Bohemian Playground

Posted online: February 2014

Towering 40-foot-tall bamboo cones set the entrance at Villa Sevillano.

Candlelight and a canopy of stars illuminated the night at Santa Barbara Magazine’s Holiday Soiree as famed event designers Gypset transformed Villa Sevillano’s expansive gardens into a free-spirited, sexy, yet luxuriously executed winter wonderland. Graced by the acoustic folk sounds of Vaughn Montgomery’s Little Big Here and the electro-pop beats of DJ Chris Carter, guests enjoyed artisanal eats by Full of Life Flatbread and sipped wines courtesy of Venteux Vineyards and Crooked Road Winery.

Plush shag carpeting, Moroccan loungers, and lanterns provided soft
places to land after a night of dancing.

With a combined 50 years of culturally driven creative careers, self-proclaimed soul surfers/sailors/ artisans CHRISTIAN ESCARIO and FRANK KLAPP of GYPSET EVENTS, know a thing or two about designing spaces to remember. Citing the neccessity of creating a striking and rich atmosphere, the duo’s philosophy is “to experience and not just see. Feel rather than touch. Make instead of buy.” Here, the craftsmen share their design tips and touches of magic that made our own stellar evening one to remember.

• Inspiration begins with the natural landscape of the site. From there, conceptualize a layout that fits the event and accentuates the beautiful elements of a site.

• We are firm believers in  incorporating your surroundings into your event. The practice of lining a large and enclosed tent with drapery and flowers to create a theatrical production is neither natural nor interesting.

• Think outside the box and follow your instincts. Sometimes the most unusual locations combined with good and simple design choices can make for the most striking events, especially weddings. There’s nothing more beautiful than nature itself. Our job is to highlight it.

The geodesic dome was designed and built in Europe and took two days to construct on the grounds.

Hundreds of candles, as well as handcrafted, copper hanging lanterns, lit the terraced garden.



photographs by  STEPHEN SIMONS  and  BLUE CALEEL

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