Dubbed ‘Cottagecore’, this look is a little bit country, and kinda like Grandma’s house, but hip. Tying your eclectic look together with a defined colour palette, make do with what’s on hand (or make it by hand, like the tablecloths, placemats, napkins and coasters we sewed); embellish your set-up with low-cost, eco-friendly elements (eggs, unshelled nuts, fruit, flowers); and find comfort and joy in the process of reinterpreting traditional values in a modern way.
ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Lightyear Stripe fabric (used as tablecloth), $80/m, marthas.co.nz. Lotus bowl by Rachel Carley Ceramics, $46, tessuti.co.nz. Cork trivet by Ferm Living, $45, paperplanestore.com. Hey Girl Gingham fabric (used asnapkin and coaster), $50/m, with outdoor micro skirt fringe, $15/m, marthas.co.nz. Confetti tumbler, $48, katemitchellglass.com. Wave candles, $40 each, arowm.com. Sunray plate by Rachel Carley Ceramics, $54, tessuti.co.nz. Apples mug, $35, claybird.co.nz. Willow Pinstripe fabric (used as placemat), $50/m, marthas.co.nz. Carolina Star soup plate by Astier De Villatte, $210, tessuti.co.nz.Pedestal candleholder by Walk In The Park, $125, tessuti.co.nz. Spiral candle, $18, arowm.com. Confetti vase, $139, katemitchellglass.com. Flowers, POA, kensal.nz. Naples Very Small spoon by Astier De Villatte, $27; tumbler by Monmouth Glass Studio, $75; Limonier Citrus saucer, $198, Naples knife, $58, Naples fork, $44, and Emilie eggcup, $95, by Astier De Villatte, tessuti.co.nz. All other items stylist’s own.
A tablecloth in a clean pattern can be a chic stage on which to set a playful scene. From here, let the games begin by adding prints of different scales, a mix of textures and handcrafted shapes.