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Table Style: Book Review

March 31, 2010

I’ve been dying to pull together this book review for you because I just know that you’ll love it as much as I do! The book is called Table Style and was written by Rebecca Tanqueray, former Deputy Editor of Elle Decoration (UK), photographed by the fantastic Debi Treloar and styled by Liz Belton who has styled many books published by Ryland Peters & Small. To say this book is perfect isn’t enough. I need to expound. And expound I will, with some gushing too!

Table Style: Book Review

Table Style is the decor8 book of the week and I’ll tell you why: it’s inspirational, beautiful and practical with many helpful tips that can be applied rather easily. Table Style is all about making any dinner, whether a casual one with family to a themed dinner party, a lovely occasion by making the most of what you’ve got. So many of us have things laying around that we may not have thought to use on the dinner table but this book will help you to get your creative wheels turning so that next time you see some empty canning jars in your cabinet awaiting your next jam session, well perhaps you will pull them out and display them as they are shown on pages 123-124 and also below you can catch a glimpse. It’s really a lovely and most affordable idea — in fact one of my favorites from this book.

Table Style: Book Review

The book is divided into two main sections, the first is The Elements and it examines the components of a properly laid table because we all know how good a proper lay can be, right? :) Okay, sorry. I need to keep this professional. But I couldn’t resist. So yes, this section explains how dinnerware, flatware, napkins, flowers and candles can really influence the look and feel of mealtime.

Table Style: Book Review

The second section, The Occasions, is brilliant. For one, I’ve not seen any of these photographs floating around on blogs so each and every view is fresh and new (which is exciting). And the occasions aren’t centered around keeping tradition as much as reinterpreting them. The Holiday table isn’t bogged down with gold, red and evergreen – rather it’s fresh and modernized with red, gray, white, natural linen and felted wool place mats and napkin rings. The 19 beautiful occasions include; classic elegant dining, a vintage tea party, children’s party, baby shower, father’s day meal, autumnal dinner, supper for two, cocktail party, relaxed supper, eastern banquet, weekend breakfast, lazy brunch, summer bbq, chic contemporary dining, mother’s day brunch, picnic in the park, christmas lunch and a garden lunch. There isn’t one that I didn’t connect with on some level, I loved them all!

Table Style: Book Review

And then there is a final part of the book that examines place settings and shows exactly how to set your table according to the type of meal that you plan to present. I particularly loved learning how to set up for British Afternoon Tea and English Afternoon Tea and I never realized that there was a difference! Other settings include American formal, French formal, Chinese informal and Japanese informal. We love Japanese food but I never knew how to properly set the table for some of my favorite Japanese bites until now.

Table Style: Book Review

I highly, highly suggest this book to any lover of entertaining, styling, food and those of you who simply love to look at beautiful, inspirational images for ideas and inspiration. Table Style is a joy!

Disclaimer: As an Amazon affiliate, I earn 4% on the sale of this book if purchased through this link.

(images: holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply Will March 31, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Ooooo that masculine table setting is lovely! Love the charcoal colours they have used.
    .-= Will´s last blog ..{The Edited Collection: Starburst Mirrors} =-.

  • Reply cathie March 31, 2010 at 9:49 am

    thanks for this! i’m going to check it out next time i go to the bookstore!

  • Reply Dagny @ Beautiful Living March 31, 2010 at 10:34 am

    That looks like a beautiful book, I’m definitely going to check it out! Just listened to you podcast btw, and thanks for all the great ideas! And you seem like SUCH a sweet person, I was like – “I really LIKE her” :) Good luck with the blog and everything else, am most certainly not suprised by your success :)

    .-= Dagny @ Beautiful Living´s last blog ..Oreo Cookie Milkshaken fra Friday’s! / TGIF’s Oreo Cookie Milkshake! =-.

  • Reply Kirsten March 31, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Really pretty photos!

  • Reply mary March 31, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Thank you for this sneak peek — this book looks great! I’m sneaking off to Barnes & Noble tomorrow and this is on my list to go pick up.
    .-= mary´s last blog .. =-.

  • Reply Nuit March 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Oh Holly you are too funny!!!!……. and that book looks stunning!!
    .-= Nuit´s last blog ..Katrine’s Easter Wonderland =-.

  • Reply Juana @ SweetVisualAids March 31, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I already had heard about this book! Looks lovely :) Seems like a good addition to my continuously increasing book stand!
    .-= Juana @ SweetVisualAids´s last blog ..New York, New York here we come!!! =-.

  • Reply Katherine March 31, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I’m British and I didn’t know there was a difference! I’m intrigued now, will have to get the book out of the library.
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Charmed lives? =-.

  • Reply Adinoela March 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you very much fro the tip, cause here in Brasil, I can buy withuot fear… =^.^=

  • Reply Ana March 31, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Even though we know how to settle a table, having this is a great delight as it will refresh your senses and help you to build something new. Thanks so much for presenting this book to us!
    .-= Ana´s last blog ..Ao blogger desconhecido / To the unknown blogger =-.

  • Reply Spruce March 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for the book review, as it is sometimes hard to find a book that has gorgeous pictures (and all gorgeous, not just a few) to actually inspire you to want to make that extra special effort for friends and guests. And yes, when you do, they all can’t wait for next time you invite them. I have seen this for not just a big anniversary or birthday but just for any lunch or dinner party.

  • Reply suzanne April 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    This book is right up my alley.
    Thank You Holly…!

  • Reply Lorna April 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Lovely images in the book, I especially like those tall green arrangements. I never knew there was a diff between English and British afternoon tea either – I wonder if they say anything about Irish afternoon tea!! (served with poitin probably!!)
    .-= Lorna´s last blog ..Fabulous Friday Fabrics – GP & J Baker’s Oleander collection =-.

  • Reply dany April 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    i just bought this book, cant wait to have it!! i actually bought 4 more books let you know how they r as soon as i get them ;)
    .-= dany´s last blog ..Por qué Festiv? =-.

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