At the Table: Seasonal Settings

FLOWER magazine stylists curate gorgeous, seasonal table settings and share tablescape ideas using the latest wares and classic pieces

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spring table setting

Pattern Play

The reverse side of a suzani and Coralla Maiuri plates come together to create a new look for Mottahedeh’s traditional Tobacco Leaf pattern. “Sometimes, using a beloved, bold classic calls for mixing other commanding patterns for balance,” says Style Editor Amanda Smith Fowler

  • Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf dinner plate ($175) and dessert plate ($145), mottahedeh.com
  • Coralla Maiuri Berry charger (top left, bottom; $380) and pink dessert plate with drop edge (above; $195), Coralla Maiuri Michelangelo dinner plate (top left, middle; $250) and round platter (left, middle; $515), and Horn rectangular salt & pepper set ($30) from Be Home, all through Table Matters, table-matters.com
  • Hemstitch linen cocktail napkins with Langston monogram ($85 each) and Sybil place mat ($185 each) and dinner napkin ($185 each), all from Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com
  • Claude Dozorme mother-of-pearl with gold cuff flatware (from $62) through Bromberg’s, brombergs.com
  • Hand-stitched suzani textile from Uzbekistan ($2,200) from B. Viz Design, bviz.com
  • Moser Optic blue wineglass ($110) and William Yeoward Marina green wineglass ($320), both through Table Matters, table-matters.com

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photography by David Hillegas | Originally published in Flower magazine’s May/June 2021 issue
colorful spring table setting

Springing for Joy

Take your cues from the birds and the bees. Flower your table with nature’s favorite colors—blues, greens, pinks, and yellows. Osborne & Little’s Penglai fabric captures the spring mood perfectly. “This is one of the most beautiful fabrics I have ever seen,” says Style Editor Amanda Smith Fowler. “The colors are sublime and the details are magnificent!”
  • Osborne & Little Penglai fabric (to the trade), osborneandlittle.com
  • Herend American Wildflowers dinner plates ($400 each) and Silk Ribbon chargers ($300 each), herendusa.com
  • Kim Seybert Laurel chargers ($636/set of 4), kimseybert.com
  • Gorham Buttercup flatware ($299/5-piece place setting) from Beverly Bremer Silver Shop, beverlybremer.com
  • Anna Weatherley place card holders ($110 each) and Savoy crystal water goblets ($141 each) through Scully & Scully, scullyandscully.com
  • Salisbury pewter water goblets ($84 each), salisburyinc.net
  • Asparagus tureen (stylist’s own) from Mirror Lake Antiques, mirrorlakeantiques.com
  • Sferra napkins (stylist’s own) embroidered by Bobbins, bobbinsdesign.com
  • Calligraphy by Mary Meigs Creative Co., 205-292-7717

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photography by David Hillegas | Originally published in Flower magazine’s March/April 2021 issue

place setting with oyster plate, color palette: purple, coral, and green

All in the Mix

When you land on a fabulous fabric like this one, use every color in it to build a lively and beautiful table setting.

  • Salt or pepper cellar with spoon ($115 each), Wizard’s goblet ($105), goblet ($115), Gallic charger ($273), and Convivio dinner plate ($118), all by Match, match1995.com 
  • Oriente Italiano dinner plate in Bario ($210/set of 2) by Ginori 1735, ginori1735.com
  • Louisa embroidery dinner napkin paired with Henry appliqué place mat (pricing upon request) by Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com
  • Boxwood-handled Ambiance flatware ($500/5-piece place setting) by Alain Saint-Joanis through Table Matters, table-matters.com
  • Maramba fabric in Plum by Clarence House (to the trade), clarencehouse.com 
  • Oyster plate (stylist’s own) from Adams Antiques & The Potager, adamsantiquesandthepotager.com

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photography by David Hillegas

Easter table setting

Spring Fling

Using cues from the garden, we mixed leafy greens with happy pinks to welcome the Easter season.

  • Miranda globe vases ($295/6-inch, $395/9-inch) by William Yeoward Crystal, williamyeowardcrystal.com
  • Gorham sterling silver goblet ($269) and Kirk-Stieff Stieff Rose sterling flatware ($189/4-piece place setting) through Beverly Bremer Silver Shop, beverlybremer.com
  • Mozart double old fashioned in Rosalin ($165) by Moser, moserusa.com
  • Savannah Gardens tablecloth (from $149) by Matouk, matouk.com
  • Festival dinner napkins in Cotton Candy ($52/set of 4) by Sferra through Fine Linens, finelinens.com
  • Haviland Floralies dessert plate ($91) and bread-and-butter plate ($51) through Scully & Scully, scullyandscully.com
  • Gold and pearl napkin ring ($25), Uppercut grass cloth place mat ($55), and Anna Weatherley Simply Anna dinner plate in Polka Gold ($78), all through Table Matters, table-matters.com
  • Baroque glass charger ($37) by Vietri, vietri.com
  • Herend bunnies ($250–$425) through Martin’s Herend Imports, herendusa.com
— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photo by David Hillegas
spring table setting

Fanciful Flight

Cool shades of blue and pink are elevated by the symmetry of gold harlequin china sitting atop a fetching lyrebird pattern.

  • Gold Parterre charger ($195), 8-inch plate ($80), and coffee cup and saucer ($95) by Halcyon Days, halcyondays.co.uk
  • Contessa milk jug ($275), teapot ($535), dinner plate ($254/set of 2), and bread plate ($188/set of 2) in Indaco by Richard Ginori, richardginori1735.com
  • Soleil Levant salad plate ($90) in Lilac and bread-and-butter plate ($54; to the left of  coffee cup and saucer) by Bernardaud, bernardaud.com
  • Renaissance Amber water glass ($230) by Varga, devinecorp.net
  • Festival dinner napkin ($52/set of 4) by Sferra, finelinens.com
  • Flux napkin ring in Gold ($88/set of 4) by Kim Seybert, kimseybert.com
  • Torsade flatware ($1,600/5-piece place setting) by Buccellati, buccellati.com
  • Lyrebird linen-blend fabric in Aqua (to the trade) by Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com 

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler  | Photography by David Hillegas

tablescape ideas

A Happy Birthday

Mixing beloved vintage pieces with the season’s freshest new wares, we created a dreamy garden party to celebrate Flower magazine's 10th anniversary in style.

  • Matouk Savannah Gardens round tablecloth in spring green, from $135, matouk.com
  • Juliska Natural Bamboo flatware, $168 for a five-piece place setting, fxdougherty.com 
  • Leontine Linens dinner napkin in pink linen with gold-shaded Halpin embroidered monogram, $540 for a set of six, leontinelinens.com 
  • Vintage Dodie Thayer candlestick holders (used here as bud vases), $1,100 for a set of five, letaaustinfoster.com 
  • Gien Filets Verts dinner plate, $45, fxdougherty.com
  • Gien Jardins Extraordinaires dessert plate, $180 for assorted set of four, ladentelliere.com 
  • William Yeoward Crystal Fanny goblet in green, $99, williamyeowardcrystal.com 

— Styled by Lydia DeGaris Pursell | Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner | Flowers by Sybil Sylvester

Pinnate Perfection

The calming repetition of the leaves, on both the china and the tablecloth, give way to a burst of blues and yellow-gold energy.

  • Dinner napkin ($54/set of 4) in Lemon by Sferra from Fine Linens, finelinens.com
  • St. George Gold flatware ($142/ 5-piece place setting) by Herdmar USA through Pickard China, pickardchina.com
  • Daphne light blue-gray dinner plate ($200), gray dessert plate ($175), blue bread plate ($140) and blue service plate ($275) by Robert Haviland & C. Parlon, mottahedeh.com
  • Athena gold-rimmed bread-and-butter plate ($106) and service plate ($232) by Bernardaud, bernardaud.com
  • Imperial Yellow/Green wineglass ($298) by Varga through DeVine Corp, devinecorp.net
  • Low round large decanter ($975) by Joe Cariati, joecariati.com
  • Nile napkin ring ($37) and Flare place mat in Gold and Black ($107) by Kim Seybert, kimseybert.com
  • Charleston wineglass ($94) by Pickard Crystal, pickardchina.com
  • Wonderland Floral fabric in Lemon by Stroheim, stroheim.com

“Mix various textures and hues of gold; they create a lovely background for a variety of colors.” — Amanda Smith Fowler

Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photography by David Hillegas

Chinoiserie-themed table setting

A Touch of Chinoiserie

Try bringing a bold color to your table. Staying true to classic motifs, these vivid pinks are balanced by crisp whites and cool blues.

  • Wisteria Trumpet ($175) and Fern Posy vases ($125) by William Yeoward Crystal through Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers, hudsonpoole.com
  • Chinoiserie teapot ($836), creamer ($393), and sugar bowl ($418) by Pinto Paris through DeVine Corporation, devinecorp.net for retailers
  • Barcelona wineglass ($268) by Varga through Gracious Style, graciousstyle.com
  • Pallas iced tea by Waterford Crystal (pattern discontinued; check Replacements, Ltd., replacements.com)
  • Meissen Oriental Flowers Rose teacup and saucer through Scully & Scully, scullyandscully.com
  • Silk Ribbon dessert plate and charger by Herend, herendusa.com
  • Pink Lace dinner plate ($60) by Mottahedeh, mottahedeh.com
  • Healdsburg Collection napkin by Julia B., juliab.com
  • Towle King Richard 4-piece place setting ($219) and Broadway Silversmiths Pierced Basket Weave napkin ring ($129), both from Beverly Bremer Silver Shop, beverlybremer.com
  • Celeste fabric in Lilac by Raoul Textiles through John Rosselli & Associates, johnrosselli.com

— Styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photo by Jean Allsopp

Take It Tropical

When it’s too hot outside, bring the tropics to your table by mixing hues of sunshine gold with cool, leafy greens and natural bamboo.

  • Jaune de Chrome Cream Scale Gold dinner plate ($185) and dessert plate ($160), through DeVine, devinecorp.net for retailers
  • Jan Barboglio Double Hammered Old Gold charger ($88), Kim Seybert Crackle tumbler ($126), and Roost Artisan Luster glass ($15), all through Table Matters, table-matters.com
  • Juliska Harriet vase, $130, through Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers, hudsonpoole.com
  • L’Objet Tulum Rings salt & pepper, $215/set, l-objet.com 
  • Buccellati Tahiti flatware ($1,600/5-piece place setting), napkin ring ($325), and bottle opener ($720), buccellati.com 
  • Ancesserie Palm Frond cards, $16/pack of 10, ancesserie.com
  • Calligraphy by By Caroline, call for pricing, 205.792.8900
  • Leontine Linens Addison Embroidery napkin, $140 as shown, leontinelinens.com 
  • Reyna fabric by Raoul Textiles through John Rosselli & Associates, to the trade, johnrosselli.com 
  • Flower arrangement: blue thistle eryngium, green ball dianthus, and fern fronds

— Styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photo by Jean Allsopp

Pink and gold table setting, tablescape ideas

Pink of Perfection

Don't be bashful about using pastels. Instead layer pinks together with bold gold for a striking spring table.

  • Anna’s Palette china in Dusty Rose by Anna Weatherley through DeVine Corporation, $64–$98, devinecorp.net for retailers
  • Versailles Vermeil flatware in sterling silver by Buccellati, $1,170/3-piece set, buccellati.com
  • Deco Appliqué Border place mat and Honey Embroidery monogrammed hemstitch dinner napkin by Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com
  • Pomegranate salt and pepper shakers by Michael Aram through Table Matters, table-matters.com
  • Roosevelt place card by Sugar Paper, $16/10 cards, sugarpaper.com
  • Calligraphy by Caroline, 205.792.8900
  • Pearl goblet ($300), Claire large wine ($160), and Corinne coupe champagne ($55), all by William Yeoward Crystal, williamyeowardcrystal.com
  • Moorea fabric in Green by Michael S. Smith/Jasper through John Rosselli & Associates, $173/yard, johnrosselli.com
  • Antique sterling biscuit box, beverlybremer.com for similar 

— Styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photo by Jean Allsopp
Fall table setting featuring green accents, including a leaf motif on the plates, the monogram on the napkin, and polka dots on the tablecloth. A flower arrangement of yellow and orange contrasts with the green, allowing all the colors to pop. Ribbons that look like vines of gold and green are wrapped around the napkin instead of a napkin ring

Welcome Autumn

As summer winds down and autumn begins, keep it bright with unexpected cool greens warmed by rich orange and yellow florals.

  • American Federal flatware ($339/4-piece place setting) by Reed & Barton from Beverly Bremer Silver Shop, beverlybremer.com 
  • Mottahedeh Nutleaf dessert plate ($325/set of 4) and cake plate ($180) and R. Haviland & C. Parlon Lexington dinner plate ($90), all through Mottahedeh, mottahedeh.com
  • Hemstitch napkin with Sadie monogram ($140) by Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com 
  • Oak Gold Leaf dish (used as a place card holder, $126) and Fanny green goblet ($106) by William Yeoward Crystal, williamyeowardcrystal.com 
  • Acorn place cards ($11/10 cards) by Alexa Pulitzer, alexapulitzer.com 
  • Calligraphy by Caroline 205.792.8900 
  • Tika fabric by Lisa Fine Textiles through John Rosselli & Associates, johnrosselli.com 
  • Arabella goblet ($35) by Juliska through Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers, hudsonpoole.com 
  • Olive Leaves ($10/10 yards) and Gold Metallic Leaves ($13/10 yards) ribbons (on napkin) from Paper Source, papersource.com

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photo by David Hillegas

Autumn Table Setting

Sylvan Salute

Shades of purple and pops of pewter accent rich yellow golds, heralding autumn’s arrival. For the centerpiece, dahlias, kangaroo paw, crocosmia, millet, safflower, sedum, and bells of Ireland bring a spectrum of fall color to the table.

  • Hemingway fabric (to the trade) by Clarence House, clarencehouse.com 
  • Oval basket bowl ($235), In Vino Veritas decanter ($189), and Tosca small balloon wineglass ($85) by Match, match1995.com 
  • Millie Embroidery Monogram dinner napkin ($140 each as shown) by Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com 
  • Alchimie charger ($220) and bread-and-butter plate ($64) by L’Objet, l-objet.com
  • Graffiata Grey salad plate ($36) by Arte Italica, amber tumbler ($28), and flatware (call for pricing and customization) by Alain Saint-Joanis, all through Table Matters, 205.879.0125, table-matters.com 
  • Sterling silver Frog & Snail salt cellars ($295 each; spoon included) from Scully & Scully, scullyandscully.com
  • Woodland place mat ($70) by Kim Seybert, kimseybert.com
  • Ochre octagonal platter ($425), salad plate ($1,100/set of 6), and dinner plate ($1,400/set of 6) by Casa Gusto, getthegusto.com 
Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photography by David Hillegas
holiday table setting

Bohemian Rhapsody

Create a captivating Christmas table by mixing existing pieces with new holiday patterns. Up the sparkle by sprinkling in a mix of golds.

  1. Clarke & Clarke Malatya fabric in Basil (to the trade), kravet.com 
  2. Mottahedeh Lace service plate in Gold ($170), mottahedeh.com
  3. Reed & Barton Francis the First #X567 sandwich tray ($699), beverlybremer.com
  4. R. Haviland & C. Parlon Versailles Gold bread-and-butter plate ($300), mottahedeh.com
  5. Gorham Golden Crown Baroque flatware ($399/5-piece place setting), beverlybremer.com
  6. Raynaud Cristobal Coral Wide Band dinner plate ($155), scullyandscully.com
  7. R. Haviland & C. Parlon Farahnaz White dessert plate ($215), mottahedeh.com
  8. Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo Collection flute ($600/set of 2), scullyandscully.com
  9. Gorham Puritan goblet ($269), beverlybremer.com
  10. Tiffany & Co. shell place card holders ($499/set of 12), beverlybremer.com
  11. Bernardaud Ecume Or 12.5-inch plate ($300), bernardaud.com
  12. Bernardaud Noël/Christmas dinner plate ($76) and dessert plate ($272/assorted set of 4), bernardaud.com
  13. Tiffany & Co. shell bonbon dish ($99) and Kirk Stieff Repoussé bonbon server ($39), beverlybremer.com
  14. Leontine Linens Langston Embroidery dinner napkins, leontinelinens.com
  15. St. Louis Tommy hock wine glass in Red ($180), replacements.com

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photography by David Hillegas

green and gold holiday place setting

Fresh & Merry

Using natural colors of the season, this holiday table is fashioned with twinkling golds, vivid greens, and crisp whites.

  • Titanic bread-and-butter plate, salad plate, and dinner plate by Royal Crown Derby ($540/5-piece place setting) through Scully & Scully, scullyandscully.com
  • Silk Ribbon charger ($300) by Herend, herendusa.com
  • Arlington Embroidery Monogram napkin by Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com
  • Light Green Sisal Tree napkin ring ($2) from Hobby Lobby, hobbylobby.com
  • Pantheon sterling flatware ($240–$320) by Tuttle through Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers, hudsonpoole.com
  • Elegante Lattice wineglass (left; $68) by Vietri through Bromberg’s, brombergs.com
  • Bubbles hock in Chartreuse (center; $310) by Saint-Louis through Scully & Scully, scullyandscully.com
  • Royal water glass (right; $185) by Moser through Bromberg’s. Moon Glass medium vase ($77) by Vietri, vietri.com
  • Savannah Gardens tablecloth ($324/120-inch round) by Matouk, matouk.com. Boxwood gift wrap ($9.75/roll) from Caspari, casparionline.com
  • Bottom charger: Personal collection

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photo by David Hillegas

Ice blue, white, and silver tabletop decor

Wintry Mix

Serene icy blues mingle with warm winter whites on this table set to welcome the New Year with the promise of beauty.

  • Grand Baroque sterling silver flatware (4-piece place setting from $199, 5-piece place setting from $299) by Wallace Silversmiths through Beverly Bremer Silver Shop, beverlybremer.com
  • Max Embroidery Monogram dinner napkin and Donald Appliqué Border place mat by Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com
  • Chinese Bouquet dinner plate ($145), salad plate ($100), and bread-and-butter plate ($80) and Silk Ribbon charger ($330) by Herend, herendusa.com
  • Kos hand-embroidered linen (used as tablecloth), to the trade, by Vaughan Designs, vaughandesigns.com
  • Sterling goblet and footed pedestals are stylist’s own, but similar pieces may be found at Beverly Bremer Silver Shop, beverlybremer.com, and Replacements, Ltd., replacements.com

— Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photo by David Hillegas

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