Monday, August 3, 2015

The art of the table

The holidays are once again upon us. As we begin to think about entertaining friends and family our thoughts, or at least my thoughts, turn to the all important question, "How will I decorate the table?"

The art of the table


The holidays are once again upon us.  As we begin to think about entertaining friends and family our thoughts, or at least my thoughts, turn to the all important question, “How will I decorate the table?”  I always advocate a low stress, high drama tablescape.  How do you achieve that you ask?  Here are some tips for a festive table any time of year. 

Blend old and new ~ we all have family heirlooms that are underused and under appreciated.  Pull out that silver ice bucket and put flowers in it, polish the candelabra, etc., and marry it with simple pieces or clean lines.  The beauty is in the mix of old and new, simple and ornate. Grab those big cloth napkins.  They always raise the bar on having the table feel luxurious.

Include something unexpected; a decoration or small gift for guests to discover.  It’s a good conversation starter.  Go crazy for candles.  More is better, but make sure they are unscented!  I always like to add natural elements, gourds, fruit, moss.  You want the look of the table to enhance the food and mood.  It’a all about composition. Think of food like a painting,your plate the canvas.  Each plays a part to create a balanced relationship one to another. 

A great table design engages guests, brings out the ability to create an element of surprise, imparts ambience, and becomes the backdrop to a beautiful evening spent at home with family and friends.  Isn’t that what it’s all about?



About Carrie Leskowitz For more than 12 years, Carrie Leskowitz has been creating some of the most stylish rooms in the Philadelphia region. Once a fashion and prop stylist, Carrie is now a renowned interior designer, and owner of a successful interior design business, Carrie Leskowitz Interiors. Leskowitz has created a style all her own, centered around luxe, organic, natural design with a dash of glamour. With a great eye for fashion, Carrie consults on residential and commercial projects in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and DC areas. For more information about Leskowitz visit or her blog, Carrie’s Design Musings

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Most people describe you as: Warm and bubbly

People would be surprised to know that: I have had a goldfish swimming in a beautiful bowl on my kitchen counter for 18 years

What is your drink of choice? Vodka with a splash of cranberry and fresh mint

Where is your happy place? On a walking trail in Aspen, CO.

What is your biggest regret? Not going to FIT in NY

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Learning to let go of things quicker, not obsess. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement? (besides my kids) Doing anything that scares me.

Which trait do you most value in another person? Being a good listener

If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be? Edith Wharton

Favorite Movie? Moulin Rouge

What TV show is currently your DVR/On Demand obsession? The Borgia’s. I swear I WILL get to Mad Men!

What is your guilty pleasure? Peanut M&M’s and some Bravo TV

The worst thing anyone said or did to you is: Walk away without a conversation

I believe in: LOVE and communication

What is your motto or inspiration? “A dash of drama goes a long way”

If you could go back in time, where would you go? 18th Century Paris: living in a château