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I mentioned a few posts back that I get a lot of my design inspiration from home design. I watch HGTV nearly every day, but I’ve never done much on their website. I randomly went there today just to see what they had. I found this “Style Finder” quiz and I thought it would be fun. I wanted to see if my home style matched my event style. It’s a few multiple choice questions where you pick the photo that you like most and the quiz determines your style based on your choices. It only takes about 5 minutes. My choices indicate that I’m “Transitional.”

Truthfully, I didn’t know what that was, but HGTV describes transitional style as a mix of traditional and modern. Updated. Graceful. Enduring. That actually sounds accurate. Then it goes on to emphasizes lack of color and then I get iffy. I like color! Just maybe in POPS! not all over.

Then I spent…a few hours looking at rooms. Fun stuff!


Desperately Seeking Suite

This may come as a shocker to a lot of people, planners in particular, but I don’t aim for perfect. I aim for perfect enough. I know people have been selling you a perfect event, and quite honestly it sounds nice, but who can guarantee that. Who’s to say your uncle won’t get drunk and cusp your mother-in-laws behind?

Now, choosing forego perfection doesn’t mean leaving stuff undone or haphazardly putting things together. It doesn’t mean you won’t have a wonderful event. What it means is that maybe instead of having a budget-busting 6 tiered cake with rhinestones all around, you could have a 6 tiered cupcake tower with a fabulous rhinestone topper. It means knowing that despite you wanting to seat the families closer together, maybe your uncle with the wandering hands should be seated on the other side of the room…away from your curvaceous MIL. It means giving yourself permission to be flexible in your choices so you can get stuff done. Trust me, the less stuff on your plate, the more fun you’re going to have. Plus without such rigorous requirements, you’re giving yourself more room to be wowed and more options to be pleased with the overall outcome of your event. Don’t you deserve to be wowed? Don’t you deserve to be pleased?

Of course you do. That’s why you’re here. Let’s make it happen.

Design Trends: Quotes

I get a lot of my design inspiration from home goods. Maybe because I believe the majority of entertaining occurs in the home. Or maybe it’s because home is comfortable and it’s where we feel loved and safety. Who wouldn’t want to take that with them when they go out? Whatever the case may be, this picture came across my Pinterest feed a few days ago and I thought it was cute. I’ve always wanted a vanity, but that’s not what this post is about. The stand out piece in this image is the artwork.

Click the photo to see the rest of the room.
by Kristin Peake Interiors

The design is simple and would be an easy DIY. But it simply says, “I love you” repeatedly in a script just above a vanity. How beautiful is that? To remind yourself as you cover up with make up and style your hair that you love yourself before, during, and even after the process is done. I’m not sure if that was the intent when choosing what to add in this particular case, but that’s what it meant to me.

If we surrounded ourselves with positive words (and beautiful things), wouldn’t we feel encouraged, empowered, and loved? Well, incorporating words and quotes into your event is a big design trend right now, so someone must have agreed with me. You can find thoughtful, motivating, or humorous sayings on everything from dinnerware to lampshades and even aisle runners!

Who doesn’t know that they word CHEERS means there’s a celebration going on?

Cheers Champagne Glasses

via Doodling Doxie on Etsy


What bride wouldn’t want to walk down the aisle to a love letter?

Custom Aisle Runner

Done by yours truly. 🙂


Yay! cupcake toppers? Yes, please.

Yay Cupcakes

Via All That Glitters on Etsy.

There’s something like being surrounded by the words, that helps move the spirit of the event. The great thing about it is, you can always pick the words and phrases that are important to you and it’s really easy to add this kind of personalized touch to a lot of items you feature at your event.

So what do you say? Would you do it?

Getting Started

-Arthur Ashe


I found this on Pinterest. There’s a wealth of information there. Except the name of the original artist. I thought I saw it mentioned somewhere, but not on the one I pinned. I did a quick search on etsy and there are few versions available for purchase. Either way, I find this to be a very inspirational message. And with that, I’m off to organize my sample linens and crafting supplies. A clean office makes for an inspiring place to work.