Inspired by the beautiful tabletops that my mother used to do for us when we were little, this Easter I wanted to design a series of ideas for tabletops for Easter Sunday. So, over today and tomorrow I’ll be publishing a series of stories across the LLG platform – on here, and across Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest with lots of ideas for lovely springtime tables.
I’ve used pieces from my own collection of homewares, both vintage and modern, pieces borrowed from independent designers, and from some of the High Street’s most interesting home collections, including made.com, Marks & Spencer’s, Sainsbury’s Home, and HM Home. (None of these images are part of any ongoing paid collaborations – although I’m sure long-term readers will recognise that I have worked with some of these brands in the past.)
The starting point for this tabletop was a collection of plates by the British artist, Holly Frean. She began her formal training as an architect and draughtsman but painting portraits took over. Her studio practice has since grown to include picture-making in all its forms, typically oil paintings on canvas and gouaches on paper, also printmaking and 3D work. She has previously collaborated with Anthropologie, Burberry, Andrew Martin and Paul Smith, but her most recent project is ‘Holly’s Ark’, a series of original 8″ side plates.
It’s her first collection of ceramic tableware under her own name, made in the UK, silk screen printed and hand applied onto Staffordshire fine bone china. At £25 per plate they would make a lovely investment in a young British artist.
I don’t think an Easter table would be complete without eggs – so I’ve scattered Cadbury’s Mini Eggs all over, and piled boiled organic brown eggs in a Made.com platter from which everyone can help themselves.
I’ve just used one colour of daffodil here – I bought four bunches in tight buds from Morrison’s supermarket for a £1 a bunch, three days before I needed them, so that they would have time to open up. Then I cut the stems quite short, and arranged them in some vintage milk bottles which I picked up from a charity shop.
MADE.com Noah Grey Platter – part of a 12 piece dinner set £69
I like to use different coloured tablecloths to really set off the colours of the china and food on the table – I recently picked up several organic cotton ones from H&M in pink, pale grey, pale green, and green & white spots. This is the pale grey version, paired with simple darker grey napkins which I found on Amazon. (The tablecloths come in different sizes – this is the 250cm/8ft length for £12.99.)
Holly Frean’s Ark plates
Including Meerkat, Chimp, Zebra, Crocodile, Pig as above
Also available: Bear, Hippo & Seal
MADE.com Noah Grey Platter & Yellow Bowl – part of a 12 piece dinner set £69
Marks & Spencer’s Luxurious Hot Cross Buns
Cadbury’s Mini Eggs
Available online here
Thomas Medallion Porcelain Coffee Cans, in Platinum Single Band – Vintage
(Available on Ebay here)
H&M Conscious Pale Grey Organic Cotton Tablecloth 145cm x 250cm £12.99
Pressed Glass Jug – vintage
(Find similar on Etsy here)
MyDrap Grey Cotton Napkins
25 for £14.95. Available here
Cream handle knives – Vintage
(Find similar on Ebay here.)
Glass milk bottles – vintage
(Find similar on Etsy here)
All Holly Frean and Made.com products were borrowed for this story.
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