How would you describe your style?
I'm very SouthernI've lived in the South my entire life. I think my clients like the traditionalist in me. I have loads of new ideas, but I still keep values and rules in the back of my mind. I always ask myself, "What's proper, what's not?"
How do you make an outdoor party more glamorous?
I might put pink camelliaswhich are very Southernin shimmery olive-green votive holders, so they really pop. How easy is that? Camellias are like the peonies of the Souththey're very delicate, but also lush and sexy. But you can't handle the petals much or they'll get bruised.
Any ideas for seating cards?
I actually prefer assigning people to tables instead of to specific seats. Once, to create unusual seating cards, I had a calligrapher write everyone's name in chocolate-brown ink on octagonal chartreuse cards. We hung all the cards off of this homemade tree we created by cutting down old branches from people's yards, painting them brown and placing them in a big black terra-cotta urn.