Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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36 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 FRESH STYLE I entertain THIS PAGE: With philodendron-leaf place mats, candlesticks shaped like palm trees, and plates with garden motifs, the table reflects the lush natural setting. Old baskets, terra-cotta pots, tabby walls encrusted with crushed shell, and the wood top of a vintage architect's desk add character. cross-ventilation make it ideal for the purpose. It was Judy's co-host, Linda Heagy, who came up with the idea of serving the dinner there. "With long sunsets and breezy evenings, the sea islands are ideal for dining outdoors," observes Linda, who frequently hosts parties on her wide porch in neighboring Sea Island. "When you set a table outdoors, it's pleasing to make it unexpectedly elegant, with silver, crystal, and china, but also to echo your natural surroundings." The magical midsummer table setting began with place mats of philodendron leaves cut from the garden and laid directly on the wood surface of an old worktable. Their natural color contrasts with the shimmering bronze-doré trunks of palm tree–shaped candlesticks. Chargers and plates with pink-and-green borders of flowers and foliage echo the colors and shapes of informally massed arrangements of hydrangea, lotus, and snapdragons. "Combining indoor luxuries with a touch of the rustic and the gifts of nature is one of the best presents you can give your guests," says Judy, whose plans for her shed have expanded beyond nursing houseplants and overwintering orchids. "There really isn't any better dinner music than the sounds of swimming dolphins and the wind in the oaks." To see more entertaining and decorating ideas, preorder a copy of Susan Sully's Southern Hospitality at Home: The Art of Gracious Living (Rizzoli New York, 2019; publication date September 17, 2019). The garden is always an invitation to come and enjoy. It asks nothing of us but time to contemplate the beauty that is all around us in this world. It represents someone's editing of nature, so that what is left is a refinement of the gardener's choosing, a singular vision which the visitor is invited to share. —PARTY CO-HOST LINDA HEAGY For more information, see Sources, page 86

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