I love this leopard setting for its informality and sense of fun. This yacht has a lot of animal pieces so I was playing with the jungle theme, hence the use of big leaves and green hydrangeas. I like to match details too, such as the gold in the glasses with the gold of the leopard. But the sense of occasion is still apparent with the big charger plates and black serviettes.
We always encourage the crew to use the yacht’s existing art on board and artefacts as props where possible. This owner had collected a lot of artefacts from Cambodia, so we used them with the cacti, which were also already on board, to create a setting. We added colour with the glasses and green beaded mats, instead of flowers.
We often mix the napkin with a bit of chiffon or gauze, or a stiffer fabric, as we have here; this simple gesture can change the whole look of a table, taking you from formal to relaxed, or vice versa.
All the plates match here, as does the cutlery. It is a wonderful bamboo set that I saw on my travels and fell in love with. The important thing is to buy these things when you see them, as they are not easy to find and although it is easy to take away from a setting, it is not easy to add. I love this bamboo set as it is so simple, and can look wonderful all together, or can be pulled apart to create all sorts of other looks.
We started with this coral set from Capri and did not have that much to work with so we decided to make the whole table imitate the theme. We used gravy dishes for simple white flowers, white pebbles from a local beach for the centrepiece, and sequined table mats to conjure up a feeling of white coral. The important thing is to have a theme and work up from it.
Here I have used the charger plates to create a dusty, muted environment, with the use of pebbles (a must-have on a boat), pink napkins and some inexpensive bronze vases we found in a local market. I also used William Yeoward glasses with a palm tree motif, which really helped give a summery, breezy feeling. It is very simple, and endlessly adaptable, which is the key on board; I have done yacht interiors for 12 years, and have yet to create the same setting twice!