DIY Wedding Trends on WGN Around Town, Wednesday 7:45-10am

Wake up with us this Wednesday on WGN’s Around Town, from 7:45 – 10am as we share 2014’s Cool Colors and Pretty Palettes for Weddings and Parties.
We’re styling up BBJLinen and Tablescapes Event Rentals Hot Trends
Plus peeks inside Pure Kitchen Catering’s Global Menus
City View Loft’s Meet the Experts Party Sneak Peek

Victoria Sdoukos Custom Couture gorgeous gowns and so much more!

Tune into WGN, Around Town, 7:45-10am this Wednesday!

photo: AveryHouse

Brides to be, join us for our Meet the Experts Party, this Wednesday


Please say I do…
Brides to be, join us for the Meet the Experts Wedding Trends Party this Wednesday, January 21st.
With our friends from CS Brides Magazine, Pure Kitchen Catering, BBJLinen, Tablescapes Party Rental, Victoria Sdoukos Custom Couture, Toni Patisserie, Black Dog Gelato, A Perfect Event and many others, we will answer all of your wedding planning and design questions, sharing the inside scoop on how to maximize your wedding design and budget.

And, no matter where you like, our live stream social media feeds allow our favorite brides all across the country to join right in on the fun – plan those questions now, please!
Wednesday, January 22nd
6:30 – 8:30 pm
City View Loft
324 N. Leavitt Street
Chicago, Illinois

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Can’t wait to see you this week – to celebrate and design the wedding of your dreams together.

photo: Carasco Photography




Tune in this Wednesday, Windy City Live, 11a ABC, for Engagement Party Trends

Tune into Windy City Live, Wednesday, January 15th on ABC for our favorite new Engagement Party Trends, florals, decor and more.
Did you know 1/3 of all engagements the entire year long happen over the holidays, between November and December?
This makes January…Engagement Party month!
Tune in and watch Debi share her favorite party trends fresh from the fashion runways.
Be sure to meet the Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid, and tips to bring your party to life using one bold color, across all of the pretty details, using every hue.
And then of course, we have the just announced official Color of Spring – Dazzling Blue.
Who knew?
Bring modern style alive at the party – from personalized DIY chair decor to photography fun set right on the table.
Last, be sure to tune into our second show, Wednesday night, Windy City Live After Dark, at 12 midnight – for our Fresh, Healthy Cocktail Trends featuring local Premiere Distillery, Koval Distillery and more!
Windy City Live, 11 am on ABC this Wednesday, and streaming live on

Sneak Peek – DIY Decadence

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Here’s a little teaser of my favorite table for tomorrow’s DIY Decadence Soiree…

A melange of delicious blush pink peony, parrot tulips, ranunculus, mini callas and more.

I could eat it up.

Gigi – do you see the beautiful, metallic flame stitch linen?  You KNOW how much I adore a good classic flame stitch, after shopping for your pair of wingback chairs together 30+ years ago…it always reminds me of you.

Now, just you WAIT til you see the rest.

No kidding – it’s been a very tricky week, to say the least.  First 6 flights cancelled home from east coast, then days spent cleaning and setting store for party, only for a pipe to burst in the polar vortex deep freeze, creating a total wet dirty disaster throughout the store.

So, we’re jumping for joy that we’ve recovered, reset, redone, designed, and are party ready.

Phewy – see you tomorrow for Sunday Brunch, diy style.

Think Spring!

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First week of January, and inside our studio at A Perfect Event, spring has sprung!
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We are knee deep in the prettiest citrus hued florals for our first wedding of the year.


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Lemon yellow roses, apricot roses, hypericum berry, green hydrangea…


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And one of my favorite instant chic DIY vase tricks – submerged ginger leaves.


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The kid’s table gets royal treatment tonight with custom designed Chicago coloring pages…


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And crayons get styled for their little fingers, inside my favorite kid’s juice glasses.


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We wrapped up painted monogrammed cookies from our dear Toni Patisserie inside glassine favor bags, ribboned and tagged.

The apple green ribbons were a perfect accent to our favorite BBJLinen apple green lamour linens, set on each dining table.
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I was SO HAPPY when our local floral source had scented geranium leaf – one of my all time favorite textures and bright happy green accents.


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Last, but never least, I can never, ever get enough of a delicate hint of yellow billy balls.

They add such a fun, playful pop of happy – non?

Happiest wedding day to you Nathalia and Jon – we’re so very honored to be a part of your family celebration.

Cheers to the weekend.

Frozen Fantasy

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Maybe it’s because I love lighthouses…

And the sea…

And they remind me of our far away Nantucket right here on the lake.

But I couldn’t resist sharing these stunning images today – just a wee bit more frozen fantasy for the week.

They are quite sinister, sea monster esque – non?

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images: Thomas Zakowski, HotSpotMedia

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