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Issue 51 · Winter's Tale · December 23, 2014

Steal This Look: Dinner in an Atelier

Issue 51 · Winter's Tale · December 23, 2014

I like to think of my apartment as an atelier—not a studio, an atelier—which is no doubt part of the reason I find the photos of this dinner party so appealing. Held in a lofty, skylit artist's studio in East Nashville, Tennessee, the event was designed and styled by Jenn Elliot Blake of A Blog Named Scout for Anthology Magazine. Complete with painter's drop cloths, splatter-painted brushes in earthenware jars, wild vines, and, of course, art on the walls, the whole scene is something we'd like to re-create, perhaps for our holiday tables.

Atelier photographs by Amy Dickerson for Anthology Magazine.

Dinner in an Atelier from Anthology Magazine, Get the Look from Remodelista

Above: The studio belongs to painter Emily Leonard; she and Jenn pulled together the setup with help from Emily's husband, Sloane, who actually built the table for the occasion. The rustic benches were rented from a nearby antiques shop. The painter's drop cloth was left as is (paint and oil stains included). 

Dinner in an Atelier from Anthology Magazine, Get the Look from Remodelista

Above L: The studio is set in a midcentury industrial space; the paintings on display are Emily's own. Above R: New and old brushes in ceramic mugs are mingled with the floral centerpieces. 

Dinner in an Atelier from Anthology Magazine, Get the Look from Remodelista

Above: Jenn gathered greenery from Emily's mother's garden: stems of Lenten roses, local vines, and bright green hellebores.

Ikea Norden Extendable Table | Remodelista

Above: Re-create Sloane's homemade table with Ikea's birch Norden Extendable Table, which seats up to 10; $299. The accompanying Norden Benches are also made of birch; $79 each. Or create your own table from found parts: See DIY: An Old-Meets-New Dining Table (for Under $125).

Painter's Canvas Drop Cloth | Remodelista

Above: A painter's Canvas Drop Cloth makes a great tablecloth as well as floor cloth; the 9-by-12-foot size is $22.54 from Amazon.

Ball Glass Jars | Remodelista

Above: The go-to water glasses: Ball's 8 oz Quilted Crystal Jelly Mason Jars ($8.99 for 12) and 16 oz Wide-Mouth Mason Jars ($12.99 for 12), both from Ace Hardware.

Clam Lab Ceramics Studio in Brooklyn, New York | Remodelista

Above: From Clam Lab studios in Brooklyn, the Pasta/Entrée Bowl in white stoneware is finished with a gloss white interior and satin exterior; $50 each.

Silverplate Flatware Bundles | Remodelista

Above: Source silverplated flatware in mismatched sets from flea markets, or consider Silverplate Table Settings, five pieces each—a knife, dinner fork, salad fork, large spoon, and teaspoon; $35 per set on Etsy.

Ikea Svalka White Wine Glasses | Remodelista

Above: For large parties, Ikea's Svalka White Wine Glasses are good to have on hand in multiples; $4.79 for a set of six (marked down to $1.92 through December 23). For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Entertaining Essentials.

Artist's Paintbrushes | Remodelista

Above: A collection of Artist's Loft Marseille Brushes in various lengths, brush shapes, and fibers are available through Michaels. Photograph via Meredith Arnold.

Dinner in an Atelier from Anthology Magazine, Get the Look from Remodelista

Above: Create name tags by sourcing an inexpensive Flat Chip Paint Brush ($9.97 for a pack of 15 from Home Depot) and splatter painting the handle. Then attach a name card using a Brass Thumb Tack ($4.61 for a pack of 200 from Amazon). Drawing paper works well as placemats. These display the menu, which was made using an old-fashioned plastic label maker (such as the Dymo Organizer Xpress, $13.88 from Walmart) and affixing the labels to a sturdy piece of cardboard—Jenn then overlaid the cardboard with paper and used colored pencil to create a menu rubbing.

Red Stripe Kitchen Towel | Remodelista

Above: Utopia Center Stripe Dish Towels are 100 percent cotton and work well as napkins; $9.99 for 12 on Amazon.

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This post is an update; the original ran on November 23, 2013, as part of our Dining and Entertaining issue.

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