Nikki’s Tea Series: Tea at “Versailles”

March 31st, 2017

The inspiration for this table top came from Nikki’s vast collection of silver. She wanted this table to become a conversation piece, and the elegant transformation was superb. The table was decked in Wildflower Linens, gray Carolyn lace, and blue and grey napkins and chair covers were incorporated. One of her favorite Wedgwood dinner sets was used along with christofle flatware, a melange of antique silver pieces, and Baccarat glassware. The end result was pure decadence.










Special thank you to our partners:
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Tic Tock
China/Silver: Nikki's private collection
Photography: Braja Mandala

Nikki’s Tea Series: All In The Details

March 24th, 2017

Nikki's obsession for a good cup of tea is well known to her close circle of friends. Many friendships have been formed over a cup of perfectly brewed hot cup of tea. Not only does the tea have to be brewed to perfection but the kind of tea used is just as important. Any occasion she can set a table to treat friends to a cup of tea does not go to waste as was the case here. Here in the below photos she used two different vignettes for two separate groups of friends. On the smaller vignette she used her nesting tables with Royal Doulton China, some silver objects from her collection, beautiful custom made lace tea napkins that were tied with a satin ribbon and dainty broochby Wildflower Linens. Grand Eclair provided the flowers wrapped in burlap bearing fresh fruit with dahlias in shades of purples. The beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas provided a relaxed, simple and elegant setting. Needless to say tea was enjoyed by all amidst thought provoking and interesting conversation.
On the second vignette a small table was dressed with Nikki's favorite linen Carolyn Lace from Wildflower Linens. The table was placed on the edge of the pool and paired with blue ottomans. Nikki's favorite tea set in blue and white bone china which was actually purchased from George Cinq Paris shop many years ago ( they don't carry this pattern any more ) along with her most favorite Meissen piece, Bacarat stemware, Christofle flatware was simply breathtaking. Since she likes to brew enough tea for all her friends, she likes to use more than one tea pot as was the case with this table. Beautiful spring tulips in bright orange sat atop a group of boxes and the effect was inviting and ethereal at the same time. Good time was had by all amidst lots of laughs.

Special thank you to our partners:
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Tic Tock
China: Nikki's private collection
Design/Decor: Exquisite Events
Photography: Braja Mandala

Nikki’s Tea Series: Afternoon Under The Orange Tree

March 16th, 2017

In one of Nikki's recent tea gatherings, she decided to pay homage to pantone color of the year, Greenery. The table was set under an orange tree in her backyard, where she used her wrought iron table and chairs. The table was covered with a geometric chartreuse and crisp white Russian linen, and napkins were used along with her white bone china from Villoroy and Boch. The set up was accented with sherbet colors, mixing light greens, lilacs, and pinks in stemware. The soft colored flowers further enhanced the serene and ethereal look, yet retained the elegance. A lovely afternoon tea was enjoyed with friends amidst lively conversation.
Special thank you to our partners:
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: Tic Tock Couture Florals
China: Nikki's Private Collection
Photography: Braja Mandala

Nikki’s Tea Series: Asian Inspired Set Up

March 3rd, 2017

A beautiful fall afternoon set the mood for a backyard tea with friends. Nikki designed a table top with Asian inspired pieces in mind. A corner of her yard had the perfect backdrop with a Buddha piece surrounded by horsetail. Atop one of Nikki’s favorite tables were some of her pieces acquired from a visit to China and Thailand. The space was set with floor pillows for a casual feel, ideal for a gathering of friends.

Tea is an important item in the Chinese culture and is one of the seven necessities of Chinese daily life. It is an object of connoisseurship and in some cultures like in Japan, tea ceremonies are a fine art. Now tea is used in social settings to entertain guests, special occasions or afternoon treats just like Nikki.

Photo credit: Braja Mandala and Gene Higa

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