5 Ideas for Creating Carnival-Themed Tablescapes with Fabrics

John Rosselli & Associates “Festival of Fabrics” design challenge from DDB Fall Market 2018 will leave you with colorful ideas for spicing up your tabletops.

By Kristine Kowalski

 

 

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John Rosselli & Associates “Festival of Fabrics” design challenge from DDB Fall Market 2018 will leave you with colorful ideas for spicing up your tabletops.

 

Decorating tablescapes can be a great way to change up your home’s décor with little commitment. You can swiftly swap out centerpieces for formal events, easily switch up your seasonal accessories for different holidays, or try out fun new themes for birthday parties and family gatherings. But did you know that experimenting with different fabrics is a great way to instantly change the vibe of your tabletops?

 

This week, the House Tipster team stopped by the John Rosselli & Associates showroom at the DDB Fall Market 2018 event in New York City, where we were in for the perfect treat. Just for the Manhattan d & d building’s event of the season, the company called upon five designers to let their creativity run free in creating a special carnival-themed “Festival of Fabrics.”  Communications Consultant Tiffany Farney took our team around the space to tell us all about the project and share how homeowners can draw inspiration from each table scene.

 

Using a selection from the 26 fabric vendors sold by John Rosselli & Associates, designers put their own personality into celebratory table décor on display for the market. Five completely different aesthetics emerged from this design challenge, leaving us with tons of style ideas to pass on to our readers.

Circus Carnival

First up, we have to share the whimsical, circus-themed tabletop that designer Paige Gaston of Cullman & Kravitz created a using R. Holland fabrics.

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The colorful swooping print used here on a fabric tablecloth makes us feel like we’re under a big top, waiting for a spectacular show to go on! Statuettes of a golden elephant and a rainbow Ferris wheel, plus several rolls of paper game tickets make the carnival theme stand out.

 

Gaston filled in the table with bowls of colorful candy and trays of circus-themed cookies shaped like elephants, cotton candy, and striped tents. Alone, these pieces would make for the perfect centerpieces at a kid’s birthday party. With added vases of fresh flowers in corresponding pink and purple colors, this side table gets an added boost of luxury for adults.

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Nantucket Meets the South of France

What do you get when you blend the nautical seaside inspiration with the elegance of the beachy South of France? Designer Erick Espinoza of Anthony Baratta designed a tabletop with this sunny theme using Le Gracieux fabrics.

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To create this particular collection of fabrics, Le Gracieux was inspired by artwork in the legendary Parisian art museum, The Louvre. Classic French art was given a festival-ready makeover in Espinoza’s design through the use of a colorful lighthouse centerpiece, a variety of decorative birdcages, and several sizes of potted flowers. We could see all of these elements at work at a seaside fair or flea market – which are the event staples we love attending.

 

If this look somehow doesn’t remind you of early summer on the boardwalks just yet, make sure to take note the sailboat’s patterned sails!

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Let Them Eat Cake

Think all carnival-inspired designs require bright colors and sugary sweet accessories? Think again! Designer Jenny Wolf created an unexpectedly dark and mysterious tabletop for this showcase using Sister Parish materials.

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The designer contrasted pretty pale pink and white fabrics with black candelabra shades, dark bird feathers, and historically-inspired bust figures. The effect was Marie Antoinette’s parlor meets a Venetian carnival, with a touch of the movie “Eyes Wide shut.”

 

Here, details like black velvet ribbons on fabric napkins, eerie beaded lamps, and golden face masks provide luxurious and dramatic touches to otherwise prim and proper table settings.

 

A tip to take away from this tablescape? Don’t be afraid to mix your design inspiration sources – just keep a common color theme going for maximum impact.

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Spring Pinwheels

What’s a totally different way to use pink in your table décor? Designer Courtney McLeod of Right Meets Left Interior Design created a spring garden party-ready tabletop using Ferran printed fabrics.

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“She really wanted to mix the patterns,” Consultant Tiffany Farney said of the designer’s goal. “She wanted to show that you can mix all these patterns together in one space and have it still look beautiful. She loves pattern and is very clever at showing how it can work with color, shade, and tone.”

 

This fun tabletop combines fresh flowers and outdoor greenery with carnival staples like popcorn buckets and rainbow swirl lollipops. These are such easy and affordable materials to pick up, so revamping your own home’s dining spaces with the charm of outdoor festivals can be a breeze.

 

The standout pieces on McLeod’s table were the variety of colorful pinwheels, which the designer hand made with her assistant using a mix of whimsical floral- and bird-printed fabrics.

 

The attention to detail sure is worth it! Adding pieces like pinwheels – with their natural childhood nostalgia – can make for a great conversation-starter at parties.

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Clown Carnival

You didn’t think there would be a carnival theme with no clowns, did you? Of course, there’s no room for creepy Halloween clowns at our table, but designer Lynde Easterlin created truly delightful high-flying clown dolls for her table showing using Peter Fasano fabrics.

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That’s right, these colorfully-dressed entertainers were all handmade by the designer – from their costumes to their printed hats.

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Your formal chandelier or decorative lighting fixture is a natural extension of your table space, so don’t be afraid to bring your designs up off of the flat space.

 

Here, the clowns are mixed in with festive pennants and circus-themed trapeze swings. These added details can make your entire room part of a decorative centerpiece.

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Pretty Parasols

Paying thoughtful attention to your overhead lighting and ceilings is a designer-approved way to boost the impact of your tablescapes.

 

As an added element to this “Festival of Fabrics” at DDB Fall Market, designers were tasked with transforming plain paper parasols into true works of art by using fabrics from the John Rosselli & Associates repertoire.

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In the D & D building showroom, these finished products were hung upside down from the ceiling. With a bit of overhead light streaming in through them, these creative accessories looked positively enchanting – and they’re a great look to copy to complement your fabric-adorned tablescape.

 

Want to see more home design ideas straight from the hottest industry events in the nation? Stay tuned for more coverage on House Tipster from this year’s DDB Fall 2018 Market, plus exciting events and expert interviews.