I fell deep in Jungle Love when asked to create a tablescape for the
Ohio Design Center’s second annual Entertaining by Design benefit (for North Union Farmers Market).
Fittingly local interior designers are given carte blanche to create thematic tabletops
for the public to be inspired by.
As a nod to the Lion King’s 20th anniversary  -
The Lion Eats Tonight is a room created to curl up and eat in…
fluffy furs, a plethora of oversized plantings, jumbo marshmallows, a cozy campfire,
all coupled with the rich accessories of the Baker Showroom.
My table, layered in many raw materials was a little outside the box
and was awarded by the judges as Best Interpretation of Chosen Theme.

As one of 3 winners I was invited to present my jungle tablescape on
‘Kickin’ it with Kenny’ on Fox 8 in Cleveland.
Check it out here

Marsh madness!
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Heating up the Lion’s Den
joelledesign/The Lion Eats Tonight
Birch alert

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The S’more the Merrier
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As the temperatures drop and we progress into late fall, all I want is to be cozy and warm.
My new favorite texture is shearling.
Real or fake.  To wear or curl up with. I can’t get enough.

Strut your fluff with a cozy clutch.

http://www.clarev.com/products/foldover-clutch#Tan-Shearling-Black-FOChttp://www.clarev.com/products/moyen-messenger#Tan-Shearling-Moyen

Cozy your home in a white winter’s coat

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=32579104&parentid=W_OUTERWEAR#/

 Soften your stride and stay warm in cool weather.

http://www.uggaustralia.com/women-boots/dandylion-ii/1006061.html?dwvar_1006061_color=CHE#start=1&cgid=women-new-arrivals

https://www.madewell.com/newarrivals/PRDOVR~B2367/B2367.jsp

https://www.madewell.com/newarrivals/PRDOVR~B2367/B2367.jsp

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/burberry-shearling-rain-boot-women/3773329?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=60128263&fashionColor=&resultback=13320&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_35_B

Add a bit of soft to your sanctuary

http://www.houzz.com/photos/1229855/Emmas-Evolving-Home-eclectic-living-room-toronto http://jaclynpaige.tumblr.com/post/80016629786

Modern lines made fluffy not sleek http://www.houzz.com/photos/1601024/River-Bluff-Residence-contemporary-bathroom-other-metro http://www.mgbwhome.com/ANSEL-CHAIR-BRASS-TIBETAN-FURBRavailable-online-and-in-stores-P11941.aspx

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/103934703874815521/

http://www.ireado.com/exclusive-design-mongolian-lamb-pillow/white-color-mongolian-lamb-pillow/

A glimpse of the supplies I’m gathering for my tablescape design,
‘The Lion Eats Tonight’
A tribute to the Lion King’s 20 year reign.
Entertaining by Design, November 7-8, 2014, Ohio Design Centre
http://www.northunionfarmersmarket.org/events/events.html

joelledesign tablescape

It wouldn’t be complete without the extra-large lambskin from (shhhh) Costco!

My favorite place to get sheepskin throws is Overland.

Purple has continued to inspire me throughout the past few months.
With Radiant Orchid as Pantone’s Color pick for 2014 (see post here)
we have seen it invade homes and wardrobes everywhere.
Chihuly’s exhibit in Denver (see post here) and my recent vacation to Napa
(yes, wine is a shade of purple) shows how enticing the color can be.
After attending a Sherwin Williams’ ‘No Shrinking Violets’ presentation recently
I was ready for a follow-up post on the color of the year.

click on photos for source

Color trends commonly start on the runway.
http://modaoperandi.com/monique-lhuillier-ss15/look-40?view=looks&crlt.pid=camp.JycyNONcUBWR

http://www.leifshop.com/collections/jewelry/products/lavenderine-necklace

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/wedges/PRD~03630/03630.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=purple&isSaleItem=false&color_name=ANTIQUE%20PURPLE&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row3

Burberry has been using purple in their iconic plaid for many years now.
http://us.burberry.com/check-merino-wool-scarf-p39323931?search=true

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173538165/plum-druzy-studs-in-yellow-gold-purple?ref=shop_home_active

It wouldn’t be a fashion post without including my favorite handbag designer, Clare Vivier.
http://www.clarev.com/products/flat-clutch#DarkPurple-Flat-Clutch

If deep shades aren’t your thing, try the pale tones.

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/blazers/blazers/PRD~02469/02469.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=purple&isSaleItem=false&color_name=SOFT%20ORCHID&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row1

One of the few stars that can get away with purple hair, Kelly Osbourne.
http://www.wewomen.ca/beauty/album920218/kelly-osbourne-hair-purple-haired-princess-22849005.html

 

A little glitter updates typical polish.

http://www.polishinsomniac.net/2014/07/opi-nordic-collection-fallwinter-2014.html

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hunter-original-high-gloss-boot-women/2945169?origin=fashionresultspreview

Not a bad compliment to bland colored food.
http://www.lecreuset.com

purple cauliflower


http://jaclynpaige.tumblr.com/post/83640932967

http://www.serenaandlily.com/Art/Mauve-Trees-Blue-Water-by-Kate-Blakeslee

http://jaclynpaige.tumblr.com/post/93892921188

http://www.leifshop.com/collections/art/products/swimming-place-original

Chihuly’s purple glass paired with seasonal purple flowers at the Denver Botanical Gardens were incredible.
Chihuly Denver

A Nickel and Nickel tour in Napa left us filling out order forms at the tasting.
Yes, purple does evoke good feelings.
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Maybe it was subconscious, but I did wear it in Napa.
joelle in purple

Kids love purple!
https://www.jcrew.com/girls_feature/LooksWeLove.jsp?intcmp=g1_lookswelove

http://www.landofnod.com/full-purple-with-white-dot-sheet-set-includes-fitted-sheet-flat-sheet-and-two-pillowcases/s215509

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mini-boden-stripe-stitch-sweater-toddler-girls-little-girls-big-girls/3854443?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=13770&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_37_D

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mia-chica-jumpsuit-big-girls/3834227?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=3379&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_10_D

https://www.jcrew.com/Girls.jsp

 

My daughter Ruby’s favorite color has been red for as long as I can remember,
and this year she announced it’s purple! (with no influence from me).
http://instagram.com/p/tnUShEoEU3/Her new purple metallic boots!
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peek-birch-leather-ankle-boot-toddler-little-kid-big-kid/3731632?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Purple+Shimmer&resultback=7048&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_19_A

It’s hard to do purple on an entire exterior, but it’s great as an accent.

http://www.today.com/home/colorful-front-doors-I529100

http://www.abchome.com/shop/umrao-purple-queen-blanket-1384481

http://www.bludot.com/clutch-dining-chair.html

http://www.abchome.com/shop/color-reform-spectrum-wool-rug-5-4-x7-10-1334724

If you like peanut butter – you’ll love this soup!
Serve over rice (and we added shrimp!)
http://cookieandkate.com/2013/west-african-peanut-soup/

West African Peanut Soup

Serves 4

Creamy and comforting, spicy vegan soup with West African origins.
Made with a simple combination of peanut butter, tomato paste and collard greens,
this soup comes together quickly and would be a great weeknight meal.
If you love spicy flavors like me, don’t hesitate to use liberal amounts of ginger and garlic.
INGREDIENTS

6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 bunch collard greens (or kale), ribs removed and leaves chopped into 1-inch strips
¾ cup unsalted peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
½ cup tomato paste*
Hot sauce, like sriracha (AKA rooster sauce)
¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium Dutch oven or stock pot, bring the broth to a boil.
Add the onion, ginger, garlic and salt. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

In a medium-sized, heat-safe mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and tomato paste,
then transfer 1 to 2 cups of the hot stock to the bowl.
Whisk the mixture together until smooth,
then pour the peanut mixture back into the soup and mix well.
Stir in the collard greens and season the soup with hot sauce to taste.
Simmer for about 15 more minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often.
Serve over cooked brown rice if you’d like, and top with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts.

full recipe here cookieandkate

Silver tones have dominated design for so long…but gold is making a comeback.
The new tones tend to have more of an aged or antique patina -
softening the shiny polished brass we used to know.
We’ve seen it make it’s way into interiors,
and now it’s easier than ever to add the warm metal in your home.
The popular oil rubbed bronze finish used so much today has brass undertones
making it a great compliment to shades of gold.

click on photo for source


http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pearson-bath-lighting-double-sconce/?pkey=e%7Cbrass%7C68%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C17&group=1&sku=8045189&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

 

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pearson-bath-fixture-towel-ring/?pkey=e%7Cbrass%7C68%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C4&group=1&sku=5174883&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

http://www.westelm.com/products/martini-side-table-bronze-g962/?pkey=e%7Cbrass%7C47%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C7&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/29440138.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/29302262.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

http://www.circalighting.com/details.aspx?pid=1424

http://www.houzz.com/photos/2650029/Hinsdale-Greek-Revival-transitional-powder-room-chicago

http://www.dwellstudio.com

http://www.houzz.com/photos/1529435/Prospect-Heights-modern-kitchen-new-york

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/trend-spotting-gold-in-the-kitchen-186328

http://www.serenaandlily.com/New/New-Lighting-Whitman-Pendant-Bronze

http://www.jaysonhome.com/duke-buffet.html

To answer the brass-in-kitchen question – yes, when balanced with grays and the right finishes,
it looks good with stainless steel.

 

http://www.houzz.com/photos/2972777/Contemporary-Kitchen-contemporary-kitchen-other-metro
http://www.arteriorshome.com/shop/furniture/screen/product/3268?guilded-room-screen

http://www.houzz.com/photos/383614/Camilla-Molders-Design-contemporary-bedroom-melbourne

http://www.serenaandlily.com/Baby/Everett-Sconce_3

http://www.westelm.com/products/metal-cube-side-table-antique-brass-h882/?pkey=ccoffee-side-tables&cm_src=Quickbuy&sku=8350258&qty=1

http://www.niermannweeks.com/media/61-00611-QN70_300dpi-2048x2048.jpg

If you’re not ready for the big brass commitment,
a little hardware is perfect place to start.


http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dawson-grey-wash-6-drawer-dresser/s660005

https://www.etsy.com/listing/185021622/gold-vinyl-wall-decal-sticker-wall-art?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=gold&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Leopard prints have always been in style.
Whether you wear the pattern or lounge on it - a little goes a long way.
Be bold in a long jacket or keep it minimal with a bag or shoes
Be courageous and cover a chair or keep it simple with pillows.
No matter how you use it, this natural, organic print can add a little panache
to your wardrobe and home.

click on photos for source

http://www.clarev.com/products/flat-clutch#Leopard-HairOn-Flat-ClutchOne of the most popular goes-with-eveything designs by Clare Vivier is her leopard print.

http://instagram.com/p/sIfrDdzTLk/?modal=true

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/leopard-print-aviator-sunglasses

https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHOESANDBOOTS/boots/PRDOVR~B3010/B3010.jsp

I love this traditional wall covering print with the unexpected leopard.
http://theeverygirl.com/katherine-vos-orange-county-home-tour

A awesome jacket to dream about…
http://www.ysl.com/us/shop-product/women/ready-to-wear-blazer-jacket-single-breasted-jacket-in-black-and-gold-leopard-woven-lame_cod34436464ne.html#

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/25825397834839185/

http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/t-shirts/printed/animal-print-poncho-c498005p2180506.html

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/l-k-bennett-floret-leopard-print-patent-pointy-toe-pump-women/3750876?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=10616&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_29_A

http://www.houzz.com/photos/2004577/Kalorama-town-house-traditional-bedroom-other-metro

http://sincerelyjules.com/2014/04/frenchie.html

http://www.target.com/p/merona-leopard-print-calf-hair-belt-brown-tan/-/A-14148896

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/cheetah-printed-pillow-cover/?pkey=e%7Cleopard%2Bpillow%7C6%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C5&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Pillows

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/weatherboot/PRD~B1329/B1329.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=leopard&isSaleItem=false&color_name=CLASSIC%20LEOPARD&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row1

Leopard for the little ones.

http://www.zara.com/us/en/kids/girl-%25283-14-years%2529/khaki-collection/printed-tulle-skirt-c667006p2172512.html
https://www.jcrew.com/girls_special_sizes/Size16/everydaydresses/PRD~A9439/A9439.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=leopard&isSaleItem=false&color_name=GREY%20LINX&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row0

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