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How to Add Jackie-O Style to your Home

Since it’s election day, it’s time to prepare for a new first lady- or first gentleman. But we’re not so sure we’re keen on either Melania Trump’s or Bill Clinton’s decorating skills. So we thought we’d take inspiration from a first lady who had style that noone can deny: Jackie Kennedy.

Thankfully, the majority of homes to decorate out there aren’t quite on the same level as the White House, what with having to keep it as ‘an emblem of the American republic’ as Kennedy described it. But that’s not to say that we can’t get inspiration for our homes from America’s most stylish first lady. So let’s take a little history lesson…

ANTIQUES

In September 1961, LIFE Magazine covered Jackie’s restoration of the White House as her first job updating it while keeping the authentic look and feeling. Her focus? To bring in furnishings and art of America’s past while keeping it modern and comfortable. She worked with curator Lorraine Pearce searching the historic building for valuable relics. She unearthed pieces dating back to legendary presidents such as Teddy Roosevelt, James Monroe and even Abraham Lincoln! Many of these pieces are seen in the pictures included here.

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As always, antiques are an ideal way to add personality to any home. It keeps things dimensional and there’s always a story to tell. So remember to vary your furnishings here and there just as Jackie did.

MONOCHROMATIC COLORS

The White House certainly has a good amount of color in its 54 rooms and 16 baths. There’s the ‘Red Room’, the ‘Green Room’, and more. But when you take a look at Jackie’s fashion sense, there’s no doubt that she liked things classic and crisp, and when it comes to the home, we agree. She was often photographed wearing classic colors like white with black. And there’s nothing more transitional than a classic white sofa. Slipcovers have come a long way and you can select custom fabrics and cuts to make them look like an upholstered piece, with the added benefit that you can easily wash them.

ARTWORK

Keep in mind that Jackie was decorating for the White House families of the future too, so while she incorporated personal relics into some of the rooms, she also had to keep the artwork on the walls neutral and pleasing to all. Hanging above an antique table on a silk wall, she chose Paul Cezanne’s post-impressionist landscape: ‘the Forest’. And while it’s certainly not likely we will be finding any Cezanne pieces floating around Southern California, we do suggest incorporating some more ‘contemporary’ artwork. Consider doing a gallery wall if you want to mix in personal photos with art pieces.

HOMEY DETAILS

Always detail-oriented, Jackie also focused on younger generations that would visit the historic home “to see what a fire in the fireplace and pretty flowers can do for a house.” She even encountered Lincoln’s lavender-bordered dinner plates during a scan of the house that she actually used when hosting an event. Now that’s a dinner party we’d like to be part of! The use of antique dinnerware combined with modern details such as floral centerpieces and towering candlesticks is something that can be emulated in any home. So whether it its colorful floral arrangements, cushy pillows or textured rugs, she recognized it’s the little things that make a home a home.

If you’re intrigued about this inspiring lady like we are, there’s a new film coming out in December called ‘Jackie’, focusing on America’s chicest first lady!

5 Tips on Caring for White Linens

A white palette in the bedroom just feels effortless but luxurious. Layers of white linens ensure a crisp, serene oasis. After all it’s gender neutral, can easily be updated, are effortless and stylish without even trying – look at a high-end hotel for example. One of the most common questions we get from our clients is how to keep their linens looking fresh. Luckily, we stock some of the best quality linens in the market, and they are all easy care. Read on for some tips on how to maintain and launder your white linens:

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Click the image above to see more from Pine Cone Hill

Choose cotton or linen.

Both breathable and soft, these fibers can take a little more than other fabric options that tend to be more delicate. There are durable and can easily take heat exposure.

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Click the image above to view more of Bella Notte's linen and cotton collections.

Wash your sheets separately

Turn your bedding inside out and keep it in a load of its own to prevent pillage, even if you have other white items, keeping similar textures together is best.

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Click the image above to see more of Matteo Home's perfect whites

Detergents and Products

Keep your fibers intact with mild detergents, consider those made from plant extracts or gentle ones made especially for fine linens. Avoid fabric softeners and chlorine bleach which can deteriorate the fibers and cause a gradual yellowing. Oxygen bleach is a great alternative to keep your whites bright.

Water temperature

Using cold water on the delicates cycle is ideal and safe for most textiles. But from time to time,  even though they may not appear heavily soiled, your sheets absorb body oils and skin care products which eventually build up and cause discoloration. So make sure to wash your sheets in hot water from time to time to thoroughly remove these.

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Click on the image to see more of the textures offered by Pom Pom at Home.

Drying

Line drying, while ideal, is not always an option. You can either remove the sheets from the dryer while still damp and shake out for an air dry to prevent wrinkles, or do a full tumble dry low cycle.

And that wraps up our care tips for white bedding. Please share any do’s or dont’s from your own experience in the comments below.

Outdoor Design Trends of 2016

Coming off two weekends of lovely weather, one of which was a holiday, we can’t help but have patio envy. After spending lots of time outdoors here in Southern California, we’ve been getting inspired left and right. Have a read about some of our favorite outdoor trends we’ve been seeing for the Summer.

NEUTRAL COLORS IN OUTDOOR SPACES

Neutral color palettes in outdoor spaces are not something we are used to seeing. Most decorators opt for a bright, bold print or a nautical stripe. But new trends are showing neutrals can be just as impactful when accented by warm woods and natural greenery. These soothing hues let the greenery provide the pop of color and keep the look organic.

 image via  Elle Decor

image via Elle Decor

PATIO VINTAGE VIBES

The use of pallets in outdoor design has long been an outdoor solution, and flea market finds sometimes offer better quality, and less bling with natural materials. Update these furnishings with modern fabrics that are durable. For a charming garden look, arrange a variety of mismatched dining chairs around the table. Vintage textiles will add to the charm.

 image via  Sunset Mag

image via Sunset Mag

FUNCTIONAL GARDENING

A raised garden bed or container gardening is ideal for those that don’t have access to a full yard with space. Another trend is sustainable garden design, meaning drought tolerant plants for water-free gardening. This is something that is particularly important in California. Naturescaping and edible landscapes make it easier for a garden to tabletop lifestyle, being able to enjoy fresh, local ingredients in a dish at your own home.

 image via  hometalk

image via hometalk

OUTDOOR ROOMS

This is a credo we have always gone by, but extending the outdoor living space the same way as any room inside your home has finally been accepted by the masses. Even outdoor kitchens have become increasingly functional. Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furnishings and accessories, it’s a safe investment that will bring a new level of comfort to our outdoor space.

OUTDOOR FIREPLACES

A hot trend, pun intended, is that of outdoor fireplaces. Gone are the days of tiki torches, homeowners are opting for a full fireplace that provide an ambient warmth to the space.  Just another take on the outdoor room.

 image via  on the veranda

image via on the veranda

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Besides figuring out how to incorporate edible gardens into the landscape, some homeowners are also adding chickens and honey bees. Round out your complete garden to table meal with eggs and honey.

What are some of the favorite trends you have spotted this year?

The Art of Layering Rugs

Rug Buying, it can be difficult. And what if you can’t decide between two (or more)? We say buy both and layer your floor! Many design predicaments can be solved this way, and we love the idea of layering rugs in an indoor or outdoor space. Read on for some of the easiest ways to layer rugs. 

 image via Hitta-hem.blogspot.co.nz

image via Hitta-hem.blogspot.co.nz

Base Rugs for Layering

A good starting point is finding a large base rug that fits your entire space, meaning all the furniture you plan to use will fit comfortably on this main rug. A natural sisal or Jute rug is ideal as a base so you can add a smaller patterned or textured rug that can be changed out as you wish. Or if you've found the perfect pattern and just need to double the space in an interesting way, consider layering the same rug.

 Image via  Jam Design

Image via Jam Design

 

Separate Spaces Using Layered Rugs

If you have a space that needs a large rug to define it, create sections within that space on top of your base rug. This is ideal for a loftlike space or rooms that can support two purposes. Highlight a seating area, or separate the dining area from the lounge.

 image via Kennethwalterblog.com

image via Kennethwalterblog.com

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image via InteriorsOriginals.blogspot.com

When separating multiple areas in one room, it's a good rule of thumb to keep the rugs monochrome so that the other details of each space will define separate personalities.

 Image via kristoferjohnsson.com

Image via kristoferjohnsson.com

Statement Making Rug Layers

If you’re looking to embrace a cozy, undone look with patterns or textures, find rugs that work together but don’t match perfectly. This look is ideal if you have both an indoor and outdoor space that you can interchange rugs with. Go for colorful patterns, oriental inspired, or even mix in a faded one.

 image via Beldi Rugs

image via Beldi Rugs

Layer just 2 or layer them across the space to act as carpeting.

 image via  Domino

image via Domino

 Image via www.AmberInteriorDesign.com

Image via www.AmberInteriorDesign.com

For a more subtle effect, mix various sized stripes and add in one pattern, like this round up of Dash and Albert Outdoor rugs (currently in stock!).

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Texture Rug Layers

Adding a bit of texture in unique ways can make a bold statement. Different textures will have different effects on the space. Animal hides look great in every type of room. Start in the bedroom with a lush sheepskin layer to give the room a dreamy look.

 image via  Refinery 29

image via Refinery 29

In the living room, a cowhide adds a rustic, effortless look and highlights a seating area.

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 image via M yDomaine

image via MyDomaine

Our Chindi Leather rugs (currently in stock!) add texture with a more subtle statement, and without breaking the bank!

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10 Outdoor Entertaining Tips from our Team

Even though we are lucky enough to reside in sunny Southern California, we still get excited for the Summer months. The nights get a little warmer and people’s moods are a little more lax- what better time to entertain? And who doesn’t like a perfect little get together of friends, good food and spirited conversation. So the Gardenology team got to chatting and we decided to share our favorite entertaining ideas with you! Start here and make it your own so you can create your own intimate backyard soire.

 Image via: www.elledecoration.se

Image via: www.elledecoration.se

THE SETUP

Tiana - Hang outdoor curtains for a romantic mood. Not only do they add privacy and breakup your space, but it will make your guests feel like they are on vacation at an exotic hotel.

 image via My domaine

image via My domaine

Barbara - Console tables are perfect for creating countertop stations for easy access. Mix it up and use a vintage console and a modern one- multiple beverage stations help ensure that guests can get a refill without waiting.  Top it off with a dough bowl 'ice bucket' for a rustic look.

 image via Indulgy.com

image via Indulgy.com

Jessica - layered rugs and excessive pillows are a good option for relaxed seating at a picnic dinner party. Make it excessive by adding your indoor pillows on the day of the event. I love the mudcloth options we have in store right now for a b/w minimalist look- it makes the colors from the outdoor greenery and the refreshments really pop.

 image via Apartment therapy

image via Apartment therapy

 Left image via My Domaine | Right image via Gardenology

Left image via My Domaine | Right image via Gardenology

THE ATMOSPHERE

Lili  An evening  soirée must have candles and lanterns everywhere.

 image via byzenz.nl

image via byzenz.nl

McCall - Electrical outlets tend to be limited in the outdoor areas so I always have lots of candles lit. Sometimes they are scented other times they are just cute tea lights (tons of them) on surfaces. I also always have flowers in every room or some sort of greenery even if it’s just a couple of bud vases. It makes everything romantic and festive- it also just makes the space feel inviting and fun.

 Left image via Deer Pearl Flowers

Left image via Deer Pearl Flowers

Jeri - When entertaining outdoors, it’s fun to put some different color cashmere wraps on your dining chairs.  Even though we live in California, it gets cool at night.  Our cashmere ruanas come in a variety of colors and they look so elegant.  For a larger event, consider a basket full of scarves. Your guests will thank you for your thoughtfulness.

 Left image via Gardenology | Right image via Style Me Pretty

Left image via Gardenology | Right image via Style Me Pretty

THE TABLE

TJ - For a simple centerpiece, I like potted herbs, African Violets, cyclamen, or small potted shrubs. Place in small pots, mugs, or vases and give as gifts after the party.

 Left image via Martha Stewart | Right image via Gardening Know How

Left image via Martha Stewart | Right image via Gardening Know How

Abel - Add cute little vintage string bulb lights to your outdoor table. They are battery powered and can be mixed in with florals because of the low voltage or used above a table for a soft light. For refreshments, take a fun spin on classics with boozy popsicles - I love Blueberry Mojito flavor. When the party starts, look chic on a lounge chair with your popsicle and the chill vibe of Lana Del Rey playing the background.

 Image via A Daily Something

Image via A Daily Something

 Image via Broma Bakery - click for recipe!

Image via Broma Bakery - click for recipe!

Brooke - a fully assorted charcuterie board filled with aged cheeses, dried and fresh fruits, olives and some salted meats, your night is complete. I love our wooden and marble cutting boards for serving options. An essential part of my entertaining is music.  A carefully curated playlist for me would include the soulful Charles Bradley and Sam Cooke, the harmonies of Fleetwood Mac, the storytelling of Bob Dylan and the pop of TV on the Radio.

 image via My Domaine

image via My Domaine

Lala - Bloody Mary’s are my favorite, there’s many ways to get creative with the recipe and I love our new Vietri glasses to serve them in.  I love Hotel Costes station on Pandora for calming but trendy tunes. If I want something upbeat or lil more funky I’ll put on The Best Man Movie Soundtrack.

 Left image via Liquor.com | Right image via Gardenology

Left image via Liquor.com | Right image via Gardenology

What are your favorite ways to entertain?

6 Ways to Style your Outdoor Space

The furniture is out and in place, so it’s time to create an inspiring outdoor area that you love, whether it be for working, entertaining or just relaxing. Styling an outdoor space is the easiest way to update it without having to spend an arm and a leg. What’s your vision? If you are not sure what you want the space to look like, get ideas and inspiration from our Pinterest page. We set up boards with different styles of outdoor spaces – from rustic to bohemian. Read on for styling tips and some of our favorite looks.

1- COMFORTABLE SEATING

Seating takes many forms, so if you need to add to your existing patio furniture, think outside of the box with dining chairs, a bench, hammocks or even floor pillows and poufs. Adding pillows in an array of colors, patterns and textures brings life to last year’s furniture and sets a vibe depending on the style you choose.

 rustic bohemian outdoor dining via Carolinelegranddesign.com

rustic bohemian outdoor dining via Carolinelegranddesign.com

 a relaxed rustic outdoor retreat via dpages.com

a relaxed rustic outdoor retreat via dpages.com

2- RUGS

Rugs make the space feel finished but depending on the weather, a rug can potentially dirty very quickly. Make sure to buy an outdoor/indoor material that is easy to clean. We love Dash and Albert, Jaipur and Surya! Use the rugs to section off different areas and create floor flow so your outdoor area feels like an extension of your home.

 outdoor rugs in a casual modern organic outdoor space via bloglovin

outdoor rugs in a casual modern organic outdoor space via bloglovin

 jute rugs separate this outdoor kitchen and dining area via Adoremagazine.com

jute rugs separate this outdoor kitchen and dining area via Adoremagazine.com

3- PLANTS

Nothing brings life to a space quicker than fresh greenery, herbs, or flowers. In a city? Use a window box! When thinking about potted plants, big is definitely beautiful. For a dramatic, inspiring look, large, matching pots containing luscious, fresh plants make a statement and can also be strategically positioned to help with privacy. For a rustic, inexpensive option, keep the mismatched collection of old planters you’ve accumulated over the years and update them with a coat of paint or a shawl of burlap, complimented by some newer concrete pots.

 lush greenery makes this outdoor space feel private via myhabitfix.com

lush greenery makes this outdoor space feel private via myhabitfix.com

 plants in large pots can section off an outdoor space via aestheticyou.nl

plants in large pots can section off an outdoor space via aestheticyou.nl

 mismatched pots with pops of green add a rustic charm- via SFgirlbythebay

mismatched pots with pops of green add a rustic charm- via SFgirlbythebay

4- CREATE VIGNETTES

Creating small vignettes gives an image of sophistication right off the pages of a magazine, or pinterest! Put your favorite things on a shelf and accent it with colored plants. Throw any group of random items together on a tray, and it somehow looks intentional and chic. Bonus, you can use the tray for bringing out refreshments when entertaining.

 vignettes on a shelf -image via House Doctor

vignettes on a shelf -image via House Doctor

 vignettes on a tray -image via digsdigs.com

vignettes on a tray -image via digsdigs.com

5- MIRRORS

Mirrors are a fabulous way to make any room look larger, lighter and brighter – and they work just as well outdoors, too. If you have a small courtyard garden, consider strategically positioning an outdoor mirror or two to ‘double’ the size of your garden zone. Hanging plants and ivy over the edges add a magical feel.

 a mirror in an outdoor space adds elegance -image via coxandcox.co.uk

a mirror in an outdoor space adds elegance -image via coxandcox.co.uk

 a horizontal mirror can double the space of a patio -image via housetohome.co.uk

a horizontal mirror can double the space of a patio -image via housetohome.co.uk

6- LIGHTING

What's the ambience you are striving to achieve? Think string lights for a softer, magical feel or lanterns for a nature-like atmosphere!

 string lights draped over the patio for a magical mood- image via Annettechristian.com

string lights draped over the patio for a magical mood- image via Annettechristian.com

 lanterns in natural textiles for a sophisticated lighting scheme-via marieclairemaison.com

lanterns in natural textiles for a sophisticated lighting scheme-via marieclairemaison.com

Now your patio should be styled and ready to go. Time to work on inviting some friends over- stay tuned for entertaining tips from our team!

Source: 6-Ways-to-Style-Your-Outdoor-Space

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide

As with buying any furniture, outdoor is just as much an investment as indoor. The outdoor area should be an extension of your interior style, yet durable enough to weather the elements, so where do you start? We put together a quick guide of the basics to make it a hassle-free process for you.

1- Analyze the Area

The best way to choose the furniture that works for you is to think about the overall space and how you want to use it. Do you love entertaining in a formal setting? Then think about creating an extended dining area. Do you prefer casual conversation and comings and goings? Then perhaps a cozy nook with seating around a fire pit is your cup of tea. This is the step where you decide if you need to look at outdoor dining tables, sectionals, chaises or even hammocks. Whatever it is, this is the first step to think about before going to the store to look, or you will buy something you won’t use.

 Left: a mid-century modern teak outdoor unit by Janus et Cie (Tiempo collection) Right: Summer Classics Coast collection - teak outdoor dining table and dining chairs

Left: a mid-century modern teak outdoor unit by Janus et Cie (Tiempo collection)
Right: Summer Classics Coast collection - teak outdoor dining table and dining chairs

2- Measure the Space

Now that you know the type of furniture that you need to look for based on your patio mentality, take into account the layout of where the furniture will be placed. Consider where the sun hits and whether there are any large trees that could pose as a bother. Once you have your designated spots, measure how much space you have to make sure the furniture fits comfortably and people have room to move around, just as you would indoors.

 Lane Venture wicker chairs and slipcovered outdoor sofa

Lane Venture wicker chairs and slipcovered outdoor sofa

3- Materials

There are a few things to take into account when choosing materials. The lesson that countless people have learned is go for quality versus of-the-moment pieces. Backyards, gardens and patios are all about creating memories- so choose furniture that will last, too. The second dictator in choosing material is based on your personal décor style. Do you like more of a rustic patio? Then choose teak. If you’re more of a trendsetter, choose metal furniture. We’ve listed 4 of our favorite high-quality options below:

TEAK – Teak is a tropical hardwood with a rich color that is durable and packed with natural oils to help prevent damage while outdoors. If you have limited storage space, teak looks better with age as it distresses to a slight silver patina over time for an elegant rustic look.

 Century Furniture in collaboration with Candice Olson Luna Teak Chaise

Century Furniture in collaboration with Candice Olson Luna Teak Chaise

RESIN - Poly-rattan and resin weaved together create a relaxed style. Woven pieces are weather resistant and can stay outdoors year round, so no storage is required. Resin is durable and will remain looking like new since it is unlikely to tear or break but keeps the traditional look of weaving techniques to shape pieces that are light, durable and infinitely beautiful.

 Janus et Cie Amari collection - Resin Coated rattan chair and table

Janus et Cie Amari collection - Resin Coated rattan chair and table

 Summer Classics Club Woven collection

Summer Classics Club Woven collection

METAL- the most common metal used in outdoor furniture is aluminum which is lightweight and durable: scratch resistant and will not rust. It requires very little maintenance coming with a special coat, but if you like extra shiny and pristine, you can also store it inside during certain months of the year. The metal look offers a more contemporary look, but many other options start with metal frame covered by other natural materials.

 Harbour Outdoor Balmoral Aluminum collection

Harbour Outdoor Balmoral Aluminum collection

4- Storage

As mentioned above, some materials are better with the elements, while some are recommended to be brought inside during winter months. If a garage or garden shed isn’t available, choose pieces that can be folded and packed away or invest in some protective furniture covers to let it remain outdoors.

Now that you know how to choose your furniture, stay tuned for tips on how to style the space! And of course, our favorite thing to do...entertain!

Succulent Care Guide

It’s a heated conversation among the team at Gardenology: what’s better- real or permanent botanicals? Whatever your preference, we’re sharing a quick care guide on how to keep your succulents healthy and beautiful, whether they are faux or real. You take the pick based on your lifestyle.

1. POT CHOICE

REAL-  Drainage is an important part of planting your succulents. In addition to a well draining soil, make sure you choose a pot that has a hole in the bottom to release excess water.

FAUX - Since the fauxplants don't require a specific type of soil, you can get creative with pot choices. If you spy a vessel that doesn't have a hole in the bottom but has room in the top for some buds, go for it!

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2.SUNLIGHT

REAL - Make sure to place your succulents in a well lit part of the home, whether it be outside or inside.

FAUX - It is best to keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight to avoid any possible color fade, so think of spots in those rooms that don't get good sunlight but need a pop. If you would like to bring them outside, we recommend you keep them under a covered area to avoid any outdoor elements.

3 .WATER

REAL - This ultimately depends on where you live and what season it is dependent upon the natural elements. But the general consensus is to water, but sparingly.

FAUX-   Water or sprays are not necessary to clean the botanicals. To avoid doing any damage to the color or texture of the leaves, dust your arrangement once a month with a blow dryer on a cool setting or a feather duster.

4. REPOTTING

REAL - It is recommended that you repot once a year to examine the roots and soil to keep your plant healthy and happy.

FAUX - With the change in seasons and holidays, we always find ourselves shifting around the succulents - and perhaps adding seasonal botanicals to change the mood, which can also be placed in a wide array of places and vessels.

Workshop Recap : Tablescaping 101

Tis the season for holiday decorating, and that means everything from the tree to the table. In case you couldn’t attend our Tablescaping 101 workshop in November, have a look through our photos and read through to see what we learned. And don't forget, Tabletop is now 20% Off as part of our 12 Days of Giving.

A great starting point is to let the occasion/menu dictate the theme. With the holidays approaching, we featured a rustic holiday theme. After you choose your theme, build a foundation. Start with a textured tablecloth- we chose a simple natural linen. Once your foundation has anchored the color scheme, you can build the palette form there, but we suggest keeping it to 2-3 colors. We are purveyors of neutral tones, so our color comes mainly from the botanicals featured in the centerpiece.

Start with a base, we used garland to build a focal point off of. Since we used a longer table, we played with scale by interspersing pillar candles and votives at varying heights using rustic pots. Flowers add life and you can never go wrong with a vase full of peonies. We accented these with our bead spray, pine cones and ornaments.

Add depth to the table with serving pieces in different shapes and sizes. By using Montes Doggett’s sculptural ceramic serving bowls and pitchers, we mixed things up with a modern effect. To keep it interesting, we chose iron handled demitasse utensils.

Finally, choose your place settings. Mixing and matching china is de rigueur these days. We chose elegant Italian pieces from Vietri, adding a statement with the charger. Mixing and matching glassware is another key to creating a beautiful tablescape. The Vietri swirl glasses add a playful element while maintaining a subtlety that pulls everything together.

Stay tuned for more workshops in 2016!