With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d give you some creative ideas for setting a romantic and chic tablescape. Savvy designer Kathleen Matthews has created magic with this soft, yet sophisticated take on a tabletop worthy of the King and Queen of Hearts.


To balance the “sweetness” of a soft pink palette, and to showcase the beautiful table, Kathleen chose two stunning silver damask table runners instead of using a tablecloth. The silver gives the pink a healthy dose of sophistication and sparkles on the glass-topped table.

Photo by Michael Jacob


Instead of the expected plates, Kathleen chose to use beautiful, creamy white marble cheese boards with gold edging to serve up the romantic sushi dinner. Choosing the unexpected or repurposing items in a tablescape adds tons of interest. For the centerpiece, Kathleen chose a giant silver coral sculpture that was adorned with more flowers. The sculpture adds a modern feel and architectural interest to the tabletop. Finally, delicate gold dotted wine glasses played double duty as stemmed compotes for fresh strawberries.

Photo by Michael Jacob


Of course candles are of the utmost importance in setting a romantic mood, and the mercury glass star votives in varying heights Kathleen chose were perfect for bouncing the candlelight around the table. Mixed with more traditional smaller votives, the tabletop literally glowed.

Photo by Michael Jacob


Oh the power of the flower! When creating any tablescape, flowers most always take the ordinary to extraordinary, and in this case they took the look literally over the top. Kathleen used some of the mercury glass votives as tiny vases at each place setting. She also chose contemporary Lucite napkin rings each holding a single bloom. Finally, and the tour de force of this tabletop, were the custom cascading flower garlands Kathleen created. Strung and spilling from more mercury glass vases, shaped like bottles, the flower garlands were a distinctly Bohemian accent and brought stunning and unique interest overhead.

Photo by Michael Jacob

Photo by Michael Jacob

Designer Kathleen Matthews
Photo by Michael Jacob

What do you think about this romantic and chic tablescape? Would it win the heart of your loved one or friend? Setting a table with a “designer’s eye” will take your tabletop over the top! And remember, if you are in need of a designer’s eye in your home, give us a call and set up an appointment with Kathleen, Diane or Brett. Or click here to contact us.

9810 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, MO 63124
Call Us: 314-432-7289