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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

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Wedding Inspiration: Reception Dinnerware

I think details like tabletop decor and place settings make all the difference in a well-planned wedding. When guests sit down to their table at a reception venue, they'd better go "Oooh" and "Wow" or else you're not doing your job as a wedding planner! We tell our wedding planning students to pull out all the stops with creativity on the job, and in many cases, that involves encouraging your clients to put on their DIY hats and contribute something to the special look of their own wedding. Look at the setting above, for instance. The vintage dinner plate is paired with a salad plate that boasts gold-enscribed hearts and a "Just Married" message, with gold utensils completing the coordinated look.

I've chosen a few noteworthy dinnerware choices, and all you have to do is click on each photo to see more about the real-life weddings they came from.


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Wedding Inspiration Video from Macy's

If you're thinking of great wedding and event planning inspiration for this summer or early fall, look no further than 100 Layer Cake - one of our favorite wedding and event blogs. They cover a variety of weddings and feature top wedding vendors, from the best photographers to the best florists. The folks at "the Cake" are serious about showing us the latest wedding news, and they just tipped us off about a new bridal registry. Say "I Do" to Macy’s Wedding Registry!

Macy’s Wedding Registry recently released this adorable rooftop wedding inspiration video. Right away a few ideas started running through our minds (tell us these didn’t pop into your mind too!): refreshing summer cocktails, hosting a rooftop celebration and wearing flowers in your hair.

We already know you’re excited about saying "I do"; now we want to make sure you’re prepped for all the parties you’ll be hosting as newlyweds. We’ve prepared a little kickstart for you … our favorite products from Macy’s Wedding Registry that are a bride-to-be’s must-have!

1. Godinger Westbury Drink Dispenser 2. Prepara Ice Balls 3. Le Creuset Enameled Stoneware Serving Platter 4. Fiesta Dinnerware  5. Mikasa Cheers Glassware




Thanks to 100 Layer Cake for their beautiful photographs, posts, and wedding and event inspiration. 100 Layer Cake is a unique, comprehensive wedding and event planning resource for and by thoughtful, crafty modern women. Their vendors, projects, weddings, resources, sponsors, and marketplace are hand-picked and thoroughly researched with the hope that every single one is a truly unique addition to both your wedding and your planning process. Visit the 100 Layer Cake website today.


If you're interested in learning more about wedding planning and decor, we encourage you to explore the Sheffield School, New York, NY. Sheffield began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

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