Magnificent Table Design: LUXE Launch 2016

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"Luxe Linen is not only a leader in providing one of a kind event linens, they also provide exceptional service every time I have the pleasure of interacting with them. Each year, their launch becomes bigger and more sought after with table designs to keep us inspired throughout the year. Here is a complete list of all the looks from Luxe's most recent launch event." - David Merrell  Luxe Linen's LUXE Launch Party is an annual event, aimed at introducing cl... Read More

Before and After: Pacific Event Lighting

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When event industry professionals are tasked to work on events for their family, it’s certainly an honor, but at the same time it can be a daunting task. This was the case for Marc Weinstock of Pacific Event Lighting when his younger brother got married. He wanted to ensure the event went off flawlessly while respecting the venue and offering a magical look in a large outdoor space, his parent’s backyard. [caption id="attachment_7460" align="aligncenter"... Read More

Event Tech: Table Mapping Technology with XPL

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We have all been following the amazing new technology for digital mapping. It is an awesome way to take guests on a journey and tell a story of the brand. Now THIS is a way I have not seen it used before and this is completely innovative. - David Merrell If Content is King, Delivery is Queen by XPL's Kevin White The ability to emotionally connect with audiences has become far more difficult in our interconnected world.  As we get ever closer to instan... Read More

Five Reasons To Rent For Your Next Event

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Many planners wonder if they should buy or rent for the next event and which one is easier throughout the planning process. Personally, I do both and find it works based on the client's budget. One thing for sure, is companies such as CORT always make things much easier whenever we decide to go the rental route. A special thank you to CORT's Erinn Jones for these top tips. - David Merrell. by CORT Event Furnishings' Erinn Jones Your company is working on ... Read More

10 Questions With Culinary Bad Boy: Chef Chris Nirschel

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It has been a while since we have caught up with an event industry expert to get their scoop on our signature ten questions. Here we return with one of the most sought after chefs in the industry, Chris Nirschel who is also a good friend of mine and a member of our DesignDawgs advisory board. See what Chris has to say in our latest Ten Questions feature here! - David Merrell Chef Chris Nirschel is the founder and CEO of Culinary Bad Boy Productions, a New Y... Read More

The New Children’s Museum – San Diego

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An exciting space, perfect for the creative eye. Looking forward to seeing the events that will be curated at this space! -David Merrell The New Children’s Museum in San Diego is 50,000 square feet of creative and ever-changing and urban space perfect for corporate meetings, weddings and other special eventsof up to 1,000 guests. Or, we suggest just stopping in for a visit; there is always something new happening. For instance, last week, an event held by ... Read More

Before and After: A LUXE Transformation

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While special events are always exciting, the pressure to be creative and inspiring can be a bit challenging at times. Transformations like these show that the inspiration flows in so many ways. - David Merrell. When approaching this raw space our imaginations immediately took off. Our LUXE Creative space transformations take months of planning, hundreds of hours from experienced event professionals who look at every light bulb, flower, object, paint color,... Read More

Rethinking Trendy Event Design for 2016

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Even though I speak on trends quite often, it's always great to hear the perspective of other event professionals who can tell us which trends to stay away from! I am thrilled to share this perspective from AFR Event Furnishing's Kate Bartlett. - David Merrell The second quarter is upon us, and we are already loving the event design trends that we are seeing. It is a complete move toward the modern from top to bottom. However, as we make a 180 degree shift... Read More

The LINE Hotel – Los Angeles

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The LINE is a Los Angeles hotel with one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor event spaces, an outdoor pool, three restaurants, two bars, a speakeasy and floor-to-ceiling views from every guestroom. Located in Koreatown, the historic building underwent a complete restoration before opening its doors in 2015. The venue is half-mile away from LA's iconic art deco theater The Wiltern, with several bars grocery stores, and coffee shops also within walking distance. ... Read More

Design Treat: 4 Ways to Utilize Rentivist

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"I consider Rentivist an ideal treat for every event designer. The website connects owners of items with the people who need to rent it. Think of it as an eBay for the event industry, but you rent instead of buying. There is a lot of eye candy and I can see this being used as an even greater tool to get ideas for style pages and more. I am thrilled to share this new world of renting with the DesignDawgs community!" - David Merrell Rentivist is the latest... Read More