I never tire of seeing how other designers style a tabletop. It’s one of those spaces that honestly usually doesn’t have a purpose- decorating fluff- yet still somehow, it can make such a big style impact in a room. This vignette in Ruthie Sommers home, featured in Lonny Magazine, really knocks my socks off. Oh wait, it’s summer… it makes my tangerine toenails tingle.
Let’s break this down. 3 ingredients to a delicious tablescape.*
Part 1: the table itself. Clean lines, greek key detailing, marble top. Nice on it’s own, but doesn’t distract from the styling action above and below.
Part 2: The under carriage. A single bench with fringe trim. Who knew I liked fringe? (Erin, you so called this
Part 3; the best part: Tabletop composition. I really like how she has effortlessly mixed a big pagoda with blue/white porcelain, barware and lush plants (all doubled by a mirror.) All you orchid-haters take note: if Ruthie Sommers’ has ‘em in her house, they can’t be too evil, can they?
actually that one terracotta pot is pissing me off.
I’ve had a hard time pin-pointing just why I love this little nook so much. Is it the varying height, shapes and colors? Is it because it doesn’t seem so contrived, like so many tablescapes? (Her whole home feels very lived-in and real.) Is it that pagoda? Not sure, but I’m crushing.
Was this one a hit for you guys? I usually don’t do Lonny coverage because you can find it on so many blogs, but I felt moved. Yup, I’m moved be a tablescape.
*Damn you Martyn Lawrence Bullard and your catchy catch phrases
PS- If you want a pagoda, Lonny suggests you buy this one. I personally am waiting until someone constructs a brilliant pagoda dog bed for Bailey, and then I’m full steam onboard.
All photos Patrick Cline for Lonny