Magazine article Sunset

Vase Decor

Magazine article Sunset

Vase Decor

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A designer's way with tabletop arrangements

Since Kenneth Wingard quit his job as director of the accessories division at Pottery Barn five years ago to start his own home accessories company, he has created a dazzling array of award-winning products for the home, from candlesticks and ceramics to pillows and lamps. Beautiful tabletop arrangements are his specialty. We asked him for advice on decorating with tabletop accessories, using ceramic vases from his own line.

"If you think of a vase only as a vessel for holding flowers, you grossly underestimate its value," he says. "Regardless of its shape, size, or color, a vase should be viewed as artwork for the table or mantel, and the flowers that go in it should complement, not overwhelm it." One large accent flower as a focal point is often all that is needed for a gathering of shapely ceramics.

"Anyone can create an elegant table setting by following a few basic principles," says Wingard. The examples shown here, created at the home of San Francisco advertising creative director Bob Pullum, illustrate some of these principles in pairing ceramic vases with furniture, artwork, and flowers. …

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