One of our new advertisers for the winter issue of Dishing is a talented interior designer and blogger. Since we started this website, we’ve wanted someone who can write for us about style and design for the kitchen, for the table and for entertaining. We’re excited to have Blair Friedeman on board! -Cara Rank
With most restaurants in Jackson closing for the “off-season,” it is the perfect time of year to host a dinner party. Stylish entertaining does not have to involve polishing silver or ordering up a lavish floral arrangement. The best tabletops are uncontrived and mix juxtaposing textures and styles. This rustic and whimsical table is the perfect example — blending modern pieces with vintage, homemade and organic elements.
A few tips that will help you create a similar style tabletop:
(1) Start with one element on which to build the entire design. In this case, it was a tablecloth made from an $8 painter’s drop cloth and fabric paint. The pattern, colors and natural texture of the tablecloth inspired each element and layer of the design.
(2) Look in your cupboards. It is one of the best places to look for inexpensive decor. Coffee beans, in this instance, add a wonderful texture and provide amazing aromatherapy. Leafy greens, such as kale, can serve as an unexpected alternative to flowers. Citrus, herbs, nuts and vegetables (currently loving eggplants for long farmhouse tables) are also great options.
(3) Work in threes. Three is a magical number in design. Using three of any object is more appealing visually and looks more effortless than two or four.
(4) Mix vintage with modern pieces. Layering vintage pieces, such as this seltzer bottle and quirky wolf head shot glass, with modern pieces keeps a table fresh and full of personality.
(5) Use traditional tabletop pieces in unexpected ways. One of my favorite parts of this table design was using agate coasters as a pedestal for the pots of kale. The coasters could also be utilized as candleholders for pillars.