Friday Guest Blog Interview: Head of the Table!

Guest Blog Interview: Head of the Table

Today’s featured Friday Guest Blog brings us all the way to St. Louis for a quick catch up with Kim, founder and entertaining stylist for Head of the Table! While her shop is just adorable (why oh why don’t we have a rental shop this chic and modern in my city??) it’s her creative blog/tablescape/decorating ideas that really make me swoon.

Her table tops and party ideas are exquisite – and I love that her first and foremost entertaining inspiration revolves around creating a delightful and appealing design and mood for her guests. I think you’ll love her answers to our four questions!

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{PDB Interview with Kim of Head of the Table!}

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What inspires your design style?

Fashion and other designers. I am constantly flipping through mags and searching online to be inspired by color combinations, textures and accessories.

What do you love most about what you do?

To me, entertaining is an expression of love to friends and family. It’s a way to show those you love how much you appreciate them by taking the time to create a mood – an atmosphere – just for them. Entertaining is really an art. It’s more than what you’re going to serve to eat or drink. Its about setting a mood. That’s the difference between the parties you leave saying, “Wow, that was wonderful!” and the ones you can’t wait to escape. A good hostess sets the mood and leaves you wanting to come back. With Head of the Table I have been lucky enough to meet other people that feel the same way as well to (hopefully) inspire people to use entertaining as a form of appreciation and love toward others. These past few years have really changed how people think about entertaining…they are actually putting thought into it! I love it!

What are your favorite design trends?

Color combinations are big for me. Last fall/winter I was obsessed with eggplant. I mean, like loved it! This summer is was yellow & gray. The jury is still out for me on my new color obsession for this winter. Blues may win this year – teals, navy, steel-blue. But I’m also loving the mustards and oranges. How’s a girl to choose? Whatever I choose though I know patterns and textures will be included in my table design. A patterned plate can totally make a table. Its like that one accessory that takes a boring outfit and makes it killer.

What are three design suggestions that you would like to offer our readers?

{1} Focus, darling. When you are setting up for your party don’t try to cover every area with party décor. Take one or two tables that are central to the party and decorate left, right, and center. Up and down. It will create a focus. Its better to go big in one area than to try and cover the entire party pad. It ends up looking skimpy.

{2} Start with color. Like I said entertaining is about creating a mood. Color is the easiest way to do that. Choose one or two (or three if you’re daring!) colors and use that in your décor. Even if you’re just having people over for cocktails – choose a color. If red is your favorite color, choose that. Chances are you have red vases, books, pillows, or other elements that you can gather together on your cocktail table. It creates a focus for the party.

{3} Please no plastic. Plastic tablecloths, plastic utensils, plastic plates. As soon as you bust out the plastic, you’ve lost me. You can buy two yards of fabric for the same price as a plastic tablecloth. Rent utensils or plates if you don’t have enough. If you want to show off, even outdoors, you’ve gotta go real. It will instantly elevate your party.


Thank you, Kim!

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