Archive for February, 2012

BHLDN, Martha Stewart Weddings and Exquisite Designs

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Last week BHLDN (the bridal brand for the brains behind Anthropologie) opened their second store in the US…. luckly for us they did it in Chicago. Located on 8 East Walton by the Gold Coast, BHLDN is a gorgeous two level store with gowns for both the bride and her bridesmaids along with accessories, accessories for the men and decor items for the wedding.If you haven’t visited the store which I strongly suggest you do because it is beautifully done and some rooms boast local artwork and the design room alone could make any designer like myself feel like a kid in a candy store!

We had the pleasure of working with the team from Martha Stewart Weddings to create a tablescape in BHLDN’s design room on the evening of the launch party. We used BHLDN’s vessels to create collections of vases filled with ranunculus, sweet peas, lilacs and bupleurum. In addition, to the collections we created a bridal bouquet and a large arrangement for the lingerie room filled with white hydrangeas, garden roses, white anemones and white stock.

If you are wondering who created those beautiful cakes, the credit goes to Take the Cake

Photo Credit: Kenny Nakai Photography



Gene & Georgetti’s Movie Premiere

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Chicago’s Gene & Georgetti Restaurant hosted a grand event last month to premiere their movie…celebrating 70 years of great food and welcoming their customers with open arms.

The event at the Park West Theatre was nothing but spectacular!  Complete with a red carpet, step-and-repeat… and that was just the beginning!

Think confetti cannons by Automated Lighting Design, a choreographed performance from Zzazz Productions; Sway Chicago, a live band performed a few hits from different decades, Brent Rolland from Fig Media kept the dance floor packed, food galore from Phil Stefani Catering, a candy table from Sugar Chic Designs that would make you swoon with delight (in addition to make you forget about that new diet), a birthday cake from Tipsycake and of course, one heck of a movie created by Loudbyte Cinematography. The best way to describe is…It was the hottest ticket in town.

The Park West Theatre

Candy Table Display by Sugar Chic Designs

Michelle Durpetti Events who produced the soiree tapped us to provide florals for the occasion.We created two distinct tablescapes for the cabaret tables and as with all of our clients we selected flowers that reflects them.

Michelle, Emily and Rachel from Michelle Durpetti Events

Our first tablescape included a mound of white anemones with black centers. They are a popular flower these days but many people don’t realize how hard they are to find and how harder it is to keep them from suffering blemishes during transport. We felt these flowers were a great representation of the restaurant. Seventy years in business (in any business) is a hard feat, but to do it well and consistently is a monumental accomplishment.


Our second tablescape included a single cattaleya orchid. If you’ve never seen them, all I can say is that cattaleya orchids are gorgeous with their fluttery petals, but most of all they are grand. They make you happy from looking at them and in their own way it is quite the unique flower. These flowers represent the Durpetti family. If you’ve been lucky enough to meet them they always have a smile, especially Michelle’s mom, Marion. They always welcome you with open arms and a bright smile, no matter who you are.


We created other arrangements for the bars and the stage with old Hollywood in mind, were simple but timeless and beautiful reigned. It was quite the honor to be one of the vendors at this event, especially amongst such a talented team of professionals.

Congratulations to Gene & Georgetti’s, and cheers to 70 more!

Thank you to Carasco Photography for sharing these pictures. You always make me look like an angel without the wings and you capture my designs just as I see them.



Meet the Experts ~ Exquisite Designs Bouquet

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Two weeks ago we were part of a bouquet competition for a panel discussion at Room 1520. We presented a bouquet of pink peonies, white garden roses, white astilbe, pink spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and white hellebores. That last flower made that bouquet!  We wanted to create a very romantic and soft look… for a little glam we added a circle broach to adorn the bouquet handle. We are very happy with the way it turned out.