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Steal This Look: Dinner in an Artist’s Atelier

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Steal This Look: Dinner in an Artist’s Atelier

July 9, 2019

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.

Atelier photographs by Amy Dickerson courtesy of Anthology Magazine.

The studio belongs to painter Emily Leonard; she and Jenn pulled together the setup with help from Emily’s husband, Sloane, who 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).
Above: The studio belongs to painter Emily Leonard; she and Jenn pulled together the setup with help from Emily’s husband, Sloane, who 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).
 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 mingle with the floral centerpieces.
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 mingle with the floral centerpieces.
Jenn gathered greenery from Emily’s mother’s garden: stems of Lenten roses, local vines, and bright green hellebores.
Above: Jenn gathered greenery from Emily’s mother’s garden: stems of Lenten roses, local vines, and bright green hellebores.

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).

A painter’s Canvas Drop Cloth makes a good tablecloth (as well as floor cloth); the 9-by-12-foot size is $22.54 from Amazon.
Above: A painter’s Canvas Drop Cloth makes a good tablecloth (as well as floor cloth); the 9-by-12-foot size is $22.54 from Amazon.
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.
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.
Above: Source silver-plated 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.
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.
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.
A collection of Artist’s Loft Marseille Brushes in various lengths, brush shapes, and fibers are available through Michaels. Photograph via Meredith Arnold.
Above: A collection of Artist’s Loft Marseille Brushes in various lengths, brush shapes, and fibers are available through Michaels. Photograph via Meredith Arnold.
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.
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.
Utopia Center Stripe Dish Towels are 100 percent cotton and work well as napkins; $9.99 for 12 on Amazon.
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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