever, huh?

photo cred: {square inch design}

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starts with a board.

I’ve learned quite quickly that the best way to hash out design ideas with a new or potential client is through an inspiration board. I am naturally such a visual being that these boards are super helpful in helping me efficiently and effectively articulate the ideas I have rushing around in my busy little head.

I was all two excited a few weeks ago when I got the chance to chat color and rebranding across the table from Jennifer Shea, owner of Trophy Cupcakes. I’m still giddy that she put her confidence in me to revamp her window displays at her U-Village and Bravern locations for the New Year and couldn’t wait to get prepping. She wanted the window to reflect a “party starts here!” mentality and was hoping I could give the design some sort of Kate Spade inspired twist (aka a color bonanza!).

I’ve been dying to get back into visual merchandising, so this job was right up my alley. I knew I wanted crepe paper backdrops to scream “party! party! party!” and chevron flooring was an absolute must – had to make it happen. I also planned to tie in a bunch of my vintage pieces from my scout. collection as a fun juxtaposition to the never ending stream of color.

Here’s a little peek into my design inspirations for Trophy Cupcakes. Check back tomorrow for some instagram pics of the actual windows AND if you’re near U-Village in the U-District or Bravern over in Bellevue be sure to stop into Trophy for a yummy cupcake and a gander at my design.


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