I SO enjoyed creating a table for To Live & Dine this year. The event took place last Monday evening at Atlanta’s Decorative Arts Center, known as ADAC, and was sponsored by Modern Luxury Interiors Magazine and The Atlantan. The event spanned two large areas of ADAC’s third floor, one housing tables created by designers, corporate sponsors and boutiques. The second space featured stations presented by some of the best chefs & restaurants in Atlanta. There was seriously too much amazing food to do justice here. But, my best Rumson Food Scouts (aka, The Hamiltons) highlighted the scallop with lima bean & corn succotash from Tom Tom, chilled pea soup from Cape Dutch, oyster on the half shell with horseradish ice from Beetlecat and the meatball from Davio’s as some of their favorites.
The table I created for Rumson Gifts & Home Furnishings was inspired by some photos of life in the English country side I saw recently. They were dimly lit–think light from a small window–and featured white marble, brass, pears, stone fruits and garden greenery. A second source of inspiration was the AMAZING painting of a low country tidal pond by artist Curt Butler seen in the photos below. It perfectly represents all of the colors I wanted to play out on the table itself–especially the grey in his sky and the pop of verdant green in his marsh grass.
To bring these ideas to life, I started with a charcoal gray linen table cloth and a black and tan table topper from Busatti Corner Atlanta. Our tan linen napkins were also from Busatti and featured hand-finished lace edges. We stained wooden chargers a deep mahogany color and added black matte ceramic plates from Italian artisanal ceramicists, Bucci.
The centerpiece gleamed with a brass lantern set atop a glass cube with brass edges which contained white orchids on bright green moss. I then clustered brass floral sculptures by artist Tommy Mitchell around the lantern. I think the combination gave me an intriguing interplay between the live orchids and the sculptural pieces. Finally, I brought the green from the centerpiece to the edge of the table by placing tiny artisanal pottery vessels filled with both the moss & miniature white orchids on each place setting.
I had a lot of fun designing this table and enjoyed the incredible creativity displayed by other designers. All the products featured here are available at Rumson Gifts & Home Furnishings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for store hours and information. Cheers!