Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

February 28th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

Have you ever wondered how to get that vintage French look for your furniture and decor? Well, I recently discover this AMAZING paint called Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, which can transform virtually anything into a vintage masterpiece. The texture has a matte, velvety finish resembling chalk (but is not chalkboard paint). It has gained worldwide popularity for its easy use and the fact you do not need any preparation. No stripping, sanding or priming is needed and the paint will adhere perfectly well to almost any surface including wood, glass, metal and plastic. The possibilities are not just limited to interiors but imagine transforming a beautiful frame or table centerpiece for your wedding or next event. Your guests will be so impressed when they find out you created these pieces. Check it out!



Photos courtesy of Jolie Design and Decor, Inc. and Mustard Seed Interiors

Mark of Love: Valentine’s Day Wreaths

February 6th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

Our favorite holiday is just around the corner and what better way to the mark the season of love than with a beautiful Valentine’s Day wreath. Here are some ideas to get you in the romantic mood.  How about a gorgeous and simple wreath made out of white burlap or tissue-paper pom poms. Or make a bold statement with a paper rose wreath made out red card stock. These ideas would also work perfectly as wedding day decor. The possibilities are endless and sure to bring love to your door.



Photos and tutorials courtesy of 1) Burlap Wreath at Craftaholics Anonymous, 2) Tissue Pom-Pom Wreath at Everything Fabulous, 3) Paper Rose Wreath at I’m a Yarner

Ribbon Wall Backdrop

November 21st, 2011 by Karen Pan | Comment

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to wedding and event decor is transforming the space. However, these ribbon walls from The Heirloom Shop are a beautiful and cost-effective solution to dress up a boring wall or cover something that you do not want to be seen at your event. They are perfect for a dessert table backdrop or photo booth area and will add that special touch to your event.

Photo courtesy of The Heirloom Shop

Lace It Up!

June 13th, 2011 by Karen Pan | Comment

I admit, I was one of the many enchanted by the Royal Wedding. Among the many highlights of that day, none was greater than Princess Kate’s magnificent wedding dress, with those lace sleeves. In fact, those sleeves are bringing back lace as the hottest trend this year! And it’s no surprise. Lace just brings about such timeless elegance, sophistication and romance. It’s so versatile that it can be used anywhere from stationary to cakes and even jewelry. And it doesn’t have to be all white either. You can introduce colors quite easily like a pretty blue and white combination. The possibilities are endless so go ahead and lace it up!

Invitation photo courtesy of Paper Chez

Wedding gown photo courtesy of Aire Barcelona

Dessert table photo courtesy of Aileen Tran Event Stylist

Cake photo courtesy of Clary Pfeiffer

Necklace photo courtesy of White Owls Etsy shop

Package photo courtesy of Oh Hello Friend

Bottle photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty

Sakura and Gelston: September 11, 2010

December 17th, 2010 by Karen Pan | Comment

I’m so excited to finally share this wedding with you! This past year, I had the pleasure of helping Sakura and Gelston plan and design their entire wedding. After months and months of planning, every detail of their wedding became so personal to me. The lovely couple envisioned an elegant, traditional and intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. We chose the magnificent Kohl Mansion in Burlingame as their backdrop and incorporated a palette of blush pink, soft violet and cream to set the tone for a romantic evening. Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese and we scattered this motif throughout their decor. The guests danced through the night to a live jazz band that resembled the Ella Fitzgerald era. The highlight was a surprise by Sakura’s mom who performed a Japanese dance for the couple in a stunning traditional attire. The day was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful couple to celebrate it with! Congratulations or in Japanese, Omedetou, you love birds!

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