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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
photography and styling by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley