Luxe Booth | Modern Shabby Chic

Who’s excited to see more from our styling competition!? Ready or not, first up is Ms. Katie!

Katie: “This Luxe Booth Vignette was a Luxury Shabby Chic design with modern touches. The focal point was a gallery of mirrors used for wedding guests to take a moment and ‘selfie’ reflect. Who doesn’t love to snap a mirror selfie, especially when you’re all dolled up for a wedding!? Placed in the Grand Lawn of Cypress Grove, I positioned the wall facing the water, so the water and trees would be reflected in the selfies.

I brought the mirrors down from the wall gallery by incorporating vanities on either side of the wall. One was a rich wood desk and vanity with beautiful trim work, and the other vanity sat atop our Gold Front Dresser, Eleanor! I adorned the space with a large tufted chair {he goes by Coleman around here} that features beautiful nailhead trim to reflect the gold in the mirrors. Beside him was our gold end table with a mirrored top.

On the wooden wall was yards of assorted lace and cream ribbon. This is where the ‘shabby chic’ really came into play. This added texture and warmth to the rich wooden wall. The color scheme that you can see woven throughout the design consisted of mixed metals, a muted silver blue, rich wood and touches of cream. In the wall gallery, I opted for a mix of elaborate luxurious gold frames paired with some clean cut modern designs to form an eclectic collection. I kept the floral very simple with modern glass cube vases and white tulips.”

Modern Shabby Chic Photo Booth by RW Style http://rwstyle.com/

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Modern Shabby Chic Photo Booth by RW Style http://rwstyle.com/

Vendor Team
Photos: Tab McCausland Photography
Floral: Flowers by Lesley

Featured Inventory
Lace and Ribbon Backdrop
Coleman {Upholstered Seating}
Dark Wood Vanity
Eleanor {Furniture}
Gold End Table
Ester {Upholstered Chair}
Millie {Furniture}
Assorted Mirrors

Styling Competition

Have you seen the gorgeousness happening {right now} on our facebook page!? If not, you better head over there and check it out! Here’s a sneak peek of what you’re missing if you don’t follow us: a styling competition between the gals at RW Events!

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Photos: Gian Carlo Photography

Creating a Backup Plan

Unfavorable weather can certainly put a damper on a wedding, but if you’ve got a good backup plan in place there’s really nothing to worry about! Check out a few of our quick tips for creating a Plan B:

  • Not enough indoor space – tents are the best bet if your venue can’t accommodate an indoor event. Speak with your onsite contact to see if this is something that can be rented in-house, or if they have preferred contacts.
  • Don’t forgo side walls on a tent – these help keep the rain out and the heat in {for winter events}.
  • Consider the season – think about bringing in fans for hot/humid summer weather, or space heaters if it’s chilly outside. For summer events, feature a fun beverage station with chilled water and lemonade {and maybe a gourmet coffee bar for the winter months}.
  • Set aside a contingency fund – if a tent is needed, it’s important that you set aside money for extras {lighting, walls, draping, etc.} since tents are basic structures.

Clear Top Tent

Photo: Misty Miotto Photography

Featured Inventory | Jack

Guess who’s been featured on The Knot! Our {amazing} rustic bar, Jack! He’s a great piece to use for our {Eat} Drink & Be Married vignette – use him for drinks {like this sangria bar} or change it up and feature some fun snacks {think assorted popcorn flavors or a biscuit bar with honey, jams, and jellies}.

Rustic Bar

Depression Glass

If you’re looking to add a pretty pop of color to a neutral color palette, consider incorporating depression glass into you decor! We carry all sorts of cups, goblets, and vases in assorted colors {amber, blue, & green}, and love mixing them with our vintage china and crystal glassware.

Green Depression Glass

Photo: Claire Pacelli

Meet Thompson

Check out one of our newest pieces, Thompson! Pair with some photos {try hanging them from the hooks}, a small vintage suitcase or box, and a few of our small details and you’ve got yourself the perfect sign-in or gift table!

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When you are alone

You will remember the people more than the place.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Travel can be affordable.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

English is a universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.

Trust your intuition.

I learned to trust that tiny voice in my head a bit more. When you are alone in a foreign country and your phone is dead, you are forced to trust your intuition. Is this neighborhood safe to walk around? Is this person someone I should interact with? Am I heading the right direction? Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It’s feels like a sixth sense when you’re able to read between the lines of a situation.

The world is endless. The world’s a tiny neighborhood. My fav people are the ones who can hold two impossible ideas in their heads.

Sneak Peek | Inventory in Action

Can we just brag for a second about how utterly gorgeous our vintage furniture looked under Juliana + Scott’s tented reception!? Talk about stunning! Our tufted settees {affectionately known as Mable} and Creamie armchairs were staged near the dance floor so guests could rest their tired feet and then get right back to partying 😉

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Photos: Misty Miotto Photography

RW Style

We’re excited to announce that our new RW Style website is going live TOMORROW! Clients will be able to build a custom package, view all of our {fabulous} inventory, view featured events, and more! Check out the site here!

RW Style Website

Lakeside Social Lounge

Shade & lakeside breezes are welcome friends on a warm day, so a social lounge under Cypress Grove Estate House‘s gazebo was a perfect setting! We created a romantic yet airy feel with a simple rustic bench {accented with a dainty lace throw + frilly pillows}, a gold trunk {used as a coffee table} and a pretty pair of armchairs that added just a touch of color.

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Real time design tools

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!

French Country Farm Tables

***New inventory alert***

Our {hand-crafted} french country farm tables have been sanded, stained, and are ready for wedding season! These rustic, all-wood tables come in two sizes – sweetheart {fit for you + your sweetie} and captain tables {seats 8-10}. Contact us today for pricing & rental info!

French Country Farm Table

Tipping Guide

Tipping is something we’re all used to doing at restaurants, but when traveling for a wedding or honeymoon there are many more instances that you’ll want to keep in mind {like the hotel maid, tour guides, and even restroom attendants}. This quick and handy tipping guide is based on travel within the United States, and covers just about every hospitality service member you might encounter:

  • Bartender: $1-$5 per round of drink, depending on the number of drinks.
  • Bellhop – $1-$5 per bag, depending on the level of the hotel.
  • Hotel Concierge – $5 or more, if they perform a service for you.
  • Hotel Doorman – $1-$2 if they help you get a cab.
  • Hotel Maid – $1-$3 daily.
  • Hotel Room-Service Waiter – $1-$2 daily.
  • Porter at Airport or Train Station – $1 per bag.
  • Skycap at Airport – $1-$3 per checked bag.
  • Taxi – 15%-20%
  • Tour Guide – 10% of the tour cost.
  • Valet Parking Attendant – $1-$2, but only when you get your car.
  • Waiter – 15-20%
  • Restroom Attendants – $1 or small change in more expensive restaurants.
  • Coat-Check Personnel – $1-$2 per item checked unless there is a fee.
  • *Side note – make sure you tip your hotel maid daily instead of doing a lump sum at the end of your stay {they change shifts often and you may not have the same maid every day}.

Stumbled the concept

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week.

Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?

What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.

What could you accomplish with 20% more time?

Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?

Time is passing by

CSS selectors all exist within the same global scope. Anyone who has worked with CSS long enough has had to come to terms with its aggressively global nature — a model clearly designed in the age of documents, now struggling to offer a sane working environment for today’s modern web applications. Every selector has the potential to have unintended side effects by targeting unwanted elements or clashing with other selectors. More surprisingly, our selectors may even lose out in the global specificity war, ultimately having little or no effect on the page at all.

Any time we make a change to a CSS file, we need to carefully consider the global environment in which our styles will sit. No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to leave the era of global style sheets behind.

It’s time for local CSS.

In other languages, it’s accepted that modifying the global environment is something to be done rarely, if ever.

In the JavaScript community, thanks to tools like Browserify, Webpack and JSPM, it’s now expected that our code will consist of small modules, each encapsulating their explicit dependencies, exporting a minimal API.

Yet, somehow, CSS still seems to be getting a free pass.

Many of us — myself included, until recently — have been working with CSS so long that we don’t see the lack of local scope as a problem that we can solve without significant help from browser vendors. Even then, we’d still need to wait for the majority of our users to be using a browser with proper Shadow DOM support.

We’ve worked around the issues of global scope with a series of naming conventions like OOCSS, SMACSS, BEM and SUIT, each providing a way for us to avoid naming collisions and emulate sane scoping rules.

We no longer need to add lengthy prefixes to all of our selectors to simulate scoping. More components could define their own foo and bar identifiers which — unlike the traditional global selector model—wouldn’t produce any naming collisions.

import styles from './MyComponent.css';
import React, { Component } from 'react';
export default class MyComponent extends Component {
 render() {
    return (
      <div>
        <div className={styles.foo}>Foo</div>
        <div className={styles.bar}>Bar</div>
      </div>
    );
  }

The benefits of global CSS — style re-use between components via utility classes, etc. — are still achievable with this model. The key difference is that, just like when we work in other technologies, we need to explicitly import the classes that we depend on. Our code can’t make many, if any, assumptions about the global environment.

Writing maintainable CSS is now encouraged, not by careful adherence to a naming convention, but by style encapsulation during development.

Once you’ve tried working with local CSS, there’s really no going back. Experiencing true local scope in our style sheets — in a way that works across all browsers— is not something to be easily ignored.

Introducing local scope has had a significant ripple effect on how we approach our CSS. Naming conventions, patterns of re-use, and the potential extraction of styles into separate packages are all directly affected by this shift, and we’re only at the beginning of this new era of local CSS.

process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ?
    '[name]__[local]___[hash:base64:5]' :
    '[hash:base64:5]'
)

Understanding the ramifications of this shift is something that we’re still working through. With your valuable input and experimentation, I’m hoping that this is a conversation we can have together as a larger community.

Note: Automatically optimising style re-use between components would be an amazing step forward, but it definitely requires help from people a lot smarter than me.