Judith Mackin

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Judith Mackin

Judith Mackin is founder and creative director of Punch Inside, an interior design firm in Saint John, New Brunswick. She also owns TUCK STUDIO, a design and decor studio which opened last fall. Follow Judith @judithmackin@tuckstudio


Do It Yourself Event Decor

Posted by Judith Mackin Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:49 AM EST


Last fall I was approached by a bride-to-be to help her design her wedding. Up to that point, I’d quite deliberately avoided wedding design or wedding events; I was happy with the artistic direction of corporate events or art-related galas. But Holly was so charming (displaying none of the warning signs of a potential ‘”bridezilla”) that I decided to make an exception to my “no weddings” policy.



Photo: JK Murphy Photography


A key deciding factor was that she gave me complete creative control, and I liked her general sense of the event: “It doesn’t have to look like a typical wedding.’ I’m really drawn to the gold and navy weddings I’ve seen on pinterest boards; if you could make my wedding look like that….”


As you’re probably aware, Pinterest has taken the world by storm. However, if you are like me (and thousands of others) it is really tricky figuring out how to take those stunning images in the design boards and make them a reality; a challenge both in terms of budget and accessibility.


This blog features the creation of a wedding, but the same concepts and ideas can be used for any event you may wish to design yourself: corporate functions, fundraising galas, anniversary parties, or simply designing a special table for two.


Here were Holly’s various sources of inspiration as gathered on pinterest:




These were the challenges I faced with these boards:

1. Virtually everything was expensive!

2. Trying to source items such as the French provincial dinnerware set or the blue upholstery chairs for rental would be impossible in a small city like Saint John, New Brunswick.

3. Where would you find a venue that had beautiful, high, distressed ceilings, and chandeliers?



So, I chose to concentrate on the items I knew Holly was drawn to: Romantic fonts, gold, navy blue, French provincial, and an overall romantic, yet modern, feel.



Click to see the full steps and photos of what we created:


1. Invitations

2. Textiles

3. Personalized Decor

4. DIY Keepsake 


To view all of Holly and Jeff Owens wedding photos please visit

Topics: DIY, DIY Decor, Entertaining, Events


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