Making a Home

The New Season Tablescape with Annabel’s

Words by LUCY SIDDAL

The prestigious, members-only London institution on
curating a fresh yet sophisticated tablescape this Spring.

Creating a memorable and thematic yet effortlessly beautiful tablescape is an acquired skill that Annabel’s Creative Director, Tatiana Kharchylava, has honed over many years. Here, she shares her thoughts on finding elegance and beauty in the ritual of laying a seasonal table.

The Condo: How do you approach the tablescape design in The Garden at Annabel's?

Tatiana Kharchylava: Every element of The Garden's tablescape design is bespoke. I approach each event with meticulous attention to detail, tailoring it to suit the specific event. Whether for the soft, empowering atmosphere of events like Annabel’s and The Caring Family Foundation’s International Women’s Day or a fundraising initiative like Annabel’s for the Amazon. Every detail is carefully curated to create the desired ambience. With its enchanting natural beauty, The Garden is the perfect backdrop for these occasions. I strive to seamlessly integrate floral arrangements, lighting, and tableware, crafting an experience that exudes timeless elegance and sophistication, all while honouring and preserving the Club’s esteemed legacy.

TC: What inspires the table design?

TK: The lush greenery and vibrant colours of an English garden inspire the decor at The Garden. We also consider nature and incorporate botanical elements such as fresh flowers, foliage, and natural textures. Additionally, we take cues from classic English garden parties and outdoor dining experiences, infusing the space with a sense of playfulness and romance.

TC: How do you curate the tables for each new season, specifically spring?

TK: We aim to capture the season's essence and translate the renewal and vitality of this time of year into the tablescape. We incorporate pastel hues, delicate floral patterns, and seasonal blooms to evoke a sense of awakening and rejuvenation that accompanies springtime.

TC: How do you ensure the elevated and sophisticated aesthetic of the table remains throughout the meal?

TK: We pay attention to every detail, from the selection of linens and tableware to the arrangement of each element on the table. We aim for a cohesive visual presentation that reflects our commitment to excellence and attention to detail. Our attentive staff maintain a considered ambience throughout the dining experience, ensuring every guest feels pampered and indulged.

TC: What is essential to include when preparing or setting a table?

  1. High-quality table linens: Linens set the foundation for any table and provide a luxurious backdrop for the meal.
  2. Elegant tableware: Invest in fine China, crystal glassware, and polished silverware to elevate the dining experience.
  3. Fresh flowers or greenery: Floral arrangements add beauty to the table and evoke a feeling of nature, creating a welcoming atmosphere.
  4. Thoughtful lighting: Lighting sets the mood and elevates the ambience. Consider incorporating candles or soft, diffused lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  5. Personalised touches: Incorporate elements that reflect the theme or occasion of the meal, such as place cards, menu cards, or small favours.

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