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Mrs Tablescape Has Everything You Need For Your Dream Dinner Party Setup!

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There’s something special about coming together around a well-set table for a meal with your friends and family.

It was a particularly strong love of this daily ritual that pushed creative Carolyn Dorrian to start Mrs Tablescape — a business and store dedicated to all-things tableware.

Having launched online last year, Mrs Tablescape’s stylish new Sydney flagship is now open, with everything you need to host the dinner party of your dreams!

30th August, 2022

A first look inside Mrs Tablescape’s Sydney store! Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

The walls are painted are beautiful pastel peach, with quirky plates everywhere! Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

Former lawyer and Sydney-based creative, Carolyn Dorrian, started Mrs Tablescape last year. Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

The store features best-sellers and exclusive products that are only available in store. Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

‘I wanted my shop to be the candy land of tablescapes – I wanted it to be a sensory experience and not an ordinary shop where you can find on any street,’ Carolyn says. Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

 

The store is the brand’s first retail showroom, with another launching in Singapore later this year! Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

‘Our signature wave cupboard (which is now patented) was built by my mother and caulked and sanded by both my parents at night.’ Dreamy! Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

Mrs Tablescape’s playful placemats on display, featuring the Clara Placemat, Ashleigh Placemat and Hoshi Placemat, which is hand-woven in Columbia. Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

Mrs Tablescape’s products are also available for hire, and Carolyn herself offers a tablescaping service for events, having work with brands like Benefit Cosmetics already. Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

Kirra multicoloured crab dinner plate and the Kirra Crab Napkin Ring. Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

The showroom will alternate themes regularly, and Carolyn is also on the look out for artists who are keen to be featured in the Double Bay showroom! Photo – Jacqui Turk. Styling – Jono Fleming

Christina Karras
Tuesday 30th August 2022

‘For Mrs Tablescape, I wanted people to share stories and memories with each other at the table more,’ – Carolyn Dorrian

Mrs Tablescape founder and creative director Carolyn Dorrian grew up setting the table every night when her family came together for dinner – no matter how casual or quick the meal was. It’s a ritual that’s now been passed down to her own family, and even inspired her to start her own dedicated tableware brand.

‘My son lays the table each day with different colours and themes depending on his mood on my simple Carrera marble table,’ Carolyn says.

Carolyn had dreamed about starting Mrs Tablescape for years, but it was a post-lockdown longing for events and gathering around the table again that encouraged her to finally launch the business in 2021.

‘For Mrs Tablescape, I wanted people to share stories and memories with each other at the table more,’ she says. ‘I don’t think entertainment or having a beautiful dinner should be only for special occasions – my aim is to re-introduce the joy of eating together.’

She started making her own ceramics (a hobby she’s had since childhood), designing table linen, and working with local artists to create original printed tablecloths and napkins. Her range unites vintage and contemporary, with scalloped and one-of-a-kind plates featuring dainty hand-painted details, quirky candles, and select pieces imported from overseas.

When it came time to create a flagship store in Sydney, it was important that the retail experience was just as unique and whimsical as her business’ niche offerings.

She worked with her mum, who is a ‘self-taught builder and interior designer’, to create the dreamy space, featuring pastel peach walls and plinths she tiled herself using quarry stone. Her ‘obsession with waves and shapes’ carries through to the showroom’s design, seen in a particularly enchanting ‘wave cupboard’ that showcases different products like art on a gallery wall!

‘Often I would plan and draw what I wanted, and then mum would engineer and cut the wood to perfection. The wave cupboard is our signature, and she engineered and completed all the joinery. I designed everything in the shop, with her skills and guidance,’ Carolyn says.

‘The Double Bay shop will not just be a shop but an exhibition – showcasing each month an upcoming or well-known artist with matching tableware that I will paint or stitch.’

In other words, it’s an art-filled, tablescaping wonderland!

Visit Mrs Tablescape at their Double Bay showroom to browse limited-edition exclusives, or see the full range online here.

Mrs Tablescape
Shop 5, Roma Arcade
413-417 New South Head Road
Double Bay NSW

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