The inspiration for the tablescape came from a Museum of Modern Art book that Alix got at a used book sale a little over a year ago. The cover of the book is embossed and painted metal making the piece was just too hard to resist. The couple decided to use the cover as their inspiration and pulled elements of color, style, and finish to complete the modern tablescape.
DIY Project: Modern Centerpiece
-3 small succulents
-white spray paint
-newspaper, plastic bags
Buy or gather pea-sized gravel, rinse in a colander, and allow to dry.
Find a box that suits the size of your table and cut to your desired height (mine was about 6 inches tall) or buy a box that’s the shape you prefer. I spray painted my box so that it was all evenly white. Line the box with plastic bags. Place your mirrored box inside (I covered mine in plastic to prevent it from getting dirty) and fill the larger box with soil. Plant your succulents–I used three and left the fourth space free for a tea light candle and some contrasting black rocks. Spray paint your gravel white and let dry. Take the (now) white gravel and cover all of the dirt surrounding your succulents and mirror/mirrored box. Nestle your candle down in the rocks and surround with black rocks. Viola!
Design Team: Alix Gates & Jake Levy
Photographers: Alix Gates & Jake Levy
Simple. Clean. Modern.
What we love most about this design is that it’s sophisticated while still being a bit playful. A break from the traditional, more feminine inspired blooms, the calla lilies, lush tropical leaves and craspedia are sleeker and definitely give the table a simple, clean, modern look. We love the contrasting tones of the bright yellow calla lilies against the green glass vases and dark gray place settings, such a striking combination! We kept saying “texture and layers” during the shoot and the craspedia and pin cushion protea really achieved that idea. While we decided to use the protea to accent the place setting you can use any type of flower that coordinates with the centerpiece – it’s a great way to continue the design over the entire table and add pops of color. Rather than using a tablecloth on the table the Chilewich placemats are a great addition to the design because of their practicality and texture. The green aluminum wire spiraling between the bud vases, along with the fun, funky craspedia (aka Billy Balls) kept the look fun and whimsical, minimal but not too serious. Overall the design is intended to be simple and striking, a few elements creating a strong impact.
INSPIRATION: Upscale picnic, Kelly Wearstler and Springtime! For this challenge my aim was to create a clean and approachable design while still incorporating romantic blousy flowers. This modern table design started with your standard caterer provided crisp white linens and folding chairs. By adding pattern and texture, highlighting a single flower type as well as including special paper details – you have a high impact and fun design. Modern is all about keeping it fresh and natural, being fashion forward, highlighting lovely details as well as incorporating pattern and graphics. Modern makes a bold statement while putting a big smile on your face.
Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Calligraphy and paper goods: Papermade Design
Macaroons: Nine Cakes
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting projection: Adam Frank Inc.
Fabric runner: “Lovely Lattice” by Waverly at Mood Designer Fabrics
Bottles: Collection of green wine and water bottles
Gift boxes, stickers and stamp: Papersource: www.paper-source.com
This table setting, styled by Jessica of Être Events and photographed by Lauren Gabrielle, features an eclectic tapestry
of textures and African accents. Inspired by the Fort Greene, Brooklyn venue, Ici Restaurant which boasts a local and organic
ethos, all of the decor featured in the shoot were found locally in Ft Greene. Sustainability and repurposing items, such as the old 78 records as place settings on the table, supporting local businesses and featuring succulents were intentionally used throughout the theme. Old wine corks were used as to replace rocks or open air gravel the succulents inside the calabash gourds. The batik table cloths, calabash planters with succulents, hydrangea arrangements and candles were all found locally in the neighborhood of Fort Greene/Clinton Hill.
Black and White with drops of Green
A very quick and simple DIY tablescape that anybody can reproduce at home or for events. All triangle decor made of card stock: hand cut each shape x 2 and attach it to cocktail sticks for the table decor and nylon strings for the hanging decor pieces.
By Michaela of Bliss!
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