Monthly Archives: May 2014

Friday Favorite 5: Dreaming of Anguilla

Today’s Friday Favorite 5 for dreaming of a summer vacation in majestic Anguilla

by Margaret Williams

Summer is finally making its way to Chicago so we can’t help but daydream of a relaxing vacation in beautiful Anguilla.  Let’s set the scene: the Viceroy Anguilla, a luxury resort with interiors designed by one of our favorite interior designers, Kelly Wearstler.

Viceroy Anguilla


Gold and White Striped Swimsuit

A seemingly low key swimsuit with a touch of gold…we just can’t help ourselves.


Maaji Georgette Kimono Coverup

Love the drama with the asymmetrical hem line but especially vibin’ to the mix of patterns when added with our gold and white swimsuit.


van cleef & arpels alhambra bracelet and cartier love bracelet

Adorn your arm with this delicious arm candy.  Two bracelets we’ve been consistently obsessed with from Van Cleef & Arpels and the iconic Cartier.


Tom Ford Sunglasses

Tom Ford.  ‘Nuff said.


Louis Vuitton Cabas GM Tote

We’re always about the bag.  A great bag can do wonders.  This lightweight cotton Louis Vuitton tote will easily store your iPad and other poolside essentials.

So who’s ready to jet?  Check out our Friday Favorite 5 Pinterest board to see every Friday’s photos for pinning!

Friday Favorite 5: Spring’s Arrival


Today’s Friday Favorite 5 for the long-awaited spring arrival

by Kikanza Harris

We’re really starting to feel as if spring is in the air…

Cranberry lemon basil cocktail















Add lemons and fresh basil to take your cranberry cocktail into a new season.

Color curated candy bar

We love a color curated candy bar.

Ilava: It Can Be Done tribal necklaces

Tribal necklaces are a great way to accessorize.

Colorful bedding















Give your bedding a bright makeover.

Summer photography tour vacation in leon, nicaragua

A summer photography tour vacation in Leon, Nicaragua, …yes please!

Check out our Friday Favorite 5 Pinterest board to see every Friday’s photos for pinning!

Event Report: Chez Open House

Magnolia Atelier Attends the Chez Grand Opening Event

Entrance to Chez Chicago at the Open House event

by Margaret Williams

Chez, located in the heart of downtown Chicago at 247 East Ontario is a modern spin on a historic venue. From 1932-1960, this space was home to the popular nightclub, Chez Paree. Guests of the Chez Paree enjoyed the musical talents of Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Tito Puente and Sarah Vaughan to name a few. The club also hosted famous comedians such as Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett and Mae West. This month, the space was unveiled to the event industry as a new venue of choice for weddings, cocktail receptions, corporate events and beyond.

At the grand opening event, the red carpet was rolled out for event planners and vendors to experience all that Chez has to offer! Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a couple adorned in traditional 1920s evening attire. The now modern, loft-like event space was drenched in beautiful magenta, violet and cerulean lighting. The glowing magenta bars flanked the large event space, with a specialty bar offering delectable cocktails from the all-women mixologists of Femme du Coupe. Moulin Rouge inspired arrangements flanked the bars with glistening crystal chandeliers towering high above from The Revel Group. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres circulated around the room from some of our favorite caterers in the city including Limelight, Food for Thought, Entertaining Company and Wolfgang Puck. The pièce de résistance of the evening: the incredible cancan dancers who entertained in their all-black, feather embellished costumes, all upon the circular, multi-tiered stage in the middle of the room.

Chez Chicago Open House Event

We are always excited to see a new venue enter the scene and our heads filled with ideas on how to transform Chez for any event. We look forward to the creative events this space will inspire along with hosting an event there in the future!

Event Report: A Charitable Confection

by Kikanza Harris

We’re suckers for a good dessert so you can imagine our excitement about heading to the Chicago Urban Art Society to attend A Charitable Confection, a dessert cocktail party created by Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes.

Jocelyn, a fabulous baker in her own right rounded up some of the city’s best sweets and pastry makers to create an evening that included cake pops as passed hors d’oeuvres, tastings of gourmet taffy apples, limoncello spiked pudding, organic fruit preserves and other sweet samples from around Chicago.

If an elevated twist on tradition is more your speed, then how about strawberry and crème cake push-up pops or salted caramel, and Tabasco cotton candy.

A Charitable Confection

Even the beverages were beyond the ordinary with unique combinations from orange-jasmine-nutmeg and lime-hibiscus-clove, from Joia All Natural Sodas. The taste was big on flavor but not overly sweet, which we’re thinking will make a great addition to some new summer cocktail recipes.

And speaking of cocktails, Head Over Heels (Sweet Riesling), We’re Movin’ On Up (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Good Times Good Friends (Pinot Grigio) provided by Love Corkscrew and CH Distillery’s vodka and limoncello, took the event from sweet nostalgia to officially grown-up.

A Charitable Confection

We were like kids in a candy store, and we mean that literally, as we scooped up to-go goodie bags at the candy bar.

But the sweetest part of the evening was that proceeds from A Charitable Confection went to support the youth operated anti-violence organization, Project Orange Tree, a subsidiary of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation.

Inside Scoop: 30th Black & Gold

by Margaret Williams

We had a blast designing this black and gold, vintage-themed 30th birthday party! Our client was very specific in what she was looking for. When we first met, she came equipped with inspiration photos – love! If you don’t have inspiration photos when we first meet, this will be your first homework assignment!

Actually, let me digress for a moment…

In the creative world, you can assume most, if not, all of us are visual people. It’s not that we are not capable of visualizing what you describe – quite the opposite – this is one of our strengths. Take this example for instance, when you tell someone I want an event consisting of blue as the main color. There are many different tints and shades of blue: cerulean, royal, periwinkle, sky, navy…you get the idea. Instead if you present photos of blues you like and blues you dislike, we as the planner now have a clear idea of the color palette to work with.

To return to the event, our client provided us with inspiration photos for certain elements she wanted to include at the event. The event’s theme or tagline was “Vintage Tees & Jeans” which was incorporated into the guests’ attire for the evening. The color palette: black and gold. We took the inspiration photos, determined and sourced the desired event elements, incorporating them into the event space for the final result. The main elements of focus were a decadent candy bar, vintage-style photo signs & props, a dramatic cake and the added effect of perfectly round black balloons. From this event, we have gained a few new obsessions including black cakes with tall, slender candles and perfectly round balloons with fringed tassels!

For more photos from this event, check out the new 30th Black & Gold album on the Magnolia Atelier website.


Welcome to Gold Fringe!

We are proud to announce our new blog, Gold Fringe!  Although Magnolia Atelier specializes in transforming events into experiences, there are so many more facets to us.  When we conceptualize and design events, we pull inspiration from many different areas: interior design, architecture, fashion and beyond.  We’re always in search of new recipes (including cocktails), attending local events, dabbling in DIY art and home projects and we enjoy organizing stuff too (yes, maybe a little nerdy).

Gold Fringe

Gold Fringe will report on the events we attend, from industry cocktail parties to cooking demonstrations hosted by Bloomingdales Home – if we’re there, you’ll hear about it.  We’ll share yummy recipes to try for your next dinner party or summer soiree along with showing you what new fashion statements inspire us.  Don’t worry – we’ll make sure to keep you informed on all things Magnolia Atelier, through detailed event and client dossiers.

To help produce all of the upcoming dynamic post topics, we are excited to welcome our longtime event freelancer, friend and now, blog co-producer, Kikanza Harris to Gold Fringe!  Together we will provide you with our points of view and discerning design perspectives as we experience the environments surrounding us.

Welcome to the enhanced Magnolia Atelier blog, Gold Fringe!  We look forward to sharing our view of the world with you!