Retreat to An Illuminated Garden of Serenity

Carmen NatschkeExteriors by Design

Soothing water feature garden retreat | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Romantic, warm, and inviting candle-lit rock and water garden nestled along the wooden pathway with dried-bamboo stalks create an organic and natural divide between the exterior and the interior of the garden. White Orchids arranged in polished silver vases lend an ambience of exotic beauty and tranquility to the outdoor space..Floating round glass and hammered metal candle holders gently rest … Read More

Exotic Jewel-toned Garden Statues & Wall Décor

Carmen NatschkeExteriors by Design

Buddha Statue Blue Lotus Wall Art | The Decorating Diva, LLC

It was impossible to pass by the Shermans’ booth at the 2013 Ambiente show without stopping to explore the divine and exotic décor treasures within its well-curated exhibit. Treasures from far-away lands steeped in an intoxicating mix of tradition and mysticism set next to modern wall art for a well-balanced tension between the old and the new – a visual … Read More

Massimo Lunardon’s Coral Glass Tabletop Collection

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining

ambiente 2013 Glassware by Massimo Lunardon | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Elegant, minimalist and delicately colored this striking blown glass tabletop and serving collection with coral branch details by Massimo Lunardon creates a magical tablescape dispensing with the need for a centerpiece – Massimo’s tabletop sculpture is all the art your table needs. Massimo Lunardon’s Glasswares booth at Ambiente 2013. Décor Resources: Ambiente, Massimo Lunardon

Anne Black 2013 Ceramic Tabletop Collection

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining

Anne Black Ceramic Sushi Serving Set | The Decorating Diva, LLC

I first discovered Danish ceramics artist Anne Black at the 2012 Tendence show, and I was thrilled to see her exhibiting again at the 2013 Ambiente show. I’m smitten with the simple, yet beautifully elegant lines and soothing color palettes of Anne Black’s 2013 handcrafted ceramics collection. Two of my favorite discoveries are shown here. In the above photo, a … Read More

Borosi Blown Glass Stemware and Decorative Tabletop

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining

Borosi Glass Vase | The Decorating Diva, LLC

While at the 2013 Ambiente show I had the incredible fortunate of meeting the man behind the Borosi brand, Michael Schwarzmüller. I was intrigued with the artful bespoke design of the glass vase shown in the above photo and I asked the artist how long a piece as exquisite as that one takes to create. His answer accompanied by a … Read More

Christian Lacroix Maison Tabletop for Vista Alegre 1824

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining

Christian Lacroix Fine China Vista Alegre Butterfly Tray | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Butterflies and stripes were trending at the 2013 Ambiente show and so clearly on display at the Vista Alegre booth. Famed fashion house Christian Lacroix has lent its designing talent to a new porcelain tabletop collection for Vista Alegre which includes Lacroix’s celebrated watercolor stripe pattern. The Christian Lacroix Maison collection for Vista Alegre consists of four sets inspired by … Read More

Scalamandre Bouvier Pattern Fine China by Lenox

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Scalamandre Bouvier China for Lenox | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The beauty and timeless elegance of Scalamandre coverings was on display at the 2013 Ambiente’s tabletop section. This beautiful collection is named “Bouvier” in homage to style icon and former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis who had this classical Scalamandre patterned wall paper gracing the walls of her Fifth Avenue apartment. Each piece in this lovely fine bone china … Read More

Rosenthal 2013 Versace Iconic Heroes Collection

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Versace for Rosenthal Tableware | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Debuting at Messe Frankfurt’s Ambiente show, Versace’s elegant, sophisticated and luxurious new porcelain tableware and crystal stemware series “Iconic Heroes” for Rosenthal merges strength and power drawing upon Greek mythology and ancient sculptural art.The Versace tabletop collection combines the colors associated with southern Italy: orange, red, blue, brown and gold with several iconic Greek symbols including the Medusa head, ancient … Read More

Latimeria: Poetry in Metal

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Latimeria Metal Leaf Serving Dishes | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Finish designers and 2013 Talents, Juha Luukko and Katrina Seppala of Latimeria, created these beautifully engraved metallic serving dishes above and the creative tree-like pasta serving utensils, below. The designing team exhibited their artful tableware designs at Ambiente 2013.

A Tale of Pairs: Tableware Born of Love

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Decorative Plate 2013 Talents Tabletop - De-sign | The Decorating Diva,  LLC

Czechoslovakian designers Iva Tattermuschova and Jakub Stepanek’s  2013 Ambiente Talents’ tabletop exhibition was both captivating and evocative. They asked noted artists and designers to create a unique hand crafted and hand painted tableware product; be it a plate, bowl or crystal stemware, but there was a slight twist to the invitation. All contributing designs had to be part of a … Read More

Paris Under the Frankfurt Stars

Carmen NatschkeTo the Trade: Design Shows & Events

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Magical Paris Under the Stars Messe Frankfurt brought Paris to Frankfurt in a big way. The opening festivities to kick-off its popular lifestyle and home design fair, Ambiente 2013 and to celebrate its country design partnership with France was replete with iconic images of France including the Eiffel Tower, Mont Martre art scenes (pantomined, of course!), and the Moulin Rouge. … Read More