Take your lead from flow­ers or fab­ric and de­vise a pal­ette of three colours. Here, anemones are the cue, am­pli­fied by a painterly cloth and clas­sic chair de­sign. Twist cut­lery into a nap­kin (op­po­site) to bal­ance the for­mal­ity of a place set­ting.

Australian House & Garden - - Christmas Entertaining -

‘No.14 Vi­enna’ beech chairs, from $231 each, Thonet. Cur­tain in ‘Echo’ polyester fab­ric, POA, El­liott Clarke. ON TA­BLE ‘Ab­solu’ stain­less-steel cut­lery, $100/ from left five-piece place set­ting, Wil­liams-Sonoma. ‘Nimes’ linen nap­kin, $40/set of four, Linen House. ‘Mar­seille’ stoneware din­ner plates, $10 each, and ‘Gemma’ glass vase, $35, all Pro­vin­cial Home Liv­ing. Anemones from Man­dalay Flow­ers. Ce­ramic or­na­ment, from $5 each, De­light Decor. Ce­ramic bowl, $62, The Lost and Found Depart­ment. ‘Self Por­trait’ linen-cot­ton fab­ric (as table­cloth), $250/ m, Shilo En­gel­brecht.

ON CHAIR Linen nap­kin, $50/set of four, Cul­tiver. ‘Vin­tage Bloom Rose’ wrap­ping pa­per, $15/10m roll, Inky Co. OP­PO­SITE Ger­ald­ton wax from clock­wise from top left Man­dalay Flow­ers. Serax ‘Sur­face’ glass tum­bler, $15, Tele­gram Co. Snowflake ginger­bread cook­ies, $30/eight, Anne-Marie Mol­loy Cook­ies. ‘Bon Bon’ glass plate, $50, Linen House. ‘Verona’ glass tum­bler, $7, Bed Bath N’ Ta­ble. ‘Veneziano’ glass tum­bler, $235/set of six, and ‘Tue’ porce­lain bowl, $93/set of six, Casa e Cucina. ‘Manor’ bone china side

plate, $8, Bed Bath N’ Ta­ble. Matt Navy stoneware plate,

$1.50, Kmart. Ridged ce­ramic 32cm plate, $32, The Lost and Found Depart­ment. Batik cot­ton nap­kin, $50/set of four, Wal­ter G. ‘Host’ stain­less-steel cut­lery, $170/16-piece set, Salt&Pep­per. Wrap­ping pa­per and rib­bon, Van­doros Fine Pack­ag­ing. Linen ta­ble run­ner (275cm), $169, The Lost and Found Depart­ment. >

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