Tablescaping is a huge trend right now, but it's an art the French have refined over centuries.
If you want a rustic take on your dining table styling tricks, pair country checks and ginghams with fine crystal and decorative china.
Flowers are a must and these can be either a centerpiece display or a few posies dotted down the length of the table.
'I find French country tablescaping is a welcoming and also incredibly versatile style, that can look just as wonderful in a city dwelling,' says Gemma Martinez de Ana from tableware brand Bonadea.
'For me, it is the natural textures, organic elements, mismatched china and of course, the slight imperfection, that deliver that splash of rustic charm. Think rattan, crisp starched thick linens, bowls filled to the brim with fresh produce, and carafes and pitchers scattered along the table.'
Take the formality out of country dining by pairing casual seating with a considered table setting. And don't forget to add characterful pieces for originality – these champignons plates are just perfect.
'I like bringing organic elements into the china, so mushrooms handpainted on a plate are always welcome,' agrees Gemma Martinez de Ana.