I just returned from spending a couple of months in Sea Island with family. Returning to my Southern roots is always a jolt of inspiration - I am reminded of pieces I forgot I owned, traditions I only see in the South or the pace of life which I often neglect in the busy day-to-day of New York City.
I was lucky that I had the chance to work with Kelli Boyd Photography down in Sea Island and she did an incredible job capturing one of the favorite things about our house down there - the light!
When planning tablescapes in Sea Island, I always start off with these chairs. The colors are so beautiful and distinct that I don't want to try and force anything that wouldn't blend seamlessly. Starting off with something in your space as inspiration is a great way to keep the entire room feeling coordinated and purposeful.
Building off of the coral orange chairs, I built a place setting of layered coral china in sea inspired motifs. When you are so close to the ocean, it's nice to include references to that part of nature. I love how perfectly the scalloped trim on the napkins match the china.
Since the rest of the table had stuck to such a minimal color scheme, we used the flowers to add some variety. The coral and blue in the arrangement coordinated with the place setting and the chairs but I liked how the light pink and green really punched up the arrangement. I love color so much so these arrangements by Vinegarden Market were perfect!
In addition to the big beautiful arrangement for the table, putting a couple of small arrangements on the coffee table near where you might be having cocktails brings great continuity. It was convenient how beautifully our meat and cheese platter color coordinated!
I had so much fun putting this table together. And even better - I put a handful of other setups together at the same time which you all will see in a future blog post! If you can't wait until my next post, I might be posting some sneak peeks on my Instagram so make sure to follow along there!