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Well it’s that time of year again…spring (well kind of).  I know it’s officially the spring season, but it isn’t totally feeling like it in my part of the country.  How about for you?  Well I guess we’ll have to create our own springtime!  In creating this post I realized I missed last year, since I had an “Easter’s Best” for both 2010 and 2011.  I guess I have some making up to do!  This post is quite different from those said posts.  They both had a very thought out and descriptive plan of how I would set an Easter table, or a table for any spring event really.  This year I wanted to share some current obsessions as well as get some thoughts out relating to fall fashion month that just concluded a couple of weeks ago.  If you read my last couple posts about the SPRING FASHION TRENDS BROUGHT HOME, I hope you enjoyed and were inspired.  I wanted to combine those trends into this post as well, so you can set a holiday table with style!  Happy Passover, Easter, and spring!!

Marigold and Mint

Marigold and Mint

This year I’m really feeling shades of purple, well I always am really, but more than normal.  I photographed this arrangement at local Seattle florist Marigold and Mint‘s pop-up shop at West Elm last spring.  Tulips, hydrangeas, hyacinth, hellebores, grape hyacinth, and poppy pods create an amazing textural mix!  Marigold and Mint specializes in local organic flowers and edibles, with a Washington state farm and a shop in Capitol Hill, Seattle.

Valentino fall 2013

Valentino fall 2013

A color combination I’m also loving more than normal is blue and white.  For Valentino’s fall collection, Delft porcelain was a big inspiration, and would be an amazing addition to your spring table.

Valentino dinner

Valentino dinner

For their post-show dinner, and for the grand re-opening of the Maison Valentino shop in Paris, tables were filled with blue and white porcelain, candlelight, and a liberal amount of various purple flowers.

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Valentino fall 2013

Valentino fall 2013

I’m obsessed with the scalloped details on a few of the looks, and this Delft blue and lilac color combination.

Valentino dinner

Valentino dinner

This dessert table at the Valentino dinner looks good enough to eat!  Pun intended!!

blue and white porcelain

blue and white porcelain

Spring 2013 Trend: FAR EAST INFLUENCES

The design team at Valentino was inspired by Dutch blue and white porcelain, but I love all types of blue and white, from Scandinavia to China.  A recent visit to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) let me enjoy the permanent porcelain room featuring porcelain from all over the world.  They are displayed on a background color of an interesting mauvey plum.  Chinese export porcelain is a great way to bring the Far East trend from the spring runways to your home and spring table!

Marigold and Mint

Marigold and Mint

Anemones and grape hyacinths by Marigold and Mint in a vase by Elephant Ceramics for West Elm.

Stella McCartney fall 2013

Stella McCartney fall 2013

Color Crush: AMETHYST

My favorite color purple was a happy surprise to see on the runway of one of my absolute favorite designers, Stella McCartney, in her fall 2013 show in Paris.

Anemones

Anemones

More anemones (my favorite flower) from Marigold and Mint, in mercury glass from West Elm.

Stella McCartney fall 2013

Stella McCartney fall 2013

Model Karlie Kloss walked the Stella McCartney runway, and especially caught my eye in this over-sized amethyst coat.

color coded

color coded

Bring my color crush for amethyst home with a table set in all shades of purple.  This would be a fantastic spring table, although since the peonies aren’t quite in season yet, I would suggest a low arrangement of hyacinths here.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Spring 2013 Trend: FLOUNCE

I’ve mentioned designer Miles Redd‘s beautiful ruffle-trimmed curtains before when talking about the spring flounce trend in fashion.  Here’s one more lovely example in a room full of pattern and color, including a purple chair.

Celine fall 2013

Celine fall 2013

For fall 2013, the flounce in fashion isn’t quite as exuberant as it is this spring, as seen in this clean and pretty look at Celine, with just a little swing at the hem.

neon runway at Rodarte fall 2013

neon runway at Rodarte fall 2013

Spring 2013 Trend: NEON

Think bright, not necessarily neon when setting your spring table.  This is as easy as fresh flowers from the market, and/or vibrant table linens.

Michael George orange tulip mix

Michael George orange tulip mix

Michael George Dianthus ‘Trix’ arrangement

Michael George Dianthus ‘Trix’ arrangement

Michael George butter yellow parrot tulips

Michael George butter yellow parrot tulips

I couldn’t choose just one, so here are three bright arrangements by one of my favorite florists, Michael George, in New York.

Maison Martin Margiela fall 2013

Maison Martin Margiela fall 2013

A lot of the trends we saw for spring 2013 continue into fall, but in more subtle ways, like the painterly neon stripe running down this look by Maison Martin Margiela, instead of head-to-toe bright.

Sferra linen napkins

Sferra linen napkins

You have 101 colors to choose from, so you can’t go wrong with hem-stitched linens by Sferra!

black and white

black and white

Spring 2013 Trend: BLACK AND WHITE

A huge trend on the spring runways, black and white, may not be your first thought when conceiving a springtime table.  How can it work?  Keep it subtle with one element, say a tablecloth in black and white, and layer upon it white dinnerware, and colorful glassware and flowers.  The Franz Kline-inspired linens from West Elm could really work.  I especially like the napkins with a solid Sferra tablecloth in a great color (I’d go with amethyst this year), and an arrangement of deep purple anemones, hellebores, and tulips.

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

Proenza Schouler fall 2013

The boys at Proenza Schouler are known for their cool downtown style, but they also know chic!  This modern yet classic black and white pairing was a favorite.

linens from West Elm

linens from West Elm

Two favorite combinations of the season, blue and white, and black and white.  Great pattern too!

Christian Dior fall 2013

Christian Dior fall 2013

Christian Dior fall 2013

Christian Dior fall 2013

Two favorite looks from the fall 2013 runway at Christian Dior, show an easy transition from spring and summer into fall.  Flowers and color still bloom!

Dior dinner

Dior dinner

Spring 2013 Trend: SHEER

Speaking of blooms, look at the flowers on the table at the Dior dinner during Paris Fashion Week.  Gorgeous!!  Among the flowers and silver was plenty of clear glass, including candlesticks, which don’t hinder your view of all the fresh cut flowers.

Nouvel Studios Big Apollo tumbler

Nouvel Studios Big Apollo tumbler

In my post SPRING FASHION TRENDS BROUGHT HOME, I translated the sheer trend from fashion into clear elements at home, like glass and lucite.  For your spring table, keep it simple with your glassware and vases, to really let everything else shine.  Nouvel Studios makes my favorite tumblers.

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Vera Wang fall 2013

Vera Wang fall 2013

Erdem fall 2013

Erdem fall 2013

Sheer looks, although not as prevalent, were seen on fall runways.  Vera Wang and Erdem‘s Erdem Moralioglu were still feeling a little spring in their step with blooms bedecking some of their fall looks, but much moodier ones indeed.

all the layers

all the layers

I love a formal table, and every great table involves layers.  Start with great linens, add your favorite china, chargers, glassware, silver, salt and pepper shakers or cellars, candle holders, and vases of flowers.  The china above is especially appropriate to capture the Far East trend in fashion this season.

setting the table

setting the table

Spring 2013 Trend: LAYERS

A casual table can also be enlivened with layers via West Elm.  A paper table runner brings things down to earth, and becomes a great foundation for simple stoneware, glass tumblers, and elements right from the garden.  A pitcher of flowering branches pruned right off the tree, and grape hyacinths arranged casually in extra glass tumblers on hand.  Kitchen towels replace linen napkins, and impromptu guests call for extra seating, causing a fun mix of chairs and stools.

Chloe fall 2013

Chloe fall 2013

Spring layering meant color-blocking and lighter layers of fine knits and jackets over tops.  For fall, more subtle color blocking, like the tone-on-tone look above at Chloe, join great outerwear options for ultimate layering, as seen below at Celine.

Celine fall 2013

Celine fall 2013

Phoebe Philo concocted Geoffrey Beene-inspired pieces for her fall show for Celine, seen in the tied-sleeve coat and dress looks.

office to dining room

office to dining room, from Vogue

Spring 2013 Trend: SUITS

More Far East inspiration comes from the hand-painted wall coverings in this pretty office.  If you are like me and live in a small space, your dining room might need to double as an office.  Keep that in mind when decorating, choosing a nice sized table for dinner parties and a heavy work load, and buy chairs comfortable enough to sit in for hours of work.  My translation of the spring suit trend was a great desk.  This desk above could quickly do double duty for dinner.  The flowers are ready, and I even like the idea of that Christopher Spitzmiller lamp staying and turned on a dimmer and joining some candlelight.

Louis Vuitton fall 2013

Louis Vuitton fall 2013

The suit trend of spring is an obvious trend to continue into fall, the main difference being the fabrics.  Plaids, checks, and other Saville Row treatments were all over the runways.  I love that Marc Jacobs used lace trim to soften a suit at Louis Vuitton.

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