Tabletop Tuesday: Indigenius Grace

Tabletop Tuesday features smooth, taupe and bone dishware placed on top of a sophisticated, textured and patterned linen. The combination is like yin and yang. A silky murmur against a velvet baritone.

In this place setting, I added vintage glassware and a decorative bowl influenced by the indigenous design on the taupe linen pattern that elegantly announces the red and black rhythmic design.

Enjoy your food. Give grace over your food. Like a beautiful song, transport yourself to another place through design and food selections.

Modern Monday: Red Rush

Modern Monday features this contemporary space with a noticeably red tufted, velvet sectional in a room with hints of antiquity and rustic charm.

The red sectional is a cherry red versus a poppy, vibrant red which makes this bold hue a bit more refined. The composition is fresh and exciting since it breaks the traditional functional lines of sectional furniture. Sometimes all a room needs is a new composition of its furniture layout.

The charm of this room also lies in the unfinished wall. It looks like an unfinished concrete slab that once hosted wallpaper or some other type of semi-permanent wall covering before featuring this global map. The peeling, scraping and/or extraction of history for present exposure is raw, authentic and stylish. The floor-to-ceiling windows are graced with elegant and flowing drapes which juxtapose the harshness of the wall.

The unknown room designers also mix sculpture, occasional tables, consoles and vintage objects to harmonize the mix of contemporary versus vintage, masculine versus feminine. This room is bold yet soft. Serene and energetic. Every space has soul and style. It is all about harmony.

Tabletop Tuesday: In the Pink

Tabletop Tuesday is an elegant presentation of a small pink gold-rimmed plate on top of a pink, white and gold Kate Spade polka dot center plate stacked on a large pink plate/charger. The gold star accessory, woven gold place mat and Mikasa abstract gold patterned glassware complete the feminine touches to this setting. Go ahead, eat a three-course salad.

 I love this set so much, I designed two iterations.

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Yvette Craddock Designs custom place setting

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Experience Case Study: Summertime Broker’s Open Block Party

According to national statistics, the housing market continues to trend upward with pre-2007 levels in price, value and demand. However, even in the most robust markets, homes between $350,000 to a few million need a bit more creative marketing to raise awareness and drive interest.

My firm specializes in exceptional experiential events and frequently works with members of the real estate community. In the most recent, custom experience, NexTitle secured my firm to create a five-house home tour that I created into a good ol’ fashioned Block Party.

Each house was given a theme that reflected the home’s best assets. Attendees receive video, email and social media invitations, announcements and updates that showcased the homes, but only disclosed one address. The tour start home was the main point of registration,

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Distinctive, experiential events are my firm’s expertise. If you need to drive more traffic to your business, raise your profile and create an opportunity to interact more directly with your target audience, click here to begin the conversation.

 

Modern Monday: Powerful Pink Pastel

Modern Monday features this contemporary pastel dining room. Although the main color combination is white and pink, the dynamic custom mural with periwinkle, sage, yellow and black brings depth, excitement and strength to this space. The identical chandeliers break from tradition in placement. The simplicity yet complexity of this room is seriously crush-worthy. Via Erikakarpak.

Intersection of Fine Art: From the Wall to the Tabletop

Fearless Art Works founder and CEO, Michelle Micalizzi, extended an invitation to me to create place settings that correlate to her latest exhibition “Quartette in Color” for a private event in conjunction with N2 Publishing. Chef Justin of Cafe Bink provided hearty and delicious bites for over 50 attendees.

This unique exhibition features multi-media art from four women fine artists: Katalin Ehling, Marty Gibson, Margit Kagerer and Ann Otis. Their art comprises paintings, collages, metals and fabric. They create as they see and are inspired and all love color. Visit Fearless Art Works in Carefree, Arizona between now through August 24th. Visit @YvetteCraddockDesigns on Facebook for the live video from August 11, 2017.

Enjoy these images of artwork with place settings that correlate to the colors and composition of the exhibition pieces. The more complex the painting, the more dynamic the place setting is to capture colors, shapes and textures.

 

 

Enjoy some of these events highlights:

Tabletop Tuesday: van Gogh’s Garden

Tabletop Tuesday presents the impressionist genius of Vincent van Gogh. The center plate features one of his garden paintings. I’ve paired it with a larger orange plate on the bottom to layered the orange and red colors found in the painting. The runner in this place setting picks up the red and golden hues and organic textures in the plate. The vintage Thai brass and rosewood flatware adds more warmth to this setting. A touch of purple flowers in a brass vessel adds color. The vintage brown glassware grounds the setting.

Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 and was of Dutch descent. After stints in commerce and religion, he began creating art in 1881. His early paintings feature rather drab still lifes and peasant labourers.  All of that changed when he left his native land. His art expanded in context and color upon his relocation to Paris in 1886 when he met and befriended other great artists namely Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. They were part of the avant-garde group of artists who were rebelling against the Impressionist flavor of the time. His paintings continued to evolve in style, subject matter and the application of more color when he relocated to the south of France in 1888.

Vincent van Gogh is known for severing his own ear which was a result of a feud with Gaugin. In ended his own life at the age of 37 after years of mental illness and poverty. Today, his paintings garner some of the highest prices in the art world. What a tumultuous life filled with anguish and extraordinary talent.

Learn more about Vincent van Gogh in this trailer.

Wednesday Walls: Start with the Heart

Do you have wall or counter space that needs some beauty? My friend Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi‘s ceramic art may be your remedy.

Hearts are one of her signature designs. Her color combinations are also uniquely styled with her flair. This picture is from the recent Atlanta International Gift and Merchandise Mart. If something piques your attention, reach out. Let her know that I sent you.

Fill your blank space with beauty. http://www.lpeclay.com/

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Tabletop Tuesday: Prancing Pears

Tabletop Tuesday features a wonderful quartet of plates featuring the top plates designed in a repetitive pear pattern in reversed color trios. I placed these salad-sized pear plates on alternating citron and graphic black and white plates with different tablecloths to create a whimsical arrangement of plates full of prancing pears.

When is the last time you had fun with your placesettings? Food is fun. It is said that digestion is better on a happy stomach. Let me know how it works for you.

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Modern Monday: Milan Milieu

Modern Monday travels to Milan. A chocolate shop and bistro no less. The citron chairs with walnut legs seem to effortlessly complement the brass accents on the table bases and countertop. The two-toned marble floors play with the theme of duality. The high ceilings feature a subtle texture. The dark window frames perfectly accent the chandelier and sconces. All elements combined make this space elegant, inspiring and fun.

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