A great lighting tip is: use Flame (amber, orange, pink, red tones rather than Cold (blues, green tones) when entertaining. Flame tones resemble “soap opera” lighting and give a soft hue to people rather than concentrating on the harder lines of their faces. Using lavender for Geoff’s room was a nice compromise…
We also used copper accents in the pendant lighting and the votives on Geoff’s table which added a nice BLING element to a very masculine room. Every event needs a little bling.
Meanwhile in Chef JJ’s room, we were working hard to get the jazz feel; that hopping celebratory ambiance that people are just trying to get into!. Lots of rich colors, fire place, the old piano and of course that VIP satellite bar that only serves the finest of the fine. We wanted it to feel like the police would break up this party at any minute!
I liked that JJ focused upon flowers.. a lot of dudes don't.. I am not a huge fan of mixing Red and White as he requested so, I just rocked out elegant low arrangements consisting of mini White Calla Lilies in Square Black Vases which mixed in a nice masculine element. I got away with this, he really liked it in the end.
I loved that JJ spoke constantly of how he wanted the room to “feel” rather than only on how it looked; to me this is what makes an ultimate dinner party. Lets face it, if people are going to be seated for a long while the room not only needs to look great it needs to feel great!!
JJ kept mentioning that underground feel so I thought it would be a fun element to add the rope and stancion at the entrance where Rocco could check his guests into a night full of intrigue and elegance.
Congrats Chef JOE!!
I wanted to keep both parties intimate and create an experience where the guests could see each other, and interact with the decor. The harmonicas or small 20's cars were a huge hit and added that clever, whimsical element, and something to talk about. After all, it is a party!
The real challenges faced on this episode were getting it all done in time!
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I thought the rooms looked awesome. I wish I saw more of it, I was really hoping to see it happening, the inside track on what you did! I dug the looks though, it seemed to change a lot, though can't remember what the room looked like before. This Jes Gordon rocks!
You rock! Hope you get more air time or perhaps your own show. Your ideas really take everything to the next level. You got skills girl...lol
I really liked the speakeasy rooms. I loved the look of JJ's the most, thought Jes Gordon did a great job! I can't believe those Chef's question her! She rocked them both. They could do a show on how the heck they got those rooms done! Now that is something I would watch!
Okay, I officially love Jes Gordon. She's so down to earth and cool. You rarely see people on competition shows that are so positive and encouraging! Can Jes get her own show Bravo? That woman is a superstar!
JUST started watching and I love the idea of this not JUST being another cooking competition show...adding the whole room design/ambience aspect is a great idea! I'm looking forward to picking up design tips and tricks - I just hope I get to see some. I know it's only the first episode, but didn't see a lot of Jes or the design process - hope to see more in future episodes...