Tonawanda News — loria Costrino was standing in a local arts-and-crafts store thinking about beautiful place settings when inspiration hit.
Costrino saw hundreds of different styles of scrapbooking paper and decided the paper would make colorful place mats on the outdoor tablescape she was creating for the upcoming Lewiston Region Tour of Kitchens and Homes.
She grabbed a few inexpensive sheets of turquoise-colored paper but decided she needed something a little more substantial beneath the paper to act as a charger. In keeping with the rustic outdoor theme, she decided to cut pieces of barnwood that she had in her garage.
She set the squares of wood beneath the beautiful scrapbooking paper and placed a plate on top. Viola! as designers often say.
The results will be seen at the Lewiston home of Bob and Chantal Tinklepaugh, one of the six homes open to visitors next weekend in the Tour of Kitchens and Homes.
Costrino, of Antique to Chic in Lewiston, designed the outdoor table setting at the Tinklepaugh home with her six business co-owners. Their tablescape will be among the 18 on display throughout the tour, which will also feature a local chef in each kitchen creating a specialty for guests to sample.
“The tour is about entertaining spaces and inspiring guests with entertaining and decorating ideas,” said Sandy Hays Meis, founder of the event, “Entertaining and having guests for dinner is all about the presentation. It’s equally important to have a beautiful table as it is having something beautiful to eat.”
Erin Kent, a North Tonawanda interior decorator, is doing three tables in the in a Youngstown home dubbed “Summer Haven.” Her kitchen tablescape will have a nautical theme that include ropes to represent boat rigging used as napkin rings.
Her advice to those seeking inspiring tablescape ideas is layering colors and textiles, for example using raphia strings and burlap.