January 30, 2009
Our client has some great existing furniture in the Living Room, so we already had a charcoal sectional sofa and a Le Corbusier lounge chair to work with. We're adding modern touches to create a sophisticated space for adult entertaining in this family home.
We're working with an all-white kitchen with dark red tile countertops. The idea here is to add some brightness and color, freshening the red with touches of lime green and orange. But we've also added soft red to tie in with the existing color scheme.
January 28, 2009
In the Master Bedroom, we're working with a large suite, including a fireplace. Our client already has some large, dark pieces of furniture, so we wanted to freshen the room with lighter, more colorful pieces, while keeping true to the room's traditional bones. We also needed to transition to some pink tile in the Master Bathroom, so we added touches of soft red.
January 19, 2009
We stayed at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel on Saturday night and spent the weekend exploring downtown. I'm so inspired by the architecture (it's one of the few places in L.A. where you can see old buildings). Went to Clifton's Cafeteria for breakfast and saw so many Art Deco structures with gorgeous tile detail like The Eastern Columbia Building. The Biltmore herself is a grand old lady of a hotel and served as our gracious hostess for the getaway.
January 13, 2009
January 09, 2009
January 07, 2009
Don't subsidize the entire alcohol and beverage bill. This one tip will save you loads of money. Opt for complimentary champagne and selections of both red and white wine (and soda, iced tea and water) with dinner, but ask your guests to pay for their own bar bills if they want additional beverages. Our guests had refills of champagne and wine poured at the table, and if anyone wanted to, they could purchase additional beverages at the bar. Click on earlier posts and keep reading for all 10 Budget Wedding Tips.
Negotiate everything! – Wedding vendors of all types will try to get every last dollar out of you. Don't be afraid to tell them it doesn't fit your budget and they'll have to bring the price down. You can negotiate every detail of your wedding, from cake to linens to DJs to flowers. All you have to do is ask. We got $500 knocked off the top of one vendor's price within seconds simply by asking for it!
Go off the rack for your dress – No big poufy dress for me. I'd rather not look like a stuffed cabbage or the top of a S'More. My dress cost less than $200 at a boutique and it was slim, elegant, silhouette conscious and perfect for a summer wedding in L.A. Think "red carpet glamour" instead of "old lace."
Book your photographer at the last minute (and book for only three hours) – Just as there can be travel deals for those who wait to book a trip until just before they go, so, too, can there be wedding photographer discounts. We're talking deep discounts here. We got absolutely first-rate, creative photography (two photographers for three hours for – are you sitting down? -– $450! Yes, that's right. We got that deal because we booked late and because we only booked her for three hours to cover the greatest amount of wedding activity.
Think "retro" for your wedding cake – By having our cake made at a local Italian bakery, we got to have the three-tiered "vintage-style" wedding cake of our dreams deliciously hand-crafted for only $200! By choosing this option, you have to "break the mold" and not have a fondant-draped cake (as is the current vogue), but since my husband is Italian-American, we went for the classic, rum custard Italian wedding cake and it tasted – and looked – great!
Design your own invitations and ceremony programs -– OK, I'm a graphic designer, so this was a no brainer. Saved a ton of money, though. For those creatively challenged, you can buy invitation kits for do-it-yourself invites for about $35 at art supply stores.
Go with a package deal – We saved a lot of money by shopping the “wedding packages.” Just like in travel, where you always get a bargain when you bundle your air and hotel, you can have a “one-stop” wedding by booking your ceremony and reception at the same place. Your guests will love you for making their lives easier (only one place they have to park!), and you’ll find the price is right. Packages also usually include the services of an on-site wedding coordinator.
Shop at an upscale supermarket in-store florist for your flowers – (Yes, the supermarket) for your wedding flowers. Many people don't know that some of the more upscale markets like Pavilions offer the same flowers (all florists get them from the same flower market, except the expensive exotics), the same service and attention to detail of any florist we've seen -- but at a fraction of the cost! They did everything for us, and all we had to do was have someone pick them up from the store. (Total cost for flowers, bouquets, centerpieces, boutonierres, etc: $350!)