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Mar22

A Change in Corporate Decor.

It’s hard to tell if the open-office model will be here to stay in corporate America, but we are embracing the change of pace using comfortable décor at corporate events.

Corporations are changing and evolving to attract a Gen X work force that thrives on innovation, technology and creativity. Employees previously locked in their cubicles, pacing beige painted hallways with berber carpet, and eating bagged lunches inside sterile breakrooms now long for a place of comfort and inspiration to increase morale and productivity. As a result, employers like Google, Facebook, and American Express are embracing zany offices spaces where shared desks and bean bags by the meeting room windows have become the norm. In Google’s Chelsea office, the hallways are decked out in NYC “Google from the block” fashion, complete with subway grates and fire hydrants. Rows of cubicles have been replaced with more transparent workspaces. Even Syzygy has embraced this “shared space” design at our corporate office where our designers work side by side and are encouraged to interact and collaborate throughout the workday.

Likewise, over the last couple years, more and more corporate event planners are seeking décor from Syzygy that creates a space intentionally designed for comfortable interaction, laid-back collaboration, and functionality that is anything but boring.To answer the call, we have boosted our inventory with beautiful white, black and brown leather couches, high back chairs, shag rugs, branded pillows, and trendy end tables and chairs.

 

 

Another trend (which we hope will continue) is a move towards using recyclable “green” products that are less taxing on our environment. At a recent event a vast amount of printed signage was produced with falconboard ( Made with SFI certified, all natural, renewable virgin and post-consumer recycled fibers). And, we slept well at night knowing we did our part to cut down on waste and use materials that are friendlier to Mother Nature.

It’s hard to tell if the open-office model will be here to stay in corporate America, but we are embracing the change of pace using comfortable décor at corporate events. What’s your take on shared office spaces? Do you like a more formal setting, or does a collaborative environment yield results in your profession? Let us know in the comments!

By: JAIME HARDWICK, Business Development Manager – Nashville

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Jan6

How to Ring in New Year’s Eve 2016

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This year I plan to party until the wee hours of the evening with my friends hosting a roaring 1920s and art deco celebration.

I have a confession to make—I’m usually not one to celebrate New Year’s Eve. After an explosive holiday season as an event designer decorating numerous private parties, corporate holiday events, winter weddings, and Christmas-themed installations, I’m pretty much spent. However, this year I plan to party until the wee hours of the evening with my friends hosting a roaring 1920s and art deco celebration.

Influenced by the iconic and glamorous decade, this theme is fun to to create in the space of your own home. Here are a few simple ways you can achieve the same lavish and sophisticated celebration for NYE.

Home Decor

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Art deco design is usually classified by its geometric shapes and symmetrical curved lines. Play around with various bold patterns, textures, and graphics, but keep a cohesive color palette in mind. Nothing is more timeless than a simple black and white color palette, with bold pops of metallic gold and silver.

Vintage bar carts are one of my favorite pieces to feature in a home. Splurge and find one from an antiques store. Pull out any eclectic stemware, glass decanters, and candles, and add some gold-painted magnolia or bay leaf garlands for a festive finish.

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Encourage your guests to embrace the theme of the night by donning detailed embellishments, longer hemlines, and looser silhouettes for the ladies and tailored suits for the gentlemen. I love relying on Rent the Runway for special occasions such as this. DIY a show-stopping headpiece with feathers and jewels to complete your look.

No New Year’s Eve party would be complete without champagne, but our palates prefer bubbly mixed into a cocktail. Below is a recipe for one of my favorite drinks, courtesy of Martha Stewart:

Martha Stewart’s Lemon Drop Champagne Punch

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Ingredients

  • 3 lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) champagne, chilled
  • 3/4 cup vodka, chilled
  • 4 oz. candied lemon peels

Instructions

With a vegetable peeler, remove zest from each lemon in a long, continuous spiral. Juice lemons and strain pulp. Set aside.

Heat sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add zest. Let syrup cool completely for approximately 2 hours.

Pour champagne, vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a punch bowl and stir. Serve in glasses with candied peels.

Countdown to 2016

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Provide your guests with something to toss when the clock strikes midnight. Confetti and glitter can prove to be a hassle during clean-up, so we love the idea of shredded metallic mylar.

From our family to yours, have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Cheers!

By Mandy Wasielczyk, Event Designer

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Jan6

How to Decorate Your Home This Holiday Season

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“There [is] no such thing as too much plaid!”

No sweeter words were ever spoken than, “Who wants to decorate the tree?” It was always quite the production in my home—we had a 12-foot tree—so you can imagine the amount of Christmas carols we sang our way through.

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“Close up of how we ‘wow’d’ our tree [with] a few large ornaments and a lot of specialty garlands!”

Growing up, we were never short on decorations for the tree. My mother had years to accumulate ornaments, a garland, an antique tree topper, and little glass birds, but not everyone has that same luxury. When Christmas approached quickly last year, I realized that I had nothing for my own tree. As a new homeowner, I had limited time (and money) to decorate. Here are a few tricks I used to create a stunning, low-budget Christmas tree:

  • Bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes a 3-foot tree is just as cute as the 14-foot monster. Also, don’t place it on the ground, but rather on a console table to add height before decorating.
  • Garlands are a sweet little trick to make the tree look like you spent hours on it. Find one that is unique—whether that means an oversized traditional beaded garland or a faux snow-dusted one full of berries and pinecones—and weave it through your tree.
  • I’m an old-fashioned, glass-ornament kind of girl. Not only do they look elegant, but they also have prettier designs and larger sizes. Try HomeGoods—they have great prices and you are always guaranteed to walk out with more than you bargained for.

Present Art

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“There’s no reason presents can’t be decorative too!”

As an event designer, I take great pride in the way my presents look, making sure that everyone can point mine out under the tree. A trick I use is to layer paper—solid colors and a fun print or two—then wrap the base with two bands of varying sizes, before finishing with a ribbon or bow. For the name tags, address the present directly, writing “to” and “from” on the package or writing their name in a fun decorative font.

Decking the Existing Halls

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“Spice up your sofa with a little glitz!”

A quick way to transform your home into a whimsical wonderland is to add little touches, so nothing is overwhelming:

  • Add in some themed decorative pillows, a patterned throw, or furry blanket to your furniture.
  • Incorporate sprigs of pine or evergreen to the table or mantle to bring in a natural scent, while simultaneously brightening up the space.
  • Window candelabras are a must! Find the traditional faux versions that sit on the window sill to instantly bring in that warmth that we all crave during the holidays.

By Taylor Jenkins, Event Designer

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