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Beyond Dreamy Backyard Hosts Houston’s Ultimate Garden Party

The City’s Most Stylish Creatives Have a Summit

BY // 05.12.18
photography Marie Flanigan Interiors Photography

Taking a cue from Austin’s collaborative arts scene, six of Houston’s most stylish creatives, each a master in their respective fields of interiors, style, entertaining, cooking, calligraphy, and floral design, hosted an inaugural styling summit.

Interior designer Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors; style blogger Caroline Harper Knapp of House of Harper; entertaining expert Lindsey Rose King, founder of Mostess; chef Marcia Smart of Smart in the Kitchen; calligrapher/artist Meg Grant of Meg Grant & Co.; and floral designer Maria Maxit of Maxit Flower Design each brought their freshest ideas to the table to craft an au courant-styled meeting of the minds.

A garden party was a natural choice for the first theme — the group intends to make this round table of style a quarterly collaborative event — given the glorious spring weather.

The setting? The dreamy backyard (complete with pool, tennis court, and verdant green space) in the Evelyn’s Park-adjacent home of a Marie Flanigan Interiors’ client. With a backyard like that, a luxurious indoor-outdoor entertaining setup was at the heart of Flanigan’s design plan.

Prosecco cocktails laced with lavender bitters courtesy of Mostess were served up on the covered terrace with a colorful spread of crudités by Smart in the Kitchen before the party moved to a stunning luncheon table situated on the expansive green lawn. Bringing the indoors out with a rug, a table, chairs and even a bar cart one would normally find in a fully dressed dining room creates an intimate vibe for an alfresco affair.

Maxit took cues from nature for her free-flowing floral arrangements. She advises keeping arrangements low and long so that conversation flows freely across the table. As per Knapp’s advice, the attire was kept loose and free-flowing as well.

Meg Grant & Co calligraphed place cards with a sweet message in unexpected white ink atop lavender paper that complemented the soft colors of the linens and vintage place settings.

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