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.


By The Sea Tablesetting

5 Comments 25 June 2009

[tweetmeme]Setting a modern Mediterranean tablescape.  Mediterranean cuisine and architecture have always been very popular and we wanted to step away from anything too traditional and present newbies with a table inspiration as fresh as a seaside breeze.


David Braddy and Jodi Murphy set a modern Mediterranean table anyone can recreate using an affordable mix of ceramic plates and beachy pieces from Bloomingdale’s Stanford. Start with a shimmery blue table runner layered with white placemats that look like the bubbling foam of a breaking wave. Choose plates with interesting textures or designs in bright sunny colors Continue Reading

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Bella Notte Bistro Chic

1 Comment 11 May 2009

Bella Notte Chic Tablescape By Jodi Murphy & David Braddy


Setting a Romantic Table for Two. In the classic “Lady and the Tramp” cartoon, Tramp treats Lady to a romantic spaghetti and meatball dinner while the Italian chefs sing:

“Oh this is the night, it’s a beautiful night
And we call it bella notte
Look at the skies, they have stars in their eyes
On this lovely bella notte.
Side by side with your loved one,
You’ll find enchantment here.
The night will weave its magic spell,
When the one you love is near!
Oh this is the night, and the heavens are right!
On this lovely bella notte!”

This is the inspiration for the tablescape in Episode #1 of Nesting Newbies.  Pick an evening to surprise your partner with a chic Italian bistro setting for serving your Nesting Newbies’ Italian Sausage Ragu.

David Braddy and Jodi Murphy created a romantic table for two using affordable tableware from Bloomingdale’s Stanford.   It’s a modern interpretation of classic bistro style using bold geometric patterns grounded by black dinner plates and popped with rich amber stemware and deep coral red bowls.  The flatware has a hammered edge that’s interesting and edgy. Continue Reading

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