Sunday, January 30, 2011

SAYING "I DO" TO DESIGN

by Emily Leger of Pdxpectations


When the idea first came up to write a guest post for my best friend's blog, Solo Thais, I was initially extremely intimidated. If you’re reading this post you probably already know that Solo Thais is a blog dedicated to all things design; art, fashion and interiors. Each post is colorful, funky and innovative. Each idea is presented with dedicated passion and a true eye for design. I thought, how am I going to write a blog about design, I'm a writer, not a designer. I'm an artist, but not in the same sense. Then I realized that this is how I've always thought of myself; very logical, very pragmatic, always living in the apartment with the white walls, and the simply framed pictures organized just so. Maybe it has to do with the fact that when I did live with my bestie she did all the work for me. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have never been quite brave enough to paint the walls red or step out of my beige comfort zone. Who knows for sure what's been holding me back…
All of that has begun to change since I have embarked on the fabulous adventure of planning a DIY wedding, especially since I have been making a lot of the design decisions on my own. As plans have gotten further underway, I've realized that I do have a vision and a passion for the type of wedding I want. This includes theme, layout, color scheme, and many more intricate details that make up the world of design, when it comes to my wedding. Most importantly, it’s not as scary as it all once seemed to be. One of the biggest and most helpful tools has been the internet; the countless blogs and wedding websites that I now follow regularly to get design ideas. There are so many resources, suggestions and helpful hints out there for those of us who weren’t born with the designer gene. Shockingly, I have been pleasantly surprised with how much fun I have been having discovering that I love color!
The colors for my wedding are a deep fuchsia that is accented by a vibrant spring green. I love that they are both bold and bright and seem to complement each other almost playfully. We are having a fall wedding, and from the start I knew I desperately wanted to stay away from oranges and reds-no pumpkins, no autumn leaves…all of that just seemed too typical for a fall wedding. The colors that I chose still represent fall to me, just in a more modern way. Whimsical green paper lanterns will be hanging from the trees to create ambience, and offset the richness of the bridesmaids’ dresses and bouquets.  Other elements of the season, like crisp green apples, will serve as place cards for the guests’ seating arrangements (thanks Solo!). I could keep going, but I don’t want to give too much away…Don’t even get me started on how our food is going to fit into this fabulous theme.
Anyhow, the bottom line is that design is in the eye of the beholder. If you’re like me, and design has always been an idea of epic unattainable proportions, I urge you to take the plunge, and say “I Do” to Design. You might be surprised to find that this could be the beginning of a beautiful life together.


~Emily



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