Decorating & Design

November 27, 2009

Chic Console Table Display

I love watching the deleted scenes on a movie’s DVD. As an editor, one of the hardest things to do is decide which beautiful images make it into the magazine and which ones don’t. Directors face a similar dilemma, so I’m always curious to see what ended up on the cutting room floor — and whether or not I think the film was better without those bits.

Photo Blog Kimberley Brown November 26 Console Table

This image was originally shot for the December 2009 issue’s Weekend Decorating story, which is on newsstands now and offers clever ideas for creating gorgeous centerpieces. It’s a great shot, but just as Ocean’s Twelve would have been sharper with fewer plot twists, we ultimately decided the story flowed better without it.

Photo: vase with tall red berry branches, brass statuette and antique bust vase

Lucky for you, you don’t have to wait for the DVD to see it. And there’s even a free bonus feature: the missing text! Here it is:

Dress up a cocktail station or buffet with unique vases and vessels. Free of height considerations (at a sit-down dinner, limit centerpieces to 10” high), displays can embrace artistic license, so fill them with tall berry-lined branches and quirky flowers. Brighten corners with colourful canisters and personal pieces, like this brass statuette and antique bust vase. Or use a small painting and pretty vases as a backdrop for elegant barware.

Looking at the shot again, I’m spurred to turn one of my tables into a permanent cocktail station for the holidays. If it looks this good, I’ll be more apt to invite friends over last minute — after shopping, before heading out to dinner, for a small soirée. I hope you’re similarly inspired.


Console table and portrait painting from Snob; lamp and statuette from Micasa; vases, decanter, glasses, bust vase and bowl from Cynthia Findlay Antiques; chair from LA Design; canisters from Teatro Verde. Produced by Sasha Seymour.

Photo credits:
Angus Fergusson