From the August/September 2019 Issue  

Cover Your Table in Summertime Blues

Writer Meg Fox  |  Designer Kim Seybert

A flip of the reversible placemat takes on a whole new sunshiny spirit.

A sunny take on the summertime blues

The design team at Kim Seybert, a maker of fine tabletop decor and luxury home accessories, always brings a fresh perspective to the table with a focus on bright hues, unusual textures, and engaging patterns.

Pops of yellow and other colors lend brightness to the typical summer color combo of white and blue.


For this alfresco fete, the goal was to stray away from the more traditional blue and white summertime combo by introducing jolts of yellow and other pops of color.

The Spanish city of Seville, with its Moorish influences and rich history of flamenco dancing, inspired the Seville Runner’s arabesque shape, vibrant dyed glass beads and other detailed embellishments. $644.


The jumping-off point was the vibrant jewelry-like runner made of dyed glass beads and other detailed embellishments. Coordinating placemats in a faux snakeskin pattern bring additional color and texture to the setting. Depending on the mood you wish to create, the easy-to-wipe-clean reversible placemats can show their lemon-yellow side or sassy seaside blue.

Made of raffia, seagrass and shell accents, the Fiesta Napkin Ring in Natural/Yellow/White brings an organic touch to the table. | Viper Reversible Placemats in faux snakeskin lend texture and pattern to the table in a variety of colors. Use one side exclusively or alternate colors with each place setting for a whimsical approach. Set of four, $152. | As its name implies, the Horizon Napkin in blue and white owes its subtle blending tones to the vanishing point of the horizon. Set of four, $160.


Made of durable and scratch-resistant melamine, the bamboo-edged white and blue chinoiserie-patterned plates are perfectly suited for outdoor (or indoor) use coupled with shatterproof acrylic glassware in a coordinating hue. Dip-dyed blue linen napkins and whimsical raffia pompom napkin rings with shell accents conjure up an authentic summer feel, while clear bud vases filled with cheery yellow and white flowers tie everything together.