the summer boutique

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Last night we hosted the summer boutique.

It was SO MUCH FUN.

And utterly exhausting!

I have a ton of beautiful photos I can’t wait to share, but I’ll start today with the before & after of our amazing space. 

This was hosted at my sister’s brother & sister-in-law’s house which is so beautifully designed and decorated.  They have this ingenious ‘garage’ space that they use as a playroom for their kids and  an entertaining space for big parties. Needless to say, it is not your average garage. It has wood beams, chair rail, a buffet counter and the most darling ‘bungalow’ guest house above it. I want to live there.  It all opens to a great courtyard with outdoor fireplace, a trellis with roses and a little grassy area surrounded by boxwoods {my favorite}.  It was PERFECT for our event.

Here is the before:

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   And here is the after:

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Oh, it was such fun.  Thank you to all you sweet ladies {and five men} who made this party a smashing success.  It really was one of my best days. 

But now, I am going to take a nap.

Lots more photos to come :

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13 Responses to the summer boutique

  1. lucinda June 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Wow this looks amazing. Wish I lived closer.

  2. KC June 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    agreed. it was amazing. beautiful in every way…including you with your great red shoes!

  3. Lindsay Lee June 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Looks beautiful!

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  4. Julie Delamarter June 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    emily, what a great boutique…i saw the pictures on facebook! I want you to do the interiors of our next house someday. I know thats not technically what you ‘do’ but I’ll beg you when the time comes! :) Congrats on your show.
    Julie

    • Emily June 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

      thanks julie. I’ll do your house anytime! Maybe I can still come down and visit you in the current house first!

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  5. Angelique July 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Congrats on the boutique and so sorry I couldn’t make it! I hope it was so successful that you have another – I need pillows for my sadly under-decorated house! Your stuff is beautiful. Love the blog, too!

  6. Megandvd July 3, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    What a space!!!! I would love to have a space like your family’s. It is an entertaining dream come true. You better believe I am copying this idea for future notes in our next home.

    Now on to you…LOVE YOU. ENVY YOU. BLOWN AWAY BY YOU. Congrats on the boutique. :)

    Cheers~
    e

  7. Nancy July 3, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    I love this idea! I have been tinkering the same idea and maybe one day i’ll actually do it! you totally have re-inspried me! Good Luck on your endevour, I’m sure you will do great!
    xoxo’s Nancy

  8. Denise July 3, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    Just found your blog from Nester! Your boutique looks beautiful, wish I could have come by. I love all your cupcakes and champers in the new post too.

  9. Karen July 6, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    Wow! It looks fabulous!!! Wish I lived closer. :(

  10. MELANIE July 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Soooooo love this idea. Ive been wanting to open a shoppe with my sister for years. This is really a great way to showcase ones work and talents. She has an etsy shoppe and I recently opened one as well but love this idea. Your a very talented lady. Bravo! What part of the country do you live in…im in the Northeast (NJ to be exact).

  11. Heidi August 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    Emily, I am so intrigued and inspired by your summer boutique that I’m kicking around the idea of holding one of my own in the fall. I would love to hear more about the business aspect of your sale–did you only accept cash? checks? Credit cards or Paypal? Did you collect tax? How did you advertise? Is there anything you would have done differently? Do you plan to do it again? I don’t know if you want to share all of your secrets, but I’d love to hear from a voice of experience (and don’t worry, I’m in Denver so I’m not your competition. :)

    Thanks!

  12. Melissa August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    What an amazing idea! I am so impressed. The garage is genius and all your items look so gorgeous.

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