This tablescape is actually one she did for House Beautiful for their April 2008 issue. (I ONLY discard design magazines when they are over 10 years old, so I have quite the collection of them, piles everywhere, strategically placed in my living room).
Anyway, I love anything Barbara Barry so when I saw this in the magazine, I thought it would make a great post to join the party at Between Naps on the Porch; and in my favourite colours too!
Barbara’s tips for tablescapes:
“Think of the table as a blank canvas where you express your personal style. Don’t set it the same way twice”.
“Break the rules! I set the knife in the fork, or put all the flatware on the right side. I find it limiting the way it’s traditionally set.”
“I say flowers should be arranged in five minutes. . . cut, plop, tweak, done. I like them low and I like them fresh”.
A tip I heard once about determining how high the centerpiece should be is “rest your elbow on the table and your arrangement shouldn’t be any higher than the top of your wrist”, that’s how you know. Otherwise people can’t see each other across the table!