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Widespread Panic’s VIP Lounge

I had the awesome privilege of designing a VIP lounge for the Widespread Panic concert at the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida last weekend. Mellow Mushroom sponsored the space and hired me to create a bohemian lounge in line with the restaurant and band’s cool, chill, hippy vibe. Like I shared in my design plan post, bohemian and moroccan design is all about layers and those layers start with rugs. I was super excited to work with the good people at Pacific Rugs to use these amazing antique rugs from Uzbekistan and Russia. They are high on color, texture and pattern and undoubtably made the whole space. You should definitely pick up a few.

We layered pillows, throws, and poofs, hung lanterns from the rafters and created three distinct lounge areas for our VIPs to hang. In the back of the room we draped 60 foot lengths of red fabric through the ceiling of the pavilion and under the canopy, our guests could hang out around sari-covered high top tables near a 10 foot tall mushroom. Naturally. Mellow Mushroom’s CEO generously opened one of their amazing warehouses to me for this project. We borrowed several things including the massive mushrooms and the centerpiece of the room, a lovely white mosaic face of Buddha that we lit from behind, adding a bit of zen mystery as the sun began to set.

Let me give you a tour, friends!

 

Boho view from the back

Boho living

VIP lounge

View to the back of the room

Pouf and Pillow Detail

Lounge area

Click on individual pictures to see the full gallery and more details here:

Thank you to Matt and Tara Strickland (unofficial mayors of St. Augustine), Buddy Finethy (pretty much the official mayor of Mellow Mushroom grooviness) and the rest of the amazing gang at Mellow Mushroom for this great experience. You guys are a blast!

Until next time, jam on, friends!

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I’m with the Band

You guys, I am pretty excited to share with you what is going on this week. Let’s start with pizza, where all good things should start. Mellow Mushroom (as most of the country knows) is an amazing pizza joint born out of the free-wheelin’ hippy culture of the 70’s. They have delicious pies and the creativity of the decor in each of their stores is, well, weird and bizarre in all the right ways.

So here is where I come in. Mellow Mushroom asked me to create a VIP lounge for rock band, Widespread Panic, at their show in Florida this weekend! Widespread Panic, who were born out of the free-wheelin’ hippy culture of the 80’s, is a southern rock jam band with a cult following of mega-fans. Mellow Mushroom wanted the lounge to be consistent with Mellow Mushroom and Widespread Panic’s psychedelic hippy-cool vibe. Clearly a bohemian, moroccan lounge is in order. I mean, duh.

Moroccan design is all about pattern, saturated colors, layers and patina. Colors can be bright or neutral or jewel tones but there are almost always lots of them. Tapestries and rugs and pillows are aplenty and layered one upon the other. You cannot sit all “proper-like” here. You have to lay back and be. What’s not to love? My inspiration photos:

Bohemian Moroccan Inspiration

 

My design plan includes layers of rugs, pillows, wood carvings, tons of hanging lanterns and maybe a nod to the sponsor with a massive mushroom or two. It’s going to be fun!

Moroccan Lounge

 

We are going to have a blast at the beach this weekend, decorating our bohemian lounge and getting our jam on with Widespread Panic!

Follow along with our adventures on Facebook and Instagram by clicking the icons under my mugshot!

 

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Image Design Camp, a Recap!

Christina Wedge and I held our first Image Design Camp and had a blast! The purpose of the event was simply to give entrepreneurs and bloggers the tools to take their business to the next level, all in a beautiful and inspiring atmosphere. The day started with breakfast and a fabulous branding session with Yvonne Dodd of EviD Consulting. The bulk of the day was spent with Christina Wedge as she cleared away the cobwebs and conducted an informative Photoshop basics course. Lunch was on the rooftop and then back to more Photoshop! After our left-brains had taken as much Photoshop as they could handle, our right-brains were exercised with a simple and beautiful DIY project. We talked about the importance of standing out in our industries. A handmade note card takes a handwritten note to another level entirely. We got messy as we color blocked cards in our business colors. We ended the day on the roof top with our signature cocktail hour and door prizes!

Our venue was bright and inspiring. Thanks to NEX Atlanta and Michelle Morgan for creating such an awesome space!

Click on an individual picture to see the entire gallery and to learn more about our sponsors and attendees!

Photo Cred: Christina Wedge Photography, Copyright

We had a wonderful and beautiful time, as you can see! It would not have been half as lovely without our amazing sponsors who contributed to our swag bags and door prizes!

Special Thanks to:

Steve and Jill McKenzie and Steve McKenzie’s

Michele Williams and Scarlett Thread Consulting

Carla and Carson Bryce Trading Company

Danielle Hall and Soundembrace

Anthropologie

Jessican Pennamon-Cochran and Two Spaces Media LLC

Jen and The Little Nest

Amy Pieroni Jewelry

And our wonderful consultant who started the day off with our branding session, Yvonne Druyeh Dodd of EviD Consulting!

If you missed this one, do not worry! The event was such a success that we’re not stopping here. We hear you loud and clear. Stay tuned here and Like our Image Design Camp page on Facebook!

We have this and other events in the works that you will not want to miss!

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Join us for Image Design Camp!

Image Design Camp is coming! Image Design Camp is coming! Are you going?

Since learning Photoshop basics, I have created several new headers for my blog that I cannot wait to debut. Think what that would have cost me to have a graphic designer do that! Plus you’ll learn to edit photos and leave with a professional creative head shot and SO much more!! This class will pay for itself over and over again.

Join us May 3rd in Atlanta!

Image Design Camp

Bloggers and entrepreneurs will be inspired and equiped to take their blog and/or business to the next level. Image Design Camp is a one-day editing, branding, and creative workshop that will get your creative juices flowing. And we promise you will have serious FUN.

Bloggers and Entrepreneurs will learn how to:

  • Retouch Photos
  • Add Textures, Borders, Type & Drawing to Images
  • Prep Images for Mood Boards & Collages
  • Create Headers & Social Media Buttons

In Addition to your Photoshop Tutorial, You will Experience:

  • Professional Portrait taken by Photographer, Christina Wedge
  • Creative DIY Project with Designer, Gina Sims
  • Breakfast, Catered Lunch & Snacks
  • Curated Swag Bag
  • Signature Cocktail Hour
  • Door Prizes!

Christina Wedge Photography and Gina Sims Designs

You will learn a LOT and have a blast.

We promise. Do we look like we would lie to you?

Sign up to join us May 3 at Image Design Camp!

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Announcing…. (Drum Roll, Please)….

I am beyond EXCITED to announce my partnership with Christina Wedge Photography in a new venture! We are the new Victoria Secrets models! Jokes. Awhile back, I was dishing to Christina about my photography skill deficit and the graphic & photo needs of bloggers and small business owners in general. Most of us are good at what we are good at (producing our craft) and do not have the time to learn professional photography on top of running our business. However, not knowing how to show our work beautifully can hurt us. The expert that she is, Christina explained how Photoshop could help me achieve the look and feel I was aiming for. From there, we started brainstorming about a learning experience that would not only be equipping but would be chock full of creative inspiration and just plain FUN!

So, we are joining forces on Saturday, May 3rd (in the Atlanta area) to bring bloggers, entrepreneurs and YOU…. (Drum roll, please)….

Image Design Camp 2014

Join us for Image Design Camp!

Bloggers and entrepreneurs will be inspired and equiped to take their blog and/or business to the next level. Image Design Camp is a one-day editing, branding, and creative workshop that will get your creative juices flowing. And we promise you will have serious FUN.

Bloggers and Entrepreneurs will learn how to:

  • Retouch Photos
  • Add Textures, Borders, Type & Drawing to Images
  • Prep Images for Mood Boards & Collages
  • Create Headers & Social Media Buttons

In Addition to your Photoshop Tutorial, You will Experience:

  • Professional Portrait taken by Photographer, Christina Wedge
  • Creative DIY Project with Designer, Gina Sims
  • Breakfast, Catered Lunch & Snacks
  • Curated Swag Bag
  • Signature Cocktail Hour
  • Door Prizes!

Christina Wedge Photography and Gina Sims Designs

We would LOVE for you to join us! So do it. We’ll see you Saturday, May 3rd from 9am-4:30pm at NEX Atlanta!

Buy Tickets for Image Design Camp!

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