On the Table
Celebrate 10 years of great style with the Kappas
In 1995, two best friends and Kappa Kappa Gamma alums acted on a hunch that many people shared their love for beautifully set tables. Louise Griffeth and Barbara Barton never dreamed that the annual event formed from their creative endeavors would be such a hit with the city’s most reputable entertaining gurus and hostesses. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Kappa Kappa Gamma once again showcased the work of more than 60 of Dallas’ top-notch designers at Dallas Country Club. The Kappas’ annual fundraiser has raised more than $900,000, benefiting various area charities throughout the last decade. In addition to the charitable contributions, each table’s theme and decor is inspired and designed by the genius of Dallas’ favorite stylists and designers, from Cookworks and Dr. Delphinium Designs to Bella Flora of Dallas and Neiman Marcus Downtown. Tablescapes not only showcases the creativity of designers, it highlights the expertise of several entertainers and speakers. Past guest speakers have included Mary Emmerling, creative director of Country Living; John Loring, design director of Tiffany & Co.; and this year’s featured speaker, home-style and entertaining expert Susie Coelho, coined by The New York Times as "the effervescent cable-television design guru." Guests were invited to browse the table designs during the annual Tablescapes luncheon, or in the evening at the Candlelight Cocktail Buffet and Preview Party.
Owner Jamie Huizenga of Cebolla Fine Flowers designed a spectacular floral sculpture throughout her entire table for this year’s Tablescapes exhibition. Using more than 2,000 French dianthus flowers in varying shades of green and pink hues to cover the table, Huizenga also incorporated bluebell squill, green bolletjes, and chartreuse kangaroo paws. Varying heights of taper candles, available at Cebolla, in different colors of both green and blue were positioned above the colorful floral arrangement, bathing the blossoms in glowing candlelight. Adding dimension and depth, Vintage American pottery and wine glasses filled with votives were also incorporated. Cebolla Fine Flowers specializes in fine European floral design, orchid plants, handmade pottery, antiques, and exquisite gifts.
Cebolla Fine Flowers
4320 Lovers Ln.
True to her reputation, Inessa Stewart created a timeless, Old World ambience with a distinct, Provençal touch. The gracious Louis XV-style French walnut banquet table and aubusson tapestry-cushioned chairs enhanced the European setting. Nineteenth-century oyster plates displayed on Majolique chargers with coordinating Provençal-style flatware and stemware adorned the table. A magnificent hand-carved Madonna and Child, circa 1741, was atop a pedestal - serving as the table’s impressive centerpiece - and surrounded by two floral bouquets. Charming Provençal place mats, embroidered with roosters, matched the faience rooster on the grand fireplace mantel, which was transformed into a second focal point and featured an 18th-century Provençal pannetiere, antique confit pots, and lavish floral bouquets and arrangements. Stewart’s display combined fresh flowers and exquisite antiques to capture the vibrant colors and timeless essence of Provence.
Inessa Stewart’s Antiques
5201 W. Lovers Ln., Dallas
Inessa Stewart’s Antiques
5800 Legacy Dr., Plano
The elegant and timeless style of Neiman Marcus was displayed in an exclusive collaboration of signature linens and tableware collections. Reddish hues and an Asian flair infused the table, while handblown glass coral accented each place setting. Christofle flatware, Cristal Saint-Louis and Neiman Marcus exclusive stemware, and Cipolla Pewter accessories were present, as well as Neiman Marcus signature hemstitched linen napkins and antique Chinese water carriers. Raynaud Cristobal full place settings in red and gold were also part of the distinctive tablescape.
Neiman Marcus Downtown
One Marcus Square
In tribute to the ever-changing world of pop culture, Bella Flora’s Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes theme was inspired by photographer David LaChapelle, whose colorful 1996 book of portraits, LaChapelle Land, provided us with a glimpse into modern pop culture. True to LaChapelle’s portraits, a potentially traditional table was transformed into a ontemporary work of art with modern fashion, art, and interior design elements. Lucite risers covered in various LaChapelle prints rose above the table, surrounded by stunning yellow calla lilies for a dramatic, artful touch. Also gracing the table were brightly colored, recycled magazine-paper vases, decorative platters, and oversized bowls, embellished with lush paves of Rouge Baisier roses to complete the contemporary setting.
Bella Flora of Dallas, Inc.
2010 Century Center Blvd., Ste. 22, Irving
Specializing in unique combinations of eclectic and functional art, Cookworks created a table with European flair that was distinct, casual, and elegant - perfect for seasonal entertaining. The classic French farmhouse table was filled with international products from Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Italian pewter goblets, hand-blown Mexican-amber water glasses, tiger’s-eye chocolate brown beaded place mats, and washable silk-and-organza napkins, combined with handmade dinnerware from France and the United States created each place setting. Three iron candle centerpieces from the Jan Barboglio collection were arranged with a mixture of candles and seasonal flowers. Cookworks is dedicated to home entertaining, from kitchen equipment and food to table settings and home decor.
5213 Alpha Rd.
Pink is the hottest color of the season, and no one makes it look prettier than Brighton Accessories. Brighton’s best-selling Rosalie handbag, decorated with large ornate leather rose petals, served as the inspiration for the tabletop display at the Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes fundraiser. The cascade of roses in the table setting was elegantly accented with beautiful products from the Brighton line including picture frames, clocks, candlesticks, votive candles, stemware, handbags, wallets, footwear, and pearl jewelry. The custom-designed heart-shaped chairs, draped with Brighton’s Gallery Rose chain belt, provided the perfect finishing touch to a table overflowing with pink roses. Pink has never looked so good! Brighton leather products and items for the home are available at fine specialty stores and Brighton Collectibles stores across the country.
14022 Nelson Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91746
Dr. Delphinium Designs and Events
Dr. Delphinium’s more than 750 black magic roses set the mood for a Las Vegas-themed table at this yearâ€™s Tablescapes. Crafted in the shape of a black grand piano, complete with ivory keys, the table was adorned with candles, oversized wine glasses, and red crystal stemware by Baccarat. Coordinating with the theme, black magic bouquets were housed in Blenko hand-blown black vases with white polka dots. A six-foot silver candelabra centerpiece, filled with black magic roses and white ostrich feathers, added height and dimension to the table. Fine sterling silverware was used at each place setting, in addition to hand-calligraphy name cards.
Dr. Delphinium Designs and Events
5806 W. Lovers Ln.
Holton Collection, Inc.
Inspired by their special interest in color and history, Holton Collection, Inc. included regional and internationally hand-painted fabrics throughout the table, created exclusively by Holton Collection for the annual Tablescapes event. Named, "Fête de Neptune," the tablescape included Royal Crown Derby bone china imported from London and various other unique, hand-painted silk patterns. The Holton Collection, Inc. offers clients interior design services, an exclusive line of exquisite hand-painted silk, a unique, hand-painted Chinese silk wallpaper line, Sisal rugs, and various hand-painted murals. Owner Richard Holton has been designing glorious rooms for eight years. "I work with each client to create curtains, cushions, tablecloths, and bedding that are unique in color and design," Holton said.
Holton Collection, Inc.
1509 Main St., Ste. 610
Dallas, TX 75201
By Appointment Only
Born in the Santa Fe region of New Mexico, Nambé handcrafts high-quality, functional designs for the modern lifestyle. The tablescape included various butterfly designs, from porcelain dinnerware and stainless steel flatware to various metal serving pieces. The European porcelain place setting had a translucent, smooth glaze. The design was inspired by the butterfly’s wings. The stainless steel flatware displayed a unique curve, fitting well in every hand. The Amore bowl - translation, love - subtly evoked a heart form. Soft roses contributed to the fanciful theme of Nambé’s table. Dressed up or down, Nambé designs for the home will resonate with any décor and inspire you every day.
308 Northpark Center
Owner and designer Julie Rose chose an enchanted Baroque grotto theme for her tablescape. Large, white mahogany hand-painted cherubs were the focal point of the table with smaller cherubs playing musical instruments tied to the back of the chairs. The table’s centerpieces were composed of two gold candelabras with dangling crystals, displaying candles and custom-designed arrangements of orchids, bromeliads, and succulents in moss-infused Campo de’ Fiori pottery. The place settings included champagne-colored capiz shell placemats, hand-painted and embroidered linen napkins, and crystal beaded napkin rings from Kim Seybert. The table was also adorned with reproduction pink and white majolica oyster plates and pink, Italian-blown wine glasses with pewter details from Arte Italica. Other accessories included genuine oyster caviar plates and silver-handled mother-of-pearl caviar spoons - all sold at Julie Lynn Interiors in Snyder Plaza.
Julie Lynn Interiors
6715 Snider Plaza
Rutherford’s presented Neptune’s Treasure for its tablescape this year. Their theme was inspired by shell china plates from Pierre Frey and the indoor/outdoor Scalamandre fabric, detailed with custom shell tassels and handmade shell braiding. Beaded red coral seat covers for the dining room chairs complemented the coral bobeche on the hermatite candleholders. Accenting the shell and coral theme, sea creatures, plant life, shells, and colorful glassware and gemstone jewelry from Ego Designs adorned the table. From table skirts and draperies to furniture and unique accessories, clients can find a wide selection of fabrics, trims, antiques, and accessories at Rutherford’s Design.
5647 W. Lovers Ln.
Save the Date
Plans are already under way for the 2005 Tablescapes event. Karen Sargent is chairman of the event, which will be held October 17-18. If you would like to participate as an underwriter, contact corporate underwriting chairman Cynthia Beaird at 972-380-3468. If you are interested in participating as a designer or attendee, contact Karen Sargent at 214-236-3256.
October 17, 2005
Tablescapes by Candlelight, 6:30-10 p.m.
Enjoy a cocktail buffet while previewing the unique table designs.
October 18, 2005
Tablescapes viewing and luncheon, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Peruse the tables, enjoy a lovely lunch, and meet the celebrity guest speaker.