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Monday, November 11, 2013

Jackson Hole Wyoming

We were asked to design a vignette, inspired by a region of the country, for The Bridal Show at Overture. We had just seen stylist Amber Whitehouse's sister's beautiful Wyoming wedding (http://elybrothers.com/kevin-faith/) and thought it was jaw-dropping! What if we did a Rocky Mountain themed display and incorporated our harvest tables, fireplace mantel and bought some cozy rugs, etc. to bring it to life?! We loved that idea and brought Amber on board to help us out. Just like our MadLove display (http://alacratevintage.com/blog/mad-love) from January 2012 where we used napkins for the inspiration…for this display we used this photo taken by Larry Johnson of Jackson Hole, Wyoming for inspiration. Every decision always came back to this one photo. Now, how do we bring this photo to life?

DIY: Sugar Mold Centerpiece

Monday, October 14, 2013

We have such a cool DIY to share with you today! Our historical sugar molds are the star of this really simple do-it-yourself centerpiece. Personally, I didn't know what a sugar mold was until I did a little research while prepping for this post.  We figured you might be interested, so let's start with a little history lesson! Sugar molds were used begnning in medieval times through the 19th century to form cones of sugar from raw sugar cane syrup. The syrup was poured into the depressions in the wood block and once dry, it formed raw brown sugar cones. Up until the 1820's the sugar was chipped off of the cone and then manually sifted to get the desired fineness. Of course, as time went on, more advanced sugar processing methods were developed and the term "granulated sugar" became the norm. Brown sugar molds are still used for the traditional tequila making process, but for the most part, sugar molds are making a comeback in interiors and decor. Which leads us to ALC owner Sarah's very cool idea to use succulents, moss, and candles to create an elegant, unique centerpiece. Intrigued? Me too.

Featured Item: Ladders

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

{photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty, by Britt Emma Photography}

Our featured item this week is also a new item in the ALC inventory. The two ladders that are now available to rent are an 8'H x 17"W Folding Ladder and 16'H x 17"W Scaffolding Ladder (yes, 16 FEET tall!). The ladders are a great way to create displays for photos, party favors, desserts, flowers, or you can also use them as a prop for a photo shoot!  

New Item: Coral Pieces

Monday, September 16, 2013

These unique coral pieces are one of the newest items in our inventory and we couldn't be more excited about sharing them with all of you! They all vary in shape, have subtle shifts in color and drastically different textures. We decided to feature them on the blog this week to provide a couple of creative ways to use them in your next centerpiece. To see how we could get creative with the coral, we took to the shop and pulled in some of our other favorite products to create some very original (if we do say so ourselves) centerpieces.

Sneak Peek: Classroom Chairs

Monday, September 9, 2013

All of you blog followers out there are getting a sneak peek today at ALC's newest (and coolest) seating option - pretty exciting, right?  Who else out there remembers these colorful elementary school chairs?  Well, they are now the perfect vintage addition to your child's next birthday party or your upcoming wedding as Mr/Mrs, Mr/Mr, Mrs/Mrs chairs (we even have adult size!).  For photographers out there, use these great chairs for all the children's portrait sessions you have scheduled this fall.  And for apparel stylists like me, these chairs would be a fantastic prop for a retro back-to-school photo shoot!  However you use them, my guess is that these chairs are going to be a popular item to rent.  So, keep your eyes peeled for their availability in the ALC inventory soon!  Stay tuned next week for another new item announcement and a "recipe" to go along with it!

Chloe

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