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JAN-FEB 2019

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J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 | 51 No one could wait to discover who they might sit with next and what awaited them behind the next door. —BLAIR LABORDE LEFT: A handwritten sign invites guests to "Take a Shot at Finding Your Seat." Each shot glass holds a flag with the guest's name on one side and seating assignment on the other. BELOW, LEFT TO RIGHT: "Recovery Kits" were given as favors. • Linen towels in the powder room were embroidered with adjectives that describe the birthday girl, Birgitta Williamson, known as "B" to her family and close friends. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: An arrangement of 'Clooney' ranunculus, 'Juliet' roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus • Circle-back dining chairs and a round skirted table bring curve appeal to the lady's lounge. • Laborde designed a floral "runner" from hydrangeas, anemones, and peonies contained in long plaster troughs. playfully juxtaposed with the wispy air plants, plump hot-pink peonies, and chunky ceramic plates placed among them. Sets of clear acrylic chairs with classic silhouettes afforded extra seating without detracting from the room's lofty vibe. Femininity flourished against the backdrop of a whimsical pale-pink printed wallcovering in the lady's lounge, which was furnished with curvaceous chairs and ballroom-style skirted tables. On the tables, brassy enameled flatware, gold leaf bud vases, and gold-rimmed goblets echoed the gilded beauty of the chandelier and encircled pink-and-white arrange- ments overflowing with 'Clooney' ranunculus, 'Juliet' roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. "Each room had its own distinct feel but there was definitely a sense of cohesion among them," Laborde says. "I'm not one for themes but, in a way, the repeti- tious use of flowers and consistent palette created the notion of three separate parties wrapped in a single pretty package."

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