Become an “Elf” This Holiday Season

Summer is almost over… and we’re looking to hire a few HOLIDAY ELVES!!! We do a lot of holiday decor for corporate & private clients. And we need to find a group of enthusiastic, hard-working, deadline-driven workers to help us tackle our holiday production projects. Dare to dream… become an Elf. You know you’ve always • Read More »

Not Your Traditional Holiday Trees???

Always a highlight of Winter WonderFest are the over-the-top thematic trees. Each tree gets decked out with hundreds of lights & ornaments. This year we pushed to get more “themes” on the trees. It was great fun coming up with the concepts and seeing them through to installation. It’s been a busy week getting everything • Read More »

Winter WonderFest : Opens Tomorrow

It’s that time of the year again… and the Ivan Carlson “Elves”have been working hard down at Chicago’s Navy Pier to get ready for this year’s holiday festivities. The party starts tomorrow as Winter WonderFest opens its door to the public on Friday, December 6th. Here’s a sneak peek of the 42′ tree that greets • Read More »

Everything Is Bigger In Texas

This was especially true this year when our ICA Crew made a return visit to Dallas to install a large Christmas tree again this year. As if the 20-foot tree wasn’t quite tall enough in 2012, this year the tree “grew” another four feet taller. Now the tree towers up into the second level of • Read More »

Holiday Palette : Prepped & Packed

The American Girl holiday palette of of pinks & purples expanded this year to more of their stores. Last year, we created Christmas trees for four of their store locations. This year, we prepped & packed for more trees in more stores, as well as a full decoration package for several stores. Hundreds of wreaths, • Read More »

Alice’s Holiday In Wonderland

Last night was Alice’s trip through the Rabbit Hole. When greeted by the White Rabbit at the front door, you’ve got no escape but to plunge head first into this fantastical “Alice In Wonderland” themed holiday party. The graphic style of Chicago illustrator David Csicsko worked perfectly as the visual inspiration of this party. Working • Read More »

A Design Day With Alice

We’ve very excited to have been contracted to do another corporate holiday party for one of our favorite clients. The theme this year is “Alice In Wonderland”…with a twist! Not your typical Disney characters. Not your well-know Tim Burton characters. Instead, the client has connected us with Chicago artist David Csicsko to do some graphic • Read More »

A Classy Christmas

When decorating a private residence for the holidays, it’s not all about decorating the tree. Frequently it is more about accentuating their home and its furnishings. Keeping in mind the color palette and style of the homeowners. Not everything has to be traditional red & green. For this classy Christmas, we accentuated the chandelier in • Read More »

Santa’s Den

The stage in the Family Pavilion at Navy Pier was decked out today in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. And to make him feel extra comfortable this year, the stage was designed as a recreation of his own Den in the North Pole. Complete with bookcases, fireplace and toy shelves. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be • Read More »

Holidays That Sparkle in Pinks & Purples

Our ICA Installation Crew traveled to Dallas this week to spread a little Christmas Magic! Decorating for the holidays is no simple task when you’re building a 20′ Christmas tree. Bigger trees need bigger tools… and big floor space to put the tree! Starting at the top with a custom designed “logo star” topper, and • Read More »