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Alright ladies. Here is the run down. I am genuinely obsessed with all things Crate and Barrel. I registered there for my wedding, and what I love is that they offer such a range of gift options featuring a modern yet totally classic design aesthetic in a wide variety of price ranges. This makes it the perfect spot to register because your friends and family will have plenty to choose from, and you can outfit your home in a stylish way–that’s totally easy to do! (Oh–and did we mention that you get 10% off for six months so you can complete your registry–and perhaps pick up one or two of those big ticket items you’ve been spying? PLUS, Crate and Barrel offers free shipping on all registry gifts over $99. Need more convincing? Check out even more benefits.)

We “went shopping” today online, and picked out some of our fave items for your registry. We’ve gone room by room, with a few furniture picks, and shown you how to accent these pieces so you can get inspiration for creating your registry. Hoping you love our finds! To find and attend a Wedding Party near you, head here.

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Bedroom: Bed / Sheets / Table Lamp / Rug / Nightstand

Bathroom: Towels / Laundry Basket / Glass Canisters

Dining: Pendant / Dining Table / Side Chair

Bar: Bar Cabinet / Cocktail Shaker / Copper Mugs

*This post was sponsored by Crate and Barrel, but we love them, and seriously, all opinions are blogger’s own!

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Today, we are inviting MaeMae & Co. to start the week off for us with a tutorial that we are crazy excited about: “How to use a mood board.” MaeMae is the queen of genius inspiration boards, and she’s getting down and dirty with us on how to utilize that inspiration to help your design process–think wedding design or invitation design–these tips are crazy helpful! Take it away, MaeMae!

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Creating a mood or inspiration board (both digitally and physically) is an important part of our design process at MaeMae & Co. It sets the tone for the entire project, and acts as a guide as we move through designing each element of the project. However, if you’ve never worked with a mood board before, we realize that the concept can be a bit confusing. Next time you work with a creative who is using a mood board (or next time you make one for yourself!), keep these two tips in mind:

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1. It’s all about the feeling: The point of an inspiration board is to create a visual vibe for your project. It is not a place to nail down specifics like exact fonts or images, but rather think of it as creating a world that your brand, website or wedding stationery would live in.

When making a mood board, we focus on defining the color scheme, texture and graphics that best represents the project’s world. Rather than copying those inspirational images exactly, we use them to guide our design choices and find or create similar graphics for your unique project. For example, if we include an photograph of roses and an etched wreath in a mood board – we may combine those two visuals and create a vintage wreath made of roses for the project’s monogram.

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2. But, you won’t get what you don’t see: While an inspiration board is about the vibe of the project, we do follow the visuals closely when designing. For example, if there are blocky fonts paired with a vintage script in a mood board – don’t expect to see modern calligraphy in the first design proof. We always encourage our clients to point out anything in the mood board that they feel is missing. So if they have their heart set on modern calligraphy, we always edit the inspiration board to include an image that represents their request. Similarly, if there is something on the mood board that a client isn’t digging, we’ll remove the image and replace it with one that better reflects their idea.

Check out our mood + method blog series, and follow us on instagram for more inspiration!

If you haven’t already heard, we are so proud to have just launched our Spring Collection of The Mrs. Box–our little wedding heirloom ring boxes made from vintage French velvet. We received an early shipment of some of our favorite colors, which are now available for purchase, with the rest to follow in a few short weeks. We thought you’d love a little sneak peek of what we came up with this time, along with our stylist cohorts, Type A Society. Our dear friends, Jose Villa, along with Joel Serrato, were on hand to shoot these gorgeous images and they always make us look so good. And are you obsessed with those rings as much as we are? You can find them at Trumpet and Horn! And a very special thanks to artists Jenny Sanders of Graceline Art for her watercolor of our wreath and to Lisa Rae of The Dancing Pine for her water color of the lovely Pantone strips. We knew you’d love!

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You heard us right. Goddess. Today, we’re talking registries, and one thing we’ve learned is that the task of picking out goods for your new abode can be a tad overwhelming. But thanks to our friends over a Zola, we’re going to give you 4 tips for succeeding at this whole registry business. Are you ready? Get your notepad!

Step one: Make your registry personal.

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Not only does your registry reflect your personal sense of style, but it is also a reflection of the two of you! Love cooking? Can’t wait to host friends? Prefer to travel instead? Your registry is a great way to tell a part of your story, so be sure to add fun notes, unique collections, personal pictures and a custom URL. Is it no surprise to you that Zola makes all this easy? And cute?

Step two: Register for what you really want.

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Don’t feel forced into the standard mixer routine–although no judgement–that’s a killer gift and we are obsessing over this copper one:

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Feel the freedom to explore all the other fun options you can add in too. What about a mixology class or an outdoor hike? Do you have your eye on a super pricey couch or heirloom china? Consider group gifting to make those pricey options a possibility. Honeymoon and cash funds (for that down payment maybe?) are always super great additions that allow for plenty of freedom! PLUS, with Zola, those handmade unique one-of-a-kind items from local stores or niche sites can easily be added to your registry with the “Add to Zola” Button!

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Step three: Get inspiration and help when you need it.

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We know you love all the pretty things, but what do you actually NEED for your new married life? It’s easy to get distracted by All. The. Cocktail. Glassware. Do you really need a glass set just for serving mojitos? Okay, maybe, but the point is that you might be forgetting some of the essentials. So, enter the Zola Buying Guide, which breaks down what you need from each category. They’ll help you even further with their Starter Collections which are there to help kick start your inspiration. We love that you can browse curated collections based on the essentials, your style, or interests. Plus, Zola’s Registry Concierge is always there to help you + your guests, and will even import your other registries–because we know that for those of you that have already registered, you’re feeling a little registry envy.

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Step four: Make it easy on yourself and let technology do the hard work and heavy-lifting.

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For most of us busy gals, technology is a huge help in keeping us organized and sane. Where would life be without our smart phones? Seriously. So of course, Zola has an easy to use iPhone App, so you can register for anything using on-the-go with features like a barcode scanner, mobile alerts, and Registry Planner. With the Gift Tracker you’ll know who gave you what, which is a HUGE a lifesaver when it’s time for thank you’s. With their Virtual Exchange it is easy to swap your gifts for ones you want before they are sent! And while we’re on the subject of shipping, if your living room is piled high with DIY projects for the wedding, or if you’re planning on moving right after the big day, you can opt for the Send It Later feature, which allows YOU to decide exactly when you want your gifts shipped.

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Le sigh. All so easy, right? We heart Zola! And guess what? Grey Likes Weddings readers will receive $25 to spend on Zola when they set up their wedding registry on Zola. New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between 2/24/15 – 5/24/15. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.

*Zola is a sponsor of Grey Likes, but seriously, we love them! All opinions are bloggers’ own.

It may be pretty clear by now, but if you hadn’t already figured it out, we love mixing and matching bridesmaid styles. Not only does this add a sense of fashion, style, and dimension to your bridal party, but it makes it easier on everyone to find a dress they love and look great it. Absolute win! Today, we are pairing up with Nordstrom Weddings to “style” a bridesmaid look! So to start, here’s a gorgeous bridal party with a look that we are obsessed with.

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We love Nordstrom Weddings because their customer service is so incredibly on point and speedy, with in-store and online stylists to help you and your gals through the selection process. With so many complimentary styles, silhouettes and colors, it makes your planning that much easier.

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We decided to pick the ‘Annabelle’ nude organza gown by Jenny Yoo, and here’s how we’d style it up for the big day:

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Want to see more styling ideas? Head to Style Me Pretty for a fun round up!

1. Imperial Necklace 2. Imperial Earrings 3. Kurt Geiger London “Britton” Pump 4. Too Faced Le Creme Lipstick 5. Madison Beaded Clutch

Compensation for this post was provided by Nordstrom via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom or AOL.