The Variety-Detroit Tabletops Charity Event is now behind me but it truly lives on in my memory as one of the most creative events in which I’ve participated. There were so many great tabletops from metro Detroit-area designers. The lunch was delicious and the speaker — and his book — was awesome.
My table reflected some of my inspirations from our Spring A-List. Note the sea-inspired treasures and rich, warm golds and cool blue-greens — a veritable exotic island dining experience amid treasures aplenty! It was really fun to see it all come together.
Some of my favorite parts about my table were the huge leaves I used for greenery —great, big fronds that acted as a canopy of sorts for the guests who sat at my table. I kept the greenery super high so as not to interfere with conversation. I used glassware that looked as if it had been splashed with gold and plates that seemed to be dipped into the Caribbean.
As for guest speaker/designer Timothy Corrigan, he was truly fascinating — not to mention his book! Timothy believes, like I do, that no matter how beautiful a space is, it must be comfortable and livable! He mixes new and old from around the world, and hearing him talk about his projects inspires me even more because I, too, like to travel and pick up ideas as I observe other cultures. He’s old-world elegance wrapped with modern-day living and lifestyles, no doubt.
And a word — or two — about his book: If you’re a history buff and/or design fan, be sure to purchase An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce (Rizzoli). You’ll read all about how Timothy restored a French chateau. It includes against-all-odds details of an 18th century French National Landmark in the Loire Valley in dire need of help! And does Timothy ever come to the rescue! The takeaway is that regardless of the size, style and setting of your own home, you can make it elegant and livable at once with his insightful tips. Oh, to be on Timothy’s party-invite list!
Thank you, Variety-Detroit Children’s Charities for orchestrating such a lovely and inspirational event. Tabletops was “tops!”
Were you at the event or do you have Timothy’s book? What do you think about it? Please share!