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How They Decorated at the Table

We regret that this program has been canceled due to a family emergency. Hillwood staff will reach out to registered guests with more information. 

While setting a table has a formal protocol, today it should be fun. It’s another way we can express ourselves. The sixteen women of How They Decorated were no different. This lecture speaks to their table style: Pauline de Rothschild’s famous tablescapes, Louise Vilmorin’s family dinners, or Sybil Connelly’s Irish inspired collection for Tiffany. All were natural aficionados at making any table in their homes beautiful—it’s just how they decorated.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion and The Artistic Table open for self-guided touring
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture
7:30 p.m.: Book Signing. How They Decorated is available in the Museum Shop

About the Speaker

Having been an interior designer for over thirty years, P. Gaye Tapp has just written her first book, How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century, published by Rizzoli. The book was released in April 2017 and is already headed into its third printing. She also writes the widely regarded blog Little Augury focusing on interior design, art, literature, fashion & social history with an eye, always looking back to the past, in hope of understanding what is authentic, what will endure & what connects us to our environment. Her speaking engagements include the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, and The Cathedral Antiques Show in Atlanta.

About the Artistic Table Lecture Series

Take inspiration from the finest table settings and enjoy a feast for the eyes.

Wednesday, March 28: How they Decorated at the Table, with P. Gaye Tapp

Wednesday, April 4: The Diplomatic Table: Blair House Welcomes the World, with Candice Shireman

Rescheduled: Wednesday, April 11: Surtouts, Tureens, and Salt and Pepper Shaker Sets: Table Decoration, Then and Now, with Wilfried Zeisler

Wednesday, April 18: Art of the Table: Floral Design for Entertaining, with Cathy Graham

  • How They Decorated by P. Gaye Tapp
  • Illustration by P.Gaye Tapp
  • Illustration by P. Gaye Tapp
  • Illustration by P. Gaye Tapp