Photos of lavish parties and beautiful weddings are a great way to find design inspiration, not just in terms of flowers and table settings, but for color schemes, furnishings, and accessories as well. Perhaps the colors of a particularly striking floral arrangement might inspire you to repaint a room, or maybe a planner's use of chair covers or table skirts might encourage you to rethink that remnant fabric you have in storage. Whatever the case may be, these images of fantasy and festivity can certainly be applied to the quotidian, and they just might make it more fun, too.
This table, created by event planner David Monn, caught my eye because of the ribbon-adorned lampshades, a trick that could easily be replicated at home.
Another Monn event, this time more masculine in feel. I like the gray suede and nailhead- trimmed console and ottomans.
A wedding designed by Charleston planner Tara Guerard of Soiree. I love the pink, white, and black color scheme which could work well in an entryway (for a very feminine look) or on a patio.
An exotic tented tablesetting by Antony Todd. The mismatched chair covers create added visual interest to an already vibrant table, an idea that would work well for summer outdoor entertaining. If you're really daring, you could even add some plumage, just as Todd did.
Preppy pink and green by party impresario Preston Bailey. How great would this floral arrangement be for a summertime dinner party?
Image at top by Preston Bailey- no, you may not want to recreate those topiaries on your dining table, but they're fun to look at.