By Kelsey Glein
Updated Jan 10, 2015 @ 3:03 pm
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The countdown is on to one of Hollywood's biggest nights of the year (the Golden Globe Awards!), and we're giving you a peek inside the preparations for one of the hottest after-parties: the 16th Annual InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes bash that takes place right in the center of all the action. Famed event designer Thomas Ford has been dreaming up the stunning décor for our annual A-list fêtes since 2002 (last year boasted attendees like Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift, Channing Tatum, and Jessica Chastain), and we caught up with him to get the inside scoop on this year's soirée which is currently under construction.

The theme for the 2015 party? "I took inspiration from the glamorous disco era," Ford shares. "The design is also a celebration of the female artist, long unrecognized by the art community." Featuring hints of Halston '70s glam, the event will be dark and sexy with intense pops of color—think amethyst purple, cobalt blue, metallic gold, and lots and lots of silver. Modern and sleek Italian-style furniture will add an extra touch of style to the scene.

Ford created the backdrop for the scene using photographs of the eucalyptus forests in Australia's Blue Mountains taken by artist Amanda Ortland. The chandelier, which acts as the focal point of the event, was inspired by British artist Rachel Whiteread, and consists of three giant floating mirrored discs that light up and change color (pictured above). Over 3,000 hand-tied strands of miniature mirrored discs hang from the floating creations, which ring in at 14 feet, 8 feet, and 6 feet in size. "It's like a disco ball exploded," Ford says of the dazzling overhead installation. We can't wait to see the finished product come Sunday, which is sure to wow!

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For a hint of what's to come, take a look back at the outrageously beautiful interiors of our past Golden Globes parties, featuring everything from flaming red chandeliers to miniature sparkling flamingos hanging from the ceiling, in the gallery now. Plus, stay tuned to get a peek inside this year’s bash on Sunday, January 11!