smart style by shannon paul


welcome to Coven

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There are some projects that you get to be a part of that will always have a special place in your heart. For me styling and designing Coven salon will forever be one of them!  

Lizzi, the owner and operator of Coven salon is not only a super talented hair and makeup artist but one of the coolest chicks I have ever met.  A lot of blood (if you only knew), sweat and tears were shed in the creation of this salon.  The work ethic, determination and diy skills of this woman are beyond inspiring.

Creating this space was so fun for me because it is so different from any other space I have done.  Vintage, woodsy, dark, moody, chic and sexy are the words that come to mind when I look at this salon.  Many cans of paint and vintage shops later Coven was born.  Each and every piece in this salon has a story.  Take a seat in Lizzi's chair and she can fill you in.



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berries & bubbles

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Picture Perfect New Years’ Cocktail

I love, love, love bubbles!  Anything with champagne in it is always a win in my book.  berries & bubbles is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.  Even better; right?!

Start 2018 off the right way and cheers with this delish drink.  Bonus: you can completely customize this drink by swapping out the fruit and sorbet flavors.

Shopping list 

  • sparkling rose
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen raspberries
  • blackberry sorbet

How too 

using an eight ounce champagne flute add:

  • 1 whole frozen strawberry
  • 3 frozen raspberries
  • 5 ounces of sparkling rose
  • a heaping tablespoon of blackberry sorbet
  • garnish with a metallic straw

So easy and so good.  CHEERS too 2018!!!!!!!!!!


recipe & styling by smart style by shannon paul

photos by stephanie of philterphotography





vanilla bean espresso martini 

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 vanilla bean espresso martini The grown up version of coffee and doughnuts!!!  This classic combo is party ready.  For your next gathering make your guests this fun and yummy cocktail; I promise they will love every sip.  Enjoy!

Shopping list

  • Vodka ( kettle one is my preference )
  • Starbucks vanilla espresso
  • Vanilla extract
  • Frangelico
  • Creme de cacao 
  • Doughnut holes

How to

  • 2oz of vodka 
  • 2oz of espresso 
  • 1oz of creme de cacao
  • 1oz of frangelico
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract 
  • Add this to a shaker full of ice
  • Shake until the drink becomes frothy and pour 
  • Garnish with two doughnut holes 

sip responsibly!!

urban.rustic.chic dining room 

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I had so much fun designing this urban.rustic.chic dining space at value city furniture!  They started a made to mix campaign earlier this year.  Everything used for this look; except the florals of course I found at vcf.  I know right?!  The dining room is my absolute favorite room in the house.  Some of the best moments happen here.  How can it not?  Friends, family, great food and drinks; yes please!!

The first thing that caught my eye was that amazing airplane photo.  Choosing a black and white focal point for the space allowed for so many design options.  Next came the rug that had hints of gold, black, grey and white.  Color palette created.  I always find it helpful to start with one or two must have items and build my look from there.  

Obsessed with the idea of a sofa in the dining room.  This classic cream color sofa was a perfect fit with the modern grey table.  Found so many fun pillows in different textures, sizes and styles.  Pillows are one of the easiest ways to change and customize the look of your furniture.  So if you are anything like me you get bored looking at the same space.  Needless to say I have somewhat of a pillow addiction.

Finding accessories for the space was no problem at all. So many options you guys!  No matter what your style is you won't have trouble finding great things here.  Next time you go furniture shopping be sure to check out your local vcf store.  So many pretty things and super affordable!!!

Thanks so much to the staff at vcf located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Debra and Tonya were so helpful and knowledgeable about their products.