Jes Gordon

Jes Gordon explains the challenges of trying to draw out her clients' visions.

on Jun 21, 2011

For the interactive game element, I provided mini chalkboards so his guests could write the answer to his question as they doubled as place cards for each guest. This is a great conversation starter, which acts as an important element to any successful dinner party. 

I decided to make Joel’s herbs and spices centerpiece a little more stylized by creating different heights on the table with organic tree stumps and by placing the herb and organic elements inside of beautiful glass domes or terraniums.

I wanted to create gorgeous lighting by bringing in a cool artisanal chandelier that would create a nice focal point in the room that consisted of real antique milk bottles lit with filament light bulbs with a wrought iron base. 

I thought the room needed another WOW factor so in celebrating Joel’s literal sense of design I created a “wall of spices” by using old wooden ladders, bolting them to the wall and them stacking them with masses of mason jars with different colored spices so the wall had texture and variety. 

All in the wall, I felt the room came out gorgeous and obviously Joel’s cooking matched the ambiance perfectly.


I was incredibly and pleasantly surprised by how much King led with his heart and his passion for ambiance concerning his concept for his dining room.

King had no problem expressing to me that he wanted Rocco and his guests to be “transported” into a beautiful and exotic place for his dinner party. 

If anything, King had too many ideas to fit into one environment, but honestly I had a lot to work with from King. Within moments I had a clear vision of what his room should look and feel like.  

King was so specific down to every detail: the tropical fruit, the cool blue tones in the room, the VESPA!!! And the wonderful entertaining aspect of allowing the guests to kick their shoes off literally and enjoy the evening in ultimate comfort.