Fine Dining

The upcoming holidays inspire pretty table settings // Photograph by Beth Singer // Styled by Meg Corley Premier Interiors
A TOAST! – Wedding china sets the stage for this tablescape.

It’s said that one of the first American homes to have a room designated for dining was Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, built in 1772. First seen in wealthy homes across America, the dining room soon was embraced by many.

Here’s a look at one of the prettiest dining rooms in metro Detroit. As the holidays approach, we’re all likely giving our dining spaces a good review, checking to be sure they’re inviting for family and welcoming for all. This dining room, a gem of a layout in the Rochester home of Steven and Anne DiMaggio, is most definitely prepped for entertaining.

Interior designer Meg Corley, founder and principal designer at Meg Corley Premier Interiors in Birmingham, set the table recently for a special photo shoot.

Corley started by pulling out the homeowners’ wedding china (Royal Doulton, Carlyle pattern). “It happened to work perfectly with the room’s décor,” Corley says of the china, which was first produced in 1972 and features a rich blue and teal border accented with delicate floral designs. The room’s adornments include artwork from LeftBank Art, chairs by Meg Corley Private Label, Visual Comfort Lighting lamps, and an Alfonso Marina table and buffet. As for the centerpiece, it’s a delightful mix of white blooms, late fall berries, and sprigs of green and copper.

In her own Commerce Township home, Corley enjoys using flowers from her garden to create a centerpiece, “especially hydrangea, because their color changes as the seasons change,” she says. “I love to create floral centerpieces. It’s another outlet for me. I always look at what other colors and textures complement the space,” says Corley, who’s fashioned floral arrangements for clients throughout the years for dinner parties, graduation celebrations, and the holidays. “Over-the-top flowers, decorative-yet-classic materials that showcase the dishes, and pretty candlesticks to provide a dinner-party mood” all make up Corley’s tabletop look.

Come Christmas, she’ll be hosting her own family of 25. “It takes me about two weeks to decorate my whole house. I like to shoot for the stars at Christmas.”