Setting the table ..... "Setting the scene" ......


Hi All

This week, I thought I'd chat a little about table settings - I guess it's one of those things that really can "set the scene" in a home - be it casual, al fresco or for more formal entertaining .....

Over the last 12 years, when working on magazine shoots, all I can say is that I have "set" a serious number of tables :) Here are just a few - all very different - which I hope you enjoy .....

Al Fresco in Italy

I think this is one of my all time favourites :)

We created this image in a villa in the heart of Umbria - set amidst mountains and ancient olive groves, the sense of peace was tangible !! 

This particular image appeared in various magazines - including two front covers ..... and also on a huge billboard.

Sometimes a formal table set works best for the camera, whereas on other occasions, a more relaxed "about to set the table" set up works better. And as any stylist will tell you, the latter is actually much more difficult to get right  - it's somehow trying to get everything placed in a way that flows and that doesn't run into each other !!


Light and Formal

This one was taken in a holiday rental home in the very beautiful Castle Leslie estate - it appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes. The white French style furniture was all there - but I decided to add linen tones with the table cloth, runner and napkins. I don't claim to be an expert flower arranger btw - but I simply try to do what seems right for the setting !!


Relaxed Kitchen Dining - 'modern country' style

This is a home we rented for a while when renovating another home - needless to say, I couldn't resist doing a little bit of work to it - with the owner's blessing I have to say :) This one appeared in a few publications - including Country Homes and Interiors.

For a 'modern country' touch, a little bit of ribbon around a vintage bottle can work well !!


Classic Christmas - with Aubergine Accents


This is an Edwardian home we lived in for over ten years - before we caught the renovation bug !! I set this one up especially for a Christmas feature in Country Homes and Interiors. My vision was for a fairly 'grown up' classic/formal look. I loved the beautiful original windows in that house !!

I think that fresh ivy looks great when decorating for Xmas .... it's hard to beat a little bit of real greenery !!


And finally finally, this is a banner image we took recently to show some Nat Cal product ... 


My vision for this one was a full table set - but not too cluttered nor too formal. I wanted something a little bit different for the centre - but not overpowering ..... and came up with the idea of little jugs with single hydrangea stems ...

If you like this pared down Scandi style, these are available from our shop :-

These little ceramic jugs are perfect for simple flowers - or milk of course !!



And these crisp striped napkins by Lene Bjerre are perfect for an informal table setting ....


I'm loving these bowls - also by Lene Bjerre - they are just so versatile and have a hand-made patina that works in all sorts of settings ..... we stock matching dipping bowls too.


Well folks ..... I think that's all from me for now .....

Looking at what is actually a very varied set of images, I think it endorses my little mantra about interior style - there truly are no rights or wrongs ....... find a style that you love and that suits the setting - and well ..... just go for it and enjoy :)

Over and Out

Marie x

If any of you are interested in having your home featured in a magazine - here is a link to our magazine site which should hopefully answer any questions you might have .....HomesInteriors