Since H+M began their home collection, they have been able to balance creating collections that are both stylish and affordable. Here are some of my favorites from their Fall line.
Planning a run-of-the-mill cheese and crackers party is one thing, but a tropical glam bridal shower or a Coney Island inspired backyard shindig is totally another thing. I love theme parties, because I can push the envelope with even the smallest details. For a tropical themed party, instead of placing floral arrangements in a typical glass vase for the guest tables, a vase made out of carved pineapples, is not only awesome, but it fits into a cohesive theme and it adds an element of texture. For a vintage candy themed party, instead of just blowing up a picture of the celebrant and placing it on an easel, create DIY candy art made out of gumballs on a large foam board. You can then prop it on an easel and let that be your showpiece to welcome guest. See? Having a theme allows you to get really creative and push the envelope. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Figure Out the Logistics
Determine the date, time and location of your event. The season of the year, location of the event, and time can all influence what type of theme you should have. If you’re using an ultra-modern space with a minimalist vibe, it may be a bit more challenging to pull off a Marie Antoinette themed bridal shower for your best friend. You would have to add more elements to make the space feel like another era. On the other hand, if you are thinking about planning a garden tea party in the middle of April, it may not be the best time because the weather is unpredictable and rain may disrupt your pinkies-up Earl Grey tea session. So, the logistics is very important.
2. Set a Budget
Now that you have handled logistics, it’s time to set a budget. Your budget is one of the most important factors for planning. It sets the perimeters for what you can and can not spend. Do you have enough money for the soda making machine for your signature drinks or do you need to take a trip to Costco? Do you have enough money for letterpress invitations or are you going to be a Canon printer master? Your budget sets the vision for your party. Without vision your party perishes.
3. Choose a Theme
Stalk Pinterest for a couple of hours to get inspiration (a regular occurrence for me so don’t feel ashamed to search every moment you get) and look up Youtube videos on how to DIY decor that relates to your theme. Consider design elements like shapes, concepts, moods, animals, sports, your favorite saying, anything can become inspiration for a theme. Don’t forget to choose a color palette, as well. You should have about three or four colors that you can use throughout the party, that would create a strong palette. For inspiration, search sites like Design Seeds. Along with your different textures (sequin, lace, burlap, gingham, etc. ) and other defining elements, the party will begin to create a cohesive theme.
4. Get Crazy with the Details
This is your time to shiiinnneee! Break out the glue gun and spray paint, it’s time to flex your creative muscles. Now that you have a sense of the theme and vision, it’s time to implement it by choosing linens that coordinate with the color palette, centerpieces that flow with your theme, decor that is unique to the space and vibe you want to establish, and so forth. Be creative and look for DIY inspiration at the thrift store, flea markets, etc. if you can’t afford to spend money on purchasing an element out right. The key is to be consistent with the design, color palettes, food selections, and any elements that will make your party…AWESOME!
What type of parties are you planning this Summer?
For the longest time, I wanted to get a Peacock chair for my apartment. Initially, I didn’t even know it was called a Peacock chair. I grew up seeing those chairs at Nigerian social gatherings…bridal showers, baby showers, etc. They became the quintessential celebrants chair until I started seeing them pop up as decor in design magazines. In my mind, Peacock chairs were only functional for parties, but transitioning them into home decor was downright genius. Especially, since I tend to lean towards a 70’s sensibility, at times. Flare jeans, jumpsuits and textured fros are just my thing.
So adding a boho-worldly item to my furniture selection was necessary. I searched Craigslists, local thrift stores, and home decor shops, to find one, but they were either too expensive or too far for me to justify driving many miles away for a listing. Until, one day, on my birthday to be exact, I was driving down the road about 15 minutes away from my place when I saw a community yard sale commencing. I decided to just browse for a few minutes, because I was on my way to visit my cousin, when I saw a Peacock chair in plain view. I beelined straight to the chair and asked the seller how much she wanted for it. When she said $2, I asked her to repeat it. What! $2! I scrapped up all the coins in my car (I didn’t have cash on me), paid and walked away with the beauty. What a birthday gift. Thanks God! Now that it sits in my living room, I want another to keep my current one company. Maybe I will gather a collection for various rooms.
Here’s a few I found to inspire your own collection.
What do you think about Peacock chairs as home decor?
Like most self-proclaimed girly girls, I’m giddy for pink. But not the Candyland hot pink, or the baby nursery kind of pink and certainly not the Pepto Bismal chalky pink! I love sophisticated pinks like blushy nudes and greyish pinks. The kind of pink that displays femininity with an ounce of character and class.
I recently moved into a new apartment and painting an accent wall pink is a must on my design to-do list. I have been scouring the web to find inspiration of the right shade of pink…the right shade of feminine sophistication that compliments my personality. The right shade that makes me feel like home. Here are some of my finds.