Three gorgeous table setting ideas

Is your table boring? Do you keep interesting dinnerware hostage in your cupboards?

I caught myself in the boring-table-setting tunnel, and I said to myself: “Wait a minute, where’s the fun, the style, the spark, the joy? I should know how to do this…”

We all have beautiful table runners, glasses and plates somewhere in the cupboards. I say it’s time to get them out so we can look at them while we eat every day, and feel like it’s a special occasion, even though it’s just another day at home.

I’ve got three ideas that I hope will inspire you to put together a gorgeous table setting!

First and most simple to recreate, it’s the organic look: white, brown, green. Simple shapes, natural textures and rustic touches.

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On a wooden table I’ve put a lacy plastic-coated placemat,  white ceramic plate and small plate with mushroom (West Elm, 2010 collection), Spanish terracotta tapas dish, French wine glass, green candle and bamboo bowl (Ikea), mismatching cutlery and taupe cotton napkin.

Here’s another one: a classic white and blue, revisited with lots of different patterns and styles, so it’s more fun and less formal.

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On a baroque blue and white tablecloth, I’ve used white china and traditional ceramic of Delft. On melamine silver tray there are Polish handmade mug and vase, and a blue sugar bowl by Danish brand Everyday Greengate. Next to the yummy apple pie my mum made for my husband, contemporary French cake server by Sabre.

Third and last: a gorgeous magnolia motive inspired me a clean and feminine table setting in white, pink and brown.

Magnolia table setting

This table runner was a lucky find in a Swiss supermarket. I love the floral pattern. I’ve added white china, simple classic cutlery, white napkin, a pink Moroccan tea glass, and a floral ceramic bowl by Italian design brand Seletti.

I hope you’ll feel inspired to use some of your forgotten table beauties now!

Buon appetito!

Nursery styling for a baby girl

Ok, this time I have a valid excuse for being absent from the blog: I just had a baby.

My baby girl and her 2 years old brother are keeping me occupied on a level I never experienced before. Time flies, and not because I’m having fun, but because I have too much to do and I just don’t like leaving things behind or for others to do. It might be slightly pathologic, but… TA-DAAA, that’s me!

Although there’s nothing more creative than creating a baby inside you and giving birth to him or her, I have been pouring more creative energy into shopping and styling for my baby girl.

When I had my first, Oliver, I was renovating, on a budget, and – let’s just say this – it’s not as much fun with boys! Clothes and accessories tend to be boring, repetitive, stripy mostly. But if you haven’t already, please check out my post about my little boy’s room here: ideas for neat, efficient and colourful ways of decorating for kids.

This time around I have a master bedroom big enough for a nursery corner next to the king-size bed, and it’s nice to create a lovely little place where she sleeps, gets changed and dressed.

Pictures have not been edited, because if I wait until I find the time to do that, I might end up posting when she’s one – please forgive me!

 

How colour coding will please your eye.

I am a colour coding activist. My husband rolls his eyes at me when I lay our grocery shopping at checkout organising it by colour. And even if I may come across as OCD, I do it whenever I can.

And wherever I can: the lingerie drawer, the glass cabinet in the dining room, my child’s toys in his room… And I would like to convince my readers to try and do it somewhere in the house and see the difference.

Even something as boring as a raw of detergents can be eye-pleasing:

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Detergents out of reach but not out of sight? Colour code them!

More delicate and pretty glasses deserve to be organised in a gorgeous display cabinet, just like this:

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Rainbow effect in the glass cabinet.

And last but not least, a classic: colour coding for your library. My library is white so it offers the perfect blank canvas for the colourful books to pop:

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Colours separated by white, a classic library styling.

Give it a try! Any attempt you would like to share?

 

Colour coding ideas

 

Contemporary bathroom styling

In this bathroom with dark wall and floor tiles (concrete look, chocolate colour), the white vanity is the stand-out piece and where the attention focuses.

I styled it in three ways.

ONE, objects are grouped at both sides of the basin. On one side perfumes and lotions, displayed on a mirrored tray, on the other side a bunch of white freesias and a potted orchid (not in bloom at the moment, just green leaves).

Bathroom styling.

Bathroom styling.

TWO, I added some colour and a provincial touch grouping lavender flowers in a manson jar, and leaving just the orchid leaves on the other side.

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Bathroom styling, with lavender.

THREE, This is a more minimal styling, not so practical for everyday use of the bathroom. It’s good for a guest bathroom or for putting a property on the market. I used white Singapore orchids in a Murano glass vase, a small jar with volcanic pebbles, and a beautiful big candle in the shape of a horse chess piece (by Seletti). I hung a long Indian tassel to the door handle to add personality.

Bathroom styling.

Bathroom styling.

You are cordially invited to Styling Notes’ birthday party

Welcome to Styling Notes first birthday party!

Yes, it’s been 12 months since my Notes turned up on the web for the first time, and I think the readers and I should celebrate – with an imaginary party!

Picture this: summer sunset, a beautiful deck on the beach, palm trees lightened from the bottom up, black-and-white classic movies projected on a big screen, benches and sofas covered in colourful patterned  cushions, threads of fairy lights framing the sky above us. Then just add music, drinks, and food from all over the world.

After the welcome drinks, I will sincerely thank everyone who read the blog even just once, all of you known and unknown visitors that showed up in the site statistics next to your tiny flag: Australia, USA, Italy, Taiwan, Croatia, Germany, Ireland … It’s great to know that you’re going through the blog, and hopefully getting inspired!

After a few more drinks, it will be time to cut the cake – although we won’t need an actual knife, as it’s a tower of dainty cupcakes.

When crumbs and paper cases are all that’s left of the tower, I, as Styling Notes’ editor, will proudly unwrap the (imaginary) presents, consisting pretty much of …

MY ULTIMATE WISH LIST:

The book

Dior Couture ($180)

The gown

Elie Saab haute couture

The accessory

Alain Mikli damier frames

 

The perfume

Balenciaga

The linens

Frette hotel classic set in white

The piece of jewellery

Dior Diorette aquamarine and white gold (GBP 8600)

The handbag

Bottega Veneta Campana bag in ebony ($2680)

 

The holiday

Morocco, at the Four Seasons in Marrakesh

The piece of furniture

Hot pink Thonet chair ($180)

 

The flowers

Sterlizias

Happy Birthday Styling Notes, and a huge thank you to all readers!