People always ask me about my design style and I always tell them that I don’t have a set style.
The truth is that I’m not just one thing and I don’t design just one way.
Some designers have a very clear-cut style and there isn’t anything wrong with that. I think you just have to be true to who you are.
And for me, design is about mixing things in new ways just depending on my muse.
I get inspiration from everywhere and most importantly from my couples. So, when I am asked to do a design that isn’t based on a couple, it’s always a little more challenging for me because I don’t have a person to draw from. So, what do I do?
In these instances what I do is I create one. I create fictional characters so that I have a basis to create a visual world for them to live in. It makes it realer for me and I can then visualize it.
So, today I’m going to share a little glimpse into my design process for a spring Easter table design I created for a wedding window display. I’ll take you into my world (and my head) and we’ll see what happens when you come out the other side.
Haha… No, I promise to be gentle. So, let’s get started!
The lovely folks at Blu Bungalow (a luxury event planning studio) asked me to revamp their window and do a new design.
I was really excited because I had always wanted to do a window display before. At one point I’d actually considered becoming a visual merchandiser back in the day when I worked at the Gap. But, I digress….
So, I had free creative license which is great because when the sky is the limit, you can do whatever comes to mind.
I decided that I wanted to keep the design relevant because the window isn’t just a design, it also serves to bring people into the studio. It’s pretty, but it also serves a business purpose, so I wanted to keep that in mind.
So, I decided to do a spring Easter table design. And given the design of the studio itself, I wanted to bring the outdoors inside (which would be something new for them) and really bring in the greenery and flowers and colors of the outdoors.
But, I didn’t want to do a straight up English garden type of look or a generic Easter pastel look either. So, this is where my fake couple came into play.
I dreamt up a couple who had a loft-like space in a major city like New York. They were urban and a bit more modern, but they were collectors. And they had an outdoor patio/terrace area that had these brick walls and hanging growing vines.
On this terrace area, they had a tall table with a small footprint to take advantage of the view. And at this table is where they’d do their alfresco meals or meals that were just a little more special.
This particular meal was an Easter brunch. Their furniture, linen, china, flatware, glassware, and decor were all a combination of their more modern CB2 style but also things they had collected from various stores or antique shopping.
It was a combo of geometric meets nature meets urban meets spring. Got a picture in your mind? This is what came out of my mind.
This is a view from the outside. Textures and colors were important to capture attention while also not going overboard.
This is the table in all it’s glory showcasing a combo of textures and colors evoking the natural aspects, but with modern sensibilities and all very spring like.
A basket weave charger, antique china, and gold rimmed salad plate made up the plate ware. Not your normal combo, but it worked together. And I topped it off with a layered green napkin and diamond faceted eggs.
This is the other side of the table with different colored eggs. Remember that not every place setting needs to be the same! Also, note that the rose gold geometric candles and dessert cups for single flowers are a combo of textures, but all working together.
Crawling green vines served as a backdrop. I purposely left it see through so that it didn’t feel heavy and functionally would allow for those in the studio to see out and those looking in the window to still see in.
These flowers needed to be fake in order to last, but don’t they look great?! The design of the florals was kept simple and slightly architectural.
This last shot is a look through the vines to the table. This is one of my favorite shots because it feels like you are peeking into a special world made just for this fictional couple.
This type of design can obviously also be used not only for an Easter spring table design but translated for a wedding table design as well.
All the tabletop, linen, and furniture comes from Classic Party Rentals, so super easy to duplicate (the decor pieces were all mine) for your wedding or event.
And that’s a little peek into my design and the thought process behind it. I hope you enjoyed the ride!