Natural Tables: Nature-Inspired Tablescapes for Memorable Gatherings

Chronicle. Jun. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781797210162. $29.95. INTERIOR DESIGN
Nature meets entertaining in this comprehensive look at tablescapes filled with exquisite photographs. Textile artist and designer Pomeroy has put together a valuable source for nature-focused table settings that will appeal to design enthusiasts, particularly those who entertain frequently. Along with the 15 tablescapes the book showcases, it also gives readers several recipes and tutorials on entertaining, from proper cheese portions and avocado-dyed napkins to botanical cocktails and custom-designed menus. An expert at balancing color, texture, and scale, Pomeroy eclectically mixes styles, always while using only natural materials—no plastic silverware or brightly patterned tablecloths here. Instead, a simple collection of monochromatic linens, dinnerware, glassware, and a few other timeless accessories with a neutral or nature-inspired palette allow readers to draw inspiration from the beauty of their surroundings, the flower centerpieces, or even the food served. Since nature is the foundation of the styling elements, Pomeroy’s focus is more classic and less trendy while still allowing imperfection, just like nature.
VERDICT An in-depth look at creating natural tablescapes; recommended for enthusiasts of the outdoors or of entertaining.
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