With November well underway and our Table Setting #StyleAtMine challenge in full swing, we took the opportunity to catch up with some of our favourite ‘table setters’ from the community. at{mine} founding member Cate St Hill applies her signature Scandi-meets-French style to her table settings to beautiful effect. Here she spills the beans on how to achieve that je ne se quoi.

Hi Cate! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an interiors blogger, design journalist and writer living in Bloomsbury with my French boyfriend. Through my blog I share design inspiration, places I’d like to live, travel guides and sneak peeks into my own home. I’ve just started giving interior decoration advice, helping clients with sourcing items and picking out colour schemes etc, after people kept asking where I got my own furniture and vintage accessories from!


How would you describe your personal style?

It’s slightly Scandinavian, I love lots of clean lines and pared-back colours, but I’m too much of a magpie to be a complete minimalist. I like to mix in a dash of French style as well, with vintage treasures and unusual items to make a space look more lived-in and relaxed. For me the feel of a room is as important as its look. It’s all about the experience of a space – I want to create places that make people feel good and ultimately feel at home.


November is all about Table Settings on at{mine}; how do you go about styling a beautiful table?

Again I like things to be quite relaxed and not too formal, you don’t always have to use a tablecloth or placemats and have your cutlery in perfect alignment. It’s much more about the gathering of people or the wonderful food or conversation you might share at the table than what it looks like. So I think it’s important to set the mood – perhaps lots of candles, especially in these colder months, some plants, flowers or greenery as a centrepiece and I love having big dishes or platters in the centre for everyone to dig in and share.


What’s your favourite meal of the day?

I like dinner, it’s not so constrained by time. I really love cooking, so I love finding a recipe, spending time over the stove and being rewarded by a delicious meal. Dinners can extend for hours, you can have drinks beforehand, or apero as the French call it, nibbles, starters, mains, desserts, and extend it into the nights with more drinks or food!


Who would be your dream guests to sit at your table?

That’s a hard question! If it was people from history probably powerful female icons like Virginia Woolf, Eileen Gray or Ray Eames. If it was based on people here today, it would have to be my family and friends.

Thanks Cate!

//See more of Cate’s home at{Cate St Hill} //