Fresh Squeezed

When the owner of Gala Cloths, Dulany Noble, saw Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s ‘Gates’ exhibit in New York’s Central Park last year, she was attracted to the warm orange color of the fabric. “They called it saffron,” she says. “When this fabulous orange plaid fabric came along, I just gravitated to it.” Together with Travis-Lee Moore of Elements, Noble created the citrus-saturated setting, the only square table in the competition. Square custom-made wooden candlesticks in varying sizes hold tiny votives. A tall vase, topped off with an inverted candelabra and chrysanthemums sprayed orange, serves as a centerpiece. Orange crystals hang above the table on taffeta ribbons, glittering in the candlelight. Crystals from Rugs to Riches. [ Gala Cloths, Owings Mills, 888-747-1144; Elements, Timonium, 410-561-3392 ]

Winging It

Missy Connolly of Fern Hill Design seized upon an unusual mint-green bird feeder in her shop, and from there her design took flight. In Connolly’s hands, the circular feeder becomes a centerpiece, with twigs and moss laid inside for a “nest” and synthetic butterflies fluttering over the table. Ten mini birdbaths, antique-white with iron birds perched on each side, are filled with birdseed to anchor votive candles. Connolly custom-made the black place mats, which are ringed with pale green and edged with spotted barred-rock chicken feathers. A tablecloth made from fabric patterned with a chicken wire motif from The Design Center completes a country chic look that is truly for the birds. And the feeder is now out in Connolly’s yard. [ Fern Hill Design, Butler, 410-472-0320 ]


“I wanted something crisp and modern, but not cold,” says Andrew Rollman. “Smyth’s collection of crystal and accessories is a wonderful place to get inspiration.” Using the bright blue and gold circles of the plates as a starting point, Rollman creates a study of contrasting shapes. He balances the spare design of the silver napkin rings with earth-toned, blue-tasseled napkins, and a boldly striped tablecloth with simple white salad plates rimmed in gold and silver. The all-white flowers offer an ambrosial combination of scents: rose, freesia, gardenia and lisianthus. Clear and turquoise crystal bowls in various shapes hold the blossoms, a single aqua ribbon wrapping the William Yeoward crystal vase in the center. “I imagined a young bride balancing tradition with modern sensibilities,” says Rollman. Napkin rings, plates and salt and pepper shakers by Kate Spade, all pieces donated by Smyth. [ Andrew Rollman Designs, Washington, D.C., 202-265-3544 ]

Spring Forward

Flowers and color are bursting out all over the Radcliffe table. “We wanted something fun to honor the ‘springing forward’ time change,” says Nola Dobratz, co-designer with Roz Solin and Amy Gorback. They began with bright blue Versace plates rimmed in orange and gold and accented with green, pink and yellow. The salad plate, also by Versace, glitters with a gold butterfly pattern. Fresh green napkins lie in Salviati napkin rings, each decorated with a cheerful pastel glass flower, and colorful, long-stemmed Kosta Boda candleholders hold votive candles. Green hydrangea, white and yellow tulips, red roses, calla lilies and flowering crabapple sprout from a Lalique vase with thick coils of ivy creeping around its base, and spring days seem to be just around the corner. Plates by Rosenthal for Versace. Myland Farm provided the flowers. [ Radcliffe Jewelers, Towson Town Center, 410-484-2900 ]

Table Tennis

Baltimore preppy is colorful, flamboyant and swank, just like the table served up by The Monogram Shop. The design, complete with ribbons and vintage tennis rackets, is “a table for women,” says owner Regina Bello. “It’s ‘tennis luncheon.’” A hot pink napkin, tied with a classic prep striped grosgrain ribbon and a pretty Gerber daisy, playfully contrasts with the bright teal tablecloth. More bright pink Gerber daisies, interspersed with greenery, bounce out from the centerpiece: a “hopper” wrapped with a ribbon and filled with yellow and pink tennis balls. The ceramic place cards and menu card decorated with palm trees are reusable- they’re dry-erase. Tied to each chair is a different Lilly Pulitzer bag, a staple of prep-school cool.  [ The Monogram Shop, Sparks, 410-472-4200 ]

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