A fall fête for Simon Pearce


I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and that your weeks are off to a great start.  It’s been busy at POISE. with Boston Fashion Week kicking-off this weekend and an installation project I completed last week for Simon Pearce!  It was very exciting and quite an honor to be a part of – I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity.  Simon Pearce quality is exemplary – they work with artisans in Vermont and Maryland to create their products and the craftsmanship shows. I created a fall fête tablescape and bar for them in collaboration with some of my most trusted event partners & vendors.  The idea was to stage a fall fête dinner party scheme that can be interpreted for a large-scale event or a small intimate private party.

I love emerald green and gold together for the fall, and especially for the holidays. The green is a great festive color but still rich & sophisticated, and the gold adds just enough glamour to give an event setting or table the pop it needs. My style is minimal & modern generally speaking so I took this opportunity to really design into my aesthetic and share my style with Simon Pearce customers.  I have the incredible honor of having the table design living in the window through the end of October so if you are on Newbury Street, please stop by and check it out!

Today I am sharing the table details and elements with you & how to get the look, as well as the custom menu {and recipe sources} I put together.  In order to avoid a super-long post, I will share the bar execution, set-up and elements along with a special fall cocktail recipe designed by the incredibly talented Boston mixologist Domingo-Martin Barreres with you next week {figured it would be best to break them into 2 posts}.

fall fete | POISE for Simon Pearce Tablescape

table elements:
1 | Eames Chair | for rent via New England Country Rentals here | for purchase here
2 | gold flatware | I used a gold flatware set available in-store at Simon Pearce.  You can find a similar set on-line here
3 | Simon Pearce Royalton square charger
4 | white linen dinner napkin made in France
5 | Simon Pearce woodstock red wine glass
6 | Simon Pearce woodstock cocktail glass {sans gold} or marc blackwell southern hemisphere stemless wine glasses {with gold}
7 | Simon Pearce olive wood salad scoops
8 | Simon Pearce cherry wood oval salad bowl
9 | white quartz coasters

The accent plates with the gold graphic were made by me.  I knew what I wanted for this design, but had trouble finding it so I created them!  I did this by painting the plates with a gold metallic paint to get the look. It would be a dream come true for me to design my own line of tableware one day.

The menu was a custom design integrating the backdrop for the bar {which you will see on the blog next week}. I worked with Glenn Soulia Design who is my go to for custom graphic design projects. He is incredibly talented and his aesthetic is unparalleled. He designed my logo, brand look & feel, and business cards, and we’ve worked together on a number of projects both large and small for clients and brands.


recipe links:  cornish hens with lemon & herbs | raw mushroom and artichoke salad | carrot ribbons with arugula pesto & crumbled goat cheese via  | coconut fig & pistachio raw cheesecake

I worked with Orly Khon on the hanging flowers.  I loved the idea of framing the table with an overhang of white flowers – imagine how impactful this would look  over a long communal table for an event that seats 100?  Orly and her team did a beautiful job executing this for the space we had to work with, and the length of the table.  They used silk parrot tulips for the purposes of this installation since it is living in the window for six weeks, but it can be just as easily created with fresh flowers for live events which would be my first choice.  Lucky for me Orly and her team work with both silk and fresh flowers and we were able to show this concept on a smaller scale as part of event design. {this was photographed by me from the outside, so the photo is far from perfect, however I wanted to show you what the flower overhang concept looks like}.


I’ll share the bar part of the installation with you next week.  In the meantime, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the incredible vendors that collaborated with me on this project and to Simon Pearce for an opportunity I am incredibly thankful to have.

I hope you like this and thank you so much for being with me on this exciting journey!!

Have a beautiful day,

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sweater weather

Happy first day of Fall!!

While I can’t say Fall is my favorite season,  something about this year is making me embrace fall a bit more than I usually do.  The days filled crisp air and lots of sunshine can be some of the best days spent outside.  The change in temperatures and weather make this a time of year to cleanse and start fresh.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald put it:


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One of the most magical trips of my life was two years ago to Croatia.  It was part of a big trip after leaving the corporate world to start POISE., where I traveled with a dear friend to southern part of the country for an incredible adriatic experience.  It was just perfect.  The locally grown/caught fresh food, the beautiful people eager to welcome tourists into their country, the incredible history, the setting & spectacular coastline, the color of the water {although it is not warm}, the lavender fields, wine vineyards, olive oil, all of which you smell as you are touring the island of Hvar, and this feeling of having traveled on the road much less traveled all contributed to my love for Croatia.  It has not quite yet been discovered as much as Italy and France have been so it feels like a true escape.  Not a day goes by where I don’t think about my experience there and I would go back in a hearbeat.  If it’s on your bucket list, take it from me, book a ticket as soon as you can and just go!

When I came across the spectacular wedding of Fabiola Beracasa and Jason Beckman held in the historic town of Dubrovnik, I was mesmerized.  The couple took an opportunity to share so many areas of the this gem of a country with their out of town guests by creating a few days worth of events in spectacular settings around the region known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.  The ceremony and luncheon were hosted in the mid-evil and historic city walls of Dubrovnik and incorporated local Croatian dancers, followed by a black-tie gala event the following-evening at fort Fort Lovrijenac, which was a breathtaking setting and a perfect example of the scenery you can expect from a visit to Croatia.  The dinner setting at Fort Lovrijenac is beyond incredible.

ceremony flowers Fabiola Beracasa dinner setting Fabiola Beracasa & Jason Beckman | via Vogue.com | black tie dinner in Fort Lovrijenacespadrilleshappy menocal menus, placecards and invitations

The menus, place cards and invitations were designed by Happy Menocal. You can view a whole gallery from this spectacular wedding extravaganza via Vogue.com.

Have a beautiful day!


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a holistic haven | balans studio

About six months ago I discovered a true hidden gem in Boston and I am excited to share this special place and the mastermind behind it with you for today’s post. I this write based on my own experience and after a lovely interview with the founder.

I was seeking alternative treatment for myself after an injury and really did my research to find a place that offered a truly holistic approach in Boston {which isn’t easy to find}.  That’s when I came across Balans Studio.  I made an appointment with one of their one of their therapists, and at my very first visit I was in awe of the what I walked into.

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love note details

It’s not often I come across a detail that wow’s me.  You know really hits me as something I want to remember because it’s just so lovely.  This morning I was perusing Martha Stewart Weddings and came across Eric Fleiss and fashion stylist JoJo Cohen’s beautifully orchestrated wedding filled with amazing details including a custom dress for the bride by the late L’Wren Scott.

What I fell in love most with was the couple’s use of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wildly romantic love notes and quotes for some of their details.  The invitation included a love note insert for guests on a square card that was originally written by F. Scott Fitzgerald to his wife Zelda: “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement”.  

And then a perfect little pouch filled with fresh stephanotis and rose petals for guests to toss at the sight of the couple’s first kiss labeled with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the NightThe couple also took various F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes and had them applied to the mirrors in the guest bathrooms so it was truly a running theme through various touch points of their magical day.

photos:  Elizabeth Messina via Martha Stewart Weddings

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a few of my favorite things | September

Happy end of summer, happy September!

I hope you all had beautiful long weekends and that you are feeling refreshed as we move into a new season.  From the look of my favorite things for the month, you would think I am in some sort of retro mood with a mustard yellow font, Tom Dixon Pendants and leopard print detail on the cards below!!  What I am inspired by this month is holding on to every last minute of summer, the launch of Fashion Week in New York and an installation I am working on for a special project featuring lots of gold accent details.

POISE | a few of my favorite things | September14

1 | Tomato season is still here and Sweet Paul has come up with another brilliant tart recipe.  This one has an almond & pepper crust and a basil oil.  I am making this in mini versions with a fresh salad as a dinner starter for an upcoming dinner party, and will substitute the ricotta for mozarrella.

2 | These pendants are so much fun! They would be perfect for an installation I am working on for an event.  They also would make an amazing statement in a home.  Designed by Tom Dixon with a highly reflective shade {inspired by the space helmet} they come in various sizes and in either gold or silver.

3 | These sweet fashion illustration correspondence cards by french photographer, illustrator and style blogger Garance Doré,  would make perfect post-fashion week thank you notes or make for a thoughtful little gift.

4 | This low bun is simple but will always look elegant.  It was a style used on the models during Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2013 fashion show and I love the look of it even for a casual Saturday.

5 | Have you started thinking about your Fall wardrobe yet?  I am not going crazy this year but I do need to update a few key basics.  This merino wool sweater is on my list for Fall to pair with skinny leather pants.

Happy, happy September,

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zucchini carpaccio

As your labor day plans begin to kick-off, I thought I would share a fabulous 15 minute recipe for a zucchini carpaccio with you.  A client I planned a wedding for gave me this recipe a while back {when you plan a wedding with a foodie couple, your food conversations extend far beyond their wedding menu}, and I finally had the opportunity to try it.  It is easy to make, fresh, utilizes current in-season ingredients and is super light, not to mention delicious.  It would be a great dish to kick-off a cookout or summer dinner!

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end of summer sailing

Hello and happy friday!

I feel as though I owe you an apology for not blogging this week and quite frankly for being so sparse with my posts over the past few weeks.  I have been very busy with my business as well as with some projects I committed to from a volunteer standpoint so I’ve had little time to blog.  I promise I will get back to a consistent schedule in the coming weeks – I’ve missed not being in touch as much.

During the downtime I do have these days, I’ve been really trying to live in the moment and hold onto every minute of summer we have left.  This weekend I will be spending some time on the water which I am very much looking forward to.  The days are a bit chillier and the pre-fall air is rolling in so I plan to dress a little less “summery” for a weekend sail to stay warm when the crisp ocean air rolls in.  This look will likely be a go to for Labor Day plans as well.

I hope you have something lovely planned for this late-summer weekend, and wish you an absolutely wonderful one!!

End of summer sailing | POISE.

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fashion to fete

When you are in a design field, inspiration for a project can be found anywhere.  As the Creative {genius} Director for American Vogue, Grace Coddington once put it: “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” It could be a vintage plate at a flea market that you stumble upon that informs your next piece of furniture or one of your favorite garments that informs an event design.

For today’s post I’ve taken some runway looks that could inspire different elements of an event such as a tablescape, dessert table, monogrammed cupcake display or menu & invitation design.


Have a beautiful day!

{all images via pintrest}

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get in the ring

Starting off a Monday with creative inspiration is what gets me going for the week.  I came across Moncler Gamme Bleu’s Spring | Summer 2015 fashion show concept during Milan fashion week and was inspired by the concept and execution.

The set was staged in the Palazzo Senato in Milan and had a boxing ring as the center of the set with models walking around the square shaped runway to bring the 2015 Gamme Bleu collection which is dedicated to the sport of boxing to life.

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