I love making things pretty. I like fluffing pillows. Arranging the pictures just so. Having fresh flowers on every available surface. I remember when I first moved in with one of my friends, I would re-arrange the living room and all it’s contents on, at least, a monthly basis.
For a long time I didn’t affix any value to this skill. In fact, calling it a skill seemed laughable (still kind of does…actually). That being said, it has only been recently that I’ve realized this isn’t something that everyone loves to do and I am, in fact, pretty good at it. It is valuable because it brings joy, not just to me, but to the people that encounter it ,whether it be a styled party or warm, inviting room.
I truly believe that a beautiful space can communicate value to the person who enters.
That’s my goal any time I style a space, event or person.
I want to communicate value.
So here you have them in no apparent order (and I’m pretty sure I’ll think of more later)
1. Work with what you have – I don’t believe you have to buy a lot of new things each time you decide to host a party. Look at what is already in your house and try to envision it with new eyes. Don’t be afraid to give something a new purpose. Pull a few color coordinated books off the shelf and create a fun vignette on your mantle or coffee table. Raid your fridge for brightly colored fruit to add color to the center of your table. Once you start thinking this way the options are endless.
2. Start early – Give yourself the time you need to be creative. Don’t expect inspiration to strike the second you walk into a space. Creativity can take time. Don’t rush it. This one is probably the biggest challenge for me.
3. Don’t fall for it – Just because something is branded as “Christmas” (or Valentine’s Day or Wedding or…) doesn’t mean you have to buy it. Stores are smart and they count on you being a little bit lazy. You have a wedding shower to plan for, they put the little white napkins with white doves at the front of the shelf and mark it up five times. Don’t do it. Put down the napkins and step away from the holiday display.
4. Play – Styling a party or space isn’t an exact science. If you approach it as something you “have” to do you’re most likely not going to feel that creative. If you can remove some of the “have to” and realize that there’s no “wrong way” to it then I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself so much more. You never know the great ideas you’ll have! Have fun!
Still not convinced and want help “styling” your next event? Contact me at Piccadilly. Let’s play!