Although I think we can all agree that the key ingredients to any successful party include fun friends, yummy food, tasty drinks, great music, and a neat location, this may not necessarily occur to the interior designer doubling as a party planner.
While many party planners double as interior designers for a night or weekend extravaganza, few interior designers are invited to venture into party planning. While this week's challenge of designing a crisp party had to be more enjoyable than redesigning last week's filthy garage -- it was important in that it forced many of the contestants to stretch their creative ingenuity in an altogether new direction.
Think of building a wall around your field of knowledge. When you are learning to think in new ways it adds confidence and expands your horizons. Thus, the wall you build extends far and wide. When you are holding fast to a tried and true pattern, your field of knowledge is not increasing.
Thus, the wall you build has nowhere to go but around and around the same familiar field, ultimately isolating you from the sun, the fun, an entire world of ideas out there awaiting your discovery. Since Goil did not know what a cabana is, I was pleased when he mentioned Dorothy Draper as an inspiration. (I have always adored her.)