02 Aug Our HGTV.ca column: One Table – Two Summer Settings

Summer is a time to relax, eat well, and, given the variety of settings in which to do the latter, to have fun with your table settings.  My co-worker, Sarah, and I decided to pick one table and make two summer table settings using as many of our design products as we could from our studio, TUCK.

One table is styled for those who prefer the warmer, natural earth tones and one table is styled for those who jazz summer up to its fullest design potential – vibrant!

We began with one of our favorite pieces, the Gus* Modern Niagara Counter table in Oak (square), and used that as our foundation.  We gave ourselves the following challenges:

–       keep the same backdrop (in this case a chalkboard painted board)
–       use the same table
–       using beautiful décor items that are both available for purchase or easily constructed DIY elements to come up with fun and unique settings.

Here is the Gus* Modern Niagara Table:

Read on to see our two summer table settings! Are you more of an ‘earthy’ or a ‘vibrant’ kind of person? Your preference is probably determined as much by your character as the mood you’re in.

Summer Settings for Two: Earthy

Table Styling: Sarah Tapley (punch inside )  Photos: kellylawson.ca – Here is our ‘earthy’ version! We mixed natural woods, antlers, ceramics, and linens with fresh hydrangea under a custom branches chandelier from Brothers Dressler.
Purchased decorative items to match, including light and stools:
Gus*Modern – Graph Stools [White]
Brothers Dressler – Branches Chandelier
18KARAT – Mud Plates
18KARAT – Mud Bowls
18KARAT – Anemone Bowl
Grace Eunmi Lee – Salt and Pepper Shakers
Hibachi Tealight Holder by Flatpackables
Design House Stockholm – Pick Up
Broste Copenhagen – Russian ‘Doll’ Mango
IHANNA HOME – Wood/Wood/Wood Coffee Cups
KINTO Mugtail Moose
Jessica Lertvilai ‘Love is Blind Vase’
***Our DIY portion of the table design:
– Linen napkins, made by Sarah Tapley
– Fresh perennials from the garden
– Handmade place settings: cut birch with twig wrapped in twine with pale pink purlap, cut and ready to write your guest’s name on it.
– Placemats – Pale Pink burlap paper from Michaels

Check out our ‘earthy’ photo essay from Kelly Lawson here: 

Summer Settings for Two: Vibrant

Table Styling: Sarah Tapley (punch inside ) Photos: kellylawson.ca –
Here is our ‘vibrant’ version! We mixed pops of bright colour using ceramics, paper placemats, bold tableware, decorative bright glasses, origami surprises, and freshcut perennials, including sedum. We then ‘modernized the setting by adding a Patrick Townsend ‘Orbit Chandelier’ above and added the School stools below the Niagara table.

Purchased decorative items to match, including light and stools:
Gus*Modern School Stools (in Natural Oak)
Areaware – Patrick Townsend Orbit Chandelier
IHANNA HOME – Krummi Bird Hanger1 – in Red
Normann Copenhagen – Grass Vases
Areaware – Jason Miller Seconds Dinner Plates
Toma Objects – Drinking Glasses
Areaware – Paul Loebach Distortion Candlesticks in Red
Chilewich Reversible Napkins in Smoke/Black
Tse & Tse Famished Cutlery

***Our DIY portion of the table design:
– Ceramic cups from Venice Italy (tea lights)
– Origami Crow (directions from the internet) including a post-it note in the bird’s mouth ready to write the guest’s name on.
– Origami Vase/Bowl with Sedum from the yard (directions from the internet)
– Fresh Perennials from the garden
– Placemats ‘Grass’ Paper from Michaels

Check out our ‘vibrant’ photo essay from Kelly Lawson here:  

  • Michelle Hooton

    Love them both but #2 is my fav! Great post.

    • Ha! That is interesting. I would have pegged for more for the natural kinda gal.

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