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A Table To Inspire

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Last week I got a sweet email from one of my readers in search of some inspiration for table settings. She loves to entertain A LOT and is always looking for fresh ideas to style her tables. Luckily, she likes to mix things up - French, modern, floral… name it. It's funny she asked me since I also enjoy playing with my table settings. Although I'm more of a white-palette kind of guy, I often find myself advising clients to be adventurous when entertaining. I think it's always fun to have a variety of styles, shapes, colors, textures and heights to play with. Your tables should always reflect your style and it's ideal to start with a theme or inspiration — this will dictate the direction to take and give your table a cohesive look. So I've put together five themes to show you how imaginative you can get when dressing up your tables. Remember, it's always better to start with all your options and then edit down, but the key is to have a ball. So my dear Monica, I hope these vignettes will inspire you to let your creative juices flow. Happy entertaining!




( 1 ) Gilded Tapestry Plate  ( 2 ) Golden Bough Vegetable Bowl  ( 3 ) Due Ice Oro Flatware  
( 4 ) Frosted Gold Votive  ( 5 ) Rattan Wrap Charger  ( 6 ) Classic Platzteller Buffet Plate  
( 7 ) Brushstroke Salad Plate  ( 8 ) Magnetic Vases  ( 9 ) Bead Burst Napkin Ring  
( 10 ) Futura Bowl  ( 11 ) Coro Tumblers  ( 12 ) Blue Wine Glasses





( 1 ) Lolo Flatware Set  ( 2 ) Pebblestone Salad Plate  ( 3 ) Thomas Paul Side Plate  
( 4 ) Circles Placemat  ( 5 ) White Bisque Votive  ( 6 ) Geo Printed Linen Napkin  
( 7 ) Stripes Charger Plate  ( 8 ) Big Love Ice Cream Bowl
( 9 ) Alessi Oui Napkin Ring  ( 10 ) Juicy Bowl




( 1 ) Nuvem Cutlery Holder  ( 2 ) Citron Lion's Head Soup Bowl  
( 3 ) Notneutral Season Dinner Plate  ( 4 ) Frame Placemat  ( 5 ) Ink Dish Side Plate
( 6 ) Ribbed Napkin Ring  ( 7 ) Wine Light  ( 8 )  Numbered Napkiins
( 9 ) Stemless Wine Glasses





( 1 ) TK  ( 2 ) Bloom Shadow Buffet Plate  ( 3 ) Moooi Bold Candle Holder  
( 4 ) Blanco Nero Dinner Plate  ( 5 ) Basketweave Placemat  ( 6 ) Natica Wire Votive
( 7 ) Names & Notes Napkin Rings  ( 8 ) Brushstroke Vegetable Bowl  
( 9 ) Stripe Salt & Pepper  ( 10 ) Jewelry Tray (here used as a wine bottle holder)



( 1 ) Maribowl Yellow  ( 2 ) Moss Green Tumbler  ( 3 )  Origo Serving Bowl  
( 4 ) Edme Salad Plate   ( 5 ) Petunias Field Napkin  
( 6 ) Isis Round Charger  ( 7 ) Petals Field Placemat   ( 8 ) Mosaic Round Platter
( 9 ) Canary Candleholder   ( 10 ) Citterio Cutlery Set

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Reader Comments (4)

The natural and the prismatic is calling my name!!!!
Feb 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
We think the same my friend, infact I own several of the things you posted.

More curious about seeing how people put it together that stand out in your mind or even a book?

Love the gold fav!!!
These are lovely! I have problems with table settings whenever we entertain. I believe our table is a tad too small. When I place placemats on both sides of the table, there is no space left for centerpieces in the middle. The placemats almost meet in the middle.... Do you have tips for setting smaller dining tables??
Feb 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Ergül
Hi Mrs. Ergül,
Thanks for your comment and question.
If you have a small table the best solution is not to use placemats, but instead use a tablecloth that unifies the table. That way you'll have enough space in the middle with an even surface to place your centerpieces. It's best to use narrower vases that take less room. I hope this helps.
Feb 22, 2011 | Registered CommenterEduardo

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