Drawing on our love of nature, foraged finds and artisan made, we’re sharing ideas on how to create a stunning tablescape that will see you through all your gatherings. Create a warm and inviting haven that blends seamlessly with the spirit of family, friendship and togetherness. Read on to learn how to create the Southern Wild Co ‘Our Place’ table.
Amidst the soft embrace of a late Australian summer afternoon, a casual gathering unfolds as the sun begins its graceful descent, casting a warm amber glow across the hills. The scene whispers of grassy plains and warm winds. Banjo Paterson’s poem – The Plains, serves as our inspiration and adorns each place setting in lieu of a throwaway trinket destined for landfill.
The Poem Inspiration
The Plains by A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson
A land, as far as the eye can see,
where the waving grasses grow
Or the plains are blackened and burnt and bare, where the false mirages go
Like shifting symbols of hope deferred– land where you never know.
Land of plenty or land of want,
where the grey Companions dance,
Feast or famine, or hope or fear,
and in all things land of chance,
Where Nature pampers or Nature slays, in her ruthless red, romance.
And we catch a sound of a fairy’s song, as the wind goes whipping by,
Or a scent like incense drifts along from the herbage ripe and dry–
Or the dust storms dance on their ballroom floor, where the bones of the cattle lie.
Tones of amber, rust, natural white, charcoal, taupe and patinaed brass
Dry grasses & seed pods
Feathers & nests
Lush brown pears
Our Place Scented Candle – dry tobacco and leather combine with bright florals and spicy clove bud evoking the warmth of an Australian summer afternoon in the bush. Try the warm glow of a candle or lightly spray linen for a gentle scent layering experience.
Golden Hour Pure Essential Oil Drops – Light floral, citrus, herbaceous, woody. Add drops to linen napkins to impart calm.
On the table
Rustic local pottery from our friend Brian the Potter, cherished ceramic pieces from our favourite, The DEA Store in Sydney, natural beeswax for golden glow, vintage forks and bone-handled knives, mismatched glassware from Vinnies.
Gifts for Guests
Terra Australis Art Boxes for lovers of a sunburnt country and SWC Heirloom pieces for keeping. Think reclaimed wood, forged brass, translucent porcelain, rustic pottery and of course, artisan candles.
Add a handwritten note
For sending or keeping, add a vintage postcard to place settings with a lovely note and top with fragrant bay or eucalyptus leaf.