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Lux Linens for Your Reception

Living Color

Color sets the tone of the reception. “Gold makes a bold statement whereas choosing a lighter, paler hue evokes calming effects.” Karsch says that traditional colors are still going strong this year—muted, candlelight colors like Champagne or blush—but sometimes they are pairing them with black accents like sequins for a more sexy touch, “Black mixed with gold, for example, is very French but still traditional.”

How’s It Hanging?

Again, Karsch emphasizes seeking out beautiful quality fabric that’s hemmed properly and falls nicely to the floor. “A sloppy hanging cloth is a real bane in Colin’s mentality too,” adds Karsch who was hired recently to provide the linens for the Wings of Love contest designed by Colin at the Empire State Building. “The base cloth should hit the floor or even a bit longer so it puddles a bit at the bottom.”

Best Splurge

“The best expenditure is to get rid of the ugly hotel chair and rent nice chairs instead,” says Karsch. She rents modern styles such as the Louis and Victoria Ghost chairs. But Resource One also offers dozens of chair treatments for the more classic rental styles like the Chiavari and Chameleon. Chair treatments like a Champagne/Tortoise Shell Paillette Organza Cap or Mysore Silk Ribbon for the Chiavari or the Ivory Rosette or Purple Rhinestone Quilted Taffeta for the Chameleon transforms a room instantly.

Heavy Hitters

It’s one of the few times you’ll hear being heavier is a good thing. It’s also a personal mantra at Resource One. “The main thing for me is the weight of the base cloth, also called the actual tablecloth. The hand and weight of a table linen, especially satin, needs to be very substantial so as not to look kitschy,” says Karsch. “It can make the difference between a table that looks very wrong—or very right.”

Bringing it home

Finally, do you love what you did at your reception and want the same items for your dinner parties at home? Karsch says to tread lightly, “Be careful of the wrong textile in the wrong environment.” You don’t want a busy or flowery pattern that you used for your tent garden wedding to fight with your décor at home.

The same goes with color: Swathing your formal evening reception hall in purple is dramatic. Using that much aubergine at home can be overkill. Karsch suggests using the bold shade as an accent. “Work with a neutral canvas and then add a few purple stemware pieces or candles instead because some shades are too hard to handle on a smaller scale,” advises Karsch who is launching a home décor line at Resource One later this year.

-- Erinn Bucklan

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