EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #3 | #valetutto Souvenir Table

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I have to admit: Easter Table Style n.3 is MY FAVOURITE! When I started, I thought I could never top Style #1 (see here) but I am actually 100% crazy enthusiastic about this setting, I love everything about it! Probably because, well, it has a little bit of everything in it :)

Inspired by Funky Table and Bitossi Home’s La Tavola Scomposta and the maximalist trend of Corian Cabana Club at 2017 Milan Design Week (I’ll post pictures soon, I promise), I adopted the #valetutto approach, which translates “everything goes”. Sometimes it feels good to break the rules and just let design and styling be a play. Mix different styles, patterns, colours, whatever as long as you like it. It’s your home, your table, after all.

inesness EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #3 | #valetutto Souvenir Table

How to recreate the #valetutto Souvenir Table? First, go BIG on the flowers, fake ones or real ones. Either splurge for once with the real ones (or collect them from kind neighbouring gardens – ask for permission!) or buy fake flowers over time (they are darn expensive) and you’ll see you’ve built up a handy collection when it comes to make eye-catching compositions like this one.

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Or, if you want, leave the flowers, they are not the focal point in the table setting, although they do bring a lot of colour. Instead of doing a big composition you could put just one or two flowers on the guests’ napkins with a little tag, as placecards.

I had two pink vases (one is actually a beer bottle spray painted pink) and too many flowers to fit. The thing is we don’t EVER buy vases in our home. I think we own three in total. But I do save lots of milk/juice/whatever bottles (#hoarder or #smartcrafter?). I didn’t like the pink + clear glass pairing, so I made do with some pink planters from IKEA. Ta-da! Colour coherence maintained and I like that they are all different sizes. Spruce them up with colourful pom-poms and tassels.

inesness EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #3 | #valetutto Souvenir Table

For this table, dig out your souvenir plates. If you have ever had a friend who went to Spain or Portugal or Greece you have surely been gifted some handpainted ceramics (bowls, coasters, trays, tiles anyone?). If you don’t own any, it’s a good reason to start collecting them during the next Summer holidays ;) Another good option is to hit thrift stores, vintage markets, or to just ask your granparents, oftentimes they have real treasures!

You’ll also need some solid colour plates (enter my pink plates again! and some green ones). Don’t try too hard, but it would be a good thing to pair the souvenir plates with some colour-matching solid ones. Tie your cutlery together with pom poms and tassels.

The colours of these napkins are to die for! All old ones from my granparents.

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I am crazy for all these colours, and I think it’s a super festive table. What do you say? This is the final style suggestion for Easter, I wish you a good one, filled with chocolate eggs and happy moments with your family and loved ones!

I’ll be back soon here on the blog (lots of inspiration from Milan Design Week)!!
Xoxo Ines
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Cercherò di essere breve. Quest’ultimo stile è in assoluto, 100%, lo giuro, il mio preferito! E pensare che avrei scommesso tutto sul primo (insomma, non si batte il rosa). Ma questo!! #valetutto Souvenir Table, ti adoro! Ispirata dalla Tavola Scomposta di Funky Table e Bitossi Home e dal maximalism del Corian Cabana Club visti al Fuorisalone 2017 (arrivano i post, arrivano), ho tirato fuori tutti i piattini souvenir che ci hanno regalato negli anni, rubato tovaglioli ai nonni, abbinato il tutto a piatti tinta unita e bicchieri di vetro colorato, decorato con qualche pom pom e una valanga di fiori (100% finti ma chissene, un po’ di kitsch su questa tavola ci sta!).

Tavola pronta! Facile, no? Mixate colori, pattern e stili – souvenirs dal Trentino! Portogallo! Sardegna! Il motto è #valetutto, a patto che il risultato sia divertente (spesso i souvenir sono legati a bei ricordi) e abbia i vostri colori preferiti, rispecchi la vostra personalità, o le cose che più piacciono alla vostra famiglia. Mi piace l’idea che ci sia un po’ di tutto e di tutti sulla tavola, no? Coinvolgete i bambini nella preparazione delle decorazioni e i nonni come fornitori di stoviglie vintage. Buona buonissima Pasqua a tutti, ci leggiamo presto qui sul blog! Xo Ines

Ps. Questa volta niente galleria, le foto sono così colorate che vanno gustate a schermo pieno!! 

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EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #2 | Minimal Botanical

inesness | EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #2 | Minimal Botanical

Welcome back to the blog for Easter table style number 2! In the first one (see here) it was (almost) all about pink, now let’s embrace the “Green Trend”, shall we? But don’t worry, it’s so easy to set this table, no need to buy expensive plants.

To recreate this Minimal Botanical style, use a white tablecloth and white dishware. Here you have two options: for a modern look, choose basic white plates with clean shapes – once again, you can easily find them at IKEA (for ex. FÄRGRIK set), or (my favourite of the two) search for plates that have that imperfect, handmade feel to them. Wonky shape, texture, even not perfectly white. Mine are from the Mediterraneo collection by Novità Home. Pair with gold cutlery.

Now, onto the greens. In the picture there are only two vases, but I would make more in different heights and line them as a runner at the center of the table. Then, when it’s time to eat, I’d move them over to a nearby sideboard, or it would be difficult to see the other guests with all those tall leaves in front of their faces!

I picked up my plants in the garden, I guess you could easily find them in a field. I like their tall leaves and thin stem, and the fact that they create very strong, vertical lines. With more vases it could be a very cool display, kind of recreating an actual field.

I also used some smaller white flowers which look good grouped in shorter, wide vases, which you can use as “placecards” or scatter here and there on the table.

On the sideboard, why don’t you also make a backdrop with some paintings – doesn’t matter the subject, since you’ll be showing their backs (hello again, IKEA. I think they are the ones who started using the back of huge canvases in their styled shoots – I saw them live at IKEA Festival in Milan, I swear!). You can use them to pin or tape pictures, botanical black and white images and a touch of kraft/havana tags. Build your Easter moodboard and show it to your guests!

What do you think of this style? Does this table feel Easter-y to you? I think it does. A very chic and “organic” Easter, imagine all the colours from the food how they will pop against all that white. If you think there is still too much white, you can fight the “wedding table” feel with lots of chocolate eggs!! ;)

See you tomorrow with the 3rd style and I’m telling ya, I’m going to town with the last one!! You’ll see. Thanks for reading, you are seriously the best!!
Xoxo Ines


Ben ritrovati! Il secondo suggerimento per la tavola di Pasqua è uno stile Minimal Botanical, facile da ricreare e molto “easy” sul portafoglio. Chi non ha in casa un servizio di basici piatti bianchi? Il trucco è giocare con il (quasi) total white: piatti bianchi su tovaglia bianca, alcuni dettagli dorati con le posate, il cestino portapane/grissini (sto inventando.. cosa ci si potrebbe mettere dentro?) e lasciare la parte da padrone al verde.

Niente composizioni floreali complicate, prendete qualche spiga e foglia dal giardino o dal primo campo che vi capita sottomano. Mi piaceva l’idea della foglia sottile e dall”andamento verticale. Nella foto ci sono solo due vasi, ma ne farei molti di più da disporre come un runner al centro della tavola. Salvo poi spostarli al momento di mangiare altrimenti, così alti, toglierebbero la vista agli invitati! 

Sulla tavola potete lasciare dei vasetti più piccoli e bassi con fiorellini bianchi (mi serve un corso accelerato di botanica, non so il nome di un fiore che sia uno) come segnaposto oppure qua e là lungo la tavola. I vasi con le foglie alte, abbiamo detto, vanno spostati su un mobile, sul quale potete creare un display usando il retro (oh yes, il retro) di alcune tele (genialata! possono anche essere soggetti orrendi, tanto non è quello il lato visibile. Grazie IKEA per la styling tip) alle quali attaccare immagini a tema green, stampe botaniche vintage in bianco e nero, e aggiungere un tocco kraft con delle etichette di cartoncino. 

Che ve ne pare? Avete il pollice verde o preferite la tavola in rosa di ieri? Se siete indecisi come me, l’ultimo stile è quello che fa per voi! Spoiler alert: #valetutto!! 

Ci leggiamo domani, byyyye Ines

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Ha! I’ve found that it is a much smarter idea to display the pictures in a gallery (thanks WordPress!) Just click on any of the images to see in larger size!

EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #1 | Pink at Grandma’s

inesness | EASTER TABLE INSPIRATION #1 | Pink at Grandma's

Hello there! Can you believe it’s going to be Easter in 3 days?! Where did time go? Actually, it’s not a bad thing, it means summer is just around the corner ;)

So, I am curious. What is your Easter table going to look like? Are you having lunch with your family and relatives? Whether you are hosting meals at your place or going to be a guest at someone else’s (maybe to a restaurant, lucky you!), here’s some inspiration for your Easter table.. or for a table setting for any future occasions (just ditch the eggs!).

I’ll share 3 styles up until Saturday. The first one is my favourite (pink, duh) and it gave me the perfect opportunity to dig out aaaall the pink tableware I have bought in the last year(s). I called it Pink at Grandma’s because I paired pink dishes, bowls and rose-tinted glasses with white plates and ceramic pieces like the big bowl (that’s SO granny, c’mon) for pasta (do you have a typical Easter-y dish? Tortelli? Ravioli? Lasagne?) and mini cocottes which can be used to serve sauces, dips and small appetizers.

Add flowers in recycled glass bottles and wooden cutting boards for some texture and a “rustic” vibe. What do you think? Too much pink for the men in the family? Well, then they can set the table next year! ;)

Check back here tomorrow for another style! Xo Ines


Ehilà! Voglio farmi i fattacci vostri, voglio sapere come sarà la vostra tavola di Pasqua! ;) Ospiterete il pranzo di famiglia e parenti? Oppure sarete ospiti? O andrete al ristorante? Colomba o agnello? 

In ogni caso, da oggi fino a sabato, posterò sul blog 3 stili per la tavola che vanno bene sia per Pasqua, sia per altre occasioni (ecco, magari Natale no). Idee e ispirazioni ce ne sono per tutti, spero che troverete qualcosa che si avvicina al vostro stile personale!

Il primo, infatti, è per chi non ha paura del rosa in dosi esagerate (ooops). L’ho chiamato Pink at Grandma’s perchè ho abbinato piatti, piattini e ciotole rosa a piatti bianchi e ceramiche un po’ retrò, come quelle che si possono trovare nella cucina della nonna, appunto. Il mood è domestico e familiare, con qualche tagliere di legno e fiori in bottigliette di vetro. Se il rosa non è proprio il vostro colore, usate altri piatti (come quelli della collezione Romantic di Bitossi, o gli Arv bianchi o grigi di Ikea con i Dinera rosa), basta che siano colori pastello, altrimenti con piatti a fantasie pop potete dire addio all’effetto “new romantic”. 

Venerdì arriva uno stile decisamente più minimal! ;)
Ci leggiamo domani? Xo Ines

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Ps. I couldn’t choose between playing with some graphics (add text, faux washi tape) or leaving the pictures alone.. so I just decided to post them both!

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Blue Monday

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Today is Blue Monday, which is supposedly “the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere”. Well, I’m sorry for you, dear pseudoscientists, but today is a beautiful sunny day here in Italy and, besides, when I hear “Blue Monday”, all it comes to my mind is a day of celebration of all things BLUE (which was, by the way, my favourite colour before Pink came along). So, without further ado, here is some blue inspiration for you! Enjoy, Xo Ines

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Find all the sources of these images in my Pinterest Board, aptly named “Blu” ;)