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Friday, August 20, 2010

Pink and Gray For a Special Day

Kawinkidink~ a phenomenon that occurs when your blogs 400th post falls on the day of your birth.

Yes, in a funny coincidence a Decor To Adore bloggy milestone has somehow landed on my birthday. I wasn’t even aware that this would occur until 2 days ago. Mad scramble! Regular readers know that I am currently in the midst of a travel series. But I somehow think that this event calls for a celebration. If I could have any cake in the world, this would be THE cake.

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Truly a Barbie cake for big girls, this magnificent creation is the work of artist Alexandria Pellegrino for Cake Opera Co. A visit to the site is a visual feast for the eyes. 

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It made me think “What type of setting should this cake be served in?”. Could a room be designed to compliment a cake? I think so. This room is pink and gray perfection by Suellen Gregory.

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But what about an unexpectedly modern take on a classic favorite?

pink livingroom

Even a moody charcoal and coral combo would be oh so cool.


Windsor Smith adds just a touch of gray to her cotton candy colored living room.

windsor smith living room

If we wanted to go out, we could try Modern Steak in Scottsdale.


Or XIX in Philadelphia.


But I do so adore a dinner at home.

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This dining area is a perfect mix of mod meets French.

mod meets french

I would set the table like this:


For the modernista’s, here’s a very happy tribute.


We could begin the cocktail hour with a cranberry martini.


Designer Betsey Johnson loves pink and gray. So much so that her former apartment was swathed in this candied palette.


I am sure she would be happy to dress all of us in a fabulous frock for the occasion.



Let’s get ready.


Sally Conran does a dressing room right.

sally conran

Don’t forget your shoes.


Now for the guest list. All of the bloggers for sure. Because they can be counted on to take some great pictures.


It’s ok to bring the kids. I’ve hired a nanny to hold court in the play room.


Too bad Marilyn can’t come. She would truly be the life of the party. 


Liz can help me blow out the numerous candles on this years cake.


Let’s not forget Samantha because she’ll bring Jake. Jake. Sigh. Who else loved Jake Ryan?


At the end of the night, please help yourself to a few party favors.


I hope you enjoyed the party. You are welcome to sleep in the the guest room. 

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I am off to bed for a slumber filled with sweet dreams.


May all of your champagne wishes and caviar dreams  come true.



cityfarmer said...

you are too much ... thanks for the history flashback!!!

Caroline said...

Great post....what eye candy! My favorite is the pic of the pink fridge...that's on my list of wants!

April said...

pink and gray is one of my absolute favorite combinations, but i have never been able to make it work in my HOME.
loved the pictures. Happy Birthday!

Debby said...

Very nice party. Thanks for sharing.

TRay said...

A beautiful post from a beautiful gal!! HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Love & hugs,

Tara & Co.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! What a cute post. I so hope your day is filled with too many Blessings to count. Hugs, Marty

Linda said...

Love it all though I must confess, I got stuck on those shoes - omg, they're to die for!!! :O

the cape on the corner said...

first, happy 400th and happy birthday. second, wowzers what a cake! and third, i love ALL of those images and how they relate to the cake...that was the best post ever!

The Boston Lady said...

I will take one Jake Ryan and two cranberry martinis please. Then Jake and I will raise our glasses and wish you a very Happy Birthday Laura!!

Connie said...

I adored all the pix, sweetpea! I just love pink rooms and some of these I've never seen before. Cute, chick!!!!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura,

Happy Birthday and congratulation on your 400th post. Wow, which is the bigger milestone. Move all the pink and grey, and yes I will take a piece of that cake! Enjoy your celebrations!
Bon weekend,

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a perfect day. What lovely pictures! That cake is amazing.

My mom is in Pensylvania right now, and she just sent me pictures of the liberty made me think of your post!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! What elegantly fun rooms you've shared here. I've been seeing gray paired with lots of colors lately, but if you think about it, gray and pink have been around as a pairing for some time. I even wear it together!

French Basketeer said...

I do believe it's going to be a party weekend for Laura's Birthday! Thanks for a truly lovely post, and wishing you a very happy birthday! said...

Happy Birthday Ms Laura!

Cherish God's love and celebrate His plan for you!

One question; do you wear a crown and get to announce "Off with head!" And...who gets the head?

Your Friend,

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday! I just read in my "Real Simple" magazine that 9% of birthdays are in August. It's the month with the most. My birthday was the 10th, my husband's is the 31st, so I started a list of August BDs. Now you're on it too! Enjoy your day...

Shelia said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, Pretty Laura and Happy Blogging post 400!! Indeed a time to celebrate! I'd love to come to your party and I'll definitely being staying over in that pinkalicious guest bedroom!
Have a wonderful day of celebration!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Birthday, Laura. Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned!! ;-D And a big congratulations on your 400th!!


Sandi said...

Happy Birthday. Happy 400th Blog day. So happy I was invited to your party. Love it all.

Wishing you many more of both.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Whew! What a party! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Happy Birthday Laura!


Charlotte said...

Congratulations! I love this post, Laura. Can't have enough pink - and gray - I always say. All the photos are gorgeous.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

One of my son's favorite words is "Kowinkidink"! I can't help but smile every time I hear it! Congrats on 400! And Happy Birthday!

P.S. Where can I get those shoes?????????

Loui♥ said...

oh Laura..
how I love the whimsy of this post!!
Altho I definitely am NOT a pink girly girl..
these pinks combined with the gray..
what a wonderful party we'll have..
celebrating your special day!!
warmest sandy hugs..
laughing smiles too..
Happiest off birthday dear Laura!!

Lorrie said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Laura! I loved your party, and for me, the ideal place to serve that magnificent "let them eat cake" would be the first room.

I hope your day is full of wonderful celebrations and love. You are a special person with a gift for friendship and beauty.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Such beautiful inspiration, Laura! I especially loved the pink wallpaper in the dining room shot. Would love to have that in my dining room.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! I had such a lovely time. Thank you for inviting me along!

Lady Dorothy said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Friend! May all of God's dreams for you come true!

Mom in High Heels said...

Well, what a wonderful party. I'll be sure to don my best frock. Happy birthday!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday, Laura...I hope it's your best ever!
Also, congratualtions on your 400th post...that's some bloggy milestone since your posts are so interesting, informative, inspiring and lovely!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Laura!!! Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this post!! So fun!! And thanks for the link you sent me yesterday....very inspiring! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

jake ryan is invited to all shindigs for life

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

also, that was me, your daughter on your account, that left that comment

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Laura! Oh, My! I LOVED this post! So much "eye candy"! Thanks ever so much for sharing!
Happy Kawinkidink Birthday and
400th post!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Laura! Been enjoying your travel posts!

Jeff, Amber, Emalyne, Jael and Jethro said...

this was great...happy birthday thanks for sharing I truly adore your blog....

Kit said...

Happy happy Birthday! Loved your post, so many great pictures! And I want those shoes for sure. :) Kit

Mildred said...

Happy Birthday Laura! Mine is coming up this week - two more years and I'll be a senior - ugh!

Hope you had a fabulous celebration.

shirley said...

Never gave pink and gray a thought. Pink and shades of green have been what I'm used to seeing. Thanks for a vision of something new/old..and Happy (belated) Birthday.
Guess we should celebrate the whole month and not just the day.

Whimsey Creations said...

That cake is amazing and I really enjoyed the house tour LOL

And to Mildred - I'm already a senior and don't be going UGH - consider the alternative! LOLOLOL

Miss Sandy said...

Yours too dear friend! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love the second photo and that adorable kitchen, delightful post.