Thursday, July 12, 2007

Branching out: Wedding registry ideas for the earth-loving girl

Echoing the local emphasis on farmers markets, organic gardening and the slow food movement, the natural trend brings a relaxed elegance to homes and to table settings. Nature girls may be down-to-earth but she knows that little details make a big statement. The table above, from Martha Stewart Weddings, evokes the mood of an enchanted forest; the woodland-inspired elements add a fairy-tale touch. Cast-iron urns filled with lilies-of-the-valley, moss, and baby ferns set the tone for this woodsy tablescape, augmented by hurricane lamps on birch rounds, a chartreuse tablecloth, and pale-green glassware.

Transport your guests with a table full of garden details. Start with a plaid tablecloth—an elegant take on a classic picnic blanket—and add white-on-white china subtly embossed with a vegetable motif, then finish the look with a fragrant herb-and-flower centerpiece. Small potted herbs, such as baby tears, euonymus, and rosemary, can be cleverly used as escort cards—that double as favors—by inserting plant markers with guests' names.

“The natural girl’s bumper sticker says, “I’d rather be hiking”. Even her table symbolizes her active, outdoorsy, eco-friendly life. - Brides Magazine

Your earthly style interprets Mother Nature as wearable art: butterflies, birds, floral accents and earthenware accessories, all with eco-elegant textual appeal and organic opulence.

(above: accessories from Lladro Cyclos Magical collection by Bodo Sperlein)

For the girl who wants to save the earth and has the table that looks stylish while doing it, these simple, elegant pieces makes hugging the tree or setting the table – a truly beautiful thing:

( l to r: bamboo flatware, $3.95, Crate and Barrel; Chinoiserie vellum placemats, DwellShop).

(l to r: Carmen dinneware, 4pc place setting, $36.95, Crate and Barrel; Faux birch trays, $15.00-$25.00, Jayson Home & Garden).

(l to r: Fern glasses, Roost, 415-339-9500; iittala Toikka Western Meadowlark bird, $179.00, Finnish Gifts).

(l to r: Honey bark by Joseph Abboud, dinner plate, $10.00, salad plate, $7.50, bowl, $7.50, soup bowl, $7.50, platter, $30.00; Baccarat Lucky Butterfly, Topaz, $145.00).

(l to r: Forest leaf pitcher, $50.00, Michael Aram; Bark vases, $90.00-$240.00, Saks Fifth Ave).

( l to r: Francisco Dinnerware, 5pc place setting, $98.00
Camden Place setting, $85.00, Simon Pearce).

(above: Wood baskets, Roost, 415-339-9500).


At Home with kim vallee said...

You gather a great selection. The Forest leaf collection by Aram, the stylish Bark vases at Saks and the Wood baskets by Roost are my favorite. I am more and more into this nature-inspired style trend.

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