Setting a creative table makes your guests feel so special—and it doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming! Professional stylists and designers take you through their inspirational table settings step-by-step so you can recreate them in your own home. They also share shopping hot spots for unique and distinctive items.


Tablescaping: Rustic Wonderland

Comments Off 16 September 2010


Read Full Feature by Bridget Biscotti Bradley in Issue No. 4.


As summer winds down and you realize that colder days are just around the corner, it’s natural to look for every opportunity to enjoy eating al fresco. So, when Nesting Newbies asked us to create a tablescape that epitomized the style and values of our eco-friendly home store, Reclaim, I could think of no better spot than the Menlo Park, California backyard of Sheila Riley and Douglas Farel. Their garden is an organic wonderland, meticulously cared for, but with a rustic and welcoming vibe.

This incredible setting inspired our table design—a collaboration between Holly Durocher, the staff interior designer at Reclaim; J.R. Farel, an up-and-coming product designer who works at Reclaim when she’s home from college in Boston; and me. The three of us set out to create an Indian-summer, organic-garden brunch.

Photography by Natalie Wi

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Party Ideas

Entertaining: Casbah Cool

Comments Off 14 September 2010


Read Full Feature in Nesting Newbies Magazine, 2010 Issue No.4

Casbah Cool for Warm Evening Entertaining


It begins with an idea, and Lea had one. A really good one. “I want to show our readers an alternative way to barbeque,” Lea McIntosh explains. “I envision a low table, with lots of cushions for casual seating, and the hostess at the head of the table with a small, portable grill right next to her. Then she can be a part of the party—not stuck behind the scenes cooking. I picture Casbah-like entertaining for the dog days of summer—laid-back…lots of laughter and conversation…pass the food as it comes off the grill and nosh all night.”

Read how the idea turned into a joyous day at a fabulous location, with a table styled by a oh-so-hip designer, and attended by popular bloggers…

Photography by Natalie Wi, Allure West Studios

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