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!

Desperate styling of a dining bar

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I was living with my husband in a temporary accommodation during the months of my renovation. It was a dark, small, dusty studio apartment in a complex of 24, directly on a busy intersection.

What we used as a dining table was a wall shelf, 30cm deep. That was the “table” of the apartment (I should really say of the room). Eating was hilarious: we were sitting on high chairs, side by side, with just enough room in front of us for a plate each, and when bending slightly forward to eat, we almost hit the wall. Staring at the wall was inevitable, as looking at each other was too uncomfortable. Not to mention catching a glimpse of the tv, which required turning our heads by 180 degrees.

That’s why I thought I had to come up with something to save

as ironic as the whole dining situation we had to face every evening.

I decided to hang a print of Gustavo Fring, the amazing double-faced character from the HBO series Breaking Bad, and placed a huge vase of red tulips in front of it. It reminds me of the offerings of flowers in front of sacred images in a church – but between a saint and Gustavo Fring, the distance could not be bigger!