Looking for fun ways to decorate your table for a dinner or a party?
Two Frederick businesswomen have some ideas for you.
Called “Table Scapes,” their display of a dozen themed table settings will be on view from Sept. 8 to Sept. 30 at The Loft at AI interior design studio on North East Street in Frederick’s Shab Row shopping district.
Studio owner Sandy Steele provided the tables and fabrics, and Tameria Martinez, who owns the nearby Little Pottery Shop, made the plates, goblets and smaller items such as napkin rings.
“I make pots, and she designs,” says Martinez about the collaboration, which resulted in the first Table Scapes display last year, and is back this year with updated and new designs.
“It’s about entertaining at home,” says Steele, who wanted to present whimsical ideas that people would be inspired to try on their own.
Apparently she and Martinez are not operating in a vacuum; themed tables seem to be in fashion.
“It’s really over the top what’s being done with table tops — it’s interpretive and fun,” says Steele, who says she tracks interior design trends in sources such as Veranda magazine and “Design Wars” on HGTV.
In this year’s display, there again are tables set for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
There also are tables with a nautical theme featuring plates in the shape of sails, a ski lodge, Mr. McGregor’s farm of Beatrix Potter fame, a garden table with real eggs, a four-and-20-blackbirds table with pies, and a Texas table redesigned from last year featuring cowhide and straw.
A person might think a themed table might cost a lot of money, but that’s not the case, say the business owners.
“You can go home and do this,” says Steele, who says many of the materials, such as the rope for the nautical theme, are “things you can find around the house.”
Martinez, who has been working to make all the pottery, says she has enjoyed thinking up ideas for the displays.
“It’s a great, fun exercise,” she says. “It’s not something you do every day.”