When it comes to designing a tablescape, it's the details that matter.
I like to think it's like designing a room.
Just like starting with a rug for a room, the tablecloth or placemat is my foundation and starting point for a table, like the burlap placemat above.
Texture is the key here--the burlap is rough and textural, as is the wicker placemat and majolica plate.
More majolica for the knife rest and the silver flatware is mix-match.
The inspiration for this tablesetting came from a room in an English country cottage that featured a riot of different patterns and floral chintzes that all lived cohesively together.
This placesetting features the same wicker charger, but mixing colorful patterns is the key here.
Green and yellow pottery, layered with brown transferware, followed by a vintage leaf majolica salad plate.
French mini-print Provençal tablecloth and napkin adds even more pattern.
If this placesetting was inspired by a room, it would be a Swedish country room with lace curtains at the window, pine furniture and white linen slipcovers.
The key element here is the lighter, cream color featured in the placemat, charger and light floral plate. Of course, the mini white pumpkin adds the final touch.
This setting was not inspired by a room, but rather mother nature.
I love brown and green together, and this placesetting picks up on those colors with the brown floral napkins, echoed by the oak leaves and acorn edged plate. A green majolica plate brings in the green and bamboo flatware complete the natural, woodsy setting.
Layering is the key here. I love seeing how many plates I can layer on a placesetting.
This one starts with a brown leather charger, followed by an amethyst colored majolica charger and finally two layers of purple transferware--a dinner plate and soup bowl.
I love how there is a purple stripe on the burlap placemat!
Out of site is a brown and purple floral napkin.
All of these dishes would be wonderful choices for Thanksgiving or a harvest dinner for fall.
I am gearing up for my Thanksgiving table, so revisiting these tablesettings from the past gets me so excited to play with my dishes once again!