Thursday, October 30, 2008

dexter for decor?!

In a desparate attempt to find a last minute Halloween costume, I stumbled across this blog that had a clever idea to host your own Dexter halloween dinner party! The inspiration for the party decor was inspired by the 'Dexter Dining Room' Amy Lau created for the Metropolitain Home's Showtime House. Apparently Showtime Networks and Metropolitan Home spent $20 million renovating a 19th century Gramercy Park townhouse by using six Showtime original series as inspiration for the decor. They enlisted top designers to transform each room into a modernist masterpiece. Such a crazy but cool concept!! Being a HUGE Dexter fan (and having a not-so-secret crush on the sexy serial killer!) I so wish I could have been involved in that design project!

Check out these pics of Amy Lau's 'Dexter Dining Room'. Its so absolutely, fabulously done I kinda want one of my own! Just not sure how I would explain it to the guests....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

who would have thought...

Martha Stewart is famous for her innovative wedding colour combinations - like marigold and pewter {one of our brides chose this stunning combination this year}, fushia and taupe, emerald and aqua. But I was surprised to see this combination - lavendar and red! In addition to being a paper nerd, I am also a bit of a colour nerd, and could stare at colour swatches all day long. But I would never in a million years have paired lavendar and red ...yet they really do look so lovely together. Check out these beautiful photos from Martha's website!

Monday, October 27, 2008

part time cat - part 2!

Thanks to my new email buddy Dustin Rabin of Dustin Rabin Photography I've got these sweet shots to add to my treasure chest of prize possessions! He was the event photographer at Virgin Unite Canada's Mad Hatter's Ball and most generously emailed me some of my cheshire cat moments. He caught the crawling in action and somehow made me look like a rock star! Thanks Dustin...I feel special!

Take a moment and check out his website to see more of his awesome work!

Me and Sir Richard Branson (okay they are his feet!)

Thanks again to Segal Communications for letting me be a rock star cat!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

sweet inspiration

A good friend of mine bought me a subscription to Real Simple magazine for my birthday (thank you Rebecca!), and this month's issue has been sitting pretty on my coffee table, staring at me, every hour of every day, with the prettiest picture on the front. I can't stop looking at it. I love the mixture of the colours - soft green, bright yellow, white, and an accent of blue and red. So fresh and new! Just think of all the pretty things you could do with these colours at a wedding. In fact, I am trying to convince Shayna (fellow Bloomer) to use these colours for her "practice wedding" next July. And because it's a rainy day in the city, I thought I'd go buy some flowers at Ave & Dav, and see if I could play around with a centerpiece that mimics the freshness of the pic above. What do you think? If only I had a blue pot!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

part time cat

So I had an odd job on Tuesday night. Thanks to a friend of mine working at Segal Communications (funny coincidence on the same last name!!!) I was asked to perform at a charity event they produced for Virgin Unite Canada called The Mad Hatter's Ball. One of the halls in The Metro Toronto Convention Centre was transformed into a fantasy world that took guests through a rabbit's hole tunnel into an affair fit for the Mad Hatter himself. With tables boasting a $15,000 price tag and performances including Natalie Imbruglia, Feist and Cathy Griffin, as well as an appearance by Sir Richard Branson himself, I found myself "rubbing legs" with the best of them! What was my role exactly you ask? Why I was the Cheshire Cat, roaming through the crowd, weaving between people's legs while crawling under and over tables. I've had many a strange job in my odd little life but I have to say this was strange even for me. Do you know that people actually pet me?!

So for those of you who weren't fortunate enough to crawl through this major event, here is a sneak peek of what I saw that night. Actually...if we are being honest...I only really saw legs and table skirts. But I managed to capture these shots of the decor in between crawls. I am after all an event designer at heart....doubling for cats is just a side occupation!

Going through the rabbit hole to get into the Mad Hatter's ballroom. Event planners, Eden Planning, made great use of huge wall projections of whimsical, fantasy forest scapes to create a feeling that you were in a magical world away from reality. The columns were covered in burlap to represent an enormous tree trunk making you feel like you were in a dream where space and size were out of sorts!

The tables were a mixture of bright fabrics and mis-matched chiavari chairs in gold, silver and brown. The centre pieces were a whimsical collaboration of tea cups, tea pots, plates and gerbera daisies in various bright colours.

Sneaky Juicy Tidbit: The production crew wore these rabbit costumes so they could go about their business while keeping the theme consistent throughout. It was brought to my attention as I hob-nobbed with the cool backstage people that one of Feist's sound guys "borrowed" one of these outfits and spent the evening roaming around the event. No one knew who he was and he would just skip through the crowd and show up in the oddest of places. He said he loved the total anonymity. What a funny, wonderful bunch of people Feist had on her crew. They seemed to just be having the best of time together. And they let me stand up on the side stage with them while she performed. I felt like such a was wonderful! And finally....a self portrait of the cheshire cat herself! I'm waiting for pics of me in action. I'll post those as soon as I get my hands on them!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

it's easy being green

I recently came across these pretty eco-friendly wedding dresses created by Canadian designer Margaret MacLeod. These little numbers are made from organic, sustainable and recycled fabrics like hemp and silk. And just as importantly, they don't scrimp on style - the gowns are both feminine and flowy and lovely.

Sorry Kermie...but with these lovely gown options, it's easy being green!

Friday, October 17, 2008

living artfully & artful events

So, remember just this past summer when all of The Bay's commericals would come on the telly, with their new main slogan "Live Artfully"? This certainly caught my attention, all those glorious drips of paint, and I've been thinking about it ever since. First of all, I think this is a darn good slogan, if you ask me, and I sure do wish I had thought of it first! In particular, one quote on their site struck my fancy: "To live artfully is to recognize that art doesn't have to be found in galleries and museums." I wondered to myself, as you are probably wondering, what does "artful" really mean? It seems rather vague, no? The dictionary says that artful means something that is "done with or characterized by art or skill." And I realize, this is exactly what inBloom does. We fill our events with as much art and detail as possible. In every corner, on every table. Your weddings, bat mitzvahs and other events - they will all be part of your own personal art galleries, and for this reason, the utmost attention should be paid to making it full, plentiful, detailed, and beautiful. No so-so jobs! It is always going to stay in your memories or documented in photos for your children, their children, and their children's children. And so now it makes complete sense! This is exactly why you should hire the professionals like inBloom - to help make your wedding and events "artful." Live artfully & have artful events - executed with skill and style, to forever be documented in your own personal galleries. Thanks to The Bay for pointing out how important it is!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

marigold + pewter: an autumn wedding

As Melanie mentioned last week, on Saturday inBloom Events + Design, planned, designed, coordinated, and set up a wedding at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg. The colours for the wedding were 'marigold and pewter' {courtesy of Martha Stewart} and after months of planning, choosing a venue, printing invitations, menus, signs, tags, seating cards, wine labels, choosing florals and linens, and populating the candy bar, pie station, and pop shop, it was amazing to see all of the colours come alive together. Not to toot our own horn or anything, but the wedding was truly spectacular!

The weather was phenomenal too, and it was sunny and uncharacteristically warm for October. The equally gorgeous bride {Julia} and groom {Iain, in his kilt} got married atop
'Wedding Hill' overlooking a forest of colourful autumn leaves. The venue, which is both rustic and elegant, was decorated with marigolds and oranges and pewter grays - everywhere was a little personal detail, and everything was perfect. Here are some photos taken as we were setting up...we will have some professional photos of the entire affair to share very soon, but in the meantime you can salivate over these!

Friday, October 10, 2008

remembering dody

I want to take a moment and share with you the woman who taught us to appreciate all things lovely, to stop and smell the flowers, to notice the funny little details that are always lurking around the corner, to love the intricacy of nature, to put the nice napkins out for yourself and your family, that every surface is a blank canvas for a whimsical design, that a beautiful smile goes a long way, that there is not one right way to do something in this world, that you don't have to drink milk to be healthy, that there are alternative forms of healing out there, that your gut will tell you a lot if you listen to it, that we never really die and we will always be there in some way for the people we love - in a dream, in the flicker of a light, in a smell and in a tiny touch we can just almost feel.

Everyday I think of you sweet mommy and I will be remembering all the beautiful gifts you have given us and all the breathtaking surprises still to come. I forgot to light a candle for you yesterday but please know that you are never more than a second from my thoughts and heart.

Four years ago on Monday you became our angel. Looking at pictures of you today made me realize that you truly were an earth angel. I am grateful for the short time we had together that has provided me a lifetime of love and teaching. I Love You.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

personal touches

So this weekend, inBloom Events + Design is designing a wedding in Kleinburg. The wedding is going to be an awesome pairing of the colours marigold and pewter (more pewter, less marigold), with orange mokara orchids, mixed with silver table runners, river stones and mini tin pails. Not to mention, inBloom is going to have the gorgeous stone columns in the venue uplit in soft yellow for ambience. The groom hand-painted a portrait of himself and his lovely bride-to-be, which inBloom Studio had custom-made into their invitation. What a great way to put a personal touch into the wedding design, and also a great way introduce to all their guests just what type of elaborate affair they can expect to attend! Us 'bloomers are pretty darn excited...we'll show you all the glorius details after the weekend!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

now this is eye candy

As I was browsing in blogland the other day, I was blown away by these extraordinary dessert tables by Amy Atlas {via Oh Joy}. I can't even imagine being the first one to dig into these tables of would feel like I was destroying art!Funny enough, I received my issue of Style at Home in the mail on the same day I drooled over Amy's site...check it out! Could this bumblebee palette be the new colour trend, replacing 2008's yellow and gray?

Friday, October 3, 2008

kate hudson's wedding dress in you, me and dupree

I love love love the wedding dress that Kate Hudson wears for 10 seconds in the movie You, Me and Dupree. I spent many a night (and a few work days) searching long and hard for it on the internet. Shamefully I was only able to come up with this picture of the top half of her dress. Can you believe that with all the hideous things posted out there, there was only this one measly pic of the most fab dress ever?! For a moment it kind of made me feel like I was special and had some really snazzy eye for spotting unique finds. But then my short-lived bubble was popped as I noticed there were hundreds of people talking on chat rooms about this dress because they too had equally astute snazzy eyes that also noticed the 10 second wedding dress. Alas...what it comes down to is that they might have equally snazzy eyes but they do not have an equally tech saavy sister who just happened to be able to download the movie and capture some stills of the dress of my dreams so I was able to have a seamstress replicate it for me! {UPDATE! See new pics of my replicated dress here, here, here and the making of it here!}

So for all those out there who have a snazzy eye but not a tech saavy sister....these are for you!