You Oughta Know: Elizabeth Nettles of Peacock Feathers Events + Style

Welcome to my second installment of "You Oughta Know". Today's Q & A is with the one and only Elizabeth Nettles of Peacock Feathers, an all around fabulous gal whose fun, funky and bold style I admire in a major way. I first ran across Elizabeth on the internets while researching a post I did on zig zags last year. I featured a photo of her guest bedroom that I found on flickr. From there, I checked out her blog and have been hooked ever since.

Q: You recently opened your own business, Peacock Feathers Event + Style-Congratulations! What inspired your leap to entrepreneurship?

A: Thank you! Getting involved in the blogging world was a big inspiration. Reading about all these talented women who are out there being creative and finding ways to make it on their own terms motivated me tremendously. And I had been working as an event planner in the non-profit world for years, gaining experience and making contacts. I figured if I wasn’t going to do it now, I never would.

Elizabeth's business announcements. Check out her directions on how to line envelopes here.

Love the turquoise chairs!

Q: How would you describe your event design style?

A: I like events that have a sense of playfulness and a large dose of the unexpected. And I’m inspired by fashion and interior design, so my events will often use color and pattern combinations from a favorite designer’s most recent collection or from a room I was drooling over in Domino or Elle D├ęcor.

Christmas party decor

Q: What are some tried & true event-planning tips you always fall back on?

A: Definitely having a MAJOR focal point – something tall and unusual, like a round buffet with a tree coming up from the center that is completely covered in a swarm of feather butterflies. And color, color, color!


Q: Can you share some ideas for planning a fab event on a budget?

A: Use great objects from around your house to create a tablescape. Jelly jars or tin cans with cool designs make great floral containers. Do some easy crafting to make a big impact, like decoupaging $1 glass plates with scraps torn from magazines to use as chargers for a sit-down dinner. Or paper mache over balloons to create oddly-shaped votive holders. And definitely take advantage of the power of spray paint. A $3 can will transform almost anything! Those mismatched vases and figurines from the thrift store become chic and cohesive when painted the same color.

Halloween party decor-Gothic glam!

Q: You have a rather fearless approach to decorating: using bold colors, mixing prints and patterns, eclectic groupings of art and accessories. How does one pull it all together so beautifully?

A: I think it’s all about not being afraid to try something new, and not being afraid to fail. The way I figure it is, if it doesn’t look good the first time you can always change it!

Elizabeth's Family room-loving her eclectic gallery wall

Q: You're a gal whose not afraid of a little DIY action. What is your proudest DIY achievement thus far?

A: My whole house!

A recent DIY, read about the transformation here.

Q: What are some of your favorite resources for home goods?

A: Marshalls/HomeGoods, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Jonathan Adler, thrift stores and yard sales, eBay…

A shot of the shelves in Elizabeth's bathroom. How awesome is that horse print?

A fun little corner of Elizabeth's office

Q: What is your fashion philosophy?

A: More is more! I love color, sparkle, embellishment and pattern. I figure, who wants to blend into the crowd? Also, I like to wear a varied mix of designer, vintage, and “high street” – that’s what it’s really all about for me, not doing any one look from head to toe. But my biggest thing is: simply making the effort to look my best whenever I’m in public. Maybe it’s my Southern upbringing, but I don’t get behind wearing what I consider house clothes, such as flip-flops and capri pants, to eat in a restaurant or stroll around town. I often look around and wonder what exactly everyone is saving their sartorial efforts for.

What I wouldn't give to raid this gals' closet & jewelry box!

Q: Favorite designers?

A: Christian Lacroix, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Bruno Frisoni…the list goes on and on.

I die.

Q: What are your favorite shops/places to snag a deal?

A: Zara, J.Crew, Topshop, BCBG Max Azria, Anthropologie. Specific to Philadelphia, I love Petulia’s Folly and Joan Shepp. And number one for designer deals is Last Call Neiman Marcus. There is no place better for snagging the Nina Ricci slingbacks from last season that were photographed in Vogue, or the Prada skirt that Charlotte wore on Sex and the City.

Q: Name some current inspirations?

A: The promise of summer and warm weather is the most inspiring thing right now. It motivates me to work on my outdoor spaces, to plant flowers and spruce up the exterior of the house. Also, I am always inspired by other blogs – like Door Sixteen for top-notch renovation ideas, Desire to Inspire for gorgeous interior images, Apartment #417 to follow a creative person as she decorates a new apartment on a budget, and definitely Sea of Shoes for fashion.

Here's her newly spiffed up patio, read more here.

Q: A few of your favorite things?

A: Animals - both real and decorative; the color turquoise; estate and vintage costume jewelry; cooking; all music by the Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers and Gutter Twins; traveling, especially in Europe; watching Friday Night Lights and The Wire; and generally spending time with my fabulously talented and handsome sweetie, Kevin.

Q: How do you spend a typical Saturday?

A: Running around town on my bike, buying groceries at the farmer’s market, maybe poking around in my favorite shops, and hopefully meeting up with Kevin for lunch and a fun afternoon together, followed by drinks and dinner with our friends. And of course, I usually try to fit in some kind of household project!

Yes, that is Elizabeth's perfect pink bike. Now do you believe me when I say she's fab?

Thank you so much, Elizabeth for participating in my interview! And now, dear readers, for a fun little treat. Elizabeth has kindly offered to create a custom digital moodboard for one lucky SPPN reader! Simply leave a comment on this post about why you would like to win (ex: ideas for a bday party, bridal shower, wedding, etc.). I will leave comments open until Sunday, May 10th and will announce the winner on Monday May 11th. The winner will receive a custom digital moodboard from Elizabeth with ideas for the event you specified. Fun fun! Good luck!

Quick Links:

Peacock Feathers Blog

Peacock Feathers Event + Style website

Elizabeth's flickr


  1. Great interview... so glad to have "met" her! I love her blog! I would love a fun event board for my daughter's second birthday theme this summer. She's turning 2 - so fun for adults and kids. Sweet and summery with a bit of flair!

  2. Elizabeth is one of the sweetest bloggers I have come across. Thank you for the excellent interview! I love her colorful approach to life.

  3. what a fantastic interview! i love what elizabeth says about not being afraid to fail. timeless advice.

  4. WOW! She really is fantastic. Thanks for introducing her to me. What a wonderful interview. I really love what she said about why people are saving their sartiorial efforts. Can't wait to check out her blog!

  5. What a great interview - I must go check out her blog. I love her ideas and how she does things within a budget.

  6. Thanks for the introduction. I'm loving her living room.

  7. elizabeth is one of my favourite bloggers and i look to her blog for fearless, colourful, design and diy ideas. she is really so nice too!

    and how flattered am i that my blog is listed as one of her inspirations? holy crap. thank you so much :)

    oooooh and i would love to see a moodboard created for my bedroom! i think elizabeth knows 'my style' and the look my apartment has so i'd be super interested to see what she comes up with for my bedroom...since i'm stuck! - whoops! i see it's for an event...well, my birthday is this summer so that would be fun too!

  8. Thanks everyone for the comments-I knew you would enjoy her! Remember-if you want to enter the giveaway, please specify that you do and what event you would like a moodboard for.

    Kay-I am sure she would be willing to do one for your bedroom should you win!

    In fact, why don't we add that in the mix? So everyone, if you would prefer a moodboard relating to interior design, let me know!

  9. Wow! What a fabulous post! I will have to check more about her. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. Take care!

  10. omg what an amazing interview/job/life. I had to read this in installments because it overwhelmed me to read it all in one go what with all the eye candy and such. dang! I'll take more posts like this for sure!

  11. Sounds like an awesome person AND designer!

    I really need a mood board for my wedding! I'm getting married and planning it myself, and could use some help with reception decor! :)

  12. i need a mood board for my front living/dining room..i am clueless about it!

  13. What a fantastic giveaway! I'm keeping my fingers crossed because it would be so great to have an inspiration board for my living room. I love that white chandelier make over you featured in this post.

  14. This is an awesome giveaway, and I need a moodboard for my bedroom like I need coffee first thing in the morning: BADLY! I love Elizabeth's style and I feel confident she could direct me down the right path!

  15. i would love to be entered for a chance to win a mood board for either my living room or bedroom - you see my boyfriend and i are moving in together next month and we seriously need some help combining our styles and personal taste into a cohesive room that we can both be happy in....please help! :)