Hue Thrill Me | Radiant Orchid

When I think ‘orchid’, I think of Orchids Thai Restaurant back home and their coconut chicken curry. Shout out to my favorite Thai folk and their delicious kitchen magic!

You know what I don’t think of when I think ‘orchid’? I don’t think radiant. I’m just not really a purple kind of girl.

But hey, I ain’t Pantone.

Hue Thrill Me - Radiant Orchid 1 | EmilyAnnMoschner Design

*Images – Row 1 | Stay With Me At All Times by Michael Cina via Saatchi OnlineBun in the Oven (See Jane Bump) via See (Anna) Jane; 1960s Helmond Violet Dress via Adored Vintage; Row 2 | Annie McElwain photography

Luckily for them, it is a secretly beautiful color. I like to think of Radiant Orchid as Eggplant’s (not Pantone’s Egglant, by the way, which is murky and gray) quiet, freckly cousin who shows up at prom with her braided pigtails let down all the while turning the heads of the jerks who thought she was a loser. Oh yeah, and then she wins prom queen. Alas, Radiant Orchid – Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year.

Hue Thrill Me - Radiant Orchid 2 | EmilyAnnMoschner Design

Row 1 |  Violet Harlequin by Maryanne Moodie via InstagramAndrea Millar’s Sydney Home via The Design Files; Row 2 | Made A Mano Tiles; DIY Painted Mugs via West Elm’s Front & Main

Trust me, I’m not going painting my walls Radiant Orchid any time soon. But it is a refreshing hue if you want to bring life to something. It has a certain spunk that allows a little to go a long way.

Hue Thrill Me - Radiant Orchid 3 | EmilyAnnMoschner Design

Row 1 | Rainbow Checkered Tie (sold out) via J. Press York StreetUptown Girl via eat.sleep.wear.; Girl’s Puffin Classics Set via Amazon; prettystuff on Tumblr (Anyone know where this image actually originated?); Row 2 | Radiant Orchid via A Little Dash of Darling; Lavender Geode Agate Druzy Necklace 14K Gold (sold out) via friedasophie on Etsy

And so Pantone does it again. Effortlessly turning us into fans of a an age-old color featured on naturally occurring orchid flowers all over the world. Suddenly now it’s cool, and though it hurts my pink-loving 13-year-old heart, I have to agree.


Well hello, 2014.

It’s been a little bit, huh?

Em's Gem | Emily Ann Moschner Design

Oops. How did THAT get in there? #EmsGem

Sheesh. People and their gems be crazy.

But seriously, it’s been crazy the past month, or two, in all of the best possible ways. As in this dapper, handsome, moneybags of a man asked me (a few days before Thanksgiving) to make him my husband, and I felt bad for the poor guy with all of his charm. I worried he’d spend the rest of his days alone if I didn’t accept the offer.

So I said ‘yes.’

Em Loves Ben | Emily Ann Moschner Design

And now in 550-some odd days (but hopefully, maybe, less) we’ll be making it happen – Emily Ann Moschner Rupe.

In the meantime I vow to take you, yes, all three of you, to be my dearest blogging audience, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death does us part. So watch out, y’all. Lot’s of blogging magic coming your way!

To kick it off, please check out They have amazing planners and notebooks, and with all of the planning going on around here, I had to have one of them. Normally I settle for discount planners from Walgreens (except for last year when I stumbled across a miniature Moleskine calendar from the clearance rack at Books A Million). But this year I went all in and spent $20 on a beautiful green pocket-size planner: The Slim Diary Scheduler.

Slim Diary  Scheduler - MochiThings | Emily Ann Moschner Design

It has perfectly creamy, thick-thin pages and an elastic band to keep those perfectly creamy, thick-thin pages from bending. AND it’s well-organized and easy to follow, besides the few Asian symbols scattered throughout that I can’t exactly translate with my absolutely non-existent knowledge of Asian languages, although it does make me feel well-traveled and mysterious without being either of those things. Overall it’s wonderful and holding up well.

Design | Thanks To Him

Sometimes I get so caught up in what I’m thankful for that I forget about who I’m thankful to.

Thanks To Him | Emily Ann Moschner Design

IMAGE (by Diana Michaels) | DESIGN (by Emily Ann Moschner)

I’m thankful for family and grace and love and the list goes on and on. The pilgrims were thankful for a plentiful corn harvest after a long year of scurvy and sea-sickness.

But it’s really all about Him.

Set It Up | Thanksgiving

If I had a house right now (& a job) I would be decking it out for Thanksgiving.

I grew up with a mom who loves decorating for the holidays and setting a pretty spread for gatherings around our long, oak dining table. It rubbed off on me.

Set It Up - Thanksgiving | Emily Ann Moschner Design

As I’ve mentioned a lot lately, I’m just not into traditional holiday decor these days.

I’m also really over conventional flower arrangements. I just can’t see spending upwards of 50 bucks for some orange-dyed daisies stuffed in a whicker cornucopia. Don’t tell me you’ve never seen one of those bad boys, and please don’t tell me you liked them. If we’re honest, we’re just settling when we buy those things. I suppose it’s the thought that counts, so don’t go getting all down on yourself for falling for the pre-fab flowers at least once in your life and gifting it for your Thanksgiving hostess. Really, the sentiment is there.

But do you see that vase of big, dramatic greenery? That, my friends, is cabbage. Ornamental cabbage. And it’s 1,000 times more interesting and impactful than our tired boring-copia, as well as cheaper. I suppose you could even eat it. Take that, 1-800-Flowers.

As for the furniture, I’m always digging mid-century, and I like that these pieces are streamlined but not lacking in cozy with rich color and cushion.

Oh, and the gold details? They just really do it for me. I say if it ain’t gold, it ain’t pretty.