The Road Ahead : October 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2012 16 LIFESTYLE HOME + LIVING the perfect dinner party TABLE ETIQUETTE You don't have to spend money on a fancy restaurant to experience fine dining. Simply putting an effort into the table setting can turn an ordinary meal into something extraordinary. Follow these steps to create a dinner table worthy of a five-star restaurant: 1. Try to plan the table setting to match the menu. For example, if bread and butter are to be served, add a butter plate. 2. Both forks are placed on the left side of the plate. The fork furthest from the plate is for salad, while the fork next to the plate is for the main meal. 3. The knife is placed on the right side of the plate. The blade should face the plate. If the entree is soup, a soup spoon is placed next to the knife, furthest from the plate. 4. The dinner plate should be placed on the table when the main course is served, rather than be on the table when the guests arrive. 5. The salad plate is placed to the left of the forks. etiquettescholar.com MW Grabbers Mini Frypan maxwellandwilliams.com The Cap Stool domayne.com.au Paint Spot Lamps beaconlighting.com.au Pacifica Soy Candles everydayluxuries.com.au bright idea COLOUR BLOCKING It's a trend that has taken the fashion industry by storm -- colour blocking. The days when blue and green could never be seen are well and truly over and the clashing of colours is being encouraged, not abhorred. And it's not just on the catwalk that colour blocking is making an impression. Home decor is also following the trend with bold splashes of colour in everything from kitchen knives to coffee pots. The best aspect of colour blocking in the home is that it's limited only by your imagination. Whether it's a rainbow of brightly coloured cushions on the lounge or a candy-coloured kitchen, how far you go with the trend this summer is up to you. For a softer look, choose from a pastel colour palette of lemon yellow, baby blue and mint green. If making a statement is more your style, then go for vivid orange, emerald green or, if you dare, neon pink. Just remember, in the interests of retinal safety, less is always more.
August 1st 2012