• Ease into the alfresco season with a mix of retro-cool table decor, tableware and stylised florals.

    By Tess Paterson

    Ramblin’ rose

    In a cool metallic palette, rose motifs take on a fresh new twist. Add 70s accents for a hit of nostalgia.

    ramblin rose table manners decor

    Zoffany Flowering Tree wallpaper, R2 663/roll, St Leger & Viney; Hornsea coffee pot and jugs, R1 790 for dinner set, Sunflower trio, R350, tray cloth, R45, Burleigh cake plates, R345 each, metal plate, R245, all JAB Louw Antiques; Skinny laMinx Wild Flowers fabric (on table), R505/m, The Silk & Cotton Co; chair, R1 375, Hope Garden Furniture; table, stylist’s own.

    Botany lesson

    Create a conservatory-style corner with a bold leafy print and celadon accessories.

    botany lesson table manners decor

    Florida Vert fabric by Pierre Frey, R3 736/m, Mavromac; Evolution Sankofa Amaril fabric (narrow strip on right) R538/m, Home Fabrics; celadon vase, R1 150, and bowl, R450, both La Grange Interiors; cream Beswick vase, R700, Franklin; metal jug, R400, Con Amore; vintage chair, R6 500 for a set of six, The Blue Room.

    Fields of gold

    Mix mod geometrics with vintage ceramics for a quirky-chic breakfast nook.

    fields of gold table manners decor

    Skinny laMinx Flowerfields fabric, R505/m, The Silk & Cotton Co; chair, R2 400, One on One; Linnware vase, R2 950, and Flaxman art deco vase, R550, both Clyde on Fourth; yellow vase, R150, The Blue Room; enamel pot, R160, and wooden cutlery, R2 each, all In Good Company; Le Creuset espresso cups, R78 each, pink bowl, R144, Objekt.

    Deco detail

    Layer mismatched crockery on a gorgeous cloth in this season’s shades of pink and gold.

    deco detail table manners decor

    Fortuny Empero fabric, R9 468/m, Mavromac; Shelley cake plate, R695, cutlery, R45 per pair, tray cloth, R45, Burleigh plates, R95 and R345, and Sunflower plate (part of trio), R350, all Oddzbin.

    Garden party

    Make a statement with bold shapes in leafy shades of teal, chartreuse and white.

    garden party table manners decor

    Eijffinger Suzani wallpaper, R984/roll, Home Fabrics; white jug, R268, The Gatehouse; green vase, R600, and glass vase, R370, La Grange Interiors; siphon, R250, Con Amore; ceramic bowl, R470, Objekt; gold cutlery, R45 each, papier mâché bowls, R60 and R78, Art Africa; Fortuny Empero fabric (on table), R9 468/m, Mavromac.

    Prices correct at time of going online; See stockists’ list for details.

    By Mark Lanning