When I think about travel, I long for exotic locales like Africa and India. I wanted to create a table scape that felt like a departure just by sitting down around it. The colors in India and Morocco are super rich and vibrant, so I chose a palette that would reflect those intense reds, greens, yellows and blues that you would find in the Moroccan outdoor markets or in an Indian sari.
I have a collection of Uzbekastan suzanis that have many uses-anything from a bed cover to a tablecloth. I mixed in great affordable linen napkins that can be used over and over on many occasions. My general rule for mixing pieces is if you love it, use it! When I travel, I always try to pick up local tabletop pieces like trays, glasses, or local pottery to bring home. Each time you use it, you’re reminded of a fabulous trip!
Since the colors in the tabletop and linens are so intense, I didn’t want the floral arrangements to have to compete. By choosing tonal foliage with varying textures, shapes, and styles, I could make an eye-catching arrangement that didn’t overload the table. I chose a mix of hand painted plates to mix and match together on the table. Each set had a traditional Moroccan bowl to serve a traditional tangine. I’m currently obsessed with brass anything so brass flatware was a must to add warmth to the table.
My gatherings tend to lean towards the informal, so I prefer a stemless wine glass in most settings (the painted gold bottom was an added bonus!)
Since we’re celebrating travel and exotic destinations, I would serve a traditional Moroccan tagine or Indian curry. When in Rome right? Don’t worry about the heat…even though it’s hot outside, eating warm foods can actually cool you down!
credits: gold flatware sets, west elm | francophile dinner plates, anthropologie | hemstitch navy linen napkin, pier 1 | moroccan tea glasses | moroccan tagine and bowls | moroccan pitcher | moroccan tray | blonde wood pedestals, pottery barn | potter’s workshop tableware, west elm | modernist vase, west elm | moroccan kilim pillow | tile print bowls, west elm