STORIES · 24.05.22
Craft | Food | Garden
Planning a table – using colour and texture to create an inviting setting is something I’ve always loved doing. An elegant, curated table sets the tone for a meal. It expresses a sense of occasion and shows your guests or family that you’ve made a special effort.
Beautiful crockery and linens are central to this, so I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to create a bespoke range for Daylesford with Colefax and Fowler – a brand that I have admired and brought into my own home for many years.
Our Quince Garden collection features intricate illustrations of English plants and flowers in delicate pastel tones. I love that it has a sense of history, drawing inspiration from the Ditchley pattern from Colefax’s archive, and the botanical designs of late eighteenth century Chelsea porcelain – of which I have long been a collector.
An elegant, curated table sets the tone for a meal. It expresses a sense of occasion and shows your guests or family that you’ve made a special effort
The collection is a celebration of quintessentially British style, but it is also inspired by my travels. Last summer I returned to Atelier Soleil, one of the oldest ceramic workshops in Provence that I first visited with a friend over 20 years ago. It was a privilege to watch centuries-old craftsmanship in action; how they work natural clay then fire, glaze and paint by hand, meaning each piece is a little different from the next.
The resulting collection is a beautiful rendering of our vision, and it was wonderful to have the pieces photographed in my orangery in Gloucestershire where I think the botanical prints and illustrations look quite at home. I hope the pieces will provide inspiration and joy on the tables it comes to inhabit this summer and for many years to come.
You can enjoy a peek inside Atelier Soleil’s incredible ceramic studio via my Instagram page. If you would like to browse and shop the full Daylesford x Colefax collection, please visit the Daylesford website.