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TABLESCAPES SETTING A STYLISH TABLE

LISA CREGAN


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Don’t let a little thing like home renovation cramp your style. Why not give an eccentric spin to your down-to-the-studs construction site? How about taper candles in plastic shower knobs and a heavily bleached painter’s drop cloth for a tablecloth? Renovation is hard; dinner parties are fun. Pattern overload is kept in check by strict adherence to the dining chairs’ color palette. Old and new are interwoven, with heirloom sterling getting a refreshing jolt from a mix of gold flatware. To top it off, a calligrapher created the menus on work-order forms! (Previous Spread) Fearless femininity is channeled by a soft turquoise, pink, and brown palette. Tucking a single flower bud into each napkin adds yet another chic couture moment.

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Formal but also playful? It can be done. Taking cues from the flame-pattern dining chairs, these robin’s-egg-blue glass goblets and turquoise placemats are happy foils for a riotous centerpiece. A bit of tropical punch—paradise gone luxe—can lift the spirit even in the dead of winter. Set a table with gilded pineapples and palm baubles to evoke balmy breezes. It’s like a one-way ticket to Mustique.

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The taxidermy peacock on the sideboard casts a romantic spell over this dining room, where menu cards and place cards signal to guests that they’re in for a very special evening. A polished place setting worthy of a big anniversary hews strictly to its palette of glittering silvers, grays, and whites. The most jaw-dropping touch, though, is the waterfall of creamy roses and hydrangeas spilling from a hollowed-out birch log.

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A vivacious wallpaper is all that’s needed to get the party started in this dining room. Visual power comes from both coral-colored napkins and tiny vases filled with ranunculus that play up the lotus and carp motif sheathing the room. Gold goblets echo the brass chandelier, and dark plates harmonize with the steel sideboard.

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“PART OF THE PLEASURE OF ENTERTAINING IS DREAMING UP ALL THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE THE NIGHT FEEL SPECIAL.” JANE S COT T HOD GES

A table set for a big dinner transforms a raw industrial space into an utterly charming spot for celebration. Pastel colors, as seen in the pale yellow roses and pink bowls, soften the feel of white steel chairs, while mercury-glass candlesticks reflect the romantic glow from the ornate crystal chandelier.

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MARCH 2018

DON’T JUST SET THE TABLE— SET THE MOOD!

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lanning the ultimate dressy dinner party? Or something more laid-back and casual? There’s an art to tuning your table to the occasion and House Beautiful Tablescapes helps you master this often underappreciated skill—

whether it’s for a Sunday supper, freewheeling garden party, or extravagant holiday soirée. Lavishly photographed, this book explores a stunning range of decorative possibilities utilizing every kind of tabletop décor imaginable, from elegantly curling sterling candelabra, to jaw-snapping alligator napkin rings, to a whooping troop of porcelain monkeys. LISA CREGAN is a regular writer for House

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, a leading authority on home

Beautiful and has been a frequent contribu-

design and decoration, reaches 6.3 million readers

tor to a broad array of interior, garden, style,

every month—more than any other shelter maga-

and entertainment publications. A former res-

zine. The magazine helps readers achieve rooms

ident of the Chicago and New York areas, she

that feel right, not just stylish; and living rooms,

now lives in Palm Beach, Florida. Lisa is also

not showrooms. Inspired by the past, living in the

the author of House Beautiful Pink and House

present, and looking to the future, House Beautiful

Beautiful Color: The Perfect Shade for Every

accompanies its readers on their quest to create

Room, among numerous other Hearst Books titles.

the house of their dreams.

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MARCH 2018 LIFESTYLE / House & Home $29.95 ($39.95 Canada) Hardcover 8½” x 10”; 208 pages ISBN 9781618372345

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House Beautiful Tablescapes  

Planning the ultimate dressy dinner party? Or something more laid-back and casual? There’s an art to tuning your table to the occasion and H...

House Beautiful Tablescapes  

Planning the ultimate dressy dinner party? Or something more laid-back and casual? There’s an art to tuning your table to the occasion and H...

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