Designer Ami McKay of Pure Design shares her top tips for sprucing up your outdoor space
Summer means barbecues, brunches and under-the-sun-and-stars soirées. Interior designer Ami McKay has just the inspiration to get you started on the perfect tablescape for the season.
1. Natural beauty
“For your table, you'll want a neutral, nature-inspired feel. A simple, uncluttered look ensures all the focus is on making memories with your guests and enjoying a delicious meal," says McKay. "This handmade dinnerware adds a beautiful, earthy touch to your dining table.”
2. Go green
For an organic, relaxed feeling, add multiple seasonal plants in different sized pots and containers to the table.
3. Just relaxJanis Nicolay
“Keep it casual," advises McKay. "Everything should have an easygoing vibe. Formal table linens can feel dated—relaxed is very much where it’s at. Try using soft, neutral textures to create a cozy atmosphere, such as crinkled linen."
4. Invest in family treasures
"I also suggest that my clients purchase items that will become family heirlooms, such as beautiful handmade items or vintage pieces,” says McKay. "Handmade dishes are the new heirlooms—top-rated restaurants are now including them in their table settings. It’s all part of that artisanal dining experience."
5. All a-board
"A unique round cutting board like the Micah ensures charcuterie and appetizers stand out and become a centrepiece all on their own. Perfectly chic and a delicious way to eat!"
6. Go multipurpose
"This artisan-crafted display bowl has a variety of uses. Serve appetizers, display a bowl of lemons, or a fruit centrepiece. Artichokes or vegetables both feel very summer-time fresh too."
So what are you waiting for? Pick a date, invite your friends and do some shopping for new tabletop pieces that are a match made in dinner party heaven.