It was spring 2010.
I had just survived a rather harsh New York winter and was leaving the city to return to an island I had forever called “home” but on which I hadn’t spent more than 30 uninterrupted days in the past 11 years. In celebration of being reunited with my tropic existence, and a sun that fights to make an appearance all 365 days of the year, I purchased an outdoor set of furniture from Oasis Chic Living. Naturally prior to making such an investment I did my due diligence and exhausted my options. Admittedly, I chose the line for its overall luxurious feel, yet comfortable and functional style. I wanted not to be afraid to leave it out in the rain, or worried that it would eventually succumb to the elements of sun, sand and sea – as do so many design features in the Bahamas.
Fast forward five years, two unforgiving hurricanes later, when the brand asks me to speak to the style and durability of the product. Of course, I say “yes” without hesitation.
Selecting from over 200 designs and 8 wicker-like weaves, each contrasting in colour, but all stretched across a rust-free aluminum frame, I chose a long outdoor-dining table and six high-back chairs. Envisioning an overall neutral colour scheme, I opted for a weave in a natural tone. Similarly, if given a swatch book filled with almost 200 shades of Sunbrella fabrics in solids, stripes and patterns – Oasis Chic Living custom covers each piece to their client’s specifications – I would’ve chosen both white piping and facing. Overall I wanted the scene to feel elegant, simple and classic. Furthermore I wished for the space to be inviting and therefore shied away from making any big design statements that wouldn’t naturally suit the space.
Wanting to compliment the woven texture of the table I incorporated the textures of sand, linen and wood.
Not wanting to distract from the neutral palette, but heighten it, I avoided adding any unlikely pops of colour to the tablescape.
With comfort top of mind I had blankets on hand and tossed on the backs of chairs.
Always wanting to layer, I lined the table’s center with sand. As I knew once done the table could be hosed down without fear of the frame rusting.
Knowing the frosted glass would create beautiful reflections I surrounded the table with garden lights.
In addition to modern lights, the candles cast a golden glow.
So tell me, shall we reserve a seat for you at this table?