Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanksgiving Tables

My girlfriend, Lynda who lives in Atlanta, has formed a group of women to do "Martha things"!

Their first meeting was last Friday, and they toured 3 homes to view the Thanksgiving tablescapes that each of the owners had created. Each of the participants bought and shared family Thanksgiving recipes. Unfortunately, I only saw my friend's, but I am hoping for pictures from the others. These photo's show 2 different tables in Lynda's home, already set for a large gathering of 14 on Turkey Day. Each was created by re-using dishes in new combinations on her tables, and being able to gather lots of southern dried hydrangeas from the bushes in her yard!

One of the simplest tablecloths is on the table in the sun room by the pool. Faux crocodile leather was purchased from JoAnnes and just laid on the table - perfect for textural interest and clean-up from turkey gravy! Lot's of organic elements were used, naturally shed antlers, feathers, moss, and wooden trays. Plenty of candles were placed prominently on the tables to add to the festive nature of the occasion.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tablescapes for Aids

The past two weeks have been extremely busy, first the jewelry market in Atlanta and this week was time to put out Christmas in the store. But yesterday, a friend and I took time to attend the Elle Decor Tablescape Event at the Chicago Mart to raise money for Aids. I am posting pictures of tables from this event to share with you. My favorite centerpiece was the kale and moss in the rock crystal bowl. Many designers used organic materials such as moss, sticks, and vessels that were in the shape of trees, shells, and nature. The Ralph Lauren display was charming. Sitting in a log
gazebo, it featured great plaid, metallic, and velvet pillows around a stunning
place setting on a leopard charger. Hope you enjoy the pictures.