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Website offers tips, ideas for interior tables


Aqualuxe Outfitting is building an online portal of interior table settings, tips and ideas to help interior crew.

Hosts of the Top Notch Tabletop Competition at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, company founder Cris Clifford wants to honor stews and their creativity even away from boat shows. She is asking stews to help each other by sharing photos of their designs with each other through her website, She started by adding photos of interiors at the Ft. Lauderdale show, along with tips from several stews in the show.

“During a boat show, the crew doesn’t always have the opportunity to visit other vessels and check out other tabletop masterpieces,” Clifford said. “With this in mind, Top Notch Tabletop was created. It is a portal for the interior crew to share tabletop tips and showcase their creativity and design.”

Some of the stews in FLIBS offered these tips:

“The first time you burn a candle, you must burn it for as long as you can so you get the maximum burning radius, thus allowing for longer burn times thereafter.” – Stew Martina Mcateer, M/Y Chevy Toy

“If you don’t have everything you need to set the table, smother the table.” — Stew Maia Lyn-Simmora, M/Y Golden Compass

“When setting the table, make sure all flatware is the same distance from the edge of the placemat. Be consistent. I also follow the principles of art: geometric, organic and chaotic.” — Stew Lana Lensvelt, M/Y Gusto

“Always take a step back as you are setting the table and see how it looks from the different angles where the guests sit.” — Stew Liz Paten, M/Y Katya

“When you cut flowers for a centerpiece, they shouldn’t be taller than your arm length from wrist to elbow.” — Stew Sara Herrera, M/Y Olga

“Small details in a table setting are good. Simple is pretty.” — Stew Anick Cliche, M/Y Sea Fox

M/Y Seanna

“Always polish. Your table can be beautiful but if it has fingerprints, you are missing the cherry from the cake.” Stews Nicole Terry and Rebecca Smith, M/Y Seanna

“When setting the table the base of the design is to think in threes. Split the center in three.” — Stew Amanda Ring-Rissler, M/Y Trisara

Clifford said she will feature images of interior settings in the Miami show online as well, and host the competition again during the Palm Beach show in March.

“The competition is only for vessels at the boat show, but if we have enough girls sending in pictures, I will most likely do a blog on the best settings and award their creativity,” Clifford said.

Photos of interior settings can be sent to “It’s all about sharing tabletop tips and design.”

Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of The Triton. Comments on this column are welcome at


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