Home for The Holidays

One thing I love most about my home is that I designed it to have plenty of room for overnight guests! I recently redecorated one of our spare bedrooms and I chose a neutral palette to sooth the guests. It turned out so well…I want to stay in it! If you are a newlywed or a long time host to family, inspiration lies just at your fingertips! We have selected things we think make a guest fell welcomed. Get ready to make your new home together feel like it’s welcomed guests for years!

First start with a bed that beckons the guest to crawl in. Pillows that are plush, luxury linens, memory foam mattress topper. I loved this bed by Brian Patrick and the menswear pillows are perfect! It’s what you want on a great bed. A mixture of texture and pattern….

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Is your room small? Extend it with a floor mirror as seen below, or reflective properties like the photo above. Also thoughtfully leave fresh guest towels folded with bath accessories they might have forgotten.

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Keep the essentials on hand. What a treat to have your bag perfectly perched on a rack instead of digging from the floor! Offer down alternative in addition to down for those with allergies, and have a lovely carafe for the guests to sip from at their bedside table.

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Speaking of bedside table….clear out any items in the top drawers of the night stands or dressers in the room. Make a guest feel like they can make themselves at home. Clean off the top of the night stands from dust and debris. They need a place for charging their phone, that lovely carafe you filled for them and the magazine you bought them to read in bed! Don’t forget the flowers! (Make sure your guests aren’t allergic)

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I love a neutral color for a bedroom. Use textures, patterns and finishes to bring variety with out chaos. You want the guest to experience comfort and peace, not your personal storage room.  4

Last…it’s nice to have a comfortable place to sit besides the bed. A bench, a small reading chair, or even these fur covered cubes at the foot of the bed! Throw a blanket over that chair and they are ready to curl up for a nap!

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No matter the budget, you can create a Home for your guests during the holidays that will keep them coming back months to come.

 

Pantone 2016

he Christmas Season has just begun and we are laying out the red carpet for 2016. As the new year approaches we already know what the experts are predicting for the year to come. According to the Pantone Color Institute, the spring color palette includes rose quartz and serenity. Planning a spring wedding or event? Consider using this year’s soothing pastel colors to bring together the perfect event that gives everything a young yet cool balance. 08OTR1SUB_COMBO-master675

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Corporate Coffee Shop: Trending Tuesday

 

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Décor is always needed to brand your event—whether it’s a unique and memorable location or a hotel conference. You want your guests to be able to tell they’ve arrived at the right spot!

Today’s big companies are setting themselves apart with unique touches in their events. They’re making the events interactive. You want to transform the event space into a company experience.

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Conferences and meetings are huge marketing opportunities for companies, and we as planners can help transform the space into something memorable that engages the employees and boosts employee morale.

A trending idea right now that we love for the corporate world is transforming the event space into a coffee shop. It’s cozy, comfortable, and an easy way to get ideas flowing and conversations happening.

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Special draping and lighting can make any large conference space feel cozy. Browns, exposed wood details, and metal accents bring the warmth of a true coffee bar. Renting chairs and small round tables to facilitate conversation around the room helps finish off a space. Baristas featuring their amazing talents and training will entertain your attendees. Who doesn’t need a caffeine pick me up after a day of break out sessions?

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

You are engaged! Now how do you ask your girls to partake in your magical day with you? We want to give you 5 creative ways to “pop the question”! First you must ask yourself about how much you want to spend on this endeavor, each of our ideas will be marked with dollar signs indicating how much you have to spend.

1. Quiet Little Horses

$$- Type out strips of paper that ask your friends individually if they would want to be your bridesmaid. Then roll the paper up and place it into a balloon with glitter. Place the balloon in a box and attach instructions to pop the balloon.

2. When life gives you sprinkles

$$$- If you want to give your friends a gift this next one may be fun! You can write a sweet note and within that note give away a ring with a bow symbolizing “tying the knot”. Depending on how you want the ring to look will determine your costs.

3. Swooned

$$$- This is for our wine lovers. Personalize a wine label asking your friends to be your bridesmaids. Again, this cost of this idea will depend on the kind of wine you choose to use

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$- There is absolutely nothing wrong with creating a beautiful card to give to your friends. Simply ask the question on some beautiful stationary. Add a little personalized note inside and you are all set.

5. Rinse Repeat

$$$$- This one is a little pricier because you can add as much as you would like. We are seeing these become rather popular because they are really tailored to each bride. Basically, pick a box in which you would like to present to each friend. Inside put different gifts that either describe you or your friend. And then have a noticeable piece of paper that ask the important question!