Sugar & Gold

Hello Fall!

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Sugar & Gold | Hello Fall

Hello first day of Fall! It's my absolute favorite season and the main reason I love living in Chicago. I swear it's why we put up with the insane winters here... you can't beat our autumns. It's for sure my favorite time of year to get our house all cozy and prepped for winter hibernation, and more importantly, festive for holiday parties... I'm looking at you, Friendsgiving 2017!! I can't wait to share some fall inspired projects over the next few weeks! Bring on all things fall!

Year One in The Vacasa!

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Sugar & Gold | Year One in Vacasa | Tulum Inspired Rooftop Deck

Okay, seriously?! Its been 6 months since my last post?! I feel like I just blinked and spring was already over and summer was suddenly hanging on for dear life! Celebrating Labor Day's unofficial end of summer yesterday brought us to today's very exciting celebration—the 1 year anniversary of moving into our first home, which we loving call The Vacasa (The Vaca Casa)!

Yesterday was the perfect day for enjoying my favorite project we've finished at The Vacasa so far. After summer weekends of re-staining the deck, building a slatted fence around the AC units,  and painting new and existing walls, we finally finished building out the last slatted wall with huge bar ledge feature. Inspired by our favorite hotel in Mexico, Coqui Coqui, we created our own little piece of Tulum heaven on our rooftop deck by integrating sandy creams, dark rich woods, driftwood grays, and most importantly, a gorgeous Mayan hammock.  Although, I will say... our pup, Bananas, could have definitely been our color palette inspiration as well. We didn't intentionally create a deck that she matched perfectly, but she does look right at home in the hammock that she loves so much!

Sugar & Gold | Year One in Vacasa | Tulum Inspired Rooftop Deck
Sugar & Gold | Year One in Vacasa | Tulum Inspired Rooftop Deck
Sugar & Gold | Year One in Vacasa | Tulum Inspired Rooftop Deck

We couldn't be happier and more at home here, and we've been slowly tackling projects around here to make it even more perfect! But it's slow going because we've both been so busy with work and travel the past few months, which is also the reason I haven't posted in so long! SO many exciting things have been happening over at Sugar & Gold over the past 6 months! I've been buuuuussssssyyy!! Busier than I can ever remember (even more so than the year planning my own wedding) with so many exciting collaborations, projects, and trips. I haven't even had a chance to look through all the photos yet, but later this week I'll be sharing some the biggest highlights from the past 6 months!

Sugar & Gold | Year One in Vacasa | Tulum Inspired Rooftop Deck

Some Bunny Loves Spring: DIY Brass & Clay Vase

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DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold

Hello Spring! This week is the official start of the season, and we couldn't be more ready for it. With Easter approaching this weekend, I wanted to create a fun DIY to celebrate all things bunny! So I created this brass and clay bunny vase to showcase the fresh flowers that Spring has finally brought us. 

To create the vase, I sprayed a glass cylinder vase white and molded bunny ears and a snout out of white clay. I then cut the metallic accents from thin brass sheets and adhered them to the clay. After attaching the clay pieces to the vase, I filled with fresh white peonies.... my absolute favorite. And to bring a little spring color in, I painted abstract backgrounds with poppy colors and metallic gold strokes.

DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold

I love how simple this project was but so perfect for the holiday weekend... and such a perfect centerpiece for Easter brunch! This little guy is too cute!

DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold
DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold

Time to Spring Forward!

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Spring Forward Floral Clock | Sugar & Gold

Daylight Saving Time is here... finally!! (Deep sigh of relief.) Springing forward may mean losing an hour of sleep, but I'll take that any day for an extra hour of daylight! Especially when it's a sign that Spring is truly just a few short weeks away.

Now that winter hibernation is almost officially over, Sugar & Gold has so many exciting plans ready to bloom over the next few months... and longer days means more time to accomplish them! So here's to an extra hour of daylight... hope you all make the best of it!

Gold Faceted Succulent Favors: Melissa & Steve's Wedding

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Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold

Today, I'm kicking off March with a little greenery in hopes that spring will soon arrive in Chicago! We woke up to a sheet of ice this morning, but these succulent wedding favors are definitely a reminder that winter is almost over! Fingers crossed... spring is near!

I created these gold faceted wedding favors for Melissa and Steve's summer wedding, and they are still one of my absolute favorite projects!! Previously, I posted a little sneak peak of spraying these plaster beauties gold... and here is the full reveal!

Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold

Melissa reached out to me to create 200+ planters to hold these mini succulents, which served as the favor for guests at their wedding.  I wanted to create something that tied into the look and feel that would be present throughout their celebration, which I was extremely excited to hear was going to be gold facets... and lots of them! Their centerpieces featured brass terrariums with white florals and lots of candles. So I created a few options for them to choose from that ranged from mini terrariums with gold trim to brass himmelis to these faceted plaster vases, which were easily sprayed gold to tied into the rest of the decor.

After exploring lots of different geometric shapes, I created ten pentagonal faceted molds from sheets of acrylic so I could pour several at a time. I was able to create over 200 of these plaster favors in just a few weeks! I then created watercolor name flags for each guest with colors that tied into their entree choice. I was so happy to hear that they tied perfectly into the rest of the decor and were a hit for guests at Melissa and Steve's wedding!

Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold