Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Design Event: The Art of Entertaining

A couple of weeks ago South Coast Plaza hosted an event showcasing inspiring vignettes from nearly 20 home collections, including Hermes, Versace, Baccarat, NapaStyle, Emmo Home, Room & Board, Bloomingdales, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Williams-Sonoma. Several stores showcased newly launched pieces, exclusives and ones that have not even hit the stores yet. The tablescapes created by each vendor were absolutely beautiful and filled with inspiring ideas! Later in the evening I attended a private al fresco dinner with fellow designers, editors, and representatives from several of the companies who showcased their new merchandise. The dining table was centered in a courtyard, surrounded by a canopy of draped fabric and twinkle was breath taking! The dinner was delicious and I had a wonderful time meeting all of the people who attended. I'm more inspired than ever to host an outdoor dinner party one day soon! What about you? Do you like to entertain outside in the summer?

The seating consisted of large chesterfield sofas mixed with gold chiavari chairs and slip-covered chairs. 

The table was tightly wrapped with burlap, which I thought was a fantastic idea! The neutral color & texture served as a nice backdrop for the colorful flowers, candles and accents that decorated the table.

We each took home a copy of new book, The Comfortable Home by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Me with my best friend Gina

I couldn't get enough of the gorgeous tabletop! This is my dream outdoor summer dinner party. 

Favors for each guest were an over-sized terrycloth beach towel/ blanket courtesy of Henri Bendel.

Design vignette by Z Gallerie

A beautiful tablescape by Hermes

Crystal stemware and table setting by Lalique

White mugs filled with fresh herbs serve as a centerpiece in lieu of flowers. I love this idea!


  1. This event looks amazing! Love the green and blue sofas and the drapes gives an added intimate feel. BEAUTIFUL!!!

  2. Oh wow - how stunning is that table top!? I adore it - thank you so much for sharing. It must have been an absolutely fantastic time! :)

  3. How beautiful!!! The table looks amazing and I love the black and white with a splash of color.
    Also love how modern the Lalique pieces are. I was used to see more classical looks from them so I'm happily surprised.
    And you look very chic!
    Mariana from Daydreaming in the City (

  4. Love this! I especially like the hermes table display....wish I could eat on those dishes everyday! :)
    -Sarah Brue

  5. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    OMG, this looks amazing!! If I had a backyard I would start planning one immediately!!

  6. you look very much alike your friend (well, at least in that photo..)!!

  7. Omg! Beautiful!! It looked like you had so much fun! I really need to move to CA, you have all the best events there lol


  8. I'm so stunned, this is such a beautiful outdoor setting/venue! And thumbs up for the complimentary beach towels from Bendels!

  9. totally a dream outdoor summer dinner party for sure, you will have to let us all know more about that new book you received, I will have to look that one up...

  10. OMG...that first table scape is just gorgeous. I will forever dream of throwing a party that beautiful. haha

  11. I love it and would have be in heaven to have seen that beautiful table setting the furniture and all

    just like Curtains in my Tree around my patio but on a much glamorous scale

  12. I adore the burlap covered table! I'm having burlap all over my wedding in August.

    Maria xx


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