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Bringing in the Sheaves: Harvest Table Inspiration from Caro of Somerset

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Bringing in the Sheaves: Harvest Table Inspiration from Caro of Somerset

November 21, 2018

Holiday table forecast: botanical clouds ahead. Suspended like rustic chandeliers, artful bundles of grass have been cropping up all over party spreads in Berlin, Amsterdam, and beyond.

This season we’re taking inspiration from a Nordic supper staged by Caro, Natalie Jones’s design shop, a favorite Remodelista pilgrimage stop in the town of Bruton, in Somerset, England. Jones collaborated with stylist Hana Snow on the natural party decorations. Breath in: the room is subtly perfumed with sweetgrass.

Photography courtesy of Caro.

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Above: “The setting was inspired by a windswept walk through the forest and onto the beach,” explains Natalie—she used glassware as an allusion to water.

Hana concocted the giant hay cloud using water reeds and wheat “secured into a nest of floral foam and chicken wire built around a block of wood.” Her instructions: build up layers of grass to cover the core, poking each strand individually into the foam. Then add longer pieces for drape and shape.”

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Above: The table is covered with a Washed Linen Tablecloth, $59.99, from H&M Home. A “river” of glasses form the centerpiece: guests selected the water and wine glass of their choosing. The hand-frayed linen napkins were dyed with clove, a process Natalie says takes several days and “a lot of attention;” the resulting “soft mink-gray color weaves all the visual elements together.”

The tableware is Dutch workshop HK Living’s “seventies-style” ceramics, including gray-glazed Dinner Plates, £14; brown-ringed Side Plates, £10; and Side Plates in Black Galaxy, £8.50. Pot Brushes, £7, that look like mini hay bales serve as name-card holders. The stainless steel flatware is Hay’s Everyday & Sunday design by Big-Game; a set of five Sunday Forks is $29 from Amara.

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Above: “Bundles of hay were placed around the room to create an immersive experience,” says Natalie. The pale green glasses are Bailey Homes’ Northern Indian Railway Glasses, £4.50.
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Above: On the menu: farmer’s fare with a Nordic slant, including a cocktail of aquavit and tonic with cucumber and dill. The party was staged in The Space, a garden house Natalie converted into Caro’s lovely one-room B&B and event space. Note that Hauser & Wirth and the Durslade Farmhouse are all also in Bruton.

Some more festive table ideas:

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