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  • A Sparkling & Light Table is a Welcoming Site at Summer Events

     
    POSTED June 13, 2017
     
  • A Sparkling & Light Table is a Welcoming Site at Summer Events

     
    POSTED June 13, 2017
     
  • A Sparkling & Light Table is a Welcoming Site at Summer Events

     
    POSTED June 13, 2017
     

INSPIRATION
The freshness of the new, clean sunlight inspired Marlene Freeman to design a neutral-colored table that awakens your neurons with the millions of sparkling lights reflecting off the abundance of crystal pieces upon this table.

DETAILS
This table delights the eye with a bevy of crystal pieces featuring a variety of patterns, some etched with straight, sharp lines and others decorated with flowing, organic designs.

Two spring birds—one very alert and precisely depicted pewter finch and one round, content glass bluebird—sit at the base of an organically designed Orrefors crystal serving bowl. Orrefors crystal is produced in what is known as the Kingdom of Crystal, located in southern Sweden and named for Sweden’s Orrefors waterfall. True to the Orrefors name, the curved lines of this piece are reminiscent of flowing water. 

Vintage, creamy white dinner plates, salad plates and deep soup bowls illustrated with bunnies on one side and full heads of cabbage on the other, are stacked upon chargers woven of twigs and fresh greens. Inside the soup bowl, a mossy sphere keeps us grounded in the table. 

Two carved wooden bunnies join us on this lush table—one standing attentively while the other rests easily on his belly, with his out-stretched front paws gracefully crossed. The serving pieces with golden handles are fashioned to appear as budding branches.

Fresh flowers, Christofle silverware, Lenox stemware, Waterford crystal and vintage linens from the designer’s personal collection finish the table with a sense of refinement.

DESIGN TIP
“Give yourself enough time to polish everything before your guests arrive. Check your linens, silverware, crystal and chandelier. Polish, polish, polish the cobwebs, dust and tarnish away. Give yourself plenty of time and don’t wait until the last second,” Freeman advises. 

When people talk about the picturesque skyland region of New Jersey, it represents the Northwest areas of the state and includes the counties of Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex. The region has two national parks at its edges and a diverse and beautiful geography filled with lakes, rivers and hills dotted with farms.

 

INSPIRATION

The texture of the Norman Arch leading into the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia inspired this clean, midcentury modern table.

DETAILS

This summer table fit for a special event, such as a chairman’s dinner, features a mix of midcentury design with modern elements. Carolyn Rizzo, head designer of Garnish, says this technique is easily accomplished in décor but challenging to pull off in event design.

 

Awards do not come easily in the restaurant business. Michelin, AAA and Forbes tell us who the best is (and Wine Spectator when it comes to vino), and there are only a select few of local establishments that make the esteemed cut. The Bernards Inn is in rare company, as it is the only restaurant in New Jersey that has made the Forbes list of the top restaurants in the United States. AAA counts just 11 restaurants in its Four-Diamond rating in our state. While you may hear that trophies are handed out just for showing up, it’s clearly not the case when it comes to dining.