November 1, 2015
Text by Lesley Harris Colvett, Design by Alexandra Lauren from Alexandra Lauren Event Styling, Photography by Darren Lykes
Interior designer and event stylist Alexandra Lauren created a festive fall scene amid the corn maze at Donnell Century Farms in Jackson, Tennessee. This magical tablescape features décor and china in muted green, deep purple and blue to complement light orange and white pumpkins.
Inspired By the Season Fall Tablescape
The inspiration for this table is romance, tradition and fall. Says Lauren, “Fall is the most exquisite season! The colors are a visual symphony. Being abroad for 12 years, I truly missed the beautiful colors and smells that come with the change of seasons. I lavish in every detail of this season. My goal with this table is to inspire people to get outside and drink in the season, whether it’s a romantic table on your terrace or a picnic to watch one of our beautiful Tennessee sunsets. If you are going to dine indoors, there is absolutely nothing wrong with bringing some elements of the outdoors in!”
Decor and Style Elements
Inspired by the people for whom she designs, Lauren says her creative philosophy is to amplify each client’s personal style. This table is very much a representation of Lauren’s personal rustic and romantic style, and reflects the designer’s belief that fall is the perfect time to gather friends and loved ones around a table and give thanks.
Host Your Own
“I went pumpkin crazy! I used fantasy pumpkins (a beautiful muted orange), white pumpkins, pastel pumpkins and mini white pumpkins on each place setting. I love the gestures in the stems; this is always what I pay attention to at the patch,” Lauren says. The decor also includes fairy tale pumpkins in a romantic muted orange. The live garland on the table is a mixture of eucalyptus, sweet dumpling mini pumpkins and scabiosa pods placed throughout.
For the centerpiece, the designer chose a grapevine basket filled with antique deep purple and burgundy hydrangeas, and a pumpkin topiary.
Woven oval chargers available at www.AlexandraLauren.com
Flatware, made in England, sold in the U.S. by Pottery Barn
Napkins available at One King’s Lane
Plates are manufactured by Pfaltzgraff, and the pattern is Gazebo Blue
The salad plates are an antique collection from Carriage House Antiques in Jackson, Tennessee
Dinner plates, designed by Alexandra Lauren, available at the Great Indoors
Picnic basket, available at Pottery Barn online
The charcuterie board is available at Carriage House Antiques in Jackson, Tennessee
The French blue ruffled seat cover is from Alexandra Lauren Design Linens, available at www.AlexandraLauren.com.
Alexandra Lauren, Interior Designer and Event Stylist
Lauren’s passion for interior design has been lifelong. Her mother ran her own interior business out of her home, and Lauren always loved playing with swatches and colors with her in her office. Lauren’s design career started in Hong Kong in 2003 where she was designing dinnerware for Target, The Great Indoors and many other mid-tier retailers and department stores for export to North America, Europe and Australia. This is where her passion for setting a table began.
Lauren started doing interior design when she opened her studio in Hong Kong in 2008. One of her first projects was redecorating a factory showroom in Shanghai, China. From there Lauren moved into residential, restaurant and event design.