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Decking the Halls with Cloche Designs' Laura Nell Burton

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  For Laura Nell Burton, this means decking the halls of her lovely San Antonio home with elegant holiday flourishes inspired by its existing teal and yellow color palette. Laura Nell is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Cloche Designs which specializes in event and wedding design and planning. The Cloche team is well known for its dedication to creating lovely meaningful details for their clients.

As one of our 2018 Holiday Tastemakers, Laura Nell was able to collaborate with Dixie artist Gina Langford to create a customized holiday paper suite (shown above) that also mirrors the yellows and teal hues found throughout her home. 

Laura Nell's regal paper collection sets the tone as she prepares her home for her holiday entertaining. With her daughters' help, Laura Nell adorns her home's exteriors and living spaces with an abundance of fresh greenery and teal velvet ribbon. 

Laura Nell's beautiful table setting elements include Arte Italica Medici Wine Glasses; Herend Queen Victoria Dinner Plates; Anna Weatherley Harvest Gold Chargers; and Sasha Nicholas 24K Gold Salad Plate. The linen napkin is by SFERRA. The flatware is Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance and the stemware is William Yeoward Fern. Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon penned the gold calligraphy on each of the place cards.

This menu is also part of Laura Nell's tastemaker collection and can be shopped here.

Laura Nell carries the yellow and teal color scheme through into all of her wrapped presents each year. She will order one type of wrapping paper and then will buy her ribbon in a variety of widths, textures and shades.

We love how Laura Nell has incorporated her monogrammed crest gift tags not only on her wrapped presents, but also on her party guest favors shown above and below.

Known for never leaving a detail unturned, Laura Nell has even carefully color-coordinated her own as well as her girls' beautiful outfits to match her holiday color palette! 

Stay tuned for our Tastemaker Q&A with Laura Nell coming next on the blog! 

Reese, White and Blue, Y'all!

We were thrilled when Cloche Designs asked us to create the menu for their July 4th table, featuring their favorite Draper James x Crate and BarrelMagnolia” pieces!  We love a beautiful themed tablescape and the Cloche ladies did not disappoint!  Gina Langford’s Rosalie menu artwork (color adjusted to match the plates) pairs perfectly with the red, white and blue color scheme and all the other gorgeous details make this patriotic table a showstopper. Keep reading for all the pretty details!

Cloche Designs’ Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish and their sweet daughters are all wearing the new Draper James Mommy & Me Collection. Draper James (founded by Reese Witherspoon) teamed up with mompreneur Rachel Blumenthal, CEO and Founder of Rockets of Awesome, to produce this beautiful, practical and southern-inspired collection.

Plates and bowls:  Draper James x Crate & Barrel “Magnolia” collection (on sale now!)

Flatware:  Sterling pattern "Etruscan" by Gorham (discontinued). Use your own silver pattern (even mismatched patterns) for a curated look, as if the elements on the table have been collected with love over time.

Stemware:  Vintage wine glasses and William Yeoward Crystal “Fern” water goblets.  Again, use your own pretty stemware to accent your table!

NapkinsOver the Moon’s new Linen Dinner Napkins monogrammed in a blue “Love Birds” crest by Peep’s Paper Products.

Menu:  We love how Cloche named our menu “Reese, White & Blue, Y’all!” Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Reese uses “Y’all” on lots of products at Draper James. It’s the perfect personal touch!

Place cards:  Using cookies as place cards is such a fun idea!  The personalized flag heart cookies by Baked Goodness are functional and delicious!

Centerpieces:  Simple, understated tulips and white peonies in traditional blue and white Chinese import make lovely centerpieces.  A crisp white tablecloth allows the table elements to shine.

The Cloche daughters helping their moms set the table is the sweetest! Children love to help, so let them in on the fun!  Knowing they get to eat the yummy cookies will keep them excited as they "work!" 

Recipes: tomato piebarbecue deviled eggswatermelon caprese saladsweet-hot baby back ribssouthern friend okraroot beer baked beanscorn on the cob; & American flag pound cake.

We hope you each enjoy your holiday as we celebrate our country’s birthday! Happy Fourth of July!

Photos by Jenna-Beth Lyde, Parish Photography