Kate Nixon

Visual Feast

TABLE SETTINGS TO SUIT EVERY STYLE AND OCCASION

With the right ingredients, you can create a tablescape to delight your guests even before the meal arrives.

STYLING Kate Nixon PHOTOGRAPHY Kristina Soljo FLOWERS Bess Paddington

PHOTO Kristina Soljo

CONTEMPORARY TWIST (L)
Make an impact by seeking out striking shapes.
MUST HAVES:
  • Eliot egg cup, Academy Home Goods.
  • Limoges teacup and saucer, Francalia.
  • Normann Copenhagen ‘Salon’ tray, Top3 by Design
  • Ruutu vase, Iittala.
  • Vintage Japanese ceramic, Planet.
COUNTRY FLAVOUR (R)
Revel in the rustic: forest green is a natural partner to timber.
MUST HAVES:
  • Ralph Lauren ‘Garden Vine’ dinner plate, Palmer & Penn.
  • Stone Series serving spoons, Slip Ceramics.
  • 1803 Staghorn carving set, Casa by Studio Kate.
  • Shiro bowl, The DEA Store.
  • Antique French kitchen jar (used as vase), Chee Soon & Fitzgerald.
A statement platter will take you from brunch to canapes. Invest in handmade details and classic tones.

PHOTO Kristina Soljo

COASTAL SPLASH (L)

Look to gentle washes of ocean blue and the textures of rattan for a table with a subtle nod to sea and sand.

MUST HAVES:
  • Bone Series shallow bowl, and Coral Series large bowl, both Slip Ceramics.
  • Komodo shell ornament, Coco Republic.
  • Etched water glass, The DEA Store.
  • Aozora dinner plate, Noritake.
  • Azina placemat, Freedom.

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS (C)

Embrace the irresistible allure of earthy tones and intriguingly shaped tableware for a casual, relaxed gathering.

MUST HAVES:
  • Tree root serving bowl, Inartisan.
  • Alpren jug, Planet.
  • Boulder grinders in Black Marble (left) and Dark Horn, Dinosaur Designs.
  • Shigaraki sake cup, The DEA Store.
  • Handmade metal tray, Conley & Co.

BRIGHT SPARK (R)

Sunny colours whet the appetite so everything you’re serving sings with flavour.

MUST HAVES:
  • Atrium Garde-robe Pop tray, Hermès.
  • Lalique ‘Bacchantes’ vase, Palmer & Penn.
  • Tropical Palms fabric in Aloe, Westbury Textiles.
  • Hand-painted dinner plate, Alex and Trahanas.
  • Malachite dish, Becker Minty.
Foliage and floral add a sense of occasion. For a tablescape your vessels should feel sculptural and translucent to hide the stems.

PHOTO Kristina Soljo

ROMANTIC GESTURE (L)

Delicate pinks and deep peach tones set the table – and the scene – for a meal you’ll love.

MUST HAVES:
  • Pip Woods jug and Pamela Tang Vessel, Casa by Kate Nixon.
  • Lalique ‘Sakura’ vase, Palmer & Penn.
  • C.1800 Barr & Flight breakfast cup and saucer, Greene & Greene Antiques.
  • Loreto candlestick, Provincial Home Living.
  • Pilar travertine statue, Coco Republic.
Save up interesting gifts for dinner party favours. Some embossed stationery, a special bottle of olive oil or favourite box of tea make a thoughtful addition to the requisite bottle of bubbly.

PHOTO Kristina Soljo

CLASSIC TOUCH (L)

Nothing suggests timeless style like a table adorned with crystal, candlesticks and fine flutes.

MUST HAVES:
  • Bark Texture table runner, West Elm.
  • Busatti hemstitch napkin, Casa by Kate Nixon.
  • Baccarat ‘Bubbles in a Box’ flute, Palmer & Penn.
  • Cire Trudon ‘L’Esclave’ bust, Libertine Parfumerie.
  • Antique candelabrum, Georg Jensen ‘Acorn’ carving knife and fork, antique napkin rings and C.1830s food warmer all Greene & Greene Antiques.

NICELY NOIR (R)

The magic of black lies in its ability to bring a sense of easy sophistication to any celebration.

MUST HAVES:
  • Cire Trudon ‘Imperial’ pillar candle, Libertine Parfumerie.
  • Chloe & Aurora Champagne glass, Ladelle.
  • Manufacture Swirl votive holder, Villeroy & Boch.
  • Metropolis cheeseboard, Brooke catch-all and Chelsea cutlery, Greg Natale.
  • Mid Century Design napkin ring, and Lucasa ‘Octopus’ napkin, Michael Verheyden placemat both Becker Minty.
Dress to impress and elevate everyday essentials with brass cutlery or cut crystal.

Styling and curation by Kate Nixon for Australian House & Garden magazine