POP (ART) GOES THE TABLE

you’ll kiss the designer for this edgy modern table setting

THIS TABLE IS DEFINITELY UNEXPECTED

So, first things first, I am not what you might call a girly girl. Sure, I get dolled up now and then, but you will more often find me in rarely washed jeans and a tee shirt. But, when I saw these plates on Anthropologie’s website, I was beguiled.

Maybe it was the pure pop genius of the lips. Or maybe, this particular collaboration with Clare V. just makes me smile. Either way, I begged Liz to go buy these for us and shocker – she agreed they were amazing.  In fact, she still can’t believe I fell in love with something so cute and soooo pink.

A COLOR SCHEME AS COOL AS IT IS CLASSIC

Choosing a color scheme was easy. I wanted to let these plates live up to their full pop potential, so I chose to mostly use black, white and gray. The only real color on this table comes from the plates and flowers, which makes them stand out even that much more.

A few variations of pink warms everything up. Even though I am punk rock at heart, I really hate things that feel cold. Even all the black in my closet has a warm tone, and don’t get me started on my white walls. Yes, they are white, but they are white flour not white flower.

P.S. If you know the difference, I can recommend a good OCD therapist. 

SOFT AND SURREAL MAKE AN INTERESTING TABLE COMBINATION

I keep using the word pop to describe this table. I suppose all these lips make me think of Lichtenstein or Kate Spade. But, there’s also a little something surreal about this particular table scape. Maybe it’s because I decided to pair all of my floating lips with vases that look like heads exploding with flowers. Lovely heads, but heads not the less. What can I say? I like to keep things weird.

I added wood charges from Target to make my design a little more down-to-earth, then continued the whimsy with black and white patterned napkins from World Market that feature avant-garde leaves (or feathers according to Liz.) Either way, they are kind of natural and super cool, so who cares.

for FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS THAT TAKE ON A LIFE OF THEIR OWN

But, let’s talk more about those heads, shall we? Pots with faces have been trending for a while.  So much so, that I easily found these vases on several websites including Amazon. I thought these little ladies deserved a really fun and flowy hair style, which I achieved with naturally cascading greenery.

I started with ferns and silver dollar eucalyptus for wild looking greens, added red ranunculus and Japanese sweet peas for color and a few pink Hypericum berries for texture. The important thing when mimicking these arrangements is the flowy greens and bright red flowers. Garden roses will totally work here, as will a few hearty snips from that Boston fern on your front porch.

BECAUSE TACOS AREN’T JUST FOR TUESDAYS

Once we started shooting this table, I tried to imagine how I would use it. A fancy brunch with crepes and croissants came to mind. But who am I kidding? I’ve never hosted a brunch in my life!  I’m too busy sleeping in/recovering on the weekends to mess with cooking before noon. 

Then I thought something French might do the trick here. A simple roasted chicken or Salad Niçoise, but then I realized we haven’t really delved into my French recipes yet on the blog, so how about tacos? They are fun, casual, and can be served any time of day.

I am particularly fond of Korean Tacos and have perfected this recipe over the years. Pair them with some Street Corn and a Tres Leche Cake and you really can’t go wrong. And don’t forget about the tequila. A Bee Sting wouldn’t hurt. Ha! See what I did there?

Whatever you decide to pair with this fun and funky table, I’m sure will be a hit. Hell, pick up some tacos from your favorite food truck and warm them in the oven. I’ll never tell.

Salud!

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