When California-based interior designer Nathan Turner came to Houston, he was ready to entertain his audience.  MILIEU hosted Nathan with Back Row Home, as part of Texas Design Week, a special presentation celebrating his new book, I Love California: Live, Eat, and Entertain the West Coast Way.  
 

We thought the best way to have Nathan talk about his book and the way he lives his life was to demonstrate his art of setting a table the "West Coast Way." 

We planned the event to start at 11 a.m., but Nathan arrived beforehand, at 9:30 to prepare the setting. During that short period of time, he “shopped” Back Row Home for everything he needed.  
 
Declaring you do not need a tablecloth to cover the table, Nathan usually finds leftover fabric yardage or a throw blanket in which he used here.  He chose colored glassware, plates with a pewter trim and vintage hotel silver for the place settings.  Tea lights were set in vintage milk bottles and linens were used for napkins.
 
Garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, and anemone were the only element he coordinated ahead of time with a local florist.  He cut all of the flowers and set them in antique jars and ironstone large and small.  He showed us how to group them according to color and variety and to always be sure they are low enough so guests visit across the table.  
 
Soon the guests arrived and the audience was thrilled to see his work up close, hear how it came together and to listen to his tales of growing up in California and the designing life. 
 
The table was a feast for everyone's eyes followed by a taste of his recipes prepared by Back Row Home.
 
See Nathan's story My California in MILIEU's Summer 2018 issue and look for his book out now.