The Only Prettier Design Team

The Only Prettier Design Team

Moving into our new, larger space two years ago was transformative—we had worked tirelessly for weeks demoing, hammering, schlepping materials all around, painting, designing, and staging. We finally had the space we had been dreaming about! It seriously made our hearts skip a beat and take a pause.

But, we knew we couldn’t keep building on our own. We needed an exceptional and fearless team to take OPD to the next level. Fast forward two years and we are so proud of this outstanding crew. This team is not accidental. We had a vision in mind when we met with every one of them. We knew they possessed key qualities that made them just the right fit:

Passion & Dedication: Spring 2022 was epic. Seven major weddings over the course of just two weekends, plus prom, Mother’s Day, and graduations. This team never faltered. There were many nights our floral team was making centerpieces and installation pieces well past midnight. We had crews driving hours in opposite directions for event set-ups, and a boutique crew racing to fulfill orders.

Trust: And, then there was our back of house crew quietly keeping things moving along – managing the boutique, tracking inventory, packing weddings, coordinating transportation, photographing, and sharing our journey with you on social. There are a lot of moving parts here, but we trust and rely on this group to get it done!

Calm Under Pressure: We would love to tell you that all our events are executed seamlessly without any hiccups or stress. But stuff happens! It’s not always easy! Glass breaks, stems snap, technology fails, and Cape traffic on a Friday is real! We turn to calm and steady leadership and trust in our team. We get it done through all the sweat and mishaps because we know every member of OPD shows up with a “can do” attitude. This team will not stop until every wedding, every event, every boutique floor set is executed perfectly.

Resilience : We like to think we offer our team a good time! We travel to spectacular venues and love to celebrate. We really do try to have fun through it all. But this work is often HARD and unexpected! We are regularly climbing ladders, lifting heavy buckets, painting, cleaning, cutting wire…there are bumps and bruises and many, many late nights.

Joy: The best part of working with this team—we genuinely love and support them. Our spring event season culminated with the personal, real-life triumphs of these individuals. We had moms celebrating their children’s major milestones–high school graduations, preschool end-of-year celebrations, and moving up ceremonies. We had college students completing exams, teachers concluding another year, and college graduates just beginning their career. Our inbox was full of shared family photos and proud moments we are so honored to be a part of!

Our OPD journey continues! You may have heard we are opening a second location for florals and plants in the coming months. Stay tuned! It all just keeps getting better!

Mother’s Day Gift Guides

Mother’s Day Gift Guides

It’s time to celebrate M O M!  We are so excited to launch our 2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guides!
 
While you are enjoying these sunny days, get a jump start on selecting something she will truly love. We have thoughtfully styled these unique guides for all those amazing mamas out there–moms of littles, moms of grown-ups, stepmoms, grandmas, and even plant and dog mamas. Settle in and enjoy!
 
You can shop online and pick up in store, ship to your home, OR ship directly to HER! Of course, we will gift wrap it for you too! Or maybe you want to call us with your wish list, and then give your husband a hint to shop at OPD!

Mother's Day Gift Guides - On the Go Mom

Straw hat* / Denim Jacket / Terracotta Earrings / LUXE Body Cream / Luxe Bath Soak* / Luxe Shower Steamer / Mama Candle / Set of 3 Notebooks* / Mom Floral Sticker / Hobo Crossbody* / Best Mom Ever Jewelry Dish / Best Mom Every Mug / Tags Socks

*Available In-Store Only


Mother's Day Gift Guides - Laid Back Mom

Textured Planter / Swedish Dish Cloth / Striped Frame / Cocktail Infusion Kit / Tea Set / Joggers* / Lemon Lavender Tea* / Mama Candle / Hourglass Candle* / Super Mom Mug / Avocado Flower Honey*

*Available In-Store only


Mother's Day Gift Guides - Hosting Mom

Wine Tumbler* / Range Leather Key Chain* / Range Leather Earrings* / Tea Towel / SPANX Stretch Twill Joggers* / Dani Crossbody / Wine Carafe / Wine Set / Matte Gold Cheese Set / Carved Round Board*

*Available In-Store Only


We hope you found these gift guides helpful! We also want to let you know about our absolutely stunning Mother’s Day floral arrangement, aptly named, THE ROCKSTAR! Pre-order yours today!

Mother's Day Flower Arrangement
Wedding and Event Design

Wedding and Event Design

It makes us so happy to see all the design elements of your wedding come together seamlessly. We want your vibe to transcend every moment!

What happens when you work with us? Many brides are surprised to learn that the first thing we do is set up a consultation. We can’t possibly begin to bring your wedding vision to life until we have made that personal connection. We want to hear everything! Send us a Pinterest board, bring your photos, and all the ideas…dream big and then let us handle the details.

This process should be fun and exciting! Let’s talk about your wedding hopes and inspiration. Are you coastal? Boho? Elegant? We will help direct you on theming and weave in gorgeous, statement features to make your wedding truly unique and personal. Struggling with color palette? Few things bring us more joy than selecting just the right hues for your season, venue, and style!

Bridal florals and bouquets

Lindsay Hackney Photography

We’ve got you covered on all the moving pieces too. Our event designers know exactly where your signage needs to be placed, how many centerpieces you really need, and what can be repurposed after the ceremony. When you leave, we want you to feel completely psyched and confident that every detail is taken care of.

We always meet a few weeks before your big day to confirm all the details—date, venue, headcount—and make any necessary adjustments.  Our team also works directly with your venue to ensure everything is set to perfection—every last detail. You won’t have to do a thing!

Wedding Event Design

Lindsay Hackney Photography

Are you ready to hear more? How can we help? We only have a few dates left for 2022 and we are already booking 2023!

Contact us soon to schedule your consultation!

Valentine’s Date Night

Valentine’s Date Night

Valentine’s Day date night is back! What special plans are you making for the occasion? Wherever the day or evening may take you, we’ve got the look to elevate the mood.

Casual movie night or burgers and beers? It might be laid back, but you’ll be making heads turn in these SPANX faux suede leggings! Here we paired the dark terracotta leggings with our blush corduroy shacket. Our ivory sherpa puffer jacket is the perfect outer layer to snuggle up in. And, don’t miss our layered tee with the message, “Breath in Joy + Out Peace” placed gently at the neckline.

We’re in love with all the feminine details of this floral top. With it’s bell sleeves, delicately tied neckline and ruched waist, it dresses up any piece in your wardrobe. Here we show it with our SPANX skinny jean in light vintage wash and layered under our taupe button front jacket. Brass fringe earrings handmade by Nest Pretty Things add a romantic touch. 

We are so excited the flare leg pant is back in style!! These SPANX flare jeans in midnight shade are everything!! Don’t they look great with our chevron chenille puffer jacket? We show it here layered over our seek joy tee, which makes a great gift for all your Galentines.

We accessorized with our macrame hoop earrings by Twenty Two West in camel. Also available in dune, ink, and evergreen. This beautiful line of jewelry is handmade in Charlotte, NC.

This perfectly distressed denim top will quickly become the most versatile item in your closet! We have the light wash option (we have dark too!) layered over our “LOVE is a Verb” tee. And, once again, the faux leather SPANX leggings are red hot. If you don’t own them yet, run, don’t walk! These won’t stay in stock for long. This look is perfectly complemented by our iris stud earring in black from Like Wildflower jewelry.


This crochet maxi dress in soft blush makes the perfect backdrop for your valentine glass of bubbly. The details in the bodice of this dress just define pretty. Although the dress can stand well on it’s own, we think our Venice wide brim hat in olive takes it to the next level.

We’ve accessorized with a stack of our beaded diffuser bracelets, just add a few drops of your favorite essential oils!

We have so many more options in our boutique — you will have to come find your perfect date night look!. If you aren’t local, that’s ok — find these bestsellers online too! And, of course, don’t forget Valentine’s gifting. We will be taking orders for floral arrangements (pick up or local delivery) and have so many gorgeous pieces of jewelry and hand lettered cards to choose from!

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

With closed doors, our team has stepped out of the spot light, but not off the gas.  We’re busier than ever getting our new store ready to launch and we couldn’t do it all without our amazing team. 

They’ve been behind the scenes since quarantine, but valued nonetheless, so we thought it was high time to give a proper introduction to all the lovely ladies who power the Only Prettier Design Team. 

Give a warm welcome to Kelly Wallace, Interior Decorator and E-Designer for Only Prettier.

Kelly lives and breathes interiors and can transform any space into one that’s beautiful, functional, warm and inviting. 

She has a 1 year old son, loves to travel, be outdoors, and of course page through design magazines. 

Her favorite dessert is sea salt dark chocolate – hint, hint 🙂

In her free time…. Wait, she’s got a 1 year old – just kidding.

Say a big HELLO to one of our amazing team members, Michelle Parlon. You’ll see Michelle’s smiling face once we reopen the doors of our little boutique shop in Norfolk. She’s the most welcoming and joyful person you’ll ever meet and we can’t wait to introduce her to you in person!  

In her free time, you can catch Michelle doing yoga,  having her morning coffee on the patio, reading, gardening and spending time with her 3 kiddos. 

She loves chocolate, pizza, and homemade cookies … must be its the yoga and her 3 active children keeping her so fit. 

Say Hello to Natalie, Creative Director at Only Prettier Design. She is such an inspiration and creative force at Only Prettier. 

She loves all things Christmas, a good junk sale, wine on the deck,  dinners out, peanut butter on a spoon, a new pair of shoes, and squishy babies (she was an infant teacher for 20 years!). 

She has three kids- one adult and two teenagers, who are witty and sassy just like their momma. 

In her free time you’ll find Natalie drinking her iced coffee out of a blue mason jar, engrossed in a building project with her husband, or enjoying a weekend at the beach.  

Other things that you may not know about Natalie is that she authored and illustrated the published children’s book, Last Night I Left Earth for Awhile, a sweet bedtime story for littles… Stop by our shop (reopening soon!) to get your copy.

We love these gals and the individuals strengths and gifts that they bring to the OPD team!

Follow our IG stories for more fun facts about the OPD gals.

Until next time,