WEST STREET GALLERY

This past Christmas my family surprised me with my long coveted Hazy Beach Art Print by Lisa Golightly. I was blown away unwrapping the large mysterious gift that morning, as you can imagine. The feeling of receiving something unexpected is both unique and exciting, but also emotional. I was taken aback and ended up getting teary. The thoughtfulness and surprise caught me off guard. I am so grateful that they took note of something I really wanted and presented me with something that I could cherish forever.

We immediately mounted the print in our dining room and since then I have been dreaming of creating a collection surrounded by our own images.

DINING ROOM FLORALS & ARTWORK

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MAR VISTA LIVING ROOM DESIGN

When I began studying interior design my first project was to work with a friend or family member to recreate a room design for them. Immediately I knew I wanted to work with my mom. For years we have talked about what we could do with my parent’s amazing 1930’s South Laguna cottage. I jumped at the opportunity to grab my mom and chat about her vision, gather inspiration, and start piecing things together.

The house they own, the homey beach cottage I was lucky enough to grow up in, is a small three-bedroom, one-bath cottage built in 1937 featuring hardwood floors, white walls, and lots of windows. It’s also full of family heirloom pieces that are treasured by all of us. I wanted to mix their antique farmhouse pieces with a fresh coastal California style.

I sat down and started working with some images my mom collected for inspiration.

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CB2 FALL 2015

CB2, Crate and Barrel’s newer and modern counterpart, recently released their Fall 2015 collection. Furniture and home decor inspired by the deeper colors of Fall. While my taste isn’t necessarily modern, I enjoy mixing styles and combining pieces that bring a space together in a unique way. Over the years, I have only purchased a few things from CB2, usually smaller items, so I was stoked browsing through their catalogue and tagging some wish list items.

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Before We Go

This was the last week before the start of school and I swear it flew by while at the same time lasting forever. But most weeks do when heading into three-day weekend. Not to mention highly anticipating having my husband around for an extra day to help with the kids. I am hoping we will get around to starting the design for a new deck and the kids backyard fort. Throw in a day at the beach with friends and a last summer BBQ before our Thomas starts THIRD grade.

Third grade. I can’t believe I’m a mom of a third grader. We got teacher assignments yesterday and two of Thomas’ best friends are in his class so I’d say we are off to a good start.

In the meantime, here are a few things that caught my eye this week

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SUNDAY PANCAKES

COCONUT OIL RAW SUGAR PANCAKES

Our new Frigidaire stove came supplied with a fifth burner and cast iron griddle. Which means making pancakes in the morning are a breeze. We usually have a more casual breakfast on Saturday as we get ready to spend the day at the beach, soccer, or out and about. On Sundays we take more time and usually have a more complete breakfast. In an effort to eat more healthy and organic, I’ve been using raw and organic products. Toting that coconut oil and raw sugar can be replaced with normal oil and sugar at a 1:1 ratio I thought I would try my normal pancake recipe with different ingredients. I have to say, I liked it more than my original. Continue reading

BACHELORETTE FEATURE

I have had several people contact me about past content and downloads from CBI, so I will be sharing some of the popular posts and features. They can also be found in the ARCHIVES.

Since it’s Friday and we are heading into the weekend, I’ll share one of my absolute favorite weekends. My Bachelorette in Temecula.

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We rented this (update, the house we stayed in is no longer available) beautiful home in Temecula, a popular Southern California wine tasting destination. The plan was to lounge by the pool, go wine tasting, eat too much food and just enjoy our time together.

Friday night we got all dressed up and headed to downtown Temecula and after drinks and a little wait we snagged a table at Public House. They were so great to us, our waiter was so patient being a 20 something guy dealing with 15 ladies. After several bottles of wine and stuffing ourselves we nixed the idea to go out dancing and headed back to the house to hit the spa and relax.

Saturday, my wonderful sister put together a limo tour tasting at 3 wineries. We started at Falkner Winery, then headed to a smaller tasting at Vindemia (their sparkling grenache is amazing) and finished off a tasting and lunch at Mount Palomar Winery. Each tasting room had their benefits, we each received a free glass at Falkner and our guide was hilarious. Vindemia was a small, romantic, & outdoor tasting area. It was by far my favorite, especially the chilled rosé. Mount Palomar was quite large and fairly busy, they had the most diverse tastings and a delicious restaurant we stopped at for lunch.

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EMILY ALDER BACHELORETTE FEATURE

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After tasting we headed back to the house to lounge by the pool, consume cheese & charcuterie plates, play games and enjoy some cocktails.

I put together Bachelorette Favor Bags and supplies for a custom cocktail.

Bachelorette Cocktail
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The bags included a BAGGU bag,  a variety of Essie colors, Revlon nail files, hand sanitizer, sofia coppola champagne cans, mimosa lollies by The Groovy Baker, elastic hair ties, nail polish remover pads, a thank you card, some home-made tattoos, EOS lip balms, and handmade crepe paper flowers.

We had drink tags, tattoos and games as well

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SOURCES //

DESIGNS BY EMILY ALDER | PHOTOS BY ALI WINSTON PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are interested in any of the printables or designs shoot me an email and I will get them to you

hello@emilyalder.com

SIMPLE CHEESE BOARD

a fairly well known fact about me… I am a major fan of cheese and charcuterie. I mean who isn’t #amiright? Almost every time we have people over I use it as an excuse to stock up and serve a cheese plate. I even have a board dedicated to cheese. If thats not true love I don’t know what is.

Okay, that might have gone a bit far, you catch my drift though.

I try to always have a selection on hand in case I feel like snacking through dinner or having some friends swing by. A few types of meat, cheese, fruit, and a baguette and you’re good to go.

We recently had some friends in town and I threw together a simple plate of cheeses & meats.

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INSPIRATION

When I sat down to begin the process of designing Emily Alder I contemplated for days about what direction I wanted to go. I had always kept my CBI brand simple with whites, neutrals and pinks. I thought about going in a different direction, completely reinventing a myself. But in the end, that style was true to me. I have always been partial to all white, whether it be a clean piece of paper or an entire room. Along with the clean white base I wanted to continue to use the watercolor pattern I developed and used in our wedding invitation suite. At the core I want Emily Alder to be an extension of CBI. With that decision I started collecting images that I wanted to combine going forward with the brand.

Combing the delicate watercolor with natural elements that have always held a deep connection with me and tender moments that I cherish is where I drew from. A romantic color palette combined with natural wild elements of the sea and nature.

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STARTING . . .

 

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Just sitting down to type this is rough – like running into the ocean not knowing how cold the water might be. But you’re ready to try no matter how freezing the water is. I’ll admit it’s hard not to doubt myself as I think of starting on this journey again.

In 2010 I started writing at Could Be Interesting, a place where I would share family stories, collect inspiration, and work through my ideas. Created on a whim with no specific focus, it quickly turned into a obsession. A healthy one, I like to think, that might be debatable if you talk with my family. I craved the time I could spend working on my writing and crafting. After years of commitment to CBI, the time I was able to dedicate to the blog began to diminish. I was pregnant with twins and had a 2nd grader who needed my attention and love. So as time passed, CBI drifted in the background. I felt the emptiness of not having that outlet, but couldn’t bring myself to sit down and really get back into it.

And then one day it was all gone. Thousands of images. Words. My hours. Gone.

Something had hacked through all my work and my server lost everything.

It felt like a sign. I had hit a place where I wasn’t able to be as invested as I wanted to be and the loss of everything told me to take a step back and reevaluate. I missed it, the writing, the creating. The moments I would steal in the morning or evening to express myself, but I had a bounty of other things going on that needed my focus. Always in the back of my mind was that I wanted more. I wanted more for myself.

And here I am – giving myself more – putting it out there and taking the plunge once again.

EMILY ALDER // is an extension. It is not a fresh start because I am still that girl who sat down and started writing CBI. Rather it is a continuation of that idea in a new form: sharing family stories, poking fun at myself, learning lessons, driving creativity, and thriving in life. I am not sure where this all will take me, but I know I have to try.

If you’re reading this, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to support my new adventure. I hope you enjoy it along with me.