Design in Review: Mediterranean Summer Dinner, as featured in Luxe

Design in Review: Mediterranean Summer Dinner, as featured in Luxe

I am all for traditional summer table settings, gingham and I are basically best friends. But sometimes you have to be inspired by far away places and the unexpected.   And that is exactly what happened when we collaborated with Sarah Mayerson Design and Fuller Edge Photography for our Provencale feature in Luxe by Calgary Bride’s 2014 Inspiration Issue. I will be honest this came together quick, last minute, and as I was unearthing treasures at Crate & Barrel. But for design projects like this the discovery is what brings out the best results.  There is no time to second guess, just go with your gut design instinct.  This table came together as an apologetically approachable gathering place. Inspired by the simple pleasure of breaking bread with loved ones. We contrasted high end service ware with rustic elements like the nautical textiles, a rich earthy colour palate, old world glassware, organic centerpieces, terrariums and a fresh fish (looks divine, smell is acquired). Edibles were used in place of the typical florals and the simple shapes and textures against the planks of weathered antique wood are reminiscent of a day at the beach. What really gets me excited is sourcing decor elements from wide range of suppliers Red Events Design Inc., Great Event Rentals, Crate & Barrel, And Uniquites Architectural Antiques to make a cohesive look and tone.  Creating a modern Mediterranean landscape that was authentic came down to the details, the snail shell against the striped napkin is my favourite (We decided that this last minute addition was like the earrings on the look).     Photography & Location: Fuller...
How to Host A Brunch

How to Host A Brunch

Brunch is the official meal of Easter and gay men. So it is no wonder that this meal is typically filled with things like interestingly prepared eggs and sweater vests. But more importantly, brunch is an opportunity to eat breakfast in a fancy way. And we all know how much I like fancy. Being a brunch host is a really easy way to impress your guests with the finer things in life without going to too much trouble. It comes down to accessibility. Unlike other traditions, brunch is meant to be inclusive, in just the same way that it has managed to take two words to create one, it has also managed to take two styles and make them one. It’s a casual lunch but fancy breakfast… oh the irony. With Mother’s day and Easter both quickly approaching I felt that it was the perfect time to lay out some simple rules around how to host a successful brunch. Grazing is an important part of brunch, it should always be taken at a leisurely pace. A successful brunch should last a minimum of 2-3 hours. Start it off slow, greet guests with a mimosa and pastry welcome, so they can nibble and get a little tipsy or buzzed on coffee while the rest of the guests trickle in. Linens: We are used to seeing breakfast as a casual affair (sometimes eaten in underwear), so any investment that you make in dressing it up will pay off in big fancy returns. I like to use crisp clean white linens that I have ironed and if you want to really jazz...