At the helm of Consilium is Dean Driver, a self-proclaimed bon vivant and avid party host. Dean started his creative career at the age of eight when he first took to the stage in his hometown of Richmond, VA. This led him to a professional career in New York where he eventually traded greasepaint and tap shoes for a T-square and glue gun, capitalizing on his fondness and talent for design. Dean has a reputation for developing wildly original, high-profile events and design projects with his work featured in national publications such as Traditional Home, Elle Décor, and The New York Times among numerous other publications and has appeared on Good Day Dallas and Good Morning Texas. Dean's events include production and design for some of the nations most celebrated companies and institutions including: BMW, Warner Bros., Hermes, MIT, Lalique, The New York Design Center, Designer's Saturday, Cristal ... Read More »
I am often asked many questions about the “proper” way to set the table. I grew up in the South and, like many, was taught etiquette at a very early age. I remember helping my mother meticulously set out the various stemmed glasses on the table like something out of a classic film. (Although I assure you it was not nearly as grand as it seems in my memories.) These are the sorts of lessons that you never forget. Although I do still consult manuals when necessary, given my professional background, I certainly can tell a grapefruit spoon from an ice cream fork and know how to pick the right china and crystal for each course. But how important are these formalities today? What I am about to say may be alarming to some, but when it comes to casual entertaining at home – there are no real rules for setting ... Read More »
Many of us have memories of our grandmother's china cabinets neatly arranged with beautiful pieces of china and crystal that were only used on very special occasions. And special could mean once every five years. It wasn't used everyday. Heaven forbid that it should get a scratch or a blemish or any other sign of use. Many times, it wasn't even taken out when company came to visit lest a piece get broken. As children, some of us often peered into this “look but don't touch” zone, wondering why this stuff was so special. In the past, china in the cabinet was referred to as the “good china” or “formal china,” based on the idea that the collection would be passed on from generation to generation. Some of these special pieces from our tables become part of our own cultural and social history by creating memories. Well, how can memories be ... Read More »
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