An Introduction to the Betsy Stone of Theoni Collection
Betsy Stone is one of the most revered and respected business women in the wine country events industry, and we asked her to build a fall inspired table using elements from her newest passion project, the Theoni Collection. Betsy's decades of experience in the events industry led her to start the lifestyle events rentals company, but her love for designing tabletops has been a long-standing tradition in her household. Every year Betsy hosts her family and friends for the major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. For Betsy, part of the joy in hosting comes from designing a beautiful tabletop for everyone to gather around. She has integrated this passion and love for tabletop design into each and every piece in her rental collection, creating a range of products that is both cohesive and diverse. Pieces from the Theoni Collection can elevate any occasion- be that a wedding, dinner party, or corporate event- these elements are sure to wow your guests.
"Our collection is influenced by a love of timeless traditions, old-world European style, and an unrelenting belief in quality. We’re dedicated to providing artful customer service and highly-curated decor items that you can’t find elsewhere. From votives to lanterns and candelabra, and napkin rings to farm tables and dining chairs—we take pride in items that are unique, timeless and demonstrative of fine craftsmanship."
Designing a Fall Inspired Table with Theoni Collection
The key to an impressive fall inspired table, according to Betsy, lies in two major elements: floral arrangements and layering designs. She always begins her table designs with flowers and then begins layering in the other elements of the table. Since the flowers are often a focal point of the table design, Betsy feels it is one of the best places to draw inspiration from. We brought in Svenja of Chestnut & Vine to create the stunning arrangements you see on the table here. Svenja's designs combine the luxurious tradition of European design and the dramatic power of the California landscape. Given the old-world European style of the Theoni Collection the two complement each other perfectly.
The design of these floral arrangements make you feel as if you are watching the seasons change from summer to fall before your very eyes. Dark undertones mixed with lighter golden hues and pops of bright orange, blush, and green create a look that embodies the transition to fall in its purest essence.
Layering Designs and Elements in a Fall Table
The depth and complexity of these designs from Chestnut & Vine were the perfect place for Betsy to draw inspiration, and she began building the layers of her fall table around elements from the arrangements. Within each additional layer- think flowers, linens, plates, flatware, votives, seasonal elements from your yard, and unexpected accents- the complexity and interest of the table are heightened. Betsy is frequently partial to neutral toned china, but creates depth in this element using texture and seasonally inspired pops of color.
One of our favorite unexpected accents came in the form of a black coffee mug in place of a traditional water glass. The dark color stood in contrast to its accompanying wine glasses and the light tones of the plates, but pulled out the dark red and black undertones in the flowers, flatware, and dark grain of the wood table. This one pivotal element simultaneously created contrast and cohesion, exemplifying just how much one piece of a design can change the entire look and feel of a table.
The added touches of pears at each place setting and persimmons placed directly on the table create a feeling of thoughtfulness in the design by bringing in seasonal elements from your own property or a local farm stand. Betsy says nothing about a design has to be perfect, but every decision should feel thoughtful and intentional. Details like communal water carafes and ample candle light on the table bring in a sense of community and coziness to the design.
Fall Trends to Incorporate in Your Table Design
Of course we couldn't resist asking Betsy about her favorite fall trends for tabletop and how the Theoni Collection can be utilized to achieve those looks in your own home. Burgundy hues and mixed prints are trending, specifically subtle pops of animal prints or fur elements. These warm color palates and textures can create a feeling of warmth within your designs. The animal print chairs were one of our favorite elements in the design of this fall inspired table, and you could use burgundy as an accent color in your floral designs or in elements like a water glass or dinner plate.
As you switch out the design of your tabletop with the seasons, Betsy suggests doing the same with the rest of the decor in the surrounding room. Create an additional layer to your design by changing the decor on top of a credenza or hutch you have in your dining area. Keep in mind that this should accent the season the table rather than distracting from it, so keep it simple and neutral to avoid battling focal points in your design.
As the fall entertaining season and holiday season rapidly approach, we hope you can draw inspiration from this tabletop and incorporate Betsy's tips and tricks when designing your own table. Remember that in the end, it is really about the time you are spending with your loved ones, and a beautiful table top is a great way to express your gratitude that you are all gathered together.
- Rentals & Design: Theoni Collection
- Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine
- Photography: Emily Rose Belle
- Calligraphy: La Happy Design & Calligraphy
- Linen: Silk and Willow