If you don’t know the fabulous Jamie Mears of Furbish, you should. Last year I had the pleasure of visiting her at her store in Raleigh, NC and my mind was completely blown by the layers of color, pattern and texture that she managed to put together while still maintaining a cohesive vibe. As any designer can tell you, this is no small feat.

So when Jamie asked if I wanted to partner up on putting together a little summer tabletop inspiration, my answer was an ecstatic, YES! But then… we kinda took it one step further…

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I created not one, but three tabletops for you with all of the fabulous goodies Miss Meares sent my way! The one above can be seen in full at The Everygirl where I’m sharing tips on how to achieve this crazy, fun layered look without being intimidated by it.

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And this lovely is over on the Furbish blog where you can see more of the details in its entirety. Where the tabletop on the The Everygirl has this India-meets-the-sea vibe, the table for Furbish is more like a layered up garden party.

And as for me? So glad you asked…

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In an homage to Jamie’s perfect sense for vintage quirk, I discovered these fish dishes at the Goodwill that I simply had to use. I put together a soft but layered look that really reflected my own aesthetic along with that of Furbish.

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I love the way these sweet peas look tucked into a piece of coral. I added the starfish and seashells for a little extra filler.

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The palette for the table came from these napkins whose stripes – depending on how you fold them, provide a plethora of color options. The fish dish really needed to be offset, so I popped a larger dinner plate in that had subtle small pattern to contrast with the large scale tablecloth and the bold stripes.

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The large clam shells make for a perfect little mini arrangement at each place setting – you could easily tuck in a name card there too if you wanted!

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What do you think of the vintage dishes? I think they add such character to the table, but I could see how some might be put off by those crazy eyes starting up at you as you eat!

Don’t forget to go check out the other two looks at The Everygirl and Furbish blog!

shop the look :: dinner plate // gold flatware // napkins // tumblers // cake pedestal // candles // tablecloth // vintage fish dish,  coral and seashells from personal collection

photography and styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley


  1. Aziza Morgan

    There are so many components to this set. It is absolutely beautiful. I enjoy the pink and blue stripes that play on the sailor pattern but with a modern chic twist. The color story in general is great. Good work with the light blue highlights as well as the layering of pieces. Fine job. Beautiful eye for design. You are an inspiration. Thank you for your attention to detail and time spent in your work.

    P.S. Great fish dish find.

  2. Erin Meyer

    Shutter. I gave those fish plates to goodwill three weeks ago… 🙁 now I’m wishing I hadn’t!!! I couldn’t figure out how to use them… And there you did it. They were shipped out to me from my Aunt in DC along with a lot if other vintage plates, serving platters etc. Did you find the matching fish appetizer plates? They are the same color and shaped like little fish…

  3. kate

    Great job! Love all the color choices. May I ask why you put the napkin on the right? Is this a new trend I’m not aware of? Thanks!

    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      well, i’ve never been one for total formality, so i like to play with which side the napkin goes on, but in this case, i just felt like it was a bit more balanced this way. it might sound crazy, but i like the triangle that occurs between the dishes, glass and napkin – it creates a nice block of color!

  4. Franki

    Totally “see-worthy!!” Tablescapes are some of my favorites and yours are just wonderful!! franki

  5. Jennifer Hardy

    Beautiful, all three. I’m particularly smitten with the matte gold hardware, great choice. I’ve been on the hunt for something similar and these are that perfect mix of simple & elegant.

  6. Elsa

    hello. I think those fish dishes are from the 1884’s Portuguese factory, Bordallo Pinheiro, that continues to produce wonderful earthenware most of all based on animals and vegetable elements. You can see them here. http://www.bordallopinheiro.pt/
    I loved them and i have several pieces.
    Greetings from Portugal. Elsa


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About Cassandra LaValle

Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.