Last week I had the privilege of going to the Washington Design Center for a book event in the Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig showroom.
First of all, I would like to say thanks to showroom manager Giles Gobert and his staff for all of their help and for a fun and successful event!
I loved seeing so old friends and meeting new ones! For this event I did two tables, one of which I shared my concept with you earlier. My inspiration for the “autumn tabletop” was an article in the June issue of World of Interiors about a pair of exquisite imari beaker vases. Shortly after seeing this article, I received a lovely gift of 12 blue and orange dragon napkins. That’s when my ideas really began to take shape!
Immediately I started my “hunt” for the perfect fabric for a tablecloth for this event’s autumn table. Of course I wanted to find something in the “Kravet stable” of fabrics and I found a GP & J Baker fabric called “Clouds” in Terracotta that seemed to be a perfect background for this “collected tabletop”.
From there I selected Mottahedeh’s Blue Canton pattern and layered it with their Blue Dragon salad plates. Blue Canton is such a classic old pattern and the Blue Dragon certainly tied in the dragons on the napkins. I wanted to add some texture to the table, so I selected Juliska’s bamboo cutlery , which also added to the oriental feel of the table. Tall white orchids in a lovely blue and white planter from Avala made a real statement and provided height for the table.
An orange pagoda card was a perfect background for the menu that included Duck a l’Orange and Grand Marnier Souffle…among other delicious items.
William Yeoward’s “Pearl” pattern is perfect with any tabletop and I use it so much at Chestnut Cottage with all of my different tabletop designs. So I decided to bring it along for this autumn table in shades of blues and oranges!
The second table for this event was a holiday table. It is hard to believe that Christmas is less than three months away, so I wanted to put everyone on notice that holiday entertaining is just around the corner! I used Brunschwig & Fils faux bois pattern “Wood” in Red as the starting point for the holiday table. For those who don’t like to do floral arrangements, I wanted to use something different for a “centerpiece”. A collection of Simon Pearce Vermont Evergreen Trees added to the feeling of Christmas in the woods.
I layered three patterns of Christmas china… and crowned these patterns with my hand blown martini glasses from The Collected Tabletop!
Beaded holly placemats also gave the table a casual feel and small vases held three red roses as well as placecards.
The green stemware pattern is an Italian Murano pattern from Nason Moretti. All these wonderful pieces come together to make a “collected holiday tabletop”! Thanks to everyone who attended this fun event at Kravet and for all the help from the entire showroom staff!
And a special thanks to Leah who helps me in so many, many ways! What a fun road trip we had to DC…in spite of four days of pouring rain!