Kappa Kappa Gamma’s

TABLESCAPES

a portfolio of extraordinary designs from the 2001 Tablescapes event


 

Tiffany & Co.

Design Director John Loring celebrates American style with the Elsa Peretti home collection. As the exclusive designer for Tiffany, Elsa Peretti is best known for her work in sterling silver. Peretti’s fluid, sensual forms of sterling silver and cobalt-blue crystal take on exciting dimensions in a sleek yet patriotic table setting. The primary red table linen provides elegant contrast to the cobalt-blue crystal thumbprint bowls and bud vases. Elsa Peretti collaborated with celebrated Venetian glassmaker Archimede Seguso to produce these modern classics of table sculpture. For a crowning touch of white, orchid and gardenia blooms are placed in the bud vases and individual place setting bowls. A dramatic centerpiece is achieved with Peretti bone candlesticks; a stunning clear, crystal fishbowl vase with more gardenia; and six, white taper candles.

Tiffany & Co. NorthPark is located at 330 NorthPark Center. 214-378-9800. Tiffany & Co. Galleria is located at 13350 Dallas Parkway. 972-980-0629.

 

D Home presents a special report on Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes

 

  A conversation with Ann Frances Jury, Tablescapes 2001 Chairman

 

D Home: What is Tablescapes?
Ann Frances: It is the annual fundraiser for the Dallas Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The two-day event showcases the innovative tabletop creations of many of the area’s most talented designers and features a guest speaker who is a noted expert on entertaining, design, or cooking. Past guests have included designers and authors Carolyne Roehm, Mary Emmerling, and, most recently, John Loring, design director for Tiffany & Co. Proceeds from the  event benefit local nonprofit organizations and the KKG Foundation.


D Home: What are the design requirements?
Ann Frances: Would you believe there are no requirements? We offer each of the 60 participants the option of using a 60-inch round table, but even that isn’t set in stone. Some designers bring in their own 

Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes 2001 Beneficiaries

When the last flower arrangement is gone and the linens have been removed from the tables, the legacy of Tablescapes remains: its beneficiaries.

Camp Summit provides a summer camping experience for children with disabilities. Special needs children experience swimming, horseback riding, and traditional camp activities unavailable to them elsewhere. Proceeds from Tablescapes will provide 10 full scholarships and 60 partial scholarships.

Genesis Women’s Shelter provides shelter, counseling, and related services for women and children forced to leave their homes due to domestic violence. Kappa funds will pay a portion of a counselor’s salary and a children’s caseworker’s salary, as well as funding children’s programming at Annie’s House.

Special Care and Career Services seeks to increase career assessment and job placement for adults with
mental retardation, brain injury, and other cognitive disabilities. The Kappa grant will assist in hiring additional employment
consultants in the Supported Employment Services Program.

The Vickery Meadow Learning Center teaches English as a second language to adults in Dallas’ heavily populated Vickery area. KKG funding will provide for the renovation of the current childcare facility, equipment for the childcare program rooms, and a new playground for the children’s program.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation is building an overall fund to support educational programs of benefit to Kappas, both undergraduate and alumnae. Programming is being developed in the area of disordered eating, with the ultimate goal of providing programming about many issues related to women’s wellness.

tables. Our only request is that the tables seat eight comfortably, as we invite people to dine at these “works of art” at the Tablescapes luncheon.

 

 

And, as creative as these tables are, they all convey an authentic sense of hospitality. I overheard one of the designers talking to a guest this year. The designer explained that he was trying to create a table where one would want to break bread, enjoy wine, and linger with friends and family.

D Home: But, beyond creating beauty, Tablescapes also has a
charitable goal.
Ann Frances: Oh, of course. This event raises more than $100,000 each year for deserving organizations in our community—that’s really what Tablescapes is all about.


Plans are already underway for Tablescapes 2002. Susan Wolcott will chair the event to be held Oct. 21 and 22 at the Dallas Country Club.

For more information on participating or attending Tablescapes, please contact Susan at 214-891-0987.


Monday, October 21, 2002
Tablescapes by Candlelight
6:30-10 p.m.
The evening features a cocktail buffet and opportunity for guests to view the table designs.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Tablescapes Viewing and Luncheon
10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m

 

R.S.V.P./Soiree
Peacock Elegance was designed by R.S.V.P/Soiree using an array of rich
colors and elegant feathers. A gold and bronze woven tablecloth and gold acrylic chargers highlight the turquoise Faberge china. Edgar jewel-toned frames used as place cards are situated around the centerpiece of three large pillar candles accented with peacock feathers. The centerpiece was created by Two Design Group. To give a comfortable, rustic, yet elegant feel, peacock pillows are placed on the chairs and beautiful frames by Jay Strongwater are subtly placed.
R.S.V.P./Soiree, 6124 Berkshire.
214-739-4502. www.rsvpcalendar.com.

Rutherford’s
Rutherford’s offers a country buffet, with fabrics from the past stylishly patchworked with antique trims and beads. The same trim and beadwork was also used to create a coordinating denim jacket, which would be the perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe and an excellent way to show off treasured fabrics. Notice how the bright linens mirror the elegant floral arrangement and complement an array of wonderful accessories, such as the five-tower candelabra with beaded bobeche, the lifelike ceramic frogs stuffed with fresh seasonal vegetables, the assorted jeweled hurricanes, and a playful setting of blue pottery plates. This is a great example of what can happen when old and new are brought together. Let Rutherford’s assist you with your next design project, whether it is a cutting-edge loft or a country kitchen.
Rutherford’s, 5647 Lovers Ln.
214-357-0888. www.rutherfordsdesign.com.

Bachendorf’s
The theme, “An Evening in Tuscany,” sets the mood for Bachendorf’s Crystal table setting. The Italian countryside is brought to mind by Philippe Deshoulieres’ limoges Toscane china pattern. Christofle’s Aria sterling flatware further elaborates upon the theme with its ancient Roman feel and reference to the Italian opera. Lalique’s chartreuse Roxane wine hocks and gold table linens add to the warm atmosphere. Available at the Plaza at Preston Center store.
Bachendorf’s, Plaza at Preston Center, 8400 Preston Rd. 214-692-8400.
Bachendorf’s, Galleria Level I, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 1415. 972-392-9900.
Bachendorf’s, Preston Park Village, 1900 Preston Rd., Plano. 972-596-2090.

Near & Far
Who said the tropics had to be hot? In today’s ever-changing, stressful world, it’s nice to go back to a simpler, casual time and place—like an island getaway. Sometimes the small things mean the most: a glass of good wine and dinner with friends. Setting the table for an evening of island hospitality is easy. Look for mementos from past travels, visit your favorite specialty store Near & Far, and bring in nature with pineapples, coconuts, and palms. Once your guests arrive you won’t know whether you’re in Dallas or Palm Beach.
Near & Far, The Pavilion on Lovers, 5600 W. Lovers Ln. 214-366-0696. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave.
214-219-3839. Coming soon to Plano at Legacy and the Tollway.

At Home
An evocation of Nancy Lancaster’s
dining table at Haseley House using Isis Ceramics’ “Haseley House” dinner service, created exclusively for At Home by Deborah Sears. Each piece is completely hand-decorated and displays the subtle variations that speak of both its tin-glazed heritage and its handcrafted nature. Handblown wineglasses are replicas of 18th-century European designs. The custom hosts’ chairs by Colefax & Fowler chintz are perfect for a long, leisurely meal with friends.
At Home, 4445 Travis St., Ste. 101. 214-528-0400.

Sanctuary
Six place settings of rustic Italian pieces sit atop a reproduction English oak, gateleg and set the tone for a casual, yet festive, dinner. Each place is set with light green Italian earthenware and heavy flatware made of the finest-quality Italian pewter. The sage, handblown glassware has a beautiful optic-swirl pattern. Botanical toile French linens anchor each place setting. The centerpiece makes use of various serving pieces matching the dinnerware, including a tureen for serving a hearty, autumn soup. Mixed gourds displayed in the footed serving bowl and scattered on the tabletop add rich, colorful accents, providing a warm contrast to the cooler shades of green.
Sanctuary, Plaza at Preston Center, 4020 Villanova. 214-739-0767.

Cookworks
The Tuscan Renaissance Feast included reproductions of Italian Renaissance pewter pieces with an antique patina and Old-World shape. The pewter serving pieces are completely food safe and retain their beauty and luster without maintenance. Baroque goblets and dinnerware with hand-etched golden garlands around the edges are paired with Italian ceramic dinner plates in a warm paprika color. Mixing textures and tones and the elegant with the casual sets the mood. An Italian throw in one of several rich tones allows each dinner guest to wrap up against the evening air, if necessary. Using favorite things and breaking the rules creates a unique and very personal style.
Cookworks, 5213 Alpha Rd.
972-960-2665.

Charlotte Comer Interiors
Elegant and sophisticated with a touch of whimsy—the hallmark of this table and the philosophy of this design firm. French plates in an 18th-century design are shown with a hand-painted tablecloth and flatware. Antique pillowcases are used as slipcovers. An innovative approach is used to create the client’s dream: a comfortable, lovely, livable home.
Charlotte Comer Interiors,Inc.,
703 McKinney Ave., Ste. 314.
214-953-0855.
www.charlottecomerinteriors.com.

Dr. Delphinium
Dr. Delphinium Designs offers a spectacular array of fresh flowers, plants, and orchids. We also specialize in grand event production, upscale gifts, home accessories, and outstanding customer service.
Dr. Delphinium Designs,
5806 W. Lovers Ln. 214-522-9911.


Nicholson-Hardie
Nicholson-Hardie features a breathtaking mahogany table and chairs on a lush, green bed of Rye grass. The set includes a square, mahogany table; four mahogany Batavia-style chairs; and four Bali natural banana-fiber weave chairs. The centerpiece consists of a brilliant burgundy Acer palmatum Tamukeyama Japanese maple in a volcanic rock container, which is surrounded by Blue Pacific juniper accented with Paramour-scented chapel candles.
Nicholson-Hardie Garden Center,
5725 W. Lovers Ln. 214-357-4348. Nicholson-Hardie Nursery,
5060 W. Lovers Ln. 214-357-4674. www.nicholson-hardie.com.

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange
What a holiday hen party! Judy Russell and Jean Stevens have created a fun holiday table from items for sale at St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange. By repeating the black-and-white Toile de Jouy on the tablecloth, plates, and even the gift-wrap, they created a festive, French atmosphere for the chickens towering above the hens nesting in silver chalices. With a dash of red-and-white check combined with red berries and green ivy, the fun can begin!
St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange,
5 Highland Park Village.
214-521-3862.

Lovers Lane Antique Market
Marie Antoinette presides over a table set with an intriguing mixture of French and English antiques that reflect the many treasures to be found at Lovers Lane Antique Market, located two blocks west of Inwood Road on Lovers Lane at Briarwood. This year’s table features many one-of-a-kind items such as a camel inkwell, a Byzantine-style papier maché tray, and a child’s marquetry table. Brown and white transferware along with magnifying glasses and Belgian linen napkins anchor each place setting. Unusual majolica cache pots and pitchers, gilt finials, and a variety of clocks provide a unique view from every angle. Horn cups and serving pieces, exquisite tortoise boxes, and gilded architecturals combine to give the table an Old World/Continental look. Come visit the shop to see a full complement of fine French and English furniture.
Lovers Lane Antique Market,5001 W. Lovers Ln. 214-351-5656. www.loverslaneantiques.com.

Lane Florist
Lavender, lime green, and purple—these are the rich colors of the soir de l’autome (an evening in autumn) design that Lane Florist carefully planned for the annual Kappa luncheon. Lavender “Allure” roses, the most fragrant rose on the market today, were the focal point of the enchanting centerpiece. The arrangement was complemented by tufts of lime green hydrangea, Kermit poms, and Arabicum, along with burgundy ranunculus and trailing English ivy. Clusters of berries were also scattered throughout the arrangement to create texture and interest. Gifts of fragrant Voluspa candles in lime and purple woolen purses were left for the diners. The table was draped with an elegant dark purple velvet tablecloth and a green tone on tone checked table cover. Other touches included the hand-painted bud vases showcasing burgundy dahlias at each place.
Lane Florist, 6616 Snider Plaza. 214-363-1637. www.laneflorist.com.