Thursday, April 25, 2013

Trending - The Skirted Table & Chinoiserie

Suellen Gregory
Skirted tables had fallen out of decorating favor in recent years, the victim of one too many ruffled floral chintz tableskirts in the 90s. Well, skirted tables are back and beautiful and modern and styled with lots of Chinoiserie. Here are some tips and a Pinterest board devoted to the subject of the modern skirted table.

*For your fabric, choose a solid, a Chinoiserie toile or something classic like a stripe or suzani
*Box pleats are very hot
*They are great for extra storage - some tables even have hidden shelves
*Keep trims sophisticated - Greek key, banding, bullion, no ruffles or overlays
*A large round skirted table is a fabulous choice for a large entryway, a slim rectangular console is perfect for a smaller or narrow foyer
*Style it with Chinoiserie - blue and white Chinese porcelain, ginger jars, a beautiful orchid, a statement lamp, beautiful coffee table books
*Go big - none of those dinky little round tables next to the bed or sofa

Mary McDonald

Movie - A Single Man

Miles Redd

Tory Burch

Palmer Weiss

Tinsley Mortimer

Tobi Fairley

Beth Field

Betsy Burnham

Anna Spiro

Alessandra Branca

Michelle Nussbaumer

Dransfield and Ross

Celerie Kemble

Howard Slatkin

Tobi Fairley

Furlow Gatewood


  1. Loved the skirted table images...especially the first one! Skirted tables with a box pleat are my favorites! Take care, Caroline

  2. love these skirted table images! and some of these chandeliers in these rooms are to die for! (Like that periwinkle pink in the first image). Also I'm drooling over that grass green lacquer wall in the Beth Field room (and what a fun black/white and fuschia skirt)! Love this post!

  3. Beth, your tips and articulating the difference between the current trend vs. the 90's explicit are fabulous! This collection of photos are inspiring.

  4. Whoever was the fabricator for the Tobi Farley cloth needs to stand up and take a bow. Boxed pleats are not simple, with different color inside and all of those points! Gives me nightmares. Well done!

  5. Fun post and great photos. I especially love that first one- gorgeous!!

  6. Love that suzani one. I like my table skirts like I like my curtains- pooling a bit at the bottom!

  7. Oh, the inverted box pleat! Yum.

    I admire the one in Mark Sike's library. He made the overlay look so chic!