Whether it’s a dinner party, summer brunch, or fill-in-the-blank solstice, setting the tone for your event is nearly as crucial as the guestlist and the menu. Bri Emery, art director and editor of lifestyle blog Designlovefest, has successfully mastered the art of atmosphere, and nowhere is this more evident than in her Blogshop workshops, where she teaches aspiring bloggers the the ins and outs of photoshop, and by example, the dos and dos of event decor. We asked Emery to talk us through her top-five tips for decorating a space.
|Adding a lush floral touch to your event is a must—bright, fresh arrangements bring life to a room, especially when displayed in interesting groupings. Pick colorful flowers with different textures and structures and an array of vases and bottles in which to display them. Try different heights and a strong colorway.
General Eclectic Bud Vase, $10, Wanda Harland Design
|There are countless opportunities to create a compelling environment, no matter where an event is held. Placing moments or vignettes throughout a space invites guests to explore and capture their surroundings. We often utilize vintage rentals, and at our San Francisco event with The Bold Italic, employed antique wooden frames, type drawers, and assorted trinkets. I love a utilitarian pendant light.
Design Your Own Light, $50, Hammers & Heels
|While a clean aesthetic is one of the pillars of our brand, we also like to make sure there are touches of handmade artistry. We’ve turned to San Francisco’s Something Blue for macrame additions to our floral vases, and also favor modern takes on bunting. Punchy colors and otherwise-clean decor complement these crafted items perfectly.
Mr. O’Dippy Statement Wall Flag, $29, Form Function Style
|Let the event’s decor speak to its location. For our latest turn in NYC, we had a class at Patina Vintage Rentals in Brooklyn. The mismatched chairs with reclaimed wood tables reflected the vibe of the industrial area and building, complemented by cafe lights and a vintage marquee sign. Fringe garlands add a light and airy touch to this type of scene, and lend a bohemian spirit to the setup.
Festooning Garland, $4, Etsy
|Documenting your experience is half the fun. We like to create a photo backdrop with hanging garlands, balloons, dip-dyed curtains, and installations. Consider hanging up a great blanket, tablecloth or even a rug. Our all-time favorite: a floral backdrop by Sullivan Owen in Philadelphia, created with artificial green panels.
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Photographs: Courtesy Design Love Fest