Fortunate Feast : Fall Tabletop.

•  03.October.2013

One thing I love most about the PNW is that no matter the season you can always count on cool neutrals, saturated driftwood and stark white shells along the shores of the Puget Sound. Strolling along the beaches of Washington always makes me feel so close and in touch with mother nature. The raw beauty of the sea water rocking against the stone of the shore reminds me that life exists in a quiet & calm way even when the rest of the world is swirling and speeding by.

Fall for me has always been that time to slow down and appreciate the change of season and the quiet beauty of our surroundings. Bundling up before stepping out, cozying up with warm and soft textures, relishing in the intimacy of small early evening dinner parties lit by candlelight as the rain falls outside the window.

I wanted this season’s Fortunate Feast tabletop to ring true to the Pacific Northwest fall color palette and celebrate the quiet beauty that comes as the rain begins to fall and less light fills our days. Dark stone greys, muted yet rich earthy tones – hints of life in natural colors.

For this particular feast, we had the pleasure of collaborating with Rick Rochon of Ludlow Home. Rick is an insanely talented curator, his shop in the adorable neighborhood of Phinney Ridge always evoking a sense of tranquility and that perfect juxtaposition of old + new finds, perfect for home or eventful celebrations. I’ve admired Rick’s collection and shop for sometime now, so when the opportunity arose for us to collaborate, I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase Rick’s amazing aesthetic than by pairing it with our fall Fortunate Feast.

95% of the decor for this shoot was sourced right from Rick’s shop and the details are one-of-a-kind items currently available for sale in his shop (hello! if you live in Seattle get over there quick before they’re gone!). Leather tufted wood folding chairs, dark metal geometric candle holders, mid-century teak plates, antique flatware – each piece from Rick’s shop lending so perfectly to this season’s feast. I couldn’t be more excited about our collaboration with Ludlow and the tabletop that resulted!

I really wanted the design for this season’s feast to evoke the simple beauty of the shore. Inspired by a recent hike along Discovery Park here in Seattle, I started to gather small pieces of driftwood and broken white sea shells that were mixed amongst the rocks lining the shore. Deciding later to create a little wood & shell chandelier above the table with my found beach treasures. A larger piece of driftwood I carried home from a previous trip to the park, became the perfect opportunity for housing the soft green hues of the airplants I sporadically placed amongst the wood.

Silver brunia, beach rocks & shells completed the design, with the flickering subdued light of the candles adding drama to the already moody tablescape and afternoon. Pops of color were evoked from the dark navy & white china sourced from Ludlow, as well as the vintage terra-cotta bowls also found in Rick’s lovely collection.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we share the recipes from this season’s fall feast. Vibrant pumpkin soup, a luscious chocolate dessert & a cocktail that will warm any chilly day. More to come soon!

Ludlow Home 7315 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle WA | (206) 429-5081 | www.ludlowco.com

FF Collective : {photography : Monica Hines | food and recipe development : Seth Hines | styling and art direction : Jenn Elliott Blake | tabletop decor : Ludlow Home | custom graphics & titles : Amy Moore

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14 Comments

03.October.2013

Do you know who makes those blue and white patterned plates, please? They’re gorgeous!

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jenn

Hi Ella! The plates are actually vintage ones I sourced at Ludlow Home. You might try calling Rick to see if they are still available? Wondering if he might be able to ship them to you… their website is http://www.ludlowco.com.

those plates are a pattern called “blue onion,” i believe, and the print spanned different eras…i have a couple that i thrifted once, and i love it. my mom knew the name. there are slight modifications in the print depending on the year of the china.

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03.October.2013

This tablescape is absolutely dreamy!

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04.October.2013

This is beautiful, Jenn. I think it may be my favorite yet! Love the incorporation of the driftwood.

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jenn

Thanks so much Amy! Means a lot coming from someone as talented as you. Have really appreciated your graphics in the series as well!

04.October.2013

Ahhh this is so beautiful!! I love the driftwood!!

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jenn

Thank you Katelin! It was so fun to pick out the pieces of driftwood for the project. So lucky to live in a place as beautiful as the PNW!

07.October.2013

This is so lovely!!! The attention to detail is fantastic.

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Gosh, what a beautiful + inspiring setting for a dinner. I can’t wait for the pumpkin soup recipe- I have a feeling it is amazing!

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16.October.2013

I’m taking this as my inspiration for my Thanksgiving table. :) Love!

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