CeCe Barfield’s New Tabletop Assortment Has Us Falling Again in Love With Formality
Throughout quarantine, whereas others have been perfecting sourdough starter kits and TikTok dance routines, inside designer CeCe Barfield was discovering solace in formality. When the world started to close down within the spring of 2020, Barfield and her household fled to her husband’s ancestral residence in Sizzling Springs, Virginia, a bucolic setting peppered with components of yesteryear. Certainly one of them specifically, found whereas prying across the residence, is a group of vintage linens that had served 4 generations of trendy girls. Thus, the concept for the Virginia Assortment was born.
Made up of 57 items and accessible on Moda Operandi, the road strays from matchy-matchy pairings, opting as an alternative for a medley of silver-plated brass serveware, hand-painted Limoges porcelain, and playfully embroidered linens. When pieced collectively, the desk setting evokes a romanticism that feels concurrently nostalgic and recent—as if thoughtfully collected over time. In spite of everything, says Barfield, high quality and sweetness are core components of a cherished heirloom.
“I really like the concept of making future heirloom items utilizing the best supplies,” Barfield tells AD PRO. “Not solely is it romantic to think about future generations entertaining with the Virginia Assortment, however it is usually sustainable, which is essential.”
That emphasis on longevity extends to the gathering’s craftsmanship as effectively. Timeless floral embroideries, playful scalloping, and wealthy, pleased hues beautify the gathering’s linen placemats and napkins, whereas the standout hand-painted plate—which is available in dinner, salad, and dessert sizes—includes a lush central ornament framed by a wild leaf trellis impressed by an illustrated backyard plan.
Whereas lovely items alone can create a picture-perfect affair for Instagram, the very best desk settings depart just a little room for revelry. Barfield’s rule? Be cautious of tableware that feels purely ornamental, or too treasured to perform. “It was necessary to me to design a plate that not solely appears lovely as an object but in addition appears simply as good in use—and crammed with meals!” says the designer.
And there’s maybe by no means been a greater time to place a tabletop line to good use. Opposite to its heritage inspirations, the Virginia Assortment’s debut is a hopeful indication that entertaining and classy evenings are now not merely components of bygone instances.