Blog posts dedicated to tabletop and tablescape design, services and products.

Tabletop Tuesday: Harvest Gold

Tabletop Tuesday transitions us into the autumn season with this savory golden yellow plate with brown edging, vintage amber glass, vintage Thai brass and rosewood flatware and a heaping portion of seashells.

What are you serving for your autumn celebration?

This is an original place setting by Yvette Craddock Designs.

Tabletop Tuesday: Smoky Blues

Tabletop Tuesday’s place setting blends matte and shinny plates in blues and browns with a touch of brass inlaid in rosewood. Combine vintage glassware and beige linens for a casual design.

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.

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

Yvette Craddock Designs custom place setting

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.

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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Tabletop Tuesday: Ocean Breeze

Tabletop Tuesday is a setting that reminds me of a peaceful moment on the beach when the blue waters meet the white layer of sky hovering just above the waves.

It is important to create beauty in front of you, while enjoying and paying tribute to beauty around you. Food, like the ocean, is fuel for your soul.

Tabletop Tuesday: Purple Glaze

Tabletop Tuesday is all about style, shape and color. The bone plates are full of stylized design with elegant geometric details. The design proves that bone does not have to be boring. To take the presentation to another level, I added a vibrant purple bowl which complements the shape, texture and glaze finish of the bone plates.  The beige and muted purple linen adds a contrasting texture and correlates with the beige linen napkin. For fun, I added the multi-colored wood napkin ring and some flowers. Definitely try these simple tips at home.

This is an original Yvette Craddock design.

Tabletop Tuesday: Black + White GeoCosmo

Tabletop Tuesday is all about geo cosmo ~ a cosmopolitan setting stacked on top of modern, geometric plate patterns. This black and white color scheme creates a high-impact visual effect because they are the complete opposite on the greyscale spectrum.

The plates feature a mix of the same shapes repeated in different formations and sizes. I love the cityscape of the top plate. The apple is a metaphor and the black glasses command to be filled with fine liquid libations.

Your tablesettings, along with your food, can transport you to other places, times and sceneries. It’s like a good book; a timeless journey to other dimensions.

A Yvette Craddock Designs original tablesetting.