Dapper recently visited southern Kentucky, and we had the opportunity to design an intimate dinner table setting at Briar Rose Garden. The beautiful property is home to thousands of plants and flowers, including; lavender, dahlias, gladiolas, sunflowers, zinnias, blackberries, strawberries, a vineyard and more!
It was important to us that we incorporated the natural-beauty of the land into our design. Luckily for us, we were given permission to use anything we wanted from the garden and farmhouse. The property provided absolutely everything we needed to create this dream-like setting.
We snagged the weathered wooden table from the greenhouse entrance, which was being used to hold items like small garden tools, gloves, and dried gourds. There is certainly beauty in the fact that this table has provided so much functionality over the years, and now it's weathered-state is what gives it such personality and life.
With hundreds of lavender plants in the garden, it only made sense to use lavender within the design. It started with a single stem on the crisp linen napkins, but we wanted more! To help define the intimate space, we created a circle of lavender and flowers around the table. When contemplating using a linen on the table, we got the crazy idea to use bundles of lavender as the table-cover. We were happy to discover that the plates and other table settings laid flat and stable on top of the bed of lavender. The fragrance of the lavender was intoxicating.
Our favorite part of the table is the juxtaposition of the natural landscape with the delicate china, white flower vases, and linen napkins.
We loved the opportunity to create a setup that gave us the freedom to use the materials around us and embrace the aesthetic of the gorgeous venue. It brought a smile to our face to hear one of the guests at the dinner table say that the setting was "something out of Hemingway's novel, A Moveable Feast."
We can't wait for our next visit to Kentucky!