A consistent style benefits from the spontaneity and curiosity (not to mention sustainability) of the P.O.S.H. approach. Wildly flamboyant to austere minimalism, no theme is too far from reach with a little pretty persuasion. We’re talking luxury rentals here, darling. Consider this your official invitation to diving deeper into pattern play curated by amazing local planners with our Fall Designer Series. Plan a visit to our showroom for the full sensory experience or browse digitally by checking back here throughout the season.
Thank you to the wonderful creatives who graced us with their time and talent. In true Texas form, there are no shrinking violets here; these tablescapes came to play.
P.S. A standing ovation for our showroom photography from Tamytha Cameron, who beautifully captures the personality and angle of every tablescape. We love you.
Now, let’s spin some plates.
NAME TO KNOW: ENGAGED EVENTS
Whitney Bailey of Engaged Events will always get a rose from us. And no, it’s not just because she led the team of wedding vendors for the white wedding of The Bachelor’s Raven Nicole Gates and Adam Gottschalk. This gal has Southern style and spirit in spades. Plus, with weddings featured in Martha Stewart, People, and Style Me Pretty, she and her team have curated enviable tablescapes and delivered full-scale weddings with an editorial eye in the Dallas metroplex since 2014.
Whether the aesthetic is modern glam or classic ballroom, Whitney brings focus to celebrate each individual client for a style that is all their own with the Engage Events timeless stamp of approval (and attention to details and logistics, of course). Their flair for thinking outside the box can be seen in rental curation to special ceremony touches. Just scroll through her website to see what we mean.
When we invited Whitney to the table, we gave her carte blanche to pick a style that spoke to this moment. Obviously, we were thrilled to see her personality come through with grandmillennial vibes. What’s in that name, you might ask? A portmanteau of ‘grandmother’ and ‘millennial’, this style is rooted in the warmth of nostalgia while welcoming new and curious combinations of traditional patterns and colored glass. A huge part of the grandmillennial approach is sustainability, and don’t you know, rentals have been ahead of the game in this adage since, well, day one. Refresh your pattern picks and call it granny-chic, call it maximalist, just call us when you’re ready to refresh the old with the new.
So without further adieu, we present Whitney as the grand entrance to our Fall Designer Series.
First things first, tell us a bit about yourself for someone who may not be familiar.
I am born and raised in East Dallas but moved to Los Angeles to study fashion design and merchandising. I started Engaged Events after being obsessed with all things wedding and after helping friends plan their weddings.
How do you let the table tell a story?
I typically start with a “muse” such as a pattern, texture, or color scheme and then build from there. I think the centerpiece also has a huge impact on what will be layered on the table.
What inspired this design?
As a huge fan of the new GrandMillennial trend, I wanted to show ways to mix and match a vintage style with modern touches.
What is your favorite piece on this table and why?
One of my favorite pieces on the table is the flatware. I love the woven basket look and this style gives it the perfect modern look.
Who would you want to bring to this table?
I would defiantly bring my friends to this table!
Who is your dream collaborator for future events?
I love anything that Joy Proctor designs! (Same, sis.)
READY FOR THE CLOSE-UP
Minimalism? We don’t know her. Give us all of the Chinoise and chintz, please. This throwback aesthetic calls to mind your grandmother’s favorite sitting room and vintage issues of your favorite shelter magazines. A few modern pieces, like the Yamazaki Dynasty 24K flatware with its gilded style reminiscent of wicker or rattan, and whimsical candlesticks keep the aesthetic approachable without becoming kitschy.
Palette + Pattern:
Blue and white is forever, and don’t you forget it. These classic heirloom hues probably have as many hashtag hits as Beyonce. #blueandwhiteforever
This tablescape doesn’t just keep it to one pattern. (Truly, there is just something liberating about using it ALL.) A scene-stealer is the Charles Sadek Exotic Bird Collection–– distinctive, handcrafted porcelain with 18K gold detail inspired by the Aves pattern created by the distinguished Royal Crown Derby manufacturer in England.
The playfully interactive menu card is easily a favorite conversation piece. As Whitney says, “It’s a nice final touch to the entire tablescape.” Plus, it's just a hoot when Chinoise is considered rebellious. (Our kind of rebellion.)
Table and Chair:
Here is a small history lesson because every grandmillennial worth her chintz loves a good back story: The Chiavari is originally known as the Chiavarina (or Tiffany) Chair. Invented in 1807 by the famous Descalzi brothers in, you guessed it, a small town called Chiavari located between Genoa and the Cinque Terre, the iconic bamboo-joint silhouette quickly carved its place into history and became the sophisticated (not to mention sturdy) seat at every elegant evening. Of course, cushions enhance both the design and comfort for a well-heeled crowd. Stackable and elegant enough the Kennedy White House used it for their 900-guest wedding in 1953. A true seat of chic. So we’ve said it once, and we’ll say thousand times over: CHIAVARIS ARE FOREVER.
Did you knit your own sweater? No time for that if you’re hosting, but we wouldn’t put it past you. We’d sit down to this table in anything from Les Coyotes De Paris with a modern heel. Picture an evening take on statement ruffles, sculptural sleeves, and tailored prints. Bonus points if needlepoint is involved in your accessories.
THE HAUTE LIST
Windsor Medallion White Linen | Velvet Indigo Napkin | Green Garden Charger | Napoleon Dinner Plate | Charles Sadek Exotic Bird Salad Plate | Chelsea Scalloped Plate | Yamazaki Dynasty 24K Gold Flatware | Gold Scroll Water Goblet | Etched Amber Wine and Champagne Flute | Natural Chiavari with White Cushion
Miss out on our Spring series? Don’t dismay, begin here.
Emily Clarke, Emily Clarke Events | The Detail Department
Robin Linek | The Meadows Museum
Shelby Rogers | Brigade Events
Macy Pullium | Social Llama Events
Jason Valdivia | Valdivia Ventures
Hunter Orcutt | Hunter Orcutt Events