Thursday, March 25, 2010

Exotic Entertaining

Grounded by neutral colors and natural fibers, bold coral and turquoise are allowed to shine. "Dinnerware is like jewelry," says designer Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson and Rummerfield's House of Design. "Summer is the time to go big with striking patterns."

For a Look Like This:

Design Your Own Plates
Available at Freddy & Ma
Water Hyacinth Pillows
$29 to $99
Available at West Elm

"It's great to have a signature style as a hostess, but I always add a surprise or twist. In this case, I added a punch of color. Yellow is a popular color to mix with blue, and it adds warmth."

Peggy Sewell, Contributing Editor, Southern Accents

Classic Menu: A Homey Brunch

For a Look Like This:

Bergamote Blue Tablecloth
Available at DeVries & Dornbos
Rutherford Circle Plates by Kate Spade for Lenox
$17 to $26
Available at Dillard's

Natural fibers and textures -- from the wicker chairs to the woven placemats -- lend a cozy feel to this cottage dining area. The iron lantern overhead is a rustic substitute for the standard chandelier.

For a Look Like This:

Lloyd/Flanders Three-Season Vintage Armchair
Available at L.L. Bean
Round Rattan Placemats
Available at Sur La Table

Just because a get-together is laidback doesn't mean it can't be beautiful. Seasonal herbs and flowers, quaint table linens, and soft candlelight set the scene for an intimate gathering.

For a Look Like This:

Tate Lemon Placemats and Napkins
$4.95 (placemat), $3.95 (napkin)
Available at Crate & Barrel
Enchanted Forest Chandelier
Available at Illuminations

Make a large dining room feel more intimate with a warm and inviting tablescape. Rich colors mixed with sterling silver pieces give the setting an aged patina.

Elegant Couples' Party

For a Look Like This:

Ivy Garland Dinner Plates by Anna Weatherly
Available at Neiman Marcus
Fluted Cachepot
Available at Charlotte Moss

This elegant mirrored table sets off the pinks, greens, and golds of the setting. New glassware and placemats are mixed with traditional china and silver for a glamorous vintage feel.

Glamorous Hearty Hors d'Oeuvres Affair

For a Look Like This:

"Indents" Glassware
$65 to $98
Available at Horchow
Crystal Beaded Napkin Rings
Available at Linens N Things


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