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February 2016 Guest Designer Table


Reva Nathan & Associates
HMR Designs 

Reva Nathan, owner of Reva Nathan and Associates and one of Chicago's top event planners for 36 years, plans every detail.  Not only did she come in for her Guest Designer Table installation prepared with a second tableau set on our Distressed Metal Round End Table, she had a whole back story.  Here is her "luncheon where the owners of a vineyard in Provence have invited their investors to dine on their terrace."
Burt Rubenstein, Senior Designer for HMR Designs, made the table luxurious with little more than boxwood and white floral when given Reva's direction that everything should be neutral to highlight the color in the Sevres dinnerware.
Reva always recommends a pop of color in the featured water goblet  (our Topaz goblet here) whether she is doing an event in a hotel  ballroom or an off-premise event. Burt and Reva agree that silver and gold mixed is a great combination.  Silver connotes elegance and gold warmth.  Both colors read through on this table.
Because of Burt's extensive design background in many fields in addition to floral and d├ęcor, he has the ability to see things in a unique manner.  He explained that although a current trend is to fill the table with interesting little bibelots, you must start with a foundation and build from there.  The rich and glamorous details of this table are reflected in his foundation of a mirrored boxwood base.  It reflects not only flowers...
...and candlelight  and crystal candlesticks but the complementary Traditional Crystal stemware too.

This vignette that started with the neutrality of our Aged Farm Wooden Table quickly was elevated to a perfect illustration of the "Rough Lux" look by the addition of HMR's  luxurious hanging fabric and crystal chandeliers. Back to the details, note that Reva placed our Pistachio Iridescent Green pillows on Cross-Back Weathered Chairs not only to subtly complement the green in the boxwood but to also add to the contrast between the rough/weathered chair and the luxurious/richness of the pillows.

Another of her subtly matching details is the boxwood sprig tucked into the napkin ring.  Personalized place cards are de rigueur.

The years of experience of both Reva and Burt quickly showed through.  They certainly know the importance of team work and invited the installation crew to join us for lunch.  Julio Corral and Thomas Perez from HMR Designs shared their stories about the importance of being prepared. Even at our installation they had their "crash" kit with every imaginable tool-just in case.

Reva and Burt, rather than spending much time telling us about their backgrounds, wanted to discuss new ideas and products.  They encouraged us to get everything from a single beautiful Rabbi's table to champagne platinum Chiavari chairs.  Anyone else agree?

Even during the photo shoot, while Robyn (Robyn Rachel Photography) was thinking up creative angles to show off this Guest Designer Table, Reva was still fine tuning the details.  She was concerned about putting the cut crystal flute in front of the water and the wine goblets.  She certainly knows where a proper glass goes-but then she decided to make a statement with the glass for the photo because she as the rest of us in the industry agree "it's all about the look"!
(w/ latest additions 2/9/16)
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