This Colorful Tablescape Is the Epitome of Casual Chic

Even ice cream sandwiches and macaroons are part of the display.

To celebrate his recent move to New Orleans, interior designer and Magazine Street shop owner Ware M. Porter hosts an intimate get-together that reflects the revelry and lushness of the Big Easy.

Ware M. Porter tablescape
Blue-and-white napkins from Leontine Linens bring out the hues of the China Seas table skirt.
Kerri McCaffety
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"If it’s too serious, I’m not interested. The table should feel luxe and a tad naughty,” Porter says. The mix of bold patterns, soft colors and varying textures brings interest to the table, from every angle.

In addition to the stunning peony arrangement, the long, tapered candlesticks are a focal point. "They tower above people’s heads, giving a little twinkle and drama to the table," he says.

A lush centerpiece balanced with pops of color from the dinner plates and macaroons make this table fit for brunch — or a celebration of any size.

Shop the Look

glassware and dinner plates
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Billy Cotton Green Glassware, $20,

Tobacco Leaf Dinner Plate, $175,

Round Placement with Beads in Royal Blue, $36,

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shell and candlestick
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Assorted Macarons, $12 each,

Buccellati Sterling-Silver Chlamys Shell Dish, $375,

Petal Pink 15" Taper, $16 per pair,

Eclectic Silver-Plated Candlestick, $30,

Dinner napkins in White Linen with Band in Baby Blue Linen,

Table skirt in Bali Hai,

This story originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of CQ.

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