Ocean Home

February/March 2016

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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28 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | F e b r u a r y + M a r c h 2 0 1 6 Winter settings Top event and floral designer Amy Osaba believes winter dining tables can be as chic, warm and inviting as those in spring and summer months. A Winter Wonderland WINTER CAN BE A MAGICAL SEASON FOR COASTAL TABLE SETTINGS AND BEAUTIFUL FLORAL DESIGNS words by Karina Antenucci I t can be challenging to find inspiration for a dinner party table setting in the frigid depths of winter. What design elements and flowers do you really have to work with before spring blossoms again? More than you think, actually. "Winter doesn't have to be a sad time for flowers – you just have to know what to look for," says Amy Osaba, owner and creative director of Amy Osaba Events, a leading event design house based in Atlanta, Ga., specializing in weddings, corporate and private events and floral designs with an elegant "garden handpicked look." The talented, self-taught Osaba advises ocean homeowners to look to their coastal landscapes in winter for a beautiful color scheme. "As opposed to using traditional Christmas colors like red and green, pull soft hues, such as greenish blues, light grays, whites and creams, from the sea, sand and surrounding colors and textures," she says. For a floral centerpiece, Osaba loves an all-white look. "Choose amaryllis – it's a classic in winter – as well as peonies, ranunculus and other options such as dusty miller or snow on the mountain," she adds. Osaba says ocean home entertaining décor doesn't have to feature seashells or sand necessarily but can include other natural coastal elements like driftwood and pieces of evergreen. Start with a pale gray or blue linen tablecloth or runner; add silver candles; and establish each place setting with a clean, modern white plate, simple white linen napkin, a water and wine glass and contemporary gold flatware. For a dinner party, use open oysters to hold place cards. Osaba's flowery thumb didn't bloom until after she retired from her original career as a professional ballerina. When the economy took a turn for the worse, she began supplementing her family's income by designing flower arrangements. As she helped friends pull together flowers for their weddings, her looser floral composition style – not yet popular on the East Coast at the time – caught on. She now delivers her stunning designs to weddings and events across the United States and overseas. Her number-one rule for any home entertaining: "Keep the table unfussy," Osaba says, "Whether it's flowers or a driftwood-and-evergreen centerpiece, choose one focal point and go with it." THE DETAILS For more information, visit amyosaba.com. Entertaining PHOTOGRAPHS BY MORGAN BLAKE (TOP AND FAR LEFT), BY HALEY SHEFFIELD (MIDDLE LEFT) AND BY CHRISTINA MCNEIL (MIDDLE RIGHT)

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