How our stylists style their dream tables

Take inspiration and update your dinnerware with our stylists' favourite new-season design pieces.

Lucy Tweed's winter table picks

Rodney Macuja

LUCY TWEED  (setting pictured above)

**Tuscan Path charger

** “The Tuscan Path saucer (top) is a beautiful dusty concrete colour and such a versatile size – perfect as a charger or saucer for multiple pillar candles. It appeals to my love of a Scandi-inspired tablescape.” $11.98 from Bunnings.

**Katherine Mahoney Ceramics

** “Katherine has a wonderful relationship with her pieces – all handmade and individual. The Speckle range (top three in stack) is my favourite; it’s especially lovely for serving earthy but brightly coloured food.” $20-$60 from Katherine Mahoney Ceramics.

**Batch ceramics for Jamie Durie

** “I was really happy to discover that Jamie had worked some tableware into his curation of outdoor accessories, and even happier when it was so gorgeous. This collaboration with Joy Smithers has led to some fabulous pieces for indoor and outdoor entertaining – from fruit bowls to giant salad bowls. The Sherwood green (bottom left) is so mossy and saturated.” $120 from Jamie Durie.

**Marble cake plate

** “This minimalist marble cake plate (bottom of stack) is just the right height to create a soft shadow line and sit a bit above a regular platter. I use mine as a minibar when friends come over for a cocktail or as a centrepiece with flowers, salt and pepper.” $15 from Kmart.

**Curio Noir Gardenia’s Shadow candle

** “The incredible scent of this Curio Noir Gardenia’s Shadow candle is delicate and refreshing, not at all overpowering or too sweet. Heaven.” $135 from Koskela.


**A pop of colour

** “I love anything yellow or mustard – it’s pure sunshine. Textile artist Shilo Engelbrecht produces abstract napkins with oil paintings digitally printed on the fabric (top napkin). I like to mix napery so some Hale Mercantile Co Basix in mustard and grey would look good.” Shilo Engelbrecht napkins, $60 each, from Spence & Lyda,; Hale Mercantile Co napkins, $22 each, from Hale Mercantile Co.

**Society tablecloth

** “My love for Society linens, tablecloths and throws will never die. They change seasonally and my latest obsession is this soft grey macramé linen tablecloth – it would be lovely with white tableware and a sculptural floral display.” $720 from Ondene.

**Marble Basics salt and pepper dishes

** “These Marble Basics salt and pepper dishes are interesting but neutral so they tie in with any setting.” $75 for a pair, from Koskela.

**Rachel Carter Ceramics

** “I like to support local ceramicists, so these flat plates from Rachel Carter would be nice. The larger ones are great for salads and the small ones for dips and condiments.” Large plate, $90, medium, $54, small, $44, from Rachel Carter Ceramics.

**Board and David Mellor cutlery

** “I’d like to buy a houseworth of furniture from Hub, but these two pieces are a good start: a set of white-handled David Mellor knives, and if your table is without a tablecloth, an organic board makes a great centrepiece layered with condiments, flowers, candles, or to serve cheese on.” Knife, $45, fork, $63, tree trunk board, $119, from Hub.


**Hale Mercantile co striped linen napkins

** “I love the muted tones from the Hale Mercantile linen range: light to charcoal greys and deep inky blues. Dressing a table with freshly washed linen napkins adds texture and an indulgent feel.” $22 each from Hale Mercantile Co.

**David Mellor’s cutlery

** “I’ve always admired David Mellor designs and love that all the products are still produced from their Peak District, West Yorkshire, workshop.” Knife, $61, fork, $38, from Hub.

**Reishuki Iwa Tokkuri & Ochoko sake set

** “I recently attended a dinner where the chefs paired sake with each dish, and was amazed at how well the sake accompanied the non-Japanese food. I’m so inspired I want to do a sake evening at home.” $32 for set, from Sake Online.

**ChuChu Ceramics

** “I just love using these wheel-thrown ceramic pieces in neutral colours, simple shapes and lovely glazes from sister duo Bec and Lauren.” Bowl, $60, plate, $110, from Chuchu.

**Black marble serving board

** “I love the organic shape of this stylish black marble serving board. It’s perfect for serving bread, appetisers, or little dishes of condiments at the table. A versatile, timeless piece that won’t date.” $75 from The Design Hunter.


**Hay paper porcelain range

** “I wish I could buy myself a complete set of these cups and saucers (bottom right). The porcelain’s effect of coarse paper gives them a very tactile appeal with a weight that sits in the hand effortlessly. I love the small details. They’ve been cast and crafted perfectly in fine ceramic – and really are beyond beautiful.” $60 each from Cult.

**Cutipol Goa brown cutlery

** “The new colour combination of Cutipol Goa flatware by Jose Joaquim Ribeiro with the brown resin handle and highest quality 18/10 stainless steel is reminiscent of ’70s cutlery but a refined version. The craftsmanship is superior and the weight is perfect.” $360 per set from Francalia.

**Friends & Founders Marbleous tray

** “The Marbleous tray (bottom left), designed by Swedish designer Ida Linea Hildebrand, has a matte finish with a beautiful texture throughout the solid marble. I love the soft curves on the edge of the circular form.” $275 from Fred International.

**Cultiver napkins

** “The napkins from Cultiver are made from 100 per cent pre-washed linen and the olive-coloured ones would be the new addition to my linen cupboard, working perfectly with all my navy and charcoal for the cooler months. I love the muted richness of this tone.” $45

from Cultiver.

**Alana Wilson Ceramics

** “Alana Wilson has talent beyond her years and you can see her extensive research and experimenting pays off through the beauty of her glazes and surfaces. I would like a collection ofsome of her new vases or bowls purely to admire their form and as a wonderful talking point on my dinner table. A true artisan. I hope true art like this never dies.” II experimental teabowl (top left), $110, II experimental bowl (top right), $260, and vase, $480, from Alana Wilson.


**Hale Mercantile Co napkins

** “I’m biased towards layered earthy hues so can’t go past these dyed linens for my ideal layered table effect.” $22 each from Hale Mercantile Co.

**Shibori napkins

** “My love of indigo will also never stray, so one of Shibori’s beautiful hand-dyed indigo pieces adds a pop of colour.” $82 for a set of four, from Shibori.

**The Society Inc brushed copper cutlery

** “The clean, modern lines of this brushed-copper cutlery create a nice juxtaposition against the handmade indigo and artisanal tableware pieces that I love – the metallic element of the cutlery anchors the whole look.” $150 for a set of six, from The Society Inc.

**Sandy lockwood plates

** “Sandy’s hand-thrown pieces bring an organic aesthetic to the table. They’re rich in texture and are all made from raw materials so no two pieces are exactly alike.” $900 from Chinaclay.

**Henry Dean vases

** “These handmade vases are such a beautiful shape you could just put a twig in one, or use it as a votive.” $45 from Ondene.


**Phendei plates and carafe

** “I love to mix naturals, black and inky indigo on my table. I’m not one for matchy-matchy setting, so I opt for a mix of cream and black Phendei plates available from Design Hunter, a great local business I love to support.” Plates, $25-$36, carafe, $65, all from The Design Hunter.

**Kinto dew glasses

** “The Phendei tableware contrasts beautifully with the transparency of these Kinto Dew tumblers – I like to mix tall and short glasses in smoke and clear.” $18 each from Top3 by Design.

**Futagami “Ihada” brass cutlery

** “On my wish list is the amazing Futugami brass cutlery. There’s no harm in dreaming, right?” Ihada spoon, $65, fork, $70, and knife, $98, from Mr Kitly.

**Worktones shibori napkins

** “Worktones hand-dyed shibori napkins bring just the right amount of softness to the table (I tend to eschew tablecloths as I love my marble table).” $60 for a set of four, from Worktones.

**Copper napkin rings

** “A mix of napkin ring shapes is really nice – I love it when they’re a bit mismatched.” $100 for a set of six, from The Design Hunter.


**Brass chefs’ pepper mill

** “With its traditional look and unique grinding mechanism, this little guy adds fun to any table.” $94.50 from Mr Kitly.

**Mr Pinchy & Co “Ava” champagne chiller

** “The best Champagne deserves the best chiller. Drama and theatre for the table and when not in use, it’s a great vase.” $269 from The Design Hunter.

**Waterford crystal rebel blush decanter

** “A lover of all things pink, I can’t go past this crystal decanter. I wouldn’t use it conventionally; it just needs a single-stemmed flower or could even work as a water jug.” $169 from Waterford

**Marble serving tray

** “This black marble tray would make a great backdrop to two of my favourite colours, pink and gold. I’d add a vase of pink flowers and a gold burning candle for glamour.” $269 from Urban Couture.

**Cheers brass object

** “I like a quirky element on the table and this “Cheers” brass decoration would get people talking – it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek as you toast your bubbles.” $49 from West Elm.

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