Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Come Dine With Me

Whimsical Dinner Party

Classic Dinner Party

Whimsical from top left: Royal Albert Zandra Rhodes Dinner Plates, Swarovski Champagne Flutes, Anna Weatherley Ceramic Butterfly Cardholders, Villeroy & Boch Blacksmith Cutlery, Kim Seybert Coral Napkin, Kim Seybert Lace Capiz Shell Placemats, Alessi Cactus Fruit Bowl

Classic from top left: Wedgewood Renaissance Dinner Plate, Wedgewood and Bentley Dinner Plate, L'Object Pave Sphere Salt & Pepper Shakers, Royal Doulton Crystal Saturn Noveau Flute, Vera Wang Cutlery, Kim Seybert Lattice Blue Napkin, Tiffany & Co. Plaid Cut Crystal Bowl, Kim Seybert Crystal Dome Sky & Gold Napkin Ring, Agraria Votive, Smythson Stationery
I have always had a thing for a beautifully laid out dinner table.  When I invite people around for lunch or dinner, I go to a lot of effort thinking of a theme and plotting colour schemes, floral arrangements and place cards.  When I was 25, I won a minor prize of gift vouchers for the local shopping centre and I spent every cent of it on a dizzying array of various dinner plates, napkins, servingware, candles and placemats.  Now that I think back to it, I guess that most 25 year olds would have bought clothes with the money!  It was my first foray into decorating and I have not been able to uncurl my fingers from the colour wheel ever since.

Decorating a table is a great introduction to decorating a room.  It's on a much smaller scale and it's less expensive, but the same design rules still apply.  First decide what style you want to achieve.  I have created a mood board for a what I call a whimsical scheme (think outdoor luncheon or perhaps an engagement party) and a classic scheme.  Choose a feature colour and use it as a focal point on the table.  Think about layering your table and balancing the objects.  For example, if you have large high backed dinning chairs, use a large centrepiece to balance the table.  Remember to keep items low to allow conversation around the table.  I'm not a great cook (I have a few old favourite recipes), but with a beautifully laid table, great company and a nice bottle of wine, we have some great nights at our house.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Colour Me Happy

From top left to right:
Missoni Cushion, Stray Dog Designs Lamp, Three Hands Studded Moroccan Table, Trina Turk Cushion, Aphrochic Wallpaper, Cristina Re Teacups, Trina Turk Cushion, Three Hands Scalloped Yellow Frame, Jonathan Adler Stool, Three Hands Bamboo Bowls, Bond NYC perfume, Kristy Lee Interiors Elephant Picture
It's been grey and cold here in Melbourne for the past few days and I can't think of anything better to lift your mood than some bright and happy colours.  Interiors have definitely gone through a beige/grey (or greige) stage of late - just visit any display home in Melbourne and be assaulted by the blandness.  Why not inject some personality and happiness to a neutral base with some fun and colourful accents?  They can easily be changed and you will be surprised at how they will lift a room and affect your mood.  If you really are unsure, start with simple easy things such as bath towels.  Be brave and go for that extra bright colour.  Trust me, you will be addicted before you know it!