with Maria-Antonia

What inspired your career journey?

I have been involved in the wedding and production industry for 12 years and this first hand involvement with event design has given me a unique insight into how the landscape for styling has been changing. More than ever before, clients are wanting to personalise their events and create exquisite décor combinations and the reception tables are the best place to start. There was a growing case of ‘pinterest blues’ amongst clients who yearned to replicate design ideas from weddings abroad but couldn’t locally source the products that they had set their hearts on and that adorned their pinterest mood boards so Duchess & Butler was born. We have a distinctive eye for design and spent two years scouring the globe for beautiful items that have hirtherto been unavailable to rent in the UK and we are adding items all the time to our collection. Our quest for beautiful tablescape items is never ending!

What are your trend predictions for 2016?

All our items in our collection have been personally curated by us and we’ve looked through hundreds of samples to arrive at the current collection so we love everything, of course! Gold Cutlery is still very current and our Versailles Range is affordable and very sophisticated. We are super excited about our new Amelie Blush Glass Charger Plates and side plates to add a subtle splash of colour to tablescapes.

Do you live by any motto or philosophy?

We are inspired by all things beautiful and unique. Our focus is on creating a unique aesthetic for each of our clients and our philosophy at Duchess & Butler headquarters is all about ‘Playing with Placesettings’. Our showroom has been designed with this in mind; we want clients to come in and have a play around with different combinations of items to create something they fall in love with and captures their design vision. When planning a big event, the planning process itself can be very logistical and functional and whilst that is extremely important, we feel It’s equally as important to allocate time to have a play around with what inspires you.

What would your best piece of advice be for someone beginning his or her planning journey?

Having worked in the events industry for a long time, we always believe in spending the money where it will have the most impact for you. So for instance, if you don’t have the budget to upgrade all your tableware, the charger plate is one of the biggest items on the table so that is a good place to start. Work from the biggest items to the smallest and don’t be scared to personalise your event to whatever works best for you – with so many people attending so many events, we find that guests will often be surprised and appreciate hosts that have done things a little bit differently.

What's your favourite season, why?

Summer. We love heat!

P.S and just for reference, what's your favourite word in the English language?