Having people over for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?
Many books were written to establish the perfect rules of table setting. However, there are different cultures, habits, and each style of setting could have its own guideline. In all cases, always have fun with your table setting, remember we eat with our eyes! Which means the way the table is set can really add/take from an entire experience.
Here’s some helpful tips to get the basics look right:
1. Silverware: Place it adjacent to the Dinner plate with a knife tight on the right (blade inwards) and the main fork on the left. If you use salad or appetizer forks, they go on the outside of the main fork further left. The spoon goes on the right adjacent to the knife.
2. Glasses/Glassware: In all cases drink glasses are placed up above the knife and to the right of the dinner plate.
3. Place-mats: Are not required in a formal setting, however it could add a little fun to your table. If you plan on using place-mats, place them around an inch from the end of your table.
Other things to know:
- Knife blades always face the plate
- The napkin goes to the left of the fork, or on the plate
- The bread and butter knife are optional
Nothing wrong with opting for paper napkins, as nowadays Ikea has them in various colors and patterns. Others prefer cloth napkins as they are inexpensive as well as reusable. Napkins can be placed at the center of the dinner plate, or even to the left of the silverware.
Check out cool paper napkins here!
How do you get the perfect Gallery wall? Here’s a few tips to get it right:
1. Few Artwork sizes
Designer Scot Meacham Wood formerly of Ralph Lauren quotes: I usually vary the sizes of the artwork, especially on a large wall, but I like having two or three large, important pieces to help focus the eye – and they usually tend to hover towards the middle of the gallery space.” So use different Artwork sizes, some larger ones to create a focal point.
2. Not Having a Layout in mind
One of the most important things is how you lay out your gallery. You could either sketch it out, or even layout your art work on the floor to find your most desired arrangement. Another idea is to tape locations onto the wall, and then go ahead and nail each artwork over the paper. The final step would be to remove the tape and paper.
3. The Color of your frames does matter:
Have you forgotten to select a color palette for your frames? This is important if you are going after a cohesive look, and more of a uniform frame appeal. However if you are looking for mixing and matching frame styles, decide on a neutral palette, and then mix up the style of the frames.
4. Spacing matters
This is according to preference however consistent spacing between your frames always gives a better visual appeal.
Ever heard of vertical Gardens? Nothing new, just that gardens can actually grow vertically.. with support lots of it that is. Famous french botanist Patrick Blanc, have been known for his famous portfolio of beautiful gardens.
He quotes : “Instead of there being nothing or maybe a scrawl of graffiti, a simple wall can become something poetic”
Vertical Garden. By Patrick Blanc in Madrid, Spain.
Icon Hotel, Hong Kong
Ion Hotel, Hong Kong
Make Your Own
Patrick Blanc’s DIY guide to building your own vertical garden, up to 5 meters high:
Step 1: To begin with, you need a metal frame which you attach to your wall. The frame should be 4 cm thick.
Step 2: On top of the frame you need to rivet an expanded-PVC sheet which is 1 cm thick. It’s important that it is expanded so you can staple things without causing cracks.
Step 3: Staple a 3-mm layer of polyamide felt to the PVC sheet to support the roots of the plants. There is no need for any soil.
Step 4: For watering your plants—along the top of your wall, run a length of hose-pipe with holes every 10 cm and also install a small irrigation emitter. Water three times a day for two or three minutes in winter, and up to six times a day in summer.
Step 5: For more practical information and details about how to assemble striking combinations of plants, Mr. Blanc recommends Noémie Vialard’s book “Gardening Vertically: 24 Ideas for Creating Your Own Green Walls”.
Visit Patrick Blanc for more of his beautiful work!
1) Honey toned wood
Its been known for many years that dark woods and mahogany dominated the furniture industry, but a new softer and less fussy trend is emerging. Honey toned wood, also considered light wood is quickly stealing the spotlight. Walnut, light cherry, and oak are so fresh, and can add so much to your living space. Check out these pictures below to inspire you to think in the tone of honey!
Sun- Kissed Wood
light cherry wood
2) Rich fabrics
in 2014, look for softer, cleaner, and more sophisticated fabrics. They give your space a classier look and an elegant appeal. Whether you are the typical minimalist or favour the more classic look, it works for all spaces.
3) Good-bye matchy matchy
A recent trend of 2014 is to simply say good bye to overly matched rooms. We love patterns, colors, and textures so lets use them all. However some like to use this trend in a modernised approach, here is how:
Love this idea!
Still a bit monochromatic, yet its a mixture of different objects and fixtures
Too loud for my liking!
Have you ever looked at different accents such as mirrors.. Lanterns? Accessories ? Here’s a tip! Moroccan accents are so beautiful and adds a touch of culture into any home! It simply creates texture and lots of colors. Here’s my gallery of inspiration: