Wow, the past two weeks have been a whirlwind for me. Nine days in Berlin, home, three hours sleep then off to the Boston Design Center for the next five days to install, style and participate in Boston’s first Designer fundraiser for the charity Heading Home To Dinner.Over fifty designers participated by styling bar carts and table settings. This first of it’s kind event was a HUGE success with both a cocktail party and gala selling out. There were many designers on the planning committee but three need to be singled out for their vision and planning that lead to such a successful event; Mally Skok, Elizabeth Benedict and Kristen Rivoli.
The charity Heading Home to Dinner is Boston based and it’s mission is “to end homelessness in greater Boston by providing a supported pathway to self-sufficiency that begins with a home, together with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training”.
The table settings and bar cart styling event was held at the Boston Design Center in a huge open space with cement floors and huge windows that let in tons of light over looking Boston harbor. The tables were arranged in the middle of the room and the bar carts were lined up against the windowless wall. The room looked beautiful but it was somewhat of a photographer’s nightmare. I did my absolute best shooting the tables and carts (with my iphone). The room had sun streaming in on two sides making it challenging. Also many tables had harsh back lighting and there was poor lighting against the wall where the carts were. I did my best though so in no particular order, feast your eyes on some beautiful styling of table settings and bar carts.
I love that Elizabeth used two floor hides as table runners. The binoculars and blankets on each chair also are a wonderful touch….and the FLOWERS!!!
Kristen Rivoli used the Danish word Hygee as her theme. Her table celebrates the simple pleasure of dinning with friends at home or out.
Mally Skok’s table wowed me with lot’s of plants and blue glassware. I heard she designed and then had the plates made in Africa. They are gorgeous!
This table by Kathryn Pearce was such a pretty table. I loved those turquoise goblets and pink flowers.
This is the table that I was lucky enough to be seated at for the gala. It was magical dinning under the twinkling flower gazebo. The designer, Pamela Copeman, is an accomplished artist besides a well known designer and the fabric on the chairs as well as the table topper were custom made from an origional oil painting she created just for the event.
This one had lot’s to look at as well and was so much fun!
Megan Pesce partnered with her artist friend who painted a custom canvas table runner. I loved the way Megan accessorized with paint tubs and brushes.
This table designed by Renee Rucci and Julie Wood had so many thoughtful little details it needed to be carefully studied so as to not miss anything. Julie took the opportunity to showcase her new fabric line featuring maps of coastal New England.
Crystal dishes of “Quaaludes” added some humor to this colorful table.
The bar carts were equally as varied.
Holly Joe’s theme was Cocktails in Shangri-La
Rachel Reider partner with Dunes and Duchess and styled “an Enchanted Evening” with this new bar cart that was just introduced as part of their new line.
Kim Macumber’s Summer Cart is perfectly styled for summer cocktails on the front porch.
Justine Sterling mixed colonial, modern and tropical elements for her festive backyard bar cart.
Michelle Cortizo styled a new Years Eve bar cart that I would love to ring in the New Years with.
Kelly Rogers styled her bar cart for a Tanglewood picnic for two. Don’t you just love that fox pillow?
This retro bar cart was filled with all sorts of cool things but I especially liked the vintage glassware.
Lastly, here is my Nantucket brunch in the garden bar cart.
This was the very first time I have ever done anything like this. I will be honest it was a little a scary because there were some very big names and design firms involved. I had more than one sleepless night worrying I was in over my head. It all turned out great though and I had a wonderful time. I also learned how stressful it can be when things don’t go as planned. Let me just give you a hint with the word “leakage” and you might be able to guess to what happened.
I’d love to hear from you. Which is your favorite?