Category Archives: Event Decorating

SUPER BOWL SUPER BASEMENT

Necessity is the mother of invention.  What could be more necessary than having a super basement to host your buddies in for the Super Bowl?  With the boys coming home from school on the eve of one of the biggest tv watching days of the year, any good mother would want to make sure everything was perfect for the Big Game!

BEFORE

This particular good mom and I met about three weeks ago to figure out what could be done to spruce up the basement in time for the big game!  No matter how much we tried to repurpose and move things around, it just didn’t feel right.  It quickly became clear what we really needed was some new furniture to bring everything together.  But with only three weeks to pull it off, how were we going to get it done?  Pressed for time and with my full schedule, we decided for mom to do the shopping.  We weren’t sure we could get absolutely everything in time.  But, with a head full of ideas and a big shopping list, mom was off!

Friday before game day, it was time to put it all together.  Miraculously, she had been able to have a new sectional, sofa table and card table delivered.  On top of furniture, she had gone shopping for a new rug, artwork and all the accessories to fit our new “game cave” theme.

AFTER

CLOSE UP

After several hours placing furniture, hanging artwork and accessorizing, the space was game ready!

BEFORE

AFTER

We were even able to reuse the previous leather sofa and loveseat in another part of the basement creating a cozy gaming area for the guys.

GAMING AREA

Just in time to kick off the fun!

BABY SHOWER DECORATING FUN

Rock-aby baby… or something like that!  Had a lot of fun decorating for a baby shower this weekend. Simple, but elegant was the theme for this mother-to-be’s celebration.

20160716_123210

We began by crafting 4 large flower arrangements as centerpieces using a combination of cream mini roses, lime green carnations, white dendrobiums, standard and mini pink carnations and, of course, baby’s breath for a new baby girl.  To give the floral centerpieces even more punch, we set them on clear glass cylinders filled with rice lights.20160716_123223

We created a countertop tablescape using ordinary boxes of different sizes to raise the catered trays of food to different heights.  Pink and white receiving blankets on top of a freshly pressed white sheet was all we needed to cover the boxes.   Fresh flowers coupled with a stuffed animal, baby bottles filled with pink n white gum and baby booties were all we needed to complete the look.

Pearlized white and pink helium balloons tied with organza were placed in every room.  Cut out letters topped the outdoor patio table with an orchid spray.  White & pink chocolate pearls filled martini glasses were scattered around.20160716_122757

20160716_12254320160716_122513

WEDDING IN CRYSTAL LAKE

It's always ugly before it's pretty!

It’s always ugly before it’s pretty!

20150620_111250 Kitchen Counter Centerpiece Kitchen Table Centerpiece Living Room Centerpiece 20150620_141453 Dining Table Centerpiece Pedestal Arrangement

Almost Ready!

Almost Ready!

 

 

Another day with hit or miss weather… but nothing could dampen the spirit of a marriage celebration! Being chosen to craft florals and decorate for one of life’s most memorable events is a great honor! Best wishes for a happy and long union for this wonderful, young couple. Congratulations!!!

JOLLY DAY 5: FESTIVE SETTINGS

12 Days

Most holiday traditions, at some point, center around sharing food and drinks with family and friends. Don’t you think holiday meals tend to take on a life of their own? Everyones favorites are made and we eat ourselves sick in the process. None-the-less, memories are made at the dinner table and nothing sets the tone better for your holiday meals than a spectacular tablescape to welcome your guests.

Tablescape 1

Here are few things to keep in mind as your dress your tables this gastronomically rich time of year:

1- CONSIDER A THEME. And once you’ve picked one, stick with it. If Woodland Winter is your choice, for example, work with a natural color palette of whites, greens, and browns. A punch of red can make a great accent used sparingly. “Garnish” your table with items that bring in the great outdoors and mimic snowy fields, filled with plants, woodland animal figures, dried grasses, birch logs etc… If whimsical North Pole is more your look, incorporate more vibrant reds & greens, candy canes, gum drops, small wrapped packages, elves and such. If you want a more elegant table, stick with gold and silver, winter florals, fruits, nuts and berries that compliment your color palette. More than anything, don’t stray from your determined theme. Your look will become muddled and hodgepodge.

2- KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don’t get too complicated with your color. And follow the rule of thumb that less is truly best. After all, your tablescape should visually enhance the eating experience rather than become an obstacle for guests. That brings us to our third rule of thumb.

Centerpiece

3- KEEP DECORATIONS SMALL. Consider this size of your table and the number of guests you’ll be entertaining. While fewer, larger accessories can make a more dramatic statement, it is equally important to avoid large centerpieces that detract from your place settings. Smaller, scale-appropriate centerpieces allow for face-to face conversation and will help the table and meal flow better. Placing smaller items on mirrors will double their visual impact without overwhelming the table.

4- PRACTICE TABLE SETTING. As simple as it sounds, furnishing each place with the appropriate amount and correct arrangement of plates, glassware and silverware also helps your guests feel relaxed and prepared to enjoy the meal, uninterrupted. Let the following graphics guide you as you set your holiday tables based on the style and time of day. (Images courtesy of Replacements.com).

Buffet Style

Buffet Style

Luncheon

Luncheon

Formal Dinner

Formal Dinner

Family Dinner

Family Dinner

With a little advance preparation, you’ll have one less thing to stress about this holiday season. Your table will look thoughtful and planned and your guests will enjoy a meal that won’t soon be forgotten.

Happy Tablescaping and Bon Appetit from Decor Designs.

LOVE + FLOWERS = WEDDED BLISS

Floral columns
Decorating for a wedding is both exciting and nerve racking! It’s great to be able to help a couple bring the vision of their special day to life! You hope that the results will be even better than they imagined. The stress arrives when you realize you only have one chance to get it right! I recently had the opportunity to do just that for a wedding in Sugar Grove, IL.

The grooms gave me a great deal of latitude when it came to designing the “look” for their event. Favorite colors and flowers were tossed around. The number of boutonnieres, corsages and bouquets was determined. An overall theme of ‘casual but elegant’ seemed to fit the ceremony, location and couple.

I decided to ground the arrangements with “wedding” white by including white gerbera daisies, white dendrobium orchids and white roses. For the needed punch colors, I chose yellow roses, dark purple statice. For texture, I added purple limonium. The grooms chose pastels as an overall theme for the wedding party’s attire so I wanted to add a light teal element to compliment the purple and yellow. Try finding real flowers in light teal! But I found a solution!

Since it was an outdoor event, I was responsible for decorating the dance & bar tents, wedding gazebo, pub tables, fence gates and a few other accents. I was also in charge of the wedding party’s flowers.

Gazebo florals
To create a solemn space for the ceremony, I wove faux “real-touch” stems into grapevine balls that were zip-tied into place in the corners of the gazebo and dance tents. Dried grapevine garland was added as needed to anchor the floral clusters. The clusters contained white gerberas, yellow and white roses, white and teal sprays of orchids along with green willow branches. After installation, hand-tied burlap and purple ribbons finished the look.
tent corners

Creating a focal point for the ceremony was key. Columns were placed on either side of the space. On top, we crafted large, live arrangements of white gerberas, dendrobiums, purple statice, limonium with yellow and white roses. Each arrangement was perched on tall square vase containing clear and teal gems and a spiraled banana leaf.
top down view

Hand tied bouquets
The maids of honor carried hand tied bouquets of live white roses, gerbera daisies and dendrobiums accented with purple limonium. The mens’ boutonnieres featured live white roses with the grooms having an additional spray of dendrobium.
GroomBout

Tabletop “bud” arrangements were made for the pub tables using short square vases wrapped with banana leaf. Each contained a single white gerbera daisy, dendrobium orchid spray and a sprig of limonium.
Tabletop bud vases

The end result seemed to exceed everyone’s expectations and added to the joy and celebration of their special day. And while it rained cats and dogs during the ceremony, abundant love and beautiful flowers proved nothing could dampen their wedded bliss.