Now before you continue reading this post, I must warn you; I have of late been a bit less concerned with hurt feelings. I named my blog DecorHate and wanted to show a contrast between decor I hate (strong word) and decor I love. But I must confess, two things have prevented me from being that literal with my work here. First, I don’t wish to offend. And second, the pictures of awful decor do not look pretty on my blog.
I will start with a baby step and talk straight with you. I hate a bad table setting. I want to click off a box or two on a list of tabletop violations that even my good friends might be guilty of. Don’t hate me.
1. Don’t set the table if you aren’t going to sit down and eat. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s that thing where you walk into a model home and see place mats and napkin rings and maybe even a mug with a fancy-fold napkin in it. Just don’t.
2. Don’t feel like you need to match. The most beautiful tables have a bit of soul. Unless you’re dining with the Obamas or going to a super-fancy wedding, you should feel like you can relax a bit and enjoy the dining experience. And I bet even Michelle would approve of a playful table.
3. Don’t forget your table manners; the most lovely dining table accessory of all.
4. Don’t forget nostalgia. I KNOW you don’t go to a big box store and buy all of your art-work and home decor accessories at once. This should go for your table as well. I have a friend who shares my love of vintage and we always seem to gravitate toward sweet serving items; vintage salt and pepper shakers and so on. Even unexpected containers for flowers can take the cookie-cutter edge off of that table.
Enough Hating. Here are some delightful images I ♥
Diane Von Furstenberg for artist Anh Duong