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Post by Corinne Kessel on March 16th, 2011 · 9 Comments
By Corinne Kessel, Principal
Valentine’s Day is over and the next chocolate indulgence holiday will soon be upon us – Easter! As my bio indicates, I am a master Ukrainian Easter egg decorator, a true Pysanka artist. Though I haven’t picked up a “kistka” in years, creating these little cultural delights is one of my fondest memories as a child.
Every Easter, my grandmother would create a beautifully elaborate Easter basket that would be blessed in a big ceremony at the church near her farm. While I am sure there was deep significance to the items in the basket, it did seem the real goal was to outdo your neighbours. A highly competitive affair – it was kind of like a talent contest and beauty pageant for the womenfolk via their Easter Baskets. Luckily, I had “mad skills” with the Pysanka making and always made my Grandma’s basket shine.
Check out a few of my eggs, proudly on display in my mother’s china cabinet. (please note that these are the “B” grade eggs, Grandma has all the best ones!)
So Eggs were then and fake foliage is now. What are you doing this Easter to make your “basket” the best it can be? Do you have a storefront that could use a little bit of Spring Spirit or Easter Oomph? Do you have a restaurant that could use some fresh new centerpieces or décor for the entrance? Or are you hosting an event that could be brightened with the fresh colours of tulips, hydrangeas and flowering trees?
Embrace Spring! Welcome a new season with bright and cheery touches from Greenscape Design & Décor.
All inquiries include a 30 minute complimentary design consultation.
PS – this is still one of the most memorable Spring themed tradeshow displays I have seen: IDS West 2008 (my memory is astonishing, I know!) Emily Carr students created a display for Yellow Pages in which they hung 4000 fresh daffodils from the 20 foot high ceiling at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Love it!
Post by Corinne Kessel on December 4th, 2010 · 8 Comments
Use Your Creativity, Ask a Designer, Take the Ordinary and Make it Extraordinary! 3 Tried and True Themed Décor Ideas—With New Twists!
Tropical—Where’s My Pineapple?
Tropical themes typically see décor items such as tiki huts and tropical foliage and flowers and signature drinks with umbrellas or coconuts. Fun ideas for beach themes include hanging pool floats from the ceiling, having guests sit on bamboo mats around low tables, or putting up brightly coloured table umbrellas. New eye-catching spins on tropical themes are contemporary illuminated tables, centerpieces, and palm trees.
A winter wonderland theme can be a elegant event whether is it hosted at a mountain top venue, a hotel ballroom, or even in the summer. Let white reign supreme with touches of ice, blue, lilac or silver. Forget traditional winter props and Christmas trees, and move to a modern feel with crisp white linens, contemporary acrylic ghost chairs, real ice centerpieces, flocked trees, natural birch poles, and magical lighting to create an enchanting atmosphere. Check out our winter wonderland creations!
Black and White Theme – Instead, Think Pink!
The elegance of a formal black and white event is timeless. However, a modern approach to the traditional black and white is to create a monochromatic event. All black, or all white, or even all pink, or chartreuse, or silver, or gold! You get the idea. A monochromatic event design included different tints and shades of the same colour, so you still can achieve depth in florals and fabrics, while also creating high impact achieve with a single choice of hue.