Design Challenge - Setting the table

At the start of the year,  I got to thinking about how I can continue to grown and develop as a designer. I had the idea of creating a "design challenge" for each month where I'll be setting (myself) specific challenges to help bust out of my comfort zone or learn a new skill. To ensure I stay accountable below are few rules I've set....

1. The challenge: Will be set on the first Tuesday of each month. Whether it's learning a new art or trying something new in the home I'll spend the next few weeks figuring out as much as I can on the topic.

2.  The reveal or results: Will be shared on the last Tuesday of that month. I say reveal or results as some may end with a tutorial of what I found, while others may result in a reveal of what's been created.

3. Taking part: You are welcome to join me on these little adventures using the hashtag #DesignChallenge & tag @Livwithvision.

4. The most important:  These challenges are mostly about having fun and exploring new ideas!  It’s all about being friendly, generous, supportive, sharing.

So lets get started already....


We have a dining table that in all honesty I'm not too fond of. The grand plan is to sand her back, paint, distress and re-stain, but for now she's not my favourite piece of furniture and I'd love to change that. So this month's challenge is going to be on setting the table for various occasions - from a casual BBQ dinners through to elegant dinner parties. But it's not just about putting the fork on the left and knife on the right, its about working with what you've got and making something special of that. It's about setting up for entertaining AND styling for when the table is not in use for dining purposes. So while the classic settings will be applied, I want to also explore how those rules can be bent a little to give the next party or family gathering a little extra flare...

design challenge - Setting the table