Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hello Naomi's New Shop

I've been a long time admirer of baking extraordinary Hello Naomi!

Based in Newcastle, Naomi creates the cutest cakes, cupcakes and cookies for parties and events.

Last week she opened the  doors to her new store on King St, Newcastle serving cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, hot chocolates, coffee & tea! 

We were commissioned to create some hand painted signs for her store, including a sweet little hanging sign outside...


- Melissa 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sequin Tablecloth

So excited about a new styling item I have just added to our prop hire collection!

I have been lusting after sequin tablecloths for a while now, and so lucky to be able to offer one now to my clients for their events!

It is such a glamorous yet understated way to style your event, whether it be for a wedding, birthday, NYE party or a special dinner party.

Pair with some gold cutlery, gold-trimmed white dinnerware and some beautifully handwritten menu cards!

Here are some other styling ideas for using this amazing tablecloths for your own event.

Glam up your dessert table...

Or a stand alone cocktail table or cake table!

Perfect to make your wedding bridal table extra special…

How about layering with modern geometric dinnerware for your next dinner party...

Or soften a gold sequin cloth with pastel pink linen napkins and handwritten placecards...

Our blush champagne sequin tablecloths and table runners as well as our GOLD round tablecloth are available to hire along with many other beautiful event props on our website 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Supercool Towels!

I just discovered these supercool, colourful towels by Ziporah
(just in time for Summer!)

I love the colours and geometric shapes!  The perfect way to brighten up a neutral bathroom or to take to the beach.

What do you think? Which is your favourite?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

I am super excited to announce that I will be a guest panellist for Kara's Party Workshop in Sydney held in February 2014! Woo hoo!

This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in starting a career in party planning, or those who have a keen interested in throwing stylish soirees.

Topics include:
How to plan and style the perfect party
Discover hot new dessert styling ideas from around the world
Baking tips from famous Aussie bakers
DIY party ideas
Social media & blogging tips to grow your small business

Workshop tickets are $350 and can be purchased at www.sugarcoatedmama.com
(Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea is provided)

There are also some fun prizes to win if you book before 31 January 2014 with Booking code: KPI2014EXH & reference: Ashdown & Bee

Buy your ticket to Kara’s Party Ideas amazing workshop before January 31 and go into the draw to win prizes worth $650 including the awesome Silhouette Cameo craft cutting machine! 

Booking code: KPI2014EXH
Reference: Ashdown & Bee

Silhouette Machine worth $360
The Silhouette is a personal electronic cutting tool. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing, it uses a small blade to cut paper, card stock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long! The possibilities are endless!

Kara’s Party Ideas Shop Voucher  worth $200

2 x tickets to Confetti Fair worth $30

Kara’s Party Ideas Book worth $29.95

Celebrate Book worth $29.95

Leave a comment if you have booked are going to book, or have questions!!  If you're coming to the Sydney Workshop,come say hi!

- Melissa

Monday, December 9, 2013

Florence Broadhurst Home

Shot I styled for Florence Broadhurst Home (by Rapee) of their amazing range of indoor & outdoor cushions!

More shots on their website

Styling Melissa Simonetta

Chalkboard Giveaway!

We're running a little giveaway on our Facebook page!! 

You could win one of these countdown chalkboard signs!  

You have a choice of 
…weeks until my birthday, 
…weeks until our wedding, 
…days until christmas or
…weeks until baby

Hop on over and "like" and leave a comment…  Link here
Will draw tomorrow!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

White Magazine Styling Feature

Our latest styling work has been featured in White Magazine which came out on Monday!

I created this styled theme gallery based on the styling trend "ruffles & ripples".  With the combination of some amazingly talented local wedding vendors, we put together this shoot as inspiration for those who are planning their wedding and are after a whimsey, sophisticated yet playful look.

"Scalloped edges on a dinner plate or soft intricate fondant folds on a wedding cake can take simple design to heights of resplendence.  

Ripples, ruffles and delicate fronds make charming trims that introduce elements of grace & grandeur.  Moderation is crucial; the effectiveness is based on minimal representations in both decor and apparel.

An unpretentious palette complements ruffles as do plain lines and clean design.  Think white or pastels for florals, fabrics and place settings.  Let divine undulations take the lead and incite splendour."  

See the published work in Issue 22 of White Magazine, out November 2013

The amazing team that helped to achieve this look...

Styling/Concept Ashdown & Bee
Photography Hannah Blackmore
Stationery The Distillery
Handwritten placecards Ashdown & Bee
Furniture & Props Ashdown & Bee

....& my beautiful cousin Mattiamarie modelling.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Interior Design Finds!

Today I finished up sourcing furniture & homewares for a home I am designing the interior for, and I came across this super cool ginger jar chair...

Just love this fabric!!

Find it here 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Modern Wedding Magazine Feature

Placecards, chalkboard signs & handwritten menu by Ashdown & Bee
Styling by Lauren Becker/Sophie Hart Styling

Featured in Modern Wedding Magazine, 60th Diamond Anniversary Edition

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Real Living at Target

Loving the Real Living quilt covers now available at Target. 
You can even buy these online! (Score...!)

Some of my faves...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pop Up Parties for Hitched Magazine

Issue 3 of Hitched magazine launched today, and what an amazing piece of work it is!  

For this issue we came up with some concepts for a Pop Up Party (which you can create in under an hour!).  

Styling by Ashdown & Bee
Photography by Willow & Co.
Chalk Art Signwriting by Ashdown & Bee
Props by Ashdown & Bee
Flameless Candles by Love & Protect
Flowers by Boo Shi
Giant Confetti Balloon by Born to Party
Handdrawn gold typography (on balloon) by Ashdown & Bee
Pinatas by Party Pony
Glitter Bunting by Penny Lane Studio
Styling Tips by Ashdown & Bee

Shot for Hitched Magazine
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