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Thursday, 3 June 2010

{Book Review: Table Style}

Who fancies having a sneak peak inside a super stylish interiors book? You're at the right post, then. Table Style is the latest book from publishers Ryland, Peters & Small whose back catalogue includes, amongst other delicious titles, Cheap Chic, Easy Flowers and Easy Elegance. Styled by Liz Belton, written by former Elle Decoration Deputy Editor Rebecca Tanqueray and photographed by Debi Treloar (please have a peek at her online portfolio...wowzers!), Table Style is a joy throughout. The talented threesome have produced not only a book to loose yourself in for an hour or two, but something you could actually rely on to help you pull together a show-stopping tablescape for a host of celebrations.






The book is split into two sections, which helps its flow and prevents it from feeling clunky. The first section, The Elements, advises on the basics - glassware, dinnerware, table linens, flowers and candles. I liked how this section of the book was kept concise and to the point. This meant that by p.30 (of a total 144) the book takes you into full swing of my favourite part - The Occasions.





Images of Table Style book by Bright.Bazaar

From weekend breakfasts and garden lunches to festive dining and children's parties, the second section of the book is where the inspirational pages lie. Cleverly, the photography format means each spread shows an overall view of the scheme and a close up of the key elements to make re-creating the look at home easy and effortless. We've all fallen for dreamy styling in coffee table books (guilty as charged), but I promise with Table Style you really can achieve the looks with ease. Fun ideas include: using left over ribbon to hang tea light jars from parasols, for a touch of garden party glitz; making place names for a children's party with threaded letter beads; and bottles of beer wrapped in palm leaves for a father's day meal.

If you haven't already purchased Table Style, I would definitely recommend picking up a copy because it's a pure delight from cover to cover. Plus, it's a great excuse for a big old party and that can only be a good thing.

19 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for following! I'm loving your blog. It sounds like I could definitely use this book to plan my upcoming housewarming party! xx

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  2. Ooo, two sections. Good concept.

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  3. I'm making a dinner party righ now, could use a book like that :)
    You are welcome at http://designtraveller.blogspot.com/

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  4. Nice review Will! Now you just have to invite me to your party! xo

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  5. I'm a new reader! :) So glad you've reviewed this book, I've been thinking of picking it up for a while. Now that I've heard even more good things about it, I'll be sure to do just that!

    Look forward to reading you on the regular!

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  6. This book looks packed full of great ideas! Can't wait to get my hands on this! My fav is the chic contemporary dining pic!

    On a side note I love the surface you had the book on. Looks so cool!

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  7. Yay thanks for the sneak peek! I have such a weakness for books...

    xo

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  8. Oooh those paper accordion lanterns are super sweet. I've seen them in China town for mere cents. Definitely an affordable decoration.

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  9. Blooms in a cupcake tower?!? Watermelon in old tins?! SOOOO stealing those ideas! Keep 'em coming!

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  10. This is a feast for the senses, to be sure!

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  11. Will. Great blog! I love these images.

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  12. Just found your blog via Sal @ oncedailychic .. so glad (-: Love you writing as much as your pics. Can't wait to keep tabs on all things you find (-: Linda

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  13. why am i just now finding you blog...love it..

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  14. I love tablescapes! This is added to my wish list! It's so nice to see you at flights of whimsy too!

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  15. Great! Love books and love to entertain!

    Ryland, Peters & Small will be calling you to be included in their next book!'

    Happy weekend to you!

    Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  16. I think I'm going to get myself a copy - thanks Will! Have a fab weekend!

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  17. I have it and just love it..great review. Super publisheers their books are always amazing!

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  18. Nice images and I love your photo's with the flower petals. Sweet!

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