Coco Chanel Storefront December 2016 / by Lara Periut

Chanel Christmas at Deborah Franklin's home

"In order for one to be irreplaceable one must always be different"  Coco Chanel

I was asked to help coordinate and execute ideas for a Coco inspired Christmas party at Leah and my sister's friend Deb's house. There was so much to do, so we each took on projects according to our talents and what we could accomplish within the time frame.  Three small tasks of mine were to pen two Coco quotes onto gold framed blackboards and cut out a silhouette (back-lit in an upstairs window) for all to see as they drove by Deb's house. If you know me personally, my handwriting is deplorable so the chalkboards were a true trial LOL! My largest task, however, was inspired by a watercolor sketch of the Paris Chanel store front. The original couldn't have been larger than 8" x 10", if even that. My version was 12' tall x 8' wide and this is where the perfectionist inside of me rears it's ugly head: had the top piece been about 6" wider, the proportions would have been perfect! It's pretty impressive as is though and set the mood for the entire party as guests arrived through the front door. Always one for classy drama, Coco would have been duly impressed with Deb's efforts.

Joyeux Noel!

Watercolor inspired by the Chanel storefront in Paris - for Whimsical Gatherings

Watercolor inspired by the Chanel storefront in Paris - for Whimsical Gatherings