Our final design next to the original sketch. 

Our final design next to the original sketch. 

When we get to work with clients who give us the ability to design whatever we think will best fit their event, we tend to think outside of the box.  This out of the box thinking can lead to really elaborate concepts that require a lot of production time. 

I thought it would be interesting to show you some of our initial ideas and how they were developed throughout the design process into the final versions we presented to our clients. This table is a good example of a design that ended up looking almost exactly like the initial sketch. 

 

The original concept, sketched out by me.  I have much more creative juices when I'm working with flowers, but I can at least get the concepts on paper.

The original concept, sketched out by me.  I have much more creative juices when I'm working with flowers, but I can at least get the concepts on paper.

We were asked to design a table for the 2016 Tablescapes art exhibit and fundraiser for an amazing seacoast organization, Arts In Reach.  AIR creates a supportive and enriching environment for teen girls through the arts.  They host a fundraising and awareness event every two years and this year their theme was Around the World.  We chose to design a table for England and Chris came up with the English pub for our concept.  Most people might have jumped to the tea party conclusion for England, but we wanted to do something a bit more unique and original.  Once I started working through some concepts for the pub, I drew the above sketch (no laughing please).  That sketch was further developed by Chris's genius ingenuity skills when he thought to add some lighting elements to the outer most layers of the pub. 

 A working outdoor light! We were trying to create the outside feeling of Tudor-style buildings.

 A working outdoor light! We were trying to create the outside feeling of Tudor-style buildings.

 

We did a pretty significant amount of research to find realistic elements- British tabloids, games- darts, backgammon, horse shoes, a traditional pub menu, and my favorite part of the table- a live showing of a football game on a flat screen television.

A close up of the football game on a flat screen as well as some of the tabletop details.

A close up of the football game on a flat screen as well as some of the tabletop details.

I also wanted to bring in a quirky piece of furniture to the pub so Chris built this table for me to paint in a similar style to the British flag. A very late night painting party with lots of painters tape later (2 am ish), and the finished table came out just how we wanted it to.

Not all designs start and end as similarly as this one did, but it's a fun process to take what's in your head and create a physical manifestation of it, especially as exactly as this one turned out.