DINING BY DESIGN Q&A PART 1: COLLABORATION ROCKS!

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It has been an incredible week finally showing off our design for DIFFA's Dining by Design at the Architectural Digest Home Show. It's one thing to design something but quite another to get to interact with people and get feedback on the design. Over the last couple of days, I've gotten lots of questions about the booth and have been asked to post more pictures so let's get this party started!

In this installment, I'm going to answer all the questions we received about the construction of the booth. I've said it a million times but great design comes from collaborating with a great group of people with specialized talents. Whether I'm bringing together products for a client's home or designing a table for an event, I know that by using great products and hiring skilled people, we'll get the best result. And this is exactly what happened with my booth. Amazing people, amazing talent!

WHO CREATED THE BASE OF THE TREE?

The recycled pallet tree was created by the amazing team at Surface & Architecture Workshop (SAAW). After the team at Anthropologie approved my design, we quickly got to work on the logistics of creating the booth. Anthropologie introduced me to Scott Stewart, the President at SAAW and within minutes I knew that he understood my vision as was the perfect person to carry out the booth construction and tree. Funnily enough, by the end of our first meeting we figured out that I actually knew his wife and I had even been in his apartment years ago for a photo shoot. Small world! Check out the SAAW site to see the amazing custom interior environments they've created for both commercial and residential clients. Thank you Team SAAW! Pleasure to work with such a professional and talented group.

HOW DID YOU CREATE THE AMAZING RECYCLED BOTTLE FLOWERS THAT CREATED THE TREE CANOPY?

One of my favorite parts of this entire event was seeing visitors have an aha moment when they realized that our flowered canopy was made completely of recycled bottles. The flowers on the tree were created by Alyssa Leanne Hoppe and her team. They chopped off the bottoms of bottles, cut petals and made my spring tree come to life. Alyssa is an amazing prop stylist, crafter and florist. And I mean AH-MAZING! From the moment we first started collaborating, I knew she would be able to make my crazy bottle tree a reality. The gazillions of bottle flowers cut by hand and painted in gorgeous hues are a testament to her great talent and the hard work of her team. Check out her website to see her creations. You won't be disappointed. Bravo Alyssa and team!

WHERE DID THOSE INSANELY BEAUTIFUL REAL FLOWERS COME FROM?

I wish I could take credit for the gorgeous pink flowers but I have the incredible Emily Weaver Pinon of Bastille Flowers & Events to thank for the lush fresh flower arrangements that served as the feast on the table. My concept was to use the serving pieces on the table as vessels and create a whimsical table where flowers burst out of bowls like beautiful food made from blooms. From the tureens filled with flowers to a fresh flower tart on the cake stand, the flowers brought the tabletop to life and were the perfect compliment to the Anthropologie dishware. Emily totally understood my vision and carried it out perfectly. I first met Emily back in 2001 when she worked with my mother-in-law on a wedding for one of my friends. She is a true talent and as down to earth as they come. Thank you Emily and kudos to your staff too!

Stay tuned for the next Q&A installment. I'll answer more questions and share the amazing Anthropologie products I used to create the Moonlight Feast. And if you've got burning questions you want answered about the booth, ask away!