Category Archives: Interior Design

Jul 16, 2019

As many of you know we also have an office in New York, which we just celebrated the 10 year anniversary of… Recently when a larger corner space on our current floor opened up, we jumped at the chance to move in, and had my BFF, Nicki Clendening help with sprucing up the space for us. Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for the pics of the space.

Many of the items have been sourced via flea markets, antique booths, and favorite hidden gem spots over the past years, but we love the thought Nicki had to paint the walls a version of our “Soiree” signature orange…

Standard wooden kitchen cabinets get a complete face lift with marbleized fronts and new brass hardware…

Of course, no spot is complete without being able to entertain clients or vendors when needed… We hope you’ll come by and see us!

7.16.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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photo by Christian Oth Studio

In light of our new feature on design site, Charish, we thought we could post some of the ways we have designed our dinner tabletops with a touch or two of vintage pieces. One of the easiest ways to bring in some touch of vintage is through the china, glassware, or flatware in some way.  Even when working with a budget, even if you chose just one of these elements, you can still achieve lovely results. Above, antique gold rimmed chargers set the stage and then a lovely vintage styled ribbon tied around the napkins completed the look.

photos by Liz Banfield

For this tabletop decor, we went with a collection of vintage candle holders to add a vintage feel.  The key to this look is to create a gathering several different versions but that all work together of course… mercury glass paired with the taller cut crystal holders add a subtle antique design.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Often times we can create a special tabletop for the head table or the bride and groom table. Antique silver goblets were used as water glasses, and the bride’s wedding china was used for the place settings.  Of course, we cleaned and packaged them to return afterwards.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This vintage tabletop combined many elements to create a cultivated look by using china, glassware, embroidered napkins, and antique candle holders.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

 

4.09.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Nov 13, 2018

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( all photos by Southern Living/Laurey W. Glenn)

This Thanksgiving table scape photo shoot that we did with Southern Living Magazine a few years back is one of my favorites. I host Thanksgiving every year at our family’s cottage at Flat Rock in the NC Mountains so it was even more special this year as my family got to enjoy our photo shoot set up! I pulled some of my favorite shots, but you can see all of the details on Southern Living. The china is from my husband’s family so I went somewhat unexpectedly with the pink and gold color theme from the china’s pattern.

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I had a yummy suede linen made to fit our dining room table with a large cabled piping in the pale pink.  And these “petal pink” taper candles from Creative Candles were the perfect added touch of color to offset not having any flowers in the centerpiece.

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There are fabulous antique markets and thrift stores up in the Hendersonville/Asheville area near where we are in Flat Rock. I found old clear glass candlesticks and painted them gold with craft paint.  The apples are fall harvest NC apples that were so lovely on their own, I hated to paint them, but they sure did turn out beautifully. All SO easy to DIY and inexpensive!

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I love my etched glassware, which doubles as a perfect place card and surcie.  I also believe you can never have enough embroidered napkins! These are from Lettered Olive and Elizabeth Joyce Monograms.

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Because it happens to work well in our space, and makes it easier for me as the hostess finishing up a large dinner, I always set up a self serve bar. I stock it with the cocktails, proper glassware needed, and cocktail napkins or any other tools needed to properly mix and serve.

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Another inexpensive DIY trick that we did here,  is to get affordable cotton cocktail napkins (like these from CB2.com) and iron on monogram letters (available online and at most fabric and craft stores).

11.13.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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