On a very very warm July evening I found myself wandering through Soho to a beautiful events venue on Greek St to learn about tablescaping with the gods of fun, stylish and affordable interiors IKEA! I have a special love for an IKEA trip: the beautiful room layouts, the cushions, the huge variety of I-didn’t-know-I-needed-that-until-I-saw-it’s, and of course meatballs! Needless to say I was excited!
So what is tablescaping? Basically it’s making effortlessly eye-catching layouts of cutlery, crockery, glassware and decoration for your table – so ideal if you want to up your dinner party game, or just make life that little bit more instagrammable! We were welcomed into a room full to the brim with IKEAs Christmas range (including an actual bike!), given a quick intro by the lovely IKEA visual merchandisers and then set to task.
How the pros do it:
The choices of materials was vast: we had tableware, ribbons, cute labels, fabric… And then everything else there was also up for grabs. I think the point where we started cutting foliage from the trees says it all – tablescaping is a serious business, and will takeover everything in its wake to look awesome.
I started with a Christmas woodland theme – basically I found a cute squirrel ornament and a mushroom decoration and went from there. Lots of red, foliage (yup I was involved in the tree hacking!), and Christmas ribbon.
I then tried to break from tradition with a white, blue and black theme. I was given some brilliant tips about creating movement in my layout, trying to make sure things weren’t too symmetrical (I found that so hard!) and generally making the look a little more loose and organic.
Artisan gave us a handmade aesthetic, lots of soft neutrals, wicker and wood.
Maximalist, as you might imagine was a bold, more is more look, with lots of bright rich tones. Natasha found her dream pillow and I loved the rug hung on the wall.
And finally off-beat brings playful quirky pieces into your life – bright and vibrant colours, and fun juxtapositions!
I pretty much left the event with a great big list of items (including this cushion) that I’d like to own and a trip to IKEA is most definitely on the cards.
All in all a fabulous night! Thank you team IKEA!