My new coffee table book, “India Hicks: Island Living” is giving me a whole load of mixed emotion. On the one hand I’m engrossed and so inspired, on the other I’m struck with a strong life envy. I mean, a white colonial house on Harbour Island?! I counted 11 separate outdoor living areas in the photo section. Jokes aside, what’s inspired me most is her approach to tablescaping. She goes into great detail on dressing tables for parties and dinners, and it’s led to my new obsession. It’s come at a perfect time as we welcome Ardmore design to Oh What’s This with their luxury African table linen.
Before the heatwave ends (please don’t end) we’ve styled 3 table settings using Ardmore’s bold and colourful linen, mix and matching with products and tableware from Oh What’s This. If you love an African theme be sure to take a look at our new Out Of Africa collection.
Before we get going to the photos from our shoot, here are some of my top tips for tablescaping:
With interior design, everything looks better in symmetry. If you’re styling candles down the centre, make sure you have a few of the same, or hurricane vases. Line them up along a table runner, or arrange them in the centre.
Get some height to your table with tall hurricane vases, candle sticks and plants. This adds depth an intrigue, but can block people’s view of the other side, so arrange it tactfully! Unless it was tactful in the first place ;).
We’ve talked about table linen making a comeback before on the blog and there’s no denying it makes a table look much better. Mix and match bold print and pattern, with runners, table cloths and napkins. The more the merrier.
4. Layer Tableware
Style up a bowl on top of a plate, or a side plate on top of a dinner plate. This just looks more impressive than a single plate.
5. Get inventive with Napkins
Napkins might seem old school but when you see our collection you’ll be convinced. There are a million different ways you can fold napkins, we’ve used several ways in our styled shoot so take a peek and get inspired.
Look #1: The Royal Leopard Look
The Ardmore Royal Leopard Runner is a versatile one. Although it’s bold in a red hue, you can pick out other colours to match it, like we’ve done here. I happen to think pink and red go great together, especially balanced here with darker tones.
Shop the Royal Leopard Tablescape look:
Table Runner: Royal Leopard, £120 Shop here, Gold Pineapple Drinking Cup, £15 Shop here, Black Croco Napkins, £40 Shop here, Pink Amasumpa Napkins, £41 Shop here, Luxury Gold 16 Piece Cutlery Set, £120 Shop here, White Leopard Vase, £56 Shop here, Black Tray, £40 Shop here, Gyp Tea Light Holder, £20 Shop here, Gold Salad Servers, £85 Shop here, Pink Lovebirds Leopard Cushion Cover £113 Shop here, Rose Pink Wine Glasses, £36 Shop here
Look #2 Birds Fynbos
The Birds Fynbos tablecloth is a great neutral back drop for a colourful table. It’s got a slightly worn linen texture which gives it a lovely thickness. The design features an assortment of birds inspired by the western cape of South Africa. We’ve matched it with Qu Lo’s yellow plates and bowls, along with the Bird Fynbos place mats.
Shop the Birds Fynbos look:
Birds Fynbos Tablecloth, £242 Shop here, Gold Salad Servers, £85 Shop here, Birds Fynbos Placemats, £61 Shop here, Yellow Puglian Bowl, £15 Shop here, Yellow Puglian Plate, £12 Shop here, Black Tray, £40 Shop here, Rose Pink Wine Glasses, £36 Shop here, Gyp Tea Light Holder, £15 Shop here, Luxury Gold Cutlery Set, £120 Shop here
Look #3 Sable Table Runner
A firm favourite of ours, the sable table runner adds a soft pink to your table. There are so many rich colours in the artwork on the runner to match and play with.
Shop the Sable Table Runner look:
Sable Table Runner £135 Shop here, Zambezi Leopard Napkins £44 Shop here, Zambezi Feather Napkins, £44 Shop here Gold Pineapple Drinking Cup, £15 Shop here, Rose Pink Wine Glasses, £36 Shop here, Luxury Gold Cutlery Set, £120 Shop here, White Leopard Vase, £56 Shop here
Which is your favourite look, let us know!