Style File: Jeff and Cheryl

Danada House was the perfect backdrop for Jeff and Cheryl’s wedding this weekend, luckily a slight overcast cooled the guests on a hot summer evening. The decor reflected both of their personalities including textural local elements and a sophisticated palette of monochromatic green. Beautiful combinations carried through the ceremony to the reception made this wedding unforgettable.Ceremony Set up Jeff and Cheryl_edited-3

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We are Excited to Announce our Participation in Magnificent Milestone’s Pinterest Contest

{Our Challenge} Our team consisting of a  Kelly Cavanaugh of Clementine Custom Events and Caroline Melia of Paramount Events will pin to paper perfection!
{The Deets} We are up against 3 other teams that will will also receive an inspiration invitation suite, and will pin design elements complementary to their suite for four weeks!
{The Prize} Mag Milestones will showcase a final invitation inspiration board from each team every Friday in June!

Click the image below to see our board!


Macy’s Flower Show Welcomes A Stem Above and Kara O’Connor Interiors

Macy's Flower Show

A Stem Above collaborated with Kara O’Connor Interiors to create a garden-scape for the annual Macy’s Flower Show. Located in the cosmetics department on the first floor, our piece brings a fresh breath of Spring into the store.

Trellis at Macys

ASA’s team custom designed a trellis structure filled with a plethora blooming plants and hanging terrariums in brightly colored hues. KOC Interiors put their personal touch on the display by creating a reading nook.

Erin and Kara Tutorial

This morning Kara and Erin gave a tutorial on creating a DIY inspired Easter holiday centerpiece. Below are some step by step photos for some of our fun and easy ideas.

Newspaper_Magazine Egg Tutorial

Modge Podge and Paper Eggs
Step 1: Cut strips of writing or small images from a magazine or newspaper.
Step 2: With a paintbrush, put a small amount of modge podge on an egg. (You can use plastic eggs or blow out real eggs)
Step 3: Place one of your pieces of paper over the modge podge and smooth it until it is securely in place on your egg.
Simply repeat until the whole egg is covered!

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Leaf Imprinted Eggs
For this design you will need nylons, egg dye (store bought PAAS works fine), pressed greenery, and string or ribbon
Step1: Get your egg dye ready and cut the foot off of the end of your nylon
Step 2: Place your greenery on your egg and put it in the foot of the nylon
Step 3: Make sure that the nylon is tight against the egg so that the dye won’t get under the greenery and tie it at the top with your string
Step 4: Place the egg in the dye. For brighter color leave in the dye for 15+ minutes.
After you take the egg out and remove from nylon you should have the imprint of your greenery left on the egg.

Style File: Styled Shoot at City Winery

City Winery Styled Shoot: Detail Table Photos Last month we paired up with Robyn Rachel Photography at City Winery to showcase a beautiful tablescape of vibrant color as well as bouquets and boutonnieres of fresh spring flowers.

City Winery Styled Shoot: Lovely CouplesThe poppy colored bridesmaids dresses from Bella Bridesmaid complimented the vintage inspired lace bridal gown from Belle Vie.

City Winery Styled Shoot: Personal Flower Photos Floral in hues of raspberry pinks, corals, and lemon yellows reminds us spring is around the corner.

Mixing metallic golds and color will add character to any table. The table features Classic Party Rentals’ new 2013 round farm tables, Magnificence dinnerware collection, and Parchment Linette Chairs. A flawless combination of vintage and rustic elements.

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As always, Robyn and her team capture the details to bring our work to life!

City Winery Styled Shoot: Hairpiece Photo

Check out Magnificent Brides’ video portrayal:

Players: Table/Chairs/Dinnerware:  Classic Party Rental/ Bridal Gown: Belle Vie/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid/ Print Materials: Pink Custom Design/ Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design/ Venue: City Winery/ Hair: Magnificent Brides/ Make Up: Makeup By Krystyn/Floral: A Stem Above 

Its Emerald in the City

Emerald Green 2013

Emerald Green, pantone 17-5641, to be exact its the new hot color of 2013. If the color itself is intimidating, considering we are not all 5’9″ and walking a red carpet every weekend, you can still incorporate it in subtle ways throughout your wedding. From a simple cage veil accent to bridesmaid’s dresses, we can appreciate the option to be on trend for your wedding day!

Wedding Profile: Alan and Lauren’s Vibrant Vibe

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Feature article in CS Brides Spring/Summer 2013

Not many bride and grooms are chosen to grace the pages of CS Brides publication, but we are always proud when they choose newlyweds ASA has had the pleasure to work with. Lauren and Alan’s sweet story is briefly touched upon in their feature article, but since we spent almost a year planning with them, we would like to expand on their story.

Their proposal story from the bride: “We met in 6th grade and quickly became close friends. By our sophomore year of high school, it became clear to both of us that we were more than just friends. We dated throughout high school and then maintained a long distance relationship throughout college. After college, we both moved back to Chicago and 3 years later we planned an early summer getaway to San Francisco. Little did I know, Alan had suggested this trip knowing that he wanted to propose some place special. On the second day of our trip, we took a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. When we stopped in the middle of the bridge to take some pictures, Alan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.” 

Melissa Samek from Clementine Events introduced us to Lauren and Alan and the connection was instant! Lauren described her dream of poppy yellow tones to dominate the reception and her classically styled bouquet to reflect her modesty. Quickly we learned that our “dream team” was to include the talented photographer Tammy Leathem. From the images you can see why we were excited about the wedding day!
City Scenes provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos

City scenes provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos

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The bouquets were filled with textural ranunculus, pin-cushions, roses, and orchids.

The day was simply magical with a photo tour starting around Chicago and on to an intimate ceremony at The Wit Hotel’s iconic ballroom. Lauren dressed in Vera Wang with asymmetrical layers and a unique horsehair trim. The bridesmaids were given the choice of styles from J Crew’s bridal line in hues of gray. The yellow floral simply “popped” off the dresses, while Lauren’s bouquet was a traditional mix of yellow and white open garden roses with accents of silver dusty miller.

Submerged Collection ASA transformed the tables into unique displays of vibrant lemon yellows contrasting clean, modern silver metal containers and glass. From the Head Tablesbride: “Our reception space was equally breathtaking, with a lemon-filled centerpiece on the place-card table, a variety of submerged floral collections on dining tables, and magnificent Onicidium orchid pieces on the feasting tables.” 

We weren’t surprised when the news came from CS that Lauren and Alan’s wedding story was apart of this issue. A beautiful storybook wedding featuring an amazing couple.

Wedding Consultant: Melissa at Clementine Custom Events/ Bridal Dress Designer: Vera Wang/ Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J Crew/ Jewelry: Royal Pearl Company and Kate Spade/ Photographer: Tammy Leathem/ Venue: The Wit Hotel/  Music: DJ Chicago and Quartet Parapluie/ Cake Shop: Cake Chicago/ Make Up and Hair: The Bridal Team/  Stationary: Kara at Magnificent Milestones

Style File: Holiday Homes for a Cause

Shelia Title 2ASA was invited again to pair up with the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s Junior Guild Unit to make the holidays a little brighter for children who are staying at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Participants in the 36th Annual Reindeer Route are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the hospital’s young patients in the emergency and pediatric units who are unable to go home for Christmas. Six Elmhurst homes were to be dressed to the nines with whimsical and elegant holiday decor, but we were lucky to be paired with Teri Ford and Quin Kevin on Maple Ave.

It’s hardly surprising that Teri and Quin, moving their family from Lincoln Square to Elmhurst, built a home full of space and light. They just completed their farm style house steps to downtown this past July. Personal touches in the home from the white oak flooring to breathtaking outdoor views would encourage anyone to suburbs. Teri explains, “I like to say that we fought a good fight to stay in the city, but eventually the lure of family, friends and big yard won us over. Elmhurst is a great compromise though as it has a fantastic downtown area with great restaurants and wonderful boutique shopping.”


Teri’s dream kitchen.

Quin was born and raised in the city and had an idyllic notion of living on a farm. So Tom Keane from Trinity Home Builders and architect  Patrick Fortelka of CVG Design stepped in to create just that.  Teri has her dream kitchen with Wolf and Thermador appliances and Cesar Stone countertops. Teri admits, “It’s a somewhat selfish design because I don’t like people to help me cook, but I love for people to hang out, drink a class of wine and watch me cook.  The space is flooded with light and has a great view of the outdoor space.”


Julia’s craft room encourages all things artistic.

More amazing than the home itself is the family that enjoys it. Teri shared, “Our children have unique personalities and I love that the house allows us to support both of their interests.  With Jack, we spent a lot of time in the back yard playing wiffle ball, basketball and soccer.  Julia is the creative type and she loves spending time in her craft room creating her next masterpiece.  While I am not very creative myself, I love that I can at least support what she is interested in by providing her a special space.”

ASA was honored to work side by side with Teri and Kerry Kinsloe of Kerry Kinsloe Interiors to decorate the home’s exterior and interior for the holiday. Teri commented, “I was nervous about being partnered with a florist for the house walk because I was afraid that no one would “get” my style.  When I met Erin, I knew instantly that she was the kind of forward-thinking person that could create floral creations that would match the personality of our home.”

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The burlap and birch poles reflect the overall “farm” style of the home.

Just as the home was decorated by KKI,  the holiday decor contrasts modern touches with definitive rustic style. Outdoors, you are greeted by potted scented cedar, juniper berry, and pine tip bouquets surrounding huge birch branches and winterberry as you come up the walk. A simple burlap bowed 50″ balsam wreath hangs over a custom wood bench accented with twinkle lights, oversized pinecones and burlap. A personal touch is Teri’s skates and sled propped up at the door. The entire exterior is framed by a lit balsam garland wrapped around the stoic pillars.

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The 1st floor family room, basement entertaining area, and dining room all have holiday touches that are cohesive with the existing decor of the home.

The indoor decor includes Teri’s collection of vintage and modern nutcrackers as well as screen prints of holiday cheer. The family’s tree is accented with a burlap wrap and craft paper presents are strewn underneath. Teri and Quin’s main dining room table includes fresh-cut birch, fresh greens, and candle work. The decor simply melds into each nook and corner of the home and exudes winter warmth.