Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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232 CSD D E S I G N T R E N D S Be Square Marvelous Majolica "Functionally, square tables are the modern-day round table, and they are one of my favor- "These days, hostesses are less afraid of veering away from matching sets and more interested in setting their tables with color, texture and pieces that stimulate conversation," says David Evans of Charleston Antiques. A proponent of unique table settings, Evans says this set of Majolica soup tureens struck him as the perfect example of artistry, whimsy and utility. Majolica, a general term for earthenware covered with a tin-based glaze, has been made since the 14th century. It's characterized by colorful glazes and naturalistic motifs. This set features four tureens in the ites," says Liz Baker of Coralberry Cottage, a full-service show- room and interior design frm. Gather 'Round dining room décor that's sure to entertain shape of oyster shells with the playful addition of mussels for feet and red coral for handles. Inside, the colors mimic mother of pearl. Each tureen holds approximately one cup of liquid and has an opening for a spoon. "These would be as much fun at a picnic with tarter and cocktail sauces as they would be on a formal table serving an elegant soup or accompaniments," Evans says. Located in West Ashley, Charleston Antiques' goal is to provide items of King Street quality but not at King Street prices. Their inventory spans all historical periods, from the 17th through 20th centuries. "We specialize in procuring func- tional pieces," Evans explains. "People want to use their antiques, then pass them on to the next and next generation. Nobody wants to live in a museum." charleston-antiques.com, 843-769-9446 "Seated around a square table, all diners have eye contact and feel they are part of the conversation. Everyone has the beneft of being at the head of the table!" The Buckman's dining room table, a Coralberry Cottage signature piece de- signed by Baker, who is also an architect, can be made in any shape and size, and seats from eight to 12 (depending on the chosen leaf size). Constructed by a local craftsman from new pine, a versatile wood, it blends nicely with authentic antiques, English country or coastal motifs. It also comes in a multitude of fnishes, including the distressed look of reclaimed pine. To embellish the table, place setting Coralberry Cottage | $89 oyster shell soup tureens | Charleston Antiques | $550, set of four Buckman's dining room table with leaves | Coralberry Cottage | $2,400 Baker and co-owner Melissa Hempstead supply an extensive assortment of linens in all sizes, colors and patterns. Featured here is a Couleur Nature place- mat, a fne French linen, hand- printed using ancient Indian woodblock techniques. "It's French country décor with an Eastern twist, and we love pair- ing them with beautiful china," Baker says. The dish shown is from Coralberry Cottage's striking melamine collection, available in a variety of colors, both solid and patterned. To tie it all together, a wicker charger adds dimension and texture. coralberrycottage.com, 843-884-2225

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