One table had to be more formal, and the other less so, inspiring viewers to work with what they have in their cupboards. No big expenses on flowers and decorations, but rather pickings from the garden and there had to be a DIY element incorporated, since July is National savings month.
A 5m table( just over 16 feet) is part of our kitchen where we have spent many gatherings with family and friends at many occasions.. It was a easy decision to add more memories to " The Table"
-together we discussed, stacked, added, took away and discussed more...
The chairs upholstered in old German grain bags with black script was the starting point.
Pickings from the garden was olive branches
The choice for the first table was old French Chanvre linens as table covering. a Collection of old French pewter plates collected from markets and Brocantes, were used as under plates , combined with white dinner plates.
Old French monogrammed linen serviettes dyed in grey tones were perfect for this table setting.
My first choice will always be original white linen as found. As larger sets of serviettes become more difficult to find, odd serviettes and those that has yellowed over years, is perfect for this way of adding a fun and cohesive element. Dyed in the same colour, they become a set.
Little sprigs of olive branches from the garden were set at each place setting to pick up on the dark moody colours of the pewter, grey toned serviettes and black candles -
Gorgeous TOP BILLING presenter: Jeannie D
Mismatched cutlery , collected on travels and loved because of their ornate monograms and decorations added to the style for both tables. Set out traditionally at each setting for the more formal, and just piled in a pewter dish for the other.
The 2nd table or Harvest table as we called it, was a informal table meant to be for those gatherings where people can help themselves as they want..
The menu is written on a old black school board.
ps- the bump on my back is the hidden microphone -transmitter contraption..
Old grain bags were opened up to use as table runners over the width of the table. Each one different but all with red stripes in common, picking up on the old French white with red stripe dish towels used instead of formal serviettes.
Some of the black candles were changed out for dark berry red ones.
The same mix of fluted style bazaar glasses and goblets were used for both settings.
As no French meal is ever served without bread, it was an essential for both tables.
for the Harvest table we "broke" them for one of the takes..
a simple bunch of olive branches tied together with black and red ribbon.
even DD and Yentl got attention between takes on a day that was quite nerve racking!
many takes on a loooong day...and it was in the bag!
after the film crew left, we could relax with a
apéritif in front of the last logs of the fire..
it is winter after all!
TOP BILLING is a lifestyle TV programme on SABC 3
this programme was aired on 11 July 2013
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Every inch of your shoot was magnifique!
So wish I were one of the guest involved in your shoot so I could share in all the excitement.
Col there are no words to describe the beauty here.
Dd looks to be growing up and what a beauty.
Watch out Hollywood here's comes Colette! Yeah!!! How exciting and beautiful. And if that's DD oh my how pretty is she:)
I cannot tell you how beautiful this post was! I am astounded at the table settings and LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about them. You are so very talented and creative. Bravo!
This is so inspiring! It makes me want to invite a whole of friends around just so I can try and recreate these beautiful tablescapes? I wonder if they will expect food as well? xx Sharon
Colette, once again congratulations on such a splendid feature. Your tables convey your generosity of spirit!
OH LÀ LÀ, Colete! Bonjour ma belle! What a fabulous art you have going on here! I have "met" you before, but somewhere along the way, I lost you....but I must follow you for not only are you lovely and kind, but your world is STUNNING! What can I say about this fantastic table and French style....it is what I love. Everything from the black candles, the pewter, the grain sack upholstery and the bread...it is all so lovingly put together. Thank you for coming to visit and I shall be back! Anita
What fun this must have been Colette. I love 'styling to order', and putting your table together to fit in with those 'rules' was a great theme!
Congratulations on being chosen - thoroughly deserved
You are truly amazing.
This shoot is incredible.
Congratulations, I love everything.
Hello, Colette ~
Many congratulations on this fabulous shoot! From the pewter pieces to the grain sack to the olive branches, I LOVE it all!!! Incredibly beautiful.
Oh Colette, this takes my breath away...so, so beautiful and professional...every bit if it! DD is adorable, as always...good to SEE you again....N.xo
My dear friend...yet again , I am blown away by your incredible talent and styling ability! What a gorgeous shoot..is there anywhere I can see the result online?
Your table is quite exquisite, made even more so by the setting.
Congratulations...you seriously need to write a book!!!
I am so impressed. What stunning photos en the whole setting beautiful and so classy. Well done. So professional and I am just at a loss of words
Darling, you've disappeared! We miss you.
Bravo pour votre joli blog !!!
Chantal ou Mamilou de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
Stunning! How did I miss this.
You are so talented.
I love antique or even antique looking dinnerware! These are such gorgeous finds :D Just got a new apartment and I'm excited about decorating but I don't know where to start. Please do an inspiration board for 1000 thread count flat sheet or bedroom style inspiration, thanks!
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