Carte Blanche with the Cutest North Carolina Artist, Caroline Boykin

Carte Blanche with the Cutest North Carolina Artist, Caroline Boykin

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When we added a trip to the Carolinas on our calendars to meet some shoppers in Charlotte, we knew we had to find an excuse to collaborate with Caroline Boykin, a Raleigh-based artist we admire for more reasons than one. 

{See Caroline's pieces and portfolio on her website, here.}

In a sea of art, her porcelain canvases combine femininity with architectural interest for a style that's truly unique.

{shop: DM @shoptheavenue to order Caroline's dress x ikat platemat, plum x blushoctagonal twist glass x white scallop dinner plate x limoges salad plate x gingham napkin, blush x CB's personal silverware x pink candlestick

All the more, her tablescapes are pretty to-die-for, so we tasked her with putting together a fall table for our Carte Blanche series, and she rose to the occasion. 

{woven bloom placemat x floral plate, sage green x linen napkin, emerald x crystal napkin ringstem glass, green x coupe}

Incorporating her signature silver and seasonal ceramic pumpkins and pears (which were for sale that evening!), she curated not one, but two breathtaking settings with the latest and greatest from our LIVE shop

Her talent is matched by her contagious joy, and that was evident by the masses she drew for our joint event earlier this month where she local Raleigh residents to a flower arranging class.

Such event provided the most gorgeous flora for the tables, and we love how she put together a grand arrangement in a punch table, an entertaining tip we're adding to our arsenal for holiday season soirées. 

{ikat platemat, plum x blush octagonal twist glass x white scallop dinner plate x limoges salad plate x gingham napkin, blush x CB's personal silverware x pink candlestick

While we're coveting the color story on this scene of rich plums and light blushes, what really struck us is how these pieces with such different stories (French linens, contemporary placemats made in NYC, vintage china and handblown glassware out of Rhode Island) come together to create such a rich, captivating setting. 

A little more on sweet Caroline with our Carte Blanche Q & A sesh: 

 

Love that she give a nod to a past Carte Blanche contributor in Natalie Steen and--spoiler alert!--a future tastemaker for 2020. We see you, Atlanta! 

Caroline confessed her current color crush is green (our forever crush), and this setting honored that in all its shades.  

{woven bloom placemat x floral plate, sage green x linen napkin, emerald x crystal napkin ring x stem glass, green x coupe}

To say we're obsessed with these woven placemats is an understatement. This style is taking the tablescape scene by storm, but this handwoven variety from Europe is so elegant in shape that it easily lends itself to casual and formal occasions alike. 

We love it paired with our new made in Milan floral dishes that are--believe it or not--dishwasher safe. This makes moms like CB and LZ give it that mom of littles seal of approval. 

 

Yet again, unlikely pairs like wicker and acrylic combine to make a table with visual interest, something only an artist would dream up, but thanks to Caroline, we can all copy come Christmastime or even spring settings, too. 

{shop LZ's Feith Club Bon Bon Dress, Blue Thistle frock}

Caroline's most popular pieces feature porcelain flowers, so it was only fitting she donned one of our Feith Club dresses alongside LZ in the same print but the blue colorway. DM or email us if you're interested in buying the dress off Caroline's back; it's available!

A little more on our October tastemaker...

We're hoping to have Caroline join us in Houston for the spring, so if you're eager for a piece of art, stay tuned!

Until then, she hosts an annual Caroline Christmas show where smaller pieces and giftables are shoppable on her site, so follow her on IG for updates!  

 

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GREEN TABLE: 

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BLUSH TABLE: 

Thank you, Caroline and team (hi, Heather!) for raising the bar on our Carte Blanche series and inviting us to your wonderful Raleigh community! We'll be back. 

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