Beautiful design is continuous and harmonious. In your space, one color blends with another. One detail supports the next.
And a gorgeous tablescape should similarly connect with its environment. As evidenced in his new collections for Frontgate, renowned designer Carleton Varney stresses being purposeful in planning your tabletop.
“When you’re designing and creating a happy experience for your guests, you decorate the top of the table just as you do a room,” he says.
Varney trained at and is now head of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc., one of America’s leading interior design firms, and has decorated landmark buildings such as the Plaza hotel in New York and the Greenbrier resort. His signature style features bold contrasts, unique prints and vibrant colors.
As his Ibis Isle Dining Collection features a caning design, his dinnerware and drinkware carry the same pattern. He styled his table with bamboo-themed flatware that mimics the dinnerware’s bamboo border.
“Everything about it has a reason,” he says. “Everything connects.”
Table linens, china, glassware, flowers, candles and crystal all add important accents. Each piece should be purposeful. “It all has to say that you care,” Varney says.