Pretty With a Purpose – Dining By Design …..

I weigh a whopping 160 pounds, so I don’t have alot of weight to throw around.  However, when I do put my wee might behind something, I want it to be something close to my heart.  Hence why I am so excited to be part of this year’s DINING BY DESIGN, presented by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

This year’s event is shaping up to be simply amazing with tables from San Francisco’s top designers as well as a few national celebrities thrown in for good (and awesome) measure!  Take a peek at some of the concepts that are coming our way in two weeks…..

Tyler Bradford’s “Shipwrecked” concept….

Rapt Studio’s concept of  “representing the ‘connection to blood and the idea of passion’ through the collective inspirations and intertwining actions from multiple disciplines.”

John K.  Anderson Design’s concept of a fantasy flight back to 2001: A Space Odyssey….

Greenhouse Design Studio’s “Not Your Grandma’s Family Dinner” concept….

This is just a sample of some of the amazing concepts that will be on display that evening.  Designs from Jonathan Adler & Kravet, Gensler, La Crema Winery, Effen Vodka and a bevy of other talented retailers, vendors and designers will  be on display for the two-day event!  As an enthusiast of tablescaping, this is like my own little heaven on Earth.  I seriously can’t wait!

And I would be doing the event a disservice not to mention that proceeds will be going to support UCSF Positive Health Program (PHP) at San Francisco General Hospital.  So while it may be pretty….it’s pretty with a purpose.  So if you can, do your part by buying a ticket to the Table Hop & Taste on November 14th.  If you can’t attend, then show your support by following DIFFA SF via Twitter and on Facebook.

Okay, I am off to start my weekend…and by weekend, I mean more work.  This owning your own business is really eating into my TIVO time….

Happy Weekend!

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Holiday Decorating with Scot Meacham Wood Recap

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Kravet and designer/entertaining guru Scot Meacham Wood……

Scot and his merry band of “party elves” discussed the elements involved in throwing a fantastic holiday party.  It was literally an hour and a half filled with laughter, demos and audience questions.

First and more foremost, Scot seriously has to be one of the nicest designers…heck people, I have met in the SF design community.  You would have never guessed that we had only spoken via Twitter from the way he greeted me upon arrival.  That part was especially nice since I was attending the event alone and didn’t know a single soul there aside from Scot.  He may not have realized it, but his simple act of greeting me and introducing me to his colleagues eased my anxieties and put me in the perfect mental space to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Ever the designer, Scot created three vignettes around the Kravet showroom depicting an upcoming holiday; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  Pulling from design showrooms, retail stores and his personal collection, Scot created three beautiful tables that inspired me…..

Thanksgiving

Christmas

New Year’s Day

The New Year’s Day table setting was my favorite.  I am still gagging over those lime green silk chairs and the Hermes place settings.  Yup peeps, those pretty chinoiserie dishes are Hermes and don’t think that for one minute, I wasn’t trying to scope out how to stuff them under my sweater and walk out.  They were that beautiful!

Aside from tablescape inspiration, the one thing I did take away from the night is that I try too damn  hard with my parties.  Scot was very upfront that he uses assistance when throwing parties –  heck he had the folks who he hires do presentations!  So with that said, my next big party is going to see a few changes in particular the inclusion of either a bartender or some catered dishes.  But either way, I plan on enjoying my holiday fetes that much more thanks to some needed guidance from Scot Meacham Wood.

Speaking of holiday entertaining, do you need a kick-ass holiday dress?  Do you want it for free?  If the answer is yes, then you need to enter my give away from Shabby Apple to get a free holiday party dress!

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