Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tablescapes at Art In Bloom

perch. tablescape for Art in Bloom 2011
Only we would use a 20" round Kartell table
with booze on it as our table setting!

Every year the New Orleans Museum of Art hosts the Garden Club for a mega New Orleans Springtime kick-off. Dozens of garden club members do floral displays throughout the museum, and a few merchants are invited to tablescapes, using flowers and incorporating a theme chose by the museum and the garden club.

Tablescape by "Source"

Tablescape by "Spruce" an eco-conscious shop

This year's theme revolved around the 100 year old birthday of the museum, and the tablescapes were especially fun.

Table setting by "Spruce"

There was a luncheon too, with guest speaker Chris Giftos, an idol of mine from way back. Seriously, Chris is someone whose work I studied when I first started my event design business. I would trek to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to see his weekly flower arrangements.

Tablescape by Tara Shaw

Chris was a charming speaker, doing a flower arrangement platform show style, while telling all the ladies great stories about working with Jacqueline Onassis, and meeting a grumpy Greta Garbo.

Table setting by Tara Shaw

He toured the tablescape displays, and said they were among the most creative work he has seen anywhere, a great compliment to the interior designers, architects, floral designers, and shop owners in New Orleans.

Tablescape by Pippen Lane

I had something to do with the concept and design for the shop I work in, perch. This was our second year doing Art In Bloom, and we were wondering if we could top our display last year HERE

Table setting by Pippen Lane

I think this year everyone stepped it up, and that the tablescapes were all inclusive design concepts.

Tablescape by Bee
Drop cloth tablecloth and chair covers

I snapped these photos and knew you would all enjoy them! I think there are many great ideas for you to be inspired by, and use yourselves.

Table setting by Bee

Tablescape by Mitch's Flowers

Tablescape by Eclectic Home

Table setting by Eclectic Home

Tablescape by a couple of cute architects -
Sorry I don't know the name of their firm!

Mondrian inspired table setting

Tablescape by Glenda Ivy

I also took some pictures of a few displays that caught my eye outside of the tablescape category, like the grand hall arrangements, and the imaginative displays in a section called "Movers and Shakers".

Society florists Dunn & Sonnier
did the arrangements in the grand entrance hall

A display of Po'Boys - the sandwich fixings are flowers!

Adler's an old classic jeweler on Canal Street
The clock is made of flowers and greens!

The local newspaper The Times Picayune
The newspaper box is made entirely of flowers!

Of course I love what Caroline, Jack, and I (with the help of our in situ assistants David and Alberto), did this year, and I will blog on it in great detail on the perch. blog later this week. In the meantime here is a sneak peek at our tablescape called "The Grand Dame Turns 100".

perch. Art In Bloom 2011 at the New Orleans Museum of Art
"The Grand Dame Turns 100"

And of course hop on over to see that grandest dame of all, Susan, from Between Naps On The Porch HERE, who hosts Tablescape Thursdays every week that has so many other table setting fans showing their stuff!


Karena said...

Valorie very nice! I love that dinnerware on the Spruce table. Yours is so fun!

Art by Karena

Renae Moore said...

Yours is the BEST by far,,,,,I can see YOU in it Girl!

Irene said...

thank you for sharing this was wonderful.

Anonymous said...

probably not the only liquid lunch served up in new orleans that afternoon, but certainly the most elegant! m


Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Valorie, these are so much fun! My favorites were your's (of course) and the one that made me think of Savannah with the hanging Spanish moss.

Kathleen said...

Yours is lovely, and I love Tara's too!
Very creative artists!

Marigene said...

Very talented tablescapers...beautiful!

pretty pink tulips said...

Incredible creativity! Have a soft spot for that Tara Shaw table!!

xo Elizabeth

ps: So excited you had a successful house tour. Good things come when you open yourself up like that! :)

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

Wow so many interesting tablescapes! Must have been fun to see them all in person!

P.S. I'm hosting a $100 e-spree giveaway on my blog in case you're interested!

inbrightness said...

those are so inspiring! so many great ideas.... thanks so much for sharing!!