Setting Pretty

Photograph by Beth Singer


Lunch at Tiffany’s

David McGowen, president of Chapman House, used items from his home-design emporium in downtown Rochester. Patterned pillows (made in-house) were tucked into Jonathan Charles Wildwood chairs for comfort and a vibrant accent that played off the coral china. McGowen’s floral designer, LorrieAnn Minock, created the faux-flower centerpiece. Animal-shaped boxes by Olivia Regal add whimsy. The Tiffany & Co. china is from McGowen’s private collection. Monogrammed glassware lent a personal touch.


Photograph by Beth Singer


The old & the new

Solange Messelian and Gloria Colton like to blend old treasures with new accents. “We had an eclectic group of things, from antiques to cups and saucers from our parents, to small silver vases to Limoges dishes to accents from our shop,” says Messelian, a Bloomfield Hills resident and owner of Lee’s Specialty in Bloomfield Hills. Their centerpiece was a mix of cherry blossom branches, gardenia, green succulents, and porcelain magnolia blossoms. Stephanotis flowers intertwined with ribbon create charming napkin adornments.


Photograph by Beth Singer


Go fish

Tabletops co-chair Karen DeKoker created complementary-color drama with fish-themed blue dishes and bursts of orange. “The dishes were my mother’s; she used to serve a lot of Japanese dinners on them because she lived in Hawaii for a while,” says DeKoker, who co-chaired the event with Lisa Petrella, of Petrella Designs in Birmingham. Her ocean-blue tablecloth is from Paris, the napkins from Pottery Barn. Kumquats punctuated the theme. DeKoker mixed grape hyacinths from Detroit Garden Works in Sylvan Lake with grasses from Blossoms in Birmingham. Rattan chargers grounded the look.