Tablescape challenge: Museum inspired

The inspiration for the tablescape came from a Museum of Modern Art book that Alix got at a used book sale a little over a year ago. The cover of the book is embossed and painted metal making the piece was just too hard to resist. The couple decided to use the cover as their inspiration and pulled elements of color, style, and finish to complete the modern tablescape.

DIY Project: Modern Centerpiece

-3 small succulents
-pea-sized gravel
-white spray paint
-mirrored box/mirror
-black rocks
-newspaper, plastic bags

Buy or gather pea-sized gravel, rinse in a colander, and allow to dry.

Find a box that suits the size of your table and cut to your desired height (mine was about 6 inches tall) or buy a box that’s the shape you prefer. I spray painted my box so that it was all evenly white. Line the box with plastic bags. Place your mirrored box inside (I covered mine in plastic to prevent it from getting dirty) and fill the larger box with soil. Plant your succulents–I used three and left the fourth space free for a tea light candle and some contrasting black rocks. Spray paint your gravel white and let dry. Take the (now) white gravel and cover all of the dirt surrounding your succulents and mirror/mirrored box. Nestle your candle down in the rocks and surround with black rocks. Viola!

Yellow bread plate, silverware, napkins; Crate & Barrel
Tiffany blue and slate colored plates; Z Gallerie
Glasses, Mirrored box; West Elm
All DIY materials, placemats; Home Depot

Design Team: Alix Gates & Jake Levy
Photographers: Alix Gates & Jake Levy

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