Momma Told Me: A table for two, me and you.
I know Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but no single month or date can limit the amount of romance in my life. It's a family tradition of mine that my father and I get together for an intimate lunch every Valentine's Day; a simple illustration that love and it's connections are not dates and holidays, but memories made with connections cherished. I've sung the praise of 'environment setting,' or the treatment of plate to ear mood-setting with previous posts about lighting integration and aromatherapy. As humans we truly use all of our senses to create a memory, and everything from background noise to fabric textures play a role in inciting romance and inspiring treasured moments. Of course, I'll be the first to admit, more often than not, the other half and I end up scarfing down a painstakingly home-cooked meal on the couch, precious plates balanced on cushions. It's not for lack of inspiration, but a lack of time that causes me to overlook our table for this much less glamorous rendezvous. So, when I recently discovered interior designer Moll Anderson's new Seductive Tables for Two table-scape guide I was captivated by the simple concepts even I could execute with things found around the home.
As the third publication released by her self titled production company, Moll Anderson's Seductive Tables for Two is much more than a coffee table book with pretty pictures. While you're certain to find professionally styled tablescapes and well illustrated guides to linen and decor, the book reads much more like a treasure hunt. Explore page after page of inspiring details intended to spark unique table settings in your own home. Nothing is meant to be taken literal; use these images and inspirational thoughts as fuel to ignite your own creativity and unleash the interior designer within you. Like the use of color blocking on page 137? Find inspiration with your favorite hue and pull foliage, fabrics, and food from the entire palette of shades within it. I was particularly inspired by the Sushi Sensation styling concept, where the decadent details cite the rich colors of Eastern inspiration, amid dark backdrops intended to incite passion by candlelight. Warm colors such as Gold and Mandarin Orange amid Mahogany and Cherry Oak set the tone for my own inspired table-scape.
With Moll Anderson's book in hand I first set off around my own home to find inspiration for my Eastern inspired tablescape. I had to look no further than my mantle, which was already adorned with heirloom china and miniature scenescape of Pandas amid tiny Bonzais. The majority of our kitchenware and diningware easily ties into this theme with a heavy black and red motif. As Chinese New Year had just passed I was especially inspired by local images of thanks giving alters and the practice of what is known as a 'Reunion Dinner.' This time of year, in particular is intended to give thanks for good fortune, and show appreciation for those closest to us. Fresh fruit is often piled throughout the house at thanks giving alters, to express a family's good fortune, and hopes for the coming year. With a palette of Gold, Black, and Red, I began with a few beloved baubles from around my home, thoughtful Buddha, and a Gold Leafed Candleholder.
Seductive Tables for Two also includes complimentary recipes, from cocktails to Broccolini and an entire break-down of essential spices. Because what you put on those plates is just as important as how you display them!
Our Seductive Table for Two was beyond anything I could have prior imagined; little old me having previously been intimidated at the mere thought of interior design. The result of Moll Anderson's inspiring tips and recipes, along with the vivid visual cues that fill the pages of Seductive Tables for Two has truly brought new life to my dining room, and the possibility of romance year-round. I must admit, it was incredibly liberating to take a few key elements and turn them into an entire evening of memorable sights, tastes, and conversation. The proper table-setting can really create a mood for romance! Follow my journey from book to table with a sneak peak behind my shopping trip for this inspired table-setting, in my Google+ album. Pick up this engaging and inspiring book at WalMart retailers nationwide, and online at Amazon.com.
What Daughter Says: Don't be overwhelmed, you don't have to be an interior designer to solicit a romantic tablescape, simply look around!
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