August 10, 2017

The Home Edit for LMP

Many moons ago, I worked in fashion. Back in my fashion days, I met some really awesome people. One girl, Rachel, ended up being a best friend, fast. As Rachel and I got to know each other, I met her friends. One of her friends was named Clea. She was always a chic, cool girl who I enjoyed getting to know.

The years went on and we all got busy with life, kids, careers, etc. Clea moved to Nashville and I hadn’t seen her in years.  I would always ask Rachel about her until one day, I no longer had to ask how she was doing. I could see for myself….

Clea started a business called The Home Edit. I noticed her new venture on Instagram and was immediately drawn in as I too am totally OCD and obsessed with organizing.

The Home Edit is a service where Clea and her partner Joanna, and now team of amazing organizers come into your home and edit your closets for you. They analyze your junk, work with you to purge, shop for containers to sort is all in to and then leave you with a closet full of organized chaos.

When I found out that Clea + Joanna travel all over the country to organize people’s closets I said….come on over girls!

Their team spent one day in our office and when they were done we were in awe of what they had done. They organized our party supplies by type making it so easy to find inventory when we need it and of course labeled each container with their signature calligraphy.

I’m so in love with our closets I never want to touch them again in fear that I may move something out of place.

Thank you Clea, Joanna, Nick & Sumner for spending the day making the LMP office perfectly organized! You guys are amazing.

xx, Seri
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July 5, 2017

Setting the table with Alchemy Fine Home

I’m a little obsessed when it comes to setting the table. The dishes need to be perfectly placed on the table, napkins well pressed and styled in a unique way, pretty glassware and unique utensils. So when Alchemy Fine Home invited me into their NYC showroom to “play” with their vast collection of registry items, I said YES!

Alchemy Fine Home combines artfully curated, distinctive home décor shopping with an ‘Interior Design Concierge’ customer service to make home styling simple.  When it comes to planning the perfect tablescape, accessorizing your home or designing your wedding registry, their design experts will assist you in making the ideal selection.  Shop exquisite designer home décor, lighting, accent furniture and tabletop collections with unparalleled panache and ease.   

I had a ball in that showroom.  Omg I didn’t know what to get my hands on first. I was gaga over all the modern white plates rimmed with nickel and gold so for my mock table setting I used a little bit of both.

I love using color, especially in a tablescape. I found the most fabulous napkins with orange and pink tassels that I combined on the table with bright, fresh flowers.

I wanted to sit down and enjoy a meal with this gorgeous setting. But this was all just for fun. Actually, Alchemy ran a contest for the best tablescape. I didn’t win. But I sure did have fun.

Learn more and shop Alchemy Fine Home here.
Photos by Maggie Marguerite

xx, Seri
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June 5, 2017

The Golden Years

It’s funny when you have kids, people offer up all kinds of advice and say super cliché things like “enjoy every moment they grow up so fast”. Or “enjoy the honeymoon while it lasts” – when the baby is born. Or “just wait for when they are old enough to entertain each other, those are the golden years”.

All those clichés? Well obviously they are true.

YES they grow up too fast.

YES the first few months of life was 100% the honeymoon. Omg the thought of my babies lying on my chest. Those memories take my breath away.

YES…we just reached the golden years.

Sounds so glamorous doesn’t it? Well I don’t mean it to be. Kids are HARD no matter what age. BUT I’ll tell you, this stage that we just reached certainly is a nice change from watching their every move. Always worried they will choke. Or fall and crack their skull open.

We’ve reached that stage where we can sit up on the deck…while they play on the swing set and dare I say…they don’t need us.  It’s pretty lovely.

I’m also starting to notice Gavin maturing. He shows empathy and true concern for his family and friends in a way I never knew he could pick up. Last week when we went to Paris, before leaving he said, Mom, I’d like to bring the extra “Aviator” book (a booklet from American Airlines that he gets the pilots to sign every time he flies) to Mazzy so she doesn’t feel left out. I was so touched by this thought. Something I would have asked him to do if I remembered but he did all on his own.

Same goes for how he treats his brother. He’s so thoughtful and caring when it comes to protecting his baby bro and making sure he’s safe, especially when he’s in charge while I’m off making dinner for example.

Now I know damn well these special years are going to FLY by so I’m savoring every moment of my boys taking care of each other, playing together, with friends and our family. Soon enough they’ll be beating each other up and rolling through the teenager years. You guys, I’ve never been so terrified for something in my life. TEENS! NO! Please stay this age of 4 and 7 FOREVER!

HUGE thanks to Patricia BurmickyPhotographer & Founder of PhotoUno Photography School who I met at the most lovely Crepes party that my friend Jennifer Crêpes à la Maison for these fantastic photos of my little men. And a few that I snagged with my baby Luke.

xx, Seri
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March 27, 2017

For the Host Gift Box

Though it’s freezing cold on the east coast, it’s officially spring. We cannot wait to break out our open toed shoes and put on a flow-y dress but until then we are making all our spring party plans!

What’s on tap for us? Easter and Passover. I host Passover dinner which always involves a great deal of cooking, setting the table and then cleaning it all up. When a guest recognizes this by showing up at the door with a hostess gift, it makes me feel extra special and really happy.

It’s not always easy coming up with a gift for the host though. Sure you can pick up a bottle of wine or flowers but doesn’t it feel good to put a little thought behind a gift like this?

We are now offering the Host Gift Box filled with the cutest items that any host will love! You can buy this box and when it arrives on your doorstep it’s ready to be gifted. OR you can send it direct to your host if you want him or her to receive it in advance of the event.

Inside the box we’ve included a small, gorgeous bottle of rosé, pretty paper straws that your host can stick directly into that bottle of rosé, festive napkins and dessert plates, party blowers and a stunning wine tote from Nashchic.

Did we not just make your life SO EASY? You’re welcome.

Shop the Box here and Have a hoppy Spring!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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March 20, 2017

Flower Power

Today is about using fresh flowers to make pretty crowns just in time for spring…which is TODAY! Happy Spring everyone.

We recently brought a new team member on board, the most fantastic intern, Natalie who has been a great asset to our team. Her greatest skill in the LMP Office: flower arranging. Could she fit in any better?

She lead a flower crown making workshop for us and we of course turned it into a party. What a fun way to spend a morning with friends, huh?! We served a simple breakfast with fresh pastries, croissants and a enormous sweet brioche that we found at our local bakery. Abby brewed a pot of coffee and of course we toasted with pink bubbly.

If you plan to host a flower crown making party, ask your friends to dress for the season and no doubt they will pull out some pretty fabulous pops of color…

Here’s how you can make these flowers crowns with a few materials (easily found on Amazon) and a lotta flowers (if you live in warm climate then check your backyard first!).

Supplies:
Floral Wire
Floral tape
Good scissors
Leafy florals (ie. Italian ruscus, babies breath, spray roses)

1. Take your floral wire and fit it around your head so that you know how long it needs to be.

2. Shape the floral wire into a circle and then twist the end in order to keep it in place at the length you need. (For added security, make the length even longer and wrap the extra around the crown to make it thicker).

3. Take your floral tape and begin wrapping it around the entire crown (Make sure you are gently pulling the tape as your wrap, so that the tape becomes sticky).

4. Begin making small bouquets with your flowers and greenery. Then wrap the ends with the floral tape.

5. Take a long piece of greenery and twist it around the crown, then secure with floral tape.

6. Add in the small bouquets and secure with floral tape, add or subtract to your liking.

7. Take some pictures and have fun!

Photos by Gillian Stippa

xx, Seri
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