When I first set out to write this post, I was in the entertaining mood. After all, December seems to be the month most popular for soirees. Although I’m no party planner, I do know a stylish tablescape when I see one (and a good cocktail, but that’s beside the point…). Naturally, I had my sights set on rounding up some photos of fabulous table settings. After a little while I started to notice a theme in the pictures I was finding– they were all green! Fitting, considering Pantone’s recent announcement for 2013. So, whether you’re celebrating the holidays or just enjoying the company of a few friends, these verdant tabletops should certainly inspire you to “go green” this year! Give a green table a festive touch with unconventional gold accents a la Kelly Wearstler for Vogue.com. Miles Redd brightens up the table with a shocking dose of chartreuse with that centerpiece. Those mint green walls are the perfect background. Emerald never looked so good. I love that a traditional tablesetting can get an instant upgrade with a vibrant tablecloth and pretty plants. Via Carolyne Rhoeme. Tony Duquette, king of “more is more” stays to true to his signature sensibility with this malachite and coral arrangement featured in Lonny. Bronson Van Wyck (party planner extraordinaire and Arkansas native) gave his table the jade touch for House Beautiful. Nathan Turner set his coffee table for a Moroccan-style feast, using lush green fabric as a table cloth and accented with vibrant flowers. How do you plan to set your table this year?
Succulents aren’t just for desert climates — they can make a naturally gorgeous statement in any home or garden.
They’re inexpensive, available year-round, and have many uses. The trio in the raku serving piece are a niche counterpoint to the short flowers in the vase behind them. Scale is the key to success when it comes to using succulents.
Don’t be intimated to cut off the roots of these echiveras. Rootless, echiveras can last indoors for months at a time and help soften any tabletop as well as give a contemporary twist to your accessories.
Here is what you’ll need:
-Enough 2 to 3-inch specimens to fill your container. We used three echiverias with bloom spikes.
Just remove the plants from the pots, being careful not to bruise the bottom foliage. Shake off potting soil.
Then using shears or sharp scissors, cut the roots off flush with the bottom row of leaves on the plant.
Each should then rest on a level surface.
You won’t need soil or water in the tray. All you have to do is mist well every few days and enjoy!
Texture is very important in our designs so we use a lot of baskets…We’re constantly searching for things that will take the “shine” off of everything new in a home. Baskets quickly do the trick. We like all kinds of baskets…the only requirement is that they are not shiny.
Baskets are great for entertaining, too. This one was used for a floral arrangement.
We love vintage market baskets! We will have them for sale in our warehouse that is opening soon at 2212 Cantrell Road in the Cajun’s Wharf Complex.
And finally, you can use them as chargers!
Everyone has some baskets in a closet somewhere…dig them out and get creative. For both decorating and entertaining you may already have that perfect accessory and didn’t even know it.
It’s your turn. Let’s talk!