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Interior Design at its Finest

Learn Functional and Inspiring Table Setting Tips from the Talented Jessica Love with Urbane Design

Article by Roslyn Bond

Photography by Lesson Medrano

Originally published in Austin Lifestyle

Believe it or not, when choosing to give your home an uplift, the difference between hiring an interior “designer” and an interior “decorator” can make all the difference in the outcome of your home project. 

Jessica Love, the owner of Urbane Design, understands that true quality of interior design equals the integrity she and her team put into each project by not only implementing her extensive, unique knowledge of design but also the safest methods for your home. 

Jessica explains that interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a home, and decoration is the furnishing of a space with fashionable or aesthetic things. She performs all new construction projects and full remodels of residential homes, which include furnishing the home with functional, aesthetic pieces.

Jessica says that integrity to her means doing the right thing when no one is watching and carries this into every project she undertakes for each one of her trusting clients. 

A fun fact about Jessica is that she attended Sam Houston University and has a degree in interior design. She started her business exactly a day after she graduated in August 2004, and she has dedicated her time and skills to growing it into the successful business it is today. 

Jessica has her own nonprofit called Design Changes Lives where she connects interior designers with underprivileged children in order to design their bedrooms to build their self-confidence. She is also involved in many other charities and fundraisers that she is passionate about. 

Jessica says she relies upon her devoted and talented team, which includes her assistant, Marycat, who has been by her side for four years, as well as her administrator and mentors. 

The table setting design in the photos displays an eclectic style with a Texas flair with the oversized chunky wood table, a cowhide from Brazil under the table, the four chairs originating from Spain and antlers to add a Texas feel. She believes curating items that are meaningful to decorate with creates the most inviting space.

Table Setting Tips

  1. Have a table that is the correct height for the intended duration of time and occasion for your guests. For instance, a bar height table is meant for you to come together to visit and have a cocktail or appetizer for a short period of time, which caters to the comfort of your guests.

  2. Jessica recommends having a gorgeous floral or centerpiece on the table. If you choose a large centerpiece on a large dining room table, you can move the centerpiece to the buffet when dining with friends to add more space. 

  3. Always use real florals! This will showcase a natural look and feel in your home as well as add the natural fragrance of them, which your guests will appreciate. 

  4. Have functional items on your table and exclude all the “fluff.” Consider the guests you are entertaining. If children will be joining, do not use your best china! Consider whether the occasion is formal or more casual, drinking wine or eating food and create a space accordingly. Your guests will appreciate the convenience and consideration while dining.

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