January 15th, 2013 No Comments

tabletop: mix old & new, metallics with black & white to create a very personalized setting

Pull out your favorite things from your cabinets….maybe even your grandmother’s china that’s been boxed in the attic to create an eclectic mix of old and new. Look around your house too, maybe you have a collection of small boxes, a gold leaf plate on your nightstand that holds your earrings- pull it all together to group on your table or sideboard. That little dish could now hold candy or sugar cubes, boxes could hold tea bags.. and so on. Black and white are so classic that the color palette is a great cohesive glue to allow you to combine different style objects. The metallics add in that extra something special. I’ve pulled together some groupings to give you some inspiration. I’ve also pulled together some of my favorite black and metallic items from my shop. I’m rather obsessed with the black goblets, compotes and coupes that I have in the shop from Italian maker Nason Moretti! (not to mention that little frog salt cellar). Stylist Note: By adding large mirrors above your dining room console or along the walls, it reflects the light to make the space appear larger (as you can see in the photo above).

Above: Bleaker Bar 3-Tiered Stand, $139, from Willams-Sonoma, Thistle Gold Pattern glasses by Saint Louis Crystal , White Mini Vase, $22, from Little Blue Dish shop.

Above: Black taper candles from Little Blue Dish shop, Vintage White Milk Glass Plate Set, $50, from RaggedyRee Shop on Etsy.com, Spode China in Black Italian pattern, select pieces available from Replacements.com.

Above: all these items are from my shop. Black Nason Moretti bowls, goblets and compotes, gold decanter and tumblers, black handled flatware, frog salt cellar, black salt, black linens and Mud Australia dishes.

Also note how dramatic white flowers can be in a black vase, urn or compote and how chic a white on white arrangement can be too. Black Nason Moretti Compote from Little Blue Dish shop.

Inspiration photos from the book Black and White and a Bit in Between by Celerie Kemble. Black urn with white hydrangea and white urn with flowers from Wolternick.