On first Thursday's the design collaborative that I belong to - Urban i.d. -holds a enter to win event called "Dining with Designers". The winner gets a catered dinner for six. I hosted the first winner Peggy and five of her friends...and we had a lot of fun! We started with instruction on hold to fold a napkin into a flower. We talked about mixing antiques with modern furniture so I shared a story board of the Street of Dreams penthouse in the Encore that I designed, to show how you really can mix old and very new. We dined on an Italian menu of raviolis covered in chopped olives and garlic-chili olive oil sauce accompanied by Caesar salad with foccacia bread. For dessert we savored a flour-less chocolate cake with raspberry coulis from Perry's on Freemont YUMMM! Music by Andrea Boccelli helped set the mood. Questions about paint colors and how to choose them seem to be the most baffling ingredient in home decor for the evening. We ended with a drawing for a facial at Extraordinary Faces.
A big THANK YOU to my intern Ashlee who helped me set up and clean up after the event!
A note from the winner Peggy:
Thanks so much for the charming dinner party last Saturday. We all came unsure of what to expect and were instantly drawn into the ambiance of your shop and your gracious hospitality. The food was marvelous, and the next day, while some of us were floating down the Nehalem River in kayaks, we were still talking about the delicious wines that you served. Among this group there is such a range of backgrounds and living environments that we were able to pose a range of design dilemmas that not only fueled the frivolity of the evening, but actually distilled some solutions that were very useful. I'm starting to look for that inspiration piece you talked about, and may come to talk to you more about finding furniture that fits the odd requirements I have in my living room. Thanks to Ashlee, too, for making this wonderful, fun party for us.