People tend to think that the only way to look chic and trendy is to do everything in white. This is not true… in fact, the use of accent colors are the ultimate way to make a statement in any room. I wanted to give Jen that clean white effect, but I also wanted her guests to have a feeling of celebration and summer in the room as well.
I created the white base of the room by draping most of the terrace with white scrim fabric. Scrim fabric is literally hospital gauze and it's really cost-effective. I then brought in an uber-chic square dining table that was lit from within with clear LED light technology. This light makes people feel really sexy and modern. I love the fact that Jen wanted some fire elements (thank God she let the tiki torch idea go!)
I rented two white self-standing fireplaces which created the ethereal ambiance the room really needed. If you go too white and too chic, the room gets intimidating and your guests may want to leave before having the chance to ease into the ambiance.
Then I was thirsting for color so BAM!! I added some lovely aqua blue elements to the lounge seating pillows, and to the silk runner on the table. I brought in a few summer tones of orange and yellow into the room on the lounge seating as well. The real stunner of the night was the deep violet-colored Phalaenopsis orchid sprigs that floated in water on the table and draped across the corners of the fabric treatment. A little secret here is that Rocco was obsessed with these flowers!! He couldn’t take his eyes off of them and he actually pronounced Phalaenopsis perfectly the first time LOL! I surrounded the floating orchids with real blue rice paper and capiz shell votives.
I loved both of these rooms. Honestly Jen’s room is something I have seen and done a lot before, but that is OK. If something works design-wise you should repeat it. Why not? Ryan’s room was a little more original to me, just because you don’t see it every day. Some folks like things they haven’t seen before and others are not comfortable in those environments. What type of person are you?
Very interesting. As an event planner myself, I was really intrigued by how or if you would respond to Jung Lee's comment about the first room. I also find it interesting that in Rocco's description of his guests in his blog, her description is very perfunctory. I was wondering if some toes were bruised in this episode, although you address the matter very professionally.