Whether a large celebration or an intimate gathering of your most loved few, the emergence of summer brings a season of entertaining and a time for playful pairings of prints and hues. With the arrival of Lisa Corti’s gauzy block printed table linen and new Fasano ceramics to the CLO Boutique, we are looking to our tablescape to reflect a mood.

Chloe Tozer, CLO Studios Founder & Creative Director invites us into her world, sharing with us how she uses colour and print to create a relaxed and joyous environment when entertaining family and treasured friends.

“This Christmas, I’m hosting lunch at our home, Villa des Fleurs, and I have been planning the menu and styling for months now. This year, it’s all about colour and prints for me, mixing my table linen and tableware to create a beautiful, relaxed setting.”  

– Chloe Tozer, CLO Studios Founder & Creative Director

On Choosing a theme

“When entertaining for friends and family I love to curate unique experiences with an overarching theme for the occasion.”

Mixing prints requires a personal touch, so follow your intuition. Whether a block printed tablecloth from your travels or an heirloom dinner set, we find choosing a feature piece helps to inspire the theme.  

This summer, Lisa Corti’s printed tablecloths are inspiring us to reinvent our tablescape. Block printed in India on woven cotton, her unexpected patterns and colour combinations are a welcomed refresh. We love to layer with her artfully designed napkins, a true lesson in perfecting the art of clashing hues and prints.  

On building a cohesive colour palette

“This Christmas we are inspired by how the Europeans entertain, our menu influenced by the sun and sea. With a splash of Australia, we couldn’t forget Nan’s famous Pavlova.”

Choose a throughline colour to build your palette upon. We love looking to nature to inspire, from the seasonal produce that influences our menu to the landscape that surrounds us, colour inspiration is always to be found. Dining indoors? Playing off colour and pattern in an artwork, upholstery or soft furnishings can set the tone and create a relaxed and cohesive feel. Adding fresh florals in complimentary hues brings it all together.  

Tip – Enhance your signature dish with a statement platter. We adore the berry tones in Fasano’s Siena Platter paired with a special dessert. 

ON the art of layering

“When choosing pieces for my table, I love to feature handcrafted textiles and ceramics, using old and new pieces to invite discussion and creativity.”

The art of layering with texture and scale. Think handmade ceramics and playful glassware, paired with printed cottons and heavy linens. If your table linen features a larger scale print, look to a more intricate pattern in your tableware to create balance and interest, a treat for the eyes!  

We love pairing Fasano’s iconic speckled tableware in blues and pinks back with our favourite Moroccan bowls and platters in earthy glazes and raw terracotta finishes. An unlikely combination that feels relaxed, yet playful and ignites conversation.

Photographed on film by Anna Pihan at Villa des Fleurs. Dresses by Matteau.