"Why tablescapes are the lockdown trend that’s here to stay"

"Also focusing her attention on her table this summer is the Countess of Belfast, who started her Instagram account @tablescapestyle back in May to serve as a ‘curated selection of inspiring table decor’, where she encourages fellow tablescape fans to submit their own images. Barrister Oilbhe told the Telegraph: ‘Each person reflects their own personality at their table… I see a lot of people repurposing what they have to create different looks, combining old china with modern pieces."

"Many tables are decorated with wildflowers and green foliage picked from the garden. Blue and white is back in fashion, as is chintz.


Decorating the table has been intertwined with entertaining since the Georgian period, so it is not a phenomenon particular to the digital age, but there has been a surge in the popularity [of sharing posts] in lockdown."

"How 'tablescape' style became the summer trend to master in lockdown"

"Under the handle @tablescapestyle, Oilbhe, Countess of Belfast, has started sharing images of some of the world’s most beautiful and elaborate set ups.

The barrister founded the account just a month ago in lockdown as a source of escapism and encourages her followers (a whole community of table-laying enthusiasts) to submit pictures of their own at-home efforts."