Acacia Mansion – Not just for Hallow’s Eve

“Fun and formal” is the motto of the owner, Kristina Knapic who bought and refurbished the sprawling Acacia Mansion in 2004. Nestled in the center of the Ojai Valley on what used to be hundreds of acres of orange groves is now a walled Estate close to Downtown Ojai.


Enjoy this photo shoot showcasing Acacia Mansion put together by a team of Modele vendors:

Amber Hiatt – Model

Attasalina Photography – Photographer

Felici Events – Visionary; Producer

La Tavola Linen – Linen

Sarah Jackson – Hair and Make up

Shell’s Petals – Floral Designer

Sugarcube Press – Invitation / Paper Design

goth photo shoot

During the town’s earliest days, many came to learn the teachings of Krishnamurti of the Krotona Institute and one wealthy follower, a widow named Madeleine Baird, built her dream home.  Madeleine brought many artisans from Europe to create a jaw dropping two-story entryway with alabaster floors and stained glass windows. Many of the ceilings are hand painted and the sweeping iron staircase is a beautiful backdrop for photos.  Here is a taste of the mansion with images featured in our first issue.


Copper Willow Paper Studio for your Paper Dreams!

Copper Willow’s Washington Boulevard Studio is the stuff of paper dreams!


Their designers strive to make paper designs a personalized experience, offering servieces in graphic design, hand illustration, and calligraphy.

From luxurious papers to unique recycled ribbons, each detail is specifically selected to create a finished piece that is one-of-a-kind.

As a green company, they are proud to work with environmentally friendly products and use sustainable practices throughout their production process.



(photo credit: Kara Frans Photography)

Hail to the Cherry Blossoms in D.C.

Decor Ideas: Cherry Blossoms

One of our Twitter Followers posted about the amazing Cherry Blossom Trees coming to life in Washington D.C.  Inspired by this Spring-time phenomenon and gorgeous image by, we have a cherry blossom inspiration board to get your Spring Time kick started!

Every Spring, D.C. celebrates Spring’s the National Cherry Blossom Festival, commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees hoping to enhance a friendship between the United States and Japan and to celebrate a continued  partnership between the two countries.

Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place for two-weeks at the start of Spring.  This year, 2012 commemorates 100 years since this Japanese gesture.


Inspiration – Light Blue Vision Board

A- fun light blue vases

B- a vintage blue Portugese Chandelier

C- blue escort cards from

D- a flirty light blue bridesmaid dress

E- a must have – Christian Louboutin peeptoe shoes



Invitations for ‘Ale’ ments

Oftentimes couples struggle to think of original ideas for weddings, as most concepts have a “been there, done that” feel. One aspect of wedding planning which one can find hard to be unique is in the all-important wedding invitation. Twisted Limb Paperworks is an eco-friendly paper company specializing in distinct paper products of all kinds, has a solution: beer paper cards and envelopes.

That’s right, beer paper. Twisted Limb has always been known for its quirky paper products, but this new concept has really taken the cake. They are the first paper company to produce beer paper, making this idea a completely unique one for your wedding invitations that will have your guests raising their glasses in appreciation.

How do they do it? Twisted Limb makes these wedding invites by hand using recycled paper and spent barley from brewing Upland Beer in Bloomington, Indiana. The back of each card tells guests the specific ingredient and the name of the beer used to create their specialized invite. The colors of the cards match your favorite beers: wheat, pilsner, amber, and porter; and you can customize them to fit any of your invitation needs, meaning your wedding invites will be the tastiest brew on tap!

For those of you with a love for beer and the environment, head over to Twisted Limb Paperworks to snatch up the wedding invitations that will make you and your guests drunk… with excitement!