Tablescape challenge: Modern African

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.

Team members:

Ici Restaurant
Owa African Boutique
Root Stock & Quade
Être Events
Lauren Gabrielle Photography

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Tablescape challenge: Black & white with drops of green

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.

Sources: the centerpiece vessel is from Ikea, the black and white serving dishes are by Marimekko. Photography, menu designs, complete table design and styling by me.

By Michaela of Bliss!

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Tablescape challenge: Modern black and white

I’m so excited to get this series started!  We got some great submissions over the last few weeks and this week we’re going to show our favorites!  Next week we’ll announce the winner of the $500 prize thanks to Newlywish!

Our design inspiration is actually one that I have been considering using at my own wedding next Spring.  We love how the paper planes incorporate a strong geometrical accent and also serve as a whimsical throwback.  The baby’s breath softens the look and our florist, Birch Blooms, intended to make them reminiscent of fluffy clouds.  The menus are featured on clear transparencies with white or black ink, the white menus having been designed with original calligraphy by Little Byrd Lettering.  We wanted to achieve a practical table so that guests views wouldn’t be obstructed and used translucent black vases for the tall bouquets, and stout vases holding just a touch of baby’s breath running the length of the table.

We think this is a clear example of why black and white weddings are so classic, and just adore how the crisp white plays against the moody black in a way that’s both elegant and edgy.

Team members:

Designer: Lauren Davi
Stylist: Ashley Pepitone
Photography by Janet Howard Studio
Floral design by Birch Blooms
Calligraphy by Little Byrd Lettering
Place settings, silverware, table, napkins from Peachtree Tents and Events
Table runner, champagne flutes, vases: Designer’s own

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[White +] Hot Pink

Having the opportunity to pick up peonies at the farmers’ market is one of my favorite things about this time of year. I especially can’t get enough of the super vibrant, hot pink variety which, as you can see, fully inspired this week’s board. – Courtney

Credits: Clockwise, from left to right: Bouquet photo by Our Labor of Love via Ruffled, LOVE photo by Kareem Black, Bride photo by Tanja Lippert via Style Me Pretty, Ring photo by 3photographers via Brooklyn Bride, Hot pink lipstick via A Glamorous Little Side Project, Hot Pink gown by Katie Ermilio via Simply Seductive, Mini cake photo by Chloe Murdoch with Mike Larson Photography Inc. via Style Me Pretty.

1. Kate Spade Vonya, $225.00; 2. Passion Triple Flower Earrings from Phoenix Art Studio, $30.00; 3. Stawberry Milkshake Poms from pomtree, $13.00; 4. Topshop Lip Stick in Rosa, $14.00; 5. Pop Flower from ban.do, $75; 6. Clutch from Cory Renee, $75.00; 7. Romantic Ring Bearer Pillow from Romancing Juliet, $36.50.

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White [+ Orange]

Last week Erika asked (in the comments) to see White + Orange next, so I happily obliged. I tend to avoid orange in most design that I do, because it has some personal significance. My alma mater is Syracuse, home of The Orange. So after being completely inundated with the color for several years, I had just about had my fill. But after doing this exercise, I have to say, I’ve been missing out. Paired with white it is so fresh and bright—and really pretty unique in the wedding world—that I can’t help but love it. – Courtney

Credits: Clockwise, from left to right: Tablescape from  Martha Stewart Weddings, Bridesmaids photo by Barrie Fisher Photographers via Style Me Pretty, Citrus Sorbet by Liz V Photo via Mowielicious, Flower photo via Apartment Therapy, Groomsman photo via Martha Stewart Weddings, Cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop, Orange door by pedun + munk via Desire to Inspire.

1. Risky Business Sunglasses from Fred Flare, $12.00; 2. A Day in May Orange Coasters from Full Circle Press, $15.00; 3. Tulle Pom Party Wands from Shortcake Party Picks, $15.00; 4. Raw Jewelry by JLRicci Oval Carnelian Cocktail Ring from Max & Chloe, $750.00; 5. Burst Invitation Sample from Paper and Parcel, $4.50; 6. Birch Wood Shavings Crafted Flowers from Accents and Petals, $5.00; 7. Kendra Scott Oralie Earrings from Zappos, $68.00.

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